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Podcast conversation: Transforming art, private equity, and securities into tokenized assets on chain, with Securitize's CEO Carlos Domingo

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In this conversation, we chat with Carlos Domingo, is a senior executive, entrepreneur, investor, and currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Securitize, Inc. Carlos has 25+ years of experience in innovation and digital transformation.

Before becoming the CEO of Securitize, Carlos co-founded and launched SPiCE VC, a fully tokenized VC fund. In order to ensure global compliance for SPiCE VC, Carlos and his team created the security token issuance and lifecycle management platform that would later become Securitize, Inc.

Additionally, Carlos was CEO of Research & Development for Telefonica (one of the largest telecom companies in the world), as well as CEO of New Business and Innovation for Telefonica Digital.

Carlos holds a PhD in computer science, speaks English, Spanish and Japanese, and is based in Miami.

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  • 1’36”: Early experiences building and managing companies

  • 3’23”: Taking a company public during the dot com boom

  • 6’14”: The influence of recessionary and inflationary cycles on the builder’s journey

  • 9’14”: Carlos’ experience in the telco sector and what drove him there

  • 14’10”: The layering of Web3 on top of finance

  • 15’44”: The investment journey to Securitize via Spice and Tech Stars

  • 21’49”: The initial formulation of Securitize

  • 24’26”: The crash of ICOs, the rise of security tokens, and how Securitize saw the directional value of these events

  • 28’37”: Securitize’s infrastructure strategy and regulatory approach

  • 30’38”: What is a transfer agent?

  • 34’44”: The journey of token fundraising

  • 37’16”: Securitize today: its partnership strategy and asset tokenisation strategy

  • 41’13”: Channels to use to connect with Carlos and/or to learn more about Securitize

Sneak Peek:

Carlos Domingo:
When we started the project of tokenized Spice VC, initially there was no Securitize. But then we hire our CTO for Spice VC, usually our founder specifically because we need to develop the tokenization platform for Spice VC. We needed technical people. So, we hired I think Simon then came into, been one of the founders of Securitize. Then at that time, it was like a realization that well, the fund's cool. It's an impactful project in terms of being the first fully tokenized fund with different platform, approaching capital walls and looking at investing in this new industry that's developing, etc.

But for the value, potentially it's actually on the tokenization platform to offer it to all people. So, the people who are involved, they came to found Securitize and all people. There was a lot of internal debate whether is this a different thing or this is part of the same thing. Do we need to separate it or not? Blah, blah, blah. From the beginning, I was like, yeah, we need to separate it. The funds who focused on funding, including investments and helping them be successful and channeling to shareholders. The tokenization platform that we stumbled upon in the project is something that should be completely different because it should be managed as a technology company. It should have a different structure and a different mandate. It's responding from different people, etc.

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So, it was not clear to everybody at the beginning there. But eventually…

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