Vertalo, the cap-table company making waves in blockchain, has announced the release of its ‘V-Token’ software.
This software, V-Token, is a described by Vertalo as a ‘placeholder’, which will allow for issuers to issue digital securities at a later point in the issuance cycle. Until now, this software has only been available to Vertalo. For those interested, access to V-Token is now open to all token issuers.
The purpose of V-Token is to make life easier for potential issuers of digital securities. As it stands, one of the larger hurdles in the space remains the cost associated with the creation of said tokens. The issue is amplified by the fact that this step often takes place prior to a company raising any capital – meaning the company had best be sure that their capital raise is successful, and their token creation wasn’t done in vain.
With this in mind, Vertalo created V-Token for their own usage in 2018. V-Token allows for token creation to occur POST-raise. In doing so, this form of delayed tokenization provides issuers with greater flexibility in their operations.
This token is structured as ERC-20 compliant, while offering various traits, vital to digital securities. This includes trade restrictions, and other measure necessary to be compliant with regulations.
Along with their announcing the availability of V-Token, Dave Hendricks, CEO of Vertalo, took the time to comment. The following is what he had to say on the matter.
“The current high cost of tokenization is the main impediment to widespread adoption and roll out of digital assets. Today, Issuers who are interested in digital approaches are being asked to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to design and produce tokens before they have successfully raised capital. The unit economics need to change.”
“Free Tokenization is a logical next step in the evolution of the digital asset industry. But as we have seen with previous protocol standards like Ethernet and TCP/IP, it’s difficult to monetize the standards themselves. The role of tokens is naturally subordinate to actually raising capital. It’s been amply demonstrated that investors don’t invest in tokens, or in token standards, rather they invest in companies, assets, access to liquidity, and revenue streams. Free token issuance reduces the risk and complexity of tokenizing assets. Delaying the choice of which security token standard to use until the infrastructure is more fully developed lowers the cost and risk of token implementation.”
Vertalo is a United States based company, which was founded in 2017. Above all, Vertalo functions as a capitalization table specialist, while providing services for investor onboarding and compliance adherence.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Dave Hendricks. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Hendricks earlier this year. Check out this discussion to learn more about Vertalo and their goals.
In Other News
Vertalo has found themselves a mainstay in our newsfeed over the past few months. Whether providing services which facilitate the completion on an STO, or forming partnerships to advance the industry, Vertalo keeps busy. Here are a few articles detailing what they have been up to lately.
DigiMax & Entoro to Collaborate as Advisors on Digital Security Offering
In the upcoming Leonovus Galaxa STO, a pair of promising companies have decided to collaborate as co-advisers. This would be United States based Entoro and, Canada based, DigiMax.
With a mutual goal shared between the companies, this collaboration was undertaken to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses of each company.
U.S. versus Global
In their announcement, the companies indicate that, while Entoro has much to offer, their experience lies within the confines of the United States. DigiMax, on the other hand, has experience on a more global scale.
Between the two of these companies, Leonovus stands to benefit from a versatile, and competent, team of advisors. The companies note that, beyond this perk, the collaboration will allow for future referrals between one another, as their client base requires it.
In announcing their collaboration with one another, representatives from each, Entoro and DigiMax, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Chris Carl, CEO of DigiMax, stated,
“We are excited to be partnering with Entoro to assist one another in advising and funding our collective issuer clients…We believe that Entoro is the definitive leader in providing proper advisory services for issuers of digital securities in the United States and this is the kind of highly diligent and compliance-oriented company that DigiMax seeks to partner with. We believe there are many synergies to be gained for each of our companies from this formal collaboration with most of these benefits accruing to our clients.”
James C. Row, Managing Partner of Entoro Capital, stated,
“We view DigiMax as a global leader in bringing awareness of the importance of regulatory compliance to every step in the process of companies issuing digital securities and we are impressed with the global brand that DigiMax has built. We see a great deal of opportunity for both of our companies to accelerate as a result of this collaboration agreement. We have a high appreciation of the professional level of conduct by DigiMax from our observations working with them on our first client tougher.”
DigiMax is a Canadian company, based out of Toronto, Ontario. This young company has developed a suite of services built to facilitate capital generation events, such as STOs and DSOs.
CEO, Chris Carl, currently oversees company operations.
Operating out of Houston, Texas, Entoro functions primarily as an investment bank. Since launch, Entoro has expanded their services to facilitate blockchain ventures and digital securities.
Managing Partner, James C. Row, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Both, DigiMax and Entoro, have found themselves as regulars in our headlines. Over the past few months, each of these companies have made positive developments, as well as found themselves working on the same project. Check out the following articles to learn more about these events.
Will Facebook Subsidiary, Calibra, See the Light of Day?
The Announcement – Calibra
Facebook announced a pair of tokens recently. The project, which is being spearheaded by Facebook subsidiary, Calibra, will see both a stablecoin, and a security token, released.
While the stablecoin is meant to provide a global consumer base with an efficient means of transferring value, the security token facilitates project governance, and the development of a cash reserve.
Due to the potential of this project to significantly impact global currencies, and the financial system, the project has received much backlash, to date.
Upon initially announcing the project, many suspected that the world’s greatest population of humans, India, would not be eligible for participation. This suspicion was born from the on-going battles within the country, between blockchain advocates and central banks.
As suspected, Facebook and Calibra have since verified these suspicions by stating the project will not launch in regions where such currencies are outlawed. They do remain hopeful that perspectives may change in the future.
Alexandra Voica, Facebook representative, states, “Calibra will respect the legislation”, “But we are looking to work with regulators to see if the legislation can be updated”.
Meeting with Congress
On July 16th a Congressional hearing will be held, followed by a similar hearing in front of the House Financial Services Committee on the 17th. The main focus of these hearings will be the testimony of Calibra representative, David Marcus, as he discusses the project and two tokens to be released.
After making their intentions known to the public, Facebook and Calibra were greeted with a response of fear and outrage by government authorities. While some point to Facebooks past track record regarding privacy lapses as a main concern, others see Libra for what it could potentially be – a competitor to the USD.
Facebook has too much power and a terrible track record when it comes to protecting our private information. We need to hold them accountable—not give them the chance to access even more user data. #BreakUpBigTech https://t.co/eQr06VMMyx
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 19, 2019
Whatever the case may be, this hearing will provide Facebook with the opportunity to give the answer Congress is looking for. Now is the time to allay any fears that regulators may have regarding the project.
While there are surely a plethora of factors driving the price trajectory of Bitcoin, the outcome of the congressional meeting regarding the Calibra project weighs heavy.
Anticipation of these meetings has been met with a swift decline in overall marketcap and prices in the days leading up to it. Time will tell, but most suspect a positive outcome of these meetings will be met with a positive uptick in pricing. A positive outcome is, however, far from a sure thing.
Tweets discussing cryptocurrencies are typically white noise. There are an exorbitant amount of industry players always weighing in on the state of the industry. However, when the POTUS begins tweeting on the subject, people listen.
…and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
Whether you are a fan or a detractor of the POTUS, the fact that cryptocurrencies have captured the attention of the highest levels of government speaks volumes to the development witness within the industry in recent years.
Before the meetings with Congress ensure, Facebook and Cablira have already made it clear that they will not be launching the product until the authorities are satisfied with the projects structuring.
In his prepared testimony for the hearings, David Marcus writes the following,
“The time between now and launch is designed to be an open process and subject to regulatory oversight and review…We know we need to take the time to get this right. And I want to be clear: Facebook will not offer the Libra digital currency until we have fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals.”
While there may be unavoidable delays due to hearings and potential restructuring of the project, the fact remains that with the combined clout and influence of the companies involved in this project – Facebook, VISA, PayPal, UBER, MasterCard, etc. – it is hard to imagine Calibra failing.
Custodianship – A Look at Various Industry Solutions
Industry Hurdles – Custodianship
In under two years, the state of custodianship within blockchain has grown by leaps and bounds. A mere eighteen months ago publications were posting about ‘The sad state of crypto custody’. Six months after that, custody solutions were noted as a rapidly developing innovation within the industry.
A major driving factor behind the development seen, with regards to custodianship, is due to the narrative of ‘institutional capital’ entering the world of crypto. If this is to occur, they will require trusted companies to provide this service.
Today, various companies which recognized the lack of solutions in the industry have launched, and established beginning levels of adoption. The following are a few of these companies, and what they are bringing to the table.
In a recent, and promising, bit of news, payment processing giant, VISA, Blockchain Capital, and others, invested $40 million USD into a blockchain based custodial solution – Anchorage. This raise represented a Series B, with the company previously raising $16 million in their Series A mere months ago.
This young, promising, company has taken a different approach to providing a safe haven for digital assets. Rather than using passwords and usernames, the platform relies on a mix of human and artificial intelligence to verify transactions on whitelisted devices.
Anchorage has stated that, in time, their platform will support all forms of digital assets. This versatility, and interest in the sector shown by companies like VISA, points to a bright future.
One of the most anticipated digital securities exchange launches of 2019, is the upcoming Archax Exchange. With a projected launch in Q4 of 2019, it is imperative for Archax to establish all of the necessary partnerships and services sooner than later. The latest puzzle piece to fall in to place would be the decision to utilize custodial services, offered by Unbound Tech.
Unbound Tech, which operates out of New York, has developed a DLT based platform which breaks up and stores data among various parties. This is done with the intention of eliminating a single point of weakness within a storage network. No doubt, their innovative, and polished, platform led to this strategic partnership.
The rise of digital securities has also resulted in the rise of numerous issuance platforms. In order to remain appealing to their clients, each of these platforms must either offer their clients direct access to a custodial service, or redirect them to a third party.
One of the most promising issuance platforms, SWARM, has experienced better adoption than most, to date. Not offering any ‘in-house’ custodial service, SWARM established a strategic partnership with U.K. based, Copper.
Copper provides institutional grade custodianship through the use of a practice called ‘air-gapping’. This simply refers to the practice of ensuring their cold storage devices are, not only not connected to the internet, but not connected to any other device which maintains an internet connection.
Upon establishing their alliance, SWARM Cofounder Philipp Pieper, had high praise for Copper. He stated, “The integration between Copper and SWARM is a great fit due to the compatibility of our technologies as well as our teams…Copper provides the level of institutional grade security and convenience that is absolutely essential for the adoption of digital securities by institutional investors and retail market,”
Love them or hate them, Coinbase remains at the forefront of the blockchain industry. This means that when their custodial solution, ‘Coinbase Custody’ announced support for their first digital security, it represented an important step.
The reason this step is an important one can be broken down various ways, but is primarily positive, due to the increased exposure which Coinbase will afford the nascent digital securities sector. Most participants in the world of blockchain are well versed in ICOs, but have not necessarily been exposed to STOs and DSOs. Support of assets issued through these capital generation events, by an industry leader, is most definitely a step forward.
Carlos Domingo, CEO of Securitize, tweeted at the time of this announcement.
— Carlos Domingo (@carlosdomingo) June 5, 2019
TokenSoft Knox Wallet
TokenSoft has been one of the busiest companies within the digital securities sector throughout 2019. One of their various steps forward, came through their various custodial solutions for clientele. While the company has formed an alliance with Coinbase Custody, TokenSoft has developed their own solution for those interested.
‘Knox Wallet’ is the name of this offering. It is a mobile custody solution, which brings full support for various digital security protocols.
- Harbor R-Token
- Polymath ST-20
- Securitize DS-20
Knox provides its users with security through the use of various tactics. These include cold storage, role-based access control, and cryptographic authentications.
While Knox remains in beta, it has the potential to become a key player in the digital securities sector. It remains one of the only mobile based custody solution to support the asset class.
An entire subset of the blockchain industry was essentially birthed from nothing, in less than two years. It has since grown into a promising grouping of service providers. While time and development move slowly in the moment, reflecting on growth within blockchain shows fantastic speed of development, wherever you look.
The companies discussed here today are essentially writing the custodial solution blueprint on the fly. As these industry trailblazers demonstrate what works, and what doesn’t, we should continue to see increasingly polished solutions presented. One such example may prove to be the upcoming Facebook project, Calibra.
- How to get an STO approved by German regulators – Thought Leaders July 16, 2019
- DigiMax & Entoro to Collaborate as Advisors on Digital Security Offering July 16, 2019
- Will Facebook Subsidiary, Calibra, See the Light of Day? July 15, 2019
- Mikko Ohtamaa, CTO at TokenMarket – Interview Series July 15, 2019
- Custodianship – A Look at Various Industry Solutions July 13, 2019