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Boston & Silicon Valley Blockchain & AI Startup Ecosystem & Investment Trends

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Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem
Boston Startup Ecosystem
How to Leverage the East Cost startup Ecosystem
East v. West
Boston’s Top Accelerators, Incubators, and Startup Programs
Artificial Intelligence in Boston – An Overview of Startups, Funding, and Trends
Spark Blockchain
Investment Key Agenda
Investor’s View of Startup KSF
Investor’s Tips for Startup Pitches
Investor’s View of Startup Valuation
Investor’s View of AI Investment
Investor’s View of Blockchain Investment
Boston AI & Blockchain Angel & VC Information
STO (Security Token Offering)
SEC STO Fund Raising Compliance
Launching A STO in the US

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Boston & Silicon Valley Blockchain & AI Startup Ecosystem & Investment Trends

  1. 1. ©2019 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com Boston & Silicon Valley Blockchain & AI Startup Ecosystem & Investment Trends November 13, 2019 Alex G. Lee (alexglee@techipm.com)
  2. 2. ©2019 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com Startup Ecosystem
  3. 3. Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-Startup-Idea-to-IPO/
  4. 4. Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/sventrepreneurs/
  5. 5. Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Founder/
  6. 6. Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bitcoin-Social/ https://www.meetup.com/Starfish-Mission/
  7. 7. Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bitcoin-Social/ https://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-Machine-Learning/
  8. 8. Boston Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/ https://www.meetup.com/startupalooza/
  9. 9. Boston Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Blockchain-Association/
  10. 10. Boston Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Blockchain-Meetup/ https://www.meetup.com/Hyperledger-Boston/
  11. 11. Boston Startup Ecosystem https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Artificial-Intelligence-Deep-Learning/ https://www.meetup.com/bostonml/
  12. 12. How to Leverage the East Cost startup Ecosystem
  13. 13. East v. West 1
  14. 14. East v. West 2
  15. 15. Boston’s Top Accelerators, Incubators, and Startup Programs Boston Founder Institute (https://fi.co/): the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program that provides the structure, training, mentor support, and global network needed to start an enduring company. Harvard innovation labs (https://innovationlabs.harvard.edu/): an innovation ecosystem for Harvard students, alumni, and life science majors. MassChallenge Accelerator (https://masschallenge.org/about-faq): a community of innovators working together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges that strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups. MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge (https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/about/classes- mentors-entrepreneurs/mentor-smart/): The MIT Mentor Smart Program assists science and technology entrepreneurs in moving their ideas forward by assigning them mentors to help with both long and short term goals. Boston Startup Accelerators, Incubators, & Support Programs https://bostonstartupsguide.com/guide/every-boston-startup-accelerator-incubator/
  16. 16. Artificial Intelligence in Boston – An Overview of Startups, Funding, and Trends Source: https://emerj.com/ai-market-research/artificial-intelligence-boston-overview- startups-funding-trends/ 1 – Artificial Intelligence in Boston – The Origins of the Field 2 – How the Boston AI Ecosystem has Changed in the Last 3 Years 3 – The Advantages of Boston as an AI and Startup Hub 4 – The Disadvantages of Boston as an AI and Startup Hub 5 – The State of Startup Venture Investment in Boston 6 – Boston vs. San Francisco – A Comparison 7 – Boston as a Hub for AI and Ethics 8 – The Future for AI in Boston
  17. 17. Spark Blockchain Source: https://sparkincu.com/
  18. 18. ©2019 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com VC & Angel Investment
  19. 19. Investment Key Agenda Financing Your Startup: A venture capitalist looks for three things in evaluating a startup: technology, market, and you (team). The Hero Startup Pitch: It should be passionate, and clear and convincing, but it also should be something important.
  20. 20. Investor’s View of Startup KSF
  21. 21. Investor’s View of Startup KSF
  22. 22. Investor’s Tips for Startup Pitches
  23. 23. Investor’s Tips for Startup Pitches
  24. 24. Investor’s View of Startup Valuation
  25. 25. Investor’s View of AI Investment
  26. 26. Investor’s View of AI Investment
  27. 27. Investor’s View of Blockchain Investment
  28. 28. Boston AI & Blockchain Angel & VC Information Boston Angel Investors: https://angel.co/boston/investors Boston Venture Capital Investors: https://www.crunchbase.com/hub/boston-venture- capital-investors#section-overview Venture Capital and Blockchain Technology in Boston’s Startup Culture: https://www.americaninno.com/boston/from-the-community-boston/venture-capital- and-blockchain-technology-in-bostons-startup-culture/ The 10 Top Funded Artificial Intelligence Startups in Boston: https://www.americaninno.com/boston/the-10-top-funded-artificial-intelligence- startups-in-boston/
  29. 29. STO (Security Token Offering)? Asset tokenization is to convert the legal rights to assets with economic value into a digital token. Asset tokenization (security token) represent shares of ownership in asset. Potential Benefits For Investors Fractioned ownership and divisibility Programmable tokens 24/7 trading Improved settlement times For Issuers New sources of financing without loosing governance on equity Making illiquid markets liquid (secondary markets) Lower costs in transaction and operations
  30. 30. SEC STO Fund Raising Compliance Regulation Amount Investor Requirement/Manner of Offering Time Cost Transfer Limitation Reg D 506c unlimited unlimited US accredited investors/up to 35 non-accredited investors Form D/no general solicitation(*) ~ 100 days $50,000 - 150,000(**) 1 year Reg S unlimited non-accredited Offshore Investors subject to local law (e.g., restrict investor in China ) no required SEC registration/Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) and Subscription Agreement $20,000 - $50,000 depending on complexity 1 year for resales into the US/local law holding period •Issuers can advertise their offerings. But, they do have to verify that anyone who actually invests is an accredited investor, and investors must prove they are accredited to participate in the offering. ** This includes: (a) preparing all offering documents (b) preparing the purchase agreement for the sale of the tokens (c) addressing state blue sky laws (d) addressing federal FinCEN money transmission issues (e) addressing state money transmission issues (each of the 50 states has their own money transmission laws and some, like New York, have specific laws that apply to virtual currency businesses (f) white paper review (if any). For (d) and (e), the above estimate does not include any filing and bonding fees.
  31. 31. Launching A STO in the US Explore asset to be tokenized: real estate, business, technology/intellectual property Strategic planning the STO: valuation of asset, amount of capital to raise & offering time frame, designing STO entity structure, type of compliance Legal compliance Whitelisting of investors who can be approved to invest (KYC/AML) Targeted marketing to the right potential investors (experienced broker dealer for specific asset to be tokenized Handling the financial reward (dividend payments/tax reporting) Handling lost private keys (canceling/issuing of tokens & transfer to the new account) Implementing data privacy compliance

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