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Blockstack Raises $23 Million USD in First Regulated Token Offering

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Blockstack has raised $23 million USD in the first-ever token offering approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Blocskstack PBC, which is a decentralized computing network aiming to antiquate data breaches and trust violations, first announced the token sale in July, having received SEC approval to raise up to $28 million USD in a Reg A+ compliant offering. The breakdown of the token offering consisted of $15.5 million USD raised through the sale of  74.3 million Stacks tokens through its Reg A+ sale in the US, and an additional $7.6 million USD through the sale of 30.6 million tokens through its Reg S offering in Asia.

In a blog post released by Blockstack today, CEO Muneeb Ali said, “Our goals for working with regulators in the States were twofold. Primarily, we wanted to reach more retail investors who can be users of our network, and have a financial stake in the success of our ecosystem. Secondly, we identified Asia as a priority market, and our SEC qualification added weight to our strategic move toward Asia.”

Over 4,500 entities participated in the token offering, including Arrington Capital, Recruit Holdings, and Hashkey Group, who led the Asian offering round. Blockstack also secured a strategic investment from Recruit Holdings, a Japanese HR firm with a market cap of $50 billion USD. As part of this agreement, Recruit will purchase some of Blocksrack’s STACK tokens with a view to advancing decentralized technologies in Japan.

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Ali was keen to emphasize the importance of Asia as a market by saying “Asia is arguably the largest market for crypto […] Japan is a very interesting market for crypto because it has clarity around regulations. It is legal to own and trade crypto assets, but only those whitelisted by the regulators.” Given its advancements in the Asian market, being the first company to conduct an SEC-approved token offering, and even receiving investment from Harvard University, Blockstack is somewhat of a trailblazer in terms of engaging in regulated crypto trading.

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Harvard University Purchases Blockstack’s Crypto Tokens

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In the news making headlines in the cryptocurrency industry, Harvard University Endowment has made an investment in the crypto token sale of Blockstack.

Blockstack Offering 95.83 million Crypto Tokens

A filing made with the US Securities Exchange Commission listed designees affiliated to the Havard Management Company including Charlie Saravia, Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Zavain Dar who have been participating in the purchase of 95.8 million Blockstack tokens, worth $11.5 million. Although it’s not clear how much the Harvard University Endowment has purchased, it is, however, the first time a major endowment has invested in cryptocurrency.

In a tweet, Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek Digital indicated that Havard Endowment had directly invested $5 million to $10 million in the Blockstack token sale.

This investment from a leading university is going viral, and it’s a move that will hopefully encourage other institutional investors to invest in crypto tokens as well. The attitude is building up, and this will encourage investors to try small crypto tokens such as TCAT tokens.

Institutional Investors Seeking Regulated Custodians

Institutional investors have been hesitant about getting involved in the crypto market and with major assets such as Bitcoin, the reason being crypto’s lack of regulations. Even when Bitcoin was on a bullish run in 2017, achieving a price of $20,000, there were no regulated investment channels or custodial solutions that could encourage the institution to invest in crypto. In 2018, however, the trend began to change, and institutional investors have slowly started dripping their toes in the crypto waters.

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Pantera Capital CEO, Dan Morehead, indicated that the crypto industry has been empowered with the necessary infrastructure and it can now handle large money from institutions. He added that institutions are concerned about having a well-regulated custodian, something that the crypto industry has yet to attain.

Blockstack CEO, Muneed Ali, stated that once the offering gets approved, it will be the first-ever SEC-qualified crypto token of its kind. He adds that proceeds from the offering will be put in the development of their decentralized app ecosystem.

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