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With SEC enforcement around the corner, ICO community talks self-regulation and how to brace for the storm.

With SEC enforcement around the corner, ICO community talks self-regulation and how to brace for the storm.

There have been calls from within the ICO community to embrace self-regulation, as a regulatory crackdown in the U.S. looks increasingly imminent. Speaking at yesterday’s Consensus: Invest hosted by CoinDesk, InputOutput’s Charles Hoskinson warned that enforcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was inevitable, and might even occur within the next six months. However, according to Bloq‘s Matthew Roszak,…

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3rd VanFUNDING 2017 Blockchain Fintech Conf + Regtech Hackathon

3rd VanFUNDING 2017 Blockchain Fintech Conf + Regtech Hackathon

I’m looking forward to the VanFUNDING Conference next week. This year’s program features a full day of panels, pitching and networking with Canada’s leading fintech, blockchain and crowd finance experts, covering topics such as smart contracts, ICO’s, emerging regulations and more. The conference will be held on November 28, 8am-6pm at the Morris Wosk Centre at SFU. Click here for tickets, program,…

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What’s in a name – should startups distance themselves from the term “Initial Coin Offering”?

What’s in a name – should startups distance themselves from the term “Initial Coin Offering”?

There has been a trend by recent startups towards changing the language surrounding initial coin offerings. You may have noticed an increase in startups issuing an “Initial token offering” or “Token Sale” – or, among the more creative terms: a “token generation event,” “initial capital building mechanism,” or even “ICBM.” CoinDesk used last week’s ICO Forward Summit in New York…

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What the OSC’s decision on TokenFunder’s ICO means for the broader digital currency community

What the OSC’s decision on TokenFunder’s ICO means for the broader digital currency community

Last month we reported that the Ontario Securities Commission’s (“OSC”) had given its blessing for TokenFunder to proceed with their ICO. In their decision, the OSC not only granted the Toronto-based company exemptive relief to conduct their ICO, but to do so exempt from dealer registration requirements and to carry out their ICO under prospectus exemptions. McMillan LLP takes a closer…

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How to think like a regulator: ICOs and tokens

How to think like a regulator: ICOs and tokens

A classification structure for all things crypto and a tool to help you ask questions like a regulator There is a cryptocurrency token for almost every niche market imaginable. Coinmarketcap has listings for 1226 different ones. Presumably, all 1226 of these tokens answer a different business need, have different features, and confer different rights to the holder. It is difficult…

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What impact will blockchain have on online marketplaces

What impact will blockchain have on online marketplaces

Online marketplaces and the rise of the gig economy have transformed the way we do business in ways no one saw coming. With online giants, such as Amazon, tipped to begin accepting payments in crypto, it is important to consider the impact blockchain will have on online marketplaces in particular. Roger Aitken does just that in an article for Forbes,…

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