//CAPITAL MISMATCH CONTINUES
Despite the hype, it’s important to remember that initial coin offerings simply represent a new process and technology for organisations to raise capital and achieve goals. The problem is, whilst the amount of capital raised via coin offerings now outstrips that raised from VCs, the number of companies attempting to raise via coin offerings is still trivial - easily less than 0.1% of the companies attempting to raise capital via the traditional route.
As a result, there is a vast mismatch between the supply of capital, and the number of companies demanding it - leading to the large early stage token/coin offerings we continue to see. However, the landscape is changing rapidly, and whilst wealthy crypto-capital holders will still not be able to spend their money fast enough, the number of companies fighting for that capital will increase. This is good. As is the continually rising standards expected from companies to receive funds.
Expect the mismatch to decrease, and as regulation continues to increase, and governance structures start to merge with traditional capital (as coins & tokens tend to securities) - we’ll be left with the real innovation: securities issued, transferred, traded and recorded on the blockchain - a process that hopefully will have democratised access/opportunity and increased transparency in early stage investing.
But on with the weekly round-up:
Cambridge University Global Cryptocurrency Benchmark Study.
Sam Altman, president of YC, on blockchain helping widen access to YC investing
Colin McGregor enters the blockchain-game.
//DISASTER OF THE WEEK
China continues the clampdown on cryptocurrencies and has banned executives from leaving China, whilst last week’s winner, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan, reiterates his ‘fraud’ comments - but separates the technology of blockchain, from governments’ desire to control their currencies - the core reason for his belief there is no future in bitcoin.
Second largest Japanese travel agency accepts bitcoin and offers exclusive discounts for purchasing in bitcoin.
Carrefour Spain now sells Bitcoin via pre-paid cards.
//ROAD TO REGULATION
Home to the late, infamous Mt. Gox, Japan’s FSA has approved registration for virtual currency exchange Coincheck.
The Financial Commission certified it’s first ICO - Genesis Vision.
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission looks to have a favourable regulatory environment for ICOs from January 2018
Thailand SEC issues favourable announcement on ICOs.
The Irish government supports the Mingo ICO.
Last week highlights:
Mingo - Sep 25th - gamified cryptocurrency education platform
HireMatch - October 1st - decentralised blockchain-based employment marketplace
Compsa - October 2nd- for centralized businesses to adopt blockchain technologies
Kimdotcom returns with the K!M publishing platform - October 3rd
India Blockchain Week - Mumbai, India - September 22-26, 2017
Mingo first livestreamed pre-sale launch - September 25, 2017
World Blockchain Forum - London, UK - September 25-26, 2017
Tearsheet Hot Topic: Bitcoin and Blockchain - New York, U.S.A - September 25, 2017
Next Money Chicago 2017- Chicago, U.S.A - September 26, 2017
Blockchain Middle East Forum - Dubai, UAE - September 25-26, 2017
SEC Live Stream of Advisory Committee meeting on blockchain technology - October 12, 2017