What did I learn and share about Security Tokens at The Blockchain EXPO North America in the Silicon Valley?

After 1 year since my visit to the same conference (in the midst of the 2017 ICO craze) I returned to this great event in a much more bear market environment, with much less so-called crypto-billionaires and many more savvy investors that believe in the future of the Blockchain technology and its potential to change not only Financial services but the world as we know it.

I was honored with the position of chair of the Blockchain Platforms and Strategies stage…


Aside from reinforcing my perception that Asia is driving global innovation in the Blockchain/Crypto space — this article aims to share what I learned from my experience in the Asian Financial Forum — AFF Hong Kong, the largest financial conference in Asia and from my meetings with Lawyers and the Monetary Association of Singapore — MAS.

First, let me thank the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for inviting me to such an “eye-opening” event. Aside from meeting heads of state from China, EU, and other Asian nations, as well as, mingling with C-Level executives from the major global financial institutions…


To begin with, I was surprised that US Congress candidates were already adopting cryptocurrencies!

Surprisingly, we begin to see signs of this trend as early as 2015, when Patrick Nelson, a candidate for Town Board of Stillwater, New York accepted campaign contributions in Bitcoin. Nelson, now a Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, continues to bet on the power of decentralized cryptocurrencies as a form of funding for his campaign and to push forward his “scientific literacy” agenda.

One does NOT need to have a crystal ball to see that the more politicians embrace crypto, the more the…


After attending a good number of Blockchain conferences and events this year, I was still surprised by the size & scope of this massive event, with thousands of attendees and a vast variety of topics being covered such as AI, Internet of Things and of course my favorite Blockchain! Thus, I would like to thank Ian Johnson and Mark Boyle for inviting me to this fantastic event! And after 2 days of information overload and potentially thousands of calories burned running from panels to lectures to stands, here are my 7 main takeaways from 2017 Blockchain Expo:

1. The current…


Dear Crypto friends…

On this past Friday, November 10th, I was happily invited to attend the Start Engine ICO 2.0 Summit, which was organized by tech mogul Howard Marks. After attending numerous conferences on Blockchain and crypto currencies this year, I realized this past event was definitely something very different.

I was surprised to see the crowd filled with attorneys, investment bankers, VCs and investors from prominent angel groups, like my friends from Tech Coast Angels, attending the event. …


What I learned from Lou Kerner at tonight’s UCLA BLOCKCHAIN LAB launch party: “When I think about BLOCKCHAIN; I think about Amara’s law which states: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” — Thanks for the great talk Lou!


I am frequently asked the question “If I do an ICO — Initial Coin Offering — in the United States or for U.S. Investors, will it qualify as a regulated security or an investment contract that needs to comply with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)?” The answer to this question is not simple and requires a deeper explanation, as it seems there is a lot of confusion around this subject.

First and foremost, DISCLAIMER: I am NOT A LAWYER, AND DO NOT INTENT to provide legal advice to anyone. After researching and listening to various lawyers on the subject…

Alex Nascimento

Co-founder UCLA BLOCKCHAIN LAB & BLOCKCHAIN @ UCLA — Security Token Offering & Blockchain Faculty

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