Harbor is an all-in-one platform for digital securities

Harbor provide compliant and more liquid investment opportunities for funds, private equity, and commercial real estate to syndicate more broadly to raise capital faster, cheaper, and easier. Harbor CEO Josh Stein told CoinDesk that the company’s platform allows it to track security token trading and investors’ real-world identity in real-time, ensuring that token sales are “compliant every time, everywhere.”

A security token represents traditional, private security interest. It could represent a share in a company, an LP interest in a fund or a trust, a member share in an LLC. Essentially, you’re taking something that today you have on paper and you’re putting an electronic wrapper around it.

We have had the pleasure of working with Josh and the Harbor team in the past through private family office dinners as well as featured interviews on the Off The Chain podcast.

On February 5, 2019, Harbor announced Harbor Platform 2.0, a new customer-branded digital securities platform for compliant fundraising, investor management, and liquidity — powered by blockchain technology.

The new platform allows startups to tokenize their company’s private equity and raise capital more efficiently, while simultaneously deepening strategic relationships with customers, partners, fans, and other trusted parties.

“Startups want new ways to raise capital directly from investors, not only through intermediaries. They want to open up fundraising to a broader network including customers, partners, and fans who are key to their success, while still being in control of their cap table,” said Josh Stein, CEO of Harbor. “Harbor Platform 2.0 is a turnkey solution for tokenizing private company equity that enables startups to open up fundraising directly to a broader group of investors and create innovative equity programs. Harbor allows companies to create liquidity options under controlled conditions and limit trading among trusted parties. Startups can now create more liquid, yet controlled, equity programs for key external stakeholders, not just employees.”

Harbor built an institutional-grade platform and service to tokenize private securities like commercial real estate, investment funds, and private equity. To date, the platform has only been available through a managed service by Harbor. Harbor Platform 2.0 is designed to make tokenization more accessible to startups, which can operate the platform directly to bring compliant tokenized offerings to market, brand the investor experience, and leverage their existing relationships and processes to structure and market the investments.