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ICO Analysis: ARAW

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London-based ARAW is hoping that its project is going to be the next decentralized e-commerce and payments platform to capture the loyalty of consumers and businesses alike. The blockchain startup, which is built on the Ethereum network, is off to a running start, as it has already inked industry partnerships, most recently the decentralized application and smart contract-fueled Credits startup. Credits is designed to pick up where the Ethereum and Bitcoin networks fall short as it boasts 1 million transactions per second, which is conducive to the micro-payments on the blockchain that ARAW is targeting.

The thing to note about ARAW is that while it’s a startup, it’s more mature than most new companies. It’s been operating off-chain for two years already and has a mobile app that’s available on the UK Apple App Store and Google Play as well as an integration with PayPal and Stripe. The ICO is designed to fund ARAW’s expansion to the blockchain, which can be considered less risky than the alternative, which is to rely on the ICO funds to develop a platform that remains in the conceptual stage. ARAW has a robust ecosystem, one that’s comprised of the ARAW Payment Gateway, a Touch & Pay Card and more.

Source: ARAW White Paper

Token

ARAW is an ERC20 token that fuels the ARAW ecosystem across the e-commerce and payments industry. The token will be issued in an upcoming ICO, and the number of tokens that will ever be created is capped at 5 billion. The token can also be used as a rewards mechanism by retailers for their customers. ARAW boasts a token-fueled rewards platform for which there is an open API. The rewards program is unique in that rewards aren’t points and don’t expire, making them more attractive to customers and ultimately bolstering the value of the coin. The company already has customers using its rewards system off-chain, and the plan is to migrate them to the token-fueled decentralized platform. ARAW also plans a bounty program airdrop for which 150 million tokens are earmarked. Token distribution is as follows:

Source: ARAW White Paper

Team

ARAW boasts a deep bench of seasoned banking professionals who are alumni of firms like Barclays, JPMorgan, Capital One and more.

Krutesh Shah is at the helm as co-founder and CEO. He’s a banking industry alum at major investment banks including BNP Paribas and Barclays. This experience should serve him well with the company’s migration to the blockchain. He brings the financial tools while ARAW CTO Carlo Pascoli brings the technical experience, having been part of engineering teams at “Shazam, IG and Thomson Reuters.” Pascoli boasts experience with developing mobile apps and distributed systems and is a believer in decentralization.

ARAW’s management team extends to an experienced advisory team comprised of more than half-a-dozen e-commerce and blockchain professionals whose guidance is likely to result in a successful move to the Ethereum network.

Verdict

ARAW is a professional project that has two years of operating history that sets it apart from most blockchain startups. We like that the use of ICO proceeds is diversified across various categories ranging from sales and support and legal to sales and marketing and R&D. This is an indication of a project that is more mature than others that remain in the conceptual stage, which diminishes the risk. That’s not to say that there are no risks, as ARAW is debuting into a market where competing payment and e-commerce tokens have a headstart. The rewards feature is a nice touch and could help to incentivize consumers and businesses alike to climb onboard.

Risks

  • While ARAW is developing a comprehensive ecosystem for the e-commerce market that aims to deliver seamless blockchain transactions to the masses, it’s not the only company doing this. In fact, it sounds a lot like Dash, whose instant pay feature is similarly designed to usher in micro-payments to the blockchain and which offers consumers a privacy feature. Meanwhile, DASH coin has been under pressure of late, which provides a more challenging environment for an e-commerce play like ARAW to make its debut. (-2)

Growth Opportunity

  • Investors who are interested in the ARAW token sale must go through the know-your-customer process. This involves white-list registration and providing any required information to prove your identity. The fact that ARAW is pursuing regulatory compliance in the jurisdictions in which it plans to operate is a positive in an environment that is moving closer toward global regulation. (+2)
  • ARAW is in discussions with exchanges to list its ARAW token. While the startup declines to identify these trading platforms until it’s a done deal, the fact that the discussions are under way is a positive sign for traders who are interested in the project, as it will provide liquidity. Plus there is a bounty program and airdrop on the roadmap. (+2)
  • ARAW has the benefit of experience with two years of operations under its belt. The ICO is designed to fund an expansion, one that involves a move to a decentralized platform on the Ethereum network as well as a 2020 push into the U.S. and Asia. (+3)
  • Despite the competition, ARAW is a participant in a robust payment and e-commerce space, the latter of which is projected to reach $4.5 trillion in sales in the next three years, according to the ARAW white paper. ARAW also cites another statistic, which is that “10% of the world’s GDP will be created on the blockchain by 20205.” All of these market statistics help to make the case for another e-commerce and payment platform. (+2.5)

Disposition

We arrive at a score of 7.5 out of a possible 10 for the ARAW ICO.

Investment Details

  • Websitehttps://arawtoken.io/
  • Token Type: ERC20
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Symbol: ARAW
  • Pre-ICO: July 1
  • Public Crowdsale: TBD
  • Token Supply: 5,000,000,000
  • Tokens Available for Sale: 3,500,000,000
  • Soft Cap: $2,000,000
  • Hard Cap: $25,000,000
  • Price: 1 ARAW = $0.01
  • Minimum Purchase: 0.1 ETH
  • Payment Methods: ETH
  • Contact: Tokensale@arawtoken.io

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ICO Analysis: Brain Space

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As we spend more and more time on the Internet, we become more “digital” and unsurprisingly, our everyday practices keep changing. Yet, change isn’t always so simple, especially when it comes down to intellectual property. Constantly using the Internet and creating new, original content whose rights we are entitled to, creates controversies as the intellectual property market faces several crucial problems such as in the following:

  • It is hard to establish connections between businesses and intellectual property owners.
  • There is no high-quality sustainable system dedicated to intellectual property.

But no more says the Brain Space team whose primary goals are to create an infrastructure to solve problems in the industry and to provide frictionless access for authors to the international stage. The latter is especially crucial for the market and should be underlined because if it is hard, inaccessible and inconvenient for an author to register and record his or her products, a healthy market’s occurrence is hardly conceivable.

Yet this is proven to be hard in the actual intellectual properties market as “a huge increase in capitalization, the issue of infringement of the author’s rights and the misuse of someone else’s intellectual property is acute”. The author has every reason and right to demand that his or her rights are protected and his or her products are used in accordance with legal frameworks. This brings the need for a platform where copyrights, patents or other intellectual properties are registered and protected rightfully.

Creating a safe and fast platform to store all this data is not an easy task obviously, yet Brain Space has proven how serious they are by building their own data center for this purpose to support the network of nodes. It is planned to have a capacity of 5 Petabytes (5,000 Terabytes or 5,000,000 Gigabytes), 3,000 KW of energy and 500 server racks each with a 40 Gbit per second Internet connection.

Token

IMP tokens are used as universal payment tools in the platform. The private-sale price per IMT token is $0.01, the pre-sale price $0.03 and the ICO price is $0.08. As any ICO investors will have to pay eight times of private sale contributors for the same number of tokens, token metrics do not seem favorable for him or her. Any crypto-investor who has taken a likening in the project might be better off if he or she waits until the token hits the market where probably he or she could buy it cheaper than the ICO price.

The initial total supply of IMP is 2,700,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 10% private sale
  2. 26% token sale
  3. 5% bounty, bonus, marketing
  4. 2% further attraction in the project
  5. 17% pre-sale
  6. 15% team
  7. 25% maintaining the platform project

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

  1. 28% data center
  2. 1% ICO expenses
  3. 15% listing, marketing, and business development
  4. 7% team
  5. 2% attraction of users
  6. 2% legal and financial services
  7. 8% expansion, operations
  8. 2% legal status and licenses
  9. 15% backup
  10. 5% technical development
  11. 14% specialists
  12. 1% community events

Team

Ivan Shikhalev: Shikhalev was a software engineer at Tenzor Company.

Denis Dimitriev: Dimitriev has worked as a financial analyst at TeleTrade Russia.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Brain Space.

Risks

  • As the ICO price is eight times of the private sale price, any ICO investor will have to pay eight times more than a private sale contributor for the same number of IMP tokens which does not sound like a healthy investment at all. It might be reasonable to wait until the token hits the market and hope it opens at a lower price if you are interested in the project. (-2)

Growth Potential

  • The team is planning to have its own data center, which means that the team is aiming to provide sufficient speed and security for the platform in addition to any other nodes run by others. (+2)
  • Blockchains’ immutable permanent nature is a perfect fit for intellectual property platforms. (+2)

Disposition

The intellectual rights market suffers from several problems such as the absence of a high-quality sustainable platform, the infringement of authors’ rights and the misuse of the authors’ rights as well as products. Blockchain technology, thanks to its immutable, permanent nature, has a high chance to solve this problem and Brain Space is such a platform aiming at these issues. Although one might be worried about the platform’s security, speed, and scalability, the team is planning to build its own high-capacity data center to support network needs. Still, from an ICO investor’s perspective, we cannot say token metrics are favorable as the private sale contributors had the chance to buy IMP tokens with a price of $0.01 while the ICO price is $0.08. As of the time of writing, there are still two months until the ICO, so the ICO investor should strongly weigh the project’s pros and cons before making any investment and likely consider buying tokens after they hit the market. Brain Space receives a 2/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: IMP
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: January 14th
  • Minimum Investment: $100
  • Price: $0.08
  • Hard Cap: $73,630,000
  • Payments Accepted: Bitcoin, Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: United States, China, and North Korea

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ICO Analysis: Aqua Intelligence

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The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal has revealed that the world’s biggest social network’s millions of users’ personal data were harvested for political reasons. This was not the first scandal revealing user data misused for a corporation’s or a person’s gains. Big data companies are known to track Internet users’ data as closely as possible in order to sell the data later for monetary gain.

However, the actual owner of the data, the end user, rarely benefits from this data monetization. Aqua Intelligence is a platform enabling its users to monetize their data in the form of tokens. The team aims to collect data from their already existing products and other sources in order to build a profile system at an international scale.

As a high amount of data is expected to flow into the platform, human analysis alone will not be sufficient to process it all. The team is looking to enhance the system with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to further improve sales, retention, conversion and customer satisfaction. If the team is able to meet their goals, Aqua Intelligence has a chance to take a shot at one of the world’s biggest industries.

Initially focusing on the hospitality industry where the team is the most experienced, Aqua Intelligence will create a data solution to help businesses improve their revenues with personalized offerings and improved operational efficiency. In return, the platform users will be rewarded with loyalty benefits in return for validating their personal data.

Aqua Intelligence is designed to have three main components.

  • Aqua Intelligence is the core component where the data is processed.
  • Platform users use Aqua Mobile Application to earn tokens in return for providing and validating data and completing other tasks like surveys and reviews. The application enables them to manage their loyalty points as well.
  • It is all thanks to Aqua Revenue Management System that businesses are able to improve their sales numbers and efficiency. By using this component, they will be able to provide personalized offers and special group sales.

Token

AQX tokens will be used to distribute rewards and loyalty points in the Aqua Intelligence platform. The ICO investor should note that until October 6th a bonus of 100% was offered to investors. As of the time of writing, 50% bonus is available for investors until November 5th. Any person considering to invest in Aqua Intelligence should better hurry and make his or her decision before the sale moves to the next stage where only 20% will be offered.

The initial total supply of AQX is 500,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 5% bounties and airdrops
  2. 20% team
  3. 30% platform reserve
  4. 45% AQUA token sale

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

  1. 10% legal
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 20% marketing
  4. 20% research & editorial
  5. 40% platform development

Team

CEO Anthony Gelman: Gelman has worked as a housekeeping training manager at Wynn Las Vegas and as a housekeeping manager at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

COO Leon Pashnick: Pashnick was the assistant manager of housekeeping at Wynn Las Vegas.

Okechi Onyeje: Onyeje is a software engineer at Vistaprint.

Advisors

Rick Hilton: Hilton is the chairman at Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, a real estate company based in Beverly Hills, since 1994.

Chuck Goldman: Goldman, a mentor at MassChallenge, has worked as a senior director at Apple for four years.

Tony Lau: Lau was the vice president of finance at Hughes Network Systems and Lockheed Martin/Astrolink International.

David Norton: Norton is the chairman and chief marketing officer at GALE partners, a marketing and advertising company and a board member at Home Care Assistance. He also has held the chief marketing officer position at Caesars Entertainment Corporation for twelve years and worked as a vice president at Bank of America.

Arthur Iinuma: Iinuma has worked for Citi, Morgan Stanley and UBS Wealth Management.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Aqua Intelligence.

Risks

  • The AQX token does not have any staking or profit distribution mechanism and has none to very little use case for people who will not use the token except for speculative trading. (-2)
  • Early stage investors get a 100% bonus which should discourage later investors from investing in the project. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • Great advisors with experience at well-known firms, with some of those being in the hospitality industry (the project’s initial focus). (+3)
  • The team is planning to initially focus on the hospitality market, where they are experienced. (+3)

Disposition

Whether one likes or not, personal data is money in this day and age. Aqua Intelligence gives people a chance to monetize their personal data in return for loyalty points and rewards in different forms. The project is backed by great advisors and the team’s initial focus will be the hospitality market where they have a lot of experience. Aqua Intelligence receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: AQX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: 0.05 ETH
  • Price: $0.18
  • Hard Cap: $30,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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ICO Analysis: BX.BET

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BX.BET is offering a decentralized blockchain-based betting exchange and prediction market ecosystem to tackle the fragmented market of betting.

BX aims to utilize the full power of blockchain and smart contracts to give users full control over their funds and betting transactions, with full transparency and total freedom to bet as they please. BX users will be able to take over the role of the bookmaker and create their own markets, and place/offer bets with self-determined odds.

The BX token will be a key component to enable all betting transactions. Users will be able to trade bets in three different markets: sports/esports, prediction markets, and financial markets.

The BX whitepaper also claims the fleshing out of interesting features like Oracles to create predictive markets, which is a pretty cool concept.

Token

A notable component of this pre-sale is the bonus structure, which incentivizes investors who contribute more than $15,000 with a 30% discount.

Team

The BX team carries a cumulative nine decades of experience in the betting industries and seems poised to handle the execution of the project well.

Verdict

Below is a rundown of the risks and opportunities associated with BX token.

Risks

  • Competition: A quick Google search shows 7 projects offering a decentralized betting program, and that’s just the first page. Yes, creating a decentralized betting platform is a good idea, so good an idea that dozens of teams are working hard to execute it. One of the more notable competitors is Augur, hit a market cap of over $1B (currently at ~$140M), made a big splash and is generally assumed to have first mover advantage in the space. However, to look at BX’s competition within the crypto realm is doing it an injustice, especially when you look at how fragmented the betting landscape has been. -3
  • Regulatory risks: A huge reason the products and companies in the betting sector have lagged behind is regulation is incredibly tricky, especially for a project looking to create an international betting platform. The BX team has to deal with dozens and potentially hundreds of different authorities. It’s decentralized in function, yes, but not decentralized enough in company structure to avoid any regulatory upheavals. -2
  • Steep team/advisor token ownership:Only 60% of the tokens will be sold to the public. It’s worth noting that of the token sale, 10% of the tokens go to the team,15% go to a “company reserve”, and 10% go to advisors. So, of the $20m hard cap (if reached), the team gets $2M, $3M goes to the company reserve, and $2M goes to advisors. That’s about  $222,222 average per the 9 team members (locked for 2 years), $666,666 average per the 3 advisors, and $3,000,000 in what I’m assuming is a rainy day fund. This doesn’t necessarily signal foul play, but as an investor, I would be slightly concerned that 35% of all total tokens stay with the company in some capacity, either as compensation or as a reserve. -2

Growth Potential:

  • The current betting landscape is a disorganized mess: If you want to bet on an NFL game, for example, you’d have to either contact a bookie to place the bet for you, or have a custom log-in on whatever site that bookie uses (or just bet someone next to you, but that’s not always convenient). If BX.BET can clean up this fragmented ecosystem and provide users a central place to bet freely without the obstacles, I could see it picking up a ton of users from scattered betting sites. +3
  • Removal of the third party bookmaker intermediary: Value tends to be created for the users of any decentralized platform that removes third party intermediaries, such as bookies. This means better betting terms and odds, leading to higher customer satisfaction. +3
  • Size of the industry: The BX.BET promotional materials place the betting industry at $60 billion and an annual growth rate of 10%. +2
  • Discounts are appealing: The pre-sale hasn’t started yet, but those wishing to invest anywhere between $300 to $15,000 can see between 15% to 30%. +4
  • Capable team:  The BX team consists of a group of people who have deep experience in this industry. In a niche with such a high rate of competition, the team is going to make the difference. +1

Disposition

We arrive at a +6 or BX.BET. The project seems very well put together and the app has a clean interface, but the level of competition, regulatory risks, and team compensation give me hesitations.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: BX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • ICO Date: Oct. 15, 2018
  • Minimum Investment: $100 USD
  • Token Price: 1 BX = $0.19 usd
  • Payments Accepted: BTC, ETH, fiat
  • Country: Malta

The token sale starts on October 15th. To find more information on the project, check out the BX.BET website and BX.BET whitepaper.

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