Will ICOs replace VCs for start-ups?

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It was once the norm for an aspiring start-up to seek funding through venture capital (VC). Ownership of the company would be divided amongst participating investors via limited partnerships established by the VC firm, while those investors would often remain invested in the company for years. But in the last 18 months or so, it’s fair to say that for those start-ups utilizing blockchain technology, the global craze for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) has drastically alteredthe fundraising landscape. Although first emerging in 2013, ICOs didn’t truly burst onto the scene until last year, as new cryptocurrency-based projects began raising tens,…...

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Dr Justin Chan Dr Chan founded DataDrivenInvestor.com (DDI) and is the CEO for JCube Capital Partners. Specialized in strategy development, alternative data analytics and behavioral finance, Dr Chan also has extensive experience in investment management and financial services industries. Prior to forming JCube and DDI, Dr Chan served in the capacity of strategy development in multiple hedge funds, fintech companies, and also served as a senior quantitative strategist at GMO. A published author at professional journals in finance, Dr. Chan holds a Ph.D. degree in finance from UCLA.