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Recently, I’ve e-mailed +1000 VCs and PEs about an opportunity to invest. More than 40% replied with, something equivalent to, “we believe in this company, but we focus solely on scalable software companies”.

Most investors are trying to bet on the next Google or Facebook, completely overlooking the fact that there can be only “so many” tech giants. The responses of all these VC-firms made me realise once again that we, as humans in 2020, might be focusing too much on the scalable and disregarding the non-scalable.

In this post, I will explain why we should be careful in always…


This is a series on secondary market liquidity for digital securities (or security tokens). In this post, I will focus on issuing digital securities on the Stellar blockchain, leveraging Stellar’s internal decentralized exchange (DEX) for liquidity, and the possible legal implications thereof.

Johannes Gutenberg 1400–1468

Almost 600 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. An invention that caused immense economic, political and religious upheaval in Western and Central Europe — his invention allowed ideas and concepts to reach larger audiences and spread more easily.

In modern times, we would say that Gutenberg effectively ‘disrupted’ human communication.

In the following 300 years, ideas and printed texts raged through Europe without a regulatory framework to support them. Causing many disputes, debates (and probably physical fights) over ownership of written content, business ideas, and experiments.


On the breakthrough in funding for business growth

The famous picture of a wave that breaks on the lighthouse at La Jument. Made by Jean Guichard.

Let’s say you’re an entrepreneur. You run a Start-up that has just finalized on its Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or a Scale-up with existing customers. In both cases, chances are that you need financial capital to continue to grow and expand your business.

Allegedly, there should be multiple funding options for you in both stages.

One option is selling your soul to a Venture Capitalist (VC) firm.

Another option might be persuading thousands of people to contribute +/- $10 in exchange for a mug and two stickers in a crowdfunding round.

Both not too favorable if you ask me.

Raising Funds Is Always a Struggle (even if you deserve it)


99% of the companies offering a security token in the Netherlands will explore this legal structure — Therefore, it matters.

Jordan Belfort throwing out money made from “penny stocks” in the movie ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

On a global level, we are currently exploring the vast implications of the forthcoming security token industry. Security tokens are expected to disrupt finance and access to capital because companies and start-ups will be empowered to turn to the crowd for funding.

While building the ecosystem, together with other companies in the Netherlands, I stumbled upon a particular exception in Dutch law. Many issuers could leverage this exception in the near future, which is very good according to some and very bad according to others.

In this post, I will shed lights on both perspectives, but before we dive in…


Schools are trying to adapt to innovations and market trends. As a result, classes have become mutual learning processes — whereby the lecturer can sometimes learn more from the students than vice versa

Giving a guest lecture at a University was new to me.

A lecture about blockchain technology and a particular application thereof, tokenization of assets, was probably new to everyone who attended: students, business people, teachers, and walk-ins.

That afternoon, we all learned some things about security tokens, but also about lectures on new trends and innovations.

In this post, I will categorize 5 important points I learned from giving a guest lecture about security tokens which will help you to comprehend the dynamics between new technologies, such as blockchain, and Universities.

Actually, I learned 4 new things that afternoon; I…


Ever wondered where the word ‘Stock’ comes from?

It comes from the Dutch word ‘Kerfstok’ — a medieval tool used to keep track of financial transactions in the form of debt and/or advanced payments [1].

The predecessor of financial instruments such as shares, bonds, derivatives, securities and the like, was essentially a system of two sticks whereby one was held by the debt holder and one was held by the credit holder.

The sticks evolved to become tradeable financial instruments and eventually a currency across medieval Europe.

Experts state that the Dutch gained supremacy in World Trade (1585–1740) by virtue…


Visuals by VMC.AI

In 2018, increasingly more projects recognize the problems in issuing an utility token that is used to fuel network transactions in one hand, and as an investment asset in the other hand. This is the reason a vast amount of ICO projects fail and a change in trend towards security tokens is clearly visible.

I want to give you an insight into how a dual token structure can help to build better blockchain networks (particularly peer-to-peer marketplaces). I will shed light on VMC’s dual token structure, that can be utilized as a benchmark for other decentralized projects.

Open marketplaces & Network effects

In open peer-to-peer…


The year 2017 was a remarkable year for crypto. The industry grew, projects emerged, and the number of ICO’s skyrocketed. In 2018, we see this trend change as many projects from 2017 have failed due to taking the money and running or slowly fading into obscurity.

In this article, I want to offer you a new perspective on why Security Token Offerings are often a better means to raise capital for your decentralized project than “traditional” Utility Token Offerings.

Security Token Offerings are on the rise — my goal is to give you an insight into how these developments and…

Adriaan Jacob Brouwer

I have written to impress people and I have written for my businesses. But, today, I only write to distill my own thoughts.

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