With the massive growth of ICOs in 2018, the coming year will be full of opportunity for those willing to take the leap into real estate STOs. As the year begins, the industry will find ways to meet regulatory compliance standards while disrupting the traditional methods of handling assets, especially as those assets become increasingly liquid.
The world of blockchain is moving very quickly, especially in where it applies to real estate. There are a lot of competing voices out there, all purporting to have the right solution, or extolling the next big thing in real estate STOs. Here are eleven influencers in crypto who have zeroed in on real estate as an area of growth in 2019. The trends these influencers identify will be well worth paying attention to in the months to come.
Matthew Sullivan, CEO of QuantumRE
QuantumRE is a real estate STO that promises a “tokenized real estate revolution” by promising users they can “Build, model, manage and trade a diversified portfolio of digitized real estate assets on the Blockchain. QuantumRE differentiates itself by providing investors with a portfolio made up of many private homes whose owners have sold a percentage of their home equity to QuantumRE.”
Matthew Sullivan, the founder and CEO of Quantum RE, is also the host of the Hooked on Startups podcast ( http://hookedonstartups.com/ ) and has over 40 thousand followers on Twitter. A frequent guest speaker at major financial events, his next appearance is at the TradersEXPO in New York on March 10. Sullivan is a big draw – his podcast has over 50 episodes and a quick Google search shows how eager he is to give interviews about his various endeavours.
Frank Curzio, host, Wall Street Unplugged podcast
Frank Curzio’s “Wall Street Unplugged” podcast boasts it is “Ranked the #1 most listened-to podcast on iTunes financial/business segment,” Curzio has been running the show for 10 years – an impressive milestone for any show, but especially a podcast. Curzio has been a stock analyst for 25 years and has appeared on many national television programs like CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” ABC News, CNN Radio, and Fox Business News.
His website, Curzio Research, is on the bleeding edge of Wall Street news and features many stories on digital securities and the blockchain. On twitter he frequently extolls the virtues of tokenization to his 6,000+ followers.
Antoine Tardiff, CEO of blockventures.com & securities.io
Antoine Tardiff is the CEO of securities.io, a major portal for blogs, interviews, and information on tokens, securities, and conferences. He conducts many of the interviews featured on the site himself and frequently contributes articles in the “Thought Leaders” section of the site.
Additionally, Tardiff is the CEO of blockventures.com, which provides products and services to the bitcoin and blockchain industries. They also advise STOs by providing services such as analysis and rewrites of white papers, business plans and other investment tools, and conference networking, among other things. Blockventure’s main interest seems to be in Bitcoin Lighting, which they describe as “an expansion pack for your favourite video game.”
Warren Whitlock, Director CoinAgenda.com
Warren Whitlock is a digital marketing expert whose website boasts he can “help brands improve the results of their digital marketing.” He is also the CEO of Coin Agenda, a “Bitcoin & Digital Currency Investors Conference” which has events throughout the year. The next one being held in Puerto Rico on the first weekend in March, 2019. Whitlock says that blockchain will be “bigger than the internet.”
Whitlock boasts an impressive follower count, at over 500 thousand, and he uses that platform to speculate and advise on possible trends in futurism. Whitlock isn’t just some starry-eyed futurist: he wrote the very first book about the potential of Twitter, and has been involved on the platform since 2008!
Julien Callede, Chief Marketing Officer, Leaseum Partners
Julien Callede, the Chief Marketing Officer of Leaseum Partners, isn’t just a leader in the crypto and blockchain industry, he’s a full believer in the disruptive power of the internet. His furniture company, Made, says “We find the best independent designers and makers around the world to create your pieces. Producing designs in small batches keeps costs low – and we think it’s a more responsible way of working. From potters in Portugal to needle-workers in Nottingham, discover how your items get MADE.” This maker-first approach to furniture is similar to the whole concept of the real estate STO.
Leaseum partners plans to invest in New York City commercial property by raising a $250 million fund. They offer both Blockchain-based digital shares or traditional shares. Callede himself is active on social media, with over 5,000 followers on Twitter, and acts as a business coach and part-time consultant.
Rachel Wolfson, Influencer, Forbes Contributor
Rachel Wolfson is a frequent contributing writer to Forbes Crypto where she posts nearly an article a day on various financial topics with a focus women in crypto. She recently launched The Crypto Chick podcast where she “speaks with industry pioneers within the crypto community to better understand trends, concepts, new opportunities and the overall impact cryptocurrency and blockchain technology will have on the entire world.”
In her twitter bio, she describes herself as a “professional listener” but many people seem to be willing to listen to her: she has over 6,500 Twitter followers and her articles in Forbes frequently surpass 2,000 views.
Laura Shin, Crypto/Blockchain Journalist
Rachel Wolfson’s old boss, Laura Shin was a senior editor at Forbes Crypto where she “managed Forbes’s coverage of crypto assets, Bitcoin, Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, tokens and blockchain technology; was the co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list; and wrote a magazine cover story on initial coin offerings.” Her LinkedIn claims she was the “first mainstream journalist to cover crypto full-time.”
Shin is now a freelance journalist and hosts two podcasts focusing on crypto: Unchained: Big Ideas From the Worlds of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and Unconfirmed: Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto. She has an impressive pedigree on Twitter, with over 100,000 followers.
Her LinkedIn profile ends with this note: “I will never ask you for payment in return for coverage. Scammers are impersonating me asking for crypto for coverage. THAT IS NOT ME.” You know you’ve made it when scammers are posing as you for money.
Natalia Karayaneva, CEO @ Propy, Serial Entrepreneur, Blockchain and Real Estate Developer
Natalya Karayaneva is the CEO of Propy, which allows users to “buy and sell real estate online through blockchain.” Propy is based out of San Francisco but has properties in New York, London, and Dubai as well as in the Bay Area. Propy’s website looks like a lot of realtor websites, like Padmapper, and allows users to buy property internationally using any currency, including Bitcoin. Once the deal is done, the title is stored in the blockchain.
Natalia is a strong proponent of using blockchain disruption to traditional markets and blockchain’s potential for social impact. She is active on Twitter with over 3,000 followers.
In 2017, Trevor Koverko funded Polymath, “the world’s first security token platform.” He has always been a believer in the blockchain, financing projects like Ethereum and EOS. Koverko is a Silicon Valley and Wall Street veteran, and was a draft pick for the NY Rangers – this is a guy who knows what he wants and goes after it.
CoinCentral.com called Trevor “crypto’s man of the moment” and it’s easy to see why: his online presence is very respectable, with nearly 20,000 followers between Twitter and Instagram. Polymath claims they will “do for securities” what Ethereum did for tokens, by enabling “trillions of dollars of securities to migrate to the blockchain benefiting from 24/7 market trading, programmable equity, and access to $2 billion of unbanked wealth.”
Leeor Shimron, Novablock Capital
Leeor Shimron is the CEO of Novablock Capital, a digital asset investment firm. A real estate enthusiast, he is also a managing partner of Shimron Developers, a contracting company based out of New Jersey. Shimron’s core interests: real estate and the blockchain, make him an ideal person to watch for new trends in the STO space. While his current impact on social media may be small, his recent involvement in The State of Smart Securities in 2019 paper will raise his profile substantially in the coming weeks.
Alon Goren, Crypto Invest Summit
In his Twitter bio, Alon Goren declares himself a punk rocker first, entrepreneur second. Alon is the founder of the Crypto Invest Summit, “One of the world’s largest crypto investment focused conferences”, as well as the Crowd Invest Summit, which brings together investors with crowdfunded opportunities. He has a respectable 9,689 Twitter followers.
He and Leeor Shimron recently published a paper titled The State of Smart Securities in 2019, which you can download here.
In that State of Smart Securities presentation, Leeor Shimron and Alon Goren referred to Security Token Offerings (STO) as “Smart Security Offering.” The presentation lists SSO as a synonym for other common offerings, such as Digital Security, Security Token, Tokenized Asset, and Asset-Based Token. Shimron and Goren propose making the name “Smart Security Offering” the industry standard “because it accurately reflects the programmability of these new financial instruments.” Whether the industry agrees with them remains to be seen.
Follow These Real Estate STO Influencers
With the more and more real estate experts investing in the blockchain, the potential for growth in real estate STO will only grow in 2019. We’ll keep this list updated in the months to come as more and more influencers make their names known but for now, add these names to your follow list for the latest ideas, trends, and conferences in the world of real estate STOs, and keep checking TrendScan for more news and events in the blockchain world.
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