A partnership and promising opportunities for the future
Tangany: Alexander, a very good day to you. We are happy to welcome you as a guest today. Before we get right into it, please tell us a bit more about yourself and describe your blockchain journey so far.
inVenture: Thank you very much for having me here today. My name is Alexander, and I am a Co-Founder of inVenture. At inVenture, I’m responsible for legal and finance. My blockchain journey began a few years ago with my first bitcoin investment. This is probably how most blockchain journeys start. In preparation for founding inVenture, we spent months looking for a way to democratize venture capital until we realized that tokenization could solve this problem. With the founding of inVenture, my affinity for the Ethereum blockchain, smart contracts and other crypto fields then grew quickly. Today, the crypto world has become an essential part of my life.
Tangany: It is always nice to hear that people like you dare to realize new projects. Perhaps you’ll just tell us what you are doing at inVenture.
inVenture: Sure. The tokenization of alternative asset classes progresses continuously. Today, there are already numerous successful projects regarding art, vintage cars, luxury watches and real estate. Tokenization brings liquidity into illiquid assets and enables fractional ownership which lastly drives the democratization of the financial markets. With inVenture, we are providing access to the asset class venture capital. Venture capital funds offer an unique risk-return profile and an additional opportunity for diversification. However, investments in VC funds are only possible usually starting from six or seven figures and therefore only accessible to very wealthy people and institutional investors. Using blockchain technology, we are now the first platform in Germany that provides access to venture capital funds for retail investors starting with investments from 2.500 €
Tangany: That is really cool. When you talk about inVenture investors, who are you referring to?
inVenture: We are a B2C platform that connects retail investors and VC funds. Our offer is targeting investors with ticket sizes starting at €2,500. The typical investor has prior investment experience and is interested in long-term wealth accumulation. For example, investors already have experience with common financial products such as stocks and ETFs and are now looking for alternative investment opportunities.
Tangany: Very good to know, thank you. Are you, as a German company, also operating outside of Germany with your product offering?
inVenture: Currently, we are focusing on the German market. We act as a tied agent of Effecta GmbH, which provides us with the licenses for distribution within Germany. In the medium term, we will extend our product offering across borders. Our vision is to become a fully comprehensive venture capital platform for investors. The next fund we provide access to within the next few weeks will is also highly renowned.
Tangany: We are excited to see where your journey will go. Having a close partnership, what are your expectations about our collaboration? And can you tell where the Tangany Custody Suite has been of support to you?
inVenture: Tangany is an early supporter of inVenture and has emerged as a reliable partner. Especially in rapidly changing spaces like the blockchain world, it is essential to have access to a network of powerful partners. The blockchain provides a secure, transparent, and cost-effective opportunity to issue digital securities. And this is exactly where Tangany supports us with the provision of wallets to store the digital securities (tokens) of our investors securely. By providing custodial wallets for our investors, Tangany can store our investors’ tokens in a very convenient way and ensure a high level of security. The big advantage is that Tangany manages the tokens on behalf of the investors. This means that investors no longer need to worry about their keys.
Tangany: We are glad to support you with our technology wherever we can. When talking about technologies, which services next to custody and tokenization do you see as relevant in the future and what are you most excited about?
inVenture: Tokenization and custody form the foundation for blockchain-based securities. The next logical step is the development of reliable infrastructure to efficiently trade these security tokens. I am most excited about Layer 2 Solutions. What is often criticized about Bitcoin and Ethereum is the lack of scalability. However, what many people often neglect is that with an increase in scalability, the security of the respective network inevitably suffers as well. While reliability and security should be given by nature, it is especially important in the financial industry. So why should you use a network that you can’t trust one hundred percent? This is exactly where Layer 2’s offer a solution. With the help of Layer 2 Solutions, the problem of scalability can be solved without neglecting security and thus significantly helps to democratize financial markets.
Tangany: Many thanks for your great closing words and for being here today. We are looking forward to future projects together and to our continued successful partnership!
inVenture: Thank you for your great support and our partnership.
A partnership and bright outlook into the future
Tangany: A wonderful good day Patrick, we are happy to have you as our guest today. Before we jump right into it, why don’t you tell a bit more about yourself and describe your blockchain journey so far.
neoFIN: Thank you very much for having me here today, of course:
I am Patrick Schütze, founder and CEO of neoFIN Hamburg GmbH. My professional background has been in financial services for over 20 years. So the interest in innovative asset classes is in my blood. In this respect, there was no way around the blockchain for me – first via cryptocurrencies, then by issuing participation models in infrastructure projects and also in relation to mining. As soon as the tokenisation of assets became apparent, I was hooked. It was clear to me that it represents a paradigm shift in the financial markets that will lead to a revolution in existing structures. And it was clear to me that I wanted to be part of it from the beginning. And so, after 15 years of self-employment, I went back into the start-up phase and founded neoFIN Hamburg GmbH in April 2019.
Tangany: It is so nice to see, that people like you know classical systems by heart and now see new technologies to really create value in the future. In a nutshell, can you tell me what you guys do?
neoFIN: We support capital-seeking companies with tokenised capital market issues and accompany them through the entire process, all the way to distribution and investor acquisition. Our focus is on classic tangible assets, which we bring into the digital world. Another focus is sustainability. For us, ESG investments are not a trend, but the future.
Tangany: Very important point, we could not agree more. If we talk about your services, who gets to enjoy them?
neoFIN: A bit of everything – we have three target groups: private and institutional investors, issuers and distributors currently mostly from Europe. However, Asia is of course also possible if some framework conditions are met by the issuers.
Tangany: It is great to hear that really a wide range of companies and people are having a great benefit from neoFIN.
Since our joint partnership between neoFIN, Cashlink and Tangany has also led to great successes: What are your expectations for our partnership?
neoFIN: We already worked together on our first Security Token Offering, the Green Ship Token for the Hamburg shipping company Vogemann. This STO was issued on the platform of iVE.ONE. In the meantime, we have built our own platform, which we will use to handle our upcoming STOs and since we were very satisfied with the cooperation, we will of course continue it with our solution.
Tangany: There is a lot more to come, great! Can you tell where the Tangany Custody Suite has been a real help?
neoFIN: The majority of our investors and distributors have not yet been dealing with cryptoassets before registering on our platform. Wallets are therefore almost never available. We were looking for a way to offer our customers a simple, transparent solution that fits smoothly into the subscription process and does not overburden users technically. This is exactly what we achieve with the Tangany Custody Suite.
Tangany: Thanks, we are more than happy to support with our technology wherever we can. Where do you see challenges not only now but in the future as well?
neoFIN: Even more than services, we are concerned with progressive regulation and legislation. Which we support in principle, no question. But we all talk about the fact that basically all assets can be tokenised. That may also be true for real estate, watches or classic cars. But in our specific area of digital securities, it is not yet the case. While bonds can already be tokenised, this is not yet possible for shares, for example. The Electronic Securities Act (eWPG) lays the foundation for the digitalisation of securities law. But electronic shares do not yet exist. We would like to see more simplicity and clarity here. Tokenised securities vs. crypto securities, central securities registrars vs. decentralised crypto securities registrars – this is not only confusing for outsiders.
Tangany: There are a lot of open question marks but we all are excited where legislation and regulation will go. And when talking about future challenges and technologies, what are you most excited about?
neoFIN: In our business model, clearly tokenisation and the associated further development of opportunities in our field, as already described in the last question. But DeFi is of course also an exciting topic, also with regards to secondary markets. In general, however, I am of course looking forward to everything, these are totally exciting times and it is great to be part of this transition.
Tangany: Absolutely. Last but not least: What are the next steps for you and neoFIN and how will you get there?
neoFIN: At the moment we are preparing the next two Security Token Offerings, which will go online on Q1 2022. In parallel, we are holding talks for further new assets that meet our criteria (tangible assets with a sustainable approach). In 2022, we will lay the foundation for a “series production”, which, however, will never become a mass production at STO. We want to retain the boutique character with a manageable number of issuers and the corresponding personal support. Therefore we are always looking for strong distribution partners who understand the power of tokenization as an opportunity and think outside the box. We are also open to new partnerships in order to be able to cover the complete value chain around tokenized assets in the long term.
Tangany: Patrick, thank you very much for your time. We appreciate our partnership and look forward to the future.
neoFIN: Thanks to you, we are looking forward to further good cooperation!
The Hamburg-based fintech company Exporo has concluded a cooperation with the custodian for digital securities and cryptocurrencies Tangany for its digital and blockchain-based investment platform. Exporo is now offering its investors free custody of their digital assets through one of the market leaders in Germany, using a tailor-made blockchain infrastructure provided by Tangany.
After public interest in cryptocurrencies and the technology behind them has risen sharply over the past few months, the transaction volumes and the associated transaction costs on the Ethereum blockchain used by Exporo have increased significantly. In a joint initiative, a solution was developed that enables secure and efficient custody of digital securities within the Exporo platform for the entire term – the securities will continue to be stored via the Ethereum blockchain while a separate private blockchain is used for settlement.
Tangany is a German crypto custodian whose service has been used by companies and institutions for various use cases as a white label solution since 2018. The focus is on tokenization projects, institutional investors and asset managers as well as crypto services.
“Based on the experience from 49 issues of digital securities with a total volume of almost € 160 million for our two products Exporo Financing and Exporo Inventory, we worked with Tangany to set up the ideal custody solution for the existing and future projects on our platform. We are pleased to have a very competent partner for safe custody and a reliable blockchain infrastructure at our side in Tangany, ”said Greta Gaumert, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at Exporo.
Martin Kreitmair, Managing Director of Tangany GmbH, adds: “Exporo is one – or even the – leading provider of tokenized assets in Germany. It’s great to see that our solution is also of great benefit to a product that has already been developed like Exporo’s. “
The Hamburg fintech company Exporo is Germany’s leading platform for digital real estate investments. For this purpose, Exporo pools the capital of many private investors, who can easily and directly invest in real estate online via the Exporo platform. Private investors can invest amounts from one euro in selected real estate projects. You have the choice between two complementary product categories. With the “Exporo portfolio” product, investors have the opportunity to invest in rented properties and – like an owner – benefit from the rental income and the increase in value. Exporo now holds more than 250 million euros in assets under management. With the second product, “Exporo Financing”, investors finance real estate projects from professional project developers and receive attractive returns in return. A team of experienced real estate experts acquires and analyzes hundreds of properties and project developments every year. Since it was founded in November 2014, over 750 million euros have been brokered digitally.
At Tangany we value partnership and collaboration as valuable goods and the foundation of our success. This is why we are building a focused and comprehensive partnership and client network in Europe and beyond. On a regular basis, we want to highlight one of our partners and ask some questions in our interview format.
Kindly introduce yourself and describe your blockchain journey.
My name is Freddy Zwanzger, Co-Founder & Chief Data Officer at Anyblock Analytics GmbH (https://www.anyblockanalytics.com/) and responsible for Product Development, Marketing & Data Science.
Prior to founding my latest venture, I worked for more than 20 years as a business unit manager in various digital agencies for SMEs and corporates and helped to scale them.
Since 2015, I am excited about the potential of blockchains for various aspects of life and around the globe also deeply believing that data insights will be a crucial element to adoption. I was introduced to Ethereum by my co-founder Peter over dinner and subsequently fell down the rabbit hole as a hobby before making it my day job in spring 2018.
Describe your company and business case – what product/service are you offering to the blockchain ecosystem and your clients?
The Anyblock Index data platform enables cross-chain and real-time blockchain analytics, alerting, and application monitoring on any public Ethereum blockchain as well as private enterprise networks.
Are you more focused on crypto or tokenization use cases?
Neither. We are focused on blockchain technology both in the sense of infrastructure and data insights.
Kindly describe your client base (B2C, B2B or B2B2X).
In which regions (Europe, Asia, USA) are you offering your services?
Please share details about your partnership with Tangany.
Freddy met Martin at a blockchain conference in Frankfurt and over the following months exchanged ideas about business ideas and startup life in general. This later led to Tangany using Anyblock infrastructure as a client, with an ever-expanding set of services used and the announcement of a partnership.
What issues did you solve by using the Tangany Custody Suite?
Not applicable as the interviewee is a supplier.
What services next to custody do you see as relevant in the future?
All fundamental infrastructure will be offered by professional blockchain service providers like Tangany or Anyblock. Be it basic blockchain access via RPC nodes, data abstraction or alerting on the technology side, or all financial aspects with regards to cryptocurrencies, such as wallets, custody, staking, tokenization, etc.
What are you most excited about (Tokenization, Web 3.0, DeFi, Interoperability, Liquidity, Farming, Layer 1/2/3, SSI, NFT, etc.)?
All of the above! And out of the experience, I think we are just getting started, both with these big topics, and completely new emerging ones. I just love the speed of innovation, the openness particularly of the Ethereum community, and the ability to build on each other’s work. Even though obviously one has to be aware of the risks of “money legos” as well.
Next steps / Roadmap?
We are growing rapidly and hiring for both business and technical roles! This is to get into the growth phase for our Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions (RPC, data, alerting) and scaling our Machine-2-Machine / Generalized Mining business. There we plan to add a number of new networks besides the ecosystems we are already serving (EnergyWeb Chain, xDAI, Chainlink, TheGraph) and continually provide value with data tools for their users.
What are you looking for (funding, talent, network, sales etc.)?
We want to double our staff and add 10-12 people to our all-remote team by the end of the year 2021. Check out our open positions at https://www.anyblockanalytics.com/careers/! Besides the tech team, we are currently looking for experienced technical writers and a social media manager. And if you are interested in blockchain software as a service as a user for RPC, data, or alerting: sign up for a free trial here in just 10 seconds: https://account.anyblock.tools/auth/signup/.
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DigiShares and Tangany enters into a partnership such that DigiShares can offer Tangany’s white-label custody solution to its customers.
DigiShares provides a leading white-label tokenization solution for real estate and other assets that is offered to real estate developers and asset managers in order to digitize and automate their processes related to financing, corporate management, and trading of their assets. As part of the process, DigiShares’ white-label partners will issue security tokens backed by the underlying assets. These security tokens can now be kept in safe custody with Tangany.
Tangany is a German crypto custodian whose service has been used by corporates and institutions for various use cases as a white-label solution since 2018. This mainly focuses on tokenization projects, institutional investors and asset managers such as crypto services. The company is preliminarily regulated as a German crypto custodian under § 64y KwG (German Banking Act). The Custody Suite, which is used by more than 25 clients, offers highly flexible solutions for different business cases. Be it for the safekeeping of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or for the issuance of security tokens.
The benefit of Tangany’s solution is obvious for Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares A/S: “Tangany is among the European market-leaders for custody of tokenized assets. So, we are very happy to announce this collaboration and are looking forward to many joint tokenization projects.”
Martin Kreitmair, Managing Director of Tangany GmbH, adds: “Tokenization is one of our target markets. It’s great to work close with Mr. Skaaning and his team and to provide our tech solution for their projects. We view DigiShares as one of the leading providers of white-label tokenization platforms.”
DigiShares aims to launch the first project on Tangany’s custody platform within the next few weeks.
About DigiShares A/S
DigiShares provides white label solutions for security token issuance, corporate management, and trading. We work with real estate developers, asset managers, and investment fund managers who are interested in more efficient ways of raising capital and managing investors in their fund or project. Through the DigiShares platform, company shares and other assets can be digitized and issued as tokens on the blockchain. Tokenization offers the benefit of immediate settlement, round-the-clock trading, increased access to international investors, complete transparency, and increased liquidity.
Claus Skaaning, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Tangany GmbH
Tangany is a white label custodian for digital assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Security Tokens. This service has been offered since 2018 at the highest technical level and always in compliance with the regulation. Tangany specializes in finance, tokenization, and crypto markets. The product is being used by more than 25 clients from the named sectors. The company was recently awarded the prestigious FinTech Germany Award 2020.
Martin Kreitmair, email@example.com, +49 (0)89 9982095-70