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Prospectus Filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(1)
Registration Statement No. 333-260207

 

 

2,300,000 Shares of Common Stock

 

 

1,000,000 Shares of Common Stock issuable under the Stock Purchase Agreement referred to below

 

1,300,000 Shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Warrants

 

The Registration Statement of which this prospectus is a part relates to the offer and resale from time to time of up to an aggregate of 2,300,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 (“Common Stock”), of RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc., a Nevada corporation, by Triton Funds, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“Triton” or the “Selling Stockholder” which term also includes Triton’s successors and assigns under the Warrants), consisting of up to (i) 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock issuable under the Stock Purchase Agreement (as defined below) and (ii) 1,300,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of five-year warrants. This prospectus covers any additional securities that may become issuable by reason of share splits, share dividends and other events described therein.

 

The Selling Stockholder or its permitted assignees may offer all or part of the shares covered by this prospectus for resale from time to time through public or private transactions, at either prevailing market prices or at privately negotiated prices. The Selling Stockholder or its permitted assignees may sell shares through ordinary brokerage transactions or through any other means described in the section entitled “Plan of Distribution” herein. The Selling Stockholder is an “underwriter” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(11) the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

We are not selling any shares covered by this prospectus and we will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of shares by the Selling Stockholder or its permitted assignees. However, we will receive the proceeds from any purchases under the Stock Purchase Agreement or upon exercise of the Warrants on a cash basis.

 

We will pay certain expenses associated with the registration of the securities covered by this prospectus, as described in the section entitled “Plan of Distribution.”

 

Our Common Stock is currently quoted on the OTCQB under the symbol “RKFL.” On October 22, 2021, the last reported sale price of our Common Stock was $1.10.

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105.

 

Investing in our Common Stock involves a high degree of risk. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 6 of this prospectus.

 

We are a “smaller reporting company” as those terms are defined under the federal securities laws and, as such, have elected to comply with certain reduced public company reporting requirements.

 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

The date of this prospectus is October 22, 2021.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 3
PROSPECTUS SUMMARY 4
SUMMARY OF THE OFFERING 5
RISK FACTORS 6
USE OF PROCEEDS 22
MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS 23
DIVIDEND POLICY 24
DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE 25
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 26
BUSINESS 32
MANAGEMENT 39
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 42
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 45
PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS 46
DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES 48
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION 52
THE SELLING STOCKHOLDER 53
LEGAL MATTERS 53
EXPERTS 54
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 55

 

No dealer, salesperson or other person is authorized to give any information or to represent anything not contained in this prospectus. You must not rely on any unauthorized information or representations. This prospectus is an offer to sell only the shares of Common Stock offered hereby, but only under circumstances and in jurisdictions where it is lawful to do so. The information contained in this prospectus is current only as of its date.

 

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

 

This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed on behalf of the Selling Stockholder with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to permit the Selling Stockholder to sell the shares described in this prospectus in one or more transactions. The Selling Stockholder and the plan of distribution of the shares being offered by them are described in this prospectus under the headings “Selling Stockholder” and “Plan of Distribution.”

 

You should rely only on the information contained in this document and any free writing prospectus we provide to you. Neither we nor the Selling Stockholder has authorized anyone to provide any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this prospectus or in any free writing prospectuses we have prepared. We and the Selling Stockholder take no responsibility for and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. This prospectus is an offer to sell only the Common Stock offered hereby, but only under circumstances and in jurisdictions where it is lawful to do so. The information contained in this prospectus is current only as of its date.

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This prospectus contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These statements relate to future events including, without limitation, the terms, timing and closing of our proposed acquisitions or our future financial performance. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by using terminology such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions; uncertainties and other factors may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels or activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Our expectations are as of the date this prospectus is filed, and we do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date this prospectus is filed to confirm these statements to actual results, unless required by law.

 

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The cautionary statements set forth in this prospectus identify important factors which you should consider in evaluating our forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things:

 

  Market acceptance of our products and services;
  Competition from existing products or new products that may emerge;
  The implementation of our business model and strategic plans for our business and our products;
  Estimates of our future revenue, expenses, capital requirements and our need for financing;
  Our financial performance;
  Current and future government regulations;
  Developments relating to our competitors; and
  Other risks and uncertainties, including those listed under the section titled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis”

 

This prospectus also contains estimates and other statistical data made by independent parties and by us relating to market size and growth and other industry data. This data involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and you are cautioned not to give undue weight to such estimates. We have not independently verified the statistical and other industry data generated by independent parties and contained in this prospectus. In addition, projections, assumptions, and estimates of our future performance and the future performance of the industries in which we operate are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk due to a variety of factors. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons, including, but not limited to, the possibility that we may fail to preserve our expertise in consumer product development; that existing and potential distribution partners may opt to work with, or favor the products of, competitors if our competitors offer more favorable products or pricing terms; that we may be unable to maintain or grow sources of revenue; that we may be unable to maintain profitability; that we may be unable to attract and retain key personnel; or that we may not be able to effectively manage, or to increase, our relationships with customers; and that we may have unexpected increases in costs and expenses. These and other factors could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the estimates made by the independent parties and by us. 

 

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

 

This summary highlights selected information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider before deciding to invest in our securities. You should read the entire prospectus carefully, including the “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and our financial statements and the related notes thereto that are included elsewhere in this prospectus, before making an investment decision.

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, “RocketFuel,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our,” refer to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

 

Our Business

 

We are developing payment and check-out systems for purchases on e-commerce sites using cryptocurrencies and direct bank transfers. Initially, our payment and check-out systems will focus on business to consumer applications; eventually we plan to add business to business capabilities. Our check-out systems are based upon blockchain technology and are designed to reduce costs, and to increase speed, security and ease of use. We believe that users of our systems should enjoy a seamless check-out experience compared to current online shopping solutions, and that merchants will realize cost savings and other advantages over credit-card based payment systems.

 

Financing Transaction Related to the Offering

 

On February 25, 2021, we entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Original Stock Purchase Agreement”) with Triton. On October 11, 2021, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Stock Purchase Agreement with Triton (“Amendment No. 1”, and together with the Original Stock Purchase Agreement, the “Stock Purchase Agreement”). Under the Stock Purchase Agreement Triton, which is an unrelated third party, agreed to invest up to $1,000,000 through purchases of our Common Stock during the commitment period (which runs through December 31, 2022). During the commitment period, we may, in our sole discretion, deliver purchase notices to Triton stating the dollar amount of shares which we intend to sell to Triton, not to exceed $500,000 per purchase notice. The amount to be funded under a purchase notice under the Original Stock Purchase Agreement was the number of shares of Common Stock to be purchased multiplied by the greater of (i) $1.65 or (ii) 80 percent of the lowest closing price of our Common Stock within 15 business days prior to the closing date for the purchase. Pursuant to Amendment No. 1, the amount to be funded under a purchase notice under the Stock Purchase Agreement will be the number of shares of Common Stock to be purchased multiplied by the greater of (i) $1.00 or (ii) 80 percent of the lowest closing price of our Common Stock within 15 business days prior to the closing date for the purchase. The closing date for each purchase is five business days following the date of the corresponding purchase notice.

 

Triton’s obligation to purchase Common Stock is conditioned on certain factors including, but not limited to, our having an effective S-1 registration statement in effect for resale of the Common Stock being purchased and Triton’s ownership not exceeding 4.99% of our issued and outstanding shares at any time.

 

In connection with the Original Stock Purchase Agreement, we also issued to Triton warrants to purchase, in one or more instalments, 800,000 shares of our Common Stock (the “Warrants”) at an exercise price equal to the greater of (i) $1.65 per share and (ii) 80 percent of the average closing price of our Common Stock over the 90-calendar day period preceding the Warrant exercise date, subject to adjustments. The Warrants terminate on February 25, 2026. If, at any time after the initial effective date of the S-1 registration statement filed in connection with the Stock Purchase Agreement and during the exercise period of the Warrants, there is no effective registration statement covering the Selling Stockholder’s immediate resale of the shares underlying the exercise of the Warrants (the “Warrant Shares”), then the Selling Stockholder may elect to receive Warrant Shares pursuant to a cashless exercise of the Warrants. In connection with Amendment No. 1, we agreed (a) to modify the exercise price to be equal to the greater of (i) $1.00 per share and (ii) 80 percent of the average closing price of our Common Stock over the 90-calendar day period preceding the Warrant exercise date, subject to adjustments and (b) to increase the number of shares purchasable under the Warrants to 1,300,000. On May 5, 2021, Triton exercised 50,000 Warrants for an aggregate purchase price of $82,500.

 

Corporate Information

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105. Our telephone number is (424) 256-8560. The address of our website is www.rocketfuelblockchain.com. The inclusion of our website address in the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part does not include or incorporate by reference the information on our website into this prospectus. We have included our website address in this prospectus solely as a textual reference.

 

 

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SUMMARY OF THE OFFERING

 

Issuer:   RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc.
     
Common Stock offered by the Selling Stockholder   Up to 2,300,000 shares of our Common Stock, including (i) 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock issuable under the Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchased Shares”) and (ii) up to 1,300,000 Warrant Shares.
     
Offering Price  

The Selling Stockholder may offer, sell, or distribute all or a portion of the Purchased Shares or the Warrant Shares registered hereby (the “Shares”) either through public or private transactions at prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. See “Plan of Distribution.”

     
Common stock outstanding before this offering  

25,208,416 shares, as of October 22, 2021

     
Common stock outstanding after the offering  

27,508,416 shares, assuming that the Selling Stockholder sells all of the Shares offered pursuant to this prospectus.

     
Terms of Offering  

The Selling Stockholder will determine when and how it sells the Shares offered in this prospectus, as described in “Plan of Distribution.”

     
Use of Proceeds   We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the Shares by the Selling Stockholder. However, we will receive the proceeds from any purchases under the Stock Purchase Agreement or upon exercise of the Warrants on a cash basis. We have agreed to bear the expenses relating to the registration of the Shares. See “Use of Proceeds.”
     
Risk factors  

See “Risk Factors” and the other information included in this prospectus for a discussion of factors you should carefully consider before deciding to invest in our Common Stock. 

     
Market and Trading Symbol   Our shares of Common Stock are traded on the OTCQB under the symbol “RKFL.”

 

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RISK FACTORS

 

An investment in our Common Stock involves a high degree of risk. Before making a decision to invest in shares of our Common Stock, you should carefully consider the risks that are described in this section, in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in the other information that we file from time to time with the SEC that is incorporated by reference in this prospectus. The risks described in the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus are not the only ones we face. Additional risks not presently known or that we currently deem immaterial could also materially and adversely affect us. You should consult your own financial and legal advisors as to the risks entailed by an investment in our securities and the suitability of investing in our securities in light of your particular circumstances. If any of the risks contained in or incorporated by reference in this prospectus develop into actual events, our assets, business, cashflows, condition (financial or otherwise), credit quality, financial performance, liquidity, long-term performance goals, prospects, or results of operations could be materially and adversely affected, the trading price of our Common Stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment. Some statements in this prospectus, including such statements in the following risk factors, constitute forward-looking statements. See the section entitled “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”

 

Summary of Risk Factors

 

The following is a summary of the principal risks that could adversely affect our business, operations and financial results.

 

Risks Related to Our Business Operations and Financial Results

 

  We have a limited operating history and may not be able to operate our business successfully or generate sufficient revenue to make or sustain distributions to our shareholders.
  Our future capital needs are uncertain, and our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed in its report on our audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 a substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.
  We have limited capital resources, and we will need to raise additional capital through additional funding raises. Such funding, if obtained, could result in substantial dilution.
  The loss of key personnel or the inability of replacements to quickly and successfully perform in their new roles could adversely affect our business.
  Our financial statements may be materially affected if our estimates prove to be inaccurate as a result of our limited experience in making critical accounting estimates.
  Our blockchain-based payment solution is being developed by our key technology employees or contractors, whose continued availability cannot be assured.
  If we do not respond to technological changes or upgrade our blockchain-based payment processing platform as markets require, our growth prospects and results of operations could be adversely affected.
  Our competitive edge depends on preserving consumer privacy and identity in their purchasing activities.
  Failure of cryptocurrency exchanges or ACH bank transfers may prevent the seamless operation of the blockchain payment platform.
  We may be unable to recover digital assets awaiting transmission into or out of the cryptocurrency exchange or banking institution.
  If we are unable to price our services appropriately, we may not be able to recover the entire cost of our services.
  We may become reliant on Internet bandwidth and data center providers.
  We are subject to income taxes and other tax liabilities.
  We face risks related to COVID-19.
  We could face substantial competition.
  If we fail to protect our intellectual property rights, competitors may be able to use our technology.
  The slowing or stopping of the development or acceptance of blockchain networks and blockchain assets could have an adverse effect on our core blockchain-based payment solutions business.

 

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  Risks related to transaction authentication.
  Risks related to storage of private keys.
  Excessive price fluctuations may decrease adoption of cryptocurrencies and adversely impact the demand for our payment solutions.
  Litigation may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
  Use of our payments services for illegal purposes could harm our business.
  Limitations on director and officer liability and our indemnification of our officers and directors may discourage stockholders from bringing suit against a director.

 

Risks Related with Government Regulation

 

  Privacy regulation is an evolving area and compliance with applicable privacy regulations may increase our operating costs or adversely impact our ability to service our clients.
  Changes in government regulation and industry standards applicable to the Internet and our business could decrease demand for our technologies and services or increase our costs.
  The applicability of government regulations of digital currencies is uncertain and evolving.
  It may be illegal now, or in the future, to participate in blockchains or utilize similar digital assets in one or more countries, the ruling of which would adversely affect us.
  We have not obtained a money transmitter license in any U.S. State, nor a Bitlicense in the State of New York, and our business may be adversely affected if we are required to do so.

 

Risks Related to an Investment in our Common Stock

 

  Sales of substantial amounts of our Common Stock or the perception that such sales may occur could cause the market price of our Common Stock to drop significantly.
  We will have broad discretion in how we use the proceeds of sales of securities made under the Stock Purchase Agreement, and we may not use such proceeds effectively, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cause our Common Stock price to decline.
  You may experience future dilution as a result of future equity offerings.
  If we sell additional equity or debt securities to fund our operations, restrictions may be imposed on our business.
  There is no assurance of an active established public trading market, which would adversely affect the ability of our investors to sell their securities in the public market.
  Shares eligible for future sale may have adverse effects on our share price.
  Our Common Stock is considered a “penny stock” and may be difficult to sell.
  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, has adopted sales practice requirements that may also limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our stock.
  A decline in the price of our Common Stock could affect our ability to raise additional working capital.
  If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results.
  A significant majority of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock is held by a small number of shareholders.
  We are subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the Exchange Act that will require us to incur audit fees and legal fees in connection with the preparation of such reports.
  The capital markets may experience periods of disruption and instability.
  We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our capital stock in the foreseeable future.
  If securities or industry analysts do not publish research or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, our stock price and trading volume could decline.
  We are a “smaller reporting company” and, as a result of the reduced disclosure and governance requirements applicable to smaller reporting companies, our Common Stock may be less attractive to investors.
  Stockholders who hold unregistered shares of our common stock are subject to resale restrictions pursuant to Rule 144 due to our former status as a “shell company.”

 

General Risk Factors

 

  Our business is subject to the risks of earthquakes, fire, power outages, floods, epidemics and other catastrophic events, and to interruption by man-made problems such as strikes and terrorism.
  Prolonged economic downturn, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, could adversely affect our business.
  Unfavorable general economic conditions may materially adversely affect our business.

 

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Risks Related to Our Business Operations and Financial Results

 

We have a limited operating history and may not be able to operate our business successfully or generate sufficient revenue to make or sustain distributions to our shareholders.

 

We became a public company in July of 2018, following the Business Transaction (as defined below) and our business has a relatively limited operating history. We cannot assure you that we will be able to operate our business successfully or implement our operating policies and strategies. The results of our operations depend on several factors, including our success in attracting and retaining motivated and qualified personnel, the availability of adequate short and long-term financing, conditions in the financial markets, and general economic conditions.

 

Our future capital needs are uncertain, and our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed in its report on our audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 a substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on our ability to raise additional capital and our operations could be curtailed if we are unable to obtain the required additional funding when needed. We may not be able to do so when necessary, and/or the terms of any financings may not be advantageous to us.

 

Our financial statements for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2020 and 2021 included in this prospectus have been prepared assuming we will continue to operate as a going concern. However, due to our recurring losses from operations, and working capital deficiency, there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Because we expect to continue to experience negative cash flow, our ability to continue as a going concern is subject to our ability to obtain necessary funding from outside sources, including obtaining additional funding from the sale of our securities, grants or other forms of financing. Our continued negative cash flow increases the difficulty in completing such sales or securing alternative sources of funding, and there can be no assurances that we will be able to obtain such funding on favorable terms or at all. If we are unable to obtain sufficient financing from the sale of our securities or from alternative sources, we may be required to reduce, defer or discontinue certain of our research and development and operating activities or we may not be able to continue as a going concern. As a result, our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed in its auditors’ report on the financial statements included in this prospectus a substantial doubt regarding our ability to continue as a going concern. Our financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of the uncertainty regarding our ability to continue as a going concern. If we cannot continue as a going concern, our shareholders may lose their entire investment in our Common Stock. Future reports from our independent registered public accounting firm may also contain statements expressing doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

We have limited capital resources, and we will need to raise additional capital through additional funding raises. Such funding, if obtained, could result in substantial dilution.

 

We have limited capital resources and may require the funds from draws under the Stock Purchase Agreement with the Selling Stockholder to continue our business. Even if we substantially increase revenue and reduce operating expenses, we will need to raise additional capital. In order to continue operating, we may need to obtain additional financing, either through private offerings, public offerings or token-based financings, and there can be no assurance that we will be successful in such pursuits. We may be unable to acquire the additional funding necessary to continue operating.

 

If we are able to raise additional capital, we do not know what the terms of any such capital raising would be. In addition, any future sale of our equity securities would dilute the ownership and control of your shares and could be at prices substantially below prices at which our shares currently trade. We may seek to increase our cash reserves through the sale of additional equity or debt securities. The sale of convertible debt securities or additional equity securities could result in additional and potentially substantial dilution to our shareholders. The incurrence of indebtedness would result in increased debt service obligations and could result in operating and financing covenants that would restrict our operations and liquidity and ability to pay dividends. In addition, our ability to obtain additional capital on acceptable terms is subject to a variety of uncertainties. We cannot assure you that financing will be available in amounts or on terms acceptable to us, if at all. Any failure to raise additional funds on favorable terms could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and financial condition.

 

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The loss of key personnel or the inability of replacements to quickly and successfully perform in their new roles could adversely affect our business.

 

We depend on the leadership and experience of our relatively small number of key executive management personnel, particularly our Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and our Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. The loss of the services of any of these key executives or any of our executive management members could have a material adverse effect on our business and prospects, as we may not be able to find suitable individuals to replace such personnel on a timely basis or without incurring increased costs, or at all. Furthermore, if we lose or terminate the services of one or more of our key employees or if one or more of our current or former executives or key employees joins a competitor or otherwise competes with us, it could impair our business and our ability to successfully implement our business plan. Additionally, if we are unable to hire qualified replacements for our executive and other key positions in a timely fashion, our ability to execute our business plan would be harmed. Even if we can quickly hire qualified replacements, we would expect to experience operational disruptions and inefficiencies during any transition. We believe that our future success will depend on our continued ability to attract and retain highly skilled and qualified personnel. There is a high level of competition for experienced, successful personnel in our industry. Our inability to meet our executive staffing requirements in the future could impair our growth and harm our business.

 

Our financial statements may be materially affected if our estimates prove to be inaccurate as a result of our limited experience in making critical accounting estimates.

 

Financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (“GAAP”) require the use of estimates, judgments, and assumptions that affect the reported amounts. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. These estimates, judgments, and assumptions are inherently uncertain, and, if they prove to be wrong, then we face the risk that charges to income will be required. In addition, because we have limited to no operating history and limited experience in making these estimates, judgments, and assumptions, the risk of future charges to income may be greater than if we had more experience in these areas. Any such charges could significantly harm our business, financial condition, results of operations, and the price of our securities.

 

We may require additional financing to sustain or grow our operations.

 

Our growth will be dependent on our ability to access additional equity and debt capital. Moreover, part of our business strategy may involve the use of debt financing to increase potential revenues. Our inability in the future to conduct a successful cryptocurrency token sale, obtain additional equity capital or a corporate credit facility on attractive terms, or at all, could adversely impact our ability to execute our business strategy, which could adversely affect our growth prospects and future shareholder returns.

 

Our blockchain-based payment solution is being developed by our key technology employees or contractors, whose continued availability cannot be assured.

 

Our blockchain e-commerce payment platform and the related features that may be developed in the future have been and will be further developed by, among others, contracted developers who we have engaged to work on finalizing our back-office and other functionalities. If we were to lose the services of any of these key employees or hired contractors, it could be difficult or impossible to replace them. The loss of the services of any of these key employees or contractors could have an adverse effect on our ability to further develop, operate or maintain features of our blockchain e-commerce payment platform.

 

Our blockchain payment solution might never attain optimal levels of functionality and dependability

 

Our blockchain e-commerce payment solution became fully functional in March of 2021. While our software is currently being used “live” with several customers, no guarantee can be given that a unique combination of input conditions experienced when running the system “live” and which has not been encountered during development, will not cause the system to fail, or perform aberrantly.

 

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If we do not respond to technological changes or upgrade our blockchain-based payment processing platform as markets require, our growth prospects and results of operations could be adversely affected

 

To remain competitive, we must continue to enhance and improve the functionality and features of our blockchain-based technology platform infrastructure. As a result, we will need to continue to improve and expand our infrastructure and software capabilities. These improvements may require us to commit substantial financial, operational and technical resources, with no assurance that our business will improve. Without such improvements, our operations might suffer from unanticipated system disruptions, slow performance or unreliable service levels, any of which could negatively affect our reputation and ability to attract and retain merchant clients. We may face significant delays in introducing new products, services, and enhancements. If competitors introduce new payment processing solutions and services using new technologies or if new industry standards and practices emerge, our existing technology platform and systems may become obsolete or less competitive, and our business may be harmed.

 

Our competitive edge depends on preserving consumer privacy and identity in their purchasing activities. In today’s climate, potential cyberattacks, security problems, or other disruptions and expanding social media vehicles present new risks.

 

We may purchase some of our information technology from vendors, on whom our systems will depend, and we rely on commercially available systems, software, tools, and monitoring to provide security for processing, transmission, and storage of confidential information and other customer information. We depend upon the secure transmission of this information over public networks. Our networks and storage applications could be subject to unauthorized access by hackers or others through cyberattacks, which are rapidly evolving and becoming increasingly sophisticated, or by other means, or may be breached due to operator error, malfeasance or other system disruptions. In some cases, it will be difficult to anticipate or immediately detect such incidents and the damage they cause. Any significant breakdown, invasion, destruction, interruption, or leakage of information from our systems could harm our reputation and business.

 

In addition, the use of social media could cause us to suffer brand damage or information leakage. Negative posts or comments about us on any social networking website could damage us or our brand’s reputation. Employees, consultants, contractors or others might disclose non-public sensitive information relating to our business through external media channels, including through the use of social media.

 

Further, in the normal course of our business, we collect, store and transmit proprietary and confidential information regarding our customers, employees, suppliers and others, including personally identifiable information. An operational failure or breach of security from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats could lead to loss, misuse or unauthorized disclosure of this information about our employees or customers, which may result in regulatory or other legal proceedings, and have a material adverse effect on our business and reputation. We also may not have the resources or technical sophistication to anticipate or prevent rapidly evolving types of cyber-attacks. Any such attacks or precautionary measures taken to prevent anticipated attacks may result in increasing costs, including costs for additional technologies, training and third-party consultants. The losses incurred from a breach of data security and operational failures as well as the precautionary measures required to address this evolving risk may adversely impact our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Failure of cryptocurrency exchanges or ACH bank transfers may prevent the seamless operation of the blockchain payment platform.

 

Our payment platform interacts with cryptocurrency exchanges to facilitate the conversion of customer’s cryptocurrency payments to fiat currency. We will take on credit risk every time our platform facilitates a buyer’s purchase using cryptocurrency. Although our transfers of cryptocurrencies or fiat currency will be made to or from a counterparty, including leading cryptocurrency exchanges and FDIC banks (through ACH transfers), which management believes are trustworthy, it is possible that, through computer or human error, or through theft or criminal action, the buyer’s cryptocurrency or fiat currency could be transferred in incorrect amounts or to unauthorized third parties. To the extent that we are unable to seek a corrective transaction with such third party or are incapable of identifying the third party which has received the cryptocurrency or fiat currency (through error or theft), we will be unable to recover incorrectly transferred cryptocurrency or fiat currency, and such losses will negatively impact us, our merchant accounts and consumers.

 

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Digital asset exchanges may impose daily, weekly, monthly or customer-specific transaction or distribution limits or suspend withdrawals entirely, rendering the exchange of fiat currency for digital assets difficult or impossible. Additionally, digital asset prices and valuations on cryptocurrency exchanges have been volatile and subject to influence by many factors, including the levels of liquidity on exchanges and operational interruptions and disruptions. The prices and valuation of digital assets remain subject to any volatility experienced by digital asset exchanges, and any such volatility can adversely affect our ability to facilitate the conversion of the cryptocurrency payment funds to fiat currency at the intended cash purchase price.

 

Digital asset exchanges are appealing targets for cybercrime, hackers and malware. It is possible that while engaging in transactions with various digital asset exchanges located throughout the world, any such exchange may cease operations due to theft, fraud, security breach, liquidity issues, or government investigation. In addition, banks may refuse to process wire transfers to or from exchanges. An exchange may be unable to replace missing digital assets or seek reimbursement for any theft of digital assets, adversely affecting our ability to offer payment solutions in a secure and dependable manner.

 

We may be unable to recover digital assets awaiting transmission into or out of the cryptocurrency exchange or banking institution, all of which could adversely affect our platform’s operations.

 

We may be unable to recover digital assets awaiting transmission into or out of the cryptocurrency exchange or banking institution, all of which could adversely affect our platform’s operations. Additionally, digital asset exchanges may operate outside of the United States. We may have difficulty in successfully pursuing claims in the courts of such countries or enforcing in the courts of such countries a judgment obtained by us in another country. In general, certain less developed countries lack fully developed legal systems and bodies of commercial law and practices normally found in countries with more developed market economies. These legal and regulatory risks may adversely affect us and our operations and investments.

 

If we are unable to price our services appropriately, we may not be able to recover the entire cost of our services

 

Our clients purchase our services according to a variety of pricing formula. Sometimes these include formula based on pay for performance, meaning clients pay only after we have delivered the desired result to them. Regardless of how a given client pays us, we ordinarily pay the vast majority of the costs associated with delivering our services to our clients according to contracts and other arrangements that do not always condition our obligation to pay vendors on the receipt of payments from our clients. This means we typically pay for the costs of providing our services before we receive payment from clients. Additionally, certain of our services costs are highly variable and may fluctuate significantly during each calendar month. Accordingly, we run the risk of not being able to recover the entire cost of our services from clients if pricing or other terms negotiated prior to the performance of services prove less than the cost of performing such services.

 

We may become reliant on Internet bandwidth and data center providers and other third parties for key aspects of the process of providing services to our clients, and any failure or interruption in the services and products provided by these third parties could harm our business.

 

We rely on third-party vendors, including data center and Internet bandwidth providers. Any disruption in the network access or colocation services provided by these third-party providers or any failure of these third-party providers to handle current or higher volumes of use could significantly harm our business. Any financial or other difficulties our providers face may have negative effects on our business, the nature and extent of which we cannot predict. We exercise little control over these third-party vendors, which increases our vulnerability to problems with the services they provide. We license technology and related databases from third parties to facilitate analysis and storage of data and delivery of offerings. Any errors, failures, interruptions or delays experienced in connection with these third-party technologies and services could adversely affect our business and could expose us to liabilities to third parties.

 

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We are subject to income taxes and other tax liabilities.

 

Significant judgment is required in determining our provision for income taxes and other tax liabilities. In the ordinary course of our business, there are many transactions and calculations where the ultimate tax determination is uncertain. Although we believe that our tax estimates are reasonable: (i) there is no assurance that the final determination of tax audits or tax disputes will not be different from what is reflected in our income tax provisions, expense amounts for non-income-based taxes and accruals and (ii) any material differences could have an adverse effect on our financial position and results of operations in the period or periods for which determination is made.

 

We face risks related to COVID-19 which could significantly disrupt our research and development, operations, sales, and financial results.

 

Our business has been and continues to be adversely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19. Our third-party vendors, third-party distributors, and our customers have been and will be disrupted by worker absenteeism, quarantines and restrictions on employees’ ability to work, office and factory closures, disruptions to ports and other shipping infrastructure, border closures, or other travel or health-related restrictions. In addition, the COVID-19 will in the short-run and may over the longer term adversely affect the economies and financial markets of many countries, resulting in an economic downturn that will affect demand for our technology platform and services and impact our operating results. In July 2021, new cases of COVID-19 began to rise substantially in the United States, connected to the spread of the Delta variant, which is currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States and appears to be the most contagious variant to date. Although the magnitude of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business and operations remains uncertain, the continued spread of the COVID-19, the Delta variant or other variants and the imposition of related public health measures may adversely impact our business, financial condition, operating results and revenues.

 

We could face substantial competition, which could reduce our market share and negatively impact our net revenue.

 

There are an increasing number of companies entering the payment facilitator industry using, as we are, blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency. Notable companies in the payment facilitator industry include Bitpay, Coinify, PayPal, Stripe, Greenbox, MasterCard and Visa. Many of our payment facilitator competitors are significantly larger than we are and have considerably greater financial, technical, marketing, and other resources than we do. Some competitors may have a lower cost of funds and access to funding sources that are not available to us. We cannot assure you that the competitive pressures we face will not have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

 

If we fail to protect our intellectual property rights, competitors may be able to use our technology, which could weaken our competitive position, reduce our net revenue, and increase our costs.

 

Our long-term success will depend to some degree on our ability to protect the proprietary technology, that we have developed or may develop or acquire in the future, including our ability to obtain and maintain patent protection. Patent applications can take many years to issue, and we can provide no assurance that our current pending patent application, or any future patent applications, will be granted. If we are unable to obtain a patent for our current or future applications, we may not be able to successfully prevent our competitors from imitating or copying our payment processing platform. Even if our pending application was granted, our intellectual property rights may not be sufficiently comprehensive to prevent our competitors from developing similar competitive payment processing platforms.

 

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There are multiple risks inherent in patent litigation. In patent litigation in the U.S., defendant counterclaims alleging invalidity and/or unenforceability are commonplace, as are validity challenges by the defendant against the subject patent or other patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Grounds for a validity challenge could be an alleged failure to meet any of several statutory requirements, including lack of novelty, obviousness or non-enablement, failure to meet the written description requirement, indefiniteness, and/or failure to claim patent eligible subject matter. Grounds for an unenforceability assertion could be an allegation that someone connected with prosecution of the patent intentionally withheld material information from the USPTO, or made a misleading statement, during prosecution. Third parties may also raise similar claims before the USPTO even outside the context of litigation, in for example, post-grant review proceedings and inter-parties review proceedings. The outcome is unpredictable following any legal assertions of invalidity and unenforceability. With respect to the validity question, for example, we cannot be certain that no invalidating prior art existed of which we and the patent examiner were unaware during prosecution. These assertions may also be based on information known to us or the USPTO. If a defendant or third party were to prevail on a legal assertion of invalidity and/or unenforceability, we would lose at least part, and perhaps all, of the claims of the challenged patent. Such a loss of patent protection would or could have a material adverse impact on our business.

 

Even if the validity of our patent rights is upheld by a court, a court may not prevent the alleged infringement of our patent rights on the grounds that such activity is not covered by our patent claims. Although we may aggressively pursue anyone whom we reasonably believe is infringing upon our intellectual property rights, initiating and maintaining suits against third parties that may infringe upon our intellectual property rights will require substantial financial resources. We may not have the financial resources to bring such suits, and if we do bring such suits, we may not prevail. Regardless of our success in any such actions, we could incur significant expenses in connection with such suits.

 

In 2019, following the resignation of Joseph Page, our former chief technology officer, we retained independent patent counsel to review our patent applications. In connection with this review, we discovered certain deficiencies in some of the applications and in their assignments to us. We determined that all of the applications had been abandoned. Based on this review, we decided to refile three of our applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which we did in May 2020. It is our belief that the three newly filed patent applications cover and/or disclose the same subject matter as we disclosed in the five original patent applications. In this case, our rights may be subject to any intervening patent applications made after the date of the original applications.

 

The slowing or stopping of the development or acceptance of blockchain networks and blockchain assets could have an adverse effect on our core blockchain-based payment solutions business. However, whether such development will take place is subject to a high degree of uncertainty.

 

Factors affecting the further development of blockchain networks include, without limitation:

 

  worldwide growth in the adoption and use of digital assets and other blockchain technologies;
  the maintenance and development of the open-source software protocols of blockchain networks;
  changes in consumer demographics and public tastes and preferences;
  the availability and popularity of new forms or methods of buying and selling goods and services, or trading assets, including new means of using existing networks;
  general economic conditions in the United States and the world;
  the impacts of major events such as pandemics and climate change;
  the regulatory environment relating to blockchains; and
  declines in the popularity or acceptance of blockchain-based assets.

 

The slowing or stopping of the development, general acceptance, adoption, and usage of blockchain networks and blockchain assets may deter or delay the acceptance and adoption of cryptocurrencies, and thus demand for our blockchain-based payment solutions.

 

Risks related to transaction authentication.

 

As of the date of this prospectus, the transfer of digital currency assets from one party to another currently typically relies on an authentication process by an outside party known as a miner. In exchange for compensation, the miner will authenticate the transfer of the currency through the solving of a complex algorithm known as a proof of work, or will vouch for the transfer through other means, such as a proof of stake. Effective transfers of and therefore realization of cryptocurrency is dependent on interactions from these miners. In the event that there were a shortage of miners to perform this function, that shortage could have an adverse effect on either the fair value or realization of the cryptocurrency assets. In such event, the adoption of cryptocurrency as a form a payment can be severely impacted, and this would decrease the demand of our cryptocurrency-based payment facilitator platform, and thus affect our results of operations.

 

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Risks related to storage of private keys.

 

In some cases, we may provide technology to facilitate the secure storage of user API keys from cryptocurrency exchanges. This is done to facilitate payment by the user to the merchant for product or services. At all times, these keys are encrypted, controlled by the owner of the keys, and are not available to us, our staff, or our partners. When this feature is used, the keys are stored by a third party using hardware security modules (HSMs) that have been validated under FIPS 140-2 to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the keys.

 

Excessive price fluctuations may decrease adoption of cryptocurrencies and adversely impact the demand for our payment solutions, and we are exposed to fluctuations in cryptocurrency exchange rates.

 

To the extent the public demand for digital assets were to decrease, the price of digital assets could fluctuate rapidly. Further, if the supply of digital assets available to the public were to increase or decrease suddenly due to, for example, a change in a digital asset’s source code, the dissolution of a digital asset exchange, or seizure of digital assets by government authorities, the price of digital assets could fluctuate rapidly. Such changes in demand and supply of digital asset could adversely affect digital asset usage among consumers. In addition, governments may intervene, directly and by regulation, in the digital asset market, with the specific effect, or intention, of influencing digital asset prices and valuation (e.g., releasing previously seized digital asset). Similarly, any government action or regulation may indirectly affect the digital asset market or blockchain network, influencing cryptocurrency usage or prices.

 

Currently, there is relatively modest use of digital assets in the retail and commercial marketplace compared to its use by speculators, thus contributing to price volatility that could adversely affect the consumer usage. If future regulatory actions or policies limit the ability to own or exchange digital assets in the retail and commercial marketplace, or use them for payments, or own them generally, the price and demand for digital assets may decrease. Such decrease in demand may result in a drop in demand for our blockchain payment platform or a decrease the market price of our shares.

 

Litigation may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

From time to time in the normal course of our business operations, we may become subject to litigation involving intellectual property, data privacy and security and other matters that may negatively affect our operating results if changes to our business operation are required. The cost to defend such litigation may be significant and may require a diversion of our resources. There also may be adverse publicity associated with litigation that could negatively affect customer perception of our business, regardless of whether the allegations are valid or whether we are ultimately found liable. As a result, litigation may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, insurance may not cover existing or future claims, be sufficient to fully compensate us for one or more of such claims or continue to be available on terms acceptable to us. A claim brought against us that is uninsured or underinsured could result in unanticipated costs, thereby adversely affecting our results of operations and resulting in a reduction in the market price of our stock. See “Business—Legal Proceedings” in this prospectus for a summary of our material pending legal proceedings.

 

Use of our payments services for illegal purposes could harm our business.

 

Our payment system is susceptible to potentially illegal or improper uses, including money laundering, terrorist financing, illegal online gambling, fraudulent sales of goods or services, illicit sales of prescription medications or controlled substances, piracy of software, movies, music, and other copyrighted or trademarked goods (in particular, digital goods), money laundering, bank fraud, child pornography trafficking, prohibited sales of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, online securities fraud, or to facilitate other illegal activity. Certain activity that may be legal in one country may be illegal in another country, and a merchant may intentionally or inadvertently be found responsible for importing illegal goods, creating liability to us. Changes in law have increased the penalties for intermediaries providing payment services for certain illegal activities and additional payments-related proposals are under active consideration by government authorities. Intellectual property rights owners or government authorities may seek to bring legal action against providers of payments solutions, including us, that are peripherally involved in the sale of infringing items. Any resulting claims could result in reputational harm and any resulting liabilities, loss of transaction volume or increased costs could harm our business.

 

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Limitations on director and officer liability and our indemnification of our officers and directors may discourage stockholders from bringing suit against a director.

 

Our articles of incorporation and bylaws provide, as permitted by Nevada corporation law, that a director or officer shall not be personally liable to us or our stockholders for breach of fiduciary duty as a director or officer, except for acts or omissions which involve intentional misconduct, fraud or knowing violation of law. These provisions may discourage stockholders from bringing suit against a director for breach of fiduciary duty and may reduce the likelihood of derivative litigation brought by stockholders on our behalf against a director. In addition, our amended and restated articles of incorporation and bylaws require indemnification of directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada law.

 

Risks Associated with Government Regulation

 

Privacy regulation is an evolving area and compliance with applicable privacy regulations may increase our operating costs or adversely impact our ability to service our clients.

 

Because we store, process and use data, some of which contains personal information, we are subject to complex and evolving federal, state, and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, and other matters. While we believe we are currently in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, many of these laws and regulations are subject to change and uncertain interpretation, and could result in investigations, claims, changes to our business practices, increased cost of operations, and declines in user growth, retention, or engagement, any of which could seriously harm our business.

 

Changes in government regulation and industry standards applicable to the Internet and our business could decrease demand for our technologies and services or increase our costs.

 

Laws and regulations that apply to Internet communications, commerce and advertising are becoming more prevalent. These regulations could increase the costs of conducting business on the Internet and could decrease demand for our technologies and services. In the United States, federal and state laws have been enacted regarding copyrights, sending of unsolicited commercial email, user privacy, search engines, Internet tracking technologies, direct marketing, data security, children’s privacy, pricing, sweepstakes, promotions, intellectual property ownership and infringement, trade secrets, export of encryption technology, taxation and acceptable content and quality of goods. Other laws and regulations may be adopted in the future. Laws and regulations, including those related to privacy and use of personal information, are changing rapidly outside the United States as well, which may make compliance with such laws and regulations difficult, and which may negatively affect our ability to expand internationally. This legislation could: (i) hinder growth in the use of the Internet generally; (ii) decrease the acceptance of the Internet as a communications, commercial and advertising medium; (iii) reduce our revenue; (iv) increase our operating expenses; or (v) expose us to significant liabilities.

 

H.R. 3684, the infrastructure bill that passed the Senate in August 2021, contains a provision regarding reporting of cryptocurrency transactions to the Internal Revenue Service. Under the Senate version of the bill, brokers must report digital asset transactions to the Internal Revenue Service. The Senate bill also expands the definition of broker to include “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person.” The bill is being considered by the House and it is unclear if the bill will be passed by the House or otherwise signed into law. It is also unclear if the cryptocurrency reporting provision passed in the Senate bill would remain in the House bill or would be amended in some way. Should the provision become law, it is possible that RocketFuel may have obligations under the provision to report digital asset transactions to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

The laws governing the Internet remain largely unsettled, even in areas where there has been some legislative action. While we actively monitor this changing legal and regulatory landscape to stay abreast of changes in the laws and regulations applicable to our business, we are not certain how our business might be affected by the application of existing laws governing issues such as property ownership, copyrights, encryption and other intellectual property issues, libel, obscenity and export or import matters to the Internet advertising industry. The vast majority of such laws were adopted prior to the advent of the Internet. As a result, they do not contemplate or address the unique issues of the Internet and related technologies. Changes in laws intended to address such issues could create uncertainty in the Internet market. It may take years to determine how existing laws apply to the Internet and Internet marketing. Such uncertainty makes it difficult to predict costs and could reduce demand for our services or increase the cost of doing business as a result of litigation costs or increased service delivery costs.

 

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The applicability of government regulations of digital currencies is uncertain and evolving.

 

There are uncertainties related to the regulatory regimes governing blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, cryptocurrency exchanges, and any digital tokens that we may issue, and new international, federal, state and local regulations or policies may materially adversely affect us and the market price for our shares.

 

Various legislative and executive bodies in the United States and in other countries may, in the future, adopt laws, regulations, or guidance, or take other actions that could severely impact the permissibility of any tokens that we may issue in the future, our blockchain and the network or cryptocurrency generally and, in each case, the technology behind them or the means of transacting in or transferring them. It is difficult to predict how or whether regulatory agencies may apply existing or new regulation with respect to this technology and its applications, including our blockchain and the network. In addition, self-regulatory bodies may be established that set guidelines regarding cryptocurrencies, and our network, which could have similar effects to new policies adopted by government bodies.

 

It may be illegal now, or in the future, to participate in blockchains or utilize similar digital assets in one or more countries, the ruling of which would adversely affect us.

 

Cryptocurrency networks, blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies also face an uncertain regulatory landscape in many foreign jurisdictions, including (among others) the European Union, China and Russia. Various foreign jurisdictions may, in the future, adopt laws, regulations or directives that affect us. These laws, regulations or directives may conflict with those of the United States or may directly and negatively impact results of operations. The effect of any future regulatory change is impossible to predict, but any change could be substantial and materially adverse to us, our results of operations and adoption of our payment solutions platform.

 

We have not obtained a money transmitter license in any U.S. State, nor a Bitlicense in the State of New York, and our business may be adversely affected if we are required to do so.

 

We do not believe that we are a money transmitter, because we do not hold, possess or control payment funds on behalf of a consumer or merchant. If we were deemed to be a money transmitter, we would be subject to significant additional regulation. This could increase our costs in operating our business. In addition, a regulator could take action against us if it views our payment solution platform as a violation of existing law. Any of these outcomes would negatively affect the market price for our shares and could cause us to cease operations in certain U.S. States.

 

Additionally, we are not licensed to conduct a virtual currency business in New York and do not intend to become licensed in any other state that may require licensing in the future. We have taken the position that New York’s BitLicense Regulatory Framework does not apply to our platform business. It is possible, however, that the New York State Department of Financial Services could disagree with our position. If we were deemed to be conducting an unlicensed virtual currency business in New York, we could be subject to significant additional regulation and/or regulatory consequences.

 

Risks Related to an Investment in our Common Stock

 

We will have broad discretion in how we use the proceeds of sales of securities made under the Stock Purchase Agreement, and we may not use such proceeds effectively, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cause our Common Stock price to decline.

 

We have considerable discretion in the application of the net proceeds of sales of securities made under the Stock Purchase Agreement. Our management has broad discretion over how these proceeds are used and could spend the proceeds in ways with which you may not agree. We may not invest the proceeds effectively or in a manner that yields a favorable or any return, and, consequently, this could result in further financial losses that could have a material and adverse effect on our business, cause the market price of our Common Stock to decline or delay the development of our products.

 

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Sales of substantial amounts of our Common Stock or the perception that such sales may occur could cause the market price of our Common Stock to drop significantly.

 

Future sales of substantial amounts of our Common Stock, or securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for shares of our Common Stock, into the public market, including shares of our Common Stock issued upon exercise of options and warrants, or the perception that those sales could occur, could adversely affect the prevailing market price of our Common Stock and our ability to raise capital in the future. Additionally, the market price of our Common Stock could decline as a result of sales by, or the perceived possibility of sales by, our existing stockholders of shares of our Common Stock in the market after this offering.

 

You may experience future dilution as a result of future equity offerings.

 

In order to raise additional capital, we may in the future offer additional shares of our Common Stock or other securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for our Common Stock. We cannot assure you that we will be able to sell shares or other securities in any other offering at a price per share that is equal to or greater than the price per share paid by investors in this offering, and investors purchasing shares or other securities in the future could have rights superior to existing stockholders. As of October 22, 2021, approximately 9,163,952 shares of common stock that are subject to outstanding options or warrants, issuable upon vesting of outstanding restricted stock units or reserved for future issuance under our equity incentive plans are eligible for sale in the public market to the extent permitted by the provisions of various vesting schedules and Rule 144 and Rule 701 under the Securities Act. To the extent that outstanding options or warrants are exercised, investors purchasing our Common Stock in this offering will experience further dilution. In addition, outstanding warrants to purchase 3,665,982 shares of our Common Stock provide for anti-dilution protection, which adjusts the exercise price of each warrant, from time to time upon the occurrence of certain events, including the issuance of shares of common stock at a price lower than the exercise price, stock splits, dividends, recapitalizations and similar events.

 

If we sell additional equity or debt securities to fund our operations, restrictions may be imposed on our business.

 

In order to raise additional funds to support our operations, we may sell additional equity or debt securities, which may impose restrictive covenants that adversely impact our business. The incurrence of indebtedness would result in increased fixed payment obligations and could also result in restrictive covenants, such as limitations on our ability to incur additional debt, limitations on our ability to acquire, sell or license intellectual property rights and other operating restrictions that could adversely impact our ability to conduct our business. If we are unable to expand our operations or otherwise capitalize on our business opportunities as a result of such restrictions, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

 

There is no assurance of an active established public trading market, which would adversely affect the ability of our investors to sell their securities in the public market.

 

Although our Common Stock is registered under the Exchange Act and is traded on the OTCQB Marketplace, an active trading market for the securities does not yet exist and may not exist or be sustained in the future. The OTCQB Marketplace is an over-the-counter market that provides significantly less liquidity than the NASDAQ Stock Market. Prices for securities traded solely on the OTCQB Marketplace may be difficult to obtain and holders of Common Stock may be unable to resell their securities at or near their original offering price or at any price. Market prices for our Common Stock will be influenced by a number of factors, including:

 

  Our ability to obtain additional financing and the terms thereof;
  Our financial position and results of operations;
  Any litigation against us;
  Possible regulatory requirements on our business;
  The issuance of new debt or equity securities pursuant to a future offering;
  Competitive developments;
  Variations and fluctuations in our operating results;
  Change in financial estimates by securities analysts;
  The depth and liquidity of the market for our Common Stock;
  Investor perceptions of us; and
  General economic and business conditions.

 

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Shares eligible for future sale may have adverse effects on our share price.

 

Approximately 76 percent of the shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding are owned by 11 stockholders who will be eligible to sell some of their shares of Common Stock by means of ordinary brokerage transactions in the open market pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act (“Rule 144”), subject to certain limitations. Rule 144 also permits the sale of securities, without any limitations, by a nonaffiliate that has satisfied a six-month holding period. Any substantial sale of Common Stock pursuant to Rule 144 may have an adverse effect on the market price of our Common Stock by creating an excessive supply.

 

Sales of substantial amounts of shares or the perception that such sales could occur may adversely affect the prevailing market price for our shares. We may issue additional shares in subsequent public offerings or private placements to make new investments or for other purposes. We are not required to offer any such shares to existing shareholders on a preemptive basis. Therefore, it may not be possible for existing shareholders to participate in such future share issuances, which may dilute the existing shareholders’ interests in us.

 

Our Common Stock is considered a “penny stock” and may be difficult to sell.

 

Our Common Stock is considered to be a “penny stock” since it meets one or more of the definitions in Rules 15g-2 through 15g-6 promulgated under Section 15(g) of the Exchange Act. These include but are not limited to the following: (i) the stock trades at a price less than $5.00 per share; (ii) it is not traded on a “recognized” national exchange; (iii) it is not quoted on the NASDAQ Stock Market, or even if so, has a price less than $5.00 per share; or (iv) it is issued by a company with net tangible assets less than $2.0 million, if in business more than a continuous three years, or with average revenues of less than $6.0 million for the past three years. The principal result or effect of being designated a “penny stock” is that securities broker-dealers cannot recommend the stock but must trade in it on an unsolicited basis.

 

Additionally, Section 15(g) of the Exchange Act and Rule 15g-2 promulgated thereunder by the SEC require broker-dealers dealing in penny stocks to provide potential investors with a document disclosing the risks of penny stocks and to obtain a manually signed and dated written receipt of the document before effecting any transaction in a penny stock for the investor’s account.

 

Holders of our Common Stock are urged to obtain and read such disclosure carefully before purchasing any shares that are deemed to be “penny stock.” Moreover, Rule 15g-9 requires broker-dealers in penny stocks to approve the account of any investor for transactions in such stocks before selling any penny stock to that investor. This procedure requires the broker-dealer to: (i) obtain from the investor information concerning its financial situation, investment experience and investment objectives; (ii) reasonably determine, based on that information, that transactions in penny stocks are suitable for the investor and that the investor has sufficient knowledge and experience as to be reasonably capable of evaluating the risks of penny stock transactions; (iii) provide the investor with a written statement setting forth the basis on which the broker-dealer made the determination in (ii) above; and (iv) receive a signed and dated copy of such statement from the investor, confirming that it accurately reflects the investor’s financial situation, investment experience and investment objectives. Compliance with these requirements may make it more difficult for holders of our Common Stock to resell their shares to third parties or to otherwise dispose of them in the market or otherwise.

 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, has adopted sales practice requirements that may also limit a stockholder’s ability to buy and sell our stock.

 

In addition to the “penny stock” rules described above, FINRA has adopted rules that require that, in recommending an investment to a customer, a broker-dealer must have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer. Prior to recommending speculative low-priced securities to their noninstitutional customers, broker-dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer’s financial status, tax status, investment objectives and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative low-priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. FINRA requirements make it more difficult for broker-dealers to recommend that their customers buy our Common Stock, which may limit your ability to buy and sell our stock and have an adverse effect on the market for our shares.

 

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A decline in the price of our Common Stock could affect our ability to raise additional working capital, it may adversely impact our ability to continue operations and we may go out of business.

 

A prolonged decline in the price of our Common Stock could result in a reduction in the liquidity of our Common Stock and a reduction in our ability to raise capital. Because we may attempt to acquire a significant portion of the funds we need in order to conduct our planned operations through the sale and issuance of equity securities, a decline in the price of our Common Stock could be detrimental to our liquidity and our operations because the decline may cause investors not to choose to invest in our stock. If we are unable to raise the funds we require for all our planned operations, we may be forced to reallocate funds from other planned uses and we may suffer a significant negative effect on our business plan and operations, including our ability to develop new products and continue our current operations. As a result, our business may suffer, and not be successful and we may go out of business. We also might not be able to meet our financial obligations if we cannot raise enough funds through the sale and issuance of our Common Stock and we may be forced to go out of business.

 

If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results. As a result, current and potential shareholders could lose confidence in our financial reporting, which would harm our business and the trading price of our stock.

 

We are a development stage company with limited resources. Therefore, we cannot assure investors that we will be able to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting based on criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in Internal Control Integrated Framework. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. We are considering the costs and benefits associated with improving and documenting our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls and procedures, which includes (i) hiring additional personnel with sufficient U.S. GAAP experience and (ii) implementing ongoing training in U.S. GAAP requirements for our CFO and accounting and other finance personnel. If the results of these efforts are not successful, or if material weaknesses are identified in our internal control over financial reporting, our management will be unable to report favorably as to the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting and/or our disclosure controls and procedures, and we could be required to further implement expensive and time-consuming remedial measures and potentially lose investor confidence in the accuracy and completeness of our financial reports which could have an adverse effect on our stock price and potentially subject us to litigation.

 

A significant majority of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock is held by a small number of shareholders, which may have significantly greater influence on us due to the size of their shareholdings relative to other shareholders.

 

As of the date of this prospectus, 8 persons beneficially own approximately 75 percent of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock. These major shareholders have significant influence in determining the outcome of any corporate transactions or other matters submitted to our shareholders for approval, including mergers, consolidations and schemes of arrangement, election and removal of directors and other significant corporate actions. They may not act in our best interests or our minority shareholders’ interests. In addition, without the consent of these major shareholders, we could be prevented from entering into transactions that could be beneficial to us. This concentration of ownership may also discourage, delay or prevent a change in control, which could deprive our shareholders of an opportunity to receive a premium for their shares as part of a sale of our company and might reduce the price of our Common Stock. These actions may be taken even if they are opposed by our other shareholders.

 

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We are subject to the periodic reporting requirements of the Exchange Act that will require us to incur audit fees and legal fees in connection with the preparation of such reports. These additional costs could reduce or eliminate our ability to earn a profit.

 

We are required to file periodic reports with the SEC pursuant to the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. In order to comply with these requirements, our independent registered public accounting firm will have to review our financial statements on a quarterly basis and audit our financial statements on an annual basis. Moreover, our legal counsel will have to review and assist in the preparation of such reports. The costs charged by these professionals for such services cannot be accurately predicted at this time because factors such as the number and type of transactions that we engage in and the complexity of our reports cannot be determined at this time and will have a major effect on the amount of time to be spent by our auditors and attorneys. However, the incurrence of such costs will obviously be an expense to our operations and thus have a negative effect on our ability to meet our overhead requirements and earn a profit. We may be exposed to potential risks resulting from any new requirements under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. If we cannot provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud, our business and operating results could be harmed, investors could lose confidence in our reported financial information, and the trading price of our Common Stock, if a market ever develops, could drop significantly.

 

Pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended by SEC Release 338889, we are required to include in our annual report our assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. Furthermore, if we cease to be a smaller reporting company, our independent registered public accounting firm will be required to report separately on whether it believes that we have maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting. We have not yet commenced any assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. We expect to incur additional expenses and diversion of management’s time as a result of performing the system and process evaluation, testing and remediation required in order to comply with the management certification and auditor attestation requirements.

 

We do not have a sufficient number of employees to segregate responsibilities and may be unable to afford increasing our staff or engaging outside consultants or professionals to overcome our lack of employees. During the course of our testing, we may identify other deficiencies that we may not be able to remediate in time to meet the deadline imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for compliance with the requirements of Section 404. In addition, if we fail to achieve and maintain the adequacy of our internal controls, as such standards are modified, supplemented or amended from time to time, we may not be able to ensure that we can conclude on an ongoing basis that we have effective internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Moreover, effective internal controls, particularly those related to revenue recognition, are necessary for us to produce reliable financial reports and are important to help prevent financial fraud. If we cannot provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud, our business and operating results could be harmed, investors could lose confidence in our reported financial information, and the trading price of our Common Stock, if a market ever develops, could drop significantly.

 

The capital markets may experience periods of disruption and instability. Such market conditions may materially and adversely affect debt and equity capital markets, which may have a negative impact on our business and operations.

 

Volatility and dislocation in the capital markets can also create a challenging environment in which to raise or access debt capital. The reappearance of market conditions similar to those experienced from 2008 through 2009 for any substantial length of time could make it difficult to obtain debt capital, extend the maturity of or refinance existing indebtedness or obtain new indebtedness with similar terms and any failure to do so could have a material adverse effect on our business. The debt capital that will be available to us in the future, if at all, may be at a higher cost and on less favorable terms and conditions than what is currently available including being at a higher cost due to a rising rate environment. If we are unable to raise or refinance debt, then our equity investors may not benefit from the potential for increased returns on equity resulting from leverage and we may be limited in our ability to make new commitments or to fund existing commitments to our portfolio companies.

 

Significant changes or volatility in the capital markets may also have a negative effect on the valuations of our investments. An inability to raise or access capital could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our capital stock in the foreseeable future.

 

We currently intend to retain all of our future earnings to finance the growth and development of our business, and therefore, we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our capital stock in the foreseeable future. We believe it is likely that our board of directors will continue to conclude that it is in the best interests of us and our shareholders to retain all earnings (if any) for the development of our business. In addition, the terms of any future debt agreements may preclude us from paying dividends. As a result, capital appreciation, if any, of our Common Stock will be your sole source of gain for the foreseeable future.

 

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If securities or industry analysts do not publish research or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, our stock price and trading volume could decline.

 

The trading market for our Common Stock will depend in part on the research and reports that securities or industry analysts publish about us or our business. Few securities and industry analysts currently publish research on our company. If additional securities or industry analysts do not commence coverage of our company, the trading price for our stock would likely be negatively impacted. In the event that additional securities or industry analysts initiate coverage, or if one or more of the analysts who covers us downgrades our stock or publishes inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, our stock price may decline. If one or more of these analysts ceases coverage of our company or fails to publish reports on us regularly, demand for our stock could decrease, which might cause our stock price and trading volume to decline.

 

We are a “smaller reporting company” and, as a result of the reduced disclosure and governance requirements applicable to smaller reporting companies, our Common Stock may be less attractive to investors.

 

We qualify as a “smaller reporting company,” which allows us to take advantage of certain reduced disclosure obligations, including those regarding executive compensation, in our periodic reports and proxy statements. We cannot predict if investors will find our Common Stock less attractive because we will rely on these reduced disclosure standards. If some investors find our Common Stock less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our Common Stock and our stock price may be more volatile. We may take advantage of these reduced disclosure requirements until we are no longer a smaller reporting company. We will remain smaller reporting company until (i) our public float exceeds $250,000,000 or (ii) we no longer have less than $100,000,000 in revenues and public float of less than $700,000,000.

 

Stockholders who hold unregistered shares of our common stock are subject to resale restrictions pursuant to Rule 144 due to our former status as a “shell company.”

 

We previously were a “shell company” pursuant to Rule 144, promulgated under the Securities Act, or Rule 144, and, as such, sales of our securities pursuant to Rule 144 cannot be made unless, among other things, we continue to remain subject to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, and we file all of our required periodic reports with the SEC under the Exchange Act. Because our unregistered securities cannot be sold pursuant to Rule 144 unless we continue to meet such requirements, any unregistered securities we sell in the future or issue to consultants or employees, in consideration for services rendered or for any other purpose, will have no liquidity unless we continue to comply with such requirements. As a result, it may be more difficult for us to obtain financing to fund our operations and pay our consultants and employees with our securities instead of cash.

 

General Risk Factors

 

Our business is subject to the risks of earthquakes, fire, power outages, floods, epidemics and other catastrophic events, and to interruption by man-made problems such as strikes and terrorism.

 

A significant natural disaster, such as an earthquake, fire, power outage, flood, epidemic or other catastrophic event, or interruptions by strikes, terrorism or other man-made problems, could have an adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition. Despite any precautions we may take, the occurrence of a natural disaster or other unanticipated problems could result in lengthy interruptions in our services. The risks of such an event may be further increased if our disaster recovery plans prove to be inadequate. We do not currently maintain business interruption insurance to compensate us for potentially significant losses, including potential harm to our business resulting from interruptions in our ability to provide products or services. Any significant natural disaster or man-made business interruption could have an adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.

 

Prolonged economic downturn, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, could adversely affect our business.

 

Uncertain global economic conditions, in particular in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, could adversely affect our business. Negative global and national economic trends, such as decreased consumer and business spending, high unemployment levels and declining consumer and business confidence, pose challenges to our business and could result in declining revenues, profitability and cash flow. Particularly, worsening economic conditions in our target markets could lead to merchants lowering their budgets and decreasing ability and demand to purchase our payment solutions.

 

Unfavorable general economic conditions may materially adversely affect our business.

 

While it is difficult for us to predict the impact of general economic conditions on our business, these conditions could reduce customer demand for some of our products or services which could cause our revenue to decline. Also, our customers that are especially reliant on the credit and capital markets being liquid, retail investors having investment capital and other factors which could affect their ability to host successful capital raises and continue as a going concern. Moreover, we rely on obtaining additional capital and/or additional funding to provide working capital to support our operations. We regularly evaluate alternative financing sources. Further changes in the commercial capital markets or in the financial stability of our investors and creditors may impact the ability of our investors and creditors to provide additional financing. For these reasons, among others, if the economic conditions stagnate or decline, our operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

 

This prospectus relates to Shares of our Common Stock that may be offered and sold from time to time by the Selling Stockholder. We will receive no proceeds from the sale of Shares by the Selling Stockholder in this Offering. The proceeds from the sales will belong to the Selling Stockholder. However, we will receive proceeds from any purchases under the Stock Purchase Agreement and the exercise of the Warrants on a cash basis.

 

We intend to use the proceeds that we may receive from purchases under the Stock Purchase Agreement and the exercise of the Warrants on a cash basis for general corporate purposes and working capital requirements, including the costs of this prospectus and the registration statement of which it forms a part. There can be no assurance that we will make any purchases under the Stock Purchase Agreement or that the Selling Stockholder will exercise any of the Warrants.

 

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MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS

 

Market Information

 

Our Common Stock is currently quoted for trading on OTCQB under the symbol “RKFL.”

 

Holders

 

As of October 22, 2021, there were 25,208,416 shares of our Common Stock outstanding held by approximately 1,160 holders of record (not including an indeterminate number of beneficial holders of stock held in street name).

 

Warrants

 

As of October 22, 2021, there were outstanding warrants to purchase 3,565,982 shares of our Common Stock.

 

Dividends

 

There have been no cash dividends declared on our Common Stock, and we do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Dividends are declared at the sole discretion of our board of directors.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

The board of directors approved our 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”). Under the Plan, as amended to the date of this prospectus, 6,000,000 shares of our Common Stock have been reserved and authorized to be issued. There are 402,030 shares of Common Stock remaining to be issued.

 

Transfer Agent

 

Our transfer agent is Action Stock Transfer Corp, 2469 E. Fort Union Blvd., Suite 214, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121, telephone: (801) 274-1088.

 

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DIVIDEND POLICY

 

We have not historically declared dividends on our Common Stock, and we do not currently intend to pay dividends on our Common Stock. The declaration, amount, and payment of any future dividends on shares of our Common Stock, if any, will be at the sole discretion of our board of directors, out of funds legally available for dividends. As a Nevada corporation, we are not permitted to pay dividends if, after giving effect to such payment, we would not be able to pay our debts as they become due in the usual course of business or our total assets would be less than the sum of our total liabilities plus any amounts needed to satisfy any preferential rights if we were dissolving.

 

Our ability to pay dividends to our shareholders in the future will depend upon our liquidity and capital requirements, as well as our earnings and financial condition, the general economic climate, contractual restrictions, our ability to service any equity or debt obligations senior to our Common Stock, and other factors deemed relevant by our board of directors.

 

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DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE

 

The prices at which the Shares of Common Stock are covered by this prospectus may actually be sold will be determined by the prevailing public market price for shares of our Common Stock, by negotiations between the Selling Stockholder and buyers of our Common Stock in private transactions or as otherwise described in “Plan of Distribution.”

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Overview

 

Our company was formed on January 12, 2018. We provide check-out and payment systems that securely automate and simplify the way online payment and shipping information is received by merchants from their customers. Our “one click” checkout solution is modeled on the “buy now” button on leading eCommerce sites. Our check-out systems are designed to enhance customers’ data protection, enabling consumers to pay for goods and services using cryptocurrencies or by direct transfers from their bank accounts without exposing spending credentials such as credit card data. At the same time, our check-out systems are designed to increase the speed, security and ease of use for both customers and merchants and include a merchant portal that provides detailed transactions and metrics about payments received by the merchant. Our system also includes a customer portal where shoppers are able to track their payments, configure payment defaults and connect with various cryptocurrency exchanges and banks to facilitate payment to merchants. Merchants are able to integrate a unique pop-up user interface that allows customers to pay directly from their ecommerce checkout page with no need to redirect to another website or web page.

 

On June 27, 2018, we consummated the Business Combination (as defined below) and related transactions contemplated by the Contribution Agreement (as defined below). Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement, B4MC issued 17,001,312 shares of its $0.001 par value common stock to the Sellers in exchange for a 100% ownership interest in us, resulting in 22,668,416 post-merger shares of B4MC common stock issued and outstanding.

 

On June 29, 2018, we filed a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission which fully describes the transaction set forth herein.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

Use of Accounting Estimates

 

The preparation of these financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Management’s estimates are based on the facts and circumstances available at the time estimates are made, past historical experience, risk of loss, general economic conditions and trends and management’s assessments of the probable future outcome of these matters. Consequently, actual results could differ from such estimates.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified for consistency with the current year presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on the reported results of operations.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

From time to time, new accounting pronouncements are issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other standard setting bodies that may have an impact on our accounting and reporting. We believe that such recently issued accounting pronouncements and other authoritative guidance for which the effective date is in the future either will not have an impact on our accounting or reporting or that such impact will not be material to our financial position, results of operations and cash flows when implemented.

 

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Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash includes cash on hand. We consider all highly-liquid, temporary cash investments with a maturity date of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At June 30, 2021 we had $506,491 of cash deposited at two banks. At March 30, 2021 we had $800,331in cash on deposited at two banks.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

During March 2021 we commenced commercial operations and executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), which was March 31, 2021, that provided for the payment of $10,000 in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We recorded the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue which will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we did not generate any revenue and had not yet commenced commercial operations. We anticipate that future revenues will be generated from (i) fees charged in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology; and (ii) ongoing daily transactional fees derived as a negotiated percentage of the transactional revenues earned by our merchant customers. At June 30, 2021 we recognized $2,500 in revenue and an additional $10,000 in deferred revenue. As of June 30, 2021 we had $17,500 of deferred revenue.

 

Our revenue recognition policy follows the guidance from Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, “Revenue Recognition,” and Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) which provides guidance on the recognition, presentation, and disclosure of revenue in financial statements. We recognize revenues when all of the following criteria are satisfied: (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; (ii) the price is fixed or determinable; (iii) collectability is reasonably assured; and (iv) the service has been performed or the product has been delivered. Collectability is assessed based on a number of factors, including the creditworthiness of a client, the size and nature of a client’s website and transaction history. Amounts billed or collected in excess of revenue recognized are included as deferred revenue. An example of this deferred revenue would be arrangements where clients request or are required by us to pay in advance of delivery.

 

In April 2016, the FASB issued “ASU 2016 - 10 Revenue from Contract with Customers (Topic 606): identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing.” The amendments in this Update do not change the core principle of the guidance in Topic 606. Rather, the amendments in this Update clarify the following two aspects of Topic 606: identifying performance obligations and the licensing implementation guidance, while retaining the related principles for those areas. Topic 606 includes implementation guidance on (a) contracts with customers to transfer goods and services in exchange for consideration and (b) determining whether an entity’s promise to grant a license provides a customer with either a right to use the entity’s intellectual property (which is satisfied at a point in time) or a right to access the entity’s intellectual property (which is satisfied over time). The amendments in this Update are intended to render more detailed implementation guidance with the expectation to reduce the degree of judgement necessary to comply with Topic 606. The amendments in this Update affect the guidance in ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which is not yet effective. The effective date and transition requirements for the amendments in this Update are the same as the effective date and transition requirements in Topic 606 (and any other Topic amended by Update 2014-09). ASU 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, defers the effective date of Update 2014-09 by one year. We are currently evaluating the impact that this updated guidance will have on our results of operations, cash flows or financial condition.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

We follow Accounting Standards Codification 820-10 (“ASC 820-10”), “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” for fair value measurements. ASC 820-10 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The standard provides a consistent definition of fair value, which focuses on an exit price, which is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The standard also prioritizes, within the measurement of fair value, the use of market-based information over entity specific information and establishes a three-level hierarchy for fair value measurement based on the nature of inputs used in the valuation of an asset or liability as of the measurement date.

 

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The hierarchy established under ASC 820-10 gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy under ASC 820-10 are described below:

 

Level 1 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices available in active markets for identical investments as of the reporting date. As required by ASC 820-10, we do not adjust the quoted price for these investments, even in situations where we hold a large position and a sale could reasonably impact the quoted price.

 

Level 2 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices for similar investments, or inputs that are observable, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term through corroboration with observable market data. Level 2 includes investments valued at quoted prices adjusted for legal or contractual restrictions specific to these investments.

 

Level 3 - Pricing inputs are unobservable for the investment, that is, inputs that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. Level 3 includes investments that are supported by little or no market activity.

 

Income Taxes

 

The provision for income taxes includes federal, state, local and foreign taxes. Income taxes are accounted for under the liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the year in which the temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. We evaluate the realizability of our deferred tax assets and establish a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

We account for uncertain tax positions using a “more-likely-than-not” threshold for recognizing and resolving uncertain tax positions. The evaluation of uncertain tax positions is based on factors including, but not limited to, changes in tax law, the measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in tax returns, the effective settlement of matters subject to audit, new audit activity and changes in facts or circumstances related to a tax position. We evaluate this tax position on a quarterly basis. We also accrue for potential interest and penalties, if applicable, related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation is measured at the grant date based on the estimated fair value of the award and is recognized as an expense over the requisite service period. The valuation of employee stock options is an inherently subjective process, since market values are generally not available for long-term, non-transferable employee stock options. Accordingly, the Black-Scholes option pricing model is utilized to derive an estimated fair value. The Black-Scholes pricing model requires the consideration of the following six variables for purposes of estimating fair value:

 

the stock option exercise price;

 

● the expected term of the option;

 

● the grant date price of our Common Stock, which is issuable upon exercise of the option;

 

● the expected volatility of our Common Stock;

 

● the expected dividends on our Common Stock (we do not anticipate paying dividends in the foreseeable future); and

 

● the risk free interest rate for the expected option term.

 

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Expected Dividends. We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on any of our capital stock and do not expect to do so in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we use an expected dividend yield of zero to calculate the grant-date fair value of a stock option.

 

Expected Volatility. The expected volatility is a measure of the amount by which our stock price is expected to fluctuate during the expected term of options granted. We determine the expected volatility solely based upon the historical volatility of our Common Stock over a period commensurate with the option’s expected term. We do not believe that the future volatility of our Common Stock over an option’s expected term is likely to differ significantly from the past.

 

Risk-Free Interest Rate. The risk-free interest rate is the implied yield available on U.S. Treasury zero-coupon issues with a remaining term equal to the option’s expected term on the grant date.

 

Expected Term. For option grants subsequent to the adoption of the fair value recognition provisions of the accounting standards, the expected life of stock options granted is based on the actual vesting date and the end of the contractual term.

 

Stock Option Exercise Price and Grant Date Price of Common Stock. The closing market price of our Common Stock on the date of grant.

 

We are required to estimate the level of award forfeitures expected to occur and record compensation expense only for those awards that are ultimately expected to vest. This requirement applies to all awards that are not yet vested. Due to the limited number of unvested options outstanding, the majority of which are held by executives and members of our board of directors, we have estimated a zero forfeiture rate. We will revisit this assumption periodically and as changes in the composition of the option pool dictate.

 

Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share

 

Basic loss per common share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted loss per common share is based upon the weighted-average common shares outstanding during the period plus additional weighted-average common equivalent shares outstanding during the period. Common equivalent shares result from the assumed exercise of outstanding stock options and warrants, the proceeds of which are then assumed to have been used to repurchase outstanding common stock using the treasury stock method. In addition, the numerator is adjusted for any changes in income that would result from the assumed conversion of potential shares. There were no potentially dilutive shares which would have the effect of being antidilutive.

 

Results of Operations

 

For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 vs June 30, 2020

 

Revenues

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we recorded revenues of $2,500 as a result of the amortization of deferred revenues of $10,000 recorded as of March 31, 2021 in connection with the execution of a contract with one customer. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), that provided for the payment of $10,000 in the aggregate in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We recorded the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue as of June 30, 2021, which fee will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2020, we did not generate any revenue and had not yet commenced commercial operations.

 

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We anticipate that future revenues will continue to be generated from (i) fees charged in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology; and (ii) ongoing daily transactional fees derived as a negotiated percentage of the transactional revenues earned by our merchant customers.

 

Research and Development

 

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $326,217 as compared with $3,605 for the prior year period, an increase of $322,612. The increase is primarily a result of the engagement of contract developers and the payroll expenses incurred in connection with the hiring of our full-time chief technology officer, all of whom were engaged in continued development of and improvements in our blockchain technology for payment processing.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $880,874 as compared with $93,755 for the prior year period, an increase of $787,119. The increase is primarily a result of (i) legal fees incurred in connection with certain litigation costs; (ii) payroll expenses incurred in connection with the hiring of certain key management personnel; and (ii) stock-based compensation. We did not have any expenditures for litigation-related legal fees, payroll expenses or stock-based compensation during the three months ended June 30, 2020.

 

Fiscal Years Ended March 31, 2021 vs. March 31, 2020

 

Revenues

 

During the three month period ended March 31, 2021, we commenced commercial operations and executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), which was March 31, 2021, that provided for the payment of $10,000 in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We recorded the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue which will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we did not generate any revenue and had not yet commenced commercial operations. We anticipate that future revenues will be generated from (i) fees charged in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology; and (ii) ongoing daily transactional fees derived as a negotiated percentage of the transactional revenues earned by our merchant customers.

 

Research and Development Expenses

 

Research and development expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 were $163,405 as compared to $3,390 for the comparable prior year period, an increase of $160,015. The increase is primarily a result of the engagement of contract developers and the payroll expenses incurred in connection with the hiring of our full-time chief technology officer, all of whom were engaged in continued development of our blockchain technology for payment processing.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

General and administrative expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 were $2,200,177 as compared to $121,649 for the comparable prior year period, an increase of $2,078,528. The increase is primarily a result of (i) legal fees incurred in connection with certain litigation costs and payroll expenses incurred in connection with the hiring of our full-time chief executive officer, and (ii) stock-based compensation.

 

Stock-based compensation for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 of $1,622,335 was composed of (i) the $162,000 value of 150,000 shares of our Common Stock issued to an independent consultant for services in lieu of cash consideration; (ii) stock options granted to employees which were valued at $1,090,204; (iii) the issuance of a warrant to our chief executive officer that is exercisable into 265,982 shares of our Common Stock and valued at $370,131; and the (iv) repricing of certain stock options granted to our chief financial officer in August 2018 which were re-priced resulting in additional stock-based compensation of $489,064.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of June 30, 2021, we had cash of $506,491 as compared to $800,331 as of March 31, 2021.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we had net cash of $876,340 used in operating activities, which was composed primarily of (i) our net loss of $1,204,591 and (ii) increases in accounts receivable, prepaid and other current assets, and decreases in payable to related party of $10,000, $55,000 and $19,145, respectively. The cash flows used in operating activities were partially offset by (i) stock-based compensation of $316,896 in connection with employee stock option grants, and (ii) an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $88,000. During the three months ended June 30, 2020, we had net cash of $97,233 used in operating activities, which was composed of our net loss of $97,360 and offset by an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $127 primarily for legal and accounting fees.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we had net cash of $582,500 provided by financing activities as a result of the issuance of 550,000 shares of our Common Stock to two private investors in connection with the exercise of warrants. During the three months ended June 30, 2020, we had net cash of $478,750 provided by financing activities as a result of the issuance of 478,750 shares of our Common Stock to a private investor.

 

During April 2021, we issued 500,000 shares of our Common Stock upon the exercise of warrants by one investor in consideration of gross cash proceeds of $500,000. During May 2021, we issued 50,000 shares of our Common Stock upon the exercise of warrants by a second investor in consideration of gross cash proceeds of $82,500. There were no other stock options or warrants exercised during the three months ended June 30, 2021. There were no stock options or warrants exercised during the three months ended June 30, 2020.

 

Our financial statements have been presented on the basis that we are a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we reported a net loss of $1,204,591, which included non-cash stock-based compensation of $316,896, and cash flows used in operating activities of $876,340. As a result, management believes that there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

We will require additional financing in order to continue to develop our product and execute on our business plan. However, there can be no assurances that we will be successful in raising the additional capital necessary to continue operations and execute on our business plan. Any potential future sale of equity or debt securities may result in dilution to our stockholders, and we cannot be certain that additional public or private financing will be available in amounts or on terms acceptable to us, or at all. If we are required to raise additional financing, but are unable to obtain such financing, we may be required to delay, reduce the scope of, or eliminate one or more aspects of our operations or business development activities.

 

Commitments

 

We do not have any long-term commitments as of June 30, 2021.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of June 30, 2021, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a current or future material effect on our financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.

 

Impact of COVID-19 on Our Business

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted, and may continue to result, in significant economic disruption despite progress made in recent months in the development and distribution of vaccines. It has already disrupted global travel and supply chains and adversely impacted global commercial activity. Considerable uncertainty still surrounds COVID-19, the evolution of its variants, its potential long-term economic effects, as well as the effectiveness of any responses taken by government authorities and businesses and of various efforts to inoculate the global population. The travel restrictions, limits on hours of operations and/or closures of non-essential businesses, and other efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have significantly disrupted business activity globally and there is uncertainty as to when these disruptions will fully subside. Significant uncertainty continues to exist concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our customers’ and prospects’ business and operations in future periods. Although our total revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were not materially impacted by COVID-19, we believe our revenues may be negatively impacted in future periods until the effects of the pandemic have fully subsided and the current macroeconomic environment has substantially recovered. The uncertainty related to COVID-19 may also result in increased volatility in the financial projections we use as the basis for estimates and assumptions used in our financial statements. We have adapted our operations to meet the challenges of this uncertain and rapidly evolving situation, including establishing remote working arrangements for our employees, limiting non-essential business travel, and cancelling or shifting our customer, employee, and industry events to a virtual-only format for the foreseeable future. We have not received any government assistance from various relief packages available in countries where we operate, although we may do so in the future. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that may negatively impact our business in future periods include, but are not limited to: limitations on the ability of our customers to conduct their business, purchase our products and services, and make timely payments; curtailed consumer spending; deferred purchasing decisions; delayed consulting services implementations; and decreases in product licenses revenues driven by channel partners. We will continue to actively monitor the nature and extent of the impact to our business, operating results, and financial condition.

 

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BUSINESS

 

We are developing payment and check-out systems for purchases on e-commerce sites using cryptocurrencies and direct bank transfers. Initially, our payment and check-out systems will focus on B2C applications; eventually we plan to add B2B capabilities. Our check-out systems are based upon blockchain technology and are designed to reduce costs, increase speed, security and ease of use. We believe that users of our systems should enjoy a seamless check-out experience compared to current online shopping solutions, and that merchants will realize cost savings and other advantages over credit-card based payment systems.

 

Our Corporate History

 

On June 27, 2018 (the “Closing Date”), RBC and B4MC Gold Mines, Inc., a Nevada Corporation (“B4MC” or the “Purchaser”), consummated the transactions contemplated by that certain Contribution Agreement (the “Contribution Agreement”) made and entered into as of June 27, 2018 by and among RBC, the Sellers (as defined below) and the Purchaser.

 

Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement the Sellers contributed, transferred, assigned and conveyed to B4MC all right, title and interest in and to one hundred percent (100%) of the issued and outstanding Common Stock of RBC for an aggregate of 17,001,312 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share, of B4MC (the “Purchaser Common Stock”), (such transaction, the “Business Combination”). As a result of the Business Combination, RBC became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of B4MC.

 

Prior to the Business Combination, B4MC was a “shell company,” as such term is defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act. As a result of the Business Combination, we have ceased to be a “shell company.” The information contained in this prospectus constitutes the information necessary to satisfy the conditions contained in Rule 144(i)(2) under the Securities Act.

 

On the Closing Date, B4MC consummated the transactions contemplated by the Contribution Agreement by and among B4MC, RBC, Gert Funk, Joseph Page, PacificWave Partners Limited, PacificWave Partners UK Ltd. and Saxton Capital Ltd (collectively referred to herein as the “Sellers”, individually each a “Seller”).

 

Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement the Sellers contributed, transferred, assigned and conveyed to B4MC all right, title and interest in and to all of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock of RBC for an aggregate of 17,001,312 shares of Purchaser Common Stock. As a result of the Business Combination, RBC became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of B4MC.

 

The Business Combination was treated as a “reverse acquisition” of RBC for financial accounting purposes. RBC was considered the acquirer for accounting purposes, and the historical financial statements of BFMC before the Business Combination were replaced with the historical financial statements of RBC before the Business Combination in all future filings with the SEC. The Purchaser Common Stock issued to the Sellers in connection with the Business Combination have not been registered under the Securities Act, in reliance upon the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2), which exempts transactions by an issuer not involving any public offering, and Regulation D and/or Regulation S promulgated by the SEC under that section. These shares may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration. In this prospectus, references to RocketFuel, the “Company,” “we” and similar terms are to B4MC following the consummation of the reverse acquisition. In September 2018 B4MC changed its name to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc.

 

The foregoing description of the Contribution Agreement does not purport to be complete. For further information, please refer to the copy of the Contribution Agreement included as Exhibit 2.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K which was filed with the SEC on June 29, 2018. There are representations and warranties contained in the Contribution Agreement that were made by the parties to each other as of the date of execution. The assertions embodied in these representations and warranties were made solely for purposes of the Contribution Agreement and may be subject to important qualifications and limitations agreed to by the parties in connection with negotiating their terms. Moreover, some representations and warranties may not be accurate or complete as of any specified date because they are subject to a contractual standard of materiality that is different from certain standards generally applicable to shareholders or were used for the purpose of allocating risk between the parties rather than establishing matters as facts. For these reasons, investors should not rely on the representations and warranties in the Contribution Agreement as statements of factual information.

 

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Our Business

 

We provide check-out and payment systems that securely automate and simplify the way online payment and shipping information is received by merchants from their customers. Our “one click” checkout solution is modeled on the “buy now” button on leading eCommerce sites. Our check-out systems are designed to enhance customers’ data protection, enabling consumers to pay for goods and services using cryptocurrencies or by direct transfers from their bank accounts without exposing spending credentials such as credit card data. At the same time, our check-out systems are designed to increase the speed, security and ease of use for both customers and merchants and include a merchant portal that provides detailed transactions and metrics about payments received by the merchant. Our system also includes a customer portal where shoppers are able to track their payments, configure payment defaults and connect with various cryptocurrency exchanges and banks to facilitate payment to merchants. Merchants are able to integrate a unique pop-up user interface that allows customers to pay directly from their ecommerce checkout page with no need to redirect to another website or web page.

 

Our merchant portal is updated instantly when a payment transaction is made on the merchant website. The merchant is notified of the transaction and can see the transaction details, including the customer that made the transaction, the transaction amount and the transaction items. This information is added to the merchant dashboard where various metrics are tracked and displayed to the merchant, including information about the various cryptocurrencies that are used for payments to that merchant and the different currencies received by the merchant as payment. In addition to various metrics, merchants are able to see a variety of reports, and are able to configure various options including settlement options from their portal.

 

Customers of merchants that use the RocketFuel payment solution are able to track their payments in their online portal. They are also able to track payments they made to all the merchants that are integrated with the RocketFuel payment technology within one consolidated user portal. They are currently able to connect to their accounts on Coinbase and in the future we plan to add connectivity to Binance, Kraken, Gemini and other exchanges. They can also pay from any cryptocurrency wallet. Customers are able to pay from bank accounts as well. These customers are able to make payment with any of these payment options with 1, 2, or 3 clicks from the merchant checkout page. By default, these customers can choose from dozens of cryptocurrencies to pay from.

 

Our payment user interface allows customers to easily onboard as well as to pay for merchants’ products or services with a variety of cryptocurrencies or via bank transfers. The user interface is displayed as a stand-alone popup that allows the creation of new accounts as well as payment directly from crypto exchanges, crypto wallets, and bank accounts, with no redirects to browser tabs or pages. This can be integrated as a plugin on the merchant checkout page or as a browser extension. The plugin, which we are currently developing, will come integrated with popular ecommerce platforms including WooCommerce, Shopify, Prestashop and others. The browser extension is integrated with popular browsers including Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Firefox, and Edge. The payment interface is designed for both web and mobile checkout experiences. Merchants are able to integrate the RocketFuel payment interface to their checkout page with software development kits (SDKs) that are available via the merchant portal. Application programming interfaces (APIs) are also available to the merchant for deeper integration into backend systems, ERP platforms, and other third-party platforms.

 

The RocketFuel payment solution utilizes a variety of blockchains in its execution including Bitcoin, Ethereum and others where the payment transactions are stored. A significant benefit of this technology is that the entire shopping cart checkout process will be accomplished via a distributed ledger or “blockchain,” meaning that merchant websites will no longer be required to operate complex payment and check-out infrastructures.

 

Our solution is designed to be implemented on an eCommerce site’s check-out page. The technology will also be used for different scenarios, including paying for services, paying invoices, and other payment strategies. In addition, we anticipate that a future version of our payment system will allow for advertisements in which the entire check out process is embedded to be placed on third party websites where sales may be completely finalized. Thus, our technology will enable eCommerce strategies that can include advertisements with a fully integrated check-out process. We believe that this has never before been accomplished on any eCommerce platform. We believe that such advertisements could provide significant new sales channels to retailers that are simply not possible with legacy check-out solutions. We also believe that transactions costs on our system will be significantly less expensive than the cost of credit-card transactions.

 

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The RocketFuel check-out solution is based on a streamlined one- to-three-click check-out process for eCommerce purchases. The system is designed to operate identically across merchant channels with all participating merchants. eCommerce merchants are able to encode their check-out protocol to support our technology and the merchants will no longer have to administer complex check-out and payment gateways at their eCommerce websites. At the same time, consumers are able to experience enhanced data protection opportunities and significantly improved convenience.

 

With the RocketFuel check-out systems, consumers will no longer have to enter credit card information or shipping details every time they want to buy online. Payment and shipping information will be handled automatically. Using the RocketFuel payment solution, credit card data will no longer be shared or transmitted and exposed online. Rather, payments will be made via 100% secure cryptocurrency conveyance or direct bank transfer on the blockchain.

 

Our Process

 

Customers will go to merchants to make purchases on merchant websites or mobile apps. On the checkout page, along with other payment options, RocketFuel enabled merchants will have a ‘Pay with Crypto’ or similarly labeled button. Customers that click this button will see a pop-up that provides various payment options. These payment options include crypto wallets, Coinbase, and bank accounts and in the future we plan to add Kraken, Gemini, Binance, BitStamp and other exchanges. The payment amount in USD (or other fiat currency) will also be displayed along with the description of the product they are purchasing. They will be able to select the appropriate payment option. Based on the selected option they will be presented with a variety of cryptocurrencies that are supported by the specific exchange or bank. Both the cryptocurrency and fiat currency amounts will be displayed with each cryptocurrency listed. The available balance of the cryptocurrency in the wallet is also displayed. This gives clear visibility of the payment source, the available cryptocurrencies, and the available balance for each cryptocurrency currently available in the customer wallet.

 

The customer is able to select the payment method, such as Coinbase, to make the payment. He/she can select the payment currency, such as Bitcoin or Litecoin. The customer then clicks the Pay Now button in the popup window and the payment is immediately sent to the merchant for payment of the product or service with one click. If the customer has two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled, they are prompted for the 2FA code before the payment is sent.

 

Customers have the exact same process to pay with bank accounts. They are able to select a bank account that they have previously connected to, such as Bank of America or Wells Fargo. They can select the currency (currently only USD is supported). When they click Pay Now the payment is sent to the merchant. If 2FA is enabled, they will need to provide the 2FA code before the funds are sent.

 

When funds are sent the merchant will receive an email notification. They can immediately see the transaction in their merchant portal as well as related statistics about this and other payments. Customers are also notified by email when a payment is sent. They can also log into their portal to see the payment information and status. Payment updates can also be integrated directly to the merchant backend system with our APIs.

 

Customers can also request refunds. The merchant is provided the tools to accept and execute a refund in crypto or cash or to deny the request.

 

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Industry Background and Trends

 

Industry Background

 

A blockchain, also known as a “distributed ledger technology,” is a sequential, ever-growing, time-stamped set of records that are grouped in blocks and maintained by disparate participants. Each block is interdependent, making alterations of records economically difficult if not outright impossible. A blockchain includes, but is not limited to, the following features:

 

  The blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record and secure transactions across multiple computers.
     
  The transactions on the blockchain cannot be changed.
     
  All transactions on the blockchain can be verified and audited inexpensively by anyone.
     
  The blockchain confirms that each unit of value was transferred only once.
     
  A blockchain database consists of two kinds of records: transactions and blocks. Blocks hold batches of valid transactions that are hashed and encoded.
     
  Each block includes the hash of the prior block in the blockchain, linking the two.
     
  The linked blocks form a virtual “chain.”

 

The blockchain, being a globally distributed ledger running on millions of devices, is capable of recording transfers of anything of value. Transactions in money, equities, bonds, titles, deeds, contracts, and virtually all other kinds of assets can be implemented and stored securely, privately, and from peer to peer, because trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks and governments, but by network consensus, cryptography, collaboration, and sophisticated code. For the first time in human history, two or more parties, be they businesses or individuals who may not even know each other, can forge agreements, make transactions, and build value without relying on intermediaries (such as banks, payment institutions, rating agencies and other third parties) to verify their identities, establish trust, or perform the critical business logic contracting, clearing, settling, and record-keeping tasks that are foundational to all forms of commerce.

 

Given the promise and risks associated of such a disruptive technology, many firms in all kinds of industries, such as banks, insurers, audit and other professional service firms, are investing in, and implementing, blockchain solutions, often to take advantage of the opportunities to reduce friction (which in the case of our user interface means fewer clicks for the user) and costs.

 

Blockchain Technologies for eCommerce Payments and Check-out Solutions

 

RocketFuel blockchain technologies are intended to solve many of the issues with traditional payment methods. By utilizing blockchain technology, our system will be designed to credit payments faster, with little or no transaction costs, and significantly more secure than current payment systems, while enabling consumers to retain more control over their data.

 

Traditional online and offline payment methods route transactions through banks, card-schemes and expensive clearing houses before the money is actually credited to the merchant’s account. In addition, the consumers must send and expose sensitive data online, making it vulnerable to hackers and fraudsters. The blockchain has the ability to provide solutions that can remove the need for third parties such as VISA, MasterCard, acquirers/banks and other intermediaries and make the payments faster, cheaper and more frictionless. Blockchain technologies enable the consumer to control his or her personal, sensitive data without the need to share payment credentials, personal information or other vulnerable data. This could remove the need for expensive and complex third-party anti-fraud tools, transaction monitoring software, and the like, eliminating the possibility for consumers to have their data stolen and mis-used, such as recently experienced in the Facebook data scandal.

 

We believe implementing blockchain technologies in the eCommerce industry will be game changing not only for the payment regimes but also for the way consumers interact with merchants and each other in a peer-to-peer environment, creating multiple benefits and opportunities for both the merchants and the consumers; as described below:

 

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Cheaper Transactions. No intermediaries such as digital wallets and other traditional payment methods, card-schemes and acquirers, are required. Instead, the system is based on self-executing contract instructions with no complexity of transfers and transactions.

 

Faster Transactions. The merchants will no longer have to wait days for the card-processors and acquirers to settle the transactions. With the blockchain, the transactions, payments and shipping and order details will be encoded in the data-load files encoded in the transaction instant stored and logged on the blockchain.

 

Transparency. The blockchain can store the entire owner history of a product, no matter where the product goes and how many times it is re-purchased. Thus, the blockchain can help eliminate fraud and brings transparency to both consumers and merchant.

 

Creating Decentralized Blockchain-Based eCommerce Marketplaces. Because of the security that both the network and the cryptography provide, blockchain technology provides a secure system through which individuals and businesses can directly interact and transact with each other without the need for another intermediary. The only minor fees that will be paid are for the network behind the blockchain for validating transactions and securing the network. Both buyer and seller pay no fees to a marketplace company, because technically, there is no company. The platforms through which e-commerce will be conducted in such eCommerce marketplaces are blockchain applications. Because blockchains are decentralized, there is no central party, or company, that sets the rules and decides how users will transact with one another. The users, thus individuals and businesses, determine how the platform will develop and function.

 

Security and Consumer Data Protection. Sending consumer data using the blockchain instead of the traditional methods using third party gateways eliminates the possibility for the hackers and fraudsters to steal and mis-use the consumer’s sensitive data. Also, on the database level, the blockchain provides remarkable attributes. For example, it has previously been impossible to assure a database was not manipulated by criminal actors. As the blockchain regime is currently designed, data stored on a blockchain cannot be changed by any means. Further, the blockchain is designed such that it is with the highest certainty that only a possessor of a ‘private key’ can cause a transaction to occur. This assures security at a level never before possible in any computing system. With these properties, blockchain now enables improvement in known systems whereby excellent performance never before possible is realized.

 

Anti-Money Laundering Features. Blockchain technologies can be used in powerful anti-money laundering systems as every transaction is ‘laid open’ and available to all system users. Transactions on the blockchain cannot be hidden from the public and they are forever recorded in the ledger.

 

Our Growth Strategy

 

The first prototype of our blockchain based check-out solution was developed from 2019 through 2021 and we launched our first product in a live environment with an online travel agency and an accounting software company in March 2021. We intend to continue to develop our technology to obtain proof of concept with several larger U.S. eCommerce merchants, social media platforms and blogsites.

 

We have contracted with a development team reporting to our CTO, to oversee the development of our blockchain-based check-out solution. We have recently retained a Vice President for Marketing and Development to push our social media strategy and to approach new merchants and partners.

 

Our Sales and Marketing

 

We believe that our business development team is highly experienced within eCommerce and online marketplaces. With connections to several larger eCommerce merchants, we believe that it will secure our growth and bring us revenue commencing in 2021. Our sales and marketing efforts will focus on a few larger eCommerce merchants rather than many smaller merchants and will be scaled up as funding permits. We believe that a strong proof-of-concept window with our technology functionally displayed in scale will attract merchants to our technology, and we intend to sell the technology both on a per transaction fee and on a license fee basis.

 

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Our Revenue Model

 

We anticipate that our revenues will be derived primarily from transaction and commission fees from eCommerce merchants. Appreciable revenue generation comes with user adoption. User adoption is a difficult matter to predict in the cryptocurrency community and many have set out with optimism and failed to achieve good user adoption. In the future we have the option to charge our merchant customers set-up fees and license fees as well as fees for added merchant services that we may develop, such as fulfillment and order processing services.

 

Our Competition

 

While there are small crypto payment providers currently in the market, our primary competitor will be Bitpay, which is already well established as the leading crypto payment technology in the market. Compared with Bitpay, we believe that RocketFuel offers a better user experience for crypto payments, more choices to crypto holders (including most of the most popular cryptocurrencies), and more features and more value to merchants. While Bitpay allows payment only with Bitcoin, RocketFuel allows payment with over 40 cryptocurrencies and will be adding more options for customers. Unlike Bitpay, RocketFuel offers payments from any crypto wallet and from multiple crypto exchanges. RocketFuel offers a user experience that solve both the problem with complex onboarding and complex crypto payment experiences, which we believe is less complicated and more intuitive. RocketFuel also offers services that Bitpay currently does not, such as providing merchants immediate visibility of payment transactions, real time metrics of transactions and customers, easy integration to ecommerce checkout as well as deep integration to backend platforms.

 

We also expect to have future competition from traditional payment platforms including Paypal, Visa and Mastercard, but do not expect these providers to have a competitive solution until at least 2022.

 

Our technology is designed to be compliant with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other governmental regulations and initiatives to protect the consumer’s data.

 

Government Regulation

 

Our merchant clients are subject to federal, state and foreign laws regarding privacy and the protection of user data. Foreign data protection, privacy, consumer protection, content regulation and other laws and regulations are often more restrictive than those in the United States. As the blockchain industry is still relatively new and in the midst of significant development, there are also potential federal, state and foreign legislative proposals and various state legislative bodies and foreign governments concerning data protection, tracking, behavioral advertising and consumer protection that could affect our clients.

 

As of May 25, 2018, the European Union’s GDPR has been enforced for all organizations doing business in Europe. GDPR aims to harmonize European data privacy laws, protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy, and set the guidelines on how to embed data privacy controls within participating organizations.

 

We believe that our blockchain based check-out solution will help our clients to be compliant with the enhanced privacy rules and regulations as our technology will enable the consumers to pay for goods online without exposing spending credentials (credit card data) with the eCommerce merchants.

 

H.R. 3684, the infrastructure bill that passed the Senate in August 2021, contains a provision regarding reporting of cryptocurrency transactions to the Internal Revenue Service. Under the Senate version of the bill, brokers must report digital asset transactions to the Internal Revenue Service. The Senate bill also expands the definition of broker to include “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person.” The bill is being considered by the House and it is unclear if the bill will be passed by the House or otherwise signed into law. It is also unclear if the cryptocurrency reporting provision passed in the Senate bill would remain in the House bill or would be amended in some way. Should the provision become law, it is possible that RocketFuel may have obligations under the provision to report digital asset transactions to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

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Employees

 

As of October 22, 2021, we have 6 employees and an outsourced technical team of approximately 10 developers.

 

Properties

 

We do not own any properties. We lease offices in San Francisco, California on a month-to-month basis.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

Other than as set forth below, we are not the subject of any pending legal proceedings; and to the knowledge of management, no proceedings are presently contemplated against us by any federal, state or local governmental agency. Further, to the knowledge of management, no director or executive officer is party to any action in which any has an interest adverse to us.

 

On October 8, 2020, we filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Joseph Page, our former director and chief technology officer. On January 13, 2021, the case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas Division. The causes of action include securities fraud under Federal and California law; fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment under California law; and violation of California Business and Professions Code §17200 et seq.

 

We are seeking injunctive and declaratory relief as well as damages of at least $5.1 million. On May 29, 2019, Mr. Page resigned from our board. After his resignation, we retained independent patent counsel to review our patent applications. In connection with this review, we discovered certain deficiencies in some of the applications and in their assignments to us. We determined that all of the applications had been abandoned. Based on this review, we decided to refile three of our applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which we did in May 2020. It is our belief that the three newly filed patent applications cover and/or disclose the same subject matter as we disclosed in the five original patent applications. In this case, our rights may be subject to any intervening patent applications made after the dates of the original applications. In the lawsuit, we are alleging that Mr. Page was aware of the abandonments when he assigned the patents to RocketFuel Blockchain Company (“RBC”), a private corporation that he controlled, and that he failed to disclose to us the abandonments when we acquired RBC in exchange for shares of our Common Stock. Mr. Page has filed an answer denying our clams and has asserted cross- and counterclaims against us and several of our shareholders alleging breach of contract and fraud. In September 2021 Mr. Page voluntarily dismissed all of the counterclaims against the shareholders. We intend to vigorously contest these allegations.

 

On March 2, 2021, we filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP (“EGS”) for negligence and legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. EGS had represented RBC prior to the Business Combination and represented us after the closing of the Business Combination through August 2019. In the litigation against Mr. Page, he has alleged that he provided information to an EGS partner that the patent applications had been abandoned and that EGS failed to inform RBC and us of the fact. We are seeking damages and the return of legal fees previously paid.

 

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MANAGEMENT

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Key Employees

 

Our board of directors is currently comprised of three directors. Our directors, named executive officers, key employees, their ages and positions, as well as certain biographical information of these individuals, are set forth below.

 

Name   Age   Positions Held with the Registrant
Directors and Executive Officers
Gert Funk   58   Executive Chairman
Peter Jensen   56   Chief Executive Officer and Director
Bennett Yankowitz   66   Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director,
Rohan Hall   56   Chief Technology Officer
Key Employees
Kurt Kumar   44   Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

 

Biographies of Directors, Executive Officers and Key Employees

 

Gert Funk has been our Chairman since 2018 and was appointed as our Executive Chairman in March 2021. Mr. Funk has been a serial entrepreneur since 1990 with considerable experience and specialty in banking and payments processing. He has more than 14 years as director in various companies within banking and payments. Mr. Funk has since 2005 been CEO of CNG PRO ApS in Denmark and CNG PRO SARL in Monaco. CNG PRO is a European Payment Service Provider for International eCommerce merchants especially within travel and retail. From 2005 until 2013, Mr. Funk has also been CEO of BigeFinancials A/S, a fully EMI licensed company operating under the European Payment Directive and monitored by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, as well as a Principal Member of MasterCard. Mr. Funk has been approved as “Fit and Proper” and “Qualified CEO and owner” by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority. Mr. Funk is currently also President of the Monaco Blockchain Association. Mr. Funk received a Masters degree in economics in Denmark.

 

Our board has concluded that Mr. Funk is an appropriate person to represent management on our board of directors given his position as our Executive Chairman, his professional credentials, and his experience in the banking and payments processing industry.

 

Peter M. Jensen has been our Chief Executive Officer since 2020. Mr. Jensen is an experienced IT executive with extensive global experience within enterprise software. From 2019 to 2020 he was chief executive officer of Spanugo, a provider of security assurance applications, which was sold to IBM. From 2016 to 2017 he was chief executive officer of Presidiohealth, a provider of software and services to health care providers to manage the patient experience. From 2014 to 2016 he was chief executive officer of ParStream, which created the first analytics database for the Internet of Things (IoT); this company was acquired by CISCO in 2016. From 2011 to 2014 he was chief executive officer of Stopthehacker.com, a provider of website security and privacy services. Previously, he held sales and marketing positions with several other technology companies including Symantec, Oracle and VMWare. Mr. Jensen holds an MBA from the Copenhagen Business School.

 

Our board has concluded that Mr. Jensen is an appropriate person to represent management on our board of directors given his position as our Chief Executive Officer, his professional credentials, and his experience as a chief executive officer in the technology industry.

 

Bennett J. Yankowitz has been our Chief Financial Officer since 2015. Mr. Yankowitz has more than 30 years of experience as a corporate attorney with leading law firms, specializing in securities, financial and merger and acquisition transactions, and has a background in financial analysis and real estate investment and development. He is of counsel to the law firm Shumaker Mallory LLP, and was previously of counsel to its predecessor firm Parker Shumaker Mills LLP. He was previously counsel to Kaye Scholer LLP and a partner of Heenan Blaikie and of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. From 2002 to 2014, he was a director of Proteus Energy Corporation, a California-based private oil and gas production and development company and was its Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Yankowitz earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley (1977), his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California (1980), where he was an editor of the Southern California Law Review, and his LL.M. degree (First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge (1981), where he was an Evan Lewis-Thomas Scholar at Sidney Sussex College. He is a member of the California and New York bars.

 

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Our board has concluded that Mr. Yankowitz is an appropriate person to represent management on our board of directors given his position as our Chief Financial Officer, his professional credentials, and his experience as a corporate attorney with leading law firms, specializing in securities, financial and merger and acquisition transactions.

 

Rohan Hall has been our Chief Technology Officer since 2020. Mr. Hall is an experienced IT executive with extensive experience in blockchain and fintech. From 2018 to 2020, he was the Founder and CEO/CTO of Vottun, a blockchain startup, where he developed end-to-end blockchain products in education, healthcare and supply chain management. From 2017 to 2019 he was Senior Emerging Technology Architect for Capital Group| American Funds, a large financial services company, researching, educating, driving and architecting technology innovation with new emerging technologies including blockchain, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence. From 2014-2016 he was Founder/CEO/CTO of Tradesocio, a fintech startup, where he built one of the first online social trading platforms in the fintech industry. From 2010 to 2017 he was Founder and CEO of Cool Mojito, a boutique technology development and consulting firm that focus on helping businesses build their technology and growth strategy.

 

Kurt Kumar joined our company in 2021 as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Kumar has over 20 years’ experience in tech, having driven strategic roadmaps and meeting business objectives at Universal, Warner, Sony, ATT and more. He is also well known for running crypto conference BLOCK-CON and a frequent speaker on blockchain, crowdfunding and related technologies. From 2006 to 2021 he was the president of Capilarity, a consulting company specializing in product management and end-to-end phases of product life cycle (ideation, requirements analysis, design, MVP, beta, launch, campaigns, acquisitions, feedback). He received his Master of Science - Computer Science (2005) from California State University, San Bernardino, and Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (1998) from Manipal Institute of Technology (Mangalore University), Karnataka, India.

 

Stockholder Communications with the Board of Directors

 

Pursuant to procedures set forth in our bylaws, our board of directors will consider stockholder nominations for directors if we receive timely written notice, in proper form, of the intent to make a nomination at a meeting of stockholders. To be timely, the notice must be received within the time frame identified in our bylaws. To be in proper form, the notice must, among other matters, include each nominee’s written consent to serve as a director if elected, a description of all arrangements or understandings between the nominating stockholder and each nominee and information about the nominating stockholder and each nominee. These requirements are detailed in our bylaws, which were included in our previous filings with the SEC on Form 10-K and 8-K. A copy of our bylaws will be provided upon written request to the Chief Financial Officer at RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc., 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105.

 

Code of Ethics

 

We have adopted a Code of Ethics that allows for us to ensure that our disclosure controls and procedures remain effective. Our Code also defines the standard of conduct expected by our officers, directors and key employees. A copy of our Code of Ethics will be furnished without charge to any person upon written request. Requests should be sent to: Secretary, RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc., 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105.

 

Delinquent Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reports

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our executive officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of our securities to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC. Based solely on a review of copies of such forms submitted to us, we believe that all persons subject to the requirements of Section 16(a), other than those described below, filed such reports on a timely basis in fiscal 2021. As of March 31, 2021, Gert Funk (one transaction) and Peter Jensen (two transactions) (the “Named Executive Officers”) did not file such reports on a timely basis. The Named Executive Officers cured the deficiency in the filing of such reports on June 17, 2021 and June 14, 2021, respectively.

 

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Corporate Governance and Guidelines

 

Our board of directors has long believed that good corporate governance is important to ensure that we manage our company for the long-term benefit of stockholders. During the past year, our board of directors has continued to review our governance practices in light of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and recently revised SEC rules and regulations. We intend to implement internal corporate governance guidelines and practices and will make such guidelines and practices available on its website at www.rocketfuelblockchain.com, when implemented.

 

Board Composition, Committees, and Independence

 

As we do not have any board committees nor any “independent directors,” the Board carries out all functions that might otherwise be delegated to board committees.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

This section discusses the material components of the executive compensation program for our named executive officers. This discussion may contain forward-looking statements that are based on our current plans, considerations, expectations and determinations regarding future compensation programs.

 

The following table provides information regarding the compensation awarded to, or earned by, our current and former named executive officers for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

Named Executive Officer  Fiscal Period   Salary ($)   Bonus ($)   Stock Awards ($)   Option Awards ($)     All Other Compensation ($)     Total ($) 
Gert Funk   2021   $-   $-   $-   $-   $-   $- 
Executive Chairman   2020    -    -    -    -    -    - 
                                    
Peter M. Jensen (1)   2021   $88,461   $12,500   $    $2,223,387  $   $2,324,348 
Chief Executive Officer   2020                               
                                    
Bennett J. Yankowitz (2)   2021   $-   $-   $-   $489,064   $-   $489,064 
Chief Financial Officer   2020    -    -    -    -    -    - 
                                    
Rohan Hall (3)   2021   $83,538             $1,238,682        $1,322,220 
Chief Technology Officer   2020                               
                                    
Former Named Executive Officer                                   
Joseph Page (4)   2021   $-   $-   $-   $-   $-   $- 
Former Chief Technical Officer   2020    -    -    -    -    -    - 

 

 

 

(1) On September 15, 2020, our board of directors approved the grant of options to purchase 2,393,842 shares of our Common Stock to Mr. Jensen pursuant to our 2018 Stock Option Plan. We determined the fair value of the stock option using the Black-Scholes pricing model which resulted in a total value of the stock options granted of $1,853,256. We also issued to Mr. Jensen a warrant to purchase 265,982 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, this warrant was exercisable immediately on the date of issuance. We determined the fair value of the stock option using the Black-Scholes pricing model which resulted in the recording of stock-based compensation of $370,131 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.
     
  (2) On August 8, 2018, our board of directors approved the grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock to Mr. Yankowitz pursuant to our 2018 Stock Option Plan. We determined the fair value of the stock option using the Black-Scholes pricing model which resulted in the recording of stock-based compensation of $1,100,350 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. On March 18, 2021, our board of directors approved the re-pricing of the exercise price of these shares from $3.00 per share to $1.08 per share. Accordingly, we recorded an additional $489,064 of stock-based compensation during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. As of March 31, 2021, total stock-based compensation in connection with this stock option was $1,589,414 which is recorded as additional paid-in capital.
     
  (3) On September 14, 2020, our board of directors approved the grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock to Mr. Hall pursuant to our 2018 Stock Option Plan. We determined the fair value of the stock option using the Black-Scholes pricing model which resulted in the recording of stock-based compensation of $445,151 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. As of March 31, 2021, total stock-based compensation in connection with this stock option was $1,589,414 which is recorded as additional paid-in capital. On February 1, 2021, our board of directors approved the grant of options to purchase 600,000 shares of our Common Stock to Mr. Hall pursuant to our 2018 Stock Option Plan. We determined the fair value of the stock option using the Black-Scholes pricing model which resulted in the recording of stock-based compensation of $406,442.65 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.
     
  (4) On May 29, 2019, Mr. Page resigned as a director. On August 1, 2019, we terminated Mr. Page as our chief technology officer and as an officer of our subsidiary, RocketFuel Blockchain Company.

 

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Employment Agreements and Other Arrangements with Named Executive Officers

 

Peter Jensen

 

Mr. Jensen’s employment agreement initially provided for a base salary of $7,500 per month, which was to increase to $20,000 per month once we had received gross proceeds of at least $2,000,000 in subsequent equity round financings. Our Board determined that the conditions for the salary increase occurred on February 1, 2021. He is also entitled to a performance bonus of $25,000 per calendar quarter based on his achieving quarterly financial and business objectives and milestones to be determined by our board of directors.

 

Mr. Jensen also received a grant of options to purchase 2,393,842 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on September 15, 2020, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 15th day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on October 15, 2020, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. Vesting of the options will be accelerated upon a change of control.

 

Under the employment agreement, upon our closing of an equity funding, in one or more rounds prior to April 30, 2021, resulting in aggregate gross proceeds to us of $2,000,000 or more, Mr. Jensen is to receive warrants to purchase 265,982 shares of our Common Stock. Our Board determined that the conditions for the warrant grant occurred on February 1, 2021. The warrants will have a term of 10 years, be fully vested on the date of issuance, and have an exercise price equal to $1.00 per share, the weighted average price per share paid by the investors in such equity funding rounds.

 

Mr. Jensen’s employment agreement renews on a month-to-month basis. If Mr. Jensen should voluntarily terminate his agreement, or if we terminate his agreement other than for cause (as defined in the 2018 Plan), then he will be entitled to 12 months of accelerated vesting of his stock options.

 

Gert Funk

 

Mr. Funk has received a grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on March 15, 2021, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 15th day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on April 15, 2021, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. Vesting of the options will be accelerated upon a change of control.

 

He will also receive a cash bonus equal to 2.5% of the net proceeds (i.e., adjusted for our costs) of any initial exchange offering (IEO), token generation event (TGE) or similar financing (a “Token Transaction”) completed on or before the date that is 12 months after the formal acceptance by the Board of a proposal for a Token Transaction (start date, milestones, responsibilities). In the event the Board decides to cancel the Token Transaction, Mr. Funk and the Board shall agree upon a mutually acceptable bonus structure in lieu of the foregoing.

 

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Bennett Yankowitz

 

Mr. Yankowitz’s employment agreement provides for a base salary of $5,833 per month on the basis of a commitment of 20 hours per week. He is also entitled to a performance bonus of $7,500 per calendar quarter based on his achieving quarterly business objectives and milestones. In March 2021 he also received a grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on March 1, 2001, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 1st day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on April 1, 2021, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. 250,000 of the options will become fully vested and exercisable upon the achievement of business objectives and milestones. In addition, vesting of the options will be accelerated upon a change of control.

 

Rohan Hall

 

Mr. Hall’s employment agreement provides for a base salary of $15,000 per month. He is also entitled to a performance bonus of $10,000 per calendar quarter based on his achieving quarterly business objectives and milestones. In September 2020 he received a grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock and in February 2021 he received a grant of options to purchase a further 600,000 shares of our Common Stock. The options were issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on the respective dates of grant, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to the first 500,000 options in equal installments over a 48-month period and as to the second 600,000 options in accordance with vesting schedules tied to his achievement of certain benchmarks, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. In addition, vesting of the options will be accelerated upon a change of control.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal 2021 Year End

 

The following table sets forth all outstanding equity awards held by our named executive officer as of March 31, 2021:

 

   Option Awards 
   Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#)   Equity incentive plan awards: Number of securities underlying unexercised unearned options   Option exercise price   Option expiration 
Name  Exercisable   Unexercisable   (#)   ($)   Date 
Gert Funk   -    500,000    500,000    1.08     3/15/2031 
Peter M. Jensen   299,232    -    2,094,610    1.08    9/15/2030 
Bennett J. Yankowitz(1)   500,000    -    -    1.08    8/8/2028 
Bennett J. Yankowitz   -    500,000    -    1.08    3/15/2031 
Rohan Hall   262,500    837,500    -    1.08    9/14/30 

 

(1). Represents options issued on August 8, 2018. The exercise price of these options was adjusted as of March 15, 2021.

 

Option Exercises and Stock Vested During Fiscal 2021

 

There were no options exercised during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

 

Director Compensation

 

All members of our board of directors are employees of the Company and do not receive compensation from the Company in their role as a director.

 

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Related Party Transactions

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2021 and the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021, our chief financial officer was affiliated with legal counsel who provided us with general legal services (the “Affiliate”). We recorded legal fees paid to this Affiliate of $24,160 and $100,349 for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, respectively. As of June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021 we had $16,330 and $35,475, respectively, payable to the Affiliate.

 

In May 2021, we paid an affiliate of our executive chairman $3,000 to provide website-related services.

  

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PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS

 

The following table sets forth the beneficial ownership of shares of our Common Stock, as of October 22, 2021, of:

 

  each person known by us to beneficially own five percent (5%) or more of such shares;
  each of our directors and current executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table; and
  our current executive officers and directors as a group.

 

Except as otherwise indicated, all shares are beneficially owned, and the persons named as owners hold investment and voting power.

 

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. In accordance with SEC rules, shares of our Common Stock which may be acquired upon exercise of stock options or warrants which are currently exercisable or which become exercisable within 60 days of the date of the applicable table below are deemed beneficially owned by the holders of such options and warrants and are deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage of ownership of such person, but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage of ownership of any other person. Subject to community property laws, where applicable, the persons or entities named in the tables below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of our Common Stock indicated as beneficially owned by them.

 

The business address of each person listed below, unless otherwise specified, is RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc., 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner (1)  Amount and Nature
of Beneficial
Ownership
   Percent of
Class (1)
 
Gert Funk (2)   5,079,145    20.1%
Peter Jensen (3)   1,024,258    

4.1

%
Bennett J. Yankowitz (4)   1,386,750    

5.5

%
Rohan Hall (5)   361,250    

1.4

%
All officers and directors as a group (four persons)   7,851,403    

29.7

%
           
Joseph Page
Domaine de la Brague
Route de Biot 289
F-06560 Valbonne
France
   5,100,394    20.2%
           
Carsten Marc (6)
Rungstedvej 127
2960 Rungsted
Denmark
   2,472,908    

9.8

%
           
Henrik Rouf (7)
Islands Brygge 75B, P1
2300 Copenhagen S
Denmark
   

1,490,000

    

5.9

%
           
Henrik Oerbekker (8)
9 rue des Aubepines
L-1145 Luxembourg
   1,913,279    

7.6

%

 

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(1) Based on 25,208,416 outstanding shares as of October 22, 2021.
   
(2) Includes the vested portion of an option to purchase 500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring March 14, 2031.
   
(3) Includes a warrant to purchase 265,982 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring February 15, 2031, and the vested portion of an option to purchase 2,393,842 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring September 15, 2030.
   
(4) Includes an option to purchase 500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring August 8, 2028, and the vested portion of an option to purchase 500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring March 15, 2031.
   
(5) Includes the vested portion of an option to purchase 500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring September 14, 2030, and the vested portion of an option to purchase 600,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.08 per share, expiring February 1, 2031.
   
(6) Includes 300,000 shares owned by SCSE Investments ApS, 500,000 shares owned by SCSE Real Estate ApS, and 200,000 shares owned by SCSE Equities ApS, entities controlled by Mr. Marc’s daughters and over which he disclaims beneficial ownership.
   
(7) These Shares are held by PacificWave Partners Limited (“PacificWave”). Mr. Rouf is the Managing Director and sole owner of PacificWave and exercises the sole voting and dispositive power over PacificWave.
   
(8) Includes 1,353,279 shares of Common Stock held in the name of PacificWave Partners UK Ltd., 500,000 shares of Common Stock held in the name of PacificWave Partners Europe sarl and 10,000 shares of Common Stock held in the name of Zane Consulting Ltd. Mr. Oerbekker exercises sole voting and dispositive power over all such entities. Also includes 50,000 shares of Common Stock held in the name of Advantage Luxembourg S.A. Mr. Oerbekker exercises shared voting and dispositive power over this entity.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans as of the End of Fiscal 2021 Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

Plan Category  Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights  

Weighted

average exercise price of outstanding options,

warrants and rights

   Number of securities remaining available for future issuance 
Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders   5,597,770(1)  $1.08    402,230 
    5,597,770         402,230 

 

  (1) This total represents shares to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options granted under the RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc. 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”) that was approved by our stockholders on August 8, 2018. Under the 2018 Plan, 2,000,000 shares of our Common Stock were initially reserved for grant. On March 18, 2021, our board of directors approved the increase of shares reserved for issuance under the 2018 Plan to 6,000,000 shares of our Common Stock, subject to shareholder approval. There were no stock options exercised under the 2018 Plan during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.


 

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DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

 

Common Stock

 

General

 

The following description of our Common Stock and provisions of our articles of incorporation and bylaws are summaries and are qualified by reference to such amended and restated articles of incorporation and bylaws that will be in effect upon the closing of this offering. By becoming a shareholder in our Company, you will be deemed to have notice of and consented to these provisions of our articles of incorporation and bylaws.

 

Authorized Stock

 

Our articles of incorporation authorize us to issue up to 250,000,000 shares of Common Stock and up to 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock. As of October 22, 2021 we had 25,208,416 shares of Common Stock outstanding and zero shares of preferred stock outstanding. The authorized but unissued shares of our Common Stock and preferred stock are available for future issuance without shareholder approval. These additional shares may be used for a variety of corporate finance transactions, acquisitions and employee benefit plans. The existence of authorized but unissued and unreserved Common Stock and preferred stock could make more difficult or discourage an attempt to obtain control of us by means of a proxy contest, tender offer, merger or otherwise.

 

Voting Rights

 

Holders of our Common Stock are entitled to one vote for each share held on all matters submitted to a vote of shareholders and do not have cumulative voting rights. An election of directors by our shareholders shall be determined by a plurality of the votes cast by the shareholders entitled to vote on the election. Holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive proportionately any dividends as may be declared by our board of directors, subject to any preferential dividend rights of outstanding preferred stock. Holders of shares of Common Stock do not have cumulative voting rights with respect to the election of directors or any other matter.

 

Liquidation or Dissolution

 

In the event of our liquidation or dissolution, the holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive proportionately all assets available for distribution to shareholders after the payment of all debts and other liabilities and subject to the prior rights of any outstanding preferred stock. Holders of Common Stock have no preemptive, subscription, redemption or conversion rights. The rights, preferences and privileges of holders of Common Stock are subject to and may be adversely affected by the rights of the holders of shares of any series of preferred stock that we may designate and issue in the future.

 

Dividends

 

Holders of our Common Stock are entitled to receive dividends or other distributions when, as, and if declared by our board of directors. The right of our board of directors to declare dividends, however, is subject to any rights of the holders of other classes of our capital stock, any indebtedness outstanding from time to time, and the availability of sufficient funds under Delaware law to pay dividends.

 

Preemptive Rights

 

The holders of our Common Stock generally do not have preemptive rights to purchase or subscribe for any of our capital stock or other Common Stock.

 

Redemption

 

The shares of our Common Stock are not subject to redemption by operation of a sinking fund or otherwise.

 

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Preferred Stock

 

Our board of directors is empowered, without stockholder approval, to issue shares of preferred stock with dividend, liquidation, redemption, voting or other rights which could adversely affect the voting power or other rights of the holders of Common Stock. In addition, the preferred stock could be utilized as a method of discouraging, delaying or preventing a change in control of us. Although we do not currently intend to issue any shares of preferred stock, we cannot assure you that we will not do so in the future.

 

Registration Rights

 

In 2020, we entered into a subscription agreement with a private investor for the purchase of 500,000 shares of our Common Stock, at a purchase price of $1.00 per share. We also issued a warrant to the same investor to purchase 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.00 per share. The warrant expired on April 30, 2021. We also agreed that upon the full and timely exercise of this warrant, we would issue a second warrant for an additional 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock at a purchase price of $1.50 per share; this second warrant was to have a term of 12 months from the date of issue. The first warrant was transferred to an affiliate of the private investor on November 17, 2021. From November 17, 2020 through April 20, 2021 the warrant holder exercised the first warrant providing for the issuance of 1,500,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,500,000. On April 26, 2021 we issued to the investor the second warrant, covering an additional 1,500,000 shares of our Common Stock, expiring April 26, 2022, with an exercise price of $1.50 per share. On August 6, 2021, we agreed to amend the terms of the second warrant to increase the number of shares purchasable to 2,250,000 and to reduce the exercise price to $1.00 per share. On August 27, 2021, the investor exercises the second warrant providing for the issuance of 100,000 shares of our Common Stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $100,000.

 

Pursuant to the subscription agreement, the investor and its transferees (the “Holders”) will be entitled to some or all of the registration rights with respect to the registration under the Securities Act of the shares purchased pursuant to the subscription agreement or exercise of the warrants, as described below.

 

Demand Registration Rights

 

At any time after January 25, 2022, the Holders may request that we file a registration statement covering registrable securities. We will only be required to file one registration statement upon exercise of these demand registration rights. We may postpone the filing of a registration statement for up to 60 days once in any 12-month period if we determine that the filing would be seriously detrimental to us and our stockholders.

 

Form S-3 Registration Rights

 

The Holders of the shares with demand registration rights may request that we register their shares on Form S-3, if we are eligible to file a registration statement on Form S-3. The Holders may only require us to file two registration statements on Form S-3 in a 12-month period. We may postpone the filing of a registration statement on Form S-3 for up to 60 days once in any 12-month period if we determine that the filing would be seriously detrimental to us and our stockholders.

 

Expenses of Registration Rights

 

We will pay all expenses, other than underwriting discounts, commissions and stock transfer taxes, incurred in connection with the registrations described above.

 

Expiration of Registration Rights

 

The registration rights described above will terminate as to a given Holder of registrable securities, when such Holder can sell all of such Holder’s registrable securities pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act.

 

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Anti-takeover Effects of Our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws

 

Our articles of incorporation and bylaws contain certain provisions that may have anti-takeover effects, making it more difficult for or preventing a third party from acquiring control of our company or changing our Board and management. The holders of our Common Stock do not have cumulative voting rights in the election of our directors, which makes it more difficult for minority stockholders to be represented on the Board. Our articles of incorporation allow our Board to issue additional shares of our Common Stock and new series of preferred stock without further approval of our stockholders. The existence of authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock and preferred could render more difficult or discourage an attempt to obtain control of our company by means of a proxy contest, tender offer, merger, or otherwise.

 

Anti-takeover Effects of Nevada Law

 

Business Combinations

 

The “business combination” provisions of Sections 78.411 to 78.444, inclusive, of the Nevada Revised Statutes, or NRS, generally prohibit a Nevada corporation with at least 200 stockholders of record, a “resident domestic corporation,” from engaging in various “combination” transactions with any “interested stockholder” unless certain conditions are met or the corporation has elected in its articles of incorporation to not be subject to these provisions. We have not elected to opt out of these provisions and if we meet the definition of resident domestic corporation, now or in the future, our company will be subject to these provisions.

 

A “combination” is generally defined to include (a) a merger or consolidation of the resident domestic corporation or any subsidiary of the resident domestic corporation with the interested stockholder or affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder; (b) any sale, lease, exchange, mortgage, pledge, transfer, or other disposition, in one transaction or a series of transactions, by the resident domestic corporation or any subsidiary of the resident domestic corporation to or with the interested stockholder or affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder having: (i) an aggregate market value equal to 5% or more of the aggregate market value of the assets of the resident domestic corporation, (ii) an aggregate market value equal to 5% or more of the aggregate market value of all outstanding shares of the resident domestic corporation, or (iii) 10% or more of the earning power or net income of the resident domestic corporation; (c) the issuance or transfer in one transaction or series of transactions of shares of the resident domestic corporation or any subsidiary of the resident domestic corporation having an aggregate market value equal to 5% or more of the resident domestic corporation to the interested stockholder or affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder; and (d) certain other transactions with an interested stockholder or affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder.

 

An “interested stockholder” is generally defined as a person who, together with affiliates and associates, owns (or within two years, did own) 10% or more of a corporation’s voting stock. An “affiliate” of the interested stockholder is any person that directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries is controlled by or is under common control with the interested stockholder. An “associate” of an interested stockholder is any (a) corporation or organization of which the interested stockholder is an officer or partner or is directly or indirectly the beneficial owner of 10% or more of any class of voting shares of such corporation or organization; (b) trust or other estate in which the interested stockholder has a substantial beneficial interest or as to which the interested stockholder serves as trustee or in a similar fiduciary capacity; or (c) relative or spouse of the interested stockholder, or any relative of the spouse of the interested stockholder, who has the same home as the interested stockholder.

 

If applicable, the prohibition is for a period of two years after the date of the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder, unless such transaction is approved by the board of directors prior to the date the interested stockholder obtained such status; or the combination is approved by the board of directors and thereafter is approved at a meeting of the stockholders by the affirmative vote of stockholders representing at least 60% of the outstanding voting power held by disinterested stockholders; and extends beyond the expiration of the two-year period, unless (a) the combination was approved by the board of directors prior to the person becoming an interested stockholder; (b) the transaction by which the person first became an interested stockholder was approved by the board of directors before the person became an interested stockholder; (c) the transaction is approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power held by disinterested stockholders at a meeting called for that purpose no earlier than two years after the date the person first became an interested stockholder; or (d) if the consideration to be paid to all stockholders other than the interested stockholder is, generally, at least equal to the highest of: (i) the highest price per share paid by the interested stockholder within the three years immediately preceding the date of the announcement of the combination or in the transaction in which it became an interested stockholder, whichever is higher, plus compounded interest and less dividends paid, (ii)the market value per share of common shares on the date of announcement of the combination and the date the interested stockholder acquired the shares, whichever is higher, plus compounded interest and less dividends paid, or (iii) for holders of preferred stock, the highest liquidation value of the preferred stock, plus accrued dividends, if not included in the liquidation value. With respect to (i) and (ii) above, the interest is compounded at the rate for one-year United States Treasury obligations from time to time in effect.

 

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Applicability of the Nevada business combination statute would discourage parties interested in taking control of our company if they cannot obtain the approval of our Board. These provisions could prohibit or delay a merger or other takeover or change in control attempt and, accordingly, may discourage attempts to acquire our company even though such a transaction may offer our stockholders the opportunity to sell their stock at a price above the prevailing market price.

 

Control Share Acquisitions

 

The “control share” provisions of Sections 78.378 to 78.3793, inclusive, of the NRS, apply to “issuing corporations” that are Nevada corporations with at least 200 stockholders of record, including at least 100 stockholders of record who are Nevada residents, and that conduct business directly or indirectly in Nevada, unless the corporation has elected to not be subject to these provisions.

 

The control share statute prohibits an acquirer of shares of an issuing corporation, under certain circumstances, from voting its shares of a corporation’s stock after crossing certain ownership threshold percentages, unless the acquirer obtains approval of the target corporation’s disinterested stockholders. The statute specifies three thresholds: (a) one-fifth or more but less than one-third, (b) one-third but less than a majority, and (c) a majority or more, of the outstanding voting power. Generally, once a person acquires shares in excess of any of the thresholds, those shares and any additional shares acquired within 90 days thereof become “control shares” and such control shares are deprived of the right to vote until disinterested stockholders restore the right. These provisions also provide that if control shares are accorded full voting rights and the acquiring person has acquired a majority or more of all voting power, all other stockholders who do not vote in favor of authorizing voting rights to the control shares are entitled to demand payment for the fair value of their shares in accordance with statutory procedures established for dissenters’ rights.

 

A corporation may elect to not be governed by, or “opt out” of, the control shares provisions by making an election in its articles of incorporation or bylaws, provided that the opt-out election must be in place on the 10th day following the date an acquiring person has acquired a controlling interest, that is, crossing any of the three thresholds described above. We have not opted out of these provisions and will be subject to the control share provisions of the NRS if we meet the definition of an issuing corporation upon an acquiring person acquiring a controlling interest unless we later opt out of these provisions and the opt out is in effect on the 10th day following such occurrence.

 

The effect of the Nevada control share statute is that the acquiring person, and those acting in association with the acquiring person, will obtain only such voting rights in the control shares as are conferred by a resolution of the stockholders at an annual or special meeting. The Nevada control share law, if applicable, could have the effect of discouraging takeovers of our company.

 

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

The Selling Stockholder, including any of its pledgees, assignees and successors-in-interest may, from time to time, sell any or all of the Shares covered by this prospectus on the OTCQB or any other stock exchange, market or trading facility on which our Common Stock is traded or in private transactions. These sales may be at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, prices related to prevailing market prices, fixed prices or negotiated prices. The Selling Stockholder may use any one or more of the following methods when selling Shares:

 

ordinary brokerage transactions and transactions in which the broker-dealer solicits purchasers;
block trades in which the broker-dealer will attempt to sell the Shares as agent but may position and resell a portion of the block as principal to facilitate the transaction;
purchases by a broker-dealer as principal and resale by the broker-dealer for its account;
exchange distributions in accordance with the rules of the applicable exchange;
privately negotiated transactions;
settlements of short sales;
transactions through broker-dealers that agree with the Selling Stockholder to sell a specified number of such Shares at a stipulated price per Share;
writings or settlements of options or other hedging transactions, whether through an options exchange or otherwise;
combinations of any such methods of sale; or
any other methods permitted pursuant to applicable law.

 

The Selling Stockholder may also sell securities under Rule 144 under the Securities Act, if available, rather than under this prospectus.

 

Broker-dealers engaged by the Selling Stockholder may arrange for other broker-dealers to participate in sales. Broker-dealers may receive commissions or discounts from the Selling Stockholder (or, if any broker-dealer acts as agent for the purchaser of Shares, from the purchaser) in amounts to be negotiated, but, except as set forth in a supplement to this prospectus, in the case of an agency transaction not in excess of a customary brokerage commission in compliance with FINRA Rule 2440; and in the case of a principal transaction a markup or markdown in compliance with FINRA IM-2440.

 

In connection with the sale of the Shares or interests therein, the Selling Stockholder may enter into hedging transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions, which may in turn engage in short sales of the Shares in the course of hedging the positions they assume. The Selling Stockholder may also enter into option or other transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions or create one or more derivative securities which require the delivery to such broker-dealer or other financial institution of Shares offered by this prospectus, which Shares such broker-dealer or other financial institution may resell pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction).

 

The Selling Stockholder and any broker-dealers or agents that are involved in selling the Shares will be deemed to be “underwriters” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(11) of the Securities Act in connection with such sales. Any commissions received by such broker-dealers or agents and any profit on the resale of the securities purchased by them may be deemed to be underwriting commissions or discounts under the Securities Act. The Selling Stockholder has informed us that it does not have any written or oral agreement or understanding, directly or indirectly, with any person to distribute the Shares.

 

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THE SELLING STOCKHOLDER

 

This prospectus relates to the possible resale of up to 2,300,000, shares of our Common Stock, consisting of up to (i) 1,000,000 Purchased Shares and (ii) 1,300,000 Warrant Shares that may be resold from time to time pursuant to this prospectus by the Selling Stockholder. We are registering the Shares pursuant to the provisions of the Stock Purchase Agreement in order to permit the Selling Stockholder to offer the shares for resale from time to time.

 

All expenses incurred with respect to the registration of the Shares will be borne by us, but we will not be obligated to pay any underwriting fees, discounts, commissions or other expenses incurred by the Selling Stockholder in connection with the sale of such Shares.

 

Neither the Selling Stockholder nor any of its associates or affiliates has held any position, office, or other material relationship with us in the past three years.

 

The Shares being offered hereby are being registered to permit public secondary trading, and the Selling Stockholder may offer all or part of the Shares for resale from time to time. However, the Selling Stockholder is under no obligation to sell all or any portion of the Shares. Except for the investment in the Purchased Shares and the Warrants, the Selling Stockholder has not had any material relationship with us within the past three years.

 

Information in the table below has been provided to us by the selling stockholder. We do not know when or in what amounts the selling stockholder may sell or otherwise dispose of the shares of our Common Stock covered hereby. The selling stockholder may sell or otherwise dispose of all, some or none of the shares offered by this prospectus. Because the selling stockholder may sell or otherwise dispose of all, some, or none of the shares covered hereby, we cannot estimate the number of the shares that will be sold or otherwise disposed of by the selling stockholder pursuant to this prospectus. Accordingly, for purposes of this prospectus, we have assumed that all of the shares covered by this prospectus will be sold by the selling stockholder.

 

Name of Selling Stockholder  Common Stock Beneficially Owned Prior to this Offering   Common Stock Being Offered   Number Shares of Common Stock/Percent of Class After This Offering 
Triton Funds LP (1)   2,300,0002   2,300,000    - 

 

(1) Consists of up to 2,300,000 shares of Common Stock to be sold by Triton Funds LP pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement and Warrants. Ashkan Mapar exercises voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares of our Common Stock that are beneficially owned by Triton Funds LP.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is acting as counsel for the company in connection with this offering. The validity of the shares of Common Stock offered hereby will be passed upon for us by Sklar Williams PLLC, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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EXPERTS

 

Our balance sheets as of March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 and the related statement of operations, changes in stockholders’ deficit and cash flows for the years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 included in this registration statement and prospectus have been audited by Prager Metis CPAs LLC, independent registered public accounting firm, as indicated in their report (which report expresses an unqualified opinion and includes an explanatory paragraph related to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc.’s ability to continue as a going concern) with respect thereto, and have been so included in reliance upon the report of such firm given on their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

We have filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-1 under the Securities Act, with respect to the shares of Common Stock and Warrants being offered by this prospectus. This prospectus does not contain all of the information in the Registration Statement and its exhibits. For further information with respect to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc. and the Common Stock and Warrants offered by this prospectus, we refer you to the registration statement and its exhibits. Statements contained in this prospectus as to the contents of any contract or any other document referred to are not necessarily complete, and in each instance, we refer you to the copy of the contract or other document filed as an exhibit to the registration statement. Each of these statements is qualified in all respects by this reference.

 

You can read our SEC filings, including the registration statement, over the Internet at our website rocketfuelblockchain.com/investor-relations or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

We are subject to the information reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, and we will file reports, proxy or information statements and other information with the SEC. These reports, proxy or information statements and other information will be available for inspection and copying on our website referred to above and at the public reference room and website of the SEC referred to above. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, our website is not part of this prospectus.

 

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INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm F-2
Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021 and 2020 F-3
Statements of Operations for the Years Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 F-4
Statement of Stockholders’ Deficit for the Years Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 F-5
Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 F-6
Notes to Financial Statements as of March 31, 2021 F-7
   
Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2021 (unaudited) and March 31, 2021 F-20
Statements of Operations for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited) F-21
Statements of Stockholders’ Deficit for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited) F-22
Statements of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited) F-23
Notes to Financial Statements as of June 30, 2021 F-24

 

F-1
 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

Stockholders of RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of Rocketfuel Blockchain, Inc. (the “Company”) as of March 31, 2021 and 2020, and the related statements of operations, statement of stockholders’ deficit and cash flows for the years then ended, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the financial statements). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of March 31, 2021 and 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Emphasis of a Matter

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 2 to the financial statements, the Company reported a net loss of $2,363,582 and $125,039 and a negative cash flow from operations of $636,257 and $132,898 for the years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. These factors, among others, raise substantial doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 2. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audit included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audit also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

/s/ Prager Metis CPAs LLC  
   
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2018  
   
Hackensack, New Jersey  
   
July 22, 2021  

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

 

Balance Sheets

 

   March 31, 2021   March 31, 2020 
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash  $800,331   $7,838 
Accounts receivable   10,000    - 
Prepaid and other current assets   5,000    - 
Total current assets   815,331    7,838 
Total assets  $815,331    7,838 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $144,830   $64,812 
Payable to related party   

35,475

    

5,503

 
Deferred revenue   

10,000

    

-

 
Total current liabilities   190,305    70,315 
Total liabilities   190,305    70,315 
          
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):          
Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 and 0 shares authorized; and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively   -    - 
Preferred stock value   -    - 
Common stock; $0.001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 24,438,416 shares and 22,809,666 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively   24,438    22,810 
Common stock value   24,438    22,810 
Additional paid-in capital   4,584,214    1,534,757 
Accumulated deficit   (3,983,626)   (1,620,044)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   625,026    (62,477)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)  $815,331   $7,838 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

 

Statements of Operations

 

  

Year Ended

March 31, 2021

  

Year Ended

March 31, 2020

 
Revenues  $-   $- 
           
Operating expenses:          
Research and development expenses   163,405    3,390 
General and administrative expenses   2,200,177    121,649 
Total operating expenses   2,363,582    125,039 
Loss from operations   (2,363,582)   (125,039)
Net loss before provision for income taxes   (2,363,582)   (125,039)
Provision for income taxes   -    - 
Net loss  $(2,363,582)  $(125,039)
           
Net loss per common share:          
Basic and diluted  $(0.10)  $(0.01)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
Basic and diluted   23,541,520    22,749,087 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

 

Statement of Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

 

For the Years Ended March 31, 2020 and 2021

 

   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount    Capital   Deficit   (Deficit) 
  

Preferred Stock

Outstanding

  

Common Stock

Outstanding

   

Additional

Paid-in

   Accumulated  

Total

Stockholders’

Equity

 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount    Capital   Deficit  

(Deficit)

 
Balance at March 31, 2019       -   $      -    22,688,416   $22,688    $  1,413,629   $(1,495,005)  $         (58,688)
Issuance of common stock in connection with private placement   -    -    121,250    122     121,128         121,250 
Issuance of common stock to consultant for services   -         -                      
Issuance of common stock to consultant for services, shares                                    
Issuance of common stock in connection with exercise of investor warrants   -         -                      
Issuance of common stock in connection with exercise of investor warrants, shares                                    
Issuance of common stock in connection with exercise of common stock purchase warrants                                    
Issuance of common stock in connection with exercise of common stock purchase warrants, shares                                    
Stock-based compensation - employee and consultant option grants                                    
Placement agent fee                                    
Stock-based compensation – CEO warrant                                    
Net loss                             (125,039)   (125,039)
Balance at March 31, 2020   -   $-    22,809,666   $22,810    $1,534,757   $(1,620,044)  $(62,477)
Balance at March 31, 2020   -   $-    22,809,666   $22,810    $1,534,757   $(1,620,044)  $(62,477)
Issuance of common stock in connection with private placement   -    -    478,750    478     478,272         478,750 
Issuance of common stock to consultant for services   -    -    150,000    150     161,850    -    162,000 
Issuance of common stock in connection with exercise of investor warrants   -    -    1,000,000    1,000     999,000         1,000,000 
Stock-based compensation - employee and consultant option grants   -    -               1,090,204         1,090,204 
Stock-based compensation – CEO warrant                        

370,131

         

370,131

 
Placement agent fee   -    -               (50,000)        (50,000)
Net loss                             (2,363,582)   (2,363,582)
Balance at March 31, 2021   -   $-    24,438,416   $24,438    $4,584,214   $(3,983,626)  $625,026 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

 

Statements of Cash Flows

 

  

Year Ended

March 31,

2021

  

Year Ended

March 31,

2020

 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net loss  $(2,363,582)  $(125,039)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows used in operating activities          
Stock-based compensation in connection with stock option grants          
Stock-based compensation in connection with employee stock option grants and warrant issuance    1,460,335      
Stock-based compensation in connection with stock issued for consulting services   162,000    - 
Changes in assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (10,000)   - 
Prepaid and other current assets   (5,000)   - 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   80,018    (13,362)
Payable to related party   

29,972

    

5,503

 
Deferred revenue   

10,000

    - 
Net cash flows used in operating activities   (636,257)   (132,898)
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of placement agent fee   1,428,750    121,250 
Net cash flows provided by financing activities   1,428,750    121,250 
Net change in cash   792,493    (11,648)
Cash at beginning of year   7,838    19,486 
Cash at end of year  $800,331   $7,838 
           
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash flow information:          
Interest paid  $-   $- 
Income taxes paid          

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

1. Business

 

Our Corporate History

 

On June 27, 2018 (the “Closing Date”), RocketFuel Blockchain Company (“RBC”) and B4MC Gold Mines, Inc., a Nevada Corporation (“B4MC” or the “Purchaser”), consummated the transactions contemplated by that certain Contribution Agreement (the “Contribution Agreement”) made and entered into as of June 27, 2018 by and among RBC, the Purchaser and Gert Funk, Joseph Page, PacificWave Partners Limited, PacificWave Partners UK Ltd. and Saxton Capital Ltd (collectively referred to herein as the “Sellers”, individually each a “Seller”).

 

Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement the Sellers contributed, transferred, assigned and conveyed to B4MC all right, title and interest in and to one hundred percent (100%) of the issued and outstanding Common Stock of RBC for an aggregate of 17,001,312 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share, of B4MC (the “Purchaser Common Stock”), (such transaction, the “Business Combination”). As a result of the Business Combination, RBC became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of B4MC. In September 2018 B4MC changed its name to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc. References to “we” and similar terms in this report are to B4MC after the consummation of the Business Transaction.

 

Prior to the Business Combination, B4MC was a “shell company,” as such term is defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act. As a result of the Business Combination, we have ceased to be a “shell company.” The information contained in this report constitutes the information necessary to satisfy the conditions contained in Rule 144(i)(2) under the Securities Act.

 

The Business Combination was treated as a “reverse acquisition” of RBC for financial accounting purposes. RBC was considered the acquirer for accounting purposes, and the historical financial statements of BFMC before the Business Combination were replaced with the historical financial statements of RBC before the Business Combination in all future filings with the SEC. The Purchaser Common Stock issued to the Sellers in connection with the Business Combination have not been registered under the Securities Act, in reliance upon the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2), which exempts transactions by an issuer not involving any public offering, Regulation D and/or Regulation S promulgated by the SEC under that section. These shares may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration. In this report, references to RocketFuel, the “Company,” “we” and similar terms are to B4MC following the consummation of the reverse acquisition. In September 2018 B4MC changed its name to RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc.

 

The foregoing description of the Contribution Agreement does not purport to be complete. For further information, please refer to the copy of the Contribution Agreement included as Exhibit 2.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K which was filed with the SEC on June 29, 2018. There are representations and warranties contained in the Contribution Agreement that were made by the parties to each other as of the date of execution. The assertions embodied in these representations and warranties were made solely for purposes of the Contribution Agreement and may be subject to important qualifications and limitations agreed to by the parties in connection with negotiating their terms. Moreover, some representations and warranties may not be accurate or complete as of any specified date because they are subject to a contractual standard of materiality that is different from certain standards generally applicable to shareholders or were used for the purpose of allocating risk between the parties rather than establishing matters as facts. For these reasons, investors should not rely on the representations and warranties in the Contribution Agreement as statements of factual information.

 

Our Business

 

We provide check-out and payment systems that securely automate and simplify the way online payment and shipping information is received by merchants from their customers. Our check-out systems are designed to enhance customers’ data protection, enabling consumers to pay for goods and services using cryptocurrencies or by direct transfers from their bank accounts without exposing spending credentials such as credit card data. At the same time, our check-out systems are designed to increase the speed, security and ease of use for both customers and merchants and include a merchant portal that provides detailed transactions and metrics about payments received by the merchant.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

They also include a customer portal where shoppers are able to track their payments, configure payment defaults and connect with various cryptocurrency exchanges and banks to facilitate payment to merchants. Merchants are able to integrate a unique pop-up user interface that allows customers to pay directly from their ecommerce checkout page with no need to redirect to another website or web page.

 

Our merchant portal is updated instantly when a payment transaction is made on the merchant website. The merchant is notified of the transaction and can see the transaction details, including the customer that made the transaction, the transaction amount and the transaction items. This information is added to the merchant dashboard where various metrics are tracked and displayed to the merchant, including information about the various cryptocurrencies that are used for payments to that merchant and the different currencies received by the merchant as payment. In addition to various metrics, merchants are able to see a variety of reports, and are able to configure various options including settlement options from their portal.

 

Customers of merchants that use the RocketFuel payment solution are able to track their payments in their online portal. They are also able to track payments they made to all the merchants that are integrated with the RocketFuel payment technology within one consolidated user portal. They are able to connect to multiple exchanges including Coinbase, Binance, Kraken, Gemini and others to pay directly from them. They can also pay from any cryptocurrency wallet. Customers are able to pay from bank accounts as well. These customers are able to make payment with any of these payment options with 1, 2, or 3 clicks from the merchant checkout page. By default, these customers can choose from dozens of cryptocurrencies to pay from.

 

Our payment user interface allows customers to easily onboard as well as to pay for merchants’ products or services with a variety of cryptocurrencies or via bank transfers. The user interface is displayed as a stand-alone popup that allows the creation of new accounts as well as payment directly from crypto exchanges, crypto wallets, and bank accounts, with no redirects to browser tabs or pages. This can be integrated as a plugin on the merchant checkout page or as a browser extension. The plugin comes integrated with popular ecommerce platforms including WooCommerce, Shopify, Prestashop and others. The browser extension is integrated with popular browsers including Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Firefox, and Edge. The payment interface is designed for both web and mobile checkout experiences. Merchants are able to integrate the RocketFuel payment interface to their checkout page with software development kits (SDKs) that are available via the merchant portal. Application programming interfaces (APIs) are also available to the merchant for deeper integration into backend systems, ERP platforms, and other third-party platforms.

 

The RocketFuel payment solution utilizes a variety of blockchains in its execution including Bitcoin, Ethereum and others where the payment transactions are stored. A significant benefit of this technology is that the entire shopping cart checkout process will be accomplished via a distributed ledger or “blockchain,” meaning that merchant websites will no longer required to operate complex payment and check-out infrastructures.

 

Our solution is designed to be implemented on an eCommerce site’s check-out page. The technology will also be used for different scenarios, including paying for services, paying invoices, and other payment strategies. In addition, we anticipate that a future version of our payment system will allow for advertisements in which the entire check out process is embedded on third party websites where sales may be completely finalized. Thus, our technology will enable eCommerce strategies that can include advertisements with a fully integrated check-out process. We believe that this has never before been accomplished in any eCommerce arrangement. We believe that such advertisements could provide significant new sales channels to retailers that are simply not possible with legacy check-out solutions. We also believe that transactions costs on our system will be significantly less expensive than the cost of credit-card transactions.

 

The “single-click” RocketFuel check-out solution is based on a streamlined one- to-three-click check-out process for eCommerce purchases. The system is designed to operate identically across merchant channels with all participating merchants. eCommerce merchants are able to encode their check-out protocol to support our technology and the merchants will no longer have to administer complex check-out and payment gateways at their eCommerce websites. At the same time, consumers are able to experience enhanced data protection opportunities and significantly improved convenience.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

With the RocketFuel check-out systems, consumers will no longer have to enter credit card information or shipping details every time they want to buy online. Payment and shipping information will be handled automatically. Using the RocketFuel payment solution, credit card data will no longer be shared or transmitted and exposed online. Rather, payments will be made via 100% secure cryptocurrency conveyance or direct bank transfer on the blockchain.

 

Our corporate headquarters are located in San Francisco, California.

 

Fiscal Year

 

Our fiscal year ends on March 31. References herein to fiscal 2021 and/or fiscal 2020 refer to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

2. Going Concern

 

Our financial statements have been presented on the basis that we are a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. We incorporated our business on January 12, 2018, the date of our inception, and commenced commercial operations in March 2021. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we reported a net loss of $2,363,582, which included as a component of general and administrative expenses in the statement of operations a non-cash stock-based compensation charge of $1,622,335, and cash flows used in operating activities of $636,257. As a result, management believes that there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

We will require additional financing to continue to develop our product and execute on our business plan. However, there can be no assurances that we will be successful in raising the additional capital necessary to continue operations and execute on our business plan. In 2021 we raised $1,428,750 through the private placement of shares of our common stock and the exercise of common stock purchase warrants, net of $50,000 of placement agent fees. Subsequent to March 31,2021, we raised an additional $582,500 from the exercise of common stock purchase warrants from two investors. We have used and plan to continue using the net proceeds of the private placement and warrant exercise to recruit key management and operational personnel, to retain software and blockchain developers and to develop our blockchain based check-out solution. Management believes the funding from the private placement, the exercise of the common stock purchase warrant, and the growth strategy actions executed and planned for execution could contribute to our ability to mitigate any substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

Use of Accounting Estimates

 

The preparation of these financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Management’s estimates are based on the facts and circumstances available at the time estimates are made, past historical experience, risk of loss, general economic conditions and trends and management’s assessments of the probable future outcome of these matters. Consequently, actual results could differ from such estimates.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified for consistency with the current year presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on the reported results of operations.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

From time to time, new accounting pronouncements are issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other standard setting bodies that may have an impact on our accounting and reporting. We believe that such recently issued accounting pronouncements and other authoritative guidance for which the effective date is in the future either will not have an impact on our accounting or reporting or that such impact will not be material to our financial position, results of operations and cash flows when implemented.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash includes cash on hand. We consider all highly-liquid, temporary cash investments with a maturity date of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At March 31, 2021 we had $800,331 of cash deposited at two banks. At March 31, 2020 we had $7,838 in cash on hand and no cash deposited in any banks.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

During March 2021 we commenced commercial operations and executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), which was March 31, 2021, that provided for the payment of $10,000 in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We recorded the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue which will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we did not generate any revenue and had not yet commenced commercial operations. We anticipate that future revenues will be generated from (i) fees charged in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology; and (ii) ongoing daily transactional fees derived as a negotiated percentage of the transactional revenues earned by our merchant customers.

 

Our revenue recognition policy follows the guidance from Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, “Revenue Recognition,” and Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) which provides guidance on the recognition, presentation, and disclosure of revenue in financial statements. We recognize revenues when all of the following criteria are satisfied: (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; (ii) the price is fixed or determinable; (iii) collectability is reasonably assured; and (iv) the service has been performed or the product has been delivered. Collectability is assessed based on a number of factors, including the creditworthiness of a client, the size and nature of a client’s website and transaction history. Amounts billed or collected in excess of revenue recognized are included as deferred revenue. An example of this deferred revenue would be arrangements where clients request or are required by us to pay in advance of delivery.

 

In April 2016, the FASB issued “ASU 2016 - 10 Revenue from Contract with Customers (Topic 606): identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing.” The amendments in this Update do not change the core principle of the guidance in Topic 606. Rather, the amendments in this Update clarify the following two aspects of Topic 606: identifying performance obligations and the licensing implementation guidance, while retaining the related principles for those areas. Topic 606 includes implementation guidance on (a) contracts with customers to transfer goods and services in exchange for consideration and (b) determining whether an entity’s promise to grant a license provides a customer with either a right to use the entity’s intellectual property (which is satisfied at a point in time) or a right to access the entity’s intellectual property (which is satisfied over time). The amendments in this Update are intended to render more detailed implementation guidance with the expectation to reduce the degree of judgement necessary to comply with Topic 606. The amendments in this Update affect the guidance in ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which is not yet effective. The effective date and transition requirements for the amendments in this Update are the same as the effective date and transition requirements in Topic 606 (and any other Topic amended by Update 2014-09). ASU 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, defers the effective date of Update 2014-09 by one year. We are currently evaluating the impact that this updated guidance will have on our results of operations, cash flows or financial condition.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

We follow Accounting Standards Codification 820-10 (“ASC 820-10”), “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” for fair value measurements. ASC 820-10 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The standard provides a consistent definition of fair value, which focuses on an exit price, which is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The standard also prioritizes, within the measurement of fair value, the use of market-based information over entity specific information and establishes a three-level hierarchy for fair value measurement based on the nature of inputs used in the valuation of an asset or liability as of the measurement date.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

The hierarchy established under ASC 820-10 gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy under ASC 820-10 are described below:

 

Level 1 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices available in active markets for identical investments as of the reporting date. As required by ASC 820-10, we do not adjust the quoted price for these investments, even in situations where we hold a large position and a sale could reasonably impact the quoted price.

 

Level 2 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices for similar investments, or inputs that are observable, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term through corroboration with observable market data. Level 2 includes investments valued at quoted prices adjusted for legal or contractual restrictions specific to these investments.

 

Level 3 - Pricing inputs are unobservable for the investment, that is, inputs that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. Level 3 includes investments that are supported by little or no market activity.

 

Income Taxes

 

The provision for income taxes includes federal, state, local and foreign taxes. Income taxes are accounted for under the liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the year in which the temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. We evaluate the realizability of our deferred tax assets and establish a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

We account for uncertain tax positions using a “more-likely-than-not” threshold for recognizing and resolving uncertain tax positions. The evaluation of uncertain tax positions is based on factors including, but not limited to, changes in tax law, the measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in tax returns, the effective settlement of matters subject to audit, new audit activity and changes in facts or circumstances related to a tax position. We evaluate this tax position on a quarterly basis. We also accrue for potential interest and penalties, if applicable, related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation is measured at the grant date based on the estimated fair value of the award and is recognized as an expense over the requisite service period. The valuation of employee stock options is an inherently subjective process, since market values are generally not available for long-term, non-transferable employee stock options. Accordingly, the Black-Scholes option pricing model is utilized to derive an estimated fair value. The Black-Scholes pricing model requires the consideration of the following six variables for purposes of estimating fair value:

 

  the stock option exercise price;
     
  the expected term of the option;
     
  the grant date price of our common stock, which is issuable upon exercise of the option;
     
  the expected volatility of our common stock;
     
  the expected dividends on our common stock (we do not anticipate paying dividends in the foreseeable future); and
     
  the risk free interest rate for the expected option term.

 

Expected Dividends. We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on any of our capital stock and do not expect to do so in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we use an expected dividend yield of zero to calculate the grant-date fair value of a stock option.

 

Expected Volatility. The expected volatility is a measure of the amount by which our stock price is expected to fluctuate during the expected term of options granted. We determine the expected volatility solely based upon the historical volatility of our common stock over a period commensurate with the option’s expected term. We do not believe that the future volatility of our common stock over an option’s expected term is likely to differ significantly from the past.

 

Risk-Free Interest Rate. The risk-free interest rate is the implied yield available on U.S. Treasury zero-coupon issues with a remaining term equal to the option’s expected term on the grant date.

 

Expected Term. For option grants subsequent to the adoption of the fair value recognition provisions of the accounting standards, the expected life of stock options granted is based on the actual vesting date and the end of the contractual term.

 

Stock Option Exercise Price and Grant Date Price of Common Stock. The closing market price of our common stock on the date of grant.

 

We are required to estimate the level of award forfeitures expected to occur and record compensation expense only for those awards that are ultimately expected to vest. This requirement applies to all awards that are not yet vested. Due to the limited number of unvested options outstanding, the majority of which are held by executives and members of our Board of Directors, we have estimated a zero forfeiture rate. We will revisit this assumption periodically and as changes in the composition of the option pool dictate.

 

Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share

 

Basic loss per common share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted loss per common share is based upon the weighted-average common shares outstanding during the period plus additional weighted-average common equivalent shares outstanding during the period. Common equivalent shares result from the assumed exercise of outstanding stock options and warrants, the proceeds of which are then assumed to have been used to repurchase outstanding common stock using the treasury stock method. In addition, the numerator is adjusted for any changes in income that would result from the assumed conversion of potential shares. There were no potentially dilutive shares which would have the effect of being antidilutive.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

4. Related Party Transactions

 

During the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, our chief executive officer was affiliated with legal counsel who provided us with general legal services (the “Affiliate”). We recorded legal fees paid to the Affiliate of $100,349 and $7,003 for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. As of March 31, 2021 and 2020 we had $35,475 and $5,503, respectively, payable to the Affiliate.

 

In May 2021, we paid an affiliate of our executive chairman $3,000 to provide website-related services.

 

5. Deferred Revenue

 

During March 2021 we commenced commercial operations and executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), which was March 31, 2021, that provided for the payment of $10,000 in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We recorded the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue which will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we recorded revenues of $2,500 as a result of the amortization of deferred revenues of $10,000 recorded as of March 31, 2021 in connection with the execution of a contract with one customer. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we executed a contract with one customer having a one-year term from the date of execution (the “Contract Term”), that provided for the payment of $10,000 in the aggregate in connection with the implementation of our blockchain technology. In addition, the Contract Term provided for transaction processing using our blockchain technology with no fees during the Contract Term as an inducement to adopt our blockchain technology. We included the $10,000 fee as deferred revenue as of June 30, 2021 which will be amortized ratably over the Contract Term. As of June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, we recorded total deferred revenue of $17,500 and $10,000, respectively.

 

6. Income Taxes

 

As of March 31, 2021 and 2020, we had no material unrecognized tax benefits and no adjustments to liabilities or operations were required. We were incorporated on January 12, 2018, accordingly, we have the March 31, 2018 through 2020 tax years subject to examination by the federal and state taxing authorities. There are no income tax examinations currently in process.

 

Reconciliation between our effective tax rate and the United States statutory rate is as follows:

 Schedule of Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation

  

Year Ended March 31,

2021

  

Year Ended March 31,

2020

 
Expected federal tax rate   21.0%   21.0%
Change in valuation allowance   (21.0)%   (21.0)%
Effective tax rate   0.0%   0.0%

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and the tax basis of the assets and liabilities using the enacted tax rate in effect in the years in which the differences are expected to reverse. A 100% valuation allowance has been recorded against the deferred tax asset as it is more likely than not, based upon our analysis of all available evidence, that the tax benefit of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

 

Significant components of our deferred tax assets consist of the following:

 Schedule of Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities

   March 31, 2021   March 31, 2020 
Net operating loss carryforwards  $283,854   $128,193 
Valuation allowance   (283,854)   (128,193)
Net deferred tax assets  $-   $- 

 

A valuation allowance has been established for our tax assets as their use is dependent on the generation of sufficient future taxable income, which cannot be predicted at this time.

 

As of March 31, 2021 and 2020, we had federal tax net operating loss carryforwards of $283,854 and $128,193. The federal net operating loss carryforwards will expire at various dates through 2041.

 

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) was enacted on December 22, 2017 and introduces significant changes to U.S. income tax law. Effective in 2018, the Tax Act reduces the U.S. statutory tax rate from 35% to 21% and creates new taxes on certain foreign-sourced earnings and certain related-party payments, which are referred to as the global intangible low-taxed income tax and the base erosion tax, respectively. The Tax Act requires us to pay U.S. income taxes on accumulated foreign subsidiary earnings not previously subject to U.S. income tax at a rate of 15.5% to the extent of foreign cash and certain other net current assets and 8% on the remaining earnings. The accounting for the tax effects of the Tax Act were completed in 2018 and resulted in no material impact to our provision for income taxes and effective tax rate.

 

Potential 382 Limitations

 

We have not completed a study to assess whether one or more ownership changes have occurred since we became a loss corporation as defined in Section 382 of the Code, but we believe that it is likely that an ownership change has occurred. If we have experienced an ownership change, utilization of the NOL and AMT would be subject to an annual limitation, which is determined by first multiplying the value of our common stock at the time of the ownership change by the applicable long-term, tax-exempt rate, and then could be subject to additional adjustments, as required. Any such limitation may result in the expiration of a portion of the NOL and AMT before utilization. Until a study is completed and any limitation known, no amounts are being considered as an uncertain tax position or disclosed as an unrecognized tax benefit under ASC 740. Any carryforwards that expire prior to utilization as a result of such limitations will be removed from deferred tax assets with a corresponding adjustment to the valuation allowance. Due to the existence of the valuation allowance, it is not expected that any potential limitation will have a material impact on our operating results.

 

Our net operating loss carryforwards are subject to review and possible adjustment by the Internal Revenue Service and are subject to certain limitations in the event of cumulative changes in the ownership interest of significant stockholders over a three-year period in excess of 50%.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

7. Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

 

On September 3, 2019, a private investor purchased 100,000 shares of our common stock at a price of $1.00 per share.

 

On January 9, 2020, we sold 10,000 shares of our common stock to a private investor, resulting in cash proceeds of $10,000. On February 13, 2020, we sold 11,250 shares of our common stock to a private investor, resulting in cash proceeds of $11,250. On April 29, 2020, we entered into a subscription agreement with a private investor for the purchase of 478,750 shares of the Company’s common stock, at a purchase price of $1.00 per share, resulting in cash proceeds of $478,750. These transactions were part of a private placement of 500,000 shares of our common stock. We paid $50,000 to an investment consultant as a placement fee in connection with these transactions.

 

On May 1, 2020, the Company issued a warrant to purchase 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.00 per share. The warrant expired on April 30, 2021. The Company also agreed that upon the full and timely exercise of this warrant, it would issue a second warrant for an additional 1,500,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.50 per share; this second warrant will have a term of 12 months from the date of issue. The first warrant was transferred to an affiliate of the original holder in November 2021. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, the warrant holder exercised warrants to purchase 1,100,000 shares of our common stock of which (i) 1,000,000 shares of our common stock were issued in consideration of gross proceeds of $1,000,000 prior to March 31, 2021; and (ii) 100,000 shares of our common stock, for which we received notice of exercise on March 31, 2021, were issued subsequent to March 31, 2021 in consideration of gross proceeds of $100,000. Additionally, the warrant holder exercised the warrant for the remaining 400,000 shares of our common stock in April 2021 in consideration of gross proceeds of $400,000. On April 26, we issued the second warrant to the holder.

 

On February 25, 2021, we entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Stock Purchase Agreement”) with Triton Funds, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“Triton” or the “Selling Stockholder,” which term also includes Triton’s successors and assigns under the Stock Purchase Agreement and the Warrant). Under the Stock Purchase Agreement Triton, which is an unrelated third party, agreed to invest up to $1,000,000 through purchases of our Common Stock during the commitment period (which runs through December 31, 2022). During the commitment period, we may, in our sole discretion, deliver purchase notices to Triton stating the dollar amount of shares which we intend to sell to Triton, not to exceed $500,000 per purchase notice. The amount to be funded under a purchase notice will be the number of shares of Common Stock to be purchased multiplied by the greater of (i) $1.65 or (ii) 80 percent of the lowest closing price of our Common Stock within 15 business days prior to the closing date for the purchase. The closing date for each purchase is five business days following the date of the corresponding purchase notice.

 

Triton’s obligation to purchase Common Stock is conditioned on certain factors including, but not limited to, our having an effective S-1 registration statement in effect for resale of the Common Stock being purchased and Triton’s ownership not exceeding 4.99% of our issued and outstanding shares at any time.

 

In connection with the Stock Purchase Agreement, we also issued to Triton warrants to purchase, in one or more installments, 800,000 shares of our Common Stock (the “Warrants”) at an exercise price equal to the greater of (i) $1.65 per share or (ii) 80 percent of the average closing price of our Common Stock over the 90-calendar day period preceding the Warrant exercise date, subject to adjustments. The Warrants terminate on February 25, 2026. If, at any time after the initial effective date of the S-1 registration statement filed in connection with the Stock Purchase Agreement and during the exercise period of the Warrants, there is no effective registration statement covering the Selling Stockholder’s immediate resale of the shares underlying the exercise of the Warrants (the “Warrant Shares”), then Selling Stockholder may elect to receive Warrant Shares pursuant to a cashless exercise of the Warrants. On May 5, 2021, Triton exercised 50,000 Warrants for an aggregate purchase price of $82,500.

 

All of these transactions were exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to Regulations D and/or S thereunder.

 

As of March 31, 2021, and 2020, we had 24,438,416 shares and 22,809,666 shares of our common stock issued and outstanding, respectively.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

8. Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock Option Plan

 

On August 8, 2018, the Board and stockholders holding a majority of our voting power approved the RocketFuel Blockchain, Inc., 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”), which plan enables us to make awards that qualify as performance-based compensation. Under the terms of the 2018 Plan, the options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to the fair market value per share of our common stock on the date of grant as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable pursuant to the terms set forth in the grantees stock option agreement, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the 2018 Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. We initially reserved 2,000,000 shares of our common stock for issuance in connection with awards under the plan. On September 15, 2020 and March 18, 2021, our board of directors unanimously resolved to amend the 2018 Plan to increase the number of shares of our common stock available for grant to 4,000,000 shares and 6,000,000 shares, respectively. As of March 31, 2021 there were 502,430 shares of our common stock available for grant pursuant to the 2018 Plan. As of the date of the filing of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we had not yet solicited votes from our stockholders to approve the increase in the number of shares of our common stock available for grant pursuant to the 2018 Plan.

 

Stock Option Re-Pricing

 

On August 8, 2018, our Board of Directors approved the grant of service-based options to purchase 500,000 shares of our common stock to Mr. Bennett J. Yankowitz, our chief financial officer and a director, pursuant to an exemption under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Pursuant to the terms of the option agreement, these options are exercisable immediately on the date of grant at an exercise price of $3.00 per share and are exercisable for a term of 10 years from the date of grant. In determining the fair value of the stock option, we used the Black-Scholes pricing model having the following assumptions: i) stock option exercise price of $3.00; ii) fair market value of our common stock of $4.00, which was based on available valuation factors made available to us during the period from the date of grant through the end of our fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018; iii) expected term of option of 7 years; iv) expected volatility of our common stock of approximately 40%; v) expected dividend rate of 0.0%; and vi) risk-free interest rate of approximately 2.80%. As a result, we recorded stock-based compensation of $1,100,350 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

 

On March 18, 2021, our Board of Directors approved the re-pricing of the exercise price of these shares from $3.00 per share to $1.08 per share. The exercise price of $1.08 per share was based on a valuation report prepared in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 718 – Stock Compensation (“ASC 718”) by an independent appraiser as of November 12, 2020. All other terms of this stock option grant were unchanged. As a result, we recorded an additional $489,064 of stock-based compensation during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. As of March 31, 2021, total amortized stock-based compensation in connection with this stock option was $1,589,414 and is recorded in additional paid-in capital.

 

Service-Based Stock Option Grants

 

In addition to the service-based option granted to Mr. Yankowitz in August 2018 exercisable into a total of 500,000 shares of our common stock, we also granted service-based options, pursuant to the 2018 Plan, exercisable into a total of 4,397,570 of our common stock service-based options pursuant to our employees during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

 

In determining the fair value of the service-based options granted during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we utilized the Black-Scholes pricing model utilizing the following assumptions:

 Schedule of Share-based Payment Award, Stock Options, Valuation Assumptions

   Service-Based Options 
Option exercise price per share  $1.08-$1.32 
Grant date fair market value per share  $1.08 - $1.96 
Expected term of option in years   6.25 
Expected volatility   85.0% to 214.5%
Expected dividend rate   0.00%
Risk free interest rate   0.42% to 0.84%

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

Activity under the 2018 Plan for all service-based stock options for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 are as follows:

 Schedule of Stock Option Activity

  

Options

Outstanding

  

Weighted-

Average Exercise

Price per Share

  

Weighted-

Average

Remaining

Contractual

Term in Years

  

Aggregate

Intrinsic Value

 
Options outstanding as of April 1, 2019   500,000   $1.08    9.33   $120,000 
Granted   -    -           
Exercised   -    -           
Cancelled or forfeited   -    -           
Options outstanding as of March 31, 2020   500,000   $1.08    8.33   $120,000 
Options outstanding as of March 31, 2020   500,000   $1.08    8.33   $120,000 
Granted   4,397,770   $1.08           
Exercised   -    -           
Cancelled or forfeited   -    -           
Options outstanding as of March 31, 2021   4,897,770   $1.08    9.63   $1,175,417 
Options exercisable as of March 31, 2021   992,641   $1.08    9.63   $258,811 
Options vested or expected to vest as of March 31, 2021   992,641   $1.08    9.63   $258,811 

 

The aggregate intrinsic value in the table above represents the total pre-tax intrinsic value (the difference between the closing price of the common stock on March 31, 2021 of $1.32 and the exercise price of each in-the-money option) that would have been received by the option holders had all option holders exercised their options on March 31, 2021. There were no service-based stock options exercised under the 2018 Plan for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

For the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, we recorded stock-based compensation expense for service-based stock options pursuant to the 2018 Plan in the amount of $1,023,672, inclusive of the additional stock-based compensation of $489,064 recorded in connection with the re-pricing of Mr. Yankowitz’ August 8, 2028 stock option, and $0, respectively. As of March 31, 2021, we had $4,069,865 of unrecognized stock-based compensation cost related to service-based stock options.

 

Performance-Based Stock Option Grants

 

We also granted performance-based options pursuant to the 2018 Plan to Mr. Hall which are exercisable into 600,000 shares of our common stock subject to certain designated milestones. On March 18, 2021, our Board of Directors determined that Mr. Hall earned all of the performance-based options effective February 1, 2021. The Board of Directors also entered into a resolution whereby 75,000 shares of our common stock underlying the performance-based options would vest immediately and 525,000 shares of our common stock underlying the performance-based option would vest ratably over a 48 month period with the first vesting date being February 1, 2021.

 

In determining the fair value of the performance-based options granted Mr. Hall on September 14, 2020 and earned effective February 1, 2021, we utilized the Black-Scholes pricing model utilizing the following assumptions:

 

 Schedule of Share-based Payment Award, Stock Options, Valuation Assumptions

  

Performance

-Based Options

 
Option exercise price per share  $1.08 
Grant date fair market value per share  $1.08 
Expected term of option in years   6.25 
Expected volatility   85.0%
Expected dividend rate   0.00%
Risk free interest rate   0.54%

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

Activity under the 2018 Plan for all performance-based stock options for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 is as follows:

 Schedule of Stock Option Activity

  

Options

Outstanding

  

Weighted-Average

Exercise Price per

Share

  

Weighted-Average

Remaining

Contractual Term

in Years

  

Aggregate

Intrinsic

Value

 
Options outstanding as of April 1, 2020   -   $-    -   $- 
Granted   600,000    1.08           
Exercised   -    -           
Cancelled or forfeited   -    -           
Options outstanding as of March 31, 2021   600,000   $1.08    9.83   $144,000 
Options exercisable as of March 31, 2021   85,938   $1.08    9.83   $20,625 
Options vested or expected to vest as of March 31, 2021   85,938   $1.08    9.83   $20,625

 

 

 

The aggregate intrinsic value in the table above represents the total pre-tax intrinsic value (the difference between the closing price of the common stock on March 31, 2021 of $1.32 and the exercise price of each in-the-money option) that would have been received by the option holders had all option holders exercised their options on March 31, 2021. There were no performance-based stock options exercised under the 2018 Plan for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021.

 

For the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021, we recorded stock-based compensation expense for performance-based stock options pursuant to the 2018 Plan in the amount of $66,531. As of March 31, 2021, we had $397,975 of unrecognized stock-based compensation cost related to performance-based stock options. There was no performance-based stock option activity during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

 

CEO Warrant

 

On February 15, 2021, we issued a warrant to purchase 265,982 shares of our common stock to our chief executive officer at an exercise price of $1.00 per share. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, this warrant was exercisable immediately on the date of issuance and have a term of 10 years from the date of issuance. In determining the fair value of the warrant, we used the Black-Scholes pricing model having the following assumptions: i) warrant exercise price of $1.00; ii) fair market value of our common stock of $1.4, which was based on the closing price as quoted by OTC Markets on the date of issuance; iii) expected term of option of 6.25 years; iv) expected volatility of our common stock of approximately 214.4%; v) expected dividend rate of 0.0%; and vi) risk-free interest rate of approximately 0.54%. As a result, we recorded stock-based compensation of $370,131 during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

 

9. Employment Agreements

 

Gert Funk

 

Mr. Funk has received a grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on March 15, 2021, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 15th day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on April 15, 2021, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

He will also receive a cash bonus equal to 2.5% of the net proceeds (i.e., adjusted for our costs) of any initial exchange offering (IEO), token generation event (TGE) or similar financing (a “Token Transaction”) completed on or before the date that is 12 months after the formal acceptance by the Board of a proposal for a Token Transaction (start date, milestones, responsibilities). In the event the Board decides to cancel the Token Transaction, Mr. Funk and the Board shall agree upon a mutually acceptable bonus structure in lieu of the foregoing.

 

Peter M. Jensen

 

Mr. Jensen’s employment agreement initially provided for a base salary of $7,500 per month, which was to increase to $20,000 per month once we had received gross proceeds of at least $2,000,000 in subsequent equity round financings. Our Board determined that the conditions for the salary increase occurred on February 1, 2021. He is also entitled to a performance bonus of $25,000 per calendar quarter based on his achieving quarterly financial and business objectives and milestones to be determined by our board of directors. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we recorded bonus expense for Mr. Jensen in the amount of $37,500 of which $12,500 was paid in March 2021. As of March 31, 2021 we recorded bonus payable to Mr. Jensen in the amount of $25,000 which is included in accounts payable and accrued expense in the balance sheet.

 

Mr. Jensen also received a grant of options to purchase 2,393,842 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal to $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on September 15, 2020, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 15th day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on October 15, 2020, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement.

 

Bennett Yankowitz

 

Mr. Yankowitz’s employment agreement provides for a base salary of $5,833 per month on the basis of a commitment of 20 hours per week. He is also entitled to a performance bonus of $7,500 per calendar quarter based on his achieving quarterly business objectives and milestones. In March 2021 he also received a grant of options to purchase 500,000 shares of our Common Stock. The options will be issued under our 2018 Plan. The options will (i) be incentive stock options, (ii) have an exercise price equal $1.08 per share, which is the fair market value per share of our Common Stock on March 1, 2001, as determined by an independent valuation by a qualified appraiser, (iii) have a term of 10 years, (iv) vest and become exercisable as to 1/48th of the shares subject to the options on the 1st day of each calendar month during the term of his employment agreement, commencing on April 1, 2021, (v) be subject to the exercise, forfeiture and termination provisions set forth in the Plan and (vi) otherwise be evidenced by and subject to the terms of our standard form of stock option agreement. 250,000 of the options will become fully vested and exercisable upon the achievement of business objectives and milestones.

 

10. Legal Proceedings

 

Other than as set forth below, we are not the subject of any pending legal proceedings; and to the knowledge of management, no proceedings are presently contemplated against us by any federal, state or local governmental agency. Further, to the knowledge of management, no director or executive officer is party to any action in which any has an interest adverse to us.

 

On October 8, 2020, we filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Joseph Page, our former director and chief technology officer. On January 13, 2021, the case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas Division. The causes of action include securities fraud under Federal and California law; fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment under California law; and violation of California Business and Professions Code §17200 et seq.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2021

 

We are seeking injunctive and declaratory relief as well as damages of at least $5.1 million. On May 29, 2019, Mr. Page resigned from our board. After his resignation, we retained independent patent counsel to review our patent applications. In connection with this review, we discovered certain deficiencies in some of the applications and in their assignments to us. We determined that all of the applications had been abandoned. Based on this review, we decided to refile three of our applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which we did in May 2020. It is our belief that the three newly filed patent applications cover and/or disclose the same subject matter as we disclosed in the five original patent applications. In this case, our rights may be subject to any intervening patent applications made after the dates of the original applications. In the lawsuit, we are alleging that Mr. Page was aware of the abandonments when he assigned the patents to RocketFuel Blockchain Company (“RBC”), a private corporation that he controlled, and that he failed to disclose to us the abandonments when we acquired RBC in exchange for shares of our Common Stock. Mr. Page has filed an answer denying our clams and has asserted cross- and counterclaims against us and several of our shareholders alleging breach of contract and fraud. We intend to vigorously contest these allegations.

 

On March 2, 2021, we filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ellenhoff Grossman & Schole LLP (“EGS”) for negligence and legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. EGS had represented RBC prior to the Business Combination and represented us after the closing of the Business Combination through August 2019. In the litigation against Mr. Page, he has alleged that he provided information to an EGS partner that the patent applications had been abandoned and that EGS failed to inform RBC and us of the fact. We are seeking damages and the return of legal fees previously paid.

 

11. Subsequent Events

 

We evaluated all events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date through the date when we issued these financial statements and, other than the issuance of common stock as further described below, we did not have any material recognizable subsequent events during this period.

 

On May 1, 2020, the Company issued a warrant to purchase 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock at $1.00 per share. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, the warrant holder exercised warrants to purchase 1,100,000 shares of our common stock of which (i) 1,000,000 shares of our common stock were issued in consideration of gross proceeds of $1,000,000 prior to March 31, 2021; and (ii) 100,000 shares of our common stock, for which we received notice of exercise on March 31, 2021, were issued subsequent to March 31, 2021 in consideration of gross proceeds of $100,000. During April 2021, the warrant holder exercised the warrant for the remaining 400,000 shares of our common stock in consideration of gross proceeds of $400,000.

 

On May 4, 2021, Triton Funds LP exercised warrants to purchase 50,000 of our common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $82,500.

 

On August 4, 2021, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Geneva Roth Remark Holdings, Inc., an accredited investor (“Geneva Roth”), pursuant to which we sold Geneva Roth a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $130,000 (the “Note”). The Note accrues interest at a rate of 8% per annum and has a maturity date of August 4, 2022.

 

We have the right to prepay the Note at any time during the first 180 days the note is outstanding at the rate of (a) 110% of the unpaid principal amount of the Note plus interest, during the first 30 days the Note is outstanding, (b) 115% of the unpaid principal amount of the Note plus interest between days 31 and 60 after the issuance date of the Note, (c) 120% of the unpaid principal amount of the Note plus interest between days 61 and 150 after the issuance date of the Note, and (d) 125% of the unpaid principal amount of the Note plus interest between days 151 and 180 after the issuance date of the Note. The Note may not be prepaid after the 180th day following the issuance date.

 

Geneva Roth may in its option, at any time beginning 180 days after the date of the Note, convert the outstanding principal and interest on the Note into shares of our common stock at a conversion price per share equal to 65% of the lowest daily volume weighted average price (“VWAP”) of our common stock during the 10 days trading days prior to the date of conversion. We agreed to reserve a number of shares of our common stock equal to 4.5 times the number of shares of common stock which may be issuable upon conversion of the Note at all times.

 

At no time may the Note be converted into shares of our common stock if such conversion would result in Geneva Roth and its affiliates owning an aggregate of in excess of 4.99% of the then outstanding shares of our common stock.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 

   June 30, 2021   March 31, 2021 
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash  $506,491   $800,331 
Accounts receivable   20,000    10,000 
Prepaid and other current assets   60,000    5,000 
Total current assets   586,491    815,331 
Total assets  $586,491    815,331 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $232,830   $144,830 
Payable to related party   16,330    35,475 
Deferred revenue   17,500    10,000 
Total current liabilities   266,660    190,305 
Total liabilities   266,660    190,305 
           
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):          
Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 and 0 shares authorized; and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively   -    - 
Preferred stock value   -    - 
Common stock; $0.001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 24,988,416 shares and 24,438,416 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively   24,988    24,438 
Common stock value   24,988    24,438 
Additional paid-in capital   5,483,060    4,584,214 
Accumulated deficit   (5,188,217)   (3,983,626)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   319,831    625,026 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)  $586,491   $815,331 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

  

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2021

  

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

 
Revenues  $2,500   $- 
           
Operating expenses:          
Research and development expenses   326,217    3,605 
General and administrative expenses   880,874    93,755 
Total operating expenses   1,207,091    97,360 
Loss from operations   (1,207,091)   (97,360)
Net loss before provision for income taxes   (1,204,591)   (97,360)
Provision for income taxes   -    - 
Net loss  $(1,204,591)  $(97,360)
           
Net loss per common share:          
Basic and diluted  $(0.05)  $(0.00)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
Basic and diluted   24,868,416    23,118,194 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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ROCKETFUEL BLOCKCHAIN, INC.

Statement of Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

For the Three Month Period Ended June 30, 2020 and 2021

(Unaudited)

 

   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   (Deficit) 
   Preferred Stock Outstanding   Common Stock Outstanding   Additional Paid-in   Accumulated   Total
Stockholders’ Equity
 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   (Deficit) 
Balance at March 31, 2020   -   $-    22,809,666   $22,810   $1,534,757   $(1,620,044)  $(62,477)
Net loss   -    -    -    -    -    (97,360)   (97,360)
Issuance of common stock in connection with private placement   -    -