On Monday, Kraken exchange sent its customers a letter in which it offered them an opportunity to purchase its privileged shares. The period for buying Kraken’s stocks will last from May 20 until June 20.
The community initially took the message to be spam, however, later on Kraken confirmed that the email and the offer are real.
Hello Kieran, We can confirm the email is legitimate about investment opportunities with Kraken though BNK to the Future. You can direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to know more or open a ticket with our support team here: https://t.co/C0bDCHyLrt— Kraken Support (@krakensupport) May 20, 2019
Kraken partners with Bnk to the Future
To make this plan come true, Kraken has struck a partnership with the Bnk to the Future platform. The latter offers registered users to buy privileged shares of the crypto exchange before June 20. The minimum investment amount is $1,000.
We are always looking for ways to democratize access to our equity, allowing more of our valued clients to become valued investors. To that end, we partnered with @BankToTheFuture to create an opportunity to invest in Kraken: https://t.co/DZA1nYFPqe— Kraken Exchange (@krakenfx) May 20, 2019
Investors are welcome to transfer funds for purchasing through bank cards or bank wire transfers, as well as pay with Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Special terms for investing
In its email, Kraken does not set any special requirements for potential investors. However, the terms set forth by Bnk to the Future are much more rigorous. To invest in Kraken stock, investors must be accredited, have a net worth of at least $1 mln, and their income has to be over $200,000.
However, investors can conduct their own verification by answering a few questions, and this will allow users to get the required investor status.
Not the first fundraising attempt by Kraken
In late 2018, Kraken already attempted to raise money from private investors, offering them a minimum of $100,000 to invest, while evaluating its own business to be worth $4 bln.
Back then, the exchange said that it does not need extra funds for financing its operations. However, since there were visible opportunities for expanding, they decided to start the fundraising.