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SXSW Interactive 2016

Crowdfunding Mini-IPOs with the Bitcoin Blockchain

On Wall Street, one company runs the stock ownership ledger for 99% of US stocks. Because only stock brokerages are allowed to update this ledger, the cost of doing business through this system means that only very large corporations can raise money through an IPO.

But! New regulations are making it easier for small and emerging businesses to conduct mini-IPOs. But who's going to manage the ledger for this new class of shares? Are we going back to a paper certificate system?

The Bitcoin blockchain is a globally distributed open source P2P ledger. And it costs just pennies per transaction to use. This makes it a perfect candidate for a digital stock ledger for the rest of us.

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  1. What sorts of companies may conduct a "mini-IPO" - and how do these crowdfunded investments work?
  2. How to use the Bitcoin blockchain to register ownership of stocks.
  3. What the future of small-cap stock exchanges would look like if all shares are registered on the blockchain.



Marcus Estes, CEO, Chroma

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  • Tags: bitcoin, crowdfunding, fintech
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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