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GSR Capital to Invest in tZERO at $1.5 Billion Valuation

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  • Up to $270 million in tZERO equity (at $1.5 billion post-money valuation)
  • $30 million purchase of tZERO Security Tokens from Overstock.com
  • Up to $104.55 million in shares of parent company Overstock.com common stock

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) and t0.com, Inc. (“tZERO”), announce that the companies have both signed term sheets with GSR Capital, a Hong Kong based private equity firm, to invest up to $374.55 million in exchange for common equity in blockchain subsidiary tZERO and common equity in Overstock.com. Overstock and GSR Capital have also entered into a purchase agreement pursuant to which GSR Capital will purchase $30 million in tZERO Security Tokens from Overstock.

As part of the term sheet agreement, GSR Capital will purchase up to 3.1 million shares of OSTK common stock at a five percent discount to the closing share price on August 1, 2018. GSR Capital will also invest up to $270 million for up to 18% of tZERO’s equity at a valuation of $1.5 billion (post-money). Additionally, pursuant to a purchase agreement, GSR Capital will purchase from Overstock $30 million in tZERO Security Tokens. These tZERO Security Tokens were purchased by Overstock during the recently-closed tZERO Security Token Offering in a non-cash transaction in which Overstock forgave $30 million in tZERO intra-company debt. GSR’s Security Token purchase agreement replaces the GSR letter of intent previously announced on June 29, 2018.

The equity transactions are subject to definitive documentation and other customary closing conditions. They also provide GSR Capital with certain rights to allocate a portion of the investments to third-party designees.

“We are honored to have GSR Capital as a strategic investor,” said tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi. “The tokenization of securities has the potential to disrupt global capital markets responsible for moving hundreds of trillions of dollars. Together with our partners, we will globalize our blockchain-based platform, bringing more efficiency, liquidity, and trust to capital markets.”

“GSR Capital has the prescience to understand the disruptive power of blockchain capital markets,” said Patrick M. Byrne, founder and Chairman of tZERO, and founder and CEO of parent company Overstock.com. “They are aligned with our vision for the future of capital markets built upon the speed, trust, and security of the blockchain. And most importantly, they think big, and want to help us scale this vision globally as quickly as possible.”

“GSR Capital is very excited to partner with tZERO in its effort to expand the global footprint for blockchain-enabled asset trading including stocks, bonds, commodities, etc. We have a long-term view on how we want to scale this platform on a global basis,” said GSR Capital’s Chairman and founder, Sonny Wu.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com, IncCommon Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furnituredécorrugsbedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

About tZERO

t0.com, Inc. (“tZERO”) is a majority owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception, tZERO has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology.

About GSR Capital

GSR was founded in 2004 by Sonny Wu and Richard Lim. Today, “GSR Ventures”, “GSR United Capital” and “GSR Capital” are three independent yet complementary teams set up by the partners in 2016 with the aim of sector leadership and going global with unique investment strategies and resources. GSR Capital has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and the USA.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, Club O, Main Street Revolution, and Worldstock are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on May 8, 2018, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:

pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:

ir@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc.

GSR Capital to Invest in tZERO at $1.5 Billion Valuation

Source: Overstock.com, Inc.

Referenced Stocks: OSTBPOSTK

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UPRETS to Tokenize New York RE through DigiShares

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UPRETS to Tokenize New York RE through DigiShares

Partnering Together

Today, two companies with a focus on asset tokenization have announced an upcoming joint STO. These companies are DigiShares and UPRETS.

This pairing appears to be a complimentary one, as each company brings different areas of expertise to the table. While DigiShares will leverage their presence and experience tokenizing assets within Europe, UPRETS will provide, not only the asset itself, but manage on-going investor relations.

U.S. Real Estate in Europe

This partnership was undertaken with the main goal of hosting a successful STO around New York based real estate.

Known as the Oosten property, this STO will see the asset tokenized, with access to the event open to European based investors. This property was chosen, as the mother company of UPRETS, Xinuan Real Estate, owns a variety of condos in the complex.

While full details of the STO have not been released, it is believed that the event will look to generate between $1-4M in funding.

Commentary

Upon announcing this event, representatives from each, DigiShares and UPRETS, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares, stated.

“We see real estate as one of the most promising markets for blockchain tokenization technology to be implemented. As the global infrastructure for banking, tech and capital markets rebuilds itself on blockchain over the next decade, the real estate industry will also be impacted. Real estate industry investors and developers are actively seeking ways to reduce delays, costs, and obscurity in transferring ownership of real estate-related securities. We hope that together with UPRETS we can help resolve some of those issues.”

Dan Chase, CEO of UPRETS, stated,

“Real estate remains to be the most valuable asset in class in the world. The barriers to entry such as liquidity and many intermediaries in this market can be solved through the blockchain. This partnership with DigiShares will bring sanity to the real estate market and make the digital security market more liquid. We intend to work as a team and become global leaders in real estate tokenization.”

Speaking with Claus

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with DigiShares CEO, Claus Skaaning, for an exclusive interview. In this discussion, Claus Skaaning touches on, not only his own journey, but that of DigiShares.

Interview Series – Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares

DigiShares

DigiShares is a European company which was founded in 2018. Above all, the team behind DigiShares has focused on developing a suite of services aimed towards the tokenization of assets. These services include investor accreditation, payment gateways, and more.

CEO, Claus Skaaning, currently oversees company operations.

UPRETS

UPRETS is a New York based company, which was founded in 2018. This young company identifies as a ‘security tokenization platform for global real estate’.

CEO, Dan Chase, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

Over the past year, DigiShares has shared various developments and strategic partnerships. The following articles discuss a couple of these events.

Altvesto and DigiShares Target Institutional and Professional Investors

DigiShares and AmaZix Clientele to Benefit from Alliance

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Poloniex Branches out from Circle as ‘Polo Digital Assets’

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Poloniex Branches out from Circle as 'Polo Digital Assets'

Going Global

In a surprise move, Circle has announced that subsidiary, Poloniex, will be spreading its wings and ‘spinning-out’ on its own. This new company will be known as ‘Polo Digital Assets’.

Unfortunately, and unsurprising as Poloniex is U.S. based, the exchange’s customer base within the States will see future access to their services revoked. While this is unfortunate, it is a necessary stance being taken by such companies, due to the regulatory climate within the U.S., to date.

While not nation-wide, rival exchange, Bittrex, recently restricted access to their services for customers living in the state of New York. With the exiting of both of these exchanges from U.S. markets, there now remains a woefully thin selection of North American based exchanges for crypto enthusiasts to trade on.

Infusion

While U.S. based customers may be losing access to services, this move actually represents an expansion of services for Poloniex, themselves, as they will now focus on global dominance.

Circle has indicated that an outside investment group has already earmarked $100M for infusion into services provided by Poloniex.

The team at Poloniex released a statement of their own, separate from Circle, elaborating on their future intentions. In an effort to bring an air of positivity and reassurance around the announcement, the team stated,

“Going forward, we have a multiyear plan to spend more than $100M to develop and expand Poloniex, and we are very excited to continue working with the amazing global community of Poloniex customers. The cryptocurrency revolution has just begun, and we’re in it for the long haul.”

There have been reports that the outside investment group, which is based out of Asia, is being led by TRON founder Justin Sun. This, however, has not been confirmed at this time, and is just conjecture.

Past Purchase

While the driving factors (U.S. regulatory compliance) resulting in the development discussed here today are known issues, the move remained a surprise, due to the timing.

Poloniex was acquired by Circle in a high-profile move, a mere 18 months ago. This acquisition came in to the tune of $440M. While Circle did, indeed, help Poloniex expand services and rebuild a tarnished reputation, most expected a longer time frame of ownership for such an acquisition.

Despite the change of plans, Circle has not wavered in their belief of digital securities. Many believe that the initial intent of the purchase was to see Poloniex act as a secondary market, supporting digital securities distributed through the SeedInvest platform.

Change of Plans

While their approach to the sector may have changed, Circle is still eyeing digital securities as the future, and has indicated that their efforts, moving forward, will be more focused on SeedInvest.

Circle indicates that the following points of interest will also see a ramp up in development as the company looks to develop real-world use cases.

  • Payments
  • Investment
  • Lending
  • Fundraising

SeedInvest

As one of the most successful crowdfunding platforms in the U.S., SeedInvest has the potential to provide Circle with an effective inroads to establishing themselves within digital securities sector.

The platform, which was acquired by Circle in early 2019, has helped a plethora of companies generate crucial funding, to date. Circle indicates that it is their goal to eliminate the divide between traditional finance and blockchain. By marrying the two, they hope to democratize investing, by opening new opportunities to investors of any ilk.

Circle Eyes Tokenized Securities with SeedInvest Acquisition

Commentary

Upon making their announcement, a joint statement was released by Circle Cofounders, Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville. This statement addressed the rationality behind this move, and how it will help Poloniex mature.

“In an effort to create a competitive internationally-focused cryptocurrency exchange, the Poloniex team and leadership are spinning out from Circle into a new independent international company, Polo Digital Assets, Ltd. Backed by an Asian investment group, the spin-out will bring significant resources and freedom to deliver the product features and marketing strategies needed to be competitive.”

The pair elaborated on their plans moving forward, and the role that SeedInvest will play in them.

“Earlier this year we completed the acquisition of SeedInvest, the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the United States, and have helped hundreds of companies raise hundreds of millions of dollars with internet-based securities offerings. Our plan with this business is to transform how companies raise capital, and open up investment opportunities to people everywhere. We have been working hard to introduce new services built on SeedInvest that allow for fundraising using tokens and digital assets, marrying traditional financial contracts and assets with crypto.”

Poloniex

Operating out of Delaware, Poloniex is a popular cryptocurrency exchange, which was founded in 2014.

CEO, Tristan D’Agosta, currently oversees company operations.

Circle

Circle is a Boston based company, which was founded in 2013. Above all, the team behind Circle is working towards developing a transparent and globally accessible financial system.

CEO, Jeremy Allaire, currently oversees company operations.

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Archax to Streamline Post-Trade Activity through R3 Corda Platform Integration

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DLT Infrastructure

With Archax looking to provide their future clientele with a comprehensive experience, they have recently announced a partnership with R3 Corda.

This partnership will see Archax benefit from services proffered by R3, as they bring the ability to support DLT based post-trade activities.

Archax has indicated that they will be integrating a private version of the R3 platform into their services. While this is being done in an effort to offer an all-in-one solution, it also makes this solution a more cost & time efficient one.

Commentary

In their released announcement, representatives from each, Archax and R3, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say regarding the partnership.

Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, stated,

“Our existing systems and partnerships with firms like Aquis, provide the core functionality for our exchange. R3, with its Corda product, provides the final piece of the puzzle on which we can build a truly revolutionary post-trade solution. Although Archax is blockchain agnostic for digital security issuances, we needed an institutional-grade system for our own post-trade use. R3’s permissioned blockchain solution is already used by leading blue-chip organisations so fits the bill perfectly. This partnership will deliver the blockchain efficiency gains for financial markets that are so often talked about, and we believe will be the first of its kind…The current post-trade process in traditional financial markets is hugely inefficient, with many intermediaries involved. This partnership between R3 and Archax will enable us to revolutionise the current post-trade space, removing friction and streamlining activities to improve efficiency and reduce cost.”

Cathy Minter, CRO of R3, stated,

“Working alongside the world’s leading financial institutions, R3 made a conscious decision to leverage blockchain technology to solve real business problems in both complex and highly regulated markets. Representing assets as tokens on a blockchain platform is one of the most impactful applications of the technology and a key focus for R3, too. Archax, with its experienced team and base in London, is building one of the most credible venues for these tokens and will play a key role in driving institutional adoption. As such, our Corda Enterprise platform is ideally-suited for this project, and we look forward to working together to disrupt and revolutionise how financial markets operate.”

Speaking with Graham

We recently had the pleasure of completing an exclusive interview with Archax CEO, Graham Rodford. In this discussion we learn more about, not only Rodford himself, but future plans for the promising Archax.

Interview Series – Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax

Archax

Founded in 2018, Archax is a London, England based company. Above all, Archax is working to establish themselves as an authority within the digital securities sector. The company is soon approaching the launch date of their anticipated exchange for digital securities.

CEO, Graham Rodford, currently oversees company operations.

R3 Corda

Operating out of New York, New York, R3 Corda is an ‘enterprise blockchain software firm’, which was launched in 2015. The company describes their platform as offering the ability to record, manage, and execute financial agreements in an efficient manner.

CEO, David E. Rutter, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

With an expected launch date rapidly approaching, Archax has caught our attention on multiple occasions. As recently as 2 days ago, we were reporting on a new partnership with HighCastle. The following articles demonstrate a few of the more recent developments announced by Archax.

HighCastle Seeks Increased Liquidity through Archax

Unbound Tech to Offer Custodial Solutions for Archax Exchange

Globacap to Integrate Services with Digital Exchange Archax

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