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  South Korea's Policy Chief Calls for Legalization of ICOs
Posted by: PrimTR - 10-03-2018, 03:39 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

The chairman of Korea's National Policy Committee has called for the legalization of initial coin offerings (ICOs), provided that a regulatory framework is put in place.

According to a report from CoinDesk Korea on Tuesday, Min Byung-Doo, who is a member of the country's governing Democratic party, said that, with token sales becoming a global trend, "I do not want the ICO door closed completely ... The state should not ignore [the issue]."

The policy chief spoke earlier Tuesday during 8th plenary session of the National Assembly, at which lawmakers posed questions to the administration.

In order to create trust in the industry, ICOs should also be regulated, Min stressed. However, the official pointed to reluctance on the part of the government to draw up new rules as a prevailing issue.

Specifically, he said that "fraud, speculation and capital laundering must be strictly prohibited," and the crypto industry would need to self-regulate and introduce safety standards as well.

The country's financial watchdog, the Financial Services Commission, announced a ban on ICOs in September 2017, although the law has not yet been enacted, according to the report.

The lawmaker pointed to the economic advantages of token sales, saying that while there is a pessimistic view of cryptocurrencies in some quarters, many token projects are seen as having a viable future.

Raising the vast sums of money that have been raised in some token sales, Min said:

Quote:"We can see that the flow of investment is clearly changing compared to ICO and angel fundraising. The ICO has raised $1.7 billion for Telegram and $4 billion for Block.One, It is getting bigger and bigger."

Efforts thus far
Several bills seeking to provide a legal framework for cryptocurrencies have already been proposed to the National Assembly in South Korea, with such legislation coming under the jurisdiction of the Political Affairs Committee, CoinDesk Korea previously reported.

With Min being chairman of the committee and now strongly expressing his belief that ICOs should be allowed in law, the odds of regulations being passed in the near future may have just increased. However, any legal measures must pass a vote of the Politburo Committee at a future plenary session.

Further, while Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon is a supporter of blockchain technology, he has said that the government banned ICOs over concerns about "side-effects and market overheating."

In separate statements today, Min told a panel discussion with the Korean government's science chief, "Let the government, the National Assembly and the blockchain association quickly create a working group to block fraud, speculation, money laundering and develop the block-chain industry."


Link to post: https://www.coindesk.com/south-koreas-po...n-of-icos/


  Most ICOs Didn't Take Funding Hit Despite Ether Price Decline: Research
Posted by: Frover - 10-02-2018, 03:54 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

Despite the big drops in cryptocurrency prices since late last year, ICO projects haven't lost money on average, according to new research from BitMEX.

The research team from the cryptocurrency trading platform published the new work Monday, having teamed up with crypto data cruncher TokenAnalyst to track the ethereum (ETH) balances of 222 ICOs over time.

Specifically, the researchers looked at the amount of ETH raised by the projects and the U.S. dollar value of the gains and losses that arose from the cryptocurrency's price shifts.

The researchers say that the fall in the value of ETH this year did not cause hardship at projects overall.

On the contrary, the paper summary states:

Quote:"At the macro level, the projects appear to have already sold almost as much Ethereum as they raised (in US$ terms). Of the Ethereum still held by the projects, even at the current c$230 price, projects are still sitting on unrealised gains, rather than losses."

BitMEX notes that the totals provided in the paper may be lower than some other sources, as they looked only at ETH balances and did not include funds raised via other tokens.

The team indicates that, following the fall in the value of ETH, some in the industry had raised the possibility of a "downward price spiral" due to big pools of ETH held by ICO projects. Further, the price drop was feared to raise the likelihood of "panic selling" across projects.

However, the 222 ICOs tracked raised $5.5 billion-worth of ETH in total, according to the work, and appear to have since sold a very similar amount – producing a total only $11 million less.

Further, the projects still hold 3.8 million ETH, around 25 percent of the tokens originally raised, says BitMEX.

It adds:

Quote:"However, in US$ terms, these projects have essentially already sold the same amount of Ethereum which they originally raised, leaving them a nice holding of US$830m of Ethereum."

The researchers do stress that the data is "somewhat skewed" by the EOS project, which raised around 70 percent of the ETH (by USD value) of all the projects tracked. However, removing the EOS from the data, still leads to "similar" conclusions, they say.


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Total tracked ethereum holdings of the 222 ICO projects (daily data) vs ethereum price (Source: Ethereum blockchain, BitMEX Research, TokenAnalyst, Token Data, price data from Etherscan)

Regarding unrealized profits and losses, BitMEX says the ICOs still have net gains of $93 million based on an ETH price of $215 (at press time, an ether is worth $230).

"It may surprise some that ICOs are still in a net unrealized profit situation, but many of the Ethereum balances were built up before the price rally at the end of 2017," the team says.

So, while some projects may have experienced major losses, the gross losses across projects comes to $311 million, per the data. That is "more than offset" by $403 million in gross unrealized gains, the researchers say.

Link to post: https://www.coindesk.com/most-icos-didnt...-research/


  US Lawmakers Ask SEC to Clarify ICO Regulations
Posted by: 666333 - 10-01-2018, 06:26 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

A group of U.S. lawmakers are asking Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Jay Clayton to clarify when initial coin offerings (ICOs) are considered securities sales.

In the letter, Representatives Ted Budd, Warren Davidson, Tom Emmer and Darren Soto, along with 11 co-signers, request that Clayton clarify how it is approaching token sales, saying that "current uncertainty surrounding the treatment of offers and sales of digital tokens is hindering innovation in the United States and will ultimately drive business elsewhere."

The letter continues, saying:



Quote:"We believe the SEC could do more to clarify its position. Additionally, we are concerned about the use of enforcement actions alone to clarify policy and believe that formal guidance may be an appropriate approach to clearing up legal uncertainties which are causing the environment for the development of innovative technologies in the United States to be unnecessarily fraught."


As such, the letter continues, the lawmakers are asking the SEC to clarify when token sales should be classified as "investment contracts," whether a token sold as a security can later become a non-security and what tools are available for the "SEC to offer more concrete guidance to innovators."

The letter does not provide a timeline, noting that "such guidance will, reasonably, take time, caution and deep consideration." As such, the letter says the questions are aimed at providing formal guidance in the long-term.

Friday's letter comes just days after Davidson hosted a forum in Washington, D.C. asking leaders in the cryptocurrency space to express any grievances they had with regulations in the U.S.

During the forum, multiple representatives from blockchain startups, cryptocurrency exchanges and venture capital funds emphasized the need for clarity around token sales.

While the SEC has, to date, focused on enforcement actions against malicious actors, CoinList general counsel Georgia Quinn noted that these actions have not provided a clear explanation of what is allowable within the U.S.

This lack of clarity has pushed businesses to leave the nation outright, said Joyce Lai from ConsenSys.

Post from: https://www.coindesk.com/us-lawmakers-as...gulations/


  The ICO market is not collapsing. It's maturing.
Posted by: Norman - 09-28-2018, 04:15 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies



Interactive version / Youtube

This graphic shows every token sale that successfully raised at least $100k from the beginning of 2014 through the end of last month, August 2018. The bar chart at the bottom displays the total dollar amount raised in each month (details below).


Token Sales: August, 2018
The state of the ICO market as of 31-August-2018

Key takeaways:

Despite a rash of claims to the contrary, the ICO market remains quite robust with $1.4 billion raised in August -- an increase of 44% over the prior month
All signs point to a maturing ICO market: fundraising grows more competitive, more established companies wade in, and security tokens show their first signs of life.
For the first time, Singapore hosted more ICOs than the U.S.
How much has really been raised by ICOs so far?
Most token sale statistics available online rely strictly on third-party reported figures, which may be outdated and in most cases exclude projects that do not report their fundraising publicly. There is no consensus among them as the numbers vary between $14 billion and $21 billion as of August 2018.

Paradoxically, accurate information about fundraising occurring on the most open, transparent database in the world remains stubbornly difficult to find.

Although blockchains are technically transparent, they are functionally opaque. Elementus collects, organizes and analyzes data directly from the blockchain. Our technology enables us to read the Ethereum transaction ledger like an open book. By identifying the various wallets controlled by ICO projects, we are able to calculate their fundraising totals with a high level of precision.

In total, we estimate ICOs have raised $28.4 billion as of the end of August, 2018.

While investor appetite for tokens has fallen significantly from its peak last February, the picture is not nearly as bleak as the market collapse many are reporting.

In August, ICOs raised nearly $1.5 billion, on par with the amount raised during the bull markets of last November. In fact, the majority of historical ICO fundraising occurred during the current bear market. Of the total $28 billion raised to date, $15.9 billion occurred between February, 2018 and August, 2018.

Furthermore, much of the sharp rise-and-fall trend exhibited in the chart above can be attributed to just three ICOs -- EOS ($4.2bn, Jun17-Jun18), Telegram ($1.7bn, Feb18-Mar18), and Tatatu ($575m, Jun18). With these outliers removed, the picture looks reasonably stable, particularly given the wild fluctuations seen in the crypto markets over the same period.

Link to post: https://elementus.io/blog/ico-market-august-2018/


  Also interesting ICO Zuenchain.io
Posted by: Yan888 - 09-27-2018, 05:30 AM - Forum: Drugs and Healthcare - No Replies

Securing your health data and building a new ecosystem to improve total wellness worldwide

The world’s first Total Wellness Blockchain Alliance Platform


A revolutionary technology that will completely transform societies and disrupt existing business models

The pace of life today has become much faster as compared to that of the past. High levels of stress and long working hours have led many to feel increasingly irritable, anxious, and exhausted. This fast-paced lifestyle can have a serious impact on both physical and mental health. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression or other stress-related symptoms.

The market for physical and mental health has grown dramatically in recent years, mainly because people need an avenue to relieve stress. According to a report released by the Global Health Institute, the global total wellness industry’s market value stands at 3.4 trillion US dollars and is three times the size of the global pharmaceuticals industry!



Website: https://zuenchain.io/en_US/
Whitepaper: https://zuenchain.io/wp-content/themes/c...per7.0.pdf


I would like here some opinion about this ICO.


  ICO qiibee
Posted by: CryptoMAX - 09-27-2018, 05:10 AM - Forum: Other Industries - Replies (1)

Hi All, I would like to start discussion about ICO https://qiibee.com/ 

The idea is interesting. This might work in near future. Some info below:

Loyalty on the blockchain.

Now, businesses can store customer rewards on the blockchain and issue real-value Loyalty Tokens in return. qiibee brings blockchain and crypto to everyone!




Whitepaper link: https://static.qiibee.com/qiibee-White-Paper.pdf


  Community Battle of the ICOs!
Posted by: InitialCoinList - 09-26-2018, 01:15 PM - Forum: ICO News - Replies (5)

Initial Coin List presents the Community BATTLE OF THE ICOs!

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Round 4 is on now! visit the Battle page HERE to check out the competing ICOs / ask questions to the teams / or of course VOTE for the ICO that you support!!



The battle goal is to bring awareness to different ICOs and give a voice to the community through discussion & voting.
The winning ICO will receive our valued Community Choice Award! Which can be a significant factor for investors to look further into an ICO.


Each Round is from the 1st-10th of every month


 
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To encourage honest & valuable ICO research, InitalCoinList does not offer paid ratings.
Defining a new standard of assessing Initial Coin Offerings;
the Community Battle of the ICOs provides an equal chance for all ICOs to gain exposure 
while revealing their level of engagement & community support to investors.
Our Community Choice Award cannot be bought
& can only be acquired by earning first place in our monthly CBOTI

 
1st place Receives:
Community Choice Award 
One month orange featured Community Choice free listing on InitialCoinList
(Community Choice award /rating will always stay on your listing)
*includes a seal for website & certificate image
1 month CC featured listing


Featured listing includes Community Choice ad box
300 x 250 sized banner promoting your Project 


2nd place Receives:
1 week free Sidebar Ad Banner on InitialCoinList
300 x 250 sized banner promoting your project displayed on the right side-bar of every ICO listing page and blog post.
*campaign start date of your choice

 
How it works:

The Battle is held on InitialCoinList.com where the 10 competing ICOs will be showcased. 
Here the community will be able to vote for their favorite ICO, check out our ICO summaries & ask any questions on the discussion board.
 The ICO with the most votes on the 11th at 00:00 UTC wins the battle & ICLs Community Choice Award!


We only accept the first 10 ICOs into each Round, if your ICO would like to register please go to Battle of the ICOs.com
If you have any questions please contact us at support@initialcoinlist.com




Previous & Current CBOTI Winners:


Cyphr Coin -Round 1- August 2018             NHCT - Round 2- September 2018               Local Remit- Round 3- Current
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visit the Battle OF The ICOs homepage for details.
- Round 4 live now


  Burning Billions: Tokens Cents on the Dollar Against Raised Capital
Posted by: ICOMAN - 09-26-2018, 04:30 AM - Forum: ICO News - No Replies

While Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have to date raised double in 2018 what they did last year, the controversial fund-raising vehicle is seeing its popularity diminish to select projects. Diar number crunching shows that 70% of tokens are now valued at less than what was raised during their ICO. And with tokens having no equity representation, markets have shrugged off cash-on-hand as part of an enterprise valuation.

Public ICO statistics collected by TokenData suggest that August 2018 saw the number of projects successfully completing a fund-raising round hitting a one year low, standing at just 17 tokens (see chart). Ricky Tan, Founder of TokenData tells Diar that’s it’s unlikely that public ICOs and pre-sales will pick-up any speed for the remainder of 2018.

Still, despite the never-ending bear market of 2018, investors have dropped a hefty $12Bn into ICOs (see chart). And returns outside of projects with Ogilvy marketing know-how have, unsurprisingly, not been stellar by any means.

|| UNDER THE FOLD, UNDER WATER

Outside the Top 100 cryptocurrencies being traded, there is a $5 Billion shortfall against the total amount raised during an ICO for the 562 tokens with reliable information about their fund-raising. 7 out of 10 tokens that are sitting below the screen fold have valuations that are now under their initial raise.

The story is quite telling when accounting only for the tokens that are below the funding teams received. 402 out of 562 projects that raised over $8.2Bn are now worth $2.2Bn – an eye watering $6Bn loss in market capitalization value against actual cash paid out to development teams.

Depending on when the funds were raised, teams might be sitting on even larger crypto coffers (Diar, 10 September). Of course, bad treasury management and holding onto crypto for speculative purposes could also have backfired in 2018.

Even if one is to assume zero capital raised for all the tokens currently listed outside the Top 100 with no ICO information, markets have spoken and tallied a $1.3Bn loss against the funding raised. In fact, outside the Top 20 cryptocurrencies, market capitalization stands below ICO fund-raising totals to the drum of over $700Mn.

|| WHO DECIDES WHAT’S ABSURD?...

While the market cap board shows crypto to be valued at over $200Bn, Diar estimates outside the top 5 cryptocurrencies, exchange tokens and Stablecoins, that cryptocurrencies have, supposedly, a value just over $35Bn. Yet no project has taken off and sustained any sort of audience (Diar, 20 August).

|| MR AMBASSADOR, DID YOU GET THAT PAID IN BITCOIN?

Sirin Labs, the third largest ICO which raised $158Mn, had deep enough pockets to persuade football/soccer superstar Lionel Messi, arguably one of the most popular athletes in Europe to be their brand ambassador. It hasn’t helped keep up the company’s token price.

In fact, the project’s token, aimed at funding a “blockchain phone” is literally the worst performing token in total dollar value with their market cap losing $141Mn (see table). The phone is slated to launch at the end of November.

|| UNLISTED, UNACCOUNTED – UNREAL?

324 tokens, over a third of tokens that completed an ICO and that raised over $2.3Bn in 2017-18 have yet to have their token listed on any exchanges. Half of these projects have completed their funding rounds in 2017.

And 44 tokens that have raised $1Bn sit on the bottom of the table due to practically zero liquidity, and no information about distribution of token supply. Bankera, which raised $150Mn in February is one of them - the fifth largest ICO outside of private sales.

|| MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

With the mega raises that the ICO market has witnessed over the past 12 months, the funds raised by some of the top cryptocurrencies, at first glance, almost look humble. Outside of EOS, the top projects raised $380Mn – their market capitalization stands at $6.7Bn.

However, the success of the tokens prices has done well for the foundations and development teams. The projects teams are sitting on over $2.6Bn from their own token holdings as financing for future development (see table).

Link to post: https://diar.co/volume-2-issue-38/


  ICO BitSong (BTSG)
Posted by: CryptoMAX - 09-25-2018, 09:50 AM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

BitSong is a project dedicated to musicians and listeners, where artists will be able to produce songs in which an advertiser can attach advertisements and users can access from any device.  BitSong will generate profit for the artist and the users while creating a money saving opportunity for advertisers. The user will be paid for the "User Attention", the producer will receive earnings in real time, the advertiser will be able to optimize the campaign after viewing the reports



Website: https://www.bitsong.io


  ZetoCoin (ZetoToken) ICO
Posted by: CryptoMAX - 09-25-2018, 09:47 AM - Forum: Supply and Logistics - No Replies

Hi All, I would like to here your opinion about this ICO.

Website: https://www.zetochain.com

Accelerating Blockchain for the Supply Chain

Zetochain is a new developer focused Open-Access Platform to rapidly blockchain enable data flowing to and from the supply chain.

About Zeto

Zetochain’s vision is to become the world’s first open-standards blockchain platform for supply chain. Zetochain empowers developers, embracing them from concept to delivery. Zetochain is a scalable, open, standards-based platform that makes blockchain adoption frictionless, even for legacy systems. This foundational layer allows developers without blockchain coding expertise to rapidly blockchain-enable any supply chain data.

Whitepaper link: https://www.zetochain.com/static/whitepaper.pdf