ENTREPRENEURS – EMBRACE THE MARKET!

“Market is always right” – we all probably heard at one point or another. This phrase is frequently used to describe financial markets. But markets are not always efficient, meaning that while over time markets tend to be right, at any given point in time the market might be mispricing particular investments for one reason or another

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IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN

Most of us are familiar with the devastating impact of natural disasters. Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornadoes can have a significant impact on the lives of those who experience them. Fortunately, the stress of dealing with the aftermath is often balanced by beautiful acts of kindness

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ARE YOU A DEAL MAKER OR AN INVESTOR?

When we started iownit 3 years ago, my co-founder and I had a simple vision we both agreed on – private securities markets were ripe for a technology-driven evolution.​ What are private securities? Broadly speaking these are investments in private companies or funds that are not registered with the SEC

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TEAMWORK, TENACITY, AND TECHNOLOGY

We started iownit with the goal of enabling a more efficient flow of capital into private companies. Capital raising process inefficiencies coupled with the lack of a market infrastructure presented an opportunity for us to leverage our skills and make a change that would benefit all stakeholders

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DON’T GET SOLD ON THE NEXT BIG THING FIND IT AND BUY IT YOURSELF

The private securities market is one of the last bastions in financial services to reach the digital frontier. This lag in innovation has caused investors, intermediaries, and entrepreneurs to accept the probability of missing opportunities due to inaccessible silos, high transaction costs, and operational challenges

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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PRIVATE SECURITIES

Private securities are investable assets issued by a privately owned company in accordance with exemptions from the SEC’s registration requirements. Private securities allow private companies to raise capital from a limited number of accredited investors to start or grow their business. Although private securities are exempt from registration with the SEC, issuers of private securities are still subject to all of the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933

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THE EVOLUTION OF PRIVATE SECURITIES IS JUST BEGINNING

I am excited to now share that IOI Capital and Markets, LLC. has become a registered broker-dealer with an Alternative Trading System (ATS) license. We are believed to be the first such broker-dealer in the U.S. to operate a blockchain-based platform for the digital issuance of private securities and secondary trading of private placement securities

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ACCESS TO PRIVATE SECURITIES CAN’T JUST BE A BUZZWORD

For private security investments to become a more transparent and utilized asset class, it has to be possible to access opportunities, manage them and, if necessary seek liquidity. This could be done on an exchange that supports multiple asset classes and allows for a diverse set of investors to transact with each other

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ACCEPTING RANDOMNESS IN CAPITAL MARKETS

During my first year working on JP Morgan’s investment banking team in New York, fresh out of college, I was dazzled by Wall Street. My group’s floor was always bustling with activity. It was early 1999 and the public equity markets were hot

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