How Patrick Byrne Levered a SPAC to Create Cryptocurrency Kingdom


(Republished with permission from Prospectus LLC) -Patrick Byrne has often been dismissed by contemporaries for being brash, confrontational and someone who just likes to create chaos. Courtesy of a $1million stake in Kennedy Cabot Acquisition Holdings, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company aka SPAC, Byrne is further along on a journey to secure the title of being the cheapest online discount broker and also, the crown to the cryptocurrency kingdom ., the on-line retailer led by multi-industry disruptor Patrick Byrne has seen its share price surge nearly 100% in the past four weeks, and not because of online shopping spikes during this holiday season. And not because it was the first retailer to accept bitcoins back in the day when no other retailer even understood the concept of distributed ledger and blockchain, the elements that power bitcoin, the ubiquitous cryptocurrency whose price has gone from $500 to over $20,000 in less time than it takes most companies to float an initial public offering.

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Along the way, we can guess that the former online discount retailer of stuff has watched his net worth increase by at least several hundred million dollars, as the shares of all of his various holdings have increased multi-fold. Its because Patrick Byrne has been hard at work during the past number of months executing a stealth strategy by leveraging his purchase of a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) that has made Overstock a virtual holding company whose portfolio of companies now includes (i) Medicia Ventures, a cross between a PE and VC platform that is focused on cryptocurrency enterprises (ii) an on-line brokerage that was formerly a woman-owned broker-dealer known as Muriel Siebert & Co and renamed “tZero” that will enable day traders to make $2.99 stock trades and pay in cryptocurrency, (ii) a stake in Delaware Board of Trade, an electronic exchange run by the former head honcho at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange former vice-Chairman of NASDAQ OMX and positioned as the first and only blockchain based Alternative Trading System fully licensed by the SEC, which will float Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)  and enable investors to buy and sell bitcoin based bond funds that are packaged in similar fashion to exchange-traded funds aka ETFs.

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But every road has its bumps. A planned initial coin offering (ICO) for Overstock blockchain subsidiary tZERO, scheduled to go live at midnight Monday, has yet to launch as originally anticipated. While little is known about the now nearly day-long delay, a countdown clock on, the issuance portal for tZERO’s token, has expired without any update to the company’s website or social media accounts. Indeed, CoinDesk’s calls to key Overstock executives, including CEO Patrick Byrne, went unreturned or unanswered today.

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(MarketsMuse) 09 Sept–“What’s Next? Well, for those familiar with Patrick Byrne, the controversial and innovative founder of, one of the first online retailers to embrace the use of bitcoins, it should not be a surprise that Overstock’s chief honcho would ‘get the joke’ and realize its all about the underlying technology that powers cryptocurrency applications, known as distributed ledger. While bitcoin currency continues to encounter challenges in terms of mass embracement, the real grease that makes the makes the wheels turn is under the hood. With that, Overstock subsidiary “T0” (T-zero) is taking a page from both the industry consortium formed by R3 and the Senahill-backed Symbiont –both of which target institutional capital markets usage–and aiming it’s own sights on retail investors by setting to launch an equities-centric Alternative Trading System aka ATS powered by their own blockchain formula.

A distributed ledger is a consensus of replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data geographically spread across multiple sites, countries, and/or institutions.
A blockchain is a type of distributed ledger, comprised of unchangable, digitally recorded data in packages called blocks.
Rob Daly of MarketsMedia (not related to MarketsMuse) provides the scoop..

Online retailer expects trading to begin on its blockchain-based alternative trading system before the end of the year, according to company officials.

The ATS will be operated by subsidiary TO as part of the company’s Medici Project, and it will only handle trades in the company stock, at least at first. So while it’s not an immediate competitive threat to the existing field of 13 U.S. stock exchanges plus several dozen ATSs, the initiative will be closely watched as a gauge of the potential of distributed-ledger technology in capital markets.

The ATS will write completed trades to its blockchain instead of routing them to the National Securities Clearing Corp., a subsidiary of Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., for clearing. plans to prime the liquidity on the ATS through a new issue of corporate shares to existing shareholders the day before trading commences on the new trading venue.


T0 officials plan to formally announce its partnership with a broker-dealer on Sept. 12. “For those who want to trade on the ATS, they will have to create an account with the broker-dealer,” said Overstock’s man-in-charge Judd Bagley, who declined to name the brokerage firm. database of Global Broker-Dealers includes thousands of BDs in 30+ countries.


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bitcoinBitcoin, the crypto-currency that initially became infamous as the tender of choice for drug traffickers and mercenaries, may be coming to a trading desk or institutional portfolio near you – and sooner than you think.

“2014 is going to be the year Bitcoin hits Wall Street,” said Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of SecondMarket, a capital-raising platform for private companies and investment funds. Indeed, there is a growing consensus in some corners of Wall Street and the buyside community that the $7.8 billion  Bitcoin industry is going to become the new, flashy darling of investors, with dedicated digital currency funds, venture capitalists and asset managers all chasing after those 12 million bitcoins currently in circulation.

“Digital currencies like Bitcoin are not going away,” Silbert explained. “And Wall Street and the regulators know this, they’ve studied how to deal with it, and now they are starting to understand its potential.” SecondMarket has gone heavy into the Bitcoin phenomenon, launching the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a $70 million open-ended trust that invests exclusively in bitcoins, as well as a dedicated desk of 10 traders who buy and sell bitcoins for the trust and other institutional clients. SecondMarket is also creating what it hopes to be the largest, best-capitalized and well-run Bitcoin exchange in the U.S., and is enlisting banks and Bitcoin-related firms to be exchange members.

“The number of inquiries and requests from finance industry professionals for us to prepare compliant investor offering documents for crypto-centric funds is certainly keeping us busy”, said Paul Azous, CEO of “We don’t see this as some type of anomaly that is connected to a short-term fad, many of the funds we are working with are forward-thinking folks who realize that blockchain applications will be expressed in nearly every business process.”

In addition to preparing investment fund offering documents, helps blockchain-based startups craft white papers, presentation decks that resonate with accredited investors and through a captive network of crypto industry consultants, the firm guides those advancing Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

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