Bitfinex’s Private Token Sale Raised $1 Billion in 10 Days, Exec Says

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has raised $1 billion through its native token in a private sale, according to its chief technology officer. Paolo Ardoino‏ tweeted Monday that Bitfinex has achieved the target in just 10 days, with participation from “giant” firms from both within the cryptocurrency industry and outside. The funds were collected in the form of USDT, the stablecoin operated by the closely-linked firm Tether, according to the tweet. Some of the investors, which were not named, invested over $100 million worth of tokens each, Ardoino‏ said, adding that others…

Bitfinex Releases Official White Paper for $1 Billion Exchange Token Offering

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has released the official white paper for its $1 billion exchange token sale, revealing it will also launch a dedicated platform for projects to raise funds via similar initial exchange offerings (IEOs) starting from next month. Bitfinex published the white paper Wednesday, confirming recent reports that it’s aiming to raise up to $1 billion worth in the tether (USDT) stablecoin by selling its own exchange token, dubbed LEO, in a private sale. However, the white paper indicated the private sale will end on May 11, not the…

Bitfinex ‘Official Doc’ Confirms Plans to Raise up to $1 Billion in IEO for Its Token LEO

Zhao Dong, a shareholder of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, has released new promotional material detailing the exchange’s upcoming initial exchange offering (IEO) for up to $1 billion. The information was shared in a tweet from Dong on May 4. The document, allegedly released by iFinex — the company behind Bitfinex and Tether (USDT) — announces the availability of up to 1 billion USDT worth of the exchange’s tokens, dubbed LEO, for purchase. The token described in the marketing document — which specifies that it is not a white paper — is…

‘Not a White Paper’: Marketing Document Details $1 Billion Bitfinex Token Sale

New details are emerging about a planned $1 billion token sale to be held by iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether, two cryptocurrency companies currently being sued by the state of New York for allegedly covering up a $850 million loss in customer funds. Released today on Twitter by known company shareholder and over-the-counter trader Zhao Dong, a 3-page “marketing document” details the specifics of how the sale might ultimately take place, while noting throughout that it is not intended to be legally binding. For example, the document…

English Soccer Club Launches Blockchain Fan Token

English Premier League soccer team West Ham United turns to blockchain to launch its own token. The “fan token,” powered by Socios.com will allow West Ham’s 40 million supporters to vote on club decisions and gain access to exclusive rewards. The fan token initiative has already been adopted by Juventus and Paris St. Germaine and comes during a wave of mainstream blockchain adoption. Just this week, Jaguar Land Rover inked a deal with cryptocurrency platform IOTA.  West Ham United is proud to announce a partnership with @socios, the blockchain-based fan…

Data Market Ocean Tries New Token Sale After CoinList Offering Misses Target

After a token sale on CoinList failed to reach its target, data marketplace Ocean is trying again on crypto exchange Bittrex International. Ocean Protocol has a vision to become the ecosystem for “a new data economy,” its founder Bruce Pon told CoinDesk. With the release of Ocean’s version 1.0 beta network earlier in April, its tokens are ready to be used on the platform, but the company has not quite met its fundraising goal. Through its initial exchange offering (IEO), Ocean aims to raise $6.77 million in bitcoin, following a previous…

The SEC Guidelines are HERE! Release of Crypto Token Guidance

It’s been nearly six months in the making and now the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally published its regulatory guidelines for token issuers. Though many questions remain unanswered, crypto enthusiasts have finally got some clarity on the issue of “tokens as securities.” SEC Guidelines The SEC Guidelines focus on tokens and how and when they may be classed as a security. It includes examples of networks and tokens that fall under security laws, as well as examples of those that don’t. It outlines a number of elements…

Polymath Partners with SeriesOne for Security Token Issuance

Security token platform, Polymath, has reportedly partnered with digital securities fundraising platform, seriesOne, to give customers “end-to-end” solution for security token issuance. Polymath and SeriesOne Partnership The news was first announced by seriesOne yesterday via a press release. The company said the new product will allow issuers to create and manage security tokens that are “compliant throughout their entire lifecycle.” This means from the initial token offering all the way to trading on an exchange. Easier The aim of the partnership is to simplify the creation and management of security tokens.…

Bittrex Exchange Nixes RAID Token Sale at 11th Hour

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex said it canceled an “initial exchange offering” (IEO) just hours before it was set to launch. The RAID Project had planned to raise $6 million through the sale of a token called XRD to the exchange’s customers. But Bittrex said it called off the sale after learning that the issuer’s strategic partnership with an e-gaming data analytics company OP.GG had been abruptly terminated. That alliance “was a vital part of the RAID project,” Bittrex said in a statement. “When Bittrex International became aware of this significant event, we did…

Security Token Startup Templum Shifts to Private Blockchains

Security token specialist Templum is shifting from public to private blockchains. Announced Monday, enterprise software vendor Symbiont is building a private blockchain and smart contracts system that Templum will use for future security token offerings (STOs) by its clients. Previously, the regulated broker-dealer left the choice of blockchain protocol up to the issuers, but this posed problems, Templum CEO Christopher Pallotta told CoinDesk. Many were choosing ERC-20 tokens that run on top of ethereum, said Pallotta, but that network’s well-known scaling challenges meant trading could be hampered during periods of high transaction…