The rise of equity crowdfunding

Where did equity crowdfunding come from and will we see another surge in the wake of a new economic downturn? By Vanessa Malone Equity crowdfunding is a capital raising method typically utilized by startups and small businesses, whereby a company uses the internet to sell securities (shares, debt, or other ownership rights) to a large […]Continue Reading

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Cost Benefits of Tokenization vs. Traditional Private Placement (updated for 2020)

By Horizon & Entoro Key discussion points: How Entoro’s offerings analysis shows savings may be 40% less expensive using tokenization versus a traditional method of raising capital What the true tangible and intangible benefits digital securities have over traditional private placement How existing capital market participants are integrating blockchain technology to support the new age of […]Continue Reading

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What is SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s safe harbor proposal and the implications surrounding it. By Vanessa Malone In a speech last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce announced a proposal for a three-year “safe harbor” for tokens offerings which would exempt the sale of tokens or cryptocurrencies from certain federal securities law requirements. Token project issuers […]Continue Reading

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The EU steps up its crypto compliance laws for 2020

5AMLD- what’s in store for the blockchain community and how fintech can stay ahead of global regulation By Vanessa Malone The U.S. isn’t the only country cracking down on compliance initiatives surrounding blockchain and digital assets in 2020. Globally, anti-money laundering(AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements have continued to increase and become more applicable […]Continue Reading

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2020- The year the blockchain community stops leading the conversation with “blockchain”

By Vanessa Malone The blockchain community has hit some incredible milestones in the past year. And while its important for these conversations to continue among current community members in order to share new ideas, developments, and implications regarding the technology; at times it seems the community remains in an echo chamber where only the people […]Continue Reading

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A Proposal for a Federally Sponsored Blockchain

Guest Post By Jon Normile, Horizon’s SVP Exchange Compliance Note: Please note that the opinions in this piece are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the company. Blockchain technology will revolutionize how we manage our data and how we empower users. It will streamline processes, remove operational friction and eliminate the inefficiencies […]Continue Reading

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2020-the year of blockchain and digital securities

By Vanessa Malone It seems that in the tech world, each year is deemed the year of (fill in the blank) for some aspect of blockchain technology. 2016 and 2017 were the years of initial coin offerings (ICOs) which took the market by storm and generated an estimated $20 billion in capital. Unfortunately, with the […]Continue Reading

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Horizon Launches $5 Million Series A Round to Support Build Out of Global Trading Venues Powered by Horizon’s Blockchain Technology

By Vanessa Malone This week we announced the launch of Horizon’s $5 million Series A funding round which is now open for investments. Both institutions and qualified investors have the opportunity to become shareholders as we further develop and scale the licensing operations of our proprietary digital securities issuance, compliance, and secondary trading technology being […]Continue Reading

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Are centralized exchanges just a technological stepping stone to decentralized exchanges?

By Vanessa Malone In the world of blockchain, and its first use case cryptocurrencies, exchanges play a crucial role as the hubs where investors go to buy and sell their cryptocurrencies. Today, the majority of trading occurs on centralized exchanges. Currently, the total market cap for cryptocurrencies is ~$208 billion with more than 2,300 cryptocurrencies […]Continue Reading

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Common Exemptions Used for Security Token Offerings

Which securities frameworks are most widely used for security token offerings and how do they compare with one another? By Vanessa Malone Background We like to think of security token offerings, or digital securities offerings, as the next generation of securities. Unlike cryptocurrencies or utility tokens, digital securities represent real ownership interests in an underlying asset […]Continue Reading

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