Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The New Fundraising Sensation


Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The New Fundraising Sensation
Event on 2017-08-03 18:00:00
Gnosis ICO raises .5 million worth of ETH in 10 minutes Bancor ICO raises 3 million worth of ETH in 3 hours Tezos ICO raises 2 million worth of BTC and ETH in 12 days These 3 companies are just a small sub-set of blockchain related start-ups that are using a brand new fundraising model; typically called an intial coin offering or token sale, to skirt the traditional VC fundraising strategy and collect direct from the people.  An Initial Coin Offering, or ICO leverages the techinical innovation that inherently comes with digital tokens on blockchain networks. The majority of ICOs thus far have created their own ERC-20 token and offered a percentage of the tokens created for sale. Most commonly on the Ethereum blockchain. The danger in calling these crowdsales ICOs lies in the publics familiarity with the term IPO, initial public offering. Companies have been using IPOs for years to raise capital. To assume the two are one in the same, however, would be incorrect. The differences between them are both vast and subtle and with no clear guidence from regulators; the legal standing of these digital tokens may prove risky for companies and investors. Despite the risk, cryptocurrencies recently topped a 0 billion market cap and are bringing in bigger investors who are offered pre-sale prices better than the general public. Get answers to questions like: What is an ICO and what is it like to raise one? Are ICOs worth investing in as a non-institutional investor? How will regulatory guidelines affect investment strategy? What is the typical distribution model for these tokens? How are these organizations structured? Spend an evening discussing these topics and more with: Shawn Wilkinson, CEO/CTO at Storj Labs Inc. Chris Dannen and Brandon Buchanon, Founding Partners at Iterative Capital Management Bradley Miles, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars August 3rd in the auditorium at Rise NY, a Barclays Innovation Programme "Anyone who’s anyone in tech today knows the three-letter acronym for jumbo-size fundraising: ICO."  – Huffington Post,  July 4, 2017 "Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches" – The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017 Seating is Limited. Purchase Today. SCHEDULE: 6p: Networking and Cocktails 6:30p: Launching an ICO – plus 10 min Q&A Shawn Wilkinson, Founder and CEO of Storj goes in-depth about what it's like to build and launch an ICO.  7p: How the Law views ICOs -plus 10 min Q&A Are ICO tokens securities? Are ICO companies running afoul of securities laws? Will the SEC come after the startups and founders offering them? If you are an investor, how can that affect you?  7:30p: The varieties of ICOs – plus 10 min Q&A Learn the difference between an appcoin and a blockchain token. How are the tokens created and distributed? What to look for in evaluating an ICO and what are some red flags.  8p: Is the ICO Playing Field Fair – plus 10 min Q&A Understand how different token sales are structured, including the percentages that go to founders vs what is offered to the public. Do big investors get preferential treatment? If yes, how much? Should you buy in an ICO or wait until the token hits an exchange? 8:30p: Post-event Networking SPEAKERS:                                                  Shawn Wilkinson CEO/CTO at Storj Labs Inc.                                                     Chris Dannen Founding Partner at Iterative Capital Management Chris is the author of the first 101-level Ethereum textbook “Introducing Ethereum & Solidity”. He is a former corporate strategist for Fortune 50 companies and a published business and technology writer focusing on enterprise technology.                                                Brandon Buchanan, J.D. Founding Partner at Iterative Capital Management Brandon has an expertise in structuring financial products to invest in crypto assets. He was the COO & General Counsel of Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures) a venture capital fund, a former corporate lawyer at Gunderson Dettmer, and an M&A Banker at Credit Suisse AG. Bradley Miles Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars Bradley is the bestselling author of #BreakIntoVC: How to Break into Venture Capital and Think Like an Investor. Bradley previously led research for CoinDesk, the world leader in news and information on digital currencies, and architected their State of Blockchain report and spotlight study on ICOs.  Rise New York is a global community of startups and corporates creating the future of commerce and fintech by helping startups and entrepreneurs connect, co-create, and scale innovation. In partnership with Barclays, we listen, nurture and oxygenate through our international network of Rise hubs. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the U.S. cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

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