Token Sales For Entrepreneurs: A Workshop On Token Economic Design And Legal Compliance

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Smith + Crown and Debevoise & Plimpton will be hosting a workshop for entrepreneurs seeking to leverage the power of tokenization. Smith + Crown is a Blockchain research, data, and consulting group focused on public Blockchain technologies. Debevoise & Plimpton is an international law firm with a leading Blockchain and token sale practice.

Theyf have previously hosted a version of this workshop in San Francisco and due to popular demand, are expanding to Los Angeles on July 20th and New York on August 3rd. We are also offering a webcast for both events.

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Why token sales are important

Token sales have become an increasingly popular way of financing early stage companies and projects. Since the first token sale launched in 2013, the token sale market has seen consistent and steady growth. In 2016, that growth intensified as both interest in the Blockchain industry and the ease of launching new crypto-tokens increased. New companies of virtually every kind–from gaming to finance, medicine to cinema, and social media to supercomputing–have launched token sales to fund their projects. In fact in 2017, token sales eclipsed venture capital as the primary source of early stage funding in the Blockchain industry.

Why this session is important

Token sales present unique challenges and opportunities to entrepreneurs. First, designing the token itself involves balancing the considerations of early backers, the founding team, and future users. There is no clear established template for token economic design, and projects around the world are developing novel approaches to tokenize their products.

At the same time, raising capital from outside investors has long been a heavily regulated activity. Layers of laws designed to protect investors exist in some form in many countries around the world. Entrepreneurs should be aware of the regulatory environment and incorporate that knowledge into their token design.

Finally, investors are paying more attention and getting savvier. They are asking questions of token projects that traditional investors don’t ask, and people from around the world are publishing their opinions across multiple forums.

Be there

The evening will be valuable to anyone interested in integrating tokens into their business model and anyone who is simply interested in the token sale market.

The event in the LA region will take place on Thursday, July 20th, 6:00pm at Adchain in Santa Monica. Food and beverages will be provided.

The event in NY will take place on Thursday August 3rd, August 3rd, 6:00pm at Debevoise & Plimptonin New York.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

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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