TZERO

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tZERO
Founded 2016
Headquarters Midvale, UT
Key People Dr. Patrick Byrne, Joe Cammarata, Saum Noursalehi
Employees 50-200
Products tZERO security tokens and trade platform
Twitter @tzeroblockchain
LinkedIn Profile
Website www.tzero.com/#home

tZERO (or t0) is a distributed ledger platform for capital markets. It is a majority-owned subsidiary of Overstock.com. The company's goal is to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. t0 is also the name of the company's security token.[1]

Background

On June 5, 2015, Overstock announced it would offer the “world's first cryptosecurity,” on its new t0 platform. The name t0 comes from the Wall Street jargon for bond settlements, which typically take three days (“t + 3”) to finalize. According to company statements, bond trades on t0 settle the same day.[2]

tZERO had its first day of stock trading on its shared ledger on December 16, 2016.[3] The previous day, Overstock announced it had raised $10.9m in an offering comprising $1.9m worth of stock traded via digital assets on the t0 platform. Fifty-five people purchased a total of 126,565 shares for $15.68.[4]

In January of 2017, t0 acquired the assets of Singapore-based Blue Ocean Financial Technology, Pte. Ltd. and formed Blue Ocean Technologies to offer a transparent, electronic marketplace for trading U.S.-listed securities during non-U.S. trading hours.[5]

In April 2018, tZERO launched the first demo videos of its trading software.[6]

In May 2018, the company announced that Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne would be stepping down as CEO to become tZERO's Executive Chairman, while former president Saum Noursalehi would take over as CEO, in order to "accelerate" tZERO.[7]

Products and Services

tZERO's ICO launched in December of 2017.[8] It currently offers security tokens to "accredited investors only."[9][10]

tZERO's most distinctive function is DLR technology (Digital Locate Receipt), which uses a proprietary blockchain to lend transparency to the practice of short selling. The aim of this technology is to curb "naked" short selling.[11][12]

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