How our blockchain technology works together to usher in the future of trading

By Vanessa Malone

There is a lot of hype in the blockchain industry with companies making claims about what they ‘will’ create, or even more detrimental, making false claims about the capabilities of their existing companies. We’ve always liked the approach of coming to the market with live and proven technology solutions.

4 years in the making, we believe Horizon’s blockchain technology stack covering securities issuance through to secondary trading and settlement will usher in the next generation of trading.

Very soon the power of Horizon’s entire blockchain technology suite will be on full display with the upcoming launch of Upstream, a revolutionary stock exchange and trading app for digital securities.

Last week we discussed the power of Upstream as an Ethereum layer 2 solution. This week we want to share Horizon’s individual software solutions that seamlessly integrate to make up our blockchain trading system.

  1. ETSware is Horizon’s digital securities creation and issuance platform which is designed to turn illiquid securities intoelectronically tradeable assets. We offer a hands-on approach to securities issuance, collaborating directly with an issuers’ team to understand and implement unique regulatory, and operational requirements directly into the digital securities. 
  2. KYCware is Horizon’s KYC compliance technology. KYCware works to compliantly verify investors’ identities using a white-label, high-touch onboarding app. As KYCware is integrated into Upstream, traders will see just how streamlined the process becomes during the onboarding stage. KYCware goes further than identity verification; with app questions and forms auto-adjusting according to user entries in order to meet compliance and investor suitability requirements globally across jurisdictions. Notably, sensitive data is never saved to disk on our servers and never outsourced to third parties. To further protect investors, a hash-record of all KYC submissions is logged on Ethereum.
  3. AMLcop is Horizon’s AML compliance technology. AMLcop technology continually screens investors and traders against Horizon’s proprietary database of global sanctions, politically exposed persons (PEPs), and watchlists. Instead of just a one-time check, our lists are updated daily and investors are scanned on a continual basis to enhance issuers’ AML efforts even after a primary issuance. This also comes in handy later in the life-cycle for issuers offering dividends or seeking to list on a regulated trading venue like Upstream.
  4. Custodyware is Horizon’s cap table management and dividend payment technology. The solution enables U.S. transfer agents, registrars and custodians to manage digital securities, pay dividends with the click of a button, and make trading venue transfers. Custodyware also works to protect investors and issuers with transparent and immutable storage of up-to-date shareholder records.
  5. Open Order Book is Horizon’s next generation trading software which features a blockchain-powered matching engine, integrated cash-custody service, and investor protection technologies. Upstream and other markets using Horizon’s technology will feature a transparent orderbook with best bids and offers transparently displayed on a public orderbook. The orders you see will come from other investors in the community to maintain an accurate and fair marketplace.

All of our solutions work on their own but together they make up a powerful trading system that will be powering Upstream. Upstream’s real-time exchange and trading app leverages Horizon’s Ethereum layer-2 blockchain technology to introduce a next generation trading experience. Investors will gain direct access to the exchange through a userfriendly trading app. They will also be able to participate using both digital currency in the form of USDC stablecoin and traditional bank and credit/debit card payments. With real-time trades and settlements, the trade and transfer of ownership will take place immediately.

We are thrilled to not only have a complete blockchain trading system but to also introduce Upstream as an innovative, live use case for the power blockchain technology can have when it comes to securities issuance and trading.

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About Horizon:

Horizon is a fintech company that builds and powers global securities exchanges with an integrated suite of software for compliant issuance, management, and secondary trading of securities. Our in-house solutions combine Wall Street and Silicon Valley to power the next generation of securities offerings and trading in the U.S. and globally. Learn more at

About Upstream:

Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market, is a fully regulated global stock exchange for digital securities. Powered by Horizon’s proprietary matching engine technology, the exchange will enable investors to trade shares in IPOs, crowdfunded companies, US & Int’l. equities, SPACs and celebrity ventures directly from the app Interested issuers can reach the team at


Upstream is a MERJ Exchange market. MERJ Exchange is a licensed Securities Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges and full member of ANNA. MERJ supports global issuers of traditional and digital securities through the entire asset life cycle from issuance to trading, clearing, settlement and registry. It operates a fair and transparent marketplace in line with international best practice and principles of operations of financial markets. Upstream does not endorse or recommend any public or private securities bought or sold on its app. Upstream does not offer investment advice or recommendations of any kind. All services offered by Upstream are intended for self-directed clients who make their own investment decisions without aid or assistance from Upstream. Customers must comply with applicable law of their own jurisdiction. By accessing the site or app, you agreed to be bound by its terms of use and privacy policy. Company and security listings on Upstream are only suitable for investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with speculative investments, often in early and development stage companies. There can be no assurance the valuation of any particular company’s securities is accurate or in agreement with the market or industry comparative valuations. Investors must be able to afford market volatility and afford the loss of their investment. Companies listed on Upstream are subject to significant ongoing corporate obligations including, but not limited to disclosure, filings and notification requirements, as well compliance with applicable quantitative and qualitative listing standards.


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