BERLIN – December 5th, 2018 – Neufund, the end-to-end solution for securities tokenization and issuance, announces its partnership with Ledger, a global leader in securing crypto assets. This collaboration aims to develop a framework for security tokens.
Neufund and Ledger will work together to create the safest user-experience for crypto investors by developing a framework for security tokens. Ledger, which recently launched a desktop application for user-friendly crypto asset management, Ledger Live, plans to soon add an ERC20 integration to its app. The app will enable users to manage security tokens issued through Neufund’s set of protocols.
“Currently, Ledger’s hardware wallets are the safest way to set up and manage investments conducted through Neufund’s set of protocols. With operations in the 7-9 digit (€)range, security becomes a the top priority. Enabling investors to manage their ERC-20 based equity tokens directly from a desktop app will disrupt the way we interact with our crypto assets” says Zoe Adamovicz, CEO of Neufund.
Ledger’s solutions are already incorporated into Neufund’s platform. Companies and investors are able to set up and manage their accounts using Ledger’s hardware wallet. The current partnership builds on a previous collaboration, which created a special edition of the Ledger Nano S to high-profile investors participating in Neufund’s Initial Community Building Mechanism, back in November 2017. The devices were then notarized in Germany, which provided an additional layer of protection to its hardware wallet.
“We are excited about today’s announcement. It marks a new, important chapterin bringing security tokens to the Ledger platforms” said Eric Larchevêque, CEO at Ledger. “We are thrilled to be joined at this frontier by Neufund, a leaderin securities tokenization and issuance.”
Along with joining forces to create a more secure framework for managing real-world assets on blockchain, the two companies will organize an open legal-technical hackathon in Paris, with the aim of creating better solutions for managing tokenized real-world assets.
Neufund is currently hosting the company’s first public offering of equity forits parent company – Fifth Force GmbH. The public sale will start on December 9, 2018 at 11am UTC and will last for seven days. The token’s name is FORCE, and the currencies accepted are ETH and EUR, where 1 share will be equivalent to 10,000 equity tokens.
Founded in 2014, Ledger is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. Headquartered in Paris and San Francisco, Ledger has a team of 160 professionals developing a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for individuals and companies – including the Ledger hardware wallets line already sold in 165 countries. In 2018, Ledger was named as one of the “Hottest Startups in Paris” by WIRED Magazine.
Neufund provides an end-to-end solution for asset tokenization and issuance. Its open-source set of protocols for enhanced ownership allows anyone to give real-world assets a representation on the Ethereum Blockchain in form of legally-binding security tokens. The first application of our company’s tech and legal architecture are “Equity Tokens” which enable companies to conduct regulated offerings on Blockchain. Being at the legal and technical frontier, Neufund advises governments on DLT regulation, supports open-source dev projects and educates financial communities around the world. Neufund’s platform is a primary market offering for capitalraising which already attracted investment pledges from notable community of investors, including Frank Thelen (Freigeist), Christophe Maire (Atlantic Labs), Alexander Lange (Index Ventures) and Max Kordek (Lisk). Neufund’s mission is “Enabling ownership for all” through making ownership more transparent, accessible and efficient.
A Look at the Silicon Valley Coin
The San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Andra Capital raised eyebrows across the market after announcing plans to host its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) STO in the coming weeks. The funds raised via the STO will go towards the expansion of the company’s Open-Ended Technology Fund. The news demonstrates further security token usage in the US market, as well as, a desire to leverage blockchain technology to improve crowdfunding strategies.
The news officially broke on Jan. 22, 2020 via a company press release. In the release, Andra Capital described the purpose and concept of the Silicon Valley Coin. The firm cited the ability to provide investors higher returns and lower risks over a shorter investment period as one of the main focuses of the project.
Open-Ended Technology Fund
The Open-Ended Technology Fund is unique in many aspects. For one, the fund specifically targets companies in their hyper-growth phase. In this way, fund managers are able to combine a late-stage investment strategy with a perpetual VC structure that incorporates tradeable interests leveraged by the latest technology.
Additionally, Andra Capital incorporated world-class service providers into the equation as a way to ensure the success of their project. For example, Andra Capital decided to partner with the Tezos Foundation to make the concept a reality. As such, Andra Capital decided to utilize the Tezos Blockchain for the project.
Tezos was a smart fit for the project because the firm provides Andra Capital access to global investors. Additionally, Tezos utilizes institutional-grade security features. Features such as formal verification streamline the entire investor onboarding process.
Notably, Tezos utilizes a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm to secure its blockchain. This style of consensus is far more energy-efficient than traditional Proof-of-Work systems such as the one utilized by Bitcoin. Importantly, Tezos supports secure smart contracts and features a unique live upgrade process. This ability to do live upgrades is ideal for long-term, high-value applications.
For their part, TokenSoft will provide access to its proprietary tokenization technology. These tasks will include the integration of KYC and AML smart contract protocols. These compliance mechanisms help qualify retail investors. Also, TokenSoft will both issue SVC and host the SVC STO.
Speaking on the new partnerships, Sam Raman, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Andra Capital called his partners “best-in-class providers.” He touched on their past successes and how each firm can provide their unique expertise in digital securities to better the overall project.
Silicon Valley Coin (SVC)
The Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) is a regulatory compliant, asset-backed, and tradeable security token. Each token represents a unit of interest in the Andra Capital Open-Ended Fund. Investors receive dividends equal to the percentage of tokens they hold in the fund. SVC tokens cannot be traded or transferred without first meeting KYC and AML restrictions.
Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) – A New Token in the Field
Andra Capital definitely did their homework prior to the launch of this project. The firm managed to partner with some of the biggest names in the industry to bring their concept to life. It will be interesting to watch this STO launch considering the amount of positioning each partner holds in the market. For now, the security token sector just got a new VC fund.
Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities
After nearly 1 ½ years, payment processer, Square, has successfully been awarded a patent centered on establishing a ‘cryptocurrency payment network’.
Details of the Patent
The patent, which was initially filed on September 14, 2018, was done so by Square, Inc. While the patent obviously goes into great depth, describing how exactly the proposed payment network will function, the following is a short excerpt summarizing the overall goal.
“Specifically, the present technology permits a first party to pay in any currency, while permitting the second party to be paid in any currency. In this way, the technology provides benefits that remove barriers to transactions that might inhibit international commerce, or commerce with certain types of currency.”
The invention of the technology, described throughout, is attributed to three individuals.
- Christopher Michael Brock
- Brian Grassadonia
- Michael Moring
The Intriguing Part
What makes this particular patent notable for those following the digital securities sector, is the direct reference to securities. It is stated,
“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies including fiat currencies (US dollars, Euro, Rupee, etc.), and non-fiat currencies including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.), commercial paper (loans, contracts, forms, etc.), and securities (stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.), than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies.”
While details are scarce on how exactly securities will play into the mix, the potential for them to be seamlessly transferred between parties is surely intriguing.
There are a select few people that have become synonymous with Bitcoin and blockchain in general; Jack Dorsey is one of these.
Throughout the past few years, he has, not only been a vocal proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, but actually acted on his words. Through payment processing company, Square, in which Dorsey is both the Founder and CEO, the world has seen glimpses of the potential for Bitcoin as it is integrated into their services
Dorsey recently caught the attention of many as he noted that which many have – Africa holds massive potential for the adoption of, and benefitting from, blockchain. This realization has prompted a, soon to be undertaken, 6-month journey to the continent by Dorsey, as he works towards establishing blockchain based solutions to benefit the populace.
Founded in 2009, Square maintains headquarters in San Francisco, California. Above all, Square acts as a tech provider for payment processing solutions. Their rapid rise in popularity over the past decade has seen the company expand beyond U.S. borders into various countries including, but not limited to, Canada and Japan.
CEO, Jack Dorsey, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
With a rapidly developing sector, many industry players are looking to protect their intellectual property. As such, we have found ourselves, on a variety of occasions, covering these events. The following articles touch on a few patents filed over 2019, in addition to an interesting concept involving a ‘Patent Finance Market’.
Dan Doney, CEO of Securrency – Interview Series
You have a very distinguished career having served in various roles with NSA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). How did you transition from working with some of the most respected intelligence agencies in the world, to launching Securrency?
I have been fortunate enough to work on some of the most advanced technology innovations with the best minds during my time at various intelligence agencies from the DIA to the FBI, providing the perfect springboard to launch Securrency. This gave me an insight into how fragmented the information transfer is between agencies and the inherent inefficiencies of centralized systems. My experience, combined with my passion for software development, and cybersecurity to artificial intelligence and dynamic asset pricing got me in front of some interesting individuals across real estate and finance who wanted to find technological solutions for widespread industry issues such as asset illiquidity. In search of a solution to these issues, I discovered blockchain technology and tokenization and recognized the huge impact it could have on financial services. Through the development of Securrency, it is our vision to transform the digital asset space using tokenization to deliver true market efficiencies.
You initially designed Securrency’s core identity server, credentialing (rules) engine, and interoperating rails in a hybrid architecture (linking on and off-chain functions). What made you choose this structure versus depending on a specific distributed ledger (blockchain) solution?
As Securrency’s market infrastructure technology is first and foremost designed to provide convenience and support to all market makers, it needed to encompass both legacy and blockchain functions to ensure the widespread participation and adoption of digital securities. Frankly, most STOs are bridges to nowhere. Without a built-out, integrated, and interoperable marketplace in which digital assets can move about, there isn’t enough back-end liquidity to make the exercise worthwhile for most issuers. We hope that this infrastructure will be transformational in the long run, but the near-term objectives are more incremental in nature. It is important to keep this in mind so we can move past the hype and toward the mature, professional adoption of these technologies.
WisdomTree Investments together with Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and other investors invested in Securrency, as they aim to integrate blockchain technology into the exchange-traded fund (ETF) ecosystem. Could you share with us how Securrency’s technology will be integrated into ETF exchanges?
WisdomTree is a high-profile, highly-credible asset manager, and, as a strategic investor in Securrency, provides an incredible opportunity to deploy its technology into the ETF ecosystem. The bottom line is the market needs recognizable products that already enjoy substantial liquidity, so ETFs are a logical and exciting use case for our technology. Most of the ETF-related digital securities activity has been focused on cryptocurrency ETFs, and WisdomTree has been active in this space in Europe. ETFs will not only attract the large, household-name exchanges, transfer agents, and investment services providers, but will also make it easier and safer for a much broader base of investors to participate in these digital investment products.
On January 7th, Securrency announced the successful completion of a Series A raise for $17.65 Million. What are the plans for the raised funds?
Securrency plans to use its Series A funding to advance its software and platform development, integrate with strategic partners and other customers and, build out its operational structure. Thanks to the ongoing support of our strategic partners; the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Monex Group, Inc,. RRE Ventures, Strawberry Creek Ventures, and Panthera Capital Investments, we can achieve our strategic vision and mission.
Could you tell us more about the Securrency RegManager™?
The Securrency RegManager encompasses both our Rules Engine interface and the patent-pending Compliance Aware Token framework. Our Rules Engine is a plain-language abstraction layer that allows companies and their lawyers to not only rapidly create policies but to be able to readily audit those policies and update them instantaneously. This level of convenience is essential for widespread adoption. The RegManager interface is fundamentally about providing multi-jurisdictional compliance tools and unprecedented convenience to financial services providers and market participants.
I was also interested in learning more about the Securrency InfinXchange™ and the benefits it offers?
InfinXchange is Securrency’s biggest technology IP. It’s an API library and finance ontology which maps various financial services to a set of basic functions, e.g. capital formation, payments, exchange routing, transfers, corporate actions, asset pricing, and compliant value transfer across DLT and legacy networks. It’s a plug-in framework made to be integrated with third-party service providers.
2019 was a bit slower of a year than we would have liked to see for the emergence of security tokens, do you believe that 2020 will be different?
We expect to see an acceleration in the tokenization of publicly traded assets in 2020. This, along with financial service providers partnering with emerging security token firms to tokenize institutional-grade assets will be a major trend in 2020. Tokenization platforms built by big tech firms like Microsoft and Facebook are also likely to emerge in 2020, coupled with digital asset issuances from highly trusted investment firms and asset managers.
What are some of the projects that Securrency is currently working on?
Our primary objective is to facilitate high-quality, yield-bearing token issuances as we unlock the accessibility which fuels mass global adoption of distributed ledger technology in financial services – the dream of blockchain enthusiasts for over a decade. This requires working closely with regulators, market participants, and intuitive user interfaces.