EQUI, a game-changing cryptocurrency-powered investment platform that opens up venture capital to a wider audience and provides high-tech innovators and entrepreneurs a new route to investment, today announces that highly experienced investor Duncan MacInnes has joined the Advisory Board. Duncan has extensive business and investment experience having founded his first business in his teens, exiting in his early twenties. This experience enables him to identify promising early stage startups and make successful investments. He has been an early stage backer of some of the greatest technology success stories of our time, including Facebook and Deliveroo.
Duncan has been brought in to to compliment the skills of Founders, Douglas Barrowman and Baroness Michelle Mone OBE, the Investment Team and the existing members of the Advisory Board. This EQUI Advisory Board also includes digital entrepreneur Mark Pearson, who established Fuel Ventures, an early stage investment fund focusing on high growth business, and business leader Morten Tonneson, CEO of advertising and marketing technology giant Ve Global. Together the team is identifying a strong pipeline of high-growth technology startups to invest in and mentor.
Always an entrepreneur at heart, Duncan founded his first business at the age of 14.He has long been interested in technology with the majority of his investments in this sector. In 2004, he founded Kineta Trading Inc, which at the time was one of the largest algorithmic arbitrage companies trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 2009, this company became The Xenfin Group, which continues to be one of the largest non-bank market-makers. His current venture, 465, has 53 companies in its portfolio, heavily weighted towards technology. The fund also also covers financial services and the crypto and blockchain space.
Duncan commented, “EQUI has the potential to disrupt and transform investment. What excites me most about this is that it will open up investment opportunities to individuals. They will be able to invest – alongside the established investment team - in high-growth technology companies; companies that could be the future Facebook or Deliveroo. This has previously only been open to those in the business or with connections. EQUI is democratising investment - it is the investment portal of the future.
Duncan continued: “I additionally see great value in the mentoring that EQUI will bring entrepreneurs dealing with the struggles and stresses of starting and succeeding in business. This type of mentoring is something I wish I had more of over the years and I am looking forward to working with others on that same journey.
Co-founder, Baroness Michelle Mone OBE, said: “The EQUI team provides a board of very successful business people, who can help entrepreneurs of high-growth tech startups. EQUI will provide not only investment, but also mentoring and guidance. The board is made up of entrepreneurs who have been in the position of those we are investing in and understand the rollercoaster journey they are on.”
Doug Barrowman, founder of EQUI said: “We have a strong team and Duncan MacInnes’ addition to the advisory board is testament to our vision. Duncan brings the expertise and experience as both an entrepreneur and an investor, providing valuable insights to the companies we will bring onto the platform. EQUI will enable non-industry professionals to back the next hot investment that is traditionally the preserve of institutions and ultra-high net worth individuals.”
For more information on EQUI, please visit https://www.equi.capital/ and download the whitepaper.
EQUI brings venture capital investing into the modern technological era. It allows individuals to combine forces and participate in an investment sector that has traditionally been the preserve of institutions and ultra-high net worth individuals.
Doug Barrowman is the Founder of EQUI along with Businesswoman Baroness Michelle Mone OBE who is the Co-Founder of the platform. They are supported by an advisory board of successful entrepreneurs including Mark Pearson, the founder of MyVoucherCodes and experts within the fields of investment, cryptocurrency and law.
The core investment model will be to take equity or loan positions in innovative businesses that can demonstrate vision and scalability. These businesses may require not only capital but also expertise to steer the venture to optimisation and fulfil their true potential. Projects will vary in size and estimated maturity timeframes.
Investors who commit their Tokens to underlying projects will receive 75% of profits generated by projects they participate in.
EQUI is launching an ICO for early adopters who wish to support our vision. Our token sale will enable the acceleration of technical development and all other aspects of the business, including infrastructure and additional personnel.
A pre-sale will run from 1 March to 8 March 2018. A minimum investment level of $100,000 is required to participate in the pre-sale. A 25% bonus incentive applies in this pre-sale.
The public ICO will run from 8 March to 31 March 2018 with bonuses available in the first two weeks of the sale.
EQUI Platform Overview
EQUI utilises the established Ethereum blockchain to process and store credentials, information and transactions, including the acquisition of project stakes, distribution of profits, deployment of investment returns and investor rewards. The use of Smart Contracts, written in Solidity and compiled for Ethereum Virtual Machine, ensures security, reliability and transparency for all EQUI participants.
The EQUItoken is a standard ERC20 token that is designed solely for use on the EQUI platform. It enables users to participate in EQUI investment projects. If the user wishes to hold on to the token it can be stored securely on the EQUI platform for future investments or traded through public exchanges.
EQUI is a web based application that is accessed through any compatible web browser. Following the ICO, the platform will be fully developed. It will be user friendly, aesthetically pleasing and provide all relevant information for an investor to plan their investments and review their portfolio.