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UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Achieved Record Funding Levels in 2021

Crowdfund Insider | | Jan 12, 2022

Seedrs office - UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Achieved Record Funding Levels in 2021Seedrs, a leading UK-based securities crowdfunding platform that is merging with Republic, has provided a retrospective of 2021 performance.

According to Seedrs, 2021 was a year that delivered record-level funding. The top-line numbers are as follows:

  • £696 million invested into securities offerings
  • 310 funded deals
  • 102 securities offerings of over £1 million
  • A 90% funding success rate
  • 12 portfolio companies delivered profitable company-level exits in 2021.

See:  $100M Crowdfunding Deal: Republic acquires the UK’s Seedrs for European expansion

The largest private offerings listed on Seedrs include:

  • Lick – £15 million – most funded
  • Ziglu – £7.326 million or 724% as the highest percentage funded
  • Chapel Down – £6.95 million involving 4172 investors – the most investors of any securities offering

Seedrs not only facilitates capital formation in the UK but is active in continental Europe having funded 33 EU businesses during 2021. Investors harken from 74 different countries.

A key feature of the Seedrs platform is its successful secondary market – a service that has been years in the making as private securities trading is a challenging task. Seedrs reports that during 2021 trading increased by 60% versus 2020 with £8 million in securities traded.

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A Brief History of Security Tokens And Why This Time It’s for Real

Republic | Janine Yorio | Dec 14, 2021

 

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A multi trillion dollar universe of illiquid, privately held assets stands ready to be securitized on the blockchain. Millions in venture capital is riding on the premise. So why haven’t security tokens caught on yet?

The difference between Utility & Security Tokens 

Utility tokens are like chips in a casino. They can be used as currency within the casino for playing games, tipping dealers and sometimes buying drinks or hotel rooms. Holders of a casino’s chips do not own a stake in the casino, nor does it entitle the holder to any of the house’s winnings or profits. Security tokens, on the other hand, are like owning stock in the casino, shares in the company itself. When the house wins, you win. Security token holders own something that might pay off through profits or distributions. Utility tokens are used in an ecosystem. Security tokens give you ownership in that ecosystem.

In 2018, when many notable utility tokens nosedived in value, the crypto community rallied around security tokens and declared that their simplicity would be the salvation of the crypto economy. Some were even saying that security tokens would become crypto’s “killer app.” Venture capital poured into security token projects, lured by the prospect of bringing liquidity to private markets, especially real estate, which is the world’s largest asset class--and one where brilliant minds have struggled to bring true liquidity for decades.

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That year, Founders Fund and Andreesen Horowitz led an unusually large ($28MM!) seed round into Harbor, a crypto startup promising to put ownership of real-world assets on the blockchain. The company’s founder declared that Harbor would do to the real estate market what email did to snail mail. Three years later, the real estate market has escaped any noticeable change. Harbor’s slow attempt to mainstream security tokens is indicative of what has happened across the entire security token industry: big promises, disappointing results. It’s easy to see why people might (wrongfully) conclude that security tokens are a bust.

Why have security tokens been so slow to catch on?

In order for security tokens to achieve their full potential, they must fulfill their promise of liquidity. Liquidity requires two things: a regulated exchange and sufficient trading volume. So far, neither of these requirements has materialized.

Most attempted security token exchanges have floundered. In 2018, well-funded companies like Templum, tZero, Coinbase, Openfinance and Sharespost announced that they would list security tokens on their exchanges. Sharespost was particularly well positioned to do so because they were an existing broker dealer with ATS registration. Three years later, the only exchange which has succeeded even modestly is tZero. However, even tZero, a passion project of publicly-traded firm Overstock.com, only offers two security tokens for public trading, one of which is an affiliate of its parent company. Openfinance, although still in existence, offers securities with a combined market cap of only around $50 million–a mere drop in the bucket.

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At the moment, no dominant platform for trading security tokens exists. Furthermore, the complex compliance issues have largely discouraged new entrants. But there is hope. Since security tokens are programmable, compliance can be baked right into the token which should reduce compliance hassles. Compliant protocols like Polymath and Harbor have figured out how to collaborate with exchanges to address these issues.

Trading volume has also been thin, but the expectation that digital securities would trade with the volume and frequency of public equities or cryptocurrencies was flawed from the start. Digital securities represent private investments, an asset class that has always traded infrequently. Adding blockchain does not necessarily incentivize owners to trade them any more frequently.

Exchanges don’t exist and trading volume is thin. Where is the silver lining in all of this?

Security tokens are subject to greater regulatory scrutiny than utility tokens (like Bitcoin or Ethereum) from the US Securities & Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Security tokens require full SEC approval to be sold in public offerings to non-accredited investors or traded on secondary exchanges. This is one of the many reasons their growth and adoption has been more modest.

The SEC (once considered an insurmountable obstacle to compliant token offerings) is finally starting to qualify offerings. Nothing pours fuel on a financial product’s fire quite like transparency and regulatory clarity, and it’s happening now.

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In July 2019, the SEC qualified the first Regulation A token offering (a $23MM offering for Blockstack) setting precedent for the sale of tokens that are immediately tradable to both accredited and non-accredited investors. They also provided clarity around secondary sales.

In July 2020, Arca Labs began trading its digital security token, the ArCoin, which is registered with the SEC and represents shares in Arca’s U.S. Treasury Fund.

In September 2020, the SEC finally registered an $85 million security token offering from INX, a foreign crypto trading company. This became the first ever security token IPO qualified by the SEC, marking a major milestone.

In April 2021, the SEC qualified a Reg A+ token offering for Exodus, marking the first digital asset security which conferred equity in a US-based issuing company. Exodus subsequently raised $75 million from 6,800 individual investors.

Security tokens aren’t strictly a US phenomenon. In May 2021, a Singapore-based bank issued its first security token offering, a $11.3MM digital bond that pays a 0.6% annual coupon.

These movements may appear relatively small, but they mark an important transition for the crypto industry, as it evolves from the Wild West of the dark web to navigating the daunting obstacle course of regulatory scrutiny. All of these changes pave the way for massive mainstream adoption.

See:  Your Complete Guide to Security Token Exchanges

Given all of these positive developments, I have become very bullish on security tokens, but let me be very clear: my enthusiasm has absolutely nothing to do with fractionalization or liquidity. Both of those things are already widely available in the stock market. Tokenization adds very little on either of these fronts.

Instead, let’s be brutally honest about what people love about crypto. (Hint: it’s not their stability or their SEC compliance.) Crypto’s popularity is entirely attributable to its insane volatility--so volatile that 20%+ intraday swings are not atypical. Previous attempts to tokenize stable, income-generating assets have failed to acknowledge this fundamental truth. If the carrot of fractionalization alone were seductive enough to encourage people to invest, then REITs would be as popular as Shiba Inu coin. But they’re not.

The problem with early security tokens like Aspen Coin or the RealT coins is that they seem like they make sense but they offer absolutely zero potential for the kinds of meteoric returns that Dogecoin fans love. Security token advocates point to the stability of underlying assets as an important attribute and one that should breed a strong affinity. But stability contradicts the very ethos of crypto. If security tokens are ever going to induce full-fledged crypto mania, it will be because their issuers finally embrace their volatility rather than try to avoid it.

The perfect security token is one that is secured by real assets--but where the underlying assets themselves offer the potential payout for a moonshot return.

I believe that security token alchemy will occur when an insightful issuer finally creates a SEC-qualified digital security token that has potential moonshot returns. Why?

See:  The era of security tokens has begun

Combining the legitimacy of SEC qualification with the rocket fuel of crypto-style returns would be like the gateway drug for all the crypto-curious conservative investors who have dabbled in Bitcoin but are too timid to invest in the types of highly speculative utility tokens which might turn out to be completely worthless. A truly compliant crypto asset backed by actual, quantifiable and verifiable assets with the potential for exceedingly high returns would break the internet--and maybe Coinbase, too.

For investors attracted to the high returns but deterred by an investment backed by nothing more than a white paper and a promise of future utility, the allure of such a security token would be irresistible.

Authored by:  Janine Yorio, Managing Director, Republic.co

Janine Yorio - A Brief History of Security Tokens  And Why This Time It’s for RealRepublic Realm is a metaverse innovation and investment platform and among the largest owners of digital real estate NFTs in Decentraland, Sandbox and Axie Infinity and among the most active developers of in-metaverse content in Sandbox and Decentraland. Republic Realm is the creator of the Fantasy Islands master-planned community NFT project. Republic Realm is backed by strategic financial and crypto investors and Galaxy Interactive. Republic Realm is based in New York City, and is an affiliate of Republic.co, the alternative investment platform. For more information, visit www.republicrealm.com.


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Kickstarter plans to move its crowdfunding platform to the blockchain

TechCrunch via Yahoo Finance | | Dec 8, 2021

kickstarter adding blockchain finance - Kickstarter plans to move its crowdfunding platform to the blockchainCrowdfunding platform Kickstarter is making a big bet on the blockchain, announcing plans to create an open source protocol "that will essentially create a decentralized version of Kickstarter’s core functionality." The company says the goal is for multiple platforms to embrace the protocol, including, eventually, Kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter is launching a new organization called Kickstarter PBC, which will begin development of the protocol. Kickstarter is funding the project, appointing an initial board for the organization and committing to be one of the first platforms on the protocol, though no specific timelines were offered for when such a transition might take place.

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The company also announced that they're establishing an "independent governance lab," which will publish research and engage with the community on the topic of protocol governance.

It's an interesting path for Kickstarter, which already shares some philosophical DNA with blockchain products allowing consumers to support projects and build up a community around them while taking a stake in the success of those products. While the "stake" in Kickstarter's model has been a completed physical or digital product, newer blockchain crowdfunding platforms are upending that model by giving users tokens tied to the projects which can accrue in value as the product matures. Some of these efforts are questionably legal, but there are endless ways to obfuscate what exactly is being bought and sold by users.

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For the time being it seems Kickstarter is aiming to proceed slowly in terms of how the protocol will impact the user experience.

"As a user, the Kickstarter experience you’re familiar with will stay the same. You won’t 'see' the protocol, but you will benefit from its improvements," a blog post from the company reads.

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FreeRossDAO: Another blueprint for peer to peer Crypto Crowdfunding

BeInCrypto - FreeRossDAO:  Another blueprint for peer to peer Crypto CrowdfundingLast month, a hastily formed group calling itself ConstitutionDAO threw together a fundraising scheme to buy a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution at auction, raising $48 million in just a few days.

Now another group is following its playbook in an effort to free dark web marketplace Silk Road’s imprisoned founder. So far, the day-old FreeRossDAO has raised more than 840 ether, worth $3.8 million. In doing so, it is laying the groundwork for a new way of crowdsourcing fundraising.

While FreeRossDAO’s ultimate goal is to get Ulbricht out of his two-life-sentence-plus-40-years jail term, its short-term goal is to win an NFT auction of 10 Ulbricht drawings being sold to raise funds for both the Free Ross campaign and more general prisoner support. The auction is being held on the SuperRare NFT marketplace during Art Basel Miami, which runs from Dec. 2 through Dec. 4.

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If its bid is successful, FreeRossDAO is planning to tokenize the 10 Ulbricht NFTs and distribute the $ROSS cryptocurrency to donors, who will own a fraction of the artwork, along with voting rights over what to do with it.

FreeRossDAO plans to put excess funds into a war chest for future projects, also controlled by $ROSS holders.

A Patreon/Kickstarter Hybrid

The high-profile ConstitutionDAO effort ultimately failed to win the historic document, despite having raised more than twice the amount of the auction house Sotheby’s estimate. However, that was because it ran headfirst into the billionaire hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin, who was apparently determined to get the Constitution at any price.

A proof-of-concept test had proven that the structure worked.

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If FreeRossDAO is successful — and it seems unlikely that any billionaires want Ulbricht’s 10 pencil drawings — it will have created a blueprint for future fundraising efforts.

Combine the increasingly mainstream NFT artwork craze, self-governing decentralized autonomous organizations at the heart of DeFi, and social media — the Discord social chat app and Twitter, in this case — and you’ve got a mashup of Patreon and Kickstarter for the crypto age.

What’s a DAO?

In a DAO, cryptocurrency tokens are sold that entitle the holder to vote on control of the project. Once created, the founders cede all management functions to the leaderless organization, creating an organization with no third-party control.

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All financial decisions and rule changes are controlled by an automated voting process: X number of votes bring a rule-change proposal before the entire organization, and token holders have a set time period — often a week or two — to vote on it. If enough voters support the proposal, the self-executing smart contract that runs the project automatically implements it.

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$100M Crowdfunding Deal: Republic acquires the UK’s Seedrs for European expansion

Yahoo | | Dec 1, 2021

republic acquires seedrs - $100M Crowdfunding Deal:  Republic acquires the UK’s Seedrs for European expansionUK equity crowdfunding business Seedrs - who’s merger with rival Crowdcube was earlier blocked by competition regulators - has been acquired by start-up investing platform Republic in a $100m deal.The move comes after Seedrs criticised the the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority earlier this year as stifling the UK’s potential to boost startups.

Seedrs was the first ever regulated equity crowdfunding business in the world and has pushed £1.5bn of investment through the platform during its history, even acting as retail investment platform for digital bank Revolut, now a unicorn. The platform was also the first to introduce a secondary marketplace.

Republic is a leading US fintech company that allows people to invest in private market equity, debt or crypto offerings and has almost one ($1) billion dollars under management through its private asset management practice.

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Prior to this deal, Republic and Seedrs had a longstanding partnership where Seedrs advised Republic’s leadership team.

The acquisition of Seedrs follows Republic's recent $150M Series B financing announcement, led by Valor Equity Partners.

Seedrs Cofounder and now chairman Jeff Lynn will continue in his role at Seedrs, and will shepherd Republic’s European expansion, which will now be in a position to take advantage of new EU legislation that has harmonised crowdfunding rules in the bloc.

Speaking to the FT, Lynn said

the new rules “created a true European harmonised regulatory regime, where none existed before,” adding that “the regulatory fragmentation has made it nearly impossible to build platforms of scale — this [reform] gives platforms access to 27 different countries, all under a single regulatory regime.”

US investment firm Davidson Kempner will buy now take the stakes previously owned Seedrs shareholders, mostly for cash. Seedrs also has almost 5,000 smaller investors, including tennis player Andy Murray.

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Republic said it will commit additional capital toward expanding Seedrs in Europe “to help deliver new innovations and products for European investors and private businesses.”

Kendrick Nguyen, Republic’s founder, said:

“We knew international expansion was necessary to achieve cross-bordered participation. In working with Seedrs, we have admired their technological capabilities, the strength of their team and their strong presence in the UK and soon Europe. We anticipate further developing the strengths of both companies from retail, secondaries, crypto, and communities to create a clear industry leader.”

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The bright new age of VC is booming—and is itself being disrupted

The Economist | Nov 22, 2021

Venture capital - The bright new age of VC is booming—and is itself being disruptedThe market capitalisation of venture-capital-backed firms that went public last year amounted to a record $200bn; it is on course to reach $500bn in 2021.  With their pockets full, investors are now looking to bet on a new generation of firms. Global venture investment—which ranges from early “seed” funding for target firms that have not yet developed a product to funding for more established startups—is on track to hit an all-time high of $580bn this year, according to PitchBook, a data provider. That is nearly 50% more than was invested in 2020, and about 20 times that in 2002 (see chart).

The type of investor piling into venture activity has changed just as dramatically. It was once the preserve of niche venture-capital firms run in Silicon Valley. These raised funds from and invested on behalf of pension funds and other end-investors, often relying on vast networks of connections with founders. So far this year, however, only three of the ten biggest venture investors by assets under management have been traditional VC firms.

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Instead, deals led or solely struck by private-equity shops, hedge funds and others that used to conduct little venture activity are on track to nearly double from $144bn in 2020 to $260bn this year. That accounts for a staggering 44% of global VC activity, up from 20% in 2002. “Crossover” funds like Tiger Global Management, which straddle public and private markets, are deploying capital at a breakneck pace. Behemoth pension funds are increasingly directly investing in startups.

The flood of money from deep-pocketed investors has helped swell valuations. But it is also flowing to once-neglected corners and new opportunities. Venture activity now extends well beyond Silicon Valley and America more broadly, and is financing enterprises working on everything from blockchains to biotech.

The wave of capital is also transforming how VC works. VC firms are adopting new strategies as they seek to differentiate themselves in some respects, and to mimic their Wall Street competitors in others. That comes with both benefits and drawbacks for the business of innovation.

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End-investors who previously avoided VC are now getting involved. In addition to alluring returns, picking out the best-performing funds may be easier for VC than for other types of investment: good venture performance tends to be more persistent, according to a paper in the Journal of Financial Economics published last year.

The rush of capital has pushed up company valuations. Seed-stage valuations today are close to where series A valuations (of companies that are typically already generating revenue) were a decade ago. The average seed valuation for an American startup in 2021 is $3.3m, more than five times the level in 2010.

The line between VC and other investors is also blurring further, and not just because Wall Street is encroaching onto Sand Hill Road. Big VC firms are becoming more like other asset managers. Sequoia is expanding its presence in public markets. In October it said that its American and European venture funds will sit within a larger, timeless fund. When portfolio firms go public, their shares will flow to the superfund instead of to end-investors.

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The time taken to strike a deal has shrunk from several weeks to days, if not hours. Zoom has changed the nature of fundraising.

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Crowdcube raises £10 million from crypto giant Circle and eyes European expansion

Evening Standard | Oscar Williams-Grut | Nov 23, 2021

Crowdcube Darren Westlake - Crowdcube raises £10 million from crypto giant Circle and eyes European expansionBritain’s biggest crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is eyeing major expansion to Europe and could one day put company stock on the blockchain after raising £10 million from a US cryptocurrency business.

US business Circle is backing the crowdfunding platform, which has helped the likes of BrewDog, Revolut and Mindful Chef raise money from small time investors. Existing investors Balderton and Molten also took part in the funding round.

Circle owns SeedInvest, a similar startup funding platform in the US. Crowdcube boss Darren Westlake told the Standard the investment extended a partnership between his business and SeedInvest. The pair have in the past partnered up to offer dual listings for startups looking to raise cash in both the UK and US.

“We’ve known SeedInvest for a longtime,” Westlake said.

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The investment from Circle follows the collapse of merger talks with rival UK platform Seeders earlier this year. The deal was blocked by the competition watchdog, a decision that raised questions about the future of both businesses.

Westlake said Crowdcube had done “incredibly well” since then and became operationally profitable earlier this year. He decided to raise money to fund expansion to Europe after a rule change meant companies could raise up to €13 million from retail investors in Europe.

Crowdcube “spoke to all the usual suspects” about investment before being approached by Circle.

While Circle operates SeedInvest, it is best known for cryptocurrency. Founded in 2013, the Goldman Sachs-backed startup originally worked on crypto payment products but has found success with a ‘stablecoin’ -- a cryptocurrency pegged to the dollar. Its USDC stablecoin has a circulation of $33 billion

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