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   977

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. 

CEO AriseBank Admitted to Fraud

Now Jared Rice faces up to 120 years in prison, however, confession may reduce this period to 20 years
22 March 2019   150

AriseBank CEO Jared Rice confessed to deceiving investors for $ 4.2 million in cryptocurrency. The plea agreement filed in the federal court of Dallas, Dallas News кузщкеы.

According to the document, Rice promised investors a "guaranteed return" of up to 20% of the invested funds, as well as opening bank accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Visa-related debit and credit cards, although he did not have agreements with these companies.

The $ 4.2 million received from the ICO Rice spent on his girlfriend, lawyers, as well as on hotels, food and trips by Uber.

It is noteworthy that Jared Rice’s plea for cryptocurrency fraud was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

Now Rice faces up to 120 years in prison. However, confession may reduce this period to 20 years. Also, the organizer of the scheme will have to pay damages to deceived investors.

The final verdict on the case will be delivered on July 11.

Jared Rice was arrested in November 2018 on charges of fraud with unregistered securities and fraud using electronic means of communication. In December, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) obliged him and Stanley Ford, co-founder of AriseBank, to pay about $ 2.7 million as part of the settlement of the charges.