In August, Kim Dotcom, creator of the Megaupload file sharing site that was closed down by the US Department of Justice in 2012, signed a deal with BnkToTheFuture to raise funds for his latest venture, Bitcache, a blockchain-based micro-transaction service.
There is also a bitcoin-powered Megaupload2 in the offing from Dotcom, who is currently fighting extradition to the US on copyright charges.
BnkToTheFuture is a Hong Kong-based online investment platform specialising in financial technology.
Increasingly companies featured are startups based on blockchains and crypto-currencies, who favour it as a way of raising money to get to the next stage.
Many of these firms are small, but BnkToTheFuture counts some big names among its users.
"Many of the major projects in these sectors use our platform as we have the largest community of fintech investors who like to invest online, and companies raising finance on our platform often get attention from new customers as well as investors," said BnkToTheFuture CEO Simon Dixon.
"This is why we've received applications from Kim Dotcom for Bitcache and Megaupload2, as well as MaidSafe and many of the top deals in the sector."
Unlike crowdsourcing sites, investors cannot simply turn up with £10 and expect to be able to purchase stock as there is a minimum investment of £1,000.
"Our average investor invests a lot more than £1,000. All of our investors are high net worth or sophisticated investors," Dixon explained.
"We are an online investment platform for professional investors who want to invest in the future of finance and technology, unlike a crowdfunding platform that pools together many micro investors."
The same rules apply to all investments in start-ups, no matter how much you invest, according to Dixon, who mentioned the equity sale by decentralised internet firm MaidSafe, which launches officially on Monday.
"This is a high risk, high return long-term investment that may take many years to mature," he said. "Investors should only invest if they can afford to have their capital locked up until an exit event occurs, which can take many years."
That said, an 'exit event' may be easier in projects based on crypto-currencies like MaidSafe as this provides a mechanism whereby shares can be bought back using those currencies.
"[This] potentially offers investors additional liquidity compared to any other angel investment should everything go to plan," Dixon said.
Such investments are rarely just about the money. Many projects have ideological underpinnings, seeking to change the world in one way or another, and their investors are keen to support these goals.
"We're proud of the work we are doing to bring financial services to developing countries by funding the largest bitcoin remittance platform in Africa, BitPesa, and the largest bitcoin exchange in India, Unocoin," said Dixon.
"Both are using bitcoin to increase the number of users that have access to global finance."
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