Vanguard Using Blockchain Technology To Improve Index Data Distribution

Vanguard Using Blockchain Technology To Improve Index Data Distribution

Vanguard, in close collaboration with the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP®) and technology provider Symbiont, is leading an effort to simplify the index data sharing process through innovative blockchain technology. This partnership between the three organizations will enable index data to move instantly between index providers and market participants over one decentralized database.

Symbiont Named Fintech Company of the Year at Risk's Custody Awards

Symbiont Named Fintech Company of the Year at Risk's Custody Awards

“We are grateful to the judges for recognizing the importance of Symbiont’s platform in helping to efficiently manage custody risk,” said Mark Smith, CEO & co-founder of Symbiont. “We showed in our pilot project with 19 institutions in the syndicated loan market, via our joint venture with Ipreo called Synaps, that Symbiont’s technology could efficiently custody and transfer assets.”

WatersTechnology's Buy-Side Tech Awards Names Symbiont Best DLT Project 2017

WatersTechnology's Buy-Side Tech Awards Names Symbiont Best DLT Project 2017

“Thank you to the judges for recognizing that Symbiont’s platform adds value to the buy-side specifically, since it is a founding principle of Symbiont to partner with the buy-side to upgrade settlement processes in capital markets via blockchain and smart contracts,” said Mark Smith, CEO & co-founder of Symbiont. “Symbiont’s platform is especially fair to the buy-side because it is truly decentralized, which means all network nodes are equal and no nodes have any advantages over others. Because there are no gatekeepers in Symbiont networks, the balance of power is fair to everyone and we appreciate the buy-side recognizing the value of this.”

Fixing the Stock Market’s ‘Clogged Toilet’ Starts in Delaware

Fixing the Stock Market’s ‘Clogged Toilet’ Starts in Delaware

Corporations must get permission from Delaware to issue a certain number of authorized shares, say 1 million, said Symbiont Chief Executive Officer Mark Smith. The state collects filing fees and other revenue based on the authorized number of shares, but sometimes companies issue additional shares that Delaware is unaware of, he said. A smart contract eliminates that possibility.

“The smart contract manages the authorized and issued shares,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to issue more than 1 million shares on the blockchain because the smart contract has that as a limitation.”

Del. Cryptosecurities Law Has Many Taking Notice

Del. Cryptosecurities Law Has Many Taking Notice

Law360, Wilmington (August 3, 2017, 7:45 PM EDT) -- A newly effective Delaware law allowing companies to issue and manage securities via decentralized “blockchain” networks has attracted substantial and in some cases surprising interest, one executive at the center of the innovation said Thursday.

Mark Smith, CEO of smart securities company Symbiont, said that law firms have shown significant interest in the new provision of Delaware’s corporation law, which took effect Aug 1.

Symbiont was chosen as the exclusive blockchain partner for Delaware’s initial blockchain effort and will be the only platform integrated with the...

Medici Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Symbiont

Medici Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Symbiont

Medici Ventures and Symbiont today announced the completion of a strategic investment in Symbiont by Medici Ventures, a major investor in blockchain technology. As part of the new relationship, the two companies will collaborate on strategic projects involving both Medici Ventures and its parent company, Overstock.com.

Symbiont Demos Blockchain Share Issuance for DC Lawmakers

Symbiont Demos Blockchain Share Issuance for DC Lawmakers

Blockchain solutions provider Symbiont gave a public demonstration of its distributed ledger solutions at a Washington, DC, event on Tuesday.

There, founder and CEO Mark Smith gave a preview of how its Symbiont Assembly platform could be used for private equity issuance, highlighting how he believes its products, and their underlying technology, have the potential to transform how private corporations in the US are governed.

Who owns what, really? In securities, Delaware may soon clear things up

Who owns what, really? In securities, Delaware may soon clear things up

In the summer of 2015, a Delaware official approached the cryptocurrency lawyer Marco Santori with a simple question.

Andrea Tinianow, the state's director of corporate and international development, had learned that New York, where Santori practiced law, was cracking down on bitcoin startups. She wanted to know, "How do we drive them out of New York and bring them to Delaware?"

Santori told her that some of his clients at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman were interested in issuing shares of stock on a blockchain. There was no law preventing it, but his clients wanted to see it expressly allowed.

Private Capital Market Ecosystems Meet the Blockchain

Private Capital Market Ecosystems Meet the Blockchain

In a move signaling blockchain technology’s continued advancement in the financial world, Hong Kong–based PrivateMarket.io and NY-based Symbiont announced an agreement to build an alternative investment marketplace for closed-end funds utilizing Symbiont’s SmartSecurities™ software. The parties anticipate that the marketplace will go live in late 2017.

Symbiont Adds Co-Creator of BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol to its Advisory Board

Symbiont Adds Co-Creator of BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol to its Advisory Board

Symbiont today announced that Dr. Alysson Bessani, the co-creator of the Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol BFT-SMaRt, has joined the company’s advisory board. Developed in 2014, BFT-SMaRt was designed to address deficiencies in other BFT protocols such as PBFT. Assembly, Symbiont’s decentralized log component, is based on the BFT-SMaRt consensus protocol, allowing it to achieve best-in-class security, stability and performance.

Symbiont Announces Strategic Partnership and Investment from Hundsun Technologies

Symbiont Announces Strategic Partnership and Investment from Hundsun Technologies

Symbiont, the market-leading smart contracts platform for institutional applications of distributed ledger technology, today announced a strategic partnership with Chinese software giant Hundsun Technologies Inc, which includes an investment by a division of Hundsun in Symbiont’s Series A-1 round. The investment is Hundsun’s first in both the United States and in distributed ledger technology. Symbiont’s board of directors granted Hundsun a board observer seat.

Symbiont Adds Prominent Computer Scientist to its Technical Advisory Board

Symbiont Adds Prominent Computer Scientist to its Technical Advisory Board

Symbiont has appointed Dr. Zhong Shao, a Yale professor of computer science and leading expert in formal verification of software, to its Technical Advisory Board. Together, Dr. Shao and the Symbiont engineering team are applying cutting-edge techniques in programming language design and formal methods to the task of writing and publishing smart contracts in a decentralized network. Professor Shao is working closely with Symbiont to ensure that its smart contract language supports the highest levels of security and integrity in enterprise software.

Financial Institutions Move Closer to Realizing a Blockchain Solution for Syndicated Loans

Financial Institutions Move Closer to Realizing a Blockchain Solution for Syndicated Loans

Synaps combines Symbiont's leading smart contract technology and Ipreo's new business process solution to help speed loan trade settlement. Nineteen firms participated in the demonstration, including Barclays, BBVA, Danske Bank, LSTA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scotiabank, Societe Generale, State Street Corporation, TenDelta LLC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. Influential buy-side firms AllianceBernstein (AB), Eaton Vance Management, KKR, and Oak Hill Advisors were also involved in the initiative.

Delaware Blockchain Initiative: Transforming the Foundational Infrastructure of Corporate Finance

Delaware Blockchain Initiative: Transforming the Foundational Infrastructure of Corporate Finance

This blog post is part of the Delaware law series on: The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Orebits & Symbiont Deploy Distributed Ledger Technology to Digitize Gold Ownership

Orebits & Symbiont Deploy Distributed Ledger Technology to Digitize Gold Ownership

Orebits Corp., a provider of digitization services for unrefined commodities, and Symbiont, a distributed ledger technology company, have partnered to bring clients of Orebits Corp. the opportunity to invest in unrefined gold via “smart certificates.” The certificates, called “orebits,” are digitized assets, backed by proven gold reserves, which can be exchanged electronically on a peer-to-peer basis. The first orebits were issued on Symbiont’s platform on March 10, 2017.

Delaware’s 2017 Resolution: Make Blockchain a Reality

Delaware’s 2017 Resolution: Make Blockchain a Reality

What's in store for Delaware's blockchain work in 2017? The US state's blockchain ombudsperson provides an update.