The blockchain community needs to work with, not against regulators

By Vanessa Malone It is said that the blockchain industry is in its infancy. While this may be true regarding adoption and integration, it’s definitely in its rebellious teenage years regarding compliance. A few months ago, Kik made headlines for launching a crowdfunding campaign to support its case against the SEC, claiming its going to […]Continue Reading

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The Blockchain Paradigm Shift

What is it and why businesses need to adapt to the new age of transparency, accessibility, and speed By Vanessa Malone A paradigm shift, made popular by American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn, originally detailed Kuhn’s observation of how science changes over time. A shift happened when dominant conceptual ideas, under which normally accepted science […]Continue Reading

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5 ways Horizon is working to fuel security token adoption

By Vanessa Malone We believe that blockchain technology will completely evolve how the world issues and trades securities. We also believe that solutions like Horizon’s one-stop-shop will help streamline the transition for issuers, investors, and other industry participants. Here are 5 ways we’re working to fuel security token adoption, or what we like to call […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Bytes #5- Can Blockchain fight poverty?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Potential roles of Blockchain in fighting poverty and reducing financial exclusion in the global south.” Authors: Nir Kshetri Affiliation: The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA Article Category: Use Case Why this article? We have all heard the bold claims that Blockchain is going to revolutionize the global economy. We have also heard all the […]Continue Reading

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Reg A+ security token offerings are the future of capital raising

By Vanessa Malone Just last month, a major milestone for both the blockchain and financial communities was accomplished. Blockstack and YouNow became the first Reg A+ token offerings to be qualified by the SEC. These qualifications allowed them to broadly market their offerings and accept investments from the general public. This week, Blockstack announced its […]Continue Reading

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Removing cryptocurrency volatility from the security token marketplace

By Vanessa Malone This week, we announced that Horizon’s blockchain technology suite will power Antigua & Barbuda’s international exchange for investors to buy and sell compliant digital securities, also referred to as security tokens.  The proposed framework combines three critical components for a healthy digital securities marketplace to thrive on the Ethereum public blockchain: Government […]Continue Reading

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Keeping your security token offering compliant without scaring away investors

By Vanessa Malone Security token offerings (STOs), or digital securities offerings (DSOs), offer issuers an incredible capital raising vehicle with unprecedented transparency and liquidity potential in the secondary market. As the majority of DSOs were deemed offerings of securities by regulators, most issuers turned to Regulation A+(Reg A+), Rule 506(C) of Regulation D (Reg D), […]Continue Reading

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What anti-money laundering software looks like on the blockchain

By Vanessa Malone Money laundering has reached a new level of sophistication in today’s digital age, with criminals finding new ways to utilize the internet and conceal the origin of illegally obtained funds every day. The blockchain introduced a new anti-money laundering (AML) hurdle — the ability to make transactions to anyone in the world anonymously. With […]Continue Reading

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The transfer agent solution to the digital securities custody problem

By Vanessa Malone In a previous blog, we discussed how a transfer agent’s role is of critical importance when it comes to maintaining truly compliant digital securities offerings. We also introduced CustodyWare, our blockchain solution which enables an issuer’s designated transfer agent to compliantly custody digital securities, manage transfers, and maintain accurate shareholder listings leveraging […]Continue Reading

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What advantages do digital securities have over traditional securities?

By Vanessa Malone We live in an increasingly digitized world and technology is making everything more simple, transparent, and efficient on a multitude of levels. It only makes sense that advanced technology would come around to evolve today’s capital markets and solve for inefficiencies.  While digital securities are still securities, as the SEC may have […]Continue Reading

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