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.
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