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Physical activity plays a very important role in our health and fitness. Most people know this but do little about it because of our busy lifestyles or lack of motivation. BolttCoin is aiming to change this by building a platform to reward you for taking steps to better health and fitness. Boltt is already an established company founded in 2015 and has become a leading mobile health tech company in the area of gamified health applications and wearable technology. Boltt has won many top awards including the category of wearable technology 2017 Frost & Sullivan Companies to Action Award.

The launching of the gamified fitness platform BolttCoin allows users to mine BOLTT tokens from walking and verified by “Proof of Steps”. BOLTT tokens are utility tokens that can be traded, used to make purchases on a large partnership ecosystem, and can be used by companies to link to their existing loyalty programs. Health insurance companies can even use BOLTT in the form of discounts for their policyholders.

There are many potential use cases for companies, brands, celebrities, etc. such as encouraging more engagement, creating loyalty, and promoting better health for employees/followers. One example is the platform has an open API enabling anyone to organize customized tournaments or challenges that can be used by brands, retailers or celebrities to have more engagement with their customers and followers.

BolttCoin makes use of dual blockchain technology based on Waves and Ethereum blockchain protocol to record the individual health records, marketplace, exchange, and wallet transactions. In addition, it utilizes several other technologies to develop the mobile app, business logic and admin backbends ensuring the speed, security and mass adoption. It also provides APIs for other systems based on Waves protocol to easily communicate with the BolttCoin ecosystem.

The core components are listed below:

  • Boltt health reward engine: Earn/mine Boltt tokens with steps and personal health achievements.
  • Boltt engagement and gamification: Challenges, tournaments, and games from sponsored brands, celebrities and corporates to reward participants. In addition, it enables merchants to create loyalty programs on the Boltt platform.
  • Boltt decentralized marketplace: Product listings and sales as well as offline shops, insurance benefits, utility bill payments, entertainment bookings and more.
  • Boltt identity management and health ID: Digital identity for individual users. One global health ID on the Blockchain that provides a higher level of security and privacy and available on demand.
  • Boltt crypto wallet: Hold fiat or multiple cryptocurrencies, multiple top up and cash out options, money transfer, bill payments and a decentralized exchange.

Token

BOLTT is a utility token that can easily be mined by simply taking daily steps. Download the BolttCoin App, take the steps and mine the currency. BOLTT tokens can then be used to purchase different goods and services across the In-App Boltt shop.

BolttCoin will be one of the first cryptocurrencies to be simultaneously issued on the Waves platform and the Ethereum platform. Boltt tokens will be interchangeable from one blockchain to another using technology comprised of a web interface, locked wallets and smart contracts on the Ethereum side. Dual blockchain provides stability and flexibility, and BolttCoin holders will be able to use the advantages of both platforms.

The private sale began May 20, 2018 and will run till June 10, 2018. During the private sale there are FOUR different bonuses available: 20% for contributions between 0.1-100 ETH, 30% for contributions between 100-500 ETH, 40% for contributions between 500-1500 ETH, 50% for contributions above 1500 ETH. An additional 5% bonus will be given to white-listed members during the private sale. The pre-sale will begin immediately after the private sale ends. During the pre-sale, there will be FOUR different bonuses available: 10% for contributions between 0.1-100 ETH, 15% for contributions between 100-500 ETH, 20% for contributions between 500-1500 ETH, 25% for contributions above 1500 ETH. The public sale is scheduled for Aug 1, 2018 – Aug 30, 2018, in which there isn’t a bonus or minimum investment amount. All unsold tokens during pre-I CO and ICO rounds will be automatically burned.

The token distribution is as follows:

  • 59% Crowd Sale
  • 9% Founding Team (Locked for 1 year)
  • 7% Strategic Partners
  • 6% Advisory Board
  • 6% Bonus
  • 5% Steps Mining
  • 5% Corporate Issuance
  • 3% Bounty Program

The token sale allocation is provided below:

  • 28% Technology & Blockchain
  • 17% Operations & Legal
  • 16% Global Expansion & Collaboration
  • 15% Business Development
  • 12% Marketing
  • 12% Reserves

Team

According to the BolttCoin website, the team has 36 members on board, which includes blockchain developers, data scientists, mobile ops, backend/frontend developers, marketing experts, platform engineers and operations professionals. They list six executive team members along with their LinkedIn links:

Arnav Kishore – CEO and Co-Founder

  • CEO – Boltt Sports Technologies
  • Former Co-Founder & CEO – Globalite

Sahil Goel – Chief Product Strategy and Co-Founder

  • CEO – Kraftly
  • CEO & Co-Founder – Bigfoot Retail Solutions
  • CEO & Co-Founder – KartRocket

Rajesh Bhatia – Financial Advisor and Co-Founder

  • Former CEO – JSPL

Gurdeep Singh – Director Strategic Alliances and Co-Founder

  • Member Board of Directors – Hometech Smartvalue
  • CEO – Reliance Communications
  • Former COO – Aircel

Lalit Kishore – Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder

  • Former President & Partner – SSIPL Lifestyle

Aayushi Jugasia – Co-Founder

  • CMO & Co-Founder – Boltt Sports Technologies
  • Founder – Globalite

They also list a legion of all-star advisers, such as:

  • Sally Eaves: Sr Adviser for Executive and Technology Team
  • Ian Scarffe: Chief Investment Adviser who played a role in helping several multi-million-dollar ICOs
  • Simon Cocking: Chief Strategy and Public Relations Adviser; Co-Founder & Senior Editor – Irish Tech News; Editor in Chief – CryptoCoinNews; currently ranked #1 / 18,000 “People of Blockchain”
  • Warren Whitlock; Blockchain Expert & Social Influencer; ranked #27  100 Most Influential Blockchain People in the World; CEO and Founder – Ochen Publishing; Author of Twitter Revolution
  • Jennifer Grayson; Healthcare & AI Expert; named 1 of 8 top Women in Crypto; CEO – Powered by NeurealSM

Verdict

This is a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of people using wearable health tracking devices and mobile apps. Earning Boltt tokens to do so should be enticing to many which could translate to great success for BolttCoin. Adding gamification, a decentralized marketplace, identity management and a crypto wallet, BolttCoin is an intriguing blockchain project with tremendous upside.

Risks

  • Major companies with immense resources, such as Fitbit, are sure to implement blockchain technology in the future and compete directly with BolttCoin. -1.5
  • The team mainly comes from the same company, Boltt, and currently doesn’t possess an all-star member in the cryptocurrency space. -0.5
  • Investors prefer to see lockup periods for ICO team members and advisers, which gives the perception of long-term commitment. However, there is no lockup period mentioned for tokens allocated to the BolttCoin team and advisers. -0.5

Growth Potential

  • BolttCoin has tied up with several large and well-known partners that, in their essence, are some of the world’s most significant corporate entities. +4
  • The amount of hype and awareness surrounding an ICO does have an impact on their initial success or failure. BolttCoin is succeeding in this area with multiple high rankings online as well as large Telegram, Facebook and Twitter numbers. +3.5
  • Tracking health and fitness via wearables and mobile apps is a business model in which Boltt has already found success in and should improve upon with BolttCoin. +2.5

Disposition

An existing company that has already had success in the area in which it is transferring to the blockchain starts with a major headstart over competitors who are starting from scratch. Boltt aims to add their large active user base to BolttCoin which would translate to instant implementation, adoption and success. Also, with the trend of more and more people looking for ways to improve their health, BolttCoin is poised to capitalize on this massive market. As such, the project receives a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: BOLTT
  • Type: Utility
  • Protocol: Waves & Ethereum
  • Price: 1 BOLTT = 0.00025 ETH
  • Hard Cap: 25,000 ETH
  • Total Supply: 170 Million BOLTT
  • Payments Accepted: BTC, ETH, USD, EUR
  • Private Sale: May 20, 2018 – June 10, 2018
  • Pre Sale: June 11, 2018 – July 20, 2018
  • Public Sale: Aug 1, 2018 – Aug 30, 2018

For more information regarding Boltt:

Website: https://bolttcoin.io/
Telegram: https://t.me/BolttCoin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bolttsports
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bolttsports/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boltt-sports-technologies-pvt-ltd/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh4jrmKaQdNlY_wsrCBAuQ

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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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Bgogo is a crypto asset exchange project with the unique feature of having supernodes that decide on which crypto assets get listed. This is opposed to other exchanges where listing decisions are up to the exchange and not the community.

Supernodes on Bgogo are selected on a quarterly basis based on the top 21 holders of BGG tokens (also subject to vetting by the Bgogo team). During their quarterly tenure, supernodes (after the first group of supernodes) cannot touch their BGG stake.

Supernodes get 1 vote that can be used to list 1 digital asset as well as 20% commission per trade for their listing.

The list of current supernodes is impressive and boasts some big names in the blockchain space, including Pantera Capital, ICODrops, DHVC (Danhua Capital), Arrington XRP Capital, Hashed, Signum Capital, and more.

The project also has $10m in investor funding (Pre-A and A round) from VCs, such as Sky9 Capital, Node Capital, Hike Capital, and Goopal Digital.

Token

The BGG token acts as a proof of stake for the platform (e.g. hold enough and become a supernode), and active traders are rewarded in BGG for their activity.

The total supply of BGG is 10 billion with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% mining rewards
  2. 20% founding team
  3. 20% ecosystem development and operation
  4. 10% first supernodes and strategic investors

Users of Bgogo “mine” Bgogo’s token (BBG) whenever they trade on the exchange. Users get BGG equal to 105% of their cumulative trading fees (in effect, negative trading fees) every 30 minutes as a reward. Bgogo platform fees can be viewed here. Mining rewards may be adjusted as the platform grows but according to the Bgogo whitepaper, a minimum trading fee rebate of 100% will be retained.

Bgogo also performs daily buybacks of BGG. Every 24 hours, 100% of the trading fees (BTC, ETH, and fees for other Bgogo-traded assets) collected by Bgogo is used to repurchase BGG. Repurchased tokens are then burned by sending them to a publicly known burn address.

BGG can also be bought and sold.

The total amount of daily mineable tokens is capped and unlocked at the same rate as ecosystem development and operation tokens. Team tokens are vested over 4 years, with 25% of tokens released at the end of each year.

The 10% of BGG that was sold to initial supernodes as well as strategic investors and partners during the private sale was sold for a total of 15,000 ETH (10,500 ETH for supernodes and 4,500 ETH for strategic investors and partners). The private sale price was 1 ETH = 66,666 BGG, and each supernode was allocated 500 ETH or 33,333,000 BGG.

On the first day of the token’s listing, 50% of private sale tokens are initially unlocked to provide baseline liquidity for BGG. The rest is vested over 5 months in 10% installments. In addition, from the first day of BGG listing, token holdings of all supernodes will be made available on the Bgogo site. In other words, top BGG holders and their positions will be made public and changes in supernode positions can be seen in real-time.

The “public sale” for BGG is actually a genesis mining (beginning of mining, or earning, BGG through trading) event.

The event starts 24 hours prior to the beginning of mining being open to the public. The value of BGG will be pegged to ETH at the same price of the private sale. However, given that “miners” receive 105% trading fee rebates in the form of BGG, “public sale” or genesis mining participants are in effect, getting a 5% bonus on top of the private sale price. In other words, public sale participants are getting BGG cheaper than private sale participants, with NO lockup. Though the catch is that the maximum mining allocation is 10 ETH vs. supernodes who were allocated 500 ETH of BGG each.

To get whitelisted for the BGG genesis mining event, users have to take part in the BGG Proof of Care contest and are placed into tiers based on their performance. For full details, see the BGG Genesis Mining Event page.

Team

CEO Maximilian Wang – Wang is a former Facebook software engineer and founded Facebook’s crypto syndicate. Wang also advised popular blockchain project Quarkchain, which had a successful ICO.

CTO Nicolas Chen – Chen worked at Facebook’s US headquarters and was responsible for maintaining network security for Facebook’s greater than 2 billion users across its Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram properties. He also won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).

COO Oscar Song – Song has experience working at large exchanges, as he was former operations chief at Huobi, one of the world’s biggest digital asset exchanges.

CSO Ciara Sun – Sun worked at Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, provided asset and portfolio management for billion scale hedge funds and private equity funds, and won the 2018 Blockchain Consensys without Borders Summit Project.

Other core team members have backgrounds working around the world in locations like Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, and Singapore for renowned companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Alibaba, Twitter, and more.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Private sale vesting could be done over a longer period (-0.5)
  • Public sale (genesis mining) allocations could be bigger (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Impressive team (+3)
  • Impressive list of supernodes shows big players’ belief in and support for the project (+2)
  • Lots of hype, e.g. large Telegram (+2)
  • Great idea for traders (+1)

Disposition

Though private sale vesting is over a somewhat short period and public sale allocations pale in comparison to private ones, the team, list of supernodes, hype, and idea make Bgogo an extremely attractive project. Who knows – maybe getting some BGG early could be like getting some Binance tokens (BNB) before Binance took off. Bgogo receives a 7/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Unspecified – Utility
  • Symbol: BGG
  • Platform: Unspecified
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: 1 ETH = 66,666 BGG (private sale), 1 ETH = 69,999.3 BGG (public sale aka genesis mining event)
  • Hard Cap: 15,000 ETH (~$6.3m)
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Scalability, scalability, scalability.

Scaling blockchain for the next level of (mass) adoption is the name of the game these days.

Solana is yet another contender to jump into the fray to become the most scalable blockchain and boasts the capability to handle 710,000 transactions per second with normal, off-the-shelf hardware and no features like sharding (a popular scaling proposal which proposes splitting a blockchain into shards or pieces that can process transactions simultaneously instead of having one, overloaded blockchain).

Here’s how.

Proof of History

The staple of Solana that will allow for unparalleled speed is Proof of History. Proof of History timestamps transactions in the blockchain so that nodes can verify the time and order of transactions without witnessing them firsthand.

This has the end result of optimizing Solana’s processes drastically by greatly reducing messaging between nodes and making the processing of transactions separate from consensus.

Here are some other features of Solana:

Sub-Second Confirmations

Older projects like Bitcoin not only have lower transaction rates but also have slow finality or confirmation of transactions as transactions have to be confirmed multiple times before becoming finalized.

Similar to project Perlin, Solana uses the Avalanche consensus protocol, which will allow for transactions to be fully confirmed within seconds, if not less. No more waiting minutes, hours, or days to pay for that coffee using crypto.

Proof of Replication

As of writing, the Bitcoin blockchain is nearly 180 gigabytes. Not everyone has that amount of storage capacity. Solana’s solution for ledger storage is Proof of Replication, which makes it so that not every node has to storage a full copy of the blockchain. Instead, each bit of Solana’s data is replicated to a dedicated storage node.

This means that the network can prove that a node you don’t trust is using its resources to store part of the Solana ledger. The end result is that the network is like a torrent, with no one node holding a full copy of the ledger yet a copy of the ledger is always available.

Broad Smart Contract Language Support

Instead of limiting developers to a single smart contract language, Solana will support any language supported by LLVM, starting with Javascript and Solidity.

Usage by the Next Generation of DApps

Thanks to Solana’s high transaction throughput, Solana could become the platform for the next generation of DApps that process tons of transactions like decentralized exchanges, payment platforms, decentralized cloud storage and web services, decentralized ad exchanges, and prediction markets.

Token

Details on Solana’s token and its token sale are sparse.

For the token itself, since Solana is aiming to be a platform like Ethereum or EOS, it’s assumed that Solana’s token usage will be similar to that of the aforementioned projects.

As for the token sale, interested investors can submit their interest in contributing via Solana’s presale interest form.

Team

CEO Anatoly Yakovenko – Yakovenko created Solana and has deep tech experience, having led operating system development at Qualcomm, compression at Dropbox, and distributed systems at Mesophere. Other achievements include being a core kernel developer for BREW (powered every CDMA flip phone – 100m+ devices), holding 2 patents for high performance operating systems, and leading development that made Protect Tango (VR/AR) possible on Qualcomm phones.

CTO Greg Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald is Solana’s principal architect and also worked at Qualcomm at the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Head of Growth Hsin-Ju Chuang – Chuang leads Solana’s community and growth efforts. Her track record is pretty solid, having been the former Head of Growth at Stellar, a top blockchain project.

Partnerships, Biz Dev Alan Yu – Yu is in charge of Solana’s business relationships and comes from Google, where he spent 10 years in sales and marketing and won various awards for his performance.

Partners

Solana’s partners include the following:

  • globaliD – globaliD is an identity provider, which has venture support from the likes of 500 Startups.
  • Hard Yaka – Hard Yaka is an investment fund with investments in companies like Coinbase, Ripple, Filecoin, ShapeShift, AngelList, twilio and exits from companies like Square (IPO), Twitter (IPO), Authy (twilio acquisition), and more.
  • Helium is the world’s first decentralized, blockchain-powered machine network with investment from the likes of GV (Google Ventures) and Marc Benioff, founder, chairman, and CEO of Salesforce.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Bold claims re: scalability and throughput. The team has claimed to have achieved hundreds of thousands of transactions per second on their testnet but the testnet isn’t public (-1)
  • Details on token and token sale not released yet (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Strong team and partnerships (+3)
  • Github work impressive (+2)
  • Solid hype and social presence (+2)

Disposition

  • Solana is a project with a lot of potential. Though tons of blockchain projects claim that they’re going to fix blockchain’s scalability woes, Solana might just have the actual team and partners to make that vision a reality. For now, we recommend keeping an eye out for further developments.
  • Solana receives a 5.5/10

Investment Details

  • Type: Unspecified – presumably utility
  • Symbol: Unspecified
  • Platform: Unspecified – presumably Native
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: Unspecified
  • Hard Cap: Unspecified
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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