What is a Security Token Offering (STO) and Why You Need Help

About the Author: Jaron Lukasiewicz is the CEO and founder of Influential Capital. Jaron has been an executive in the industry since 2012, previously serving as CEO of Coinsetter, one of the first bitcoin exchanges in the US, and Cavirtex, a leading exchange in Canada. Both companies were acquired by Kraken in 2016. He runs a YouTube channel …

John McAfee Told His Followers to ‘Flood’ the SEC’s Inbox. It Didn’t Go Well.

This is why we can’t have nice things. A few months ago, cybersecurity pioneer and noted provocateur John McAfee took to Twitter to implore his followers to “flood” Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton’s office with emails and calls. McAfee wanted them to demand that Clayton — to whom he affectionately referred as …

FINRA Throws Shade on the ‘SAFT’ ICO Framework

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a Washington-based self-regulatory body, has cautioned investors to beware of ICOs touting their adoption of the SAFT (Simple Agreements for Future Tokens) framework as evidence of investment security or regulatory compliance. SAFT Background The warning, which appears in its August 16, 2018 Investor’s Alert publication addressing potential ICO investors …

Metronome Blames Bear Market After Pedestrian ICO

Bad timing and a less than spectacular user experience — that’s what cryptocurrency startup Bloq says is to blame for the pedestrian $12 million raised through the metronome (MTN) initial supply auction (ISA), referred to by nearly everyone but the company as an initial coin offering (ICO). Bloq made this assessment in a lengthy post-mortem …

A Beginner’s Guide to the Economics behind Security Token Offerings

The problem is not with the vehicle, the problem lies in the gold-rush mentality. When everybody starts mining for gold, the percentage of people who strike gold falls naturally. This is Economics 101. Economics 101 Scarce resources do better in terms of valuations than abundant resources. Take water, for example, it is an abundant resource …

Another ICO Hacked, KICKICO Loses $8 Million After Smart Contract Breach

KICKICO, an initial coin offering (ICO) project launched on top of the Ethereum blockchain protocol, was hacked on July 27, losing more than 70 million KICK worth $7.7 million. Smart Contract Breach Dissimilar to most cryptocurrency, blockchain network, and token hacking attempts, the security breach of KICKICO was unique in that the hackers were able …

World’s First Initial ‘Convertible Coin Offering (ICCO)’ Launches in Malta

The Maltese Islands continue to be among the prime movers in the crypto and blockchain space with new developments occurring almost every day. In fact, Tuesday was another landmark as a company called Palladium claimed to launch what it has called as the world’s first Initial Convertible Coin Offering or (ICCO) platform. In this innovative …

Ronaldinho Launches Cryptocurrency to Develop 300 Digital VR Stadiums

Brazillian football star Ronaldo de Assis Moreira — better known as Ronaldinho — is launching an ambitious new cryptocurrency project which aims to establish a football academy, host amateur and global league matches around the world, develop and operate a betting platform and marketplace, and develop digital VR stadiums that will analyze player skills and compile …