While the general conversation around ICOs in 2018 is about the rising number of calls for regulations against, the number of companies raising funds is at an all-time high. Just a few days back, TechCrunch reported that messaging platform Telegram raised an 850 million dollar pre-ICO. Clearly, the ICO hype train isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and finding a good one will get tougher.
To save you the trouble, we have done some preliminary research and shortlisted 5 really good ICOs. We do not work with these ICOs in promoting them and have tried to be as unbiased as possible in our evaluation of them. DO NOT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Treat this article as pointers to projects which are worth researching before making an investment decision.
And so without further ado, here are 5 ICOs worth your time in February –
TE-FOOD is creating an inexpensive, scalable solution for transparent tracking, securing, and ensuring the quality of food being transported globally. With their platform, they aim to combat food-borne illness, fraud, theft, and corruption.
Their biggest USP is that they have a working product, which serves over 30 million people a day; according to their website, they are working with 3100 farms, 3400 livestock agents, 2600 retailers and markets, 190 wholesale distributors, 70 slaughterhouses, 35 food producers, 25 veterinary companies, 30 wholesale markets
The TE-Food team has senior members, all of whom have had relevant experiences in supply chain and logistics. CEO Trung Dao has been a serial entrepreneur and has also president of the High Tech Association HCMC, in Vietnam. While they have a balanced team of over 20 members of business and technology, they don’t seem to have an advisory board.
Viewly aims to be the world’s first decentralized video platform. They aim to achieve this by building a peer to peer hosting network and smart contract based transactions on the blockchain. The viewly platform aims to provide users with the ability to enjoy ad-free video content, with a token-based monetization method for content creators. They don’t seem to have a live product, but their website suggests strong partnerships with content creators.
Viewly has a lean team across business and tech. The lack of a known blockchain developer is a little worrying, but their advisory board is strong. It includes the likes of Charlie Shrem and experienced professionals from the media space. CEO Stefan Furlan is a nice blend of academics in data and analytics and entrepreneurial experience.
Solve.Care aims to be a global blockchain solution for coordination, administration, and payments of healthcare. They plan to utilize the blockchain technology to reduce the enormous global clinical and IT system costs associated with our current healthcare system. By replacing duplicative systems and automating complex processes, Solve.Care believes that they can reduce billions of dollars in annual infrastructure costs for healthcare companies. As of now, there isn’t any evidence of a working product from the information available on their channels.
Solve.Care team consists of 50+ professionals including business analysts, Blockchain developers, project managers, healthcare domain experts, crypto consultants and administrative staff. In early 2017, Solve.Care acquired Ukrsoft based in Kiev Ukraine, who possibly take care of the technology aspect. CEO Pradeep Goel is a healthcare veteran, who has spent over 26 years in the industry, having worked in corporates and startups alike. Advisors include even more healthcare veterans and technology experts.
Endor claims to be creating “Google for predictive analytics”, by providing automated accurate predictions, fast, with no data science expertise required. Powered by MIT’s novel Social Physics technology, and massive compute power, Endor enables business users to ask predictive questions in plain language, and get automated accurate predictions. No data science expertise required. Currently, Endor has created a product for automated AI predictions for companies. Their predictions platform will be launched this quarter.
The team is the biggest USP of this project. The co-founders are experienced academicians with over 3 decades of experience in the world’s greatest technology school, MIT. Prof. Alex `Sandy’ Pentland, has taught at MIT’s media lab for the last 36 years and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Yaniv Altshuler is a researcher at MIT who held senior positions at IBM Research. This stellar team is also complemented by an equally accomplished advisory board.
Adhive.tv aims to be the first AI-controlled influencer marketing platform. Their platform aims to automate ad placement with influencers. It saves time in the setup process as the AI recognizes when the influencer has performed the advertiser’s task, then commands the smart contract to execute the payment. With this, they believe that a new standard for native advertising will be created, which would transform the business model of an influencer marketing platform, and thereby enable fast scalability across different markets. There is an alpha of the product that you can sign up for, but we couldn’t find many details on traction so far.
Co-founder Dmitry Malyanov has been in business and ad-tech for 13 years, leads the business aspects at Adhive.tv, which seems to be his brainchild. The rest of the team seems to be between tech and business and a lack of a strong blockchain developer is glaring. The advisory team is relevant and experienced.
Gift Coin wants to make charity and donations more transparent
Gift coin is a platform that enables end-to-end transfer of funds powered by a smart contract. In today’s day and age, there is a lot of mistrust among people with regard to charities and donating. And it is totally warranted because there is no physical proof of where the money is going and if it is actually reaching the place it needs to.
Which is where Gift Coin comes in. Gift Coin is trying to make charities’ account books more transparent by adopting the blockchain, it is also keeping charities honest and holding them up to the milestones they promised using smart contracts.
How Does it Work?
On Gift Coin’s website, users can browse through ongoing or upcoming projects, read about them and choose from them. After which the user can choose to donate in either fiat or crypto which is when a smart contract is created.
The smart contract works in accordance with the milestones chalked out by the project managers and funds are only released when the promised project milestones are reached. In the event that the project tanks, the unreleased money in the smart contract is returned back to the donor.
The use of blockchain is extensive in this project. All payments are done on the blockchain, so there is a clear record of when who and where the money went to. Once the funds are received by the charity, every bit of money spent is spent on the blockchain and hence is accounted for.
Gift Coin boasts of its transparency because of its blockchain and smart-contract use case. And any charity willing to adopt it is going a long way in rebuilding trust and good-faith with its patrons.
The first token offer is set to go live tomorrow, that is the 20th of March, at 9:30 EST. The company is looking to raise somewhere between $2.5 million and $10 million. One billion Gift Coin tokens will be minted at the initial price of $0.10 a token.
There is a lot of mistrust amongst millennials when it comes down to donating money to charities and good causes. According to the company’s white paper, 84% of today’s millennials donate to charity, out of which 38% of them believe that from the money they donate only a small token goes to the actual cause. This sense of mistrust and gap between donating and receiving is what Gift Coin is trying to bridge because the millennials are the donors of the future.
Adopting the blockchain and the use of smart-contracts will give charities a sense of responsibility and accountability for the projects they raise money for, because there will be a document between them and the donor and the donor can pull them up on it if they wish to. The other major feature of the project is the fact that the money, if not spent because of whatever reason, will be returned to the donor.
The only downside of this project is the fact that it will require a lot of charities to start accepting cryptocurrency payments which seems like a while away, a couple of years at least. After the charities, the money needs to reach the people in need as well, who too need to be on the blockchain. This is probably Gift Coin’s biggest challenge and it is going to be interesting to see how they work around it.
Apart from that, however, Gift Coin has the advantage of being the first platform to mix charities, smart contracts and the blockchain, so either way, they are pioneers in their field and it is going to be an interesting couple of months for them.
Crypto currencies aiming to revolutionize a gambling industry.
2017 was a memorable year for crypto world. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies seen a significant growth and wider adoption while numerous projects raised millions of dollars in capital via Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). Some call it the future of money, others say it’s a bubble. Whichever it turns out to be in the end, the recent upsurge in Bitcoin’s price and the whole crypto market suggests that it isn’t going anywhere soon…
There is no doubt that we are in times of a present-day Gold Rush and nobody wants to miss out on the extraordinary returns if products hit critical mass and investors get in early. So the question is, which sectors are likely to winners in 2018? Answer: you can ‘t go wrong with gambling. In 2013 just over 50% of all bitcoin transactions were related to gambling. Moreover, since 2014, roughly 3.7 million BTC has been wagered equating to $37 billion USD at the time of writing. The crypto gambling market size is constantly increasing but is only a tip of the iceberg compared to the global online gambling industry. One upcoming ICO is seeking to disrupt the industry by taking a new approach to gambling and offering new opportunities.
ZeroEdge.Bet is a new type of blockchain based online casino whose business model revolves around its cryptocurrency’s value growth rather than the cash flow from casino games like in traditional model. As a result, all casino games at ZeroEdge.Bet are with 0% house edge, meaning players have just as much chance of winning as the house. Casino will also offer a first ever 0% commission sports betting exchange where players can choose to bet on a multitude of different leagues and sports.
The simple feature that makes Zero Edge model work is that all betting on the platform is performed using Zero Edge Casino’s cryptocurrency named ZERO. The supply of ZERO tokens is fixed, so as demand and adoption of ZERO token grows, so does its value (Based on Metcalfe’s Law). Therefore, ZERO token does not only perform certain functions on the platform, but it also presents itself as a viable long-term investment due to its design.
On November 25th, ZeroEdge.Bet had its first official introduction during Blockchain Summit Kyiv 2017. Team was in attendance to shed a light on the current online gambling market and how blockchain and smart contracts can be utilized to create a more sociably responsible, sustainable and efficient gambling environment for both the players and gambling providers.
Zerocoin Pre-ICO is open – 79% discount & low hard cap!
The Pre-ICO is set to start on the 28th of February 2018, closing out on the 15th of March 2018. Pre-ICO bonus are 79% discount with a low hard cap – 1500 eth.
Kind Ads is solving digital advertising’s biggest problem
The advertising business model powers millions of internet businesses. It one form or the other, it allows blogs like ours run our livelihood. However, from a user’s point of view, ads are a nuisance. Kind Ads wants to change that.
The best user experience you can provide will seldom include showing an advertisement and many marketers and advertisers have spent the good part of the last few years in figuring out less intrusive advertisements.
In line with these efforts comes Kind Ads, a project that set its aim on improving the online advertising industry. The project already completed a massive private round of $20 Million and is taking the crypto niche by a storm.
With a tagline like that, we just had to know how this can be achieved.
Launched by the Leadchain Foundation, Kind Ads has created a decentralized protocol on the Ethereum blockchain for advertisers and publishers. The need for the platform arises from the following problems –
At its core, Kind Ads has created a decentralized token economy for advertising which does 2 main things –
Ask any marketer, being able to directly communicate with a prospective customer is the most effective way of selling. However, it is next to impossible to scale this digitally. With their platform, advertisers can do this to an extent, in a safe and transparent environment.
For publishers, especially those running smaller niches, this is a much more effective way of monetizing their subscriber base. The project also claims that through the KIND tokens, ad revenue will be remitted instantly, as opposed to 30 – 45 day lead time.
If Kind Ads can pull this off, this will really create a win-win situation for everyone involved in the ecosystem. But can they?
The team and advisors
CEO and co-founder Saulo Madeiros has a solid advertising background. He is also the co-founder of NPBR International LTDA, a digital marketing agency that currently helps their clients spend over $100,000,000 dollars a year on marketing.
His NPBR International LTDA co-founder, Rafael Mayrink, also joins the Kind Ads team and the technical brain is Jaime Sánchez, who has spent over a decade at Microsoft, building scalable cloud applications.
The biggest green signal for this already competent leadership team lies in the advisory board. Acclaimed digital marketing guru, Neil Patel is their top advisor and highly involved in the project. Anyone in digital marketing has either referenced Neil Patel’s expert blogs and video or has most certainly used his products Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.
And as if that’s not enough, the advisory board also has the likes of Saber Aria, CEO of BeyondBlocks, Trevor Koverko, the founder of Polymath, Nadav Dakner owner of a digital marketing firm for Blockchain projects and startups as well as many other huge names in the marketing and publishing industry.
One big thing that’s missing from the current information we had access to is the lack of how they are going to tackle ad blockers. Some publishers do force users to deactivate ad block to access content, so that could be a workaround, but it will be interesting to see if the Kind Ads team has any other approach.
Without even looking at this A+ team and stellar advisory board, Kind Ads is definitely onto something. The digital advertising ecosystem is due for a huge overhaul and there’s a great blockchain use case here to facilitate and scale the single most powerful selling technique – direct selling.
This looks like a solid project at face value and we will be looking to see more updates from their team.
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