ETC to Roll Out Custodial Services In Historic Issuance of Blockchain Securities

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Electronic Transaction Clearing, Inc. (ETC) has integrated with t0’s platform and will act as custodian of shares in a forthcoming Blockchain preferred share offering from Overstock.com.

“This is another piece of a puzzle we are assembling as we create the world’s first Blockchain-based securities trading platform,” said Joe Cammarata, electronic trading veteran and newly-appointed President of t0. “ETC is as eager as we are to be a part of the historic moment when the world’s first digital security is issued using distributed ledger technology.” 

Under the agreement, ETC will provide custodian services to securities broker-dealer Keystone Capital Corporation, which has licensed t0’s Blockchain-based trading technology.

“We at ETC are excited to be a part of this new and ground-breaking endeavor.  This venture with t0 is a natural partnering for ETC in that it falls in line with ETC’s core values and commitment to utilizing cutting-edge technology to continuously explore efficiencies in the securities markets,” said Harvey Cloyd, CEO of ETC’s parent, ETC Global Group. “ETC’s nimble clearing ecosystem and efficient transaction processing make it a perfect vehicle for serving as the first clearing firm to transact in these securities.”

Medici, Inc., parent of t0, is Overstock.com’s (NASDAQ:OSTK) majority-owned financial technology subsidiary, focusing on applying Blockchain technology to solving important financial transaction problems, particularly in the area of securities settlement. Overstock.com made financial history in June of 2015 as the first public company to issue a private security using Blockchain technology. In December of 2015, the SEC declared parent company Overstock.com’s S-3 filing effective, giving Overstock.com the ability to issue Blockchain shares in a public offering.

The securities described above will be offered by Overstock pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3, as amended, previously filed with and declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the SEC.  This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

t0 (pronounced tee-zero) is a majority owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as Blockchain technologies. Since its inception in October of 2014, t0.com has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of Blockchain technology. More information is available at t0.com.

Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com andhttp://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

Electronic Transaction Clearing, Inc. (“ETC”), a Los Angeles-based registered US brokerage and clearing firm and subsidiary of ETC Global Group.   ETC is a preeminent brokerage and clearing group, which offers sophisticated clearing, settlement and custodial services to securities industries participants, such as broker-dealers, ATS’s (alternative trading systems), routing firms, professional trading firms, black-box trading firms and hedge funds.  Since its regulatory approval in July 2009, the Firm routinely has cleared a significant percentage of all US daily equities share volumes.  ETC US is a member of FINRA, SIPC and all major US stock exchanges.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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