Category Archives: Wall Street

SEC Evolving On Bitcoin

It appears that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s view of crypto-currencies is “evolving.” It is now apparently distinguishing between what it deems to be securities offerings (i.e., initial coin offerings) and tokens that are supposedly “assets.” In a recent speech, … Continue reading

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Should Mega-Corps Crowdfund?

Does the ¡Yappah! crowdfunding site on Indiegogo look pretty professional? It should. ¡Yappah! is an invention of Innovation Lab, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods. Tyson is a $25.2 Billion marketcap company whose stock trades on the NYSE. Innovation Lab is … Continue reading

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Academic Study Finds Big Profits in ICOs

To misquote celebrity chef Ina Garten: “How dangerous is this?” Boston College’s Carroll School of Management recently published a study of initial coin offerings (#ICO) concluding: “We find evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of 179% from the … Continue reading

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The Crypto-Craze Continues Apace

Would you invest in a company: with no articulated business plan, that wants to build a “platform” for hosting web applications, but won’t develop any software after releasing it (hoping others will do it), and won’t build any public network … Continue reading

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Security Token Exchange Planned

The Wall Street Journal reports that BOX Digital Markets LLC is planning to start a blockchain based exchange for “security tokens” in a joint venture with digital-assets trading platform tZero. Security tokens are digital “coins” issued in Initial Coin Offerings … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Women More Successful

Perception is reality. Although the venture capital world is less likely to fund a female-driven startup, the crowd happens to like them. PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that “found women-led crowdfunding campaigns are 32 percent more successful than male-led campaigns. And the average … Continue reading

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HBO’s Silicon Valley Tries Crypto-Currency

Pied Piper decides to circumvent its Venture Capitalist and a $30 million Series B in order to raise the money via an Initial Coin Offering. The ICO offers Richard freedom from the constraints of the VC’s micro-managing but he will … Continue reading

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