- $210k pre-seed raised by Metasquare to launch OpenAVN
- Over 180 early adopters and beta testers
- In Private Beta, under SOC2 standard certification audit for public release candidates
- Antivirus AI trained with over 80 Billion data points from malware and digital threats
- Cybercrime is estimated to cost over $6 Trillion annually by 2021
- Total Amount Raised: US $103,600
- Total Round Size: US $500,000
- Seed :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
- : Crowd Note
- US $4,500,000 :
- Side by Side Offering
At OpenAVN, we believe in innovation that complements the growing trends in the market, which will lead to more secure products and services as a sum outcome. OpenAVN - Open Anti-Virus Network was created with the intention to solve a particularly hard classification problem that exists in security that is critical to the upcoming generation of computing. It uses Blockchain and AI to create a widespread network to collect diversified samples globally, enables us to foster an ecosystem that can serve the market exponentially faster than any other existing antivirus products.
On average, the Antivirus Industry takes anywhere between 25-30+ days to identify, isolate, and remediate viruses and malware. The entire industry depends on malware lab partnerships, and public communities to gather malware samples and signatures. OpenAVN solves the supply chain issue by reducing the time taken to obtain a malware sample and to deliver the signature to the end-user on average in less than 2-3 days. A Blockchain and Smart Contract based network is used to triage, classify, and incentivize the collection of malware samples using crowdsourcing and machine learning.
We have combined Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity to provide the most cutting edge digital threat prevention and continuous protection the industry has to offer. OpenAVN is designed to act both as an endpoint protection software and as a Service/API Gateway to realtime threat intel. Our customers can either utilize our software to protect their devices and networks or can plug into our ecosystem to consume the malware signatures and digital threats identified by the Blockchain platform in realtime.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. If you plan on investing less than US $20,000.00, you will automatically invest under the Regulation CF offering type. If you invest more than US $20,000.00, you must be an accredited investor and invest under the Regulation D offering type.
US $8,600 (under Reg CF only)
Investors who invest $50,000 or less will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
Investors who invest $50,000 or less will be subject to an Investment Proxy Agreement (“IPA”). The IPA will authorize an investment Manager to act as representative for each non-Major Purchaser and take certain actions for their benefit and on their behalf. Please see a copy of the IPA included with Company's offering materials for additional details.
First 500 investors receive a free one-year subscription for protecting up to five devices
Bronze Tier: $3600+ Two Year(s) free subscription for protecting up to 5 devices. Five referral vouchers for business and corporate license packages that earn a bonus.
Silver Tier: $6300+ Three Year(s) free subscription for protecting up to 5 devices. Ten referral vouchers for business and corporate license packages that earn a bonus.
Gold Tier: $27,000+ Three Year(s) free subscription for protecting up to 5 devices. Invites to annual strategy call (November) to discuss specific company objectives, initiative outcome measures, and detailed action plans. Exclusive bonus earning referral vouchers for business and corporate license packages.
Platinum Tier: $45,000+ Three Year(s) free subscription for protecting up to 5 devices. Invites to biannual strategy calls (May, Nov) to discuss specific company objectives, initiative outcome measures, and detailed action plans. Exclusive meet & greet with the core team at Blackhat Conference and Defcon, in Las Vegas, NV. Discounted tickets for 3 to our official private party in Mandalay Bay, Paradise, NV, with the OpenAVN Community during Defcon.
Diamond Tier: $149,000+ Three Year(s) free subscription for protecting up to 5 devices. Invites to quarterly strategy calls(Feb, May, Aug, Nov) to discuss specific company objectives, initiative outcome measures, and detailed action plans. Exclusive meet & greet at Blackhat Conference and Defcon, in Las Vegas, NV. Sponsored tickets for 3 to our official private party at Mandalay Bay, Paradise, NV, with the OpenAVN Community during Defcon.
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
Cybersecurity market in its entirety is forecasted to reach well over $360 Billion USD by 2025. With US market accounting for about 48% market share, the US Market spending has seen a steady growth of 12% YOY. In 2018, global spending on cybersecurity was projected to reach around $66 billion USD, more than doubling in value since 2011. With Cisco controlling almost the entire industry, other companies are simply forced to plug-in to its efforts towards cybersecurity. OpenAVN democratizes the market by bringing an easily adaptable, backward compatible technology that can be leveraged to distribute the market share much further to growing companies bringing innovation in an industry that is yet again failing due to non-existence of diversity.
Many of the Company’s contracts are understood to be contingent on the successful development and proof of concept of its full platform. The platform is still in development, and the Company’s business depends almost entirely on its successful development and commercialization. The Company will require substantial additional development, testing, and potentially regulatory approval before it is able to commercialize its product effectively. This process may take many years and may require the expenditure of substantial resources beyond the proceeds raised in this offering. Accordingly, even if the Company is able to obtain the requisite financing to continue to fund the development of its products, it is not guaranteed that the platform or any other product candidates will be successfully developed or commercialized.
Failure to obtain new clients or renew client contracts on favorable terms could adversely affect results of operations. The Company may face pricing pressure in obtaining and retaining their clients. Their clients may be able to seek price reductions from them when they renew a contract, when a contract is extended, or when the client’s business has significant volume changes. Their clients may also reduce services if they decide to move services in-house. On some occasions, pricing pressure results in lower revenue from a client than the Company had anticipated based on their previous agreement with that client. This reduction in revenue could result in an adverse effect on their business and results of operations.
Further, failure to renew client contracts on favorable terms could adversely affect the Company's business. The Company's contracts with clients generally run for several years and include liquidated damage provisions that provide for early termination fees. Terms are generally renegotiated prior to the end of a contract’s term. If they are not successful in achieving a high rate of contract renewals on favorable terms, their business and results of operations could be adversely affected.
The development and commercialization of the Company’s products and services are highly competitive. It faces competition with respect to any products and services that it may seek to develop or commercialize in the future. Its competitors include major companies worldwide. The cybersecurity market is an emerging industry where new competitors are entering the market frequently. Many of the Company’s competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and human resources and may have superior expertise in research and development and marketing approved services and thus may be better equipped than the Company to develop and commercialize services. These competitors also compete with the Company in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and acquiring technologies. Smaller or early stage companies may also prove to be significant competitors, particularly through collaborative arrangements with large and established companies. Accordingly, the Company’s competitors may commercialize products more rapidly or effectively than the Company is able to, which would adversely affect its competitive position, the likelihood that its services will achieve initial market acceptance and its ability to generate meaningful additional revenues from its products and services.
The Company forecasts project aggressive growth post-raise. If these assumptions are wrong and the projections regarding market penetration are too aggressive, then the financial forecast may overstate the Company's overall viability. In addition, the forward-looking statements are only predictions. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company does not currently hold any intellectual property and they may not be able to obtain such intellectual property. Their ability to obtain protection for their intellectual property (whether through patent, trademark, copyright, or other IP right) is uncertain due to a number of factors, including that the Company may not have been the first to make the inventions. The Company has not conducted any formal analysis of the “prior art” in their technology, and the existence of any such prior art would bring the novelty of their technologies into question and could cause the pending patent applications to be rejected. Further, changes in U.S. and foreign intellectual property law may also impact their ability to successfully prosecute their IP applications. For example, the United States Congress and other foreign legislative bodies may amend their respective IP laws in a manner that makes obtaining IP more difficult or costly. Courts may also render decisions that alter the application of IP laws and detrimentally affect their ability to obtain such protection. Even if the Company is able to successfully register IP, this intellectual property may not provide meaningful protection or commercial advantage. Such IP may not be broad enough to prevent others from developing technologies that are similar or that achieve similar results to theirs. It is also possible that the intellectual property rights of others will bar the Company from licensing their technology and bar them or their customer licensees from exploiting any patents that issue from the pending applications. Finally, in addition to those who may claim priority, any patents that issue from the patent applications may also be challenged by competitors on the basis that they are otherwise invalid or unenforceable.
Quality management plays an essential role in determining and meeting customer requirements, preventing defects, improving the Company’s products and services, and maintaining the integrity of the data that supports the safety and efficacy of its products. The Company's future success depends on their ability to maintain and continuously improve their quality management program. An inability to address a quality or safety issue in an effective and timely manner may also cause negative publicity, a loss of customer confidence in the Company or the Company's current or future products, which may result in the loss of sales and difficulty in successfully launching new products. In addition, a successful claim brought against the Company in excess of available insurance or not covered by indemnification agreements, or any claim that results in significant adverse publicity against the Company could have an adverse effect on their business and their reputation.
The regulatory regime governing blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, tokens, and token offerings, is uncertain, and new regulations or policies may adversely affect the development of the Company’s products. Regulation of tokens and token offerings, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and cryptocurrency exchanges currently is being developed and likely to rapidly evolve. Regulations on token offerings vary significantly among international, federal, state, and local jurisdictions and are subject to significant uncertainty. Various legislative and executive bodies in the United States and in other countries may in the future, adopt laws, regulations, guidance, or other actions, which may severely impact the development, growth, adoption, and utility of such tokens. Failure by the Company or certain users to comply with any laws, rules, and regulations, some of which may not exist yet or are subject to interpretation, could result in a variety of adverse consequences, including civil penalties and fines.
As blockchain networks and blockchain assets have grown in popularity and in market size, federal and state agencies have begun to take interest in, and in some cases regulate, their use and operations. In the case of virtual currencies, state regulators like the New York Department of Financial Services have created new regulatory frameworks and special licenses for virtual currency business activities in the State of New York. Others, as in Texas, have published guidance on how their existing regulatory regimes apply to virtual currencies. Some states, like New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Washington, have amended their state’s statutes to include virtual currencies into existing licensing regimes. Treatment of virtual currencies continues to evolve under federal law as well. The Department of the Treasury, the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”), for example, have published guidance on the treatment of virtual currencies. The IRS released guidance treating virtual currency as property that is not currency for U.S. federal income tax purposes, although there is no indication yet whether other courts or federal or state regulators will follow this classification. Both federal and state agencies have instituted enforcement actions against those violating their interpretation of existing laws. The regulation of non-currency use of Blockchain assets is also uncertain. The CFTC has publicly taken the position that certain Blockchain assets are commodities, and the SEC has issued a public report stating federal securities laws require treating some Blockchain related assets as securities. To the extent that a domestic government or quasi-governmental agency exerts regulatory authority over a Blockchain network or asset, tokens may be adversely affected.
Blockchain networks face an uncertain regulatory landscape in many foreign jurisdictions such as the European Union, China, and Russia. Various foreign jurisdictions may, in the near future, adopt laws, regulations, or directives that affect such technology. Such laws, regulations or directives may conflict with those of the United States or may directly and negatively impact the business. It is impossible to predict the effects of any future regulatory change on tokens and blockchain technology, but such change could be substantial and adverse to the development and growth of the Company and the adoption and utility of tokens. New or changing laws and regulations or interpretations of existing laws and regulations, in the United States and other jurisdictions, may materially and adversely impact the value of the currency in which the tokens may be exchanged, the liquidity of the tokens, the ability to access marketplaces or exchanges on which to trade the tokens, and the structure, rights, and transferability of tokens.
The future issuance of tokens may constitute the issuance of a “security” under U.S. federal securities laws. The Company intends to tokenize assets in the future. On July 25, 2017, the SEC issued a Report of Investigation under Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) describing an SEC investigation of The DAO, a virtual organization, and its use of distributed ledger or Blockchain technology to facilitate the offer and sale of DAO Tokens to raise capital. The SEC applied existing U.S. federal securities laws to this new paradigm, determining that DAO Tokens were securities. The SEC stressed that those who offer and sell securities in the U.S. are required to comply with federal securities laws, regardless of whether those securities are purchased with virtual currencies or distributed with Blockchain technology. The SEC’s announcement, and the related report, may be found here: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131. As noted by the SEC, the issuance of tokens represents a new paradigm and the application of the federal securities laws to this new paradigm is very fact specific.
The Company may not receive necessary regulatory approvals to publicly offer tokens via a registration statement. Prior to the commencement of a sale of any tokens to the public, the Company may need regulatory approvals, and/or “no action” clearances, from the SEC and possibly state securities regulators. If the Company is not able to obtain these regulatory approvals or “no action” clearances, it may have to reconfigure the offering of tokens so that it satisfies regulatory requirements. If the Company cannot obtain the necessary approvals, it may not be able to launch or distribute tokens effectively or at all.
The Company has not filed a Form D for its Pre-Seed offering from December 2018. The SEC rules require a Form D to be filed by companies within 15 days after the first sale of securities in the offering relying on Regulation D. Failing to register with the SEC or get an exemption may lead to fines, the right of investors to get their investments back, and even criminal charges. There is a risk that a late penalty could apply.
The company has conducted related party transactions. The Company’s startup expenses were paid for by related party, Metasquare, Inc. Metasquare, Inc. is owned by Harish Prasanna and Bidlur Shivaprakash, who are members of the Company’s management team. Additionally, the Company received intellectual property from Metasquare, Inc., a separate company with common management and ownership. The intellectual property is the underlying technology of the Company’s product. Metasquare, Inc. is owned by Harish Prasanna and Bidlur Shivaprakash, who are members of the Company’s management team.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a "liquidation event" occurs. A "liquidation event" is when the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events — through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneur or management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may not have the benefit of such professional investors.
Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors") Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors"). SI Advisors is an exempt investment advisor that acts as the General Partner of SI Selections Fund I, L.P. ("SI Selections Fund"). SI Selections Fund is an early stage venture capital fund owned by third-party investors. From time to time, SI Selections Fund may invest in offerings made available on the SeedInvest platform, including this offering. Investments made by SI Selections Fund may be counted towards the total funds raised necessary to reach the minimum funding target as disclosed in the applicable offering materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $1 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive securities, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by OpenAVN. Once OpenAVN accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to OpenAVN in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in OpenAVN.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, OpenAVN has set a minimum investment amount of US $1,000.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own securities after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now OpenAVN does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point OpenAVN may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when OpenAVN either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is OpenAVN's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the OpenAVN's Form C. The Form C includes important details about OpenAVN's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.