On-Chain Cap Table
Building off of a relationship first established in 2018, Prime Trust and Vertalo have announced new growth in this partnership.
This development will see Prime Trust utilize, and benefit, from services provided by Vertalo, including cap-table management.
For a company to be successful, it is of great importance to have a thorough knowledge of its equity breakdown – including values, dilution, ownership, etc. This tedious process is made simple through services provided by companies such as Vertalo.
In their announcement, this paring of companies notes various areas in which they will find themselves cooperating. The following points were provided in their press release, describing how they will be working together.
- The creation and support of on-chain cap tables for thousands of Prime Trust crowdfunding issuers through the Vertalo Registry, a service which is directly connected to Prime Trust’s Custody, KYC/AML, escrow, and onboarding services
- Preferential pricing for Prime Trust clients who choose to utilize Vertalo’s B2B SaaS cap table platform, and simple opt-out for those who wish to use a spreadsheet or other platform to manage their investor file
- The option for participating issuers (Prime Trust clients) to tokenize their cap tables from within their branded Vertalo interface at any time in the future, using any issuance platform or smart contract that is supported by an exchange and partnered with Vertalo
Representatives from each company took the time to elaborate on this partnership, and what it means moving forward. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Kevin Lehtiniitty, CPO for Prime Trust, states,
“Vertalo has come to the realization that mass adoption of asset tokenization requires that blockchain specific concepts such as wallets and addresses be black-boxed from the typical retail user. We at Prime Trust share the belief with the Vertalo team that crossing the chasm requires abstraction and simplicity, which makes us excited to announce this partnership. Using Vertalo’s very intuitive tools, any issuers from our crowdfunding business will be able to manage and tokenize their securities as well as provide their investors with UI access to view their investment. We’re very excited to continue working with the team at Vertalo on expanding our partnership and offering this tokenization potential to all our issuers. There’s much more to come with Vertalo which we’ll share with the world when the time is right.”
Dave Hendricks, CEO of Vertalo, states,
“Vertalo’s partnership with Prime Trust will provide their thousands of clients with Vertalo’s on-chain cap table, issuer and investor interfaces, enabling Prime Trust’s clients to directly connect with their investors for the goal of improving the investor relations and ownership experience. Prime Trust clients who convert to Vertalo will also be provided with ultra-low cost ‘optional tokenization’ of their cap table in the event that they want to convert their paper shares to digital assets for trading on Vertalo partners such as OpenFinance. This deep integration between Prime Trust and Vertalo builds on more than a year of co-development effort that has sought to simplify the purchase, management and sale of digital assets for both issuers and investors. We’re proud to work with the team at Prime Trust and look forward to announcing more useful innovations together soon.”
Operating out of Las Vegas, Prime Trust was founded in 2016. The team at Prime Trust has developed a variety of offerings serving the digital securities sector. This includes custody, escrow, compliance, and more.
CEO, Scott Purcell, currently oversees company operations.
Operating out of Texas, Vertalo first launched in 2017. The company offers a variety of services tailored towards the blockchain industry – ranging from cap table management, to an issuance platform, and more. To date, they remain one of the most active companies within the digital securities sector.
In our on-going interview series, we have had the pleasure of interviewing CEO, Dave Hendricks. Visit this interview below to learn more about Vertalo and their plans for the future.
In Other News
Each of the companies discussed here today have caught our attention on multiple occasions over the past year. The following articles elaborate on a few of the developments which each have made during this time.
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’.
3 More Executives Leave SDX Due to Discrepencies
The blockchain-based digital asset trading venue SDX continues to have a rough start to the new year. This week, another high-level executive announced their departure from the firm. The news brings the number of executives who left the company in January 2020 up to three. The news demonstrates a realignment and shuffling of SDX’s business plan. Also, it showcases the growing pains associated with these changes
According to company documentation, all of these executives departed from their full-time positions in January. The three individuals to leave are Alex Zinder, an architecture lead at SDX, Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, the firm’s chief digital officer. The later of the trio agreed to stay on as an external advisor to SDX.
In a recent interview, Sauter explained the motivation behind his decision to leave. He touched on a number of critical changes made throughout the firm. These changes included a shift from the platform’s original vision. He explained that at first, the platform was to utilize the banking sector as a bridge into the rest of the market.
However, this strategy quickly changed as SDX began to tailor its platform specifically, and solely for use by banks. Sauter described how these changes effected moral and fueled the growing dis-alignment between executives and owners. He explained that originally, the platform was to be much more inclusive. For example, SDX was to enable startups to provide services around its features.
Sauter also took a moment to touch on the negative effects this corporate culture had on the project. He explained that, in his opinion, a bit more separation needed to occur between SDX and its mother company, the Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group. Apparently, these feelings of discourse only grew as the mother company took more and more influence on SDX’s day to day operations.
Additionally, Sauter explained how the big-company approach also inhibited the company’s ability to save. Large corporations require much more reporting. In turn, this reporting raises operating costs. Additionally, smaller firms have more liberty in terms of flexibility and risk management. In the end, the corporate approach made many of the executives feel as if they had been stifled.
Despite the discrepancies, Sauter stated that he had left on good terms. He went as far as to claim that he was at a point in his career that he had no desire to have his contract renewed. Consequently, SDX chose to not offer a renewal.
Challenges in the Market
As with any major corporate reshuffle, there are going to be individuals that no longer fall in line with the platform’s overall goals. Discussing these challenges, a SIX spokesman touched on the changes and what they mean to the project. They explained that whenever you have a concept built from scratch, there are going to be many ups-and-downs associated with the development. In the end, the firm acknowledged that these changes have begun to add up with the spokesperson stating that the firm has “spent quite a few Swiss francs” on the ordeal.
SDX Moving Forward
From the tone of SDX’s past employees, the company is undergoing some heavy internal changes. As such, there is no way to determine exactly how these personnel changes will affect the overall strategy the company has chosen to follow. One thing is for sure, SDX appears to have made a priority shift towards servicing the banking sector exclusively with its new platform.
Tokeny Upgrades investorID with ONCHAINID
There is no such thing as the launch of a completed product. Times change, technology is upgraded, and needs vary. A successful product will often see various iterations and updates throughout its lifespan, in an effort to serve its intended market.
ONCHAINID is essentially version 2.0 of their previously released investorID – a solution geared towards whitelisting investors. ONCHAINID looks to oust traditional ‘central-systems’, in favour of a more decentralized approach. Along with this approach, ONCHAINID looks to build upon what investorID was able to offer, with various new functionalities.
Tokeny notes that this product is built on providing clients with 3 main features:
- Data enrichment
- Direct ownership of securities
- Customer accounts management
For those interested in learning about the initial launch of investorID, and to see how Tokeny arrived at ONCHAINID, make sure to peruse the following article.
Upon announcing ONCHAINID, Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, took the time to comment, elaborating on the move and why it was needed.
Luc Falempin stated,
“For financial institutions to move away from analogue processes and step in to the digital era, they need reliable and compliant standards. Most of the protocols created for digital securities failed to recognise that identity across the value chain is essential to apply compliance for the issuance and transfer of tokenized securities. ONCHAINID, and its open ecosystem, is the most credible solution to securely and accurately identify market players and their assets on the blockchain.”
“To achieve our vision of a digital capital markets there needs to be a secure and institutional-grade system that enables the creation of digital identities for issuers, agents, investors and securities. This is why we have created ONCHAINID, to bring forth a shared and controlled data-rich ecosystem that transforms traditional finance into a truly digital and connected industry.”
Speaking with Luc
In our ongoing interview series, we have had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive discussion with Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny. Here, we learn more about what exactly Tokeny has to offer (including the predecessor of ONCHAINID).
Founded in 2017, Tokeny maintains headquarters in Luxembourg. Since launch, the team at Tokeny has been hard at work, developing a variety of solutions, targeted towards the digital securities sector. One such solution is, aforementioned, ONCHAINID discussed here today.
CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Tokeny has had a successful few months. It was only recently that we were reporting on the company being included in 2019’s ‘FinTech 50’ – A comprehensive list of the top European companies within the industry.