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Bitcoin platform GoCoin attracts $550K in seed funding

Nov 7, 2013

Bitcoin platform GoCoin attracts $550K in seed funding November 7, 2013 By Iris Dorbian GoCoin said Thursday that it has closed $550,000 in seed funding. Investors included Stephens Investment Management, Ruvento Ventures, Demarest Ventures as well as former Facebook and Amazon executive Owen Van Natta and Ooma founder Andrew Frame. Also, the company has named co-founder Steve Beauregard as CEO and Brock Pierce as chairman of the board. Headquartered in Singapore, GoCoin is a platform that enables online and retail merchants to accept Bitcoin as payment for purchases. PRESS RELEASE SINGAPORE and SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 7, 2013) – GoCoin (www.gocoin.com) today announced that it has raised a seed round of over $550,000 in funding to bring to market the first truly open and international platform to facilitate the purchase of goods and services across the world bought with Bitcoin, the increasingly popular digital currency. The seed funding comes from an impressive list of connected, global investors from Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, Asia and Europe, including former Facebook and Amazon executive Owen Van Natta and Ooma founder Andrew Frame. GoCoin will begin its expansion as the first true payment processing service for Bitcoin with an initial focus on Asian and South American countries, where the challenges of accepting credit cards and purchasing goods and services online between even neighboring countries can be especially difficult. In terms of market verticals, GoCoin will initially focus on providing Bitcoin payment processing for e-commerce, digital content and interactive/social gaming companies. Co-founder Steve Beauregard will serve as GoCoin’s CEO, and gaming pioneer Brock Pierce will serve as chairman of the board. Over the past few months, the GoCoin team has been quietly developing its technology with engineers in Singapore, Argentina and the U.S. The company is currently in testing with its first merchants in private beta and plans to officially launch publicly in November. “As digital currency becomes more pervasive, it’s imperative that software developers have advanced tools to fully integrate a scalable digital currency payment system across the globe. Merchants should be able to accept not just Bitcoin, but also other digital currencies as those emerge. GoCoin is both easy to implement and inexpensive to operate,” said Steve Beauregard. “Our team of seasoned e-commerce veterans has designed GoCoin so high-volume merchants with complex back-end requirements can securely accept digital currency payments without fear of their internal systems being compromised.” “The future of currency is digital and the old payment systems used today were not designed for the Internet,” said Pierce. “GoCoin will help Bitcoin go far beyond merchant acceptance; it will simplify cross-border commercial transactions.” The list of participating investors in GoCoin includes, but is not limited to: Owen Van Natta, former COO/CRO of Facebook and a seven-year Amazon executive Andrew Frame, founder and CEO of Ooma BitAngels, the first nationwide angel network for Bitcoin startups Stephens Investment Management Mikael Pawlo, CEO of Mr Green & Co AB and co-founder of Maltese online casino Mr Green LTD, through his investment company, Derzhava Holdings LTD Jonathan Congdon, co-founder and President at Beachbody LLC (marketers of P90X and other fitness brands) Ruvento Ventures, a Singapore/Russian venture capital firm Ronnie Wee, Managing Partner, IncuVest Pte. Ltd, a Singapore VC firm Gary Stiffelman, Partner at Los Angeles entertainment law firm Ziffen Brittenham LLP Demarest Ventures David Neuman, Owner, Blackrock Productions; former President, Current TV; former Media & Chief Programming Officer, CNN; former President, Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television For more information about the GoCoin payment gateway, please visit http://www.gocoin.com. About GoCoin The GoCoin payment gateway makes it easier than ever for online and retail merchants to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. GoCoin enables international merchants to reap the benefits of accepting Bitcoin, while taking away the perceived risk of accepting digital currency. Founded in July 2013, GoCoin is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit http://www.gocoin.com. © 2015 Buyouts Insider / Argosy Group LLC

Demarest Ventures Investments

1 Investments

Demarest Ventures has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in GoCoin as part of their Seed VC on November 11, 2013.

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Demarest Ventures Investments Activity

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11/7/2013

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$0.55M

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11/7/2013

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Seed VC

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GoCoin

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$0.55M

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Demarest Ventures Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Demarest Ventures has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was GoCoin on June 10, 2015.

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6/10/2015

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6/10/2015

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