Antonio is one of the founders and CEO of BlockQuake™ Holdings, LLC, and its digital asset/cryptocurrency trading subsidiary. He has almost two decades of regulatory, financial, operational and technology audit experience within the financial services industry, working at major global companies headquartered in New York City involved in banking, venture capital/private equity, real estate/mortgage, broker-dealer, and insurance operations.
His personal trading experiences included stocks, options, and forex before delving into cryptocurrency trading. Along with his business partners, he found there was much lacking with the existing landscape of cryptocurrency trading platforms, things he was used to seeing in traditional financial markets, such as performance, security, transparency and trust as well as customer support. This was the genesis of BlockQuake™. The BlockQuake™ team believes they can change this landscape for the better through significant and rapid disruption, “creating seismic shifts.”
Antonio is a first generation American and native New Yorker, born and bred in Brooklyn, a son of immigrants from the former British West Indies/Caribbean. He’s passionate about traveling globally and volunteering both domestically and abroad. He strives to be the epitome of the American Dream and inspire others to believe that they can live a life full of possibilities.
Hey everybody. It’s me again, Adam Chapnick with the Security Token Academy. We are here in Los Angeles as CIS 2019 and we are joined by the co-founder and CEO of BlockQuake, Antonio Brasse. Thanks for joining us.
Thank you for having me.
Yeah. It’s good to see you back.
Yeah, yeah. It’s been a couple months.
Yeah, yeah. Now, for everybody who hasn’t heard of BlockQuake, why don’t we start off with a quick rub a dub, one two three about what is BlockQuake, why do you exist?
Yeah, yeah. BlockQuake, we’re rolling out a centralized digital asset exchange on a global scale. We’re opening up end of May, just very globally. We’re going to have seven fiats onboarded immediately. We’re using qualified custodians. We have a transfer agent. We’re created just out of our own frustrations with the market, particularly in 2017 year-end, where just platforms are inefficient, crashing, or they just didn’t have a lot of the features that I’m used to. Myself and my team, we’re from traditional financial services. We’ve traded stocks, options, 4X. We’re accustomed to complex order types, a better speed and efficiency, and just a lot of that was lacking. That’s how BlockQuake was born.
Fantastic. I understand you have something specific involved, we are the Security Token Academy, you have some perhaps news to share about security tokens and BlockQuake.
Yes. We are actually pursuing our broker dealer ATS currently.
We believe we’ll have it in about six months. We are, our attorneys are the same attorneys that a number of the other platforms that have their ATS use, so they’ve got the process down at this point.
Right? We’re pretty confident, and we’re also launching our own loyalty token probably within the next week or two. We’re doing a Reg S first overseas.
Starting with an S. Okay.
Yeah, yeah. There’s been significant demand overseas for US projects because of the fact that we have our securities laws that are pretty tight. There’s just a ton of interest. We were in South Korea last week, and yeah. They told us they’re looking at our project because they find U.S. projects to be more transparent, more regulatory friendly, so there is a huge demand for security token projects globally.
That is fascinating.
Do you think that what a lot of the American companies complain about, which is all of the overbearing, the regulations from the SEC, actually may make them more fundable because their Reg S has been going well? Right.
Which is a little ironic, yeah. We complain so much there’s all these barriers that we have to go through, but the international markets love that. All right. If they can get through with their Reg D, Reg S, whatever it is, they’ve got to be legit. It’s a sign of legitimacy to the international markets that want to fund projects here.
Wow. That is hilarious to me.
I think it’s kind of great.
Where do you think-
It’s like the Frank Sinatra song from New York, because I’m from New York, right? If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere?
If you can make it through the SEC regulations here, you can do it anywhere. I love it. What do you think is going to be the impact of having companies or other assets, I guess, available in securitized tokenizations? How is that going to impact either issuers or maybe international investors?
Yeah, it’s going to add massive liquidity to a lot of the private markets, right? Just coming from financial services, I talked to a lot of my old colleagues, they’re excited. Some of these OTC companies or other private companies, they can tokenize and get a lot of traders and investors in that way. Debt offering instruments, right? There’s a lot of private debt out there. They can tokenize as well. Stable coins, whether it’s gold, silver, silver backed coins, it’s a great way to just add a lot of liquidity to asset classes that aren’t naturally liquid.
Yeah. Where do you think that’s going to have the biggest impact on the investor side? Do you think the liquidity is obviously sort of the Holy Grail, but it doesn’t really exist yet.
Do you think that’s going to come from lots of regular people getting involved, or is it going to come from just institutions piling in and then boom, there it is?
I think definitely intuitions first, because they’re looking for this. But at some point you’ll see the retail crowd getting involved, too. I think about real estate. The little person can’t really get in on a real estate deal in Manhattan, right? We were actually talking to a blockchain project that’s tokenizing real estate in Manhattan a couple months ago, and they’re doing it also to obviously institutional money, but they want to give the normal person the chance to buy into some of these properties and get involved, yeah.
Yeah, that’s exciting. There have been a few. We did a thing on the Aspen St. Regis, they did a tokenization.
Oh, yeah, yeah.
The East Village there were a few little properties. So yeah, we’re seeing it. What do you think in terms of the future for BlockQuake? We have, what, nine months left, eight months left in the year?
What are we going to see from BlockQuake come December?
Definitely. Yeah. Once the, we have the ATS, they’re going to see us list more security tokens. I do point out to people just because something’s a security in the US, doesn’t mean it is in overseas. Meanwhile, if we find ourselves in that situation and there’s a security token that wants to list, we could do that, give them access to the international market-
But just block US retail traders.
Until we have the ATS.
There’s that approach that we could take. I always say hey, if you’re a security token project out there, still come talk to us while we’re pursuing the ATS license. Maybe there’s an intermediary solution we could work on together.
Great. All right. Well, thanks for giving us the update on BlockQuake. Keep coming back and let us know how it’s going.
Will do. Thank you. Thanks for having me again.
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