CryptoRated and PEB are Partnering to Curate and Review ICOs for Blockchain Investors

CryptoRated, a review, rating and analysis platform for Blockchain investors, has partnered with PrivatEquity.biz, a peer-to-peer platform that directly connects shareholders in private tech companies with accredited investors. With the new partnership, PrivatEquity.biz will curate selected ICOs to allow investors to diversify their portfolio with some of the chosen ICO tokens, providing them with an arena for smooth and transparent transactions.

CryptoRated,a Zirra brand, offers a platform that reviews ICOs using a community-sourced and transparent rating process.

ICOs are rapidly becoming a fundraising vehicle of choice, offering much greater efficiency and flexibility compared to traditional fundraising paths. Since the beginning of 2017, new ICOs have raised more than $2.2 billion for approximately 150 startups. The market experienced a 230% year-over-year increase.

Ethereum has created a flourishing community of tech companies now using cryptocurrency for a variety of enterprise, finance, and consumer solutions, attracting wealth from top-notch Silicon Valley investors, such as Lightspeed, Andreessen-Horowitz and Union Square, and some of the biggest tech corporations, such as Microsoft, Intel, and Amazon. More generally, Bitcoin and established Altcoins have produced significant yields for investors.

PrivatEquity will feature only future ICOs so that accredited investors will get an exclusive list of opportunities. At any given moment exciting new ICOs are about to be issued, as more and more startups are choosing the path of ICO as their main fundraising vehicle. Raising funds through an ICO allows them to not only sell equity in their company in a simple, decentralized way directly to investors but also grow their offering, encouraging token owners to carry out transactions using the token. Investors enjoy a liquid equity in the form of a tradable cryptocurrency, and access to startups that were once accessible only to professional venture capital investors.

The cryptocurrency space is exciting and is growing fast, but it introduces many new risks. It is subject to extreme volatility, and is still largely unregulated, making the market extremely challenging, especially for less educated investors.

CryptoRated, a Zirra brand, offers a complete set of tools for blockchain investors, cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, and service providers. CryptoRated is the first and only platform today that reviews Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) using a transparent and community-sourced rating process. The platform includes ICO and token reviews on the most innovative and noteworthy ICOs; a DIY ICO scorecard that brings community wisdom into ICO reviews; an Ongoing and future ICO calendar; and an ICOpedia to explain and offer ideas about the overall crypto market.

One of the most anticipated ICOs today is Utrust, a payment platform that allows buyers to pay with cryptocurrencies and sellers to receive payment in flat currency while acting as a trusted mediator. Utrust launched a pre-ICO of $1.5 million last August, followed by a 7-round ICO that began in September, with the goal of obtaining a funding total of $50 million. The Utrust token will act as an investment stake, as well as a transactional token for buying products and services on the platform.

Another successful ICO is UnikoinGold, backed by investors such as Mark Cuban a token designed for legal and licensed betting on E-sports matches and tournaments, as well as rewards and incentives for e-sports participants. Sirin Labs, a Smartphone vendor, has announced plans to launch a new Smartphone designed exclusively as a secured cryptographic hardware wallet. Sirin will also issue tokens in order to encourage developers to launch apps and to create an ecosystem around the Smartphone.

Accredited investors are expected to gain access into U.S and international ICOs as the SEC plans to regulate the ICO market, similar to how it approved access to crowdfunding platforms. For these investors, PrivateEquity.biz will feature a list of some of the most anticipated ICOs in the market today.

About 2,000 accredited investors are currently listed on the PrivatEquity.biz platform, which was recognized by Red Herring as one of the top 100 innovative companies in Europe in 2016.

Zirra Will Supply PrivatEquity.Biz’s New $30 m Secondary Platform with Insightful Research Reports On Select Companies

PrivatEquity.biz, a peer-to-peer platform that directly connects shareholders in pre-IPO private tech companies with accredited investors, has secured total shares for sale of close to $30 million in senior employees or former employees’ stocks in 25 leading private tech companies such as Palantir, DocuSign, Gett, Outbrain, IronSource, and Ezbob.

PrivatEquity.biz will be the first platform in Europe and Israel to allow senior employees or former employees to sell their stocks in private tech companies directly to accredited investors, without the need to go through corporate management. It will allow more employees to enjoy an earlier exit and will help democratize the tech industry, allowing more people to enjoy the wealth created by it.

To provide a transparent arena for smooth and thoughtful transactions, PrivatEquity.biz hired the analysis and research services of Zirra, a technology-based company that analyzes companies using big data and AI. Zirra will supply the platform with insightful research reports on select companies. PrivatEquity.biz also hired accounting firm BDO and law firm APM to make sure the platform works with full compliance with the local law.

PrivatEquity.biz allows accredited investors in Europe and Israel for the first time to buy private tech companies’ share in smaller portions, as the market has previously limited the access only to institutional or large-scale investors. With PrivatEquity.biz, smaller accredited investors of $100,000 per investment and above will have the ability to diversify their investments further and get access to equity in pre-IPO startups by associating them under a limited partnership. It will enable them to manage the risk accompanied by an investment in a tech company while employees will be able to retain some of their stocks.

Dealing with the private tech sector is also full of blind spots, as both those selling stock and investors alike have a hard time valuing shares and assessing the success of a company. Zirra’s AI-powered research and analysis service will provide accredited investors and stock sellers with research reports of private companies, that will supply them with data and insights that will improve their visibility into private tech companies. This includes estimated valuations, NLP-generated lists of competitors, expected time to exit, risk and success factors, as well as a rating of the team, product, momentum, and execution.

PrivatEquity.biz’s platform provides further tools to ensure that the transactions run smoothly. These solutions include tools for determining the pricing of shares in a private company, digital ledger technology used to enhance equity management capabilities, and an online secure data room for transaction participants, which also allows investors to exchange confidential documents.

About 2,000 accredited investors are listed on the platform, which was recognized by Red Herring as one of the top 100 innovative companies in Europe in 2016. A few months ago, PrivatEquity facilitated the selling of stocks of the taxi-hailing app Gett to a London-based investor, which was offered for sale by a senior employee in the company. No details regarding the value of the shares were disclosed, but Zirra has estimated Gett’s valuation last April to be around $2.2 billion.

“PrivatEquity.biz is the only global platform that allows ordinary, small-scale accredited private investors to buy secondary stocks of pre-IPO startups, and employees or former employees in those companies to sell them directly and enjoy better liquidity,” said PrivateEquity.biz founder and CEO Sigalit Cohen. “As more employees and former employees can now enjoy an earlier exit, the tech industry is being democratized. Working with reliable research, legal and accounting teams will support the platform with a smooth, compliant, transparent, and discreet deal making for both sides.”

“Such a platform is important in a world in which investment decisions in private companies are still too dependent on rumors or skewed information, rather than on objective, data-driven, thoroughly informative analyses,” said Moshit Yaffe, CEO, and co-founder of Zirra. “The platform will also allow for accredited investors to invest in better companies which align better with their portfolio, with the help of up-to-date data, insights, and expert opinions.”