Mark Cuban doesn’t seem worried that initial coin offerings (ICOs) might someday render investors redundant.
In fact, the “Shark Tank” VC is so open to the nascent blockchain use case, that he’s joining the ranks of traditional investors who support the idea that their own portfolio companies could raise additional capital by selling cryptographic tokens.
Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Cuban portfolio company Unikrn is currently circulating an update to its investors about a forthcoming ICO intended to supplement the venture capital it has already raised.
Unlike other more tentative investors, which have shown a reluctance to participate directly in the actual token sales, Cuban said he will participate in the offering – a first for the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise.
Cuban described the thinking, telling CoinDesk:
“High risk. High reward.”
Founded in 2014, the Seattle-based Unikrn is an e-sports betting platform that has already raised $10m from investors also including Ashton Kutcher, Elisabeth Murdoch and 500 Startups, to let anyone in the world bet with “Unikoins,” the firm’s own digital token, or with fiat money in Australia and the UK.
In the year since the token launched, Unikrn has transacted over 250 million unikoins, according to the company’s founder, Rahul Sood, who