Investment platform BnkToTheFuture is expanding its service to let equity buyers tap into the growing market for initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Modeled after Y Combinator's Simple Agreements for Future Equity, or SAFEs, via which investors can fund startups and receive equity at a later time, SAFTs similarly let investors pay to receive tokens in the future.
Notably, Protocol Labs utilized the framework for its Filecoin ICO yesterday, which was hindered by technology issues yet raised as much as $200 million in just an hour.
Through BnkToTheFuture, investors would buy SAFTs, as well as equity from startups planning to launch a token sale at a later date. Next month, it will let investors buy pre-sale SAFTs, though without the option to purchase equity.
CEO Simon Dixon told CoinDesk that the launch came following calls from the site's user base, as well as the recent rise in activity around ICOs.
He told CoinDesk:
Data from CoinDesk’s ICO Tracker shows that more than $1.7 billion has been raised through the funding model to date, by which startups and project teams can raise funds through the sale of cryptographic tokens.
Further, the SEC yesterday moved to halt the trading of shares in a Nevada-based company following statements it made about a forthcoming ICO.
Disclosure: CoinDesk is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which has an ownership stake in Protocol Labs and Unocoin, and invested in the Filecoin pre-sale.
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