ConsenSys to Raise $200M, Media Reports

ConsenSys distributes presentation materials to Chinese investors, which say that the company expects to receive $ 50 million in revenue this year
16 April 2019   353

Based in Brooklyn, Ethereum-start-up ConsenSys is going to attract financing in the amount of $ 200 million from outside investors with a company's market valuation of $ 1 billion, the Information reports.

To this end, ConsenSys distributes presentation materials to Chinese investors. They say that the company expects to receive $ 50 million in revenue this year, mainly due to contracts with corporate clients and government agencies.

The publication also notes that in 2018, ConsenSys revenue amounted to "only $ 21 million." The structure of revenues, the sources of which are many supported by startups, is not specified.

The startup was founded in 2014 by Joseph Lubin, who at first financed ConsenSys from his own funds. Gradually, the number of staff of the company reached 1,200 people. However, when the price of Ethereum after the 2017 boom subsided sharply, the startup reduced 13% of employees. At the end of last year, as part of the reorganization, Lubin announced the launch of ConsenSys 2.0, as well as an emphasis on partnership with outside investors from the world of traditional finance.

In January, ConsenSys invested $ 1 million in the Coinhouse trading platform and an unknown amount in Tenta startup, focused on encryption.

dOrg to Become The First DAO With Legal Status in US

DAO is a company in which the centralized leadership and hierarchy is replaced by a smart contract
13 June 2019   192

The decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) dOrg based on the DAOstack framework registered dOrg LLC in Vermont, USA. This was the first precedent in the United States, according to law firm Gravel & Shea.

According to the company, the blockchain-based limited liability company (BBLLC) has a legal status, which allows it to enter into agreements and protect the interests of participants in accordance with applicable law.

Note that a DAO is a company in which the centralized leadership and hierarchy is replaced by a smart contract. Decisions in such organizations are made by voting by the participants, which provides consensus.

dOrg asked us to help design a DAO legal wrapper after discovering the potential of BBLLCs. We believe that dOrg is now the first legal entity that directly references blockchain code as its source of governance. Its material operations and ownership interests are managed entirely on-chain.
 

Oliver Goodenough

Law professor, Vermont Law School and special counsel, Gravel & Shea

dOrg believes that they have made the first step in integrating the DAO format into the existing economy.

Some time ago, Moloch DAO attracted 1000 ETH from Vitalik Buterin, Joseph Lubin, start-up ConsenSys and non-profit organization Ethereum Foundation.