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"At the end of the decade, it (Bitcoin) will have... flipped gold and emerge into a $100T asset class."
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Michael Saylor

Founder, Micro-Strategy

"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
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Warren Buffett

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

"Gold is money. Everything else is credit."
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J.P Morgan

Founder, J.P. Morgan & Co.

"Until government administrators can so identify the interests of government with those of the people and refrain from defrauding the masses through the device of currency depreciation for the sake of remaining in office, the wiser ones will prefer to keep as much of their wealth in the most stable and marketable forms possible — forms which only the precious metals provide."

Elgin Groseclose

Economist

"If ever there was an area in which to do the exact opposite of that which government and the media urge you to do, that area is the purchasing of gold."
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Robert Ringer

American entrepreneur & author

"I like gold because it is a stabilizer; it is an insurance policy."
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Kevin O'Leary

Canadian businessman & author

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The gold market today

The gold market hasn't changed in 25 years, despite the rise of the Internet and cryptocurrency.

Lacking Transparency

  • The global gold market is questionable and lacks oversight.
  • It is very challenging for investors to certify the location and even the existence of physical gold.
  • The paper gold market is excessively larger than the physical gold market.
  • Almost all gold traded in London is unallocated and without legal title, making it easier to trade, but also raising concerns about transparency.

Shrouded in Secrecy

Lack of certification and transparency has created an alarming amount of industry secrecy.

  • No data on outstanding gold deposits/loans.
  • No data on allocated and unallocated gold.
  • No data on gold reserves at central banks.
  • No data on physical shipments of gold.

Losing Its Luster

  • Over the last two decades, gold has had suboptimal returns when compared to equity markets.
  • More worrisome is that gold is losing its lustre as cryptocurrencies are becoming more mainstream.
  • As cryptocurrencies increase in popularity, we are seeing a growing number of retail and institutional investors favoring an allocation to cryptocurrencies instead of gold.

Lack of evolution

  • Gold is largely a static asset and does not produce income for it's holders until it is sold.
  • Gold markets operate on outdated technology that provides very little transparency and traceability for the underlying asset.
  • The next generation of retail and institutional investors are favoring 'digital gold' (Bitcoin) and yield producing decentralized finance (DeFi) investments instead of traditional gold investments.

The Global Gold Market Needs a revolution

Blockchain infrastructure is modernizing the financial system. It's time to elevate gold to the digital world.

Gold on the Blockchain

Why Modernize gold?

Onboarding gold to our platform provides gold investors and issuers with a wide variety of advantages that traditional gold markets lack.

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ACCESS TO INCOME GENERATION

With our platform, we plan to allow investors to use their gold as collateral for lending, in a manner similar to modern DeFi protocols, transforming gold into a collateralized asset that investors can use to earn a yield – instead of paying fees for secure storage.

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Portability and increased accessibility

Interacting with gold on our platform provides market access to investors 24/7/365 and allows for fractionalization of gold bars down to the gram.

Perpetual automated Gold Royalties

Royalty economics can be programmed directly into our platform - enabling perpetual golden crypto royalties for the original issuer as the gold trades - providing partners a long-term income stream in addition to income generation potential.

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NFT Functionality

Non-Fungible Token (NFT) functionality to prove immutable provenance of gold ownership ensuring transaction transparency via real time gold related metadata like forging, mint, and vault information.

Traceability

NFT functionality also allows greater transparency into the specific location of the allocated gold, right down to the bar or coin in a specific vault.

*Typical market yield seen on gold-backed tokens.
About Matador

A Platform for MODERNIZING Gold

Matador enables a company to create an NFT-based token that represents their gold effortlessly in minutes.

BUY, SELL, and EARN with REAL GOLD

All physical gold underpinning the Matador Network will be custodied at a distributed network of MATADOR-certified vaults.

The gold will trade on Matador’s platform – enabling users to earn income via their gold holdings.

NFT Provenance Functionality

Matador’s gold NFTs store data about each unit of gold that has been onboarded. This tethers our users’ holdings to a specific bar in a specific vault giving investors the assurance that there is real gold underpinning their holdings. Users can redeem directly for gold in Matador-certified gold vaults.

The Perpetual Golden Royalty

Smart contract automation enables perpetual royalties to incentivize gold owners to onboard their gold on the Matador Network. This Golden Royalty is distributed programmatically to the issuer every time their gold is traded, giving them an everlasting cash flow on their gold assets.

The royalty is split between the issuer and the Matador Corporate Treasury.

The Matador Network

How the process works

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Effortless Onboarding

A corporate gold owner, miner, custodian or even a central bank will log into the Matador Network to create an Ethereum-based NFT that represents their gold in minutes. No technical skills required.

2

The technology Gold Standard

The user’s gold can now be used on the Matador Network – and is certified to be backed 1:1 with actual physical precious metals making them ‘as good as gold’.

3

Utilize your Gold

The issuer can buy, sell, borrow or lend their gold on the Matador platform. Gold can be exchanged for fiat currency, NFTs, or other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum through the Matador Network and our partners.

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Perpetual automated Royalty

The Golden Royalty cryptographically stamps the user as the original owner of a gold unit.   Royalty payments to the original owner when a transaction with that gold occurs - creating a massive incentive for investors to upgrade their gold with our platform.

MATADOR LEADERSHIP

Executive Team

We've assembled an experienced executive team with a wealth of technology, DeFi, and crypto knowledge.

Deven Soni
Deven Soni
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Deven is an experienced operations executive and investor. He spent several years as a technology-focused investor at Goldman Sachs and Highland Capital Partners where he invested over $200mm in technology growth and venture deals as a private equity investor. Deven co-founded Wired Investors, a tech-focused buyout firm that acquired 12 businesses between 2015-2017.

Strong experience with deal structuring, cross-border transactions, structuring compensation plans, technology, private equity, and M&A.

As a private investor, he is focused on alternative assets including small-cap businesses (15+ acquisitions since 2015) and digital assets (proof-of-stake / DeFi).

Andrew Almeida
Andrew Almeida
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Almeida is an experienced portfolio manager, entrepreneur, and CFA charterholder.

His career extends over 13 years working across financial services at firms including: JPMorgan, Advisors Asset Management, and City National Bank where he served as Associate Portfolio Manager on $1.25 Billion of multi-asset class portfolios.

Bojan Radakovic
Bojan Radakovic
Chief Technology Officer

Bojan Radakovic is MSc candidate at the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Belgrade, Serbia; majoring in computer engineering (CpE). Previously, Bojan completed an internship at Comtrade Group, the largest IT company in south-east Europe, where he worked as a manager in the software solutions development unit.

Currently engaged as Research Lead in TDK Cashflow’s NFT investment arm, Bojan is also a private investor in digital assets, DeFi technologies and NFT projects.

Nigel Holmes
Nigel Holmes
VP, Business Development

Mr. Nigel Holmes is a co-founder of the the WIN Fund, a follow-on fund for Canada’s most successful Venture Fund, Summer Hill Ventures. Formerly, Nigel worked as a banker with GMP securities, as well as  hedge fund investment analyst and corporate development executive with Galileo and US Global Investors. In addition, he worked as a corporate development executive with Scribble, and Brass Real Estate. As a capital allocator, Nigel was a seed investor into Hive Blockchain, Hut 8, Abaxx Technologies, Base Carbon, and Tokens.com

Addison Cameron-Huff
Addison Cameron-Huff
Product and Legal Lead

Addison Cameron-Huff is a programmer turned lawyer who’s been working in the blockchain industry for the better part of a decade. As product counsel he has assisted many Canadian and international businesses in bringing new products to market. His commercial drafting work has been used by companies that have served millions of Canadians. Beginning with his role in Ethereum as legal counsel back in 2014, and continuing today with some of the largest players in the cryptocurrency industry, Addison is a highly sought after lawyer who combines business, technical, and legal knowledge to reduce risk, grow businesses, and ensure long-term competitiveness.

Board of Directors

We've assembled an experienced executive team with a wealth of technology, DeFi, and crypto knowledge

Deven Soni
Deven Soni
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Deven is an experienced operations executive and investor. He spent several years as a technology-focused investor at Goldman Sachs and Highland Capital Partners where he invested over $200mm in technology growth and venture deals as a private equity investor. Deven co-founded Wired Investors, a tech-focused buyout firm that acquired 12 businesses between 2015-2017.

Strong experience with deal structuring, cross-border transactions, structuring compensation plans, technology, private equity, and M&A.

As a private investor, he is focused on alternative assets including small-cap businesses (15+ acquisitions since 2015) and digital assets (proof-of-stake / DeFi).

Donato Sferra
Donato Sferra
Director

Donato serves as co-founder of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, and has significant experience in M&A, hostile defense and fairness opinions. He has an extensive background in the financial services industry spanning approximately 20 years, including five years at Dundee Capital Markets, first as Director of Institutional Sales, then as Co-Head of Investment Banking.

Donato was an advisor in the merger of the four public companies in what was the restart of Osisko Mining. An early mover into the Cannabis industry, Donato took Bedrocan Canada public (the second LP to go public in Canada). Donato has advised on the first two major transactions in the Cannabis space, most recently advising Canopy Growth Corp. on the $430MM acquisition of Mettrum and prior to that, advising Bedrocan on the sale to Tweed resulting in the creation of Canopy Growth and “the house of brands” strategy.

Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy
Director

President, CEO and Director of Manitou Gold Inc., a TSXV listed gold explorer.  Mr. Murphy has 25 years of experience as a Senior Geologist, President and CEO of a number of TSX and TSX-V listed companies.

He has successfully completed multiple IPOs, financings, acquisitions and divestitures with these companies.


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