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ICO Analysis: Agrello Self-Aware Contracts

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Agrello wants users to create their own legally-binding contracts with the power of smart contracts. Further, the company wants to enable users to design such agreements “without coding or legal skills to form legally-binding agreements on the blockchain”.  Agrello’s graphical interface is designed to allow users to assemble contracts and compile code to be managed and executed on the user’s behalf by AI agents. Comprised of a team of Estonian lawyers, academics, information technology experts, the project centers on “Self-aware contracts (SAC)”, which are designed to function similar to conventional contracts.

The Estonia-based project believes its ‘smart agreement’ solution will interface with standard legal procedures via legally-binding smart contract-esque protocols.

The White Paper

“Tracking [the execution of contracts] is restrictively slow and in addition, [conventional contracts] are challenging to enforce,” the white paper outlines about the shortcomings of modern contracts.

It adds: “[C]urrently existing machine-readable contract solutions, i.e., smart contracts, lack suitable obligation constructs for execution and enforcement. Additionally, current systems do not comprehend the dynamics of legal relationships. It is important to mask legal obligations with daily human conduct.”

Agrello highlights in its project how modern technology can reduce costs and time spent on information and value transfer.

“Novel blockchain technology-enabled smart contracts, combined with intelligent multi-agent systems and internet-of-things devices, yield so-called self-aware contracts that allow for a high degree of automation for such peer-to-peer collaborations,”

according to the project.

“We demonstrate the approach in a running case for renting an apartment that is first presented with traditional protocols for initiating and terminating a rental contract. Since existing blockchain-based solutions lack essential constructs for specifying legally binding, machine-readable contracts, we pragmatically formalize obligations and rights with an ontology.”

One use case for Agrello might be renting an apartment – it has a beta for this due this Fall. “Since existing blockchain-based solutions lack essential constructs for specifying legally binding, machine-readable contracts, we pragmatically formalize obligations and rights with an ontology,” the white paper notes.

Agrello describes in its white paper how it discovered the ways in which the combination of belief-desire-intention agents, together with the declarative Agrello Language, yields self-aware contracts. “[T]he agents create a composed oracle governed by a lifecycle-management layer,” the team outlines. “The latter comprises the stages for preparing a self-aware contract template, initiating the setup phase of a collaboration, enacting a contract, managing rollbacks that are caused by e.g., a breach of an obligation, or the deliverance of faulty information by an agent, and an orderly termination of a self-aware contract collaboration.”

Intelligent agents designed after BDI-software counsel users through the contract’s life cycle, just like a lawyer would in the real world, based on the legal obligations and rights identified by the software within the framework of Agrello’s templates. The platform will also be able to execute specific compliance actions, but not all.

“Each side to an agreement is represented by an autonomous intelligent agent, which is placed in charge of executing the party’s obligations, notifying them on tasks that require human involvement, and listing available courses of action permitted by contract terms,” writes Agrello. The team has pondered which aspects of a conventional contract (CC) are most important when applying such arrangements to blockchain technology.

The team has pondered which aspects of a conventional contract (CC) are most important when applying such arrangements to blockchain technology, and come to conclusions. “An important prerequisite for a contract that most commonly exists as a written document as evidence, is that the parties involved voluntarily engage to establish a consensus,” the white paper states. “In most business cases, CCs are documents that identify the contracting parties uniquely and state explicitly the commitments of the latter. When those commitments are performed, their status changes over time.”

The white paper continues: “Another problem with the traditional form of setting up and managing CCs is that they are often underspecified and the ability to manually track their status is restricted.”

Agrello is designing text to code compilers that read legalese and convert it into blockchain coding languages like Solidity, which powers Ethereum’s smart contracts. By enabling the reversal of ‘smart agreements’, Agrello hopes to achieve a process that mimics conventional contracts. Such documents could prove that two parties entered into a contractual agreement. Executed in code and understood according to Agrello’s translation into human language, the platform depends on libraries of ontological identities written in Web Ontology Language (OWL).

“Operating at the intersection of the legal system, financial institutions and disruptive technologies, Agrello is highly dependent on the establishment of good industrial relationships with the off-chain world,” wrote Agrello CEO Hando Rand in the blog post. “We regard the work done by the Ethereum foundation on this matter as invaluable, and seek to be an active player in the field, lending our hand to promote this effort even further.”

Mr. Rand added in the blog: “Agrello employs Artificial Intelligence modules, graphical interfaces, and text-to-code compilers, which will naturally have to operate off-chain. The function of the blockchain in the Agrello system is mainly as a record-securing device. Proofs of performed obligations, hashes describing Agrello smart agreements, and logs of activity are stored and time-stamped on the blockchain, providing the immutability the Agrello system demands, while the rest of the system can securely run on the client side.”

Agrello announced it would ‘homestead’ on Ethereum, but will be designed for use with other smart contract platforms, such as Metaverse, Antshares, Lisk, Qtum, RSK, Ethereum Classic, and NEM.

The Team

Agrello Chief Scientist Alex Norta has researched digital contracting for over 16 years. Multiple Agrello executives have more than fifteen years of experience working on digital contracting solutions. Mr. Norta is an associate professor at Tallinn University of Technology and the author of several recognized publications. Mr. Norta has co-authored numerous papers on related technology topics before penning the Agrello white paper.

Anton Vedeshin, a CTO and cryptography expert with a PhD from Tallinn University of Technology, founded his own company, 3DPrintersOS.

Hando Rand is a legal researcher at Tallinn University of Technology. He manages investors and coordinates public relations for Agrello.

Advisors to Agrello include Eric Gu, CEO and Co-Founder at ViewFin; Peter Brady CEO and Founder at BlockForward; Adam Vizri, Director at Diacle; and Paul Kohlhaas, a team member at Consensys.

The Verdict

According to Agrello, its “blockchain-driven self-aware agents-assisted contracts for a decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) economy” represent “a novel cross-organizational blockchain-agnostic framework for peer-to-peer collaboration that is based on ca. 15 years of academic research.” Time will tell.

Agrello is in an early stage. Much of the logic is in the white paper, however. “For us it is only now just implementing the code,” Mr. Rand told Hacked.com when we reached out via the platform’s public and private channels. Whether or smart contracts will be recognized by courts, to be sure, has yet to be seen.

Moreover, whether or not the team has what it takes to pull this off is unknown, but if token sales are anything, they are a pledge of support to a specific development team and vision. And why would one pledge support to a cause in which they do not believe? I first became interested in Agrello when I learned they were trying to solve problems in smart contracting on Rootstock, which gave the project loose ties to bitcoin.

“Since the Agrello framework is blockchain agnostic, the mapping assures that heterogeneous organizational-internal smart-contract platforms can be integrated cross-organizationally,” the project elucidates.

I hope that, once funds are raised, Agrello will dedicate resources to exploring the possibilities for smart agreement innovation on bitcoin. I’d also hope the team would consider future innovations in its Delta token, though it is nice to see it has a utility for the system described in the white paper.

I have long read Alex Norta’s works on information technology, as he and others had been working on smart contract technology before Ethereum released its platform. Mr. Norta’s early involvement in digital contract, dating back to the turn of the century, earns the project 5 points. 

The white paper is among the most detailed, describing in a lucid and flowing manner a complex system that is clearly better thought out than many other blockchain proposals. Mr. Norta comes across as a true professional in his prose. The project receives two points for their robust description of smart agreements.

Applying blockchain technology to the real world will take innovative solutions. Agrello’s BDI Agents, which allow smart contracts to do the stuff described above, is on the forefront of solving these problems. That is worth two points. 

That’s a total of nine points. However, we also see some problems with this platform.

For instance, the project has failed to deliver a coherent message and doesn’t appear too often in Google searches. While this is a problem for many of the best blockchain companies, who are working on some of the space’s toughest problems, its not the best formula for a token sale. Ultimately, this could be a good thing as those backing it are getting in early, and its a sign Agrello has worked on relationships behind the scenes (see Everex and the many compatible blockchain platforms). But for purposes of this review, the lack of public visibility for Agrello is cause for a reduction of 1.5 points. 

Agrello has a lot of work to get done. Its road map shows a rental and loan agreement app for 2018. It will be focusing on Ethereum until then, and tapping into the platform’s wide array of developer talent.

Agrello earns 7.5 based on Hacked’s rating guide. 

Investment Details

Agrello’s Delta tokens are necessary to use the Agrello platform. There will be a 150 million DLT token supply. 90 Million will be distributed in the token sale. They are worth payment and voting rights.

The Agrello Token Delta (Ethereum ERC20) gives holders a vote in governance decisions and protocol changes on the network. Used to reward contract template creators if their template is used, DLT are offered in four price tiers. There has been a lot of distress over the project’s strict anti-money laundering and know your customre protocol, but this is a professional project with many lawyers working on it. Token purchasers should welcome this. For those buying and withdrawing under two bitcoins worth of Delta, there is no AML nor KYC.

The token sale, which begins July 16th at 20:00 China Standard Time runs 32 days until August 17th at 19:59:59 CST. Agrello reserves the right to stop the sale should the project raise 10,000 bitcoins.

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The Ankr network aims to create a permissionless, efficient, scalable blockchain, which also has built-in capabilities for interacting with existing data solutions. Its consensus mechanism is called “Proof of useful work,” suggesting that the computing resources that provide the lock will be much more efficient than existing PoW schemes. Their new consensus protocol will allow them to engage in the Distributed Cloud Computing field. It is also notable to mention that they were one of the first to implement the Intel SGX trusted devices feature.

More about ANKR network’s technology can be viewed in my previous article.

In short, ANRK network wants to change the inefficiency of existing POW blockchains and transfer all that computing power onto useful tasks. Secondly, they would like to create oracle services that will allow smooth integration of real business to the blockchain. Finally, as all new blockchains, they would like to improve the scalability of their blockchain through the introduction of plasma chain features. What I liked most is they do not aim to achieve superior numbers like 1m TPS, but only seek to implement features that would be necessary for their business.

The roadmap is rather short at this point. The project has already released their MVP and is preparing itself for the testnet launch in September of this year.

Token

The total toke  supply is 10 billion ANKR tokens. The use of proceeds is listed below:

  • Team and advisors – 20% – lockup of 7 months and vesting up to 3 years
  • Marketing -5%
  • Private pre-sale – 30%
  • Public sale – 5%
  • Mining and community – 40%

Akr provides the following use cases for its tokens:

  1. It will serve as a payment instrument on the blockchain
  2. It will serve as a mining reward for renting computing power
  3. It will serve as a community reward incentive

Team

The team is young and talented and is a part of UC Berkley Blockchain student group.

Chandler Song, Co-founder & CEO. He has diverse experience in different international companies like Didi (college intern for three months), SAP (4 months), Amazon as a software intern (4 months), and as CTO of CitySpade for five months (currently has 29 employees on LinkedIn).

Stanley Wu, Co-founder & CTO. He has strong technical skills and more than ten years of experience working for Amazon with a focus on large-scale cloud services.

Ryan Fang, Co-founder & COO.  He had some experience with credit organizations like Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, China Renaissance and State Street.

Song Liu, Chief Security Engineer. Principal Engineer at Gigamon for just over two years, Senior Staff Engineer at Palo Alto Networks for two years, Network Security Expert. He has skills in TCP/IP/SSL firewall coding, C, and C++ programming, and large-scale distributed computing systems.

Advisors

Christel Quek, Marketing Advisor — Based out of Singapore, advisor to Zilliqa and Switcheo Network, Founder of BOLT.

JZ Zhang, Technology Advisor — Distinguished Architect at Yahoo (over four years), Principal Engineer at Cisco (1 year), Microsoft (over three years), Blackberry and AT&T, Founder of PDX funded by Lenovo Capital. Member of Blockchain Research Group in National Internet Finance Association of China.

David P. Anderson, Technical advisor – American research scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston.

Investors and partners

The ANKR investors list is pretty impressive. Some of the more prominent investors are:

  • NGC – investment fund of NEO
  • Jlabs – blockchain division of Chinese private equity firm JD capital
  • DHVC – well know early stage investment firm from the Silicon Valley.

Verdict

Ankr is an exciting project. It provides exciting product features, focused on adoption and has the backing of serious players in the blockchain space. However, theis filled with competition, and it is hard to understand who will take the main market share at this point.

Risks

  • Competition is rather fierce even in the blockchain space. We have projects like Golem, Sonm and upcoming projects like Hypernet and Perlin as well Dfinity and Oasis Labs. -2
  • Relatively inexperienced team. -1.5
  • A long-term roadmap is not there. -1.5
  • PoUW is a new concept, so the implementation may face some difficulties. -1
  • Token metrics and lockups of private sale round could be better. -2

Growth Potential

  • A talented and ambitious team from Berkley, backed by senior engineers and advisors.+1
  • Usage of SGX chips to tap into unused computing resources may substantially decrease adoption phase. +1
  • Innovative consensus protocol. +1
  • Focus on niche industries first (specialization is better than global broad spread focus). +1
  • Github repository has committed, especially on the plasma part. +1
  • Hard cap and metrics are on the good side. +2
  • Strong backers in terms of top investment firms in the crypto space. +2
  • Part of the public sale is done through the physical token distribution (akin to Mainframe). +1
  • MVP is present .+2
  • Although most funds are raised through the private sale, it is still pretty decentralized (most parties got 200 eth). +1
  • Hype is there (50,000 people on Telegram), and reviews are generally favorable. +2

Disposition

Ankr has a decent hard cap and will probably be listed on a major exchange due to its hype and partner level. This can lead to a potentially good return in the short term, although lock up of private sale participants could be better. 7 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: ANKR
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Whitelist open
  • Minimum Investment: around 400 USD
  • Price: $0.0066
  • Hard Cap: 17.8 M
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: Residents of U.S / Canada / China / South Korean /Barbados & other FATF countries like Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Yemen, Iran, North Korea are not able to participate

General details :

Website: https://www.ankr.network/

Telegram: https://t.me/ankrnetwork

White Paper: on the website

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Although Facebook is one of the most successful that social networks ever existed, the year of 2018 did not start so well for them. The Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal had played a key role in that the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was even had been called to the court for a testimony. Its users’ data have been harvested by an app called thisisyourdigitallife and allegedly had used to build a software to influence voters. A rough estimation is that data belonging to 70 million users only from the US had been exploited, yet arguably this could be avoided if users had complete control over their personal data. No one else could share their data without their consent if they were stored in a decentralized system, so one of the biggest data breaches of the history would have been avoided.

As history shows this was not the first time that a data breach scandal has occurred in a centralized system and it is only rational to make a guess that it will not be the last time as well, which creates a need of an identification system such that users have control over their data, being able to choose what kind of data they share and when they share it.

Blockchain, being a highly secure technology, is likely to provide a solution in this area and Metadium, a decentralized identity platform, aims to be the standard solution for it with their product called Meta ID. This new kind of identity which is called “digital identity” will let users to have complete control over of where, when and how much of their personal data is shared. Without their consent no personal data shall leave the platform, thus making it (almost) impossible that data breaches like Cambridge Analytica can occur ever again.

Token

META is the native token which will be used for every action taking place on the Metadium blockchain. In order to prevent transaction overflows and avoid DDoS attacks any action will cost META and those collected tokens will be distributed to miners, thus incentivizing them to secure the network. The main usage of META token from a user’s perspective will be to attain attestation services. Their updating or linking their mundane identity which is defined in the whitepaper as a person’s identity backed by legal documents, will cost users tokens and attestation agencies will be rewarded by these tokens in the return of validating these users’ identities.

The initial total supply of META is 2 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 17% team and advisory
  2. 12% power to ecosystem
  3. 5% company reserve
  4. 5% token sale

1 billion META tokens, 50% of the initial total supply, were already sold for a total of 38,000 ETH in the private sale stage, averaging a price of 0.000038 ETH per token. As the crowdsale will be USD-pegged and the same rate will be available to crowdsale participants, these late-comers will have to pay much more in ETH due to a recent drop in ETH prices. No vesting period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, exists, thus some selling pressure might be expected as only 2.5% of initial token supply is allocated for the crowdsale. A vesting period of 6-12 months for team and advisor tokens shall be implemented, though further details are not released yet.

The team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as follows.

  1. 10% legal and accounting
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 15% marketing
  4. 65% research and development

The crowdsale is expected to take place in early September and details on KYC and white-list procedures will be released shortly.

Team

CEO Justin Park – Before joining to Metadium, Park was a senior manager for Gobi Partners, a venture capital based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this position, he held the CEO position at Smilegate, a Korean game company, known mostly for their first-person shooter game ‘Crossfire’.

Co-founder Ryan Uhr – Uhr, a former chief engineer at Hyundai Electronics, has founded Coinplug, a Korea-based company providing blockchain services, in 2013. Among exchanges, prepaid cards and ATM’s, Coinplug has developed a blockchain identity verification platform, OpSign, implying that Uhr comes with great experience in decentralized identity verification platforms.

COO Richard Yun – Yun is the COO of Coinplug and a former senior financial analyst at Cisco.

The existence of many team members from Coinplug is definitely a good sign as this indicates the team’s overall experience in blockchain products.

Advisors

Bo Shen – Shen is a founding partner of FenBushi Capital, one of the biggest blockchain venture capital funds.

Roger Ver – Ver is an early Bitcoin adopter, a founding member of Bitcoin Foundation and Bitcoin.com’s current CEO.

Jack Liu – Liu is a co-founder of OKEx and is the current head of trading at Circle Asia Pacific.

All ten advisors Metadium has are quite important players in the blockchain space and can push a fast adoption phase for the project.

Partners

The only technological partner Metadium has is Coinplug. Coinplug holds the highest number of blockchain patents in Korea and the second highest in the world, which is overwhelmingly impressive. The team has previously worked on a decentralized identity product. As noted earlier in the analysis, many members from Coinplug also work in this project, bringing immense value, team synergy and experience.

Investors

Metadium is funded by eighteen institutional investors. Even though this number alone is quite striking; the existence of huge players such as 500 Startups, FBG Capital, Hashed, Smith + Crown and PreAngel in this list is just incredible.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Metadium.

Risks

  • As the private sale was pegged to USD, ETH price has decreased immensely since the private sale took place, approximately from 880 $ to today’s 285$, unless we see a huge ETH run before the crowdsale, the crowdsale participants will have to pay much more ETH, (approximately 3x more ETH). Combined with no locking period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, this might create great selling pressure before the project takes off. (-3)
  • Not all details on the crowdsale are made public yet. (-0.25)
  • Competition with already existing and upcoming projects. (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Really great team mostly formed by Coinplug members. (+4)
  • Backed by many important venture capital firms. (+2)
  • Metadium Blockchain Prototype, 1.0 & API is expected to be released in Q3 2018. This will most probably create buying pressure, or at least remove some selling pressure. In the case of the market’s finding itself in another bull run until then, Metadium might yield great returns. (+3)

Disposition

Metadium has a great team with lots of experience and aims to solve an important real-world problem. It is not unlikely that they beat their competitors by means both of adoption and the product. Metadium receives a 5.75/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – presumably utility
  • Symbol: META
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Early September
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.0325
  • Hard Cap: Unspecified
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Agate is the world’s most comprehensive decentralized blockchain platform for instant payments. It connects physical stores, online merchants, users and developers to the crypto economy.  Imagine PayPal, but with all the neat new bells and whistles that blockchain, smart contracts and machine learning bring to the table, including a fiat backed platform stable coin called iFiat, which helps control volatility risks that usually come with crypto.

Agate plans to launch its Proof of Stake mainnet in Q1 2019.  There will be a heap of different elements to the Agate Ecosystem. Here are the highlights.

  • Token Generator: Allows users to create their own token through a user-friendly platform without having to write any code. Users will brand and market their products and services under Agate’s blockchain. The token generator will be fueled by AGT token, which will remain at the core of the platform.
  • AI Powered MultiCurrency Wallet: Their wallet is in development and can already store 5 cryptocurrencies. It will be fully launched by Q4 2018 at which time users will be able to store 17 different crypto-assets. The wallet will be integrated with an AI engine that uses machine learning software that has the ability to advise users with the best time to convert their crypto into iFiats to realize the highest possible gains.
  • Stable Cryptocurrency: This is a game-changing feature. Separate from AGT token, a stable coin pegged to the dollar, called iFiat, will be used to settle transactions in real-time. Each iFiat unit has a 1:1 ratio with the underlying currency unit, this facilitates a stable payment system ensuring merchants receive the full spendable value for their payments while eliminating volatility risk.
  • Trading Bot: Allows users to load multiple cryptocurrencies into the Agate ecosystem and then set multiple rules for the bot to execute trades when market conditions are met.
  • Merchant Facing Multiple Payment Gateway: Easy to install payment apps/plug-ins and an open source Agate Payment Gateway API will allow merchants and e-Commerce platforms to accept crypto as a mode of payment with no hassles.
  • Decentralized Exchange: Agate’s iFiat ecosystem will include a Decentralized Exchange (DEX) that will allow fast transactions on the network for merchants to convert their crypto into iFiats instantaneously. Further helping eliminate the volatility risk that comes with crypto.
  • Merchant POS Terminal and Merchant App: Enables brick and mortar stores access to Agate’s POS terminal. With the Agate Merchant App, merchants can receive payments in their own iBucket which facilitates easy bank transfers or the money can be loaded into their own cards for instant spending.
  • Crypto Debit Card: Agate Debit card. The goal is to partner with the worlds leading card providers to allow Agate debit to work at “over 30 million stores globally.”
  • White Label Provider: Agate Blockchain will provide the Agate API Suite, a white label solution that allows developers to build their own DApps or DAO on Agate’s strong and reliable network while improving the entire Cryptoeconomy.

Token

AGT token is separate from the above-described iFiat (stable) token.

The whitepaper lists several ways which AGT token will be used, including:

  • All Exchange orders between different currencies will cost 1 AGT token.
  • Any trade bot trades will cost 1 AGT at the point of execution.
  • To load card or request bank transfers, users will have to pay 1% fee in AGT tokens.
  • Agate token generator costs 50 AGT.
  • At some point, they will switch from Ethereum to their own mainnet. When this happens, AGT will become minable thru Proof of Stake, which will cost 50,000 AGT tokens to run a node.
  • AGT will be required to execute smart contracts.

Distribution:

  • 65% Crowdsale
  • 10% Team
  • 5% Advisors/Partners
  • 5% bounty/airdrop/referrals
  • 15% Reserved for the Agate Ecosystem

Allocation:

  • 40% Research and Development
  • 40% Marketing
  • 5% legal and compliance
  • 10% Operation and Admin
  • 5% Unforeseen Events

The team will lock up their tokens for one year. All unsold tokens will be burned.

Team

Based in Sydney, Australia, the site list 16 team members including tthree founders.

  1. Hamed Taghvaei-   A serial founder of tech companies, including Drone Online, Myservo, King ICO and Business and Demand Group PTY LTD.
  2. Hamid Ostad –  Impressive resume. Since 2016, he’s been the Solutions Architect at BPay Group, a successful Australian bill payment company. He has seven years of experience as tech lead at Creative Digital Technology and five years Dev Manager at Gpayments PTY.
  3. Ali Dorri – PhD candidate at UNSW studying blockchain. He seems to be a blockchain tech expert. No work history listed; his description says he’s worked with several successful blockchain projects already.

A few of the team members stand out.

Ehsan Jahandarpour – CMO. An influencer, he was ranked top 20 growth hacker in 2016 Forbes.

Ariya Chittasy – The website says he’s helped produce four startups over the last eight years, and twi of them are successful. Currently at  Engenesis Ventures, where he “is working with visionaries and innovators to create tech-based companies that serve the world ”

Odette Abrenica – UI/UX Designer. She also has the same role at Engenesis.

Jaemie Dela Pena – Product Design Lead for Agate and Engenesis.

Asi Asgher – Project lead, also works at Engenesis.

There are six advisors – they look decent. J Brenton Smith was the VP & GM Asia Pacific & Japan business of Dell Software Group.

Verdict

There’s plenty to love about the project including a few unique, possibly groundbreaking ideas. However, there is also plenty of risk. Debit cards for one. Countless blockchain projects have come out with their ICOs talking about how they will have a debit card which can be spent with different cryptos all around the world, yet all of them have flopped so far.

Risks

  • Their Telegram channel is for announcements only. It’s going to be hard to grow a community around the token if they can’t talk to each other easily. Also seems kind of shady to not allow possible contributors the ability to ask questions in real time. -1
  • The founders of Agate also recently founded an ICO launching business called King ICO. And most of the team is from a company called Engenesis which is a blockchain project incubator. This means there’s a possibility this team is not serious about making Agate, and are more into making millions of dollars doing ICOs. -1
  • Laws/Regulations. It’s going to be really hard to get the proper banking licenses required to fully run the Agate platform world wide. -2

Growth Potential

  • According to the roadmap. Q1 of 2019 is when they will be hoping to get their proper banking licenses. +1
  • The community seems to like this project, although some of the enthusiasm can be chalked up to their bounty/airdrop program. A large majority of ICO review websites give this project a 90+, or A ranking. And the Bitcointalk page is filled with enthusiastic supporters.+2
  • If this succeeds, the sky will be the limit. +1
  • Teams tokens will be locked up for 1 year. +1
  • 50,000 AGT must be staked in the future to run a POS node. +2
  • GitHub is active and there are several beta demos of diff aspects of the platform. +1.5
  • Several backers. +2

Disposition

High risk/ high reward. If they build everything they talk about in the whitepaper, and then get the proper banking licenses, this could moon. +6.5/10

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