By @SimonCocking great interview with David Drake Crypto, Luxury Hotels & ICOs from NYC 

What is your background briefly?

I am the Founder and Chairman at LDJ Capital, a multi-family office which deals in various funds worldwide with over $1.5 trillion in assets, and maintains over 50+ global directors and family office partners.

More recently, I have become a leader in cryptocurrency, I saw the value of digital assets when everyone was avoiding it. It all started in 2011 by collaborating on the JOBS Act to create new laws underlying all fundraising in the U.S. for all ICOs. My crypto hedge funds hold crypto, ICOs and fintech equity as seed investments to help new coin to be made via ICOs. My company also offers bridge financing to seed upcoming ICO’s.

I was born in Sweden and is fluent in six languages. I have an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University in DC where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?

Of course disintermediating middlemen and increasing efficiencies are core. However it is the indemnification from a start-up canceling their fundraising that allows funds to be returned to the investor. Thats the core to this smart contract solution.

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I am doing board advisory workj for Initial Coin Offerings and listed cryptocurrency growth strategies.

Why did you get involved with DESCrow?

My family office has 20 years presence in New York City on Wall Street and would have funds that allows us access to institutional Capital which needs to be bridged with a cryptocurrency world. Consequently this makes New York City the financial center of the world and the space blockchain and cryptocurrency growth, so DEScrow provide a needed and smart solution to the issue of protecting funds.

Why do you think it is such a powerful idea?

Money is kept in escrow until it’s earned and this is done with a smart contract as opposed to an automatic few days holding that we saw last summer. I think it sets higher standards for company governance.

How can people find out more about DEScrow and your work? and join me at

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Thank you Simon

My job is best performed as a global strategist and board advisor. In parallel 150 family offices, crypto traders and hedge funds globally rely on my opinion.

I am a board advisor for several Initial Token Offerings. Top 15 ICOs I advise raised $500,000,000 the last 6 months. Fortunately I have 25 employees managing daily interactions with the 20 ICOs I help.

I certainly feel like a Lucky Golden Token.

LDJ Capital is a financially integrated family office with global footprint and local presence in 12 countries. We raise interest from our family office resources and from our LDJ Capital team members, who include the likes of former chairman of Nasdaq and CEO of Intel Capital.

I feel that this attached media kit fairly explains the access we have with family office and institutional events. LDJ Capital has spent 7 years sponsoring over a 1000 finance events globally.

My financial media company, The Soho Loft Media Group, set up the first crowdfunding meeting with SEC and FINRA for the first time in history on April 20 2012. Only 3 of us were allowed to go to a secret meeting with FINRA afterwards to discuss the crowdfunding laws of North America. I understand crowdfunding well, having worked with the associations I created in crowdfunding – the CrowdFunding Professional Association (see press release 3/18/17) which I split subsequently forming Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. These associations dealt with SEC and FINRA weekly for 5 years. This gives me unprecedented insights to understand and project what liabilities are facing the crowdfunding industry and blockchain better than anybody else. After all, I have a relationship with the regulatory powers, history and experience of having gone through this once before. Furthermore, crowdfunding is at the foundation of cryptocurrency and ICOs.

I wrote a Forbes article in 2013 to commemorate and immortalize my involvement with President Obama and my role to shape US security laws and permanently alter the SEC founding Acts of 1933, 1934 and Investment Company act of 1940. Due to these efforts, an invitation as a thoughtleader was extended by the White House and the UK Parliament.

Forbes article

Subsequently I helped orchestrate the first SEC and FINRA meeting in US history on crowdfunding with the US Professional crowdfunding Association in April 20, 2012. This was right after the new laws that President Obama signed into effect April 5th 2012, also known as the Jumpstart Our Business Act. It was a 7 law compilation the House of Representatives voted on March 8 aka the JOBS Act.

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