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Acquire.Fi — Telegram AMA — May 24

On Tuesday, May 24, we had the pleasure to welcome to our Telegram chat:

Jan,
Harrison,
Brad

We asked them questions about the development of Acquire.Fi.

Some sentences have been slightly edited for readability but the meaning has been conserved.

Introduction

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Please introduce yourselves. Is Acquire.fi your first crypto venture? It would be interesting to know about your exploits so far and how you ended up in crypto

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: Hi, I am Jan, founder, and CEO of Acquire.Fi. in crypto from 2012, I am best known for growing two unicorns; paxful.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, and I also co-founded yield.app which is one of leading yield aggregators out there.

A — Harrison from Acquire.Fi: Hi, I am Harrison Frye. I entered the space in 2017 when I started using Crypto for a number of my E-Commerce stores. Since then I have owned a Marketing agency helping crypto startups in the space. I also worked at a DeFi insurance protocol (Steady State) before joining with Jan and Brad and forming Acquire.Fi

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: I’m Brad, a full-stack marketer that has grown my own agency and moved into crypto as a director at a regulated exchange. I have been leading marketing teams and growth campaigns as we spun up Acquire.Fi due to M&A demand from within our network

As the CMO at Acquire.Fi, it’s my responsibility to make sure that our community is strong and our token holders have a reason to believe

About

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Cool. We’d like to hear about the project now. What is the Acquire.fi about in a few simple sentences? You can talk extensively about the ecosystem and how the project works.

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Acquire.Fi is the world’s first crypto M&A platform and decentralized ecosystem that was born from crypto M&A Alpha, a deal flow that started in advisor Telegram groups with our c-level team members. In DeFi reputation goes a long way and when people hear that something good happened in an Acquisition, two more offers come up.

We talked about the concept, formed a team, and started documenting our ideas. This quickly grew, a lot of interest was generated from investors, business buyers, and sellers, we spun up a company and things took off.

Our deal flow is active, we are currently in DD vetting new crypto IP and companies, we are fielding buyer interest on our current inventory, and are in contract stages with exclusive crypto deals. The economy kicks off in July with TGE and the M&A marketplace will go live in August, version 1.

With our full product, we will be able to offer members a range of products from $100 to $100M ticket sizes, we are developing a strong foothold in crypto and expect to harness the full potential of being first movers in the space.

You can see the quality of our deals on Telegram in our deal flow channel.

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Do you have a requirement list for a company that wants to work with you? Does it necessarily have to be the founders. Say for instance there is a large section of the Luna community that is unhappy with how Do Kwon is handling the crash(new chain or burn dilemma) and they want to merge with, say, Binance coin? Can you help?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Yes, of course we can help. We have the crypto-native technical resources as well as a global law firm that is embedded in crypto and layer 1 technology companies. In any M&A transaction its important that both sides have a secure and transparent process for the acquisition. Acquire.Fi would be able to work on large and complex deals.

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: We are also seeing DAOS moving into buying and selling their portfolios, So think there will be lots of interesting Acquisitions happening this year.

Q — Twitter user @JMSB2KS: I fully understand that AcquireFi is a marketplace and ecosystem that brings buyers and sellers together. Can you explain the conditions that must be met if we want to buy and sell on AcquireFi? Do we have to do KYC or identity verification first? Is AcquireFi free for both?

A — Harrison from Acquire.Fi: KYC is required for any buy/sell transaction, eventually we hope to create a decentralized marketplace which will have additional functionality and creativity around buying and selling of decentralized projects, DAOs, etc.

prospective buyers and sellers sign an NDA to protect and sensitive information during the process. There are fees for Sellers of the businesses, around 12% of the sale price.

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: The barrier to entry is low, sellers can list quite fast and buyers can get started immediately You can register as a buyer here, You can submit a company or IP to list for sale here,

Q — Twitter user @Richard_Rayong: What is AcquireFi’s current focus? Developing products or acquiring customers and users, or partnerships? What is in the team’s mind to be able to attract hundreds if not thousands of users and beat previous competitors?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: The current focus at Acquire.Fi is 5-fold. Developing products, yes. Acquiring customers, yes. Partnerships, absolutely. Plus we are building out internal processes for managing our deal flow and transactions, and starting a marketing calendar soon.

As far as competition goes, this is a great point and what makes Acquire.Fi stand apart from any other online marketplace where you can see companies for sale, will be that our deal flow of crypto companies and IP is exclusive to Acquire.Fi — there is nowhere to go right now to see what kinds of crypto and Web3 companies can be acquired and certainly nothing on a blockchain with a token economy and DeFi. Acquire.Fi will not have direct competitors immediately.

Soon we will begin creating awareness among the broader crypto, DeFi, blockchain and Web3 space that there is a new marketplace for companies and IP that is built for a Web3 world, and we will be putting a lot of attention on some of the deals that we have in the pipeline that are only available in Acquire.Fi deal flow. We are growing seller interest and buyer demand at the same time.

Q — Telegram user Fight Underworld: How does Acquire.Fi implement the concept “solves a real world problem”?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Crypto investors can acquire traditional companies and profitable businesses, and Traditional investors can get into crypto by acquiring a crypto company or IP. Both investor personas equally benefit from the marketplace as we have vetted traditional businesses with revenue and profit that can be acquired using crypto and digital portfolios could be diversified with traditional [fiat] cash-positive investments.

The possibilities for our crowdfunding acquisition is another pillar of the Acquire.Fi platform combined with the types of deals available will make for unlimited creativity to diversify anyone’s portfolio. Investors can crowdfund to acquire a Rolex or a supercar, for example… and choose to hold almost any type of investment in a digital form through acquisition — the type of deal could be a profitable business (resulting in a passive income stream) or it could be a luxury item that could double in value soon with an two-year exit strategy.

Q — Telegram user Jesus Freites: Legal requirements and international tax burdens associated with acquiring companies through traditional methods often prevent portfolio diversification. What solutions does AcquireFi propose to solve this problem?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: The possibilities for our crowdfunding acquisition is another pillar of the Acquire.Fi platform combined with the types of deals available will make for unlimited creativity to diversify anyone’s portfolio. Investors can crowdfund to acquire a Rolex or a supercar, for example… and choose to hold almost any type of investment in a digital form through acquisition — the type of deal could be a profitable business (resulting in a passive income stream) or it could be a luxury item that could double in value soon with an two-year exit strategy.

As far as burdens go, Yes, great question, what you are talking about is how blockchain and smart contracts plus a token economy streamline a high legal burden process. Acquire.Fi will be the world’s first decentralized ecosystem for M&A transactions. This means that investors and business sellers can expect full transparency, immediate contract execution and settlement at the speed of crypto. Acquire.Fi ushers in a new era of M&A bringing all of the benefits of blockchain technology and decentralized finance to an ages-old business/finance process.

Everything can be learned by first joining our Telegram community

Q — Telegram user Metaverse: There are many brokers that would love to help & earn on Acquire Finance. How can I Apply to Acquire Finance?

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: We are happy to share some of our Success fee with brokers that help to bring buyers to the platform and close some of the deals. The success fee is anything from 5–10% and we share half with the broker

Q — Telegram user Crypto Investor AMAHUNTER: What is the management style of the Acquire fi platform. Do you only have a say in the management of your team members or do you have a DAO structure? If acquire.fi has a DAO, what is required for us to participate?

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: Token stakers are eligible for various governance opportunities

Q — Telegram user Sumit: What kinds of businesses can be bought/sold on your platform? Can Traditional Companies also list their companies On Your Platform?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Nice question about both traditional and crypto investors. Crypto investors can acquire traditional companies and profitable businesses, and Traditional investors can get into crypto by acquiring a crypto company or IP. Both investor personas equally benefit from the marketplace as we have vetted traditional businesses with revenue and profit that can be acquired using crypto and digital portfolios could be diversified with traditional [fiat] cash-positive investments.

The possibilities for our crowdfunding acquisition is another pillar of the Acquire.Fi platform combined with the types of deals available will make for unlimited creativity to diversify anyone’s portfolio. Investors can crowdfund to acquire a Rolex or a supercar, for example… and choose to hold almost any type of investment in a digital form through acquisition — the type of deal could be a profitable business (resulting in a passive income stream) or it could be a luxury item that could double in value soon with an two-year exit strategy.

Q — Telegram user LewYu: What does the “Fi” at the end of your project name mean?

Brad Holland: Finance

Q — Telegram user Moeen: You also plan to build the “Valuation Calculator”, What can we check with the Valuation Calculator? Who Can use it?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: We are developing a special M&A valuation tool for crypto companies and IP, it will be another first and available to any business or project owner

Token

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: What role will the token play in the Acquire.fi ecosystem?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Earning rewards from LP Staking would be the first decentralized utility of $ACQ , we have various Locks rewards on top of the tiered access to the marketplace deal flow as well as [planned] crowdfunding opportunities, Lock more to increase the allocation access to Acquire Pools (SPVs). Sell and Buy Proof of Ownership NFTs with $ACQ tokens.

Users can purchase services from the platform utilising $ACQ as a primary utility token and Holders will be incentivized through planned buybacks and burns as the company ramps up volume and could be rewarded based on platform’s success.

We have more utilities to be added later down the line when we launch our decentralised escrow marketplace and our borrowing and lending protocol. Token stakers will gain access to our tiered deal flow

A — Harrison from Acquire.Fi: In the future we will raise for an investment DAO which will leverage the Deal flow and alpha that Acquire.Fi has. This is a separate raise however early Acquire.Fi investors will be recognized and likely whitelisted for this also

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Staked tokens will be how investors can access Acquire.Fi deal flow. All investment tiers will have access to our deals with various types of investments and ticket sizes available as well as governance rights. The barrier to entry will be quite low, the system is designed to be quite inclusive. Tiers are stacked, the higher the tier, the more value.

Tier 1 is access to deal flow and can be included in investment clubs with limited ticket sizes. Tiers 2 and above add the ability to be a broker to get rewarded for bringing a party into a deal, and receive dividends on listing fees. Tier 4+ adds a seat at our governance counsel, and gets reduced escrow fees. Tier 5 is our VC club and it adds zero listing fees on the marketplace plus a backstage pass to Acquire.Fi exclusive deals and Alpha.

Q — Twitter user @Gulizar: On your page, it is mentioned that if you bet $ACQ tokens you can level up but I don’t know how they have developed a level based system. So, I would like to know what do you mean by leveling up? Does it mean that they have a tier system for their investors?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: The platform will have tiered access to our deal flow. Tiers 1 through 5 to describe it in its most basic form.

The platform is designed to be inclusive to micro-investors, so the barrier to entry is quite low, staking 100 tokens to start.

You can see on our slide of the deck that shows the tiers and benefits as they increase. Most notably will be the deal flow opportunities improve, ticket sizes increase and involvement in governance gets deeper in the higher tiers. Lower fees, broker rights and other incentives stack up as well.

Our highest tier is really the big deal, this is exclusive, private access to deals that are not published that only our top tier members see. This is a backstage pass to what’s happening in crypto M&A with direct access to private deals.

Funding

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: Did you raise funds for the project so far? If so, how did you handle them? And are you planning to do any raises?

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: We did our Angel so far and also seed, now private 1 and private 2 going, We have solid backers but also want to build a solid community, which we think is the key to success.

Competitive Advantage

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: This being the first, what inspired the team to build an M&A platform? Most Defi projects opt for the usual lending platforms

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Acquire.Fi was born from crypto-native M&A alpha, which is now our exclusive deal flow.

As we embarked on launching our project, it surprised us how quickly our idea took off. Our initial conversations about what we were creating stirred significant interest on both sides; interested investors and crypto business owners that wanted to sell.

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: I think there is a lot of founders that are seeking to exit or want to move but not leave their community alone

this gives a totally new opportunity for the ecosystem to grow and evolve which is something that is needed for us to get into the next phase in crypto

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: it became evident very quickly; interested buyers have nowhere to shop crypto IP and businesses for sale.

The market research demonstrated a strong demand that continues to grow Y-o-Y (year-over-year). We are incredibly excited to be first-movers in the space and be able to innovate a decentralized ecosystem for M&A transactions with a marketplace of business opportunities.

Web3 and blockchain technology allow Acquire.Fi to usher in this new era of M&A inclusive of more investors and bring all of the benefits of decentralization to a traditional process.

Q — Telegram user Amalia Valentine: There are many similar platforms like Acquire.Fi. Would you please tell me some different and unique features which make you unique from other similar platforms?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: As far as competition goes, this is a great point and what makes Acquire.Fi stand apart from any other online marketplace where you can see companies for sale, will be that our deal flow of crypto companies and IP is exclusive to Acquire.Fi

- there is nowhere to go right now to see what kinds of crypto and Web3 companies can be acquired and certainly nothing on a blockchain with a token economy and DeFi. Acquire.Fi will not have direct competitors immediately. All updates are made in our community and our roadmap is published on our website and in our documents, here

Business Development

Q — Ayeley from GAINS: How far along are you with your roadmap and what should we expect in the next weeks and months?

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: Ahead of schedule so far, we’re moving very fast, a lot of validation came from the response we received from initial talks with investors and advisors, getting the seed funding happened rather quickly.

We have new business listings and demand from buyers forcing us to advance our process development schedule, which is a bullish indicator that M&A in crypto needed a solution.

Our MVP will be launched in August with the full version being live in Q2 next year, TGE will be in July/August.

Q — Telegram user Renaroge MPORG: Always excited talking about how to generate a nice passive income. Will there be staking and farming opportunities with Acquire.Fi ?

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: Yes, the economy kicks off in July, please get on our whitelist

Q — Telegram user Cripi Angel: Following up on its roadmap for this month, the second round of Acquire Finance’s private sale is expected. So, do we still have a chance to access this private sale? Do you already have a scheduled date that you can share with us?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: You can whitelist now, yes, join our community or check out our website, acquire.fi

A — Jan from Acquire.Fi: fill the whitelist and you have the chance to participate!

Q — Telegram user Green: In the Q2 2022 , You have planned to do the team expansion. Have you launched the hiring program?

A — Brad from Acquire.Fi: Next up, are looking for and vetting a CFO and a COO to come onboard as core team members — strong executives with experience in tokenized ecosystems as well as retail investment products and M&A.

We are also always looking for people to join our Acquire.Fi Tribe in the community and grow our inner circle, I [brad] have reached out to everyone that filled out the whitelist and made myself available for a call to talk about getting people going early in the platform (shaking a big bag of tokens) — anyone want to get staking in the first wave? Give me a shout in our Discord community

Thanks for coming into our community, and taking the time to answer our questions, gentlemen. Do you have any final words for us? Where can we follow you to stay updated? — Ayeley from GAINS

Hey guys, thanks for the opportunity and hope to see you in our community! — Jan from Acquire.Fi

Yes, you can find Jan, Harrison, myself and the whole c-team and our awesome marketing, sales and community team in Telegram, come say hi. — Brad from Acquire.Fi

GAINS Associates is the World’s First Decentralized VC, allowing anyone that holds $GAINS to invest in the crypto unicorns of tomorrow. With over 3 years of experience and several ultra-high return deals, we are removing the barriers of entry to investing and changing the world, one deal at a time.

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