Ex S&P President to Invest in iComply Startup

The startup is aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups
14 August 2018   345

Startup iComply, working in the field of regulatory technologies and compliance with standards, has just completed the initial round of financing, which was headed by former Standard & Poor CEO Deven Sharma, CoinDesk reports.

IComply, aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups (especially for those that conduct ICO), said on Monday that it attracted a seven-figure sum during this invest-round, but did not say the exact figure. The round was also attended by DMG Blockchain and Block X Capital.

In addition, iComply reported that it was joined by former employee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Jeff Bandman, former Managing Director of NASDAQ and the Financial Services Industry Regulation Service (FINRA) Manny Alikandro, MIT Connection Science program member, Praveen Mandal and Prosecutor Thomas Linder.

According to Sharma, he decided to invest in the startup iComply, because the project "is focused on services for ICOs related to risks and compliance with standards." Compliance with the standards, he said, will ensure the transparency of ICO issuers and thereby help to ease the concerns of regulators.

Sharma also believes that iComply can contribute to the spread of crypto technologies, helping the entry of traditional financial services into this industry.

My interest is to see iComply evolve into a benchmark that investors can use to assess credibility of issuers, sustainability of underlying services and the price of ICOs. iComply's patent-pending software enables both security and utility tokens to monitor and document compliance, governance and risk procedures, before a public blockchain executes an immutable trade, providing trust, integrity and transparency for our clients. There have been a few ICOs that had a fundamentally robust offering that I understood and did interest me [but I] missed the opportunity. Others that have transparency from a service like iComply, I would [invest in].
 

Deven Sharma

Ex-president, Standarts & Poors

It is the ideas of transparency and trust, according to Sharma, that sparked his interest in order to start working with the blockbuster. 

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Eidoo to Release Gold Backed Stablecoin

New stablecoin is called Ekon and it will be possible to it for one gram of gold of 999 test
20 September 2018   261

The Swiss blockchain start-up Eidoo has joined the ranks of projects launching own stablecoins, announcing the creation of a stable coin tied to the price of gold.

Eidoo's stablecoin is called Ekon and is a token compatible with the ERC-20 standard, which will be available in a multi-currency purse and on a hybrid decentralized project exchange. It will be possible to exchange 1 Ekon for one gram of gold of 999 test, which is in a special storehouse. Reserves of gold will be audited every 90 days, moreover, to increase confidence in the token, the company promises to be able to watch gold vault via a video camera.

The profit from the purchase and sale of Ekon within the Eidoo ecosystem will be converted into a native EDO project token.

Despite the uniqueness of the offer of the Swiss start-up, not all experts agree with its usefulness, since the price of precious metal is not so stable. So, for the last six months it has fallen by almost $ 150, however it has grown by $ 25 since the end of August.

In October 2017, Eidoo raised $ 27.9 million in a token, and in April of this year received a license from the Swiss Financial Services Standards Supervision Authority (VQF) under the national financial regulator (FINMA).