Marco Santori on Airdrops and the “Complete Picture” of SAFT Regulation

Marco Santori on Airdrops and the “Complete Picture” of SAFT Regulation

Ever since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a stern warning about initial coin offerings (ICOs) in February 2018, cryptocurrency projects have had to consider different options for distributing their tokens — and funding their development. One alternative for dispersing a token is an airdrop, where tokens are given out (for free) to the holders of an existing cryptocurrency.

Regulation and the Future of Cryptocurrency at Token Summit II

On December 5th, 2017, the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco hosted cryptocurrency enthusiasts in suits, hoodies and everything in between. Token Summit II, presented by William Mougayar, author of “The Business Blockchain,” and Nick Tomaino, founder of 1confirmation, was a hub for cohesion and problem-solving in the blockchain space.
Assets Will Be Tokens (And It Will Change Finance)

Assets Will Be Tokens (And It Will Change Finance)

Dr Pavel Kravchenko holds a PhD in technical sciences and is the founder of Distributed Lab. In this opinion piece, the first of a two-part series, Kravchenko argues that tokenization of assets using blockchains will have more profound effects on the world's markets than simply reducing back-office record-keeping costs.

Block Collider, a Multi-Chain Built on the FIX Protocol That Doesn’t Need Validators

Blockchain technology has cleared many hurdles since it’s inception in January 2009. It’s clear the next big challenge is how two blockchains will work together. With proposals like Polkadot Network or Cosmos two years away the Block Collider team brings us something that is not only available in a few months but doesn’t use validators. What’s the problem with validators? Validators are machines that promise the state or condition of another blockchain so that you the user can feel safe completing a transaction.

Launching a Cryptocurrency “Token Generation Event” (aka an ICO)

On October 27, 2017, disruptors in the cryptocurrency field gathered at the San Francisco Ethereal Summit. Sponsored by ConsenSys, the summit provided a diverse mix of panels and workshops that demystified the “initial coin offering” (ICO) or “token generation event.
Meet Earn.com: 21 Rebrands Social Network In Shift Away from Bitcoin

Meet Earn.com: 21 Rebrands Social Network In Shift Away from Bitcoin

21 Inc, once a maker of bitcoin mining hardware, is rebranding to emphasize its new focus on using cryptocurrency to power a social network. Effective today, the startup has changed its name to Earn.com to drive home the message users can get paid for answering emails and completing tasks, according to a company blog post. The rechristened startup also confirmed it's on track to issue a token that would replace bitcoin as the currency it uses to incentivize people to join the network by the year's end.
The Basics on FACTS: A New Model for Compliant ICOs

The Basics on FACTS: A New Model for Compliant ICOs

Jaron Lukasiewicz is a co-founder of WRKFLOW, an advisor to several blockchain companies and the founder of Coinsetter, a cryptocurrency exchange sold to Kraken FX. In this opinion piece, Lukasiewicz proposes a way for initial coin offerings to avoid running afoul of securities laws while retaining the practical commercial advantages of tokenization.
Diverse Team, Diverse Portfolio: Amentum Raising $10 Million Crypto Fund

Diverse Team, Diverse Portfolio: Amentum Raising $10 Million Crypto Fund

Two blockchain industry veterans have teamed up with a private equity investor and a former construction manager to start a crypto hedge fund, touting the team's diversity as a strength. The new venture, called Amentum, is seeking to raise $10 million from individual investors for the first fund and aims to begin putting the money to work at the beginning of 2018. Among the four general partners, probably the best-known name in the blockchain community is Steven McKie, the former head of growth and product content at Purse.
Multicoin Capital Plans $100 Million Raise for New Blockchain Investment Fund

Multicoin Capital Plans $100 Million Raise for New Blockchain Investment Fund

A new investment fund called Multicoin Capital has launched with $10 million committed in a bid to invest in a range of blockchain tokens. The firm plans to have as much as $100 million raised by the end of the first quarter of 2018, representatives said in an email. Multicoin, which revealed its initial commitments today, outlined seven different investment focuses to begin with, ranging from storing value to decentralized prediction markets.
Pantera Leads $5 Million Investment in Video Streaming Token Pre-Sale

Pantera Leads $5 Million Investment in Video Streaming Token Pre-Sale

A blockchain project aimed at bootstrapping a more equitable video streaming economy has raised $5 million in the pre-sale of a new token. Announced today, Stream's fundraising was led by Pantera Capital, with other participants including Blockchain Partners Korea, Coinfund, Fenbushi Capital, FBG Capital, Inblockchain and ZhenFund. Individual investors such as Stellar founder Jed McCaleb and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington also contributed. As is perhaps supported by the list of notable industry investors, Stream believes it can succeed where other similar ventures have failed.
Pantera Leads $5 Million Investment in Video Streaming Token Pre-Sale

Pantera Leads $5 Million Investment in Video Streaming Token Pre-Sale

A blockchain project aimed at bootstrapping a more equitable video streaming economy has raised $5 million in the pre-sale of a new token. Announced today, Stream's fundraising was led by Pantera Capital, with other participants including Blockchain Partners Korea, Coinfund, Fenbushi Capital, FBG Capital, Inblockchain and ZhenFund. Individual investors such as Stellar founder Jed McCaleb and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington also contributed. As is perhaps supported by the list of notable industry investors, Stream believes it can succeed where other similar ventures have failed.
To the Moon – Or Bust? Questions to Ask When Evaluating ICOs

To the Moon – Or Bust? Questions to Ask When Evaluating ICOs

Bruce Fenton is the CEO of Chainstone Labs and Atlantic Financial. He has worked in the investment management industry for over 25 years and is a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation and Medici Ventures, and is the host of the Satoshi Roundtable event. In this opinion piece, Fenton offers a set of criteria by which investors can analyze ICOs and cryptocurrencies, with a mnemonic device inspired by one of the industry's favorite slogans.
Macroeconomics, Gambling and Crypto: A Perfect Storm?

Macroeconomics, Gambling and Crypto: A Perfect Storm?

Noelle Acheson is a 10-year veteran of company analysis, corporate finance and fund management, and a member of CoinDesk's product team. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday, exclusively to our subscribers.
What Comes After the Crypto Bubble?

What Comes After the Crypto Bubble?

Joe Pindar is the director of strategy in the office of the chief technology officer at security firm Gemalto. In this opinion piece, Pindar argues that the recent token craze is a blip, and that blockchain technology remains more important in the long term than any currency.
CFTC Aligns With SEC: ICO Tokens Can Be Commodities

CFTC Aligns With SEC: ICO Tokens Can Be Commodities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has said that it may consider tokens issued through initial coin offerings (ICOs) may be considered as commodities. The publication was released by LabCFTC, a fintech initiative within the US regulator that was launched in May. A broad-ranging release, it covers the basics of the technology as well as a number of use cases. It also highlights the CFTC's existing regulatory posture toward cryptocurrencies – back in 2015, the agency said that it would classify bitcoin and other cryptographically tied assets as commodities.
Basecoin Revealed: A16z, MetaStable Seek Crypto Holy Grail With Stable Token

Basecoin Revealed: A16z, MetaStable Seek Crypto Holy Grail With Stable Token

An all-star cast of investors has backed a little-known startup behind a token called basecoin. Scheduled to debut with a white paper release on Tuesday, the project, the first from Intangible Labs, boasts investors including 1confirmation, Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, Digital Currency Group, MetaStable Capital, Pantera Capital and PolyChain Capital. Hailed as an evolution of the "stablecoin" concept, basecoin is lauded by investors for its unique approach to what's been called the "holy grail" of cryptocurrency – a digital asset able to keep its value free from volatility.
How to Legitimize the ICO Market (Crypto Lawyers Take Note)

How to Legitimize the ICO Market (Crypto Lawyers Take Note)

Jacek Czarnecki is a lawyer specializing in blockchain technology and a general counsel at Neufund. In this opinion piece, he explains why his profession should play a critical role in the growth and maturation of the ICO market.
Regulated ICOs Arrive: Overstock to Open Exchange for Legal Token Trading

Regulated ICOs Arrive: Overstock to Open Exchange for Legal Token Trading

Get ready for regulated token trading. Announced today, tØ, the capital markets arm of Overstock's blockchain-focused subsidiary Medici, is launching a first-of-its-kind alternative trading system (ATS) that will provide a platform for the exchange of cryptographic tokens categorized in the U.S. as securities.
CFTC Chair Giancarlo: Embracing Blockchain Is in the National Interest

CFTC Chair Giancarlo: Embracing Blockchain Is in the National Interest

Blockchain is in America's "national interest." That's according to J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), who issued the bold proclamation in remarks at a gathering of government technology executives in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning. But while the blockchain industry has been encouraging regulators and government agencies to embrace the technology for years, this acknowledgment might have more oomph behind it.