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A brief survey of the companies making the brunt of the bucks online yields Google as a primary result, and other search and data companies not far behind them – Facebook knows at least as much about a given person as does Google. “The people are the product,” goes the adage, and it’s less scary than it makes simple economic sense. Without some product to sell, companies would have no reason to offer such advanced and expensive services. In the ICO rush we’ve seen most industries undergo some form of attempted disruption, and now with the onset of BitClave we’re seeing perhaps a new zenith in terms of ambition: at heart, what they are trying to do is disrupt search, perhaps the pursuit of only the maddest technical idealist.

The Shape of the Pie in the Sky

There are two main things we need keep in mind when considering the mission being presented here.

The first is that the search in and of itself is a nascent industry, and really we’re only seeing the first iteration of its established modes. The era which directly preceded this one in the 90s was marked by dozens of choices, the first of which were maintained by hand, of databases to hunt for information. In reality, access to information was far more democratized under such circumstances, but we’ll not delve too deeply into the cultural dangers of centralized information access. The era of Google has been marked by a single, growing dominant search engine, more automated than not, which knows more about the user than it does at least a few of the user’s queries. In fact, one could argue that 9 times out of 10 the search engine has more information about the user, by nature of using the search engine and its other resources, than it ever does provide about an individual topic to the user. From a fairness perspective, this seems like a bad deal: people act as data crops for a global, faceless data combine and truly do not even get the carrot they signed up for.

The second thing to keep in mind is that there is a great cultural awareness of data privacy, but much like climate change or world hunger, average consumers do not currently have adequate choices which would protect their privacy. The cost of entry is your privacy, people have grown to accept, but they’re more aware of it than ever.

Studies have yielded conflicting results on the subject of how the current and next generation of decision makers actually view their data privacy. In one, we learned that millenials are largely indifferent. In another, they do care. Both situations only distract from the point the author is making, in any case: this generation is aware that their data is not private. Awareness is not enough. Someone could be aware that they are sitting on an oil well, but that awareness will not translate to action unless they are also aware of the value of the oil within it. This is the only type of catalyst that can lead to success for BitClave, which will allow users to monetize their own data.

Let’s see what the prospects of that particular industry are, that of voluntarily forfeiting private information. Short story: it’s growing, just like everything else online, exponentially. According to a Quora answer from someone who appears to know (Aaron Abram, founder of a survey company), online survey companies are extracting more and more from the economy, paying fractional amounts for people to answer long questionnaires.

The biggest fish in this industry makes $200M+ annually with 50% profit margins. And all the top venture capital firms are throwing money to the tune of $50M to $100M per company. With so much chum in the water, there is a feeding frenzy.

While the data that Google collects and the data that survey companies collect are two very different types of data, the point is that personal information is a huge and growing opportunity. So what does BitClave have to do with all this? Well, as you’ve probably guessed, they want to decentralize and monetize consumer search data and marketing information. At heart, their goal is to allow companies to directly market to consumers who are open to it, but at the tail end of their mission is a sizable disruption in the way people understand search.

BitClave proposes a system in which the intermediaries are eliminated and interactions are facilitated by the network itself. Instead of paying any “middlemen”, companies automatically make personalized offers directly to consumers who have opted in for the service.

The “intermediaries” referred to are the various advertising networks, including AdWords, which separate marketers from consumers. In the proposed system, companies will be able to find anyone who owns a dog, for instance, who is in the system, and offer them a product or service in the form of advertising. If the question has become why anyone would sign up for such a directory, then hopefully your familiarity with tokenization will help you understand: people will be motivated by money to be part of the network.

Incentivized Search Also Not New

What we’re talking about is not Bing Rewards or any of the myriad of search bars that share the advertising revenue with the user. Although at heart that is what we’re going to see happening in BitClave, we’re talking about something much more advanced. The Bing Rewards system, which allows people to earn “points” on their search data toward rewards, still uses the old model of throwing an ad up on a wall and hoping that passers by, who may or may not have a passing interest in the product, will take interest in it.

With BitClave we’re talking about something much more novel and innovative: a way to ensure that said ad only appears to those with a stated interest in it. This frees up capital to sweeten the products on offer, such as samples and trial offers, because when these programs are properly targeted they are scientifically proven to yield more sales.

The Future Is Unwritten

For the purpose of this article, both the author and the reader essentially need to suspend our understanding of the machinations and long tentacles of Google, Facebook, Baidu, and the rest of the aging pioneers who currently own the web for most intents and purposes. We must accept that disruption itself is the nature of technology, and so while it may be hard for us to imagine these companies losing market share in a significant way, we have to accept that it is both possible and reasonably achievable if the correct circumstances have arisen. As BitClave themselves put it:

Markets that stifle innovation are always susceptible to technology-based disruption.

The BitClave Network

BitClave is much broader in scope than mere search, but its first iteration will be directly associated with user activated search. The BitClave software itself is a blockchain layer that records user activities, in a way that the user assents to. The system used for this is called BASE, BitClave Activity Search Ecosystem. This is primarily for the advertisers and data aggregation outfits to interface with, so that they can find users who fit the profile they are looking for. Users who interact with the app are then presented with offers from advertisers who are looking for users that match their profile.

All of this will be operated using the CAT token, not to be confused with the BlockCAT token, which we will discuss a bit more in a moment.

BitClave does not mention the creation of their own search engine, which is a definite plus for the sanity of this project. Utilizing existing search engines, or allowing the user to decide the search engine, is a much smarter approach, removing it from the crosshairs of those firms themselves, but also putting it in a position that other networks can exactly mirror its functions and compete with it on grounds that are not based on their superiority, but instead simple virility and reach of existing ad contracts.

In short, BitClave’s first iteration places a shell over existing user search activities and gives advertisers a direct line to these users. The types of data that can be collected and stored in BASE are many, including physical information like building access, wifi connections, GPS information, and more. All of this data can be useful to advertisers trying to sell products, especially regional products. Through the use of cryptography, actual user personal information can be selectively protected and shared by the user, and the advertisers nor BitClave itself do not need actual personal details (name or e-mail address, for instance) to verify whether an offer actually converted or not.

For advertisers, this is what will be most attractive about BitClave: they are only paying for interactions which actually yield money, a radical and novel approach to advertising that couldn’t be successful in a centralized iteration. This is to say: exactly the type of disruption that blockchain and decentralization are meant to induce.

BitClave Token & Value

The CAT name for the BitClave token is unfortunate because there will be naming confusion between exchanges. In the case of BitClave, CAT stands for Consumer Activity Token. (BlockCat already calls its token the CAT, though.) Nevertheless, the value of the token as a member of the whole network needs to be established.

The high view is that advertisers will use the token to pay for listing on the platform and access to the BASE (along with later products BitClave will develop on the ecosystem) and customers will earn these tokens for their participation.

In design, then, the economics of this system are such that one party will continually be dumping onto the other. BitClave are aware that the system will take some time to develop value for both users and advertisers, and addresses this by saying:

While the true value of the ecosystem will take time to attain, reaching a sufficient number of retail contributors and user participants, we believe there is sufficient value for early adopters of the retail platform. Initial users can start to earn CATs by creating profile details, contributing preference and interest data, and posting recommendations for retailers or providers who have not yet joined the system (potentially earning tokens and reputation from other users in the process) similar to a recommendation or referral system. From the outset, the platform will support peer-to-peer contracts which will provide value in bootstrapping the retail marketplace.

Distribution

There will be 2 billion CAT tokens issued during the token generation event. For the purpose of the token, to be issued out as a token of reward by many different advertisers, we can see this distribution as being comfortably suited. Where Kik’s Kin token decided 1 trillion was an appropriate answer, BitClave apparently decided on an amount that humans can get their mind around.

It’s fun to play with numbers. We could make the following calculations based on some data that’s not available, for instance: if the market is 750 billion in 2025 and BitClave has just 1% of that in terms of advertising dollars, the total of the BitClave network’s value would be around 7.5 billion, and the cost of each token would justifiably be over a few dollars each. Let’s say this was a hugely positive outlook and say they only have acquired .1% of the network in that time – the token is still carrying value, so long as the network provides value to advertisers and advertisers are using it. Thus we find the true Achilles’ heel and metric to judge BitClave by: their speed of adoption and expansion and gathering of significant clients for the advertising services is crucial.

BitClave Team

BitClave have cleverly positioned themselves in Mountain View, California, the home of Google’s main campus. This puts them at the hub of the world’s search technology engineers, among a lot of other talent. Therefore we can safely say that if BitClave funds, CTO Patrick Tague’s odds of finding the engineers to get this thing on the road are pretty high. According to his LinkedIn profile, much of Tague’s professional experience has been as faculty at various educational institutions.

CEO Alex Bessonov formerly worked as a mentor for Tim Draper’s Draper University and has otherwise worked with a number of start-up accelerators. His real experience comes from his time as a software engineer working with eBay, Microsoft, and Informatica. Informatica was a pioneer in data analytics. Of his experience there, Bessonov claims:

Responsible for developing client/server data mining applications. Led the team to design a new generation of Informatica’s client suite.

Not hard to draw a straight line to today, where he is heading up a company which seeks to disrupt the very data mining revolution he took part in starting.

The Verdict

We are bullish on all plays which will disrupt digital advertising. We believe the Basic Attention Token is a few partnerships away from meteoric rises and that adChain will find a simultaneous place to operate from. Of adChain, we concluded that the verification of good providers is a valid play in the advertising space. We feel that BitClave takes this idea to the next level – giving businesses direct access to customers, and charging them when they succeed in making a sale. We figure this will probably go further and represents a more novel approach to the problems at hand.

Risk

  • Team are virtually unknown to us, their connections could be lacking, this could slow adoption even further than the next point. -3
  • Adoption will be slow. The firm will spend a lot of money getting both advertisers and customers on board. They may not raise enough to achieve the goal. -1
  • Will face attrition from other outfits which offer nearly identical product. -0.5

Growth Potential

  • Will be very attractive to the current and future generations, who are aware of their data privacy and will gradually become more aware of its monetary value. +4
  • Initially seeks to co-exist with other advertising solutions, instead of relying on any external activities to really initiate its existence. +3.25
  • The noted attrition in the Risk category is less when you consider that advertisers will only pay for what they actually profit from, which will incentivize them to keep CATs for the purpose of advertising on the network. That said, actual token value will rise slower the less that people use the product, and fall off whenever people move to a different product, so the attrition should not be understated either. +3

Disposition

Numerically, our rating of BitClave winds up being 5.75. AdToken received a 6.25, and they are up for a review soon. A rating of 5.75 should be used mostly in determining whether or not you’re going to invest initially, not the long-term success or profitability of the token. Short-term profitability is there: demand for the token will be immediately represented by firms which want to be on the cutting edge of marketing. Long-term profitability is questionable, since we’re sure that alternatives already exist and will continue to emerge, making a network effect difficult for BitClave to establish. As a general investment vehicle, it seems this one could yield some short-term profits, but has a lot of means testing to do before we can determine whether or not it’s a good long-term vehicle for money.

Investment Details

Details are a bit murky on everything. They’ve opened a pre-sale, which gives you access to a dashboard, which gives us some data on the cost and sales of the CAT tokens:

In the whitepaper, token sale details were marked down to “to be announced.”

Now in the dashboard we see that close to 75 million of the tokens have been sold already, raising around $1.9 million so far in the pre-sale, which is now over. The most recent cost of tokens is 7 cents.

This dashboard situation is a security attack vector. By creating an account there, you put the trust of buying these ICO tokens fully in their hands, and anyone sniffing packets in between, and any security misconfiguration that might lead to convenient problems. We urge the exercise of extreme caution in the establishment of an “ICO funding account” with BitClave or anyone else. A net loss of $0 through purchasing on exchanges later is superior to a net loss of 100% lost thanks to a compromise of the ICO’s accounts system.

The sale will open September 15th. Please manually check the website (https://www.bitclave.com/en/#fundraiser) and social media feeds of the project before sending money anywhere, instead of relying on anything sent to your e-mail inbox.

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Supercomputers

Hypernet technology allows personal computers, smartphones and even fridges with processors to connect with each other and become one completely ”parallel” supercomputer. The combined synergy between numerous devices can create calculating capacities which can rival every existing supercomputer.

With Hypernet it will be possible to lease your unused computing power to other users who want to use it and are willing to pay for it. Sellers register their devices in Hypernet and set the price for the time. Then, like traditional cloud services, buyers write a program and ask for hours of computing on a certain number of devices to run their program. Hypernet ensures that the buyer’s program will be divided and safely sent to each of the devices, processing arbitration between users.

Let us touch the topic of supercomputers in general.

Any supercomputer is just a just collection of computers. They are optimally connected and allow synergy between devices. However, these supercomputers are very bulky and require maintenance. The second development is a distributed supercomputer, which is based on the same concept, but devices are connected through the internet. Currently, supercomputers can only work on specific tasks. Hypernet intends to solve this problem by creating a network in which all operations will be performed much faster and in parallel. The resulting in Hypercomputer is not limited in its computing abilities in the way like other distributed supercomputers.

From a tech point of view, Hypernet is innovative because of several reasons:

  • Computation works for almost all types of problems, while competitors in distributed computing have tried to approach the most straightforward class of programs called grid computations.
  • An algorithm based on a distributed average consensus that was developed from scratch especially for dynamic, distributed and decentralized device networks.

This gives Hypernet the ability to run all classes of problems in parallel which results in an infinitely scalable network that is not limited to the cost and time required to create new data centers. This allows data reduction for massively-parallel sets of tasks.

Competitors

Hypernet’s direct competitors are SONM, Golem and Constellation Labs.

Road Map

Hypernet has three main elements, each with a separate roadmap:

Blockchain Resource Scheduler – The Hypernet Foundation will work with developers to create a schedule in the form of a graphical dashboard. Sellers will be able to use the scheduler to specify the conditions for using their equipment (when the equipment can be used, how much memory and disk should be available, and how much of their processor time they are willing to offer).

Hypernet Consensus Infrastructure – The Hypernet Foundation will work with third parties to develop an API library for distributed average consensus in a hyperlink with a lever.

Hypernet Executable Environment – To ensure security and interoperability in the system, it is expected that the Hypernet Foundation will create a sandbox environment for executing executable files to isolate them from the vendor’s hardware.

Token

The project has a sophisticated token use structure.

STAKING: Buyers and sellers must stake HyperTokens to complete compute jobs.

REPUTATION: A user’s reputation increases by being a reliable and responsible compute provider and compute purchaser, and this reputation is permanently logged on the blockchain. A user’s reputation increases the likelihood of participating in compute jobs.

CURRENCY: HyperTokens are the transactional currency which enables the buying and selling of compute on the network.

AVAILABILITY MINING: Individuals can mine HyperTokens while waiting for compute jobs, by just being available in the lobby. This incentivizes users to join the network and make their devices available.

DECENTRALIZED GOVERNANCE / VOTING: Nodes participate in challenge and response and are incentivized for helping maintain the quality of the network, and weeding out bad actors.

There is no information on token distribution and use of funds available.

Team

Below is a rundown of key team members.

IVAN RAVLICH

  • CEO and Founder
  • Graduate of Stanford.
  • Development of start-up products in the companies Ad Astra Rocket Company as plasma physicist
  • LanzaTech as a chemical engineer.
  • Candidate research at Stanford focused on advanced space motion from magnetoplasma missiles to expanded theories of gravity.

TODD CHAPMAN

  • Co-Founder and CTO
  • Graduate of Stanford.
  • Awarded a US Defense and Engineering Scholarship in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford, for his thesis.
  • Current research interests relate to fault-tolerant algorithms for distributed and exact computations and the application of optimal control methods for the training of stabilized neural network architectures.

DANIEL MAREN

  • Co-Founder and CFO
  • Graduate of Stanford
  • Founded in 2013 a company of solar power electronics Dragonfly Systems with a successful exit when the company acquired by SunPower Corporation in 2014.
  • Remains advisor to SunPower
  • In 2009-2013 years. was a co-founder of the non-profit organization weJAYA, which dealt with the fight against poverty in West Timor.

Advisors

The key advisors are listed below.

RANDALL KAPLAN

  • Randall is a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. Randall is also the founder and CEO of JUMP Investors, a venture capital firm that also functions as his family office (notable investments include Google and Seagate.)

MARC WEINSTEIN

  • Marc Weinstein is the Head of Research & Analysis at DNA Fund.

Verdict

Below is the breakdown of risks and growth factors of the project.

Risks

  • The competition in the sector is very large. Both from centralized systems like Amazon, and from decentralized (Golem) and those that are doing ICO at the moment (Ankr Network, Arpa, Teex) -1
  • The team does not have much experience in parallel computing and blockchain experience -1
  • No information on token metrics at this point -1
  • WP technical assumptions are very questionable as the use of blockсkchain is not entirely understandable in view of the fact that the same system based on HyperLeger can do everything as effective -1
  • The mainnet launch was scheduled to be released in August, but there are not new releases of development announcements at this point. -1

Growth Potential

  • hard cap of 15million is pretty reasonable for this space +2
  • The team is a good one for a start-up. Young graduates of good universities and an interesting background +2
  • Have some institutional support (The DNA fund) +2
  • MVP is available +2
  • There is a market for growth in the space +2

Disposition

In general, the project can be assessed as average. The team is good but without much experience in the industry. The product is interesting, but there are delays in implementation, which for me is a red flag. 5 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: Hypertokens
  • Platform: Ethereum/Own platform
  • Crowdsale: June
  • Minimum Investment:
  • Price: TBA
  • Hard Cap: 15 million USD
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: TBA

General details

Website: https://hypernetwork.io/

Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/H-DkTAx1R8A0HvY6vNs5Xw

Whitepaper: https://hypernetwork.io/HypernetWhitePaper_v1.1.pdf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoHypernet

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoHypernet/

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/HypernetComputing

Medium: https://medium.com/@hypernet/has-recommended

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According to recent studies, in the USA alone, over $35 billion a year is spent on addiction treatment services, and about $80 billion is spent on incarceration. Despite this spending, 77% of released offenders recidivate within 5 years. Luckily, with the recognition of the United Nations, The team at Virtual Rehab is coming out with new technology to fight this epidemic.

Virtual Rehab leverages virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology for the prevention of substance use disorders. It also provides correctional services training and rehabilitation to officers and offenders.

“Virtual Rehab believes that putting a kid in the corner does not teach them how to be a better person but rather teaches them not to get caught. Therefore, we are in it for the social good and to help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations out there.”

Four key components make up Virtual Rehab’s platform.

  • Virtual Reality: Real-life scenarios using cognitive behavior and exposure therapy to train users how to respond appropriately in the face of triggers.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Collects data from the VR environment and physiological data, and applies machine learning to identify areas of risk, make treatment recommendations, and predict post-therapy behavior.
  • Blockchain: A secure network to ensure privacy and decentralization of all data and all information relevant to vulnerable populations.
  • VRH Token: Used to purchase different services/programs. Also used to reward users who seek help through Virtual Rehab’s online portal.

Virtual Rehab’s services extend to hospitals, rehab centers, correctional officers, inmates and other verticals. Rehab for sex offenses, family violence, alcoholism, and many other offenses will also be supported. It can also be used to treat mental illness, emotional disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and many others.

Virtual Rehab can overcome distance barriers, allowing rehab services to anyone, anywhere, because the technology can be implemented in a telemedicine context.

Here’s an example of what it might look like when a user is immersed in Virtual Rehab.

“And indeed, we capture the actions and reactions, decision making, and capture the biometrics (heart rate, blood pressure, and biodermal activity) along with keeping track of the eye movement using eye-tracking.”

The AI solution will aim to do three things:

  1. Identify areas of risk
  2. Make treatment recommendation along with existing medication prescribed
  3. Predict the behavior post-therapy

The HMD can include sensors that measure the physiological responses of a user as they interact in VR, such as heart rate or eye movement. This information is inputted in a sort of machine learning metadatabase to be used to assess whether the user’s selected responses are inconsistent with their physical activity. This helps determine if the user is attempting to deceive the system.

Token

VRH is a utility token built on Ethereum. It will be used to place an order and to download several different therapy programs (pain management, addiction prevention, cognitive behavior, etc). It will also be used to receive further analysis of the executed programs conducted through Virtual Rehab’s AI solution.

In addition, VRH will be an incentive to reward users for seeking help/counseling. Certain conditions will apply along with proof that users have sought therapy and counseling. Rewards will be claimable using the Virtual Rehab Portal.

Distribution:

  • 60% token sale
  • 15% Founders and Advisors
  • 10% Future Development Fund
  • 10% Partnerships
  • 5% Marketing

Use of funds>

  • 30% Marketing
  • 50% Future Development
  • 20% Partnerships

Team

Dr. Raji Wahidy – Founder and CEO. Spent 9 years in different leadership roles at telecommunications giant, Vodafone Enterprise. He spent 4.5 years manager at Ericsson Canada. Founded and successfully exited Amalana in 2012. Registered UN and UNICEF volunteer, and has received 16 global enterprise achievement awards.

Amal Azzeh – Co-Founder and CFO. 40+ years of experience in finance. She co-founded My Recruiting Team in 2016, a platform better known for its first-to-market Recruitment Helpdesk Support Services. No other work history is available on LinkedIn.

Jean Speville – Chief Mind Technologist. Four years as Senior Service Engineer at ASUS. Founded Vessla Development in 2015. Vessla recently created a completely cordless IoT screen with built-in WiFi. It consumes 99% less energy than LCD & LED screens. He’s a member of The Verizon Innovation Program in San Francisco, an Alumni of the Microsoft Accelerator Bootcamp Program, and a member of Sting Accelerate (Swedish #1 incubator for tech startups

They also list three consultants, including Pankaj Jain, who has worked for Nokia, AerNow, and Tivo inc

There are ten advisors. Instead of listing them all, we’ve highlighted some of the companies they have previously held high positions at: MEDNAX, HHS, SAMHSA, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, AIG, J.P. Morgan-Chase, MixERP, Ammeris

Verdict

“Virtual Rehab’s evidence-based solution leverages the advancements in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies for pain management, prevention of substance use disorders, and rehabilitation of repeat offenders.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They will be getting into formal education as well as vocational training videos. Auto Mechanic, plumbing, how to properly putt a golfball… the possibilities are endless. On a recent Building The Future podcast, CEO Dr Raji talked about how he has had conversations with the Canadian Space Agency, who have been thinking of using VR for astronauts.

Risks

  • The ability to fully provide privacy, security and scaling is not there yet on the Ethereum blockchain. -2
  • The $20 million hardcap is rather high. This could cause a selloff early when this hits exchanges if demand isn’t there yet. -1
  • They are giving out $150,000 worth of VTR tokens during their ico bounty marketing campaign.  Their telegram has 18,500 members, 15,000 of them are either human or bot, there only for the bounty, not for the love. -1
  • The roadmap makes bold, unrealistic, claims, such as VTH will be listed on a top 10 exchange in Q1, and another top 10 exchange in Q2, and yet another top 10 exchange Q3. -2

Growth Potential

  • The team has connections to the UN, UNICEF, and 3 big accelerator/incubator programs. +2
  • First mover advantage (Addiction and Corrections). +1
  • Existing partnerships with Causalius, Chains International, Command Sourcing, Innovative Prison Systems, NETE, and Netswitch Technology Management. +2
  • Virtual Rehab will charge users for hardware, software licenses, programming required, and any support required. According to CEO, the total bill is still about 15% of the cost institutions pay now. +2
  • Unlimited expansion opportunities. PTSD, anxiety, autism, formal education, vocational training…+2
  • Dr Wahidy (Founder/CEO) just got awarded “Expert” status by the United Nations Global SCP program. This will open a ton of doors around the world. +4

  • Not much competition yet.+1

Disposition

Definitely keep this one on your radar, huge potential. 7/10

Investment Details

All unsold tokens will be burned. Tokens allocated to Virtual Rehab Team vest for 12 months.

The minimum contribution is $1,000 during presale and $100 during the main sale.

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Ultrain Technology Limited is a cloud computing and smart contract platform with a programmable tech-infrastructure and multiple add-on features. Ultrain will function as an infrastructure for scalable decentralized applications (dApps), as well as provide trusted computational services to multiple sectors, such as retail, shared economy, logistics, financial services, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

The company will use a new random trusted consensus framework allowing the network to use only 1% of computing power to mint new coins, freeing up the remaining 99% to be used by applications. Ultrain will provide computing power for network management, AI, user-friendly smart contracts, high-performance trust computation, and blockchain IoT services.

This business ecosystem is comprised of multiple business organizations separated into three sectors:

  • The Technology Sector: infrastructure services integrated based on public blockchain, AI, and IoT.
  • The Horizontal Services Sector: organizations that provide decentralized business services, including decentralized insurance, decentralized banks, decentralized loan services, etc.
  • The Vertical Application Sector: decentralized application services that can be implemented in numerous industries such as finance, retail, scientific research and development, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, pharmaceutical biochemistry, food, real estate, education, agriculture, etc.

Consensus features of Ultrain:

  • Completely decentralized architecture
  • Ultra-large-scale network cluster
  • Multi-terminal support
  • High-performance computing
  • Decentralization design

Token

UGAS is the utility token that will be used within the Ultrain economic system. UGAS will be required to pay for the use of the computing power and third-party service components on Ultrain. Also, all participating nodes are required to mortgage UGAS. UTokens on Ultrain, similar to ERC20 tokens on Ethereum, will be issued by each dApps running on the network. dApps will choose their own consensus mechanisms and token metrics.

The project has already raised $20 million during a seed round, during which 10% of the token supply was sold. Five percent of token supply is allocated for private/public sale scheduled for Q4 2018. The overall breakdown is as follows:

  • 50% Mining
  • 15% Core Team
  • 10% Foundation/Ecology
  • 10% Private Sale (Already completed)
  • 10% Consultant & Community Building
  • 5% Future Private/Public Sale

Team

The Ultrain team is impressive, bringing extensive experience from powerhouse companies such as Alibaba, Google, IBM, and Ant Financial. Their experience includes IT, finance, blockchain, business, management, computer programming, & software development.

Team members include:

Rui Guo – Ultrain Co-founder & CEO. Former Technical Director for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Architect for IBM

Husen Wang – Ultrain Chief Cryptologist. Former Blockchain Cryptography Expert for Ant Financial. Former Project Collaborator for Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Yufeng Shen – Ultrain Chief Architect. Former Senior Technical Expert for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Software Engineer for Google

Advisors include:

Dr. Keyu Jin – Tenured Professor at the London School of Economics. Board Member for the Richemont Group. Harvard University PhD

Luyu Yang – Co-founder of musical.ly. Former Product Management Director for eBaoTech Corporation. Co-Founder of Snowbird Consulting

Verdict

Using a completely decentralized public network with lower operating costs, higher operating efficiency, and innovations in cryptography, Ultrain aims to surpass traditional public blockchain platforms in performance and scalability with up to 20,000 tps. With a stellar team and strong financial backing, Ultrain could become a major player by 2019.

Risks

  • Even with an all-star team, competing with the likes of Ethereum, EOS, and NEO is no small task. -1
  • Token metrics are a major aspect which ico investors consider. Based on current information available, the total market cap valuation is $200 million which is rather high in the current market. -1
  • The hype factor for Ultrain, which carries weight in the current crypto market, isn’t considered high. However, it is currently growing and gaining momentum. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • Ultrain will release important R&D milestones and be the keynote speaker at SF Blockchain week in October to kick-start the developer community building for Ultrain. There are several products to be released: (1) Public testnet launching, (2) Permitted mainnet launching, (3) Zero knowledge proof demo, and (4) Multiple DApps demo on chain. +3
  • Unitopia lab, a Blockchain research lab of the well-known Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul, announced a strategic partnership with Ultrain. Together, they will aim to establish a presence in this new market and make Blockchain video games a household product. +3
  • DApps will be able to use their own consensus mechanism or choose PoW, PoS, DPoS, POA, and RPOS. +2
  • Ultrain has an extensive list of investing partners including Draper Dragon, FBG Capitol, KuCoin, and Bixon. +2

Disposition

While Ultrain hasn’t gotten as much attention as some hyped up ico’s, this could work out in favor of investors who see an opportunity of an excellent project that’s been flying under the radar. The team and advisors are solid, they have a partnership with Unitopia lab, and they have the backing of numerous VC firms. All things considered, Ultrain receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: UGAS
  • Price: 1 UGAS = $0.20 USD
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 UGAS
  • Private Sale: 10% of tokens (Completed)
  • Future Private/Public Sales: 5% (Q4 2018)

For more information regarding Ultrain:

Website: http://www.ultrain.io
Telegram: https://t.me/ultrainchain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UltrainB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ultraincommunity/
Medium: https://medium.com/@ultrainchain

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