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[Event] Security Token Roundtable

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Our Co-founder was invited to participate at an exclusive Security Token Roundtable. At this event they will be formalizing an Ethereum improvement proposal for security tokens.

The round table takes place July 12-14, 2018 in Barbados.

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Telegram Raises $1.7 Billion and Then Cancels Initial Coin Offering

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The news comes as a shock for investors who wanted a chance to participate in one of the most highly anticipated crypto currency offerings of the year. Although the Russian company has not publicly confirmed why they decided to cancel their initial coin offering, industry experts speculate it was due to an uncertain regulatory environment and their record breaking fundraising efforts.

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[Event] Understanding Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

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The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies and ICOs in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues.

The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency.

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[Event] Silicon Beach: Collaborative Collision

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The Santa Monica Bar Association invites you to a discussion focusing on technology and emerging legal issues in our community. Santa Monica is a hot bed for both technology and the legal challenges around new tech. Join us the evening of June 20, 2018, for our inaugural law and technology event, Silicon Beach: Collaborative Collision, and listen to our distinguished panel, facilitate working relationships with the technology and legal communities, and enjoy the beautiful beach setting. 

Speakers Include:

  • Adam Sullivan, General Counsel of Square Enix
  • Jor Law, Co-founder of VerifyInvestor.com
  • Justin Brownstone, VP of Sales & Litigation Counsel at Gavelytics 
  • Carly Steinbaum, Founder and CEO of De Novo 
  • Frank Grant, Principal at Interstate Venture Capital 

When:   June 20, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 PM. 

  • Registration Check-in Opens at 6:00 PM 
  • Networking, Drinks, & Appetizers  6:00 – 6:40 PM 
  • Introductions 6:40 – 7:00 PM 
  • Panel Discussion 7:00 – 8:00 PM 
  • Questions 8:00 – 8:15 PM 
  • Networking 8:15 – 9:00 PM

Where:   The Annenberg Community Beach House - Garden Terrace Room.  The event and registration does not open until 6 pm.  Drinks and appetizers will be served.

For more info please visit: http://smba.net/event-2853446

[Webinar] Everything you need to know about blockchain, ICOs, and securities tokens - Part 2

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Katipult presents a webinar on everything you need to know about blockchain, ICOs, and securities tokens featuring our co-founder, Jor Law. To register for free, please visit: 

https://www.katipult.com/webinars/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blockchain-icos-and-securities-tokens-part-2

Are you interested in adding blockchain capabilities to your offering but not sure how? Join us for the second part of the webinar with leading blockchain and industry experts!

The webinar aims to help you get a better understanding of the different token types, the surrounding regulations, and actionable advice on how to use blockchain to grow your business.

Register now:

Everything you need to know about blockchain, ICOs, and securities tokens

Wednesday, June 20 @ 1 PM EDT

Presenters:

Jor Law, Founder of VerifyInvestor.com, one of the leading authorities on blockchain legal aspects.

Igor Denisov, Senior Executive at Polymath.Network, creator of the Polymath securities token platform.

Doug McLean, our very own CTO who leads Katipult blockchain and secondary markets solution implementation.

[Event] World Blockchain Forum

JL Law

Join us in New York. Our Co-founder, Jor Law, will be speaking on the Regulation Panel June 12th, 2018 at 4:30pm.

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[Event] Security Token Summit

JL Law

This focus of this event goes well beyond first-generation cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) exchanges that were shut down by China in September of 2017. It also goes beyond the second-generation (circa 2017) Initial Coin offerings (ICOs) which the SEC has deemed non-compliant.

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ICO Activity Through June 5th 2018

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Initial coin offerings have grown in popularity over the last few years. The sheer volume of funds raised by these coin offerings has shot up in astronomical amounts. To illustrate this point one only need to look at the ICO numbers provided by Icodata.io. Their website is minimal and easy to navigate. Their numbers are presented in easy-to-read graphs. According to their figures, the total amount of cash raised by ICO's just in the first five days of June, is nearly as much as was raised in the years 2014-2016. Let that sink in. $69,213,141 has been raised through ICOs in the 120 hours that existed between June 1 and June 5 of 2018.

Do you know the total amount of funds raised by ICO in 2014? It was only $16,032,082. The total amount raised by ICO in 2015 was only $6,084,000. In 2016 the funds raised through ICO began to climb, but ultimately, only $90,250,273 was raised. The numbers are climbing through these years, and it is apparent that ICO's are becoming more popular. There were only 2 ICOs in 2014. In 2016, there were 29 ICOs, and by the end of 2017, there would be 871 ICOs in that year alone raising a staggering $6,101,438,558. This represents a dramatic uptick in the amount of ICOs and the amount raised through them. 

The interesting thing about the data from 2017 is that the first half of the year was rather quiet. There was not much activity in terms of ICOs. However, through the last six months, particularly the last four months of 2017, the amount of ICO activity spiked dramatically. Ultimately, all previous ICO numbers would be shattered in 2017. The $90 million raised in 2016 looks really small when compared to the over $6 billion mark of 2017. ICOs are now a very big business indeed. That trend has not stopped in 2018. If anything, the booming trend of ICOs has only continued to skyrocket into the present day. 

As we've seen five days into June, ICOs have already raised nearly $70 million dollars. Currently, ICOs have raised a staggering $5,168,439,957 dollars this year, and we are not even halfway done with the year yet. Interestingly, if you look at the graphs for 2018 and 2017 side by side, there is a large spike in funds raised December through March. Each one of those months broke one billion dollars raised. Leading up to December of 2017 ICO numbers are trending up, but since January 2018, ICO numbers have been trending downwards. To be fair, ICOs raised over a billion dollars in February and in March, but they have yet to break a billion dollars in a single month since then. 

Perhaps most interesting, however, is that not all ICO data sites agree on exact figures, but they are pretty close. For example, ICObench shows slightly different figures for the last year. They show the current earnings for this month at over 83 million versus Icodata's figure of just over 69 million. There are other slight figure discrepancies between the two sources. ICObench does not present their data in a format that is as easy to read as Icodata does. Determining a source's quality and trustworthiness falls upon the reader. To be fair, both sources present data that is ballpark to one another. However, Icodata has been cited by major publications such as Forbes and the New York Times. These publications hold themselves and their sources to a high-standard of journalistic integrity. Regardless, the overarching trends for ICOs remain the same.

So how are most of these ICOs doing in in compliance with US securities laws?  The dominant exception used is Rule 506(c), which requires accredited investor verification.

[Event] Blockchain Law Summit 2018

JL Law

Come learn about the laws, why they are there, how to use them to your advantage, and how to make a difference in the creation of future laws at the only blockchain conference dedicated to law.  Our co-founder is a pioneer in the ecosystem of tokenized securities and will be a speaker at the conference.

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[Event] StartEngine Demo Day Livestream

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StartEngine will be hosting its first Demo Day Livestream on May 31st! For more info and to join the LiveStream click the link: https://signup.startengine.com/DemoDay

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