Welcoming Messari and The Ocean to the Portfolio!


THE OCEAN - Fast and secure Ethereum and ERC20 token trading

  • Envisions a world where financial assets can be traded and transferred with minimal cost, risk, and time, leveraging blockchain technology.
  • They offer a regulated decentralized exchange (DEX) that aims to serve the institutional crypto trading market and can also be used by retail investors.
  • The solution never takes custody of any customer assets, and instead allows customers to trade peer-to-peer.
The Ocean is a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange that makes it easy for institutions to trade any financial products, including tokenized liquid and illiquid securities, in an efficient, riskless, and instant way. The Ocean’s non-custodial architecture, built on the 0x Protocol, ensures tokens are always within the user’s control. Its off-chain order book allows for maximally efficient execution, and its regulation makes it safe for traders and tokens/products of all types. Unlike any other decentralized exchange, The Ocean plans to be a registered broker-dealer and Alternative Trading System (ATS). The company launched its exchange in early July and is looking to become the first securities law compliant public crypto exchange.
MESSARI - Bringing Transparency to the Crypto Economy
  • Promoting transparency and smarter decision-making within the cryptoasset community.
  • Building an open data library and curation tools that help researchers, investors, and regulators make sense of the industry.
  • Collaborating with some of crypto’s leading transparency advocates to build an open-source database for cryptoassets.

Today’s crypto markets are inefficient and often unfair, largely owing to the absence of a mandatory disclosure framework for token issuers. This has led to a variance in the quality and consistency of communications regarding projects, with little guidance from regulators.Messari is collaborating with some of crypto’s leading transparency advocates to build an open-source database for cryptoassets. The project aims to create a much-needed, single source of truth for basic cryptoasset financial information that can be accessed by media, developers, investors, and regulators alike.

Rising Tide Brings Together Leading Blockchain Players

Blockchain: The Potential for Significant Impact

Rising Tide had the privilege of hosting Mr.Naojiro Hisada, Executive Officer at Rakuten and Global Head of Blockchain at a roundtable discussion at their San Francisco office. In August 2016 Rakuten acquired the I.P. assets of bitcoin payment processor BitNet, and opened a Blockchain Lab in Belfast, Ireland. Then in August of this year, Rakuten announced that they will roll their $9B loyalty program into a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency called Rakuten Coin, and also acquired a Japanese crypto-exchange called Everybody’s Bitcoin for $2.4M.

Presenting at the roundtable were two Rising Tide portfolio companies, Blockstack and Dapper Labs. Dapper Labs, spun out of Axiom Zen, has a goal to bring the benefits of decentralization to a billion consumers through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. Blockstack is building a new decentralized Internet by giving developers the ability to build blockchain powered applications on decentralized DNS servers. End users of these applications regain control over their own data, bypassing middlemen, passwords, massive insecure data silos, and services tracking users around the Internet.

84% of respondents say their organisations have some involvement with blockchain technology

PwC Blockchain Report, 2018

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