Blockstack Files with SEC for Reg A+ Token Offering

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Coming off last week’s SEC issuance of a framework for digital assets,  Blockstack has announced that it has filed an offering statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct a $50 million token offering using the SEC Regulation A+ framework.

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“Blockstack has been in a confidential submission process with the SEC, making progress as we drive towards an SEC-qualified token offering. Recently, U.S. markets have been closed to crypto projects given regulatory uncertainty, and we believe in opening the U.S. market to innovation in this area,” said Muneeb Ali, co-founder and CEO of Blockstack PBC. “We’ve been working with securities lawyers to create a legal framework that can enable blockchain protocols to comply with SEC regulations. Our framework is consistent with the latest SEC guidance released last week.”

“Upon qualification, we believe that this offering may be the first time a blockchain project receives approval to access the public U.S. securities markets,” Ali continued. “This can potentially set a precedent for others in the industry, not just for public offerings, but also as a path to launch new public blockchains and establish a path to bootstrapping decentralized ecosystems.”

If approved, the offering will be the first SEC-qualified token offering of its kind. However, in a report by Crowdinsider, late last year, the SEC has yet to approve a security token offering utilizing the Regulation A+ exemption from registration, though dozens are rumoured to be stuck in the SEC pipeline. Crowdfund Insider reported yesterday, April 10, 2019, that Republic, Republic, a crypto issuance and investment crowdfunding platform, intends on issuing their token under the Reg A+ securities exemption.

Blockstack’s decentralized computing network, created by computer scientists from Princeton University, enables engineers to build secure, privacy-focused applications: users are in control of their data instead of storing it with large tech companies. More than 80 such applications already exist on Blockstack, such as Graphite, a decentralized alternative to Google Docs, Sigle, a decentralized and open-source blogging application, and BitPatron, a subscription content service for creatives. Blockstack’s core technology is developed as open-source software with over 7,000 enthusiasts and developers and community events around the world. Blockstack previously raised over $50 million from venture investment rounds and under SEC Regulation D from investors like Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Lux Capital, and Naval Ravikant.

  • 4+ years of R&D with publications in peer-reviewed conferences
  • More than 80 independent apps currently built on the network
  • Over 7,000 members in the community of enthusiasts and developer
  • 6,000+ Meetup Members in more than 40 groups on 6 continents

If approved by the SEC, Blockstack’s Stacks (STX) token will be offered through the stackstoken.com website. Blockstack’s filings are available at the SEC’s Edgar website. The net proceeds of the offering will be used to accelerate the development of its decentralized computing stack and app ecosystem.

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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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