Rai Stone 2017-10-10T19:07:16+00:00

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Rai Stone aims to be a leader in funding innovators and their ideas, through the widespread adoption of blockchain technology.

With more than $1.2 billion worth of funding in 2017, Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) have quickly become one of the fastest growing segments in early stage funding. An ICO is effectively a crowd funding platform, using digital currency, also known as cryptocurrency. ICOs are sometimes referred to as “token sales” or “coin sales”.

Meet our Team

Our team brings a diverse breadth of knowledge of the capital markets’ dynamics and trends, having raised substantial funds in both equity and debt capital markets.

Aaron Grinhaus
Aaron GrinhausPartner
Aaron is a respected business and tax consultant who is renowned for his expertise in the implementation of Fintech strategies, including the use of blockchain technology, smart contracts and cryptocurrency. These strategies are designed to reduce business costs, hedge institutional friction, expedite capital raises and quickly secure cross-border wealth transfer transactions.

Aaron is a business and tax lawyer by trade, and led one of the first firms in Canada to publicly advise on the practical uses of blockchain and shared ledger technology, as well as, accept cryptocurrencies as payment. His clients, which operate in a variety of industries world-wide, regularly leverage his knowledge and creativity, as they plan for current and future uses of blockchain technology in the business world.

Aaron frequently gives presentations on a variety of business and law related topics and has acted as chair, presenter and lecturer through a number of organizations; including the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Ontario Hospital Association, RBC Dominion Securities, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and Michigan State University College of Law. He is also heavily involved in the legal community, having served on the Governing Council and several section executive boards of the OBA for over a decade. He also served as Director and General Counsel for several not-for-profit and charitable organizations, such as the Mississauga Real Estate Board and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

He holds law degrees from University of Ottawa (LL.B.), Michigan State University College of Law (J.D.) and a Masters in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University (LL.M.).

Anton Polski
Anton PolskiPartner
Anton is a senior technology executive with close to a decade of successfully developing, financing, and leading companies such as Pokerspace.com, DateOnfire.com, Unitely.ca, and Eve Tab, amongst others. He is currently the creator of the innovative ChainBet platform and game – a key strategic component of our company’s mandate.

He is a hands-on executive, with tactic and strategic expertise in social networking applications, SEO, Internet advertising strategy and web/mobile development technologies.
Anton’s background in computer science, coupled with 10 years of product management experience, provides him with the unique ability to combine technological ideas with strategic business acumen. This has resulted in a proven history of lower project costs and a more efficient, faster development process under Anton’s leadership.

Ben Tran
Ben TranPartner
Ben has close to 20 years of experience as a senior sales and marketing manager for popular brands such as Sony Canada, Limited Brands, Jacuzzi, and The Body Shop. He comes from a computer engineering background, which led him to launch his own digital marketing and data analytics firm in 2012.

Since discovering the business potential of blockchain technology in 2015, Ben has worked with some of the industry’s brightest minds to provide marketing solutions and broker funding for innovators. Through his vast network of cryptocurrency professionals, entrepreneurs, and high net worth investors across Canada and Asia, Ben has raised significant capital for the successful launches of some of the industry’s most popular ICO’s.

David Schirmer
David SchirmerPartner
David is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who spends most of his free time researching various topics in the space. He started his career in Tax Consulting at Deloitte before moving into the manufacturing industry with Saint Gobain (SGC) as a financial analyst and financial services manager. While at Saint Gobain, David was introduced to lean methodology. These principles help to methodically determine the value of various processes and outputs.

After a decade at SGC and lean manufacturing, David founded Nabu Consulting to apply those principles to startups using the lean methodology. He began working with a blockchain-related project, which led to David analyzing every ICO that launched over the past two years. When it comes to analyzing the various cryptocurrency options available, David focuses on the fundamentals of the currency, rather than putting greater weight in the technical analysis. As such, David brings a detailed and analytical mindset to Rai Stone’s ICO endeavors.

Sameer Pirani
Sameer PiraniPartner
Sameer is a successful innovator, entrepreneur, and Brand & Digital Marketing specialist who has made a career of bringing ideas to life.

He was the director of marketing for INK Entertainment, the owners of some of the most popular nightclubs in Canada. Sameer’s strategic planning for the company laid the foundation for INK to evolve into the leader of urban nightlife and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) events.

Sameer is the founder of PlatinumAxis Inc and Eve Tab app. The nightclub based app launched in Toronto and has worked with over 12 nightclubs offering patrons a VIP experience using innovative technology. Sameer also founded the Electric Elements music festival, which has drawn crowds of over 15,000 every year for the past four years.

Sameer is an experienced, hands-on digital marketing guru, who has a successful track record of leading the ‘big idea’ development, execution, and management of innovative, results-oriented, cross-channel digital marketing campaigns. He is an end-customer saavy, Chief Marketing Officer with a history of leading digital marketing and strategy for innovative brands, agencies and startups in the technology, entertainment, and social networking spaces.

Sheldon Inwentash
Sheldon Inwentash Partner
Sheldon, is chairman and chief executive officer of ThreeD Capital Inc., a Toronto-based venture capital firm specializing in investments in junior resources, technology and biotechnology.

Sheldon has over 30 years of investing experience. In 1994, he co- founded Visible Genetics, the first commercial pharmacogenomics company in Canadaand sold the firm in 2001 to Bayer. Through two decades leading Pinetree Capital, Sheldon created significant shareholder value through early investments in Queenston Mining (acquired by Osisko Mining Corp. for $550-million), Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross for $1.2-billion) and Gold Eagle Mines (acquired by Goldcorp for $1.5-billion), amongst other significant successful investments.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year award. In 2012, Sheldon received an honorary degree, doctor of laws (LL.D) from the University of Toronto for his leadership as an entrepreneur, his philanthropy, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.

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Our mission is to act as the catalyst for widespread blockchain adoption and innovation.