Smartlands is back at it, with the announcement of another new product. The popular, U.K. based, company has used the tagline ‘One Friendly and Secure App for All Your Money’ to describe what they call ‘Smartee’.
The first steps taken by a new service can often be the most difficult. Recognizing this, Smartlands has decided to incentivize users into becoming early adopters of Smartee. They are doing this by reserving 10% of shares in Smartee for the first 1 million active users.
What can it do?
This new product brings with it multiple capabilities. Smartee functions, primarily, as a wallet for securely storing digital assets and FIAT currencies. Beyond simply storing such assets, Smartee also offers users cashback, based on their activity.
What makes this offering extra interesting is the future capability of the app to function as a ‘robo-advisor’ for accredited investors. This feature will take a pre-set percentage from a user’s account, and automatically invest these funds into STOs being hosted on the Smartlands platform (along with other investment vehicles, yet to be announced). Naturally, preferences for types of investments, amounts, etc., can be tailor set. The result is a passively generated personalized investment portfolio.
Of course, as these opportunities represent participation in the sale/purchase of digital securities, this feature is limited to accredited investors only; meaning that the user must pass required KYC/AML standards.
While this functionality is not live just yet, it is a feature that will be added in the future.
For those wondering what a ‘robo-advisor’ is, you probably aren’t the only one. The term typically refers to a form of investing that is based upon custom algorithms.
The appeal of such a service is the ability to remove human emotion and biases from the act of investing. In doing so, trading fees can be reduced, and minimum balances lowered/removed.
The main con, which people associate with such services, is often the same as its strength – a lack of human interaction. While fees may be kept down and human biases removed, there will, obviously, be a lack of human interaction. It is much easier to become educated, and personalize a portfolio, when opening a dialogue with a human.
Due to their low fees, and low minimum balances typically required, robo-advisors have opened the doors to investing for many non-traditional market participants.
Some of the more popular robo-advisors which invest in traditional markets include,
Upon announcing Smartee, Smartlands CMO, Yaroslava Tkalich, took the time to comment. He elaborated on their incentivization package by stating,
“Smartlands is a community-inspired company: our investors have voting rights, they get a say in investment projects Smartlands puts forth. We are building the Smartee ecosystem with the same community-first approach and are allocating 6 million member-shares (10% of the entire Smartee equity) for the first million of active Smartee users. In order to get the special Co-owner payment card and get the first 3 (three) of their member-shares, users need to register an account and pass KYC.”
Smartlands CEO, Ilia Obraztsov, also took the time to elaborate on the future functionality as a robo-advisor, stating,
“As accredited investors, Smartee customers will be able to configure the type and scope of their investment portfolio based on the offers available on Smartlands, and automatically transfer, for example, 1% of their daily expenses to a “digital piggy bank”. It’s a true definition of passive income with no hassle when your money just hums in the background 24 hours a day working quietly with no direct participation from you.”
Speaking with Arnoldas
To learn more about Smartlands, make sure to read an exclusive interview we conducted with Arnoldas Nauseda. While residing as CEO at the time, he has since transitioned into the role of Chairman.
Operating out of the United Kingdom, Smartlands is a forward thinking company, which has developed a variety of solutions built around digital securities. The company has found themselves at the forefront of the sector since their founding in 2017.
CEO, Ilia Obraztsov, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Smartlands has had a busy week, as they found themselves gracing our headlines only two days ago. While the promise of a secure wallet, which facilitates automated investing in STOs, is an intriguing idea, there needs to be STOs hosted in the first place. With this in mind, Smartlands recently began to collaborate with Sotheby’s International Realty. The pair are looking to tokenize multiple pieces of high-end real estate in the coming months.
iSTOX Builds Upon Recent Successes with a Further $5M in Funding
Capital markets platform, iSTOX, has recently announced the successful attainment of $5 million worth of funding.
This particular sum of capital was generated through a new partnership and investment, with Hanwha Asset Management.
This announcement of further funding comes meres months after the successful completion of the company’s Series A; An event which saw iSTOX draw the attention of various backers which believe in the future of the platform.
Between these two successive instances of funding, iSTOX should be well positioned to continue the development and adoption of their vision; A vision surrounding the potential of digital securities, and their ability to transform capital markets.
To date, iSTOX has managed to attract attention from various high profile companies. The following are a few of these known to have played a role in recent capital generation events surrounding iSTOX.
- Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group
- Heliconia Capital Management
- Singapore Exchange (SGX)
- Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings
This grouping of companies is an impressive one, as they represent some of the most influential and progressive ones found in Asian nations.
With regards to the freshly procured $5 million, iSTOX CEO, Danny Toe, took the time to comment. He stated,
“As iSTOX continues to grow, our relationships with partners like Hanwha are allowing us to build a powerful foundation to develop iSTOX into a pioneering service that addresses the evolving needs of 21st century investors…These partnerships will take on an even greater importance in early 2020, when iSTOX transitions into full operational status.”
Founded in 2017, iSTOX not only maintains headquarters, but is regulated within, the nation of Singapore.
CEO, Danny Toe, currently oversees company operations.
Hanwha Asset Management
Founded in 2011, Hanwha Asset Management maintains headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Since their launch, Hanwha has managed to establish a diverse set of financial offerings, bringing them alongside leaders in the sector.
CEO, Yong Hyun Kim, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
A successful Series A is an important first step for any company. Not only does this allow for the continued development of a company’s product/service, it indicates that others believe in their vision, as well – at least enough to invest their hard earned money.
US Global Securities to Act as ‘Lead Financial Advisor’ for $50M Raise by Custodial Platform, Koine.
Recognizing the need, and potential, for services surrounding custody of digital assets, Koine has recently announced their intention to host a $50 million equity raise.
The goal of this move is to facilitate, not only global growth, but the expansion of services offered through their platform.
In an effort to ensure their success, Koine has turned to US Capital Global Securities, placing the company on retainer as a ‘lead financial advisor’.
In the past, we have reported on US Capital Global Securities performing similar roles with other companies involved in the digital securities sector. One example of this, was their role as a placement agent in the CityBlock DSO.
While their suite of services offered will surely grow in time, Koine notes the following current capabilities:
- Custody of Digital Assets
- Real-time Settlement
- FIAT storage and payment gateways
- Online Access & API Connectivity
Upon announcing their partnership, representatives from each, US Capital Global and Koine, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Hugh Hughes, CEO of Koine, stated,
“Market reaction to Koine’s scalable, institutional-class solution for custody and settlement has been immensely favorable. As we enter 2020, we are focused on driving and supporting international participation in the digital assets marketplace with our applications for regulatory licenses in other trusted jurisdictions, in line with our aim to become the most highly-regulated solution for custody and settlement of digital assets globally…US Capital Global’s proven experience and valuable insight into capital formation, especially in the FinTech arena, will be tremendously beneficial to us at this crucial time in Koine’s development.”
Charles Towle, CEO of US Capital Global Securities, stated,
“It’s an honor to serve Koine as its placement agent and lead financial advisor for this upcoming investment opportunity as we engage selected dealers to expand the distribution of this offering. Koine is driven by an expansive, forward-thinking vision of the digital assets market that we at US Capital Global find very exciting.”
US Capital Global
In operation since 1998, US Capital Global is a well-known financial group, which is headquartered in San Francisco. One of the company’s affiliates is US Capital Global Securities – a broker/dealer licensed under FINRA.
CEO, Charles Towle, currently oversees operations of US Capital Global Securities.
Founded in 2017, Koine maintains headquarters in London, England. Above all, the company is working on the continued development of their suite of services, meant to solve custody and compliance issues within digital securities.
CEO, Hugh Hughes, currently oversees company operations.
As recently as yesterday, we were reporting on developments pertaining to custody solutions in the sector. With rising institutional interest in digital securities, and blockchain as a whole, these custody based solutions are imperative for ensuring a bright future.
Hex Trust Custody Platform made Possible through IBM
Addressing a Common Goal
With rising institutional interest in the world of blockchain, products and services built with security in mind are paramount to ensure continued adoption. With this in mind, IBM, and Hex Trust have recently announced a partnership.
This partnership, which is the product of an MOU signed between the pair in mid-2019, sees Hex Trust building a custody solution for the industry. Development on the project being made possible through the use of Hyper Protect – a LinuxONE based suite of services developed by IBM.
The following is a brief list of only a few capabilities to be offered by the Hex Trust custody solution.
- Reporting and monitoring
- Multi-Factor Authentication
- First & Third party key management
- Hierarchical sub-account structures
Upon announcing their partnership, representatives from each party took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Alessio Quaglini, CEO of Hex Trust, stated,
“Through our relationship with IBM as a Business Partner Hex Trust has hit a key milestone. Leveraging IBM’s advanced data security and protection features through IBM Hyper Protect Virtual Servers with the dynamic accessibility and scalability, Hex Trust’s proprietary platform will encourage regulated financial institutions to enter the space.”
Ross Mauri, General Manager for IBM Z, stated,
“Data privacy and protection are key concerns for enterprises and customers within the digital asset business…By taking advantage of IBM Hyper Protect Services, Hex Trust can gain the benefits provided by the security and privacy solutions underpinned by IBM LinuxONE, to establish a highly secured platform for their institutional custody solution.”
With digital securities, and similar markets, expected to grow greatly in the coming years, there need to be solutions put into place that safeguard assets. While many retail investors remain quite lax, with regards to the security of their digital assets, institutional players will not fall into this trap. Only once there are sufficient safeguards in place, will they truly enter the market.
Development of such services has begun popping up throughout 2019, and look to continue that trend in 2020. Whether it’s Gemini providing custody services to BlockFi, or Coinbase Custody supporting digital securities such as ‘BCAP’, there is evident growth.
Operating out of New York, IBM has remained one of the world’s most well-known tech companies for decades. While the company has had various specialities throughout the years, they currently have an emphasis on cloud and cognitive based solutions.
CEO, Virginia Rometty, currently oversees company operations.
Founded in 2017, Hex Trust maintains headquarters in Hong Kong. Above all, the company specializes in offering blockchain based custody solutions.
CEO, Alessio Quaglini, currently oversees company operations.
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