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
On June 18, 2019, we reviewed the SEC concept release on the harmonization of securities offering exemptions. The SEC requested public comments to simplify the exempt offering framework while maintaining appropriate investor protections. This resonated deeply with our team and mission
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
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.
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.
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.
We are told that investing involves the risk of loss and that the safest way to keep your earned money is to simply keep it in the bank (or other low-risk alternatives). What is it about investing that draws people in and helps them plan for the future?
Over the past 15 years, the structure of capital markets in the US has changed. While the number of companies listing their securities and raising capital in public markets has steadily declined, the number of private issuances aimed at raising capital in private markets has steadily increased
Every day we are observing our political system at work. Whether it is an election season or time for legislative battles, we see our elected representatives and follow their work on our behalf. But is there something that entrepreneurs can learn from the workings of our political system.
This week I attended a virtual meeting organized by Texas Blockchain Committee (TBC) and hosted by the office of State Representative Tan Parker. In attendance, there were individuals and organizations based in Texas that are involved in developing practical applications of Blockchain technology.
Raising capital is when a company reaches the stage in its lifecycle when it is taking on new partners in the form of investors. One of the main challenges these management teams face is how to share their story with prospective investors
“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.
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