<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The<br />Bitcoin movement has brought with it a tidal wave of activity in cryptocurrency<br />investments and trading. As a result, crypto market capitalization soared to an<br />all-time high of around $820 billion in early January of 2018. But since then,<br />we have seen a massive price decline in this market, leading many to speculate<br />that it could all be a giant bubble.<br />One trailblazing company that has remained forward-thinking in its approach and<br />advancement amid this persistent downturn is Invictus Capital. Endeavoring to<br />become the “Vanguard of cryptocurrencies,” Invictus features a comprehensive<br />set of fund options and investments for those seeking diversified exposure to<br />cryptocurrency markets.<br />Through cutting-edge developments in data science, machine learning and<br />blockchain technology, Invictus strives to mitigate the bias, emotion and costs<br />associated with managing cryptocurrency investment funds.<br />A key milestone tied to this momentum occurred in 2017, when Invictus launched<br />its initial coin offering (ICO), known as “CRYPTO20” and widely touted as the<br />first of its type in the world. CRYPTO20 is an index fund that<br />tracks the top-20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, providing a window<br />to the performance of the highest levels of the crypto market, and lets<br />investors participate through a single token (C20 tokens). <br /><br />The<br />fund’s parameters (rebalance frequency, asset cap and number of coins) were<br />optimized by data science and the fund managers claim all relevant forks and<br />airdrops and stake NEO and DASH, among others — all adding to the fund value.<br />CRYPTO20’s annual fees of 0.5 percent are far below the industry average of 2<br />to 3 percent, the company said. Invictus added that the fund has outperformed<br />both BTC and the total cryptocurrency market cap to date.<br />Invictus’s second major milestone, the Hyperion Fund, closed in May 2018,<br />with over 4,500 backers and $11 million raised. This venture fund model<br />leverages the power of syndication and Invictus’s strategic value adds to<br />facilitate access to private sale investment opportunities — at the best<br />prices. Here, investments occur in the most promising projects through<br />presales, simple agreements for future tokens (SAFTs) and ICOs.<br />Hyperion is designed to provide token holders with diversified, early stage<br />investment opportunities in the blockchain landscape. The fund seeks to achieve<br />this by forming strategic partnerships with some of the most talented<br />blockchain entrepreneurs and visionaries, assisting them with both financial<br />support and essential connections in their efforts to deliver successful ICOs.<br />A New Path to Investing: The Value<br />Proposition<br />The foundation of Invictus’s quest is predicated by a value proposition<br />reflected in the following:An intelligent, scientific<br />approach where data is optimized to simplify investment decisions. This<br />approach is backed by data science and machine learning that fuels the highest<br />levels of analysis.Value creation for investors<br />that challenges and disrupts the traditional, thereby creating a new way of<br />investing.Fostering an environment of<br />integrity and trustworthiness for all stakeholders, including community responsibility<br />and legal compliance; Respecting and acting with dignity while ensuring that<br />shareholder returns are protected.Ensuring transparency in<br />investor interests while maintaining high levels of privacy with transaction<br />details.Fostering a collaborative and<br />performance-driven approach, one that champions diversity in all of its forms.<br />Diversity, along with innovative collaboration, allows Invictus to achieve<br />ambitious targets and succeed in what it does.<br /><br />Fueled by this set of values, Invictus has embarked on four public investments<br />to drive its value proposition forward: NOIA Network, DAV Network, Lightstreams and Gamedex.<br />NOIA is a decentralized content delivery network (CDN) that makes use of unused<br />bandwidth and storage from idle computers around the world. The project<br />utilizes the internet’s infrastructure to dramatically improve how data is<br />delivered, a solution that’s much cheaper than what current centralized CDN<br />providers offer. The main ICO sale for this network will commence on July 16.<br />The DAV Network delivers an open-source software platform, allowing anyone to<br />buy or sell transportation services in a decentralized market. This network can<br />be integrated into any vehicle, enabling them to discover, communicate and<br />transact with one another using a digital currency called the “DAV” token. The<br />DAV network concluded its ICO on June 25 with 40,726 ETH raised.<br />The Lightstreams blockchain project addresses the issue of data storage when<br />content is shared on blockchain networks. The technology focuses on the<br />requirements of privacy, confidentiality and scalability for decentralized<br />applications, which interact in direct, peer-to-peer channels. Lightstreams<br />plans to launch its network infrastructure in Q3 2018, enabling a decentralized<br />governance platform in Q4 where token holders can decide policies.<br />Finally, there is the investment by Hyperion in Gamedex, a platform, similar to<br />Steam, for digital collectibles and their games. Unlike traditional<br />collectibles (for example, baseball cards), these digital assets can be<br />transferred to anyone on the planet instantly, their authenticity can be proven<br />and they cannot be counterfeited or reprinted.<br />A Look Ahead<br />Daniel Schwartzkopff, the co-founder and CEO of Invictus Capital, is a South<br />African serial entrepreneur who has launched several venture capital-backed companies.<br />A graduate of the University of Cape Town with a degree in chemical<br />engineering, Schwartzkopff has been featured in everything from CNBC to The Wall Street Journal. <br />When asked about how the uncertainty facing the global cryptocurrency market has<br />impacted and informed Invictus’s strategic direction, he remains optimistic.<br />“The current uncertainty in the industry is related almost exclusively to the<br />market capitalization, or prices, of cryptocurrency,” said Schwartzkopff. “In<br />terms of the fundamentals (i.e., the technology, use cases and regulatory<br />environment), there is far less uncertainty than there was at the price peak.<br />In fact, the decrease in hype and ‘extreme visibility’ of blockchain projects<br />has afforded developers the opportunity to get back to the real task at hand,<br />which is to bring a nascent technology to the real world.”<br />He added that, despite the uncertain markets, Invictus’s efforts are<br />laser-focused on providing investors with peace of mind around cryptocurrencies<br />and legitimizing the industry.<br />“The cryptocurrency market is gaining mainstream traction at an unprecedented<br />rate,” Schwartzkopff said. “This comes with an influx of retail investors, many<br />of which lack a deeper understanding of the cryptocurrency market. Our vision<br />is to provide a diverse range of industry-leading, low-cost options to gain<br />exposure to this growing market without the barrier of technical complexity<br />currently impeding adoption.”<br /><br /> <br /><br /> This promoted article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
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