Ayesha Kiani is the managing director of Republic Crypto, an SEC-approved crowdfunding platform where non-accredited investors can invest in vetted blockchain startups. Republic Crypto is a token pre-sale platform for startups to raise capital. It aims to democratize blockchain investing by allowing non-accredited small investors to support the ventures, with minimum investment amounts as little as $50.


Kiani is responsible for international business development and partnerships. She was previously at SingularDTV – an offshoot of Consensys, and is also a venture partner at NextGen Ventures and a board member for Ventures for America.


BLOCK TRIBUNE: So let’s start out by having you outline Republic Crypto’s mission. You’re intending to be a general crowdfunding site?


AYESHA KIANI: We are an equity crowd funding site, but the main mission behind Republic is to provide access to sales to retail investors, which they won’t be able to have it otherwise. For instance, in sales like Blockstack or Falcoin, or even one of the private sales that are happening right now, if they don’t do an offering on Republic, their community members, their friends and family, whoever their support system is, won’t be able to have access.


BLOCK TRIBUNE:  How does someone who has an idea get involved with your platform?


AYESHA KIANI:  So we don’t just look at ideas, we look at existing companies. Partly for the reason is, as you know, you’ve seen it, blockchain is still relatively new and there are a lot of bad actors. So we like to see companies that have been working on their products for a good six to seven months or so. Have a team in place, have some traction around it. And what they do is if they’re doing a private sale, and need to allocate the retail investors, then they return to us. And if they’re not doing a private sale but just need to open up the market for their retail investors, then they contact us.


BLOCK TRIBUNE:  What’s the difference between you and other sort of tokenization models that are out there?


AYESHA KIANI:  They provide end to end solutions of making the company into a token. We’re not making tokens. We’re just facilitating with the fundraising efforts.


BLOCK TRIBUNE: You were on a panel about marketing your tokens, so what’s the biggest mistake most companies are doing in marketing their tokens?


AYESHA KIANI: So I think the thing is that now given that we’re in a very regulated space, and given that most of the sales just happen privately, we think that [inaudible 00:02:58] is a great way to market their tokens to general public. So that’s what I wanted to talk about on my channel.


But as far as people making mistakes, I feel like false auditors, people tend to promise a lot and then not deliver. And then that kind of just takes … They end up just having bad reputation. One thing we have to be cognizant of is that blockchain is extremely new, and it’s going to take a lot of years for it to get developed to the point where we can use it on every day basis. But from the sound of the market, it seems like tomorrow everything will be tokenized. It’s not going to be that great, so that’s why we tell companies that come on Republic, that we work with that, you know, take your time, build a right product. But don’t say that you will have something ready within six months and the token will be trading when it just could take a while.


BLOCK TRIBUNE: What regulations are coming down the pipe that investors should be aware of?


AYESHA KIANI:  We are responsible for retail investors and we make sure that the company, according to our token DPA (which is our agreement), the company kind of just needs a timeline as it goes on. That’s our responsibility. We try to stay on top of it. So whether it’s the product lines, whether it’s a token trade, whether it’s an update. Whatever the company can aim for, we timeline according to that.


BLOCK TRIBUNE:  Those are my questions. Is there anything you want to tell me about I didn’t ask you about?


AYESHA KIANI: Our general standing for the retail investors is something that makes us unique in this space. And we have built something that not even any tokenization platform is going after. Because for a lot of reasons, but primarily because people just don’t care about retail investors as much as retail. So that’s what our standing is.


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