10 Blockchain Companies That Will Break Into The Quadrillion-Dollar Securities Market In 2019

Kingsley Advani

In 2018, 1257 Initial Coin Offerings raised a combined $7.85 billion globally. Security Token Offerings (STOs) will eclipse this as programmable securities become the standard means of capital formation and ownership across:

  1. $544 trillion in derivatives
  2. $217 trillion in global real estate
  3. $215 trillion in global debt
  4. $70 trillion in global equity

As private equity, public equity, real estate, investment funds, and previously illiquid assets are tokenized, these companies are strongly positioned to become ground-level players as issuers, exchanges, launchpads, and pioneers of security tokens.

1. Securitize — Issuance platform for STOs

2. Coinbase — World-leading digital currency exchange

3. St Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado — Tokenized luxury hotel

  • Tokenized 18.9% of the internationally renowned St. Regis Aspen 179-room luxury hotel
  • Raised $18m worth of tokenized securities on Indiegogo and listed via FINRA and SEC-regulated and licensed ATS Templum Markets
  • First of its kind in the blockchain, finance, and real estate industries for a single-asset real estate investment trust (REIT)

4. Harbor — Platform for automated regulatory compliance and security token issuance

  • Raised $38m from funds including Founders Fund, Pantera Capital, Signia Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz for institutional-grade security token issuance platform
  • Led by David Sacks (founding COO Paypal, founder and CEO of Yammer)
  • Cross-border compliant Harbor R-token stored by industry-leading custodian BitGo
  • Tokenized 49% equity of University of South Carolina Student Housing REIT alongside Convexity Properties

5. Securrency — compliant security token platform and decentralized investment banking service provider

  • Created the first blockchain-agnostic security tokens: patent-pending CAT-20 and CAT-721 compliant in more than 160 countries in primary and secondary markets with KYC and AML on fiat and crypto wallets
  • Core team comprised of former top-level leaders in US National Defense including CEO as ex-Chief Innovation Officer of Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Partnered with leading Wall Street Alternative Trading System AX Trading, who are expecting to list security tokens as early as January 2019

6. tZERO — SEC-licensed and regulated security token exchange

  • Launched in January 2019 one of the first fully SEC-regulated security token issuance and trading exchanges
  • Led by Patrick M. Byrne, CEO of $470m ecommerce platform Overstock
  • Raised $134m in its 2018 STO and secured a $270 million investment letter of intent from Chinese private investment fund GSR Capital

7. Maecenas — Tokenized art investment platform

  • Fractionalized ownership of masterpieces via security tokens in the $64 billion global art market for collectors, galleries, and investors
  • Tokenized and sold a $1.7m, 31.5% stake in Andy Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs, announced intention to tokenize Picasso in collaboration with 0x and MakerDAO
  • Partnered with Pantera Capital, Dadiani Syndicate, and Wilbe Ventures to accept seven cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin as payment for tokenized artworks

8. Templum — Leading SEC-regulated broker-dealer and Alternative Trading System for security tokens

9. Token72 — Issuance platform for STOs

  • Provides full suite of STO services including pre-STO, issuance, and post-STO led by industry-leading blockchain venture capitalists from FBG Capital and GBIC
  • Existing business that generated strong revenue in first 12 months of operation
  • Exclusive access to FBG Capital’s investment network for prospective STO clients including 0x, Bancor, ThunderCore, and Blockfolio

10. London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

  • One of the oldest and largest exchanges in the world partnered with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and startups 20|30 and Nivaura to tokenize securities in the UK
  • Issued on LSEG’s Turquoise platform — the hybrid exchange for European equities offering companies to list their security tokens alongside more than 4500 stocks with access to 19 major European markets
  • 20|30 to issue Ethereum-based equity tokens that are cleared and settled by Nivaura’s blockchain custody services for full regulatory compliance in the UK and EU markets, targeting accredited and institutional investors


Kingsley Advani is Partner at Chainfund Capital, a $20m venture fund.

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Investor featured on CNBC, Forbes, Business Insider, ADVFN and Yahoo Finance.

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