Kakao to Raise $90M Thru Private Coin Offering

Raised funds will be used for creating Klaytn blockchain platform
11 March 2019   356

The developer of the popular messenger KakaoTalk South Korean Kakao Corp. attracted $ 90 million investment to create its own blockchain platform Klaytn. Funding received through a private coin offering, reports Bloomberg.

The participants of the investment round were the funds of IDG Capital, Translink Capital and Crescendo Equity Partners.

Plans to create Klaytn, using the subsidiary of Kakao Corp. company Ground X became known in March last year. Initially, the launch of the platform was planned until the end of 2018, but was postponed several times.

According to the white paper of the project, which was published in November, it was expected that Klaytn will begin work in the first quarter of this year, but now this date has been rescheduled - the new date is already June.

It is noteworthy that Kakao Corp. intends to raise another $ 90 million in funding. A new investment round starts tomorrow, March 12th.

According to CEO Ground X Jason Han, for the first year of the platform, the company intends to register 10 million user accounts. It is also planned to expand the staff, which currently is 65 people.

Ground X plans to integrate various third-party services into the platform, including games and applications for travelers. To transfer the solutions to the blockchain, 26 companies have already been attracted, among which Jason Hahn calls game developer Wemade Entertainment Co. and Chinese travel agency Zanadu.

Bitfinex's LEO Token Whitpaper to be Released

Public stage of tokensale may not be conducted if hardcap of $1B won't be reached during closed sale
08 May 2019   303

Bitfinex Cryptocurrency Exchange published the whitepaper LEO token, with which it intends to raise $ 1 billion during the initial exchange offering (IEO).

It is expected that this amount will allow to fill the previously formed deficit of $ 850 million - the site operator will redeem tokens monthly for an amount of 27% of the profits.

Private stage of tokensale ends on May 11. If the intended hardcap won't be reached by this time, Bitfinex may refuse the public part of the campaign.

If fewer than 1 billion USDt tokens are sold by private token sale, the Issuer may thereafter sell remaining tokens at times and in a manner it deems appropriate in its sole discretion, consistent with applicable law. 

LEO Whitepaper

The issuer of the LEO token is Unus Sed Leo Limited, the newly registered IEO-iFinex platform.

The document also says that iFinex, which will be launched in June, will actively participate in the development of the second-tier Lightning Network.

iFinex has joined with a number of other companies and individuals to help develop and finalize the support for digital assets on Lightning Network. Ideally, digital assets developed and introduced by iFinex, including the LEO token, will be among the first digital assets launched on the Lighting Network.

LEO Whitepaper

In addition, Bitfinex plans to create a “a licensed and regulated security tokens exchange”, launch a derivative product with security at USDT and leverage up to 100x, as well as the Dazaar Big Data Marketplace and Betfinex exchange rates.

Another project will be the modular set of tools, libraries and protocols μFinex, based on the principles of open source. It will be used in both exchange and derivative products.

It worth reminding that in late April, the Attorney General’s Office of New York reported receiving a court order against Bitfinex in connection with the alleged loss of the last $ 850 million and the concealment of this fact from market participants.

Representatives of the trading platform said that we are not talking about permanent loss. These funds are frozen in bank accounts of Panamanian processing Crypto Capital Corp., located in four countries.

To ensure liquidity, Bitfinex was forced to use Tether Limited's funds for a loan and, according to the AG’s Office, has already received $ 750 million from the company's reserves. This was considered by the department as a crime.

On May 7, the New York State Supreme Court upheld the injunction against the Bitfinex Bitcoin Exchange, which does not allow Tether Limited to use its reserves for Exchange lending and other investment activities.