KorePartner Spotlight: Richard Johnson, CEO of Texture Capital

At Texture Capital, the mission is to revolutionize the two trillion-dollar market for private securities by leveraging blockchain technology and smart contracts. The company has received approval from FINRA to commence operations as a digital securities broker-dealer and operate an Alternative Trading System (ATS). This is an important milestone for Texture, enabling them to issue, tokenize, and trade digital securities. We recently spoke to Richard Johnson, the company’s CEO, to ask him about RegA+ and RegCF and their vision for the future of capital markets.

Q: Why did you become involved in the capital markets/digital securities/blockchain industry?

A: I have spent my whole career in capital markets. For most of that time, I was a trader working at different investment banks and broker-dealers in the electronic trading space. But then, in 2014, I discovered crypto… well really just Bitcoin back then. I came into the space with a trader’s mindset, thinking about how to build execution algorithms and electronic routers for the new asset class. However, I quickly went down the rabbit hole and realized there was something much more revolutionary about the technology. Since then I have been working in the space in one form or another – consultant, analyst, operator, and founder.

Q: What services does your company provide to companies looking to raise capital through the JOBS Act exemptions?

A: I started Texture Capital in 2019 as I recognized there was a strong need for regulated intermediaries to help companies compliantly issue tokens representing equity, debt, royalties, revenue share, or other investment contracts, and to provide a regulated venue for secondary trading. Texture Capital is a FINRA and SEC-regulated broker-dealer focused on digital securities. We help clients raise capital through exemptions such as Regulations, A, D, S, and CF and can also support certain registered offerings. We also operate one of the few Alternative Trading Systems for digital securities. Recently, we have been focusing on offering our digital securities market infrastructure on a ‘white label’ basis to fractional marketplaces. We are agnostic to the underlying asset class and work with clients across private equity, private credit, real estate, and alternatives.

Q: What are your unique areas of expertise?

A: The Texture team is steeped in fintech and traditional capital markets experience. We have built ATSs and marketplaces that have executed many billions of dollars of notional transaction value. 

Q: What excites you about this industry?

A: What excited me about this industry, and why I started Texture Capital, is that blockchain technology represents an entirely new (and better) way of recording financial transactions. Fundamentally, blockchain is about the transfer of value. And capital markets, particularly trading, are about the transfer of value. So what we have now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new market structure from scratch, using the best tech available, and improving how markets work throughout the economy.

Q: Why is a partnership with KoreConX the right fit for your company?

A: We are big fans of KoreConX. KoreConX serves a different, but complementary, part of the ecosystem. You provide the technology to help issuers raise capital and transfer agency services to help them manage the cap table, while we provide all the broker-dealer services. Texture and KoreConX are great partners, and on top of that, we share a commitment to API-driven, technology solutions.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add about RegA+, RegCF, or any other topic that you feel is relevant to your company, our partnership, and the ecosystem you’re a part of?

A: Yes. As a final thought, I want to say how important RegA+ and RegCF are in the capital formation process right now. The current market environment makes it very difficult to raise capital through old-school VC channels. But through these exemptions, companies have a way to fundraise directly from their community, fans, friends, family, partners, suppliers, etc. I expect to see significant growth in the crowdfunding space going forward and tokenization will be the catalyst.

The future of capital markets is bright, and Texture Capital is leading the way with innovative solutions. We look forward to seeing what’s next!

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