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Are You a Deal Maker or An Investor?

When we started iownit 3 years ago, my co-founder and I had a simple vision we both agreed on – private securities markets were ripe for a technology-driven evolution. What are private securities? Broadly speaking these are investments in private companies or private funds that are not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Teamwork, Tenacity, and Technology

We started iownit with the goal of enabling a more efficient flow of capital into private companies. Capital raising process inefficiencies coupled with the lack of a market infrastructure presented an opportunity for us to leverage our skills and make a change that would benefit all stakeholders.

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Don’t Get Sold on the Next Big Thing Find It and Buy It Yourself

The private securities market is one of the last bastions in financial services to reach the digital frontier. This lag in innovation has caused investors, their intermediaries, and entrepreneurs to accept the probability of missing opportunities due to inaccessible silos, high transaction costs, and operational challenges. Now, it is time to eliminate barriers, shift perspectives to demand transparency and efficiency.

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A Brief Overview of Private Securities

Private securities are investable assets issued by a privately owned company in accordance with exemptions from the SEC’s registration requirements. Private securities allow private companies to raise capital from a limited number of accredited investors to start or grow their business. Although private securities are exempt from registration with the SEC, issuers of private securities are still subject to all of the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933.

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The Evolution of Private Securities is Just Beginning

I am proud to share that iownit is open for business!  

It has been 2.5 years since we started working on iownit. Shortly after embarking on this journey we established iownit Capital and Markets, Inc. and our wholly-owned broker-dealer subsidiary IOI Capital and Markets, LLC.

I am excited to now share that IOI Capital and Markets, LLC. has become a registered broker-dealer with an Alternative Trading System (ATS)  license. We are believed to be the first such broker-dealer in the U.S. to operate a blockchain-based platform for the digital issuance of private securities and secondary trading of private placement securities.

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Access to Private Securities Can’t Just Be a Buzzword

For private security investments to become a more transparent and utilized asset class, it has to be possible to access opportunities, manage them and, if necessary seek liquidity. This could be done on an exchange that supports multiple asset classes and allows for a diverse set of investors to transact with each other.

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Private Securities Should Be a Buyer’s Market, But It Is Not!

Why do people invest their money? We are told that investing involves the risk of loss and that the safest way to keep your earned money is to simply keep it in the bank (or other low-risk alternatives). What is it about investing that draws people in and helps them plan for the future?

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Harmonizing Private Securities Offering Regulations : 3 Themes to Consider

Over the past 15 years, the structure of capital markets in the US has changed.  While the number of companies listing their securities and raising capital in public markets has steadily declined, the number of private issuances aimed at raising capital in private markets has steadily increased1.  Reasons for this are numerous – costly compliance for companies, the abundance of capital seeking new exciting investment opportunities, changes in market structure, etc.

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Campaigning for Capital

Every day we are observing our political system at work. Whether it is an election season or time for legislative battles, we see our elected representatives and follow their work on our behalf. But is there something that entrepreneurs can learn from the workings of our political system?

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