Monday, 25 September 2017

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A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as digital tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that should truly challenge the extant VCs right? Well, yes and no. You see, the tokenized thingy is cool and all, but it really doesn't take full advantage of the technology at hand. After all, 2.5% & 25% is a pretty steep fee. Veritaseum, in anticipation of its upcoming ICO (online road show and executive summary ), is prepping to launch what we call an ICODAO, and Distributed Autonomous Organization that collects Initial Coin Offerings. We are attempting to make this nearly completely autonomous, tested (don't think "TheDAO" debacle, and considerably cheaper than hedge funds that you see these days. Now, the ICODAO is not a hedge fund, or a fund of any kind. It's sort of an autonomous software entity, that uses our software token, "Veritas" to allow other entities and individuals to gain access to its accumulated exposures and services. Those services are basically the sniffing our and collecting the best of the best ICOs and token offerings available, and the exposures are the natural result of the collection and holding of said ICOs. A world class research team will supply the analytical chops (click here if you don't know, the same team that predicted Bear Stearns, Lehman, CRE and housing crash, Google, EU sovereign debt crisis, etc.). Back to that in a minute, let's look at what's happening in the world off(block)chain. 

Bloomberg reports "Yale Endowment Blasts Low-Fee Critics, Says Gains Would Lag", as excerpted:

 Yale University, one of the most-watched and best-performing college endowments, defended the fees it pays to external managers, saying in an annual investment report that a low-cost passive strategy would have “shortchanged’’ the Ivy League school’s students and faculty.

 Fees for private equity and hedge fund managers, some of whom command 2 percent for management and 20 percent for performance, or even more, have become a heated topic. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett and writer Malcolm Gladwell have taken public shots at the structure, and Gladwell specifically targeted Yale two years ago.

“What Buffett, Gladwell and other fee bashers miss is that the important metric is net returns, not gross fees,’’ the report said. “Weak or negative returns would result in low or no performance-related fees, but would be a terrible outcome for the university.’’

Yale’s investment strategy emphasizes long-term active management of equity-oriented, yet often illiquid assets, with more than half the fund in alternative investments. Almost a third of Yale’s 2016 allocation is in private equity, including 16.2 percent in venture capital and 14.7 percent in leveraged buyouts. About 22 percent is in absolute return with hedged-like strategies.

“Performance-based compensation earned by external, active investment managers is a direct consequence of investment outperformance,’’ it said.

Yeah, I get it. Some guys are just better than others at investing, and they should be compensated commensurately. The question is, are there high performers that can be had for less than 27% of your profits?  Let's take a look at a theoretical blockchain focused hedge fund vs the ICODAO - from a graphical perspective. Realize that the ICODAO charges a flat fee for its services. It's not a hedge fund, so there are no performance fees, but there are certain things that it may not be able to do on its own (yet), hence has to contract out for. The fees are to cover what it takes to make this autonomous entity self sustaining. It may very well be the case that these fees will shrink over time. We don't know, we're breaking new ground here. The hedge fund fees are self explanatory. 

 Hedgefund fees vs Veritaseum ICODOA fees table

There you go. In a nutshell. Here's more...

Hedgefund fees vs Veritaseum ICODOA fees

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Veritas Deal Sheet 

 

Veritaseum: Ushering in the P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu of going through middlemen, intermediaries and authoritative 3rd parties. We are holding an ICO for our Veritas tokens: the sole means of accessing the vehicles for the P2P economic markets. Here is an overview of the ICO details. The online Veritas presentation deck is rich with descriptions and links to other documentation and instructions on participating should you want to dig in deeper.

The Veritas deal sheet is now available for download.

Veritas Deal Sheet

Executive Summary

  • Veritaseum is to be considered a gateway, or onramp to the P2P economy, akin to how a browser is used to access the World Wide Web, or a Bitcoin or Ethereum wallet is used to access those distributed ledger platforms.

  • Veritaseum’s wallet uses a layman friendly interface to build, distribute, read and execute smart contracts.

  • The Veritaseum wallet interacts with Bitcoin and (soon) Ethereum blockhains and oracles to conditionally store and transfer value.

  • Veritaseum’s primary competition will initially  be the sell side Wall Street status quo. Its aim is two-fold:

    • o provide autonomous asset management and investment vehicles (DAOs) at near zero profit margin, drawing assets from the more traditional players and then selling information, data and advisory services on top of it;

    • Enable self-service P2P smart contract transactions over-the-counter, that mimic the transactional services of the legacy players, at considerably lower cost and without balance sheet exposures, credit risks or counterparty risks.

      • This near zero margin model will be replicated as a platform across the entire FIRE sector (finance, insurance and real estate), and then to sharing economy models (ie. Uber, AirBbB).

  • Veritas launched a long-running beta of its OTC value trading platform in 2013 and claims to not only be the first publicly viable P2P capital markets implementation of smart contracts technology but to to be the first to file for patent protection of the same.

  • Management pulled the Wallet from public access soon after the CFTC announced their regulation of bitcoin out of concerns of a requirement to register as an SEF (swap execution facility). Management’s goal is to be, and to remain, solely a software, software data services and advisory provider - and explicitly not a financial concern.

  • Veritaseum is moving to the Ethereum blockchain, while still retaining exposure to the Bitcoin token, in order to broaden its smart contract capabilities.

Product: What is Veritaseum Providing and How?

Veritaseum provides direct access to smart contract construction, execution and related products the non-technical individual. This direct access facilitates access to what Veritaseum management has coined the “Peer-to-Peer capital markets” - essentially an ever growing pool of users who transact value directly with each other instead of through intermediaries and middlemen, ie. Wall Street banks and brokerages. Veritaseum sees highly customizable and programmatic, direct, P2P transactions as the future of capital markets.

In addition, with the advent of low cost networking and geographically aware computing power (smart phones), blockchain tech and smart contracts, the concept of transferable value is easily expanded past real and financial assets to privacy, labor, data and a cornucopia of things none of us have through of yet.

All assets are stored client side, fully encrypted and are always in the complete control of the client (i.e., you, the individual user). Veritaseum doesn’t even store encrypted copies on its servers. Even in the event of a password compromise, bad actors must also locate the assets to access them. Something that is much easier to do on a centralized server (e.g., JP Morgan or Citibank) than a fully distributed system.

With Veritaseum, one can literally tweet an entire trade, or click a Friend on Facebook to take the other side of a short Goldman long Facebook trade, or transfer BTC linked to the price of gold through a text message. All without having to trust who’s on the other side! This level of friction free finance leads to the inevitable…

Pathogenic Finance - the Rise of Viral Financial Transactions

In the legacy financial world, in order to open a bank account, you have to present various forms of ID, go through multiple levels of KYC/AML, and wait a few days for funds to clear. In order to open a brokerage account, you have to fill out forms, answer questionnaires, meet minimum account balances and wait up to 3 days for funds to clear and 10 to 20 business days for assets to be transferred from account to account. All this is done to essentially remand control, custody, possession, and ownership of your funds and assets to a centralized hosted wallet (bank or brokerage) with oodles of balance sheet exposure to other centralized hosted wallets (banks, brokerages and exchanges). In return, you are given a promise not to plunder. With Veritaseum, you can create multiple accounts in under 60 seconds. You can start trading and transacting with others almost immediately, and in all cases no less than 60 minutes provided you have bitcoin on hand.

 

This ability to do practically everything your bank and brokerage offers through your browser (for dramatically less money) on practically any web-connected device with a modern browser, practically anywhere, with almost anyone, and without having to trust them inevitably leads to a massive proliferation of transactions. This proliferation will spread exponentially, not linearly, as more and more people realize they have been essentially freed from the “Matrix”.

·       This is what AT&T was afraid of in 1915, causing them to miss out on roughly 7 billion “new” customer accounts, and potentially controlling the telecommunications space.

·       This is what AOL was afraid of in the mid to late ‘90s, causing them to go from the Internet access market leader to an “also ran” in the space.

·       This is what the banks and financial industry are fighting against now, likely to have no more success than their historical compatriots in other industries.

This growth and proliferation in peer-to-peer transactions, is truly viral. The outbreak will not be media or telecomm this time around, but the very meaning, application, and use of money and value itself! This is the dawn of “Pathogenic Finance”!

What is the Disruption of the Normal Physiology of the Legacy Finance Mechanism?

Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

A pathogen is an infectious agent that disrupts the normal physiology of an organism. In this case, the disease is a new cultural meme. Pathogenic finance is a concept discovered and coined by Reggie Middleton, Disruptor-in-Chief at Veritaseum. Veritaseum acts as a virion (infectious virus particle) for carrying new pathogenic cultural memes, ideas, and practices of finance that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, rituals, or media. Regardless of what the meme is transmitted through, it is transmitted by… Veritaseum. It is analogous to a virus in that it self-replicates, mutates, and respond to selective pressures on organisms to evolve (i.e., changes in habitat, weather, food availability and type, etc.). Veritaseum, like its biological counterpart, can infect multiple forms found throughout multiple ecosystems. Viruses are the most abundant type of biological entity. Being that Veritaseum now lives as a web page, it can live and multiply anywhere there’s an Internet connection and modern browser. Any geographic location, any device, any user. All it takes is a single Tweet, text, email, or drag and drop to get Veritaseum value transactions to spread and multiply.

Why is the Veritas token needed?

The Veritas token will act as the key and only gateway to access the contracts that build the P2P capital markets. The Veritas token is easily programmed (by the non-technical user) to take on the market exposure attributes of nearly any other financial or  real asset or commodity that has a generally accepted and accessible data feed and/or price discovery. As such, Veritas also acts as the fuel to run the P2P capital market’s engines.

The Veritas ICO will be capped, guaranteeing the scarcity of Veritas, Negotiations are being made to have Veritas accepted off blockchain by legacy institutions.

The New Age, 21st Century Gold Rush: The Grab for Intellectual Property Rights in Smart Contract and Blockchain Technologies

First things, first – let’s quantify the sum of money that is in question. Veritaseum’s platform deals in value transfer. That is not the same as securities, banking or even Wall Street industry. It is literally the exchange of things that are worth something. It is literally the largest potential market in existence. This is a page taken from our crowdfunding information deck.

Addressible market Putting this into perspective, that.s $16.35 of value for every basis point of market penetration. Five basis points of real penetration across markets will dramatically increase the demand and scarcity of Veritas.

Veritaseum doesn’t have to take over markets, it simply has to ensure reliable usage in a very small subsection of markets.

JP Morgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and IBM are just a sampling of the some of the largest, most powerful and most influential companies that have rushed to file patents in this potentially unprecedented arena of profit. From a financial, technological and value perspective, it is literally the second coming of the Internet.


The smart(er) money appears to have started filing financially focused cryptocurrency-related patent applications in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2014.

 

Below you will find the Veritas digital road show - a slide presentation that goes through what Veritas is, what Veritaseum does, and why you should get involved. This presentation is interactive and chocked full of content. To get the most out of such a dense offering, be sure to make use of the interactive table of contents on the 2nd slide, and please click through all of the videos, links to download the various documents and take your time to read and understand what Veritas is and is not, and what Veritaseum is and plans to be. 

 

Come back here on the 25th of April for more information and the links necessary to access  our crowdsale and initial coin offering smart contracts, be ready to get started! In the meantime, come and find out why we're so excited about this... transformation of capital markets...

 

 Ve value flow chart small

For more information, download the Veritas deal sheet and the step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

The online Veritas presentation deck is rich with descriptions and links to other documentation and instructions on participating should you want to dig in deeper.

Download the Pathogenic Finance report and view the video.

Come back to Veritaseum.com at the open of NY financial markets (9:30 am, EST sharp) on April 25th, 2017 to purchase your Veritas, and own your keys to the P2P Capital Markets.

Saturday, 01 April 2017 18:06

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas?

A Veritaseum Smart Contract form.

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A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim:

I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange I "get". I think it has great potential. However, I don't understand the case for Veritas at all and I think many others will feel the same. You state that Veritas can be used to buy consulting and advisory services. OK, but what is the cost in Veritas? Will that change or will it be fixed? What is the advantage of using Veritas over cash to buy this information?
The cost will be our stated rates, and will fluctuate with the VeUSD exchange rate. The advantage of using Ve over cash is that our consulting and advisory services are a very scarce commodity (like most labor), although the research is much less so (as it can scale via platform). Thus, Veritas holders get priority. I want to make it perfectly clear that Veritas ICO is much, much more than mere research and advisory. Consider that the icing on the cake. The ability to redeem your Ve against us gives instant value. In addition, we have a working, beta product already developed (not quite production ready for the masses, but it has been running in the public doman for serveral years now). In addition, we also own our IP. Where some coin offerings only offer the promise of future development (as do we, to be sure), we also have something to offer in the here and now.  
 
You also state that Veritas will be needed to gain access to various digital platforms. That sure sounds like a "fee" to me unless Veritas is free which is obviously not the case. So the whole innovation is free contracts that are not really free?
You are confusing ongoing management and administration fees (among other constant fees as well as sales fees) with needing the Ve token for access to the P2P Capital Markets. The digital asset pools will exist autonomously on the blockchain without a centralized manager to charge any fees for profit or rent seeking gain. Think of using ether to gain access to the Ethereum blockchain, or bitcoin to gain access to the Bitcoin blockchain. One could pose the argument that entering a smart contract on Ethereum  or Bitcoin isn't free due to the cost of ether or BTC, but in all practicality those tokens are the denominating asset for their respective blockchains an contracts. The same will hold true for Veritaseum contracts although we will strive to be token agnostic. You will be able to gain liquidity (to some extent) to exchange tokens, and use various assets in our asset pools as long as you have Ve (Veritas) as the key to entrance.
More importantly, the fees that truly matter, that enable the multitude of multimillion dollar Wall Street bonuses and that eat up the vast majority of investor's capital, are ongoing management and administration fees. Reference this screen shot from slide 10 of the Veritas presentation
What Are Veritas 4
As stated above, think of Veritas as Ethereum for finance, investment and interactive value exchange. The difference is that we will have rapid development templates for certain (and hopefully many) contracts that allow the lay person to quickly create, implement and execute their own smart contracts without the need for, or assistance of a developer, finance whiz or lawyer (although that does not mean that it wouldn't be a good idea to have specialized expertise on hand when dealing with certain transactions, hence Ve for advisory). In order for you to access the smart contract templates (or access the P2P Capital Markets with contracts you develop on your own), you will need Ve. This rapid contracting system exists already in the Veritaseum platform. See this contract that allows the purchase of Qualcomm equity exposure through the sale of Intel equity exposure, created by the filling in of a simple form.
intel short thorugh Veritaseum
 
With the assistance of the ICO, we can create more sophisticated forms with more flexibility, direct exposure to APIs, and pre-fabricated software pools of exposures to those seeking such through smart contract forms such as these. Also of importance, we can decentralize (or potentially fully distribute) the server, making the entire system more robust, and near anti-fragile.
 
Also, no disrespect intended, but what happens to Veritaseum and Veritas if you were (to be blunt), drop dead tomorrow? If any of bitcoins developers died, it would have zero effect on the price or utility of bitcoin. Veritas might as well be called Reggie Coin and it's pretty obvious what would happen to Reggie Coin in that scenario.
Veritaseum is not Reggie Middleton. It's my brainchild and I'm the (current, until we can get a better) spokesperson, but the skillset to develop such a platform has been over my head nearly since inception. Just measuring what we have now: patents pending, software engineering, financial engineering and analysis, and significant software development - takes a diverse team. We do need to build our team out significantly, which is one of the primary purposes for the ICO. Part and parcel to that buildout will be the hiring of deep and experienced management that will form a healthy chain of succession should anything happen to any one of us - or even several of us.
In addition, we will open source the token-based asset pools and oversee its development with the community. We have no desire to control this. As you may recall from the introductory video, our goal is to significantly and dramatically democratize the finance and investment space. That means access for everyone and anyone, anywhere. Think of how dramatic the change in the media business was with the introduction of the Internet and blogs. Now, everyone and anyone could potentially create content that could nearly instantaneously reach an audience of millions around the world, in a matter of minutes. Did this destroy the media business? No! It expanded it and forced it into the next century, the next paradigm. We're looking to do the exact same thing to Wall Street! 
 
I hope you'll post some material explaining the use case and the value proposition of Veritas. Thanks.
See the graphic below to see the doors that Verias (Ve) is to serve as the key to open.
Ve value flow chart
The Veritas deal sheet is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veirtas in a signle page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.
Veritas Deal Sheet

This article is cross posted from BoomBustBlog.com...

Someone with over 53 years on Wall Street sent me this article from Lex of the Financial Times...

FT Lex articel on butcoin ETF

his article is full of errors and misconceptions. I clarified most of them last week in "Why the Wineklvoss Bitcoin ETF Was Rejected and How to Create a Regulated Vehicle That Passes Muster". In said article I demonstrated that China doesn't have the majority of trade volume. That's just WRONG!

The SEC's problem with Gemini's market reach is easily rectified by thier not trying to be so vertically stack and sharing liquidity with other exchanges - something that will likely have to happen anyway. As you can see, bitcoin exchange trading in its totality, represents a very small portion of bitcoin trading.

BTC exch vs outstanding 

Most BTC trades are P2P and/or OTC. Lest the SEC complain about that, real estate is handled the same way (and unregulated) yet there are plenty of real estate ETFs. Now, despite the fact that most BTC is traded OTC, you can still buy your BTC at or close to exchange prices. Yes, a large purchase may create some slippage, gaps and spreads, but that is the same nature of any thinly traded market - and BTC is much more liquid than most - again, referencing the real estate market. No market maker in commercial real estate can be assured he can pick up office building or condo units at a certain price or spread, or even the entire complex.

The fact that Lex is comparing Bitcoin to cannabis shows a material misunderstanding of what bitcoin is. Silicon Valley gets it, which is why Microsoft, IBM, et. al. are jumping on board (bitcoin is more akin to the Internet than it is to weed), but the finance guys in the east are still behind the curve. Unfortunately, it appears the finance guys in the east don't even understand the financial portions of Bitcoin. Reference my educational articles from the recent past. After reading what is essentially Fake News about Bitcoin from Financial Times, London Business School and Credit Suisse, I have created an easy to understand metric that allows anyone to compare the risks and rewards of Bitcoin to basically any currency, commodity, stock or asset class.

Now, taking into consideration the (properly) risk-adjusted reward of bitcoin relative to most major asset classes, one can easily understand why smart institutional investors would want some exposure - hence the rush to build ETFs. Take a look at what will happen to bitcoin prices if such ETFs were to be approved.

BTC price increase from ETF Demand

You see, the introduction of even a small ETF will set the Bitcoin platform on FIRE!

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