An Impressive Raise
Blockchain company, RealBlocks, has recently announced the closing of its latest round of funding. This successful raise saw RealBlocks bring in $3.1 million.
A variety of companies contributed to this funding. Most notably, Science Inc., and Morgan Creek Digital. Each of these companies has close ties with the digital securities sector, as they work towards the continued maturation of the industry.
With this funding, RealBlocks aims to continue development of their blockchain based real-estate platform. As a company, they have recognized the merits of digital securities backed by real world assets such as real-estate. As such, they aim to bring, not only accessibility, but liquidity to the real-estate market.
Upon release of the announcement, representatives from each company spoke on the matter. Here are a few words form those individuals:
Perrin Quarshie, Founder & CEO of RealBlocks, stated,
“With the support of our strategic investors, we’re accelerating development of our product and adoption of blockchain technology for real estate, an industry that previously hasn’t seen much innovation. This is a great opportunity to improve the investment experience for both sponsors and investors while also minimizing friction throughout the entirety of the process.”
Greg Gilman, Cofounder & Managing Director of Science Inc., stated,
“We invested in RealBlocks because this use of blockchain technology has real-world benefits that perfectly align with our investment model. We believe that the real estate market, like nearly all asset classes, will be increasingly data-driven and digitized or digitally native, and we look forward to building on our history of transformative companies.”
Anthony Pompliano, Founder & Partner of Morgan Creek Digital, stated,
“2019 is going to be an incredibly important year for blockchain projects. After years of experimentation and development, the market expects these companies to solve real problems now. RealBlocks is one of the teams that has a working product and has shown they can execute at a high level — that is one of the reasons why we are excited to invest. One of our core theses at Morgan Creek Digital has been that every stock, bond, currency, and commodity will be tokenized at some point in the future. RealBlocks has developed a solution that is going to help the best players in the real estate industry join the blockchain revolution.”
Those behind RealBlocks founded the company in 2017, with headquarters in New York. Above all, RealBlocks facilitates capital raising. They do so through the fusion of blockchain and real estate. Through the issuance of digital securities, RealBlocks draws the appeal of investors and security token issuers alike.
Company operations are spearheaded by founder, Perrin Quarshie – a graduate of both Georgia Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In their press release, Quarshie briefly described a few benefits of the RealBlocks platform. He stated, “Our platform also provides opportunities for post-issuance liquidity. Investors will be able to credit their platform wallets with Digital/Fiat Currency and then purchase tokens representing ownership of the underlying real estate via private placements. Through our platform, investors around the globe are afforded the ability to efficiently invest and fundraise for real estate offerings without the complications and excessive costs of public securities registration.”
Science Inc. is based out of Santa Monica. Above all, the company acts as a venture capital firm, investing in promising start-ups. Examples of these include companies such as DollarShaveClub, Science Blockchain, and others.
In addition to detailing funding events, we have also taken a look at Science Blockchain in past months. To learn more about this project, make sure to visit out token listings page HERE.
Morgan Creek Digital
Morgan Creek Digital is a newly founded arm of Morgan Creek Capital Management. While each branch acts as venture capital firms, this new arm specializes in blockchain and digital securities.
This branch was formed in early 2018, and is spearheaded by Anthony Pompliano – a prominent figure in the industry.
In Other News
The funding discussed here today continues a trend of interest toward companies developing the digital securities sector. Here is another examples of a successful funding event:
Prometheum Acquires InteliClear Post Trading Systems
The popular security token exchange Prometheum announced the acquisition of the InteliClear clearing system this month. The addition places Prometheum as the front runner to be the first SEC-registered all-inclusive Alternate Trading System (ATS). The news showcases the growing competition in the sector and symbolizes a shift in strategies amongst the top exchanges.
An Industry First
Currently, no ATS has the ability to clear transactions in house. Traditionally, exchanges utilize a third-party clearinghouse to complete trades per the Security Exchange Act (SEA). This process adds time and additional fees to the transaction. Prometheum seeks to speed up the entire process via the InteliClear integration. Now clients can settle transactions in hours versus days.
Discussing the maneuver, Prometheum CEO, Aaron Kaplan called the acquisition a “milestone” for the security token industry. He spoke on why InteliClear’s system is an excellent addition to the company’s portfolio. Finally, he discussed the importance of Prometheum becoming the first end-to-end security token trading solution.
The Prometheum exchange entered the market with the goal to provide users with a complete ecosystem for tokenized securities. The New York-based firm was one of the first SEC approved tokenized securities platforms available to the public. The company originally filed with the SEC back in November 2017.
Today, the platform hosts some of the most notable security tokens ever launched including Lottery. The Lottery STO made headlines after providing investors an opportunity to participate in revenue derived from the company’s gaming platform for charitable fundraising.
Investors now gain access to more value after the InteliClear acquisition. InteliClear provides businesses with a host of helpful pre and post-trade services. The company uses a custom-built transaction engine that enables importation of trades and transactions from multiple sources. These turnkey and custom solutions enable businesses to fulfill their STO ambitions with the least amount of funding necessary.
The InteliClear system supports tokenized equities, options, fixed incomes, mutual funds, money/market products, and of course, tokenized assets. The global network is able to utilize a host of national currencies and can handle real-time, high volume, operations. The platform automatically calculates trade compression, fees, commissions, and billing to simplify the entire process for businesses.
Security Token Sector Gets More Competitive
The security token arena continues to see more competition develop. The recent SEC approval of numerous A+ filings enables platforms such as Prometheum to take its platform to the next level. Today, the number of security token exchanges in operation continues to expand at an impressive rate. Already, the SEC approved Blockstack, the Props Project, and YouNow’s STO platforms this year. After taking over a year to approve some of these projects, the news is welcomed by the cryptocommunity.
Prometheum Leads the Race
Prometheum now has the tools and capabilities to take a strong lead in the developing security token sector. You can expect to hear more from this exchange as it continues on its STO launch course. For now, Prometheum is the only security token exchange to provide such robust functionality in the market.
KoreConX Expands on Services Through POSConnect
It was recently announced that KoreConX has established a new alliance with payment solution specialist and tech provider, POSConnect.
This move will also see POSConnect join the KorePartners – a grouping/ecosystem of companies, brought together to provide a comprehensive suite of services to clients.
The alliance was undertaken with the goal of continuing development and functionality of the KoreConX capital markets platform. By integrating services provided by POSConnect, KoreConX will not only gain the ability to offer a secure payment solution, but build out their platform, aimed towards helping broker/dealers, and the management of security tokens.
Broker/dealers continue to play a pivotal role in the digital securities sector. Recognizing this, we recently took a brief look at the various designations doled out to industry participants, and the services they offer.
Oscar Jofre, CEO of KoreConX, stated,
“Our goal with building the KoreConX Capital Markets solution is to provide the much-needed infrastructure for the private company capital markets. We wanted to remove friction and fragmentation by bringing the tools necessary to one secure, user-friendly platform…We are thrilled to be working with a company such as POSConnect that not only provides the best technology but also follows the same governance standard that we do.”
Will Gravlev, President of POSConnect, stated,
“It is important for us to partner with companies that focus on offering the best solutions, and we believe that KoreConX is one of those. Their easy-to-use platform was created with the end-user always in mind, and the same goes for the solutions we offer.”
Founded in 2016, KoreConX maintains operations in New York. The company operates with the goal of providing a comprehensive grouping of services, aimed towards managing the core areas of a business. Through various established partnerships, along with the use of technologies such as blockchain, KoreConX is able to address a variety of needs, ranging from portfolio management, to cap-table management, and even investor relations.
CEO, Oscar Jofre, currently oversees company operations.
Acting as payment processing specialists, POSConnect is an established company, which maintains headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
POSConnect describes their core technology as a cloud-driven EMV/NFC payment solution, which was built with the intent of bringing new levels of efficiency to raising capital.
In Other News
KoreConX has been quite active over the past year, with their efforts resulting in multiple companies utilizing their services. Over the past few months, a variety of companies have decided to host a DSO through KoreConX. The following articles take a brief look at these announcements, and what to expect moving forward.
Warner Music Invests in CryptoKitties Creator, Dapper Labs
From Streaming to Blockchain
Warner Music Group has recently announced that they have invested in Dapper Labs. This investment, which came in to the tune of $11.5 million USD, was completed as Warner Music eyes new markets surrounding digital collectibles and non-fungible tokens.
In a digital world, where content pirating is commonplace, blockchain affords the ability to infuse digital content with pre-determined and ensured scarcity. As collectible markets are often driven by rarity, Warner Music believes that this move has potential to open new, lucrative doors.
CryptoKitties by Dapper Labs
If the name Dapper Labs sounds familiar, this is most likely due to the fact that they are the creators of CryptoKitties.
This blockchain based game became wildly popular in late 2017, as users worked to collect unique digital collectible kittens. Beyond its simple popularity, the game gained notoriety due to the fact that it, basically, stalled the Ethereum Network upon launch.
While the Ethereum network has grown stronger and more efficient in the time since, a simple game provided a stark reminder at the time that the blockchain industry was, and is, young and unproven.
Going with the Flow
The money being invested is intended to be used by Dapper Labs to create a new blockchain known as ‘FLOW’. This blockchain will be purpose built to handle applications such as CryptoKitties, and digital collectables.
Investors in Dapper Labs, which now includes Warner Music, will be receiving traditional securities representing company stock. What is unique about the move, however, is the future ability to convert these securities to tokens, which can be used on the platform yet-to-be developed.
The way the deal is structured, for this to occur, the SEC will need to provide their approval. Time will tell if the SEC shares the views of Dapper, and agrees on whether the tokens represent utility tokens, or security tokens.
To date, while the SEC has cracked down on many past ICOs which sold tokens viewed as securities, they have recently shown a willingness to work with companies being forthright with their intentions. This was made evident, most recently, as BlockStack completed their own token generation event. This particular event saw the SEC approve the sale of tokens, which were described by BlockStack as utilities.
In making their announcement, Jeff Bronikowski, VP of Business Development at Warner Music, took the time to discuss, with Forbes, their mindset. The following is what he had to say on the decision:
“When I was in college, you’d walk into someone’s room and you’d see 200 CDs and you would say, ‘That guy’s a big music fan.’ And now you just see somebody with a music subscription service and some playlists…We think that as people spend more time crafting their persona in the digital realm, digital goods and collectibles is a great way to express that fandom.”
Warner Music Group
Warner Music is a New York, New York, based company, which specializes in services surrounding the entertainment industry. From streaming services, to hosting a variety of record labels, Warner Music is all about helping artists, and delivering desired content to consumers.
CEO, Stephen Cooper, currently oversees company operations.
Founded in 2018, Dapper Labs is a Canadian company, which maintains headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.
CEO, Roham Gharegozlou, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
The decision by Warner Music Group to enter blockchain is no surprise. Various subsets of the entertainment industry have dipped their toes into blockchain over the past year. Recently, this was seen through multiple partnerships involving film, and industry participants such as tZERO.