In a landmark deal, a group of investors in the blockchain space acquire the world’s leading blockchain and emerging technology events company, Keynote FZE. The acquisition of this ‘first of its kind’ organization was executed via blockchain technology with $FTM on Fantom Opera Blockchain for an undisclosed sum.
Abu Dhabi, UAE / August 31, 2021: The world’s first, and most iconic, cryptocurrency events company, Keynote FZE (UAE) announces their acquisition by a group of investors in the Cryptocurrency Space led by Binary Fintech Group (UAE) and Quantum Fintech Group. Keynote FZE, the parent company responsible for The North American Bitcoin Conference (Miami), and the World Blockchain Forum, has been responsible for hosting top innovators, entrepreneurs, and digital pioneers at their global events for nearly a decade. This sale marks the next stage of this pioneering events company, who defied expectations and focused on providing a platform for emerging technologies like Bitcoin and blockchain to showcase their groundbreaking, often controversial, ideas.
“It’s impossible to change the world without a way to get your message out,” says Moe Levin, founder of Keynote FZE. “I started Keynote to create a platform for visionary ideas. Keynote was an opportunity to amplify and extend the reach of those ideas across the globe.”
Keynote achieved that vision ten-fold. Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market-cap was launched at Keynote’s “The North American Bitcoin Conference” in 2014. Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of crypto equity and investment have flowed through Keynote events since 2012. Speakers at Keynote events include more than 70% of the leading voices in the crypto community, including the founders of Fantom, Tether, Cardano, Polkadot, Litecoin, Monero, Binance, and many others.
Binary Fintech Group is one of the oldest OTC Trading desks for cryptocurrency, and are long-time innovators and investors in the blockchain space. Binary and Keynote have been partners since 2014, making the acquisition a natural extension of that partnership. “Keynote and Binary have had an aligned mission from the beginning. The long-term prospects for Keynote are best realized through this sale; we’re thrilled to support and drive the growth of the crypto and blockchain ecosystems through leading the acquisition of Keynote,” says Harry Yeh. “Keynote will continue to operate as an independent entity and we are excited to see the next level of events produced by Keynote.”
Quantum Fintech Group is a Cayman based digital asset focused fund targeting outsized returns. Nabeel Qadri, Managing Director, who has been personally investing in crypto since 2014, considers the Keynote acquisition to be a natural progression for building a global, curated network of intellectual capital in crypto that will pioneer the next phase of value creation in digital assets. “Keynote has been the nexus point of investment in crypto unicorns since the earliest innings of the decentralized revolution. Binary and Quantum’s acquisition of Keynote is a commitment to curating the best minds globally to build and invest in the next iterations of distributed ledger technology. We are activist investors and consider Keynote an extension of Quantum’s core team that will facilitate our vision of building with top tier investors and projects alike.”
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