Fireside Chat with Polysign CEO Jack McDonald

Linqto Learn 2022-09-01 EB-2

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Custody is key? Custody is such a misunderstood and unknown part of the digital asset industry. Everyone takes it for granted, but it is vastly complex and immensely important. Ok, let’s all admit custody might not be very sexy, but custody is the foundation that underpins the management and safekeeping of assets. So, who should we know and be speaking with and why should we be investing in this space? We’ll be having a fireside chat with CEO Jack Mcdonald of Polysign, a company that builds institutional grade infrastructure for investors to secure and transact in digital assets across the capital markets and payments sectors.

So why does a company like Polysign exist? The world of digital assets is growing and maturing at tremendous speed, and, as such, so has demand for digital custodian services; institutional investors need trusted custody and trading solutions on par with their requirements for investing in traditional securities. Custody is the glue that brings the broader crypto industry together, without it you can’t have tokenization, you cannot have smart contracts. So, what’s the market context? Well over the last five years, the number of blockchain wallet users worldwide has skyrocketed from 15.2m to over 81m today. In the past year alone, global cryptocurrency adoption has jumped over 880%, particularly driven by usecases in emerging markets. And whilst crypto has captured immense interest from retail investors, the role of custodians in the institutional cryptocurrency ecosystem cannot be underestimated. Institutions have to deal with much greater solution complexity due to compliance and regulatory controls over fund movements, the need to interface with established legacy systems, reporting requirements, and a load more. A better platform for custody and fund administrations is essential to address this challenge and aid accelerating the transition from traditional finance to decentralized finance.

What makes Polysign so special? Well of course we’ll be going into that in detail during the fireside chat but to give you a bit of a taste, most importantly, Polysign is a regulated qualified custodian so they custody the key. It has a native blockchain at its core, which is key from a security and a regulatory compliance standpoint. Polysign isn’t trying to be a silver bullet solution (many crypto firms attempt to be an exchange, brokerage and custody house), instead they focus on one thing and do it really well: custody-based services for institutions. It’s just acquired MG Stover, the ‘go to’ in fund administration around digital. They also have a subsidiary called Standard Custody and Trust, which has patented tech for securing secret keys, it provides custody and escrow services for institutions. The strategic imperative of putting those businesses together is to compliment custody from all angles.

This is a movement about making the world of digital assets more attractive to institutional investors and it appears Jack McDonald has the keys to the kingdom, so buckle up, we’ll be sitting him down to grill him on the ins and outs of it all. Join us here.

  • Online Event - Zoom Webinar
  • Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT

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Jack McDonald

Joseph Endoso

Jack McDonald, CEO, Polysign

Jack is the CEO of digital asset infrastructure company PolySign. PolySign is the parent company of Standard Custody, a qualified custodian for digital assets licensed by the
state of New York, as well as MG Stover, the largest digital fund administration firm servicing hedge funds, private equity funds, and venture capital funds. Prior to joining PolySign, Jack McDonald was CEO of Conifer Financial Services for a decade, where he grew AUA from $5B to $125B, culminating in a successful exit in 2016. Before Conifer, Jack was the Managing Director and Head of West Coast Equities at UBS. Jack was named one of the ‘20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds’ by Institutional Investor Magazine and inducted into Global Custodian's 'Legends of The Industry’.

Joseph Endoso, COO, Linqto

Prior to Linqto, Joe was CFO at OTCXN, Inc., a San Francisco-based, venture-funded fintech company utilizing blockchain technology to provide institutional-grade electronic trading infrastructure that eliminates counterparty and settlement risk while aggregating global liquidity for the FX and cryptocurrency markets. He also serves as Senior Managing Director overseeing investment banking at Enverra Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based merchant banking firm. In prior years, Joe was Founder & Managing Partner of RedBridge Group, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in cross-border private placements and M&A and serving its clients through offices in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

About Polysign

PolySign is a transformative financial technology company providing institutional investors with cutting-edge blockchain-enabled infrastructure in support of digital assets across the capital markets and payments sectors. The Polysign family of products includes MG Stover and Standard Custody and Trust Co. MG Stover is a full-service fund administration firm built by former auditors and fund operators to deliver world class solutions to the alternative investment industry. PolySign’s New York-regulated custodian, Standard Custody & Trust Company, is a next-generation Qualified Custodian offering novel, patented technology for securing secret keys. For more information, please visit

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