Digital asset management platform ICONOMI, has secured Columbus Capital as its first asset management partner to maintain and grow funds comprised entirely of blockchain based assets.
ICONOMI will continue focusing on platform development and offering the software tools for blockchain-focused fund managers, while Columbus Capital will independently manage three initial funds; a comprehensive Blockchain Index (BLX), Pinta (CCP), a closed-end, high performance fund focusing on novel digital assets and Blockchain.ONE, a fund soon to be listed on traditional, internationally regulated exchanges.
Each of these funds originated as the first Digital Asset Arrays (DAAs) built on ICONOMI’s software. Co-founder of ICONOMI Jani Valjavec and one of Europe’s top fund managers, Igor Erker, formerly of Numerica Partners and Alta Funds, will spearhead Columbus Capital.
Erker, Columbus Capital CEO, says: “We are managing one of the world’s most exciting funds: the Columbus Capital Pinta, previously known as ICNP, which invests exclusively in the highest potential token sales. Our extraordinary team has unrivalled knowledge of the cryptocurrency industry. With our proprietary due diligence processes, we will focus on highly profitable investment opportunities while obtaining access to the best possible deals. With Blockchain Index, previously known as ICNX, we have created a best-in-breed onramp for all investors to invest in the entire blockchain industry – today the fastest growing sector in the world.”
Pinta, named after explorer Christopher Columbus’ fastest ship has over USD45 million in assets under management. Blockchain Index is a lower risk and less volatile fund that serves as a best-in-class approximation of the entire blockchain industry. BLX was seeded with USD3 million USD.
Erker holds a Masters degree in investment management at Cass Business School in London and is an executive MBA candidate at Cambridge University. He managed four highly regarded funds in developing markets at Alta, which were regularly ranked among the best performing funds of their category. Serving as Senior Advisor to Columbus Capital is Valjavec, the Co-Founder of ICONOMI, Co-Founder of Cashila, and specialist in emerging markets and blockchain technology.
Valjavec says: “ICONOMI has developed the world’s leading software platform to manage and form digital asset arrays. We are forming what we believe will be the foundational element of the new economy. Eventually dozens or even hundreds of DAAs will operate on the ICONOMI platform. To maintain our focus on developing this critical platform, ICONOMI has spun out our two pre-announced DAAs, INCP and ICNX, to the capable and highly experienced management team at Columbus Capital. As a result, Columbus Capital will be ICONOMI’s first official third-party customer. We have seen increased investor demand for the investment alternatives, and we believe this is an opportune time to present this new vehicle. Columbus Capital highlights our commitment to the market demands and our ambition to continue to broaden investment opportunities in all areas.”
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