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Security Token Summit – Brought to you by The Goren Holm Group.

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Security Token Summit, LLC

As the world of blockchain continues to grow, so does the need/interest for specialized conferences. These events allow industry players to network and share ideas on where the industry is, where it should be, and the path to get there.

With that in mind, we have now seen the creation of the ‘Security Token Summit, LLC’. This is an event taking place in early April of 2019. It will see leaders within the digital securities sector gather, and discuss industry issues and solutions.

This event will be taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, in Los Angeles, California. It is being hosted by the Goren-Holm Group, and is a one day event, limited to 500 attendees.

For those interested in attending, check out the event site HERE.

Speakers

The agenda for the event indicates that it is anticipated that there will be 4 keynote speakers @ 30 minutes each. In addition, there will be 7 panels @ 45 minutes each.

While the list may grow, there is already an impressive line-up of people scheduled to speak at the conference. Listed alphabetically, here are those already confirmed to be speaking.

1.       Ami Ben David2.       Tal Elyashiv3.       Carlos Domingo4.       Jamie Finn
5.       Jor Law6.       David Weild7.       Amy Wan8.       Andrew Dix

 

This group of speakers boasts decades of experience within their respective fields, and should command an attentive audience.

There is clearly a strong influence on the part of Securitize, as the company sees all three of its cofounders (David, Domingo, Finn) speaking during the event. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Securitize is one of the leading companies within the sector.

Advisory Group

A strong advisory group supports the organizers.  This group is populated by various industry leaders such as…

Ami Ben David

  • Cofounder of SPiCE VC and Securitize

David Weild

  • Vice Chairman of NASDAQ

Jor Law

  • Cofounder of VerifyInvestor.com and consultant for both tZERO and Polymath

Crypto Invest Summit

It should be noted that this new event is being hosted by the creators of the wildly successful ‘Crypto Invest Summit’.

The last Crypto Invest Summit saw more than 4500 registrants, resulting in much of the event being standing-room only. With the shift in focus towards digital securities being seen as of late, it is reasonable to expect that Security Token Summit will be similar in popularity.

While Crypto Invest Summit focuses on cryptocurrencies at large, this new event will have a more ‘dialed-in’ perspective. Security Token Summit will concentrate more on issues unique to the sector such as custody, token standards, issuance, compliance, and more.

Goren Holm Group

Josef Holm and Alon Goren founded the ‘Goren Holm Group’ a private equity firm.  In August of 2018, the group launch a new arm known as Goren Holm Ventures (GHV). This new branch was created with a specific focus on investments directly related to the development of the blockchain industry.

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Archax Gears up for Launch with Quod Financial

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Archax Gears up for Launch with Quod Financial

AEP Integration

Today, a forth coming digital securities exchange, Archax, has announced a partnership with Quod Financial. This pairing will see Archax turn to Quod Financial for various services, ranging from smart-order routing, trade automation, to order management and more.

These services are made available through integration with Quod Financial’s ‘Adaptive Execution Platform’. Capabilities made possible through this platform will allow for Archax to effectively deliver their product to institutional investors this coming year. If they achieve this goal, Archax will become – with the help of Quod Financial – one of the first offerings of its type seen in the industry.

Commentary

In their press release, representatives from both companies took the time to elaborate on the development.

Mickael Rouillere, CTO of Quod Financial, stated,

“Archax will be the first venue to bring digital asset trading into the mainstream financial community. Existing crypto venues have been primarily retail driven, and so it has been incredibly challenging for our buy-side and sell-side clients to include any form of blockchain-based instruments in their portfolios as they have lacked a regulated and stable venue. Given the rigorous selection process, we are proud to have been selected for this market-changing project to bring both digital assets as well as our data-driven execution intelligence to a wider audience.”

Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, stated,

“We wanted to find a best-of-breed partner with an established and proven trading platform used by both the buy-side and sell-side. And one that was ready to handle the complexities of digital assets. Quod’s open, scalable and robust platform fitted the bill perfectly and we are happy to be able to offer it to clients as one of the ways of accessing our exchange…A key decision when evaluating technology providers from the traditional world was to find a platform that could be fully customised to support the new and developing security token space. Quod’s design, using industry standard architecture, allows easier customisation when required. That, coupled with their experience of handling high throughput trading for many tier-one banks and an array of other established regulated clients, made them an ideal partner.”

Quod Financial

Quod Financial is an established company specializing in capital markets. Since their launch in 2004, the company has expanded from London to maintaining offices in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

Company operations are overseen by CEO, Ali Pichvai.

Archax

This London based company was founded in 2018 by Graham Rodford, Matthew Pollard, and Andrew Flatt. The company is aiming for a 2019 launch of their platform, designed to act as an exchange for digital securities.

In Other News

Archax, in particular, has found themselves in our news feed various times in past months. They have had an impressive development period, resulting in investments from SPiCE VC among others. Check out the articles below to learn a little more about Archax.

SPiCE VC invests in Digital Securities Exchange, Archax

Archax – A Bridge to the Digital Economy

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seriesOne to Utilize ST-20 Standard by Polymath

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Various companies have made announcements detailing intended usage of token standards lately. As the development of various crowdfunding platforms in the digital securities sector continues, the time has come for many to choose what they feel is the most promising standard. With this in mind, seriesOne has just announced that they have partnered with Polymath.

This partnership will see seriesOne utilize the ST-20 token standard to issue and manage digital securities. The ST-20 protocol is based off of the Ethereum blockchain, and will allow for seriesOne to maintain compliance with global regulations governing the industry.

The Future is ST-20

For seriesOne, it was a simple choice to settle on ST-20. This token standard was one of the first to be developed specifically with digital securities in mind. As such, Polymath has had more time than most to develop, hone, and market their offering. This effort has seen the standard adopted by various companies, with seriesOne being the most recent.

Commentary

In their press release, the CEOs of each company took the time to express their thoughts on the announced partnership.

Michael Mildenberger, CEO of seriesOne, stated,

“Investors around the world trust Polymath, which was fundamental to our decision to work together…We are confident that working with the Polymath team using the ST-20 protocol will enhance the process of raising capital on our platform.”

Kevin North, CEO of Polymath, stated,

“Polymath is proud to work with innovative partners like seriesOne, who has fulfilled a specific demand for a turnkey financing portal for any fundraising process…We are thrilled to be the chosen technology standard for the seriesOne platform, and we look forward to demonstrating yet again how industry can work together to set a standard for creating and managing a successful Security Token Offering (STO).”

seriesOne

seriesOne is a crowdfunding platform, which specializes in the issuance, distribution, and management of digital securities. Through their platform, issuers are able to effectively, and efficiently, host security token offerings. The company is based out of Miami, and was founded in 2013.

Polymath

Polymath is a Canadian company, which maintains headquarters in Toronto. The company was established in 2017, and is spearheaded by CEO, Kevin North.

To date, Polymath and their token standards remain one of the most adopted solutions in the young world of digital securities. Their own utility token is available for trading on various industry leading cryptocurrency exchanges such as Poloniex and Bittrex.

In Other News

Each of these companies discussed here today have found their way into our headlines in recent months. For a look at what they have been up to recently, make sure to check out the few articles listed below!

Bithumb Announces New US Security Token

Digital Securities Consortium formed Between Industry Participants

Polymath Proves DEX Security Token Concept

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Assurely presents the CrowdProtector

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Investor Protection

In a recent announcement, Assurely and AXA XL have indicated they are teaming up. The result of this partnership is the launch of the CrowdProtector insurance service.

In this relationship, AXA XL provides the insurance, while Assurely has developed the platform to deliver this service within the blockchain industry.

CrowdProtector

CrowdProtector is a service that was designed by Assurely, with the intent to provide all participants in crowdfunding events with insurance. The crowdfunding events that this product is tailored towards includes the increasingly popular, STO.

The product works on two main fronts.

  • Protect the issuer
    • Ensures protection from potential lawsuits brought forth by disgruntled investors
  • Protect the investor
    • Ensures issuers remain compliant with obligations and transparent with operations, with compensation otherwise

With one of the main draws behind STOs being the safety associated with the process, it is only logical that a third party insurance service would be developed. A service such as CrowdProtector should come as a welcome development for conservative investors looking to partake in the growing sector.

Early Adoption

Despite only recently launching, the CrowdProtector service has seen early adoption through various platforms. A few examples of these include TruCrowd, CryptoLaunch, Silicon Prairie, Fundanna, and Nvsted.

Commentary

In their press release, representatives from both Assurely, and AXA XL, took the time to comment on this development.

David Carpentier, CEO of Assurely, stated,

“New economic markets, such as crowdfunding or online capital formation, create great new opportunities for the Main Street investor, but also pose new risks…To combat new risks in new markets, investors look for a symbol of safety, validity, and trust. Online capital formation and crowdfunding – both equity and STOs – lack this symbol today. This marketplace needs trust, safety, and confidence among both issuers and investors to thrive; something that regulations and funding portals alone may not completely satisfy.” 

Dan Kumpf, CUO of AXA XL, stated,

“We are excited to partner with Assurely and their technology-based underwriting of CrowdProtector™ policies…This solution demonstrates the value of insurance in helping opportunities move forward. New crowdfunding practices are proliferating today. Without proper coverage, millions are at risk. Our work with Assurely is a great example of innovation in the industry. Collaboration between incumbents and innovative InsurTech startups such as Assurely, will yield a positive result for the industry and advance it as a whole.”

AXA XL

AXA XL is a branch of the world renowned insurance provider AXA. They are a company which employs thousands of individuals globally. They maintain 19 offices in 17 different countries.

Assurely

This New York based company was founded in 2016. They have strived since, to develop a platform allowing for the integration of traditional insurance services within the world of blockchain. The culmination of these efforts, since launch, have led to the aforementioned CrowdProtector Platform.

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