Horizon Launches $5 Million Series A Round to Support Build Out of Global Trading Venues Powered by Horizon’s Blockchain Technology

By Vanessa Malone This week we announced the launch of Horizon’s $5 million Series A funding round which is now open for investments. Both institutions and qualified investors have the opportunity to become shareholders as we further develop and scale the licensing operations of our proprietary digital securities issuance, compliance, and secondary trading technology being […]Continue Reading

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Are centralized exchanges just a technological stepping stone to decentralized exchanges?

By Vanessa Malone In the world of blockchain, and its first use case cryptocurrencies, exchanges play a crucial role as the hubs where investors go to buy and sell their cryptocurrencies. Today, the majority of trading occurs on centralized exchanges. Currently, the total market cap for cryptocurrencies is ~$208 billion with more than 2,300 cryptocurrencies […]Continue Reading

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Increasing KYC/AML compliance without sacrificing user experience

By Vanessa Malone In today’s digital world, users have come to expect high-tech, high-touch interfaces, personalized experiences, security, and transparency. We see this demand across social media platforms, online shopping, banking, investing — almost every aspect of our everyday activities are becoming increasingly digitized.  On one side, this is great. With new technology comes new and creative […]Continue Reading

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Common Exemptions Used for Security Token Offerings

Which securities frameworks are most widely used for security token offerings and how do they compare with one another? By Vanessa Malone Background We like to think of security token offerings, or digital securities offerings, as the next generation of securities. Unlike cryptocurrencies or utility tokens, digital securities represent real ownership interests in an underlying asset […]Continue Reading

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Key Takeaways from Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech

We are happy to announce that Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech was a great success. A big thank you to everyone who made it.  We welcomed senior regulators from the SEC, FINRA, CFPB, and Texas State Securities Board; blockchain trailblazers including Gemini, Paxful, Coinbase and financial service heavyweights such as Blackrock, UBS, […]Continue Reading

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5 Myths About Conducting a Security Token Offering

By Vanessa Malone A series of events led to the emergence of digital securities, from the rise of equity crowdfunding to the fall of the ICO-era. While the majority of issuers thus far have been utilizing Rule 506(c) of Regulation D to conduct a digital securities offering, a new industry milestone was reached in August […]Continue Reading

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The blockchain community needs to work with, not against regulators

By Vanessa Malone It is said that the blockchain industry is in its infancy. While this may be true regarding adoption and integration, it’s definitely in its rebellious teenage years regarding compliance. A few months ago, Kik made headlines for launching a crowdfunding campaign to support its case against the SEC, claiming its going to […]Continue Reading

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A timeline on increasing AML compliance obligations for the crypto community

By Vanessa Malone Money laundering has reached a new level of sophistication in today’s digital age, with criminals finding new ways to utilize the internet and conceal the origin of illegally obtained funds every day. With the blockchain came a new anti-money laundering (AML) hurdle — the ability to make transactions to anyone in the world anonymously. […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Bytes #7- Can AI help us detect fraud on the Blockchain?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Using Artificial Intelligence To Detect Fraud On The Blockchain.” Authors: Farshad Ghassemi Toosi; Jim Buckley; Ashish Rajendra Sai; Andrew Le Gear Affiliation: Irish Software Research Centre & Horizon Globex Article Category: Fraud detection Why this article? Following up on our last post, we continue our discussion of fraud detection. In this second installment, we focus […]Continue Reading

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The Blockchain Paradigm Shift

What is it and why businesses need to adapt to the new age of transparency, accessibility, and speed By Vanessa Malone A paradigm shift, made popular by American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn, originally detailed Kuhn’s observation of how science changes over time. A shift happened when dominant conceptual ideas, under which normally accepted science […]Continue Reading

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