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索罗斯1亿美元投资Overstock区块链业务

Overstock.com在一份美国证券交易所委员会(SEC)备案文件中指出,一位权证持有者刚刚购买了该公司价值一亿美元的股票。

虽然这份文件没有指明这位投资者的身份,但Overstock.com首席执行官Patrick Byrne告诉记者,这笔资金其实就来自于由亿万富翁乔治·索罗斯(George Soros)管理的量子基金(Quantum Fund)。截止发稿时,量子基金未对此进行评论。

在Overstock.com获得的这1亿美元中,Byrne表示他预计将有2000万美元用于资助DeSoto Inc.,这是一家区块链产权合资企业,他正在与经济学家Hernando DeSoto合作。

对于剩下的8000万美元,Byrne表示他打算投资给Overstock.com的旗舰电子商务平台(该平台接受比特币支付)和其他区块链企业。

Byrne表示:

“也许现在已经没必要再把Overstock.com视为两个独立的企业了。上个月,我们的零售平台用户数量达到了4000万,随着我们开发这些区块链应用和这些区块链公司,这些零售业务将对于提高人们对我们正在开发的区块链特点的意识和流量来说非常宝贵。”

此外Byrne还提到,Overstock.com的区块链资本市场发展平台tZERO也将成为他们未来收入来源之一。虽然量子基金投资的这笔资金将不会被用于购买由tZERO在12月份发行的任何加密代币,但Overstock.com正在通过其他资金购买价值3000万美元的tZERO代币。

在tZERO的ICO的初始阶段,tZERO就获得了1亿美元的投资意向。

Byrne表示,Overstock.com将会聘用拥有专业知识的华尔街人士来进行风险管理。

Overstock.com just got a hefty chunk of change from one of the biggest names in finance, and CEO Patrick Byrne says much of it will fund the company's blockchain work.

The company disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing this week that the holder of a warrant had exercised its right to buy $100 million worth of shares. Although the filing did not identify this investor, Byrne told CoinDesk it was the Quantum Fund, managed by billionaire George Soros.

Of the $100 million Overstock received, Byrne said he anticipates $20 million will fund DeSoto Inc., the blockchain property rights joint venture he is working on in partnership with economist Hernando DeSoto.

As for the other $80 million, Byrne said he intends to invest the funds across Overstock's flagship e-commerce platform (which accepts bitcoin for payments) and the other blockchain ventures that are part of its Medici Ventures subsidiary.

Yet, Byrne indicated he sees those two businesses working more closely in the future.

"Maybe it’s about time we stop seeing Overstock as two separate businesses," he said. "Our retail platform had 40 million unique people come to it last month. So as we’re developing these blockchain applications, these blockchain companies, the retail business is an extremely valuable retail business to have in terms of bringing awareness and traffic to the blockchain properties that we anticipate developing."

Byrne continued, telling CoinDesk:

"By having the retail business involved, what we can really create is the wormhole between the two universes, the universe of conventional and the universe of crypto."

Quantum Fund did not respond to requests for comment by press time, but the Soros-controlled vehicle disclosed its purchase of a warrant to buy Overstock shares in November.

Byrne mentioned tZERO, Overstock's blockchain development platform for capital markets, as another area where some of the proceeds would be headed. But none of the Quantum investment will be used to purchase any of the crypto tokens issued in an initial coin offering (ICO) by tZERO in December.

Separately, however, Overstock itself is buying $30 million worth of tZERO tokens with other funds, Byrne told CoinDesk.

During the initial phase of its ongoing ICO, tZERO received $100 million in commitments from investors interested in purchasing the crypto tokens.

Generally speaking, Overstock will be hiring people "across Wall Street with expertise in risk management," Byrne said.


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