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Dfinity is one of the brightest and most anticipated projects of 2018.

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Dfinity can be considered a logical continuation of the development of blockchain and can be seen as the development of Ethereum, as Ethereum was a development of bitcoin in its time.

Ethereum is based on a postulate that “Code = Law”, which means there is no intellectual control regulating the use of the platform or the core network, which results in hard-forks and soft-fork when a threat arises.

Dfinity is based on a next thesis “AI = Law”. The security of such a network will be based on the votes of network participants and the traditional mechanisms of AI, which are able to instantly calculate vulnerabilities, and in case of penetration, painlessly “roll back” the network back. Such a network allows you to dynamically optimize the economic parameters of the network, update the protocols and various applications, without disrupting the system. In sucha= a blockchain, a problem of speed and scalability can be finally solved, thereby leading to adoption by numerous applications and users.

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So in essence, Dfinity is a public node network that provides a “decentralized global computing cloud” where software can be installed and launched with all the usual properties and capabilities of smart contracts. It can solve two points.

The first point is to optimize the existing market of intermediary services, which is represented by such industry giants as Uber, eBay and others.

The second point is the reduction of the system maintenance costs, as blockchain brings more automatization which in turn decreases staff costs, which represents the main part of budget costs for corporate entities.

Blockchain Nervous System – core of Dfinity

Blockchain Nervous System (BNS) is distributed intelligence integrated into a network with special privileges that allow it to play the role of an impartial decentralized superuser. BNS adapts and learns to make better decisions because neurons respond to stimuli and feedback.

Any person can create and run neurons. In fact, neurons are the same nodes. A new neuron is created by freezing tokens for a period of three months (possibly in the future this timeframe will change). The relative strength of the neuron’s voice is proportional to the size of the deposit that it holds. This ensures the legitimacy of voting and the participation of the owners of the nodes in the vote because they receive a reward proportional to the number of frozen tokens.

When a neuron is created, two keys are indicated. One of them – the “delegate” – allows the neuron to vote. Another key is the “master,” which must be stored in a cold storage and can be used to freeze the neuron and receive its deposit. Users can vote independently or give their vote to an authoritative node in any field and give a command to the program. The point is that no one can track who votes for whom, thus, in principle, eliminating the possibility of an attack by 51%.

Another very promising feature of this solution is the ability to “rewind” the system. Due to these BNS properties in Dfinity there is no concept of forks, as protocol updating occurs on a regular basis, quickly implementing patches and optimizing the network, stimulating it to evolve very quickly.

Threshold Relay is a new technology that provides the organization and processing of the Dfinity network. Using Threshold Relay, members of the DFINITY network create a deterministic controlled random function that is completely random and unpredictable. Threshold Relay creates special beacons that allow you to randomly select nodes, forming a group of nodes to conduct voting. It is a random selection that allows you to ensure network security.

Dfinity decentralization cloud is an open platform for cloud computing, based on a decentralized network. This is essentially a virtual machine in cyberspace, which will support the corporate IT system, that is, the servers for websites, the personnel management system, supply chain management, and other critical business processes in the life of companies and large organizations. In addition, thanks to the self-regulating BNS system, cloud storage will be reliably protected from external threats, without the need for administration and human resources.

PHI is a credit system that will create a decentralized lending infrastructure. To eliminate the risk of volatility of the cryptocurrency, they propose to introduce local tokens PHI, which will be tied to the rate of a particular country. For example, in America it will be PHI-USD, in Russia PHI-RUB, and in the Eurozone PHI-EUR. Thus, all loans will be issued and given in one currency. In fact, they propose to make an analog of the currency in the digital currency and tie it in the block system – the credit system.

Imagine that a user A has decided to issue a loan. He passed the verification in the system, proved his identity and laid out his proposal for a loan. Creditors, or validators, as they are called in the system, consider this application and make a decision on it. By the way, any person who has made a certain deposit to the system, to secure loans, can become a validator. Here, the Threshold Relay technology enters into the play, which defines casual users – creditors who anonymously and without the possibility of collusion make a decision on the loan of user A.

Token

Dfinity has introduced a very promising token utility case.

Dfinities are system tokens that will be used in almost all network activities. The developers identified four main roles of dfinities:

  • Fuel for installing and launching smart contracts.
  • Deposits to create nodes that can participate in the management of the system through BNS.
  • Contributions for making their proposals and joining the network infrastructure.
  • Deposits that will allow cloud networks Dfinity to connect to a common network.

As you can see, all the basic functions and capabilities of Dfinity will be possible only through payment or freezing of tokens. Inflation in the system is possible, but the decision to issue new coins will be accepted by the participants and AI BNS together, thus ensuring the maximum value of the tokens.

It is worth adding here about the aforementioned local PHI tokens, which are likely to become additional tokens of the ecosystem. While the developers described only one possible function of these tokens – the currency of decentralized lending.

At network launch, the breakdown of the distribution is expected to be:

  • 9.5% Early Contributor Tokens
    • Allocated to numerous parties with respect to earlier works and investments made before the foundation was formed.
  • 24.72% Seed fundraise contributors
    • Allocated to a large number of contributors in the Seed round.
  • 6.85% Strategic fundraise contributors
    • Allocated to strategic contributors in the Strategic round.
  • 4.75% Presale fundraise contributors
    • These will be allocated to contributors to the forthcoming Presale round.
  • 1.25% Community airdrop
    • These will be allocated to select community members with a preference for longtime supporters of the project.
  • 52.93% Foundation Endowment, Team and Partnership Tokens
    • Tokens held or already deployed by the foundation in pursuit of its competitive goals (for funding R&D and operations, offices, technology acquisitions, community programs, employee incentives, partner incentives and other long-term needs).
  • Pre-sale for 4.75% is considered to be the last fundraising event for a maximum raise of 90 million Swiss Francs.

There won’t be any Public sale at this point.

Currently, Dfinity plans to issue an airdrop for individual community members will be able to collect dfinity tokens worth between 500 and 2,500 CHF (depending on their personal airdrop cap, which will be derived from a duration of community tenure and other inputs). They are planning to give away tokens worth up to 25,000,000 CHF. In order to participate in the airdrop, one must go to their Telegram group (see general details below).

The main problem lies in that there is no exact information on prices, bonuses and vesting periods. The project states: “Consequently by network launch, hardly more than 10% of the network will have been distributed to accredited investors who participated in private rounds (including the tokens disbursed by the Strategic round, which came with a three year vesting schedule and tied contributors to commitments including contributions of funding and management support for the DFINITY Ecosystem Venture Fund).”

Such strange token sales structure is explained by two points:

  1. Team has already connected enough funding during seed round in February 2017, when its collected funds turned into 40 million; with VC that came during the summer, their funding became more than a $100 million USD.
  2. They do not want to go to public round in order to avoid possible regulatory risks, thus opting to finalize everything during a pre-sale available to professional investors and probably pools.

Team

All-star team. Ideological guys who are trying to develop blockchain as a system itself. Almost everyone is from top universities. Coders, cryptographers, specialists on abstract calculations. The greater part of the team is from String Labs, an incubator-studio.

Dominic Williams is the Chief Scientist and main creator. Dominic is a crypto theoretician and entrepreneur. His recent math includes Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation Towers and Trees, and USCIDs, and he proposes new ideas such as “The 3 E’s of Sybil Resistance”. Previously he ran a venture-backed MMO game using his own distributed systems that hosted millions of users.

Timo Hanke is the Head of Engineering. He was once a Professor of Mathematics and Cryptography at Aachen University in Germany but got into bitcoin. In 2013 he created AsicBoost to reduce the gate count on bitcoin mining chips and increase the efficiency of bitcoin mining by 20-30%, which has since become a standard in large-scale mining.

Ben Lynn is a Senior Staff Scientist and Engineer. Ben Lynn is the “L” from the “BLS” cryptography applied by “Threshold Relay” to generate randomness and achieve incredible security, speed and scale in public networks. Once a Stanford PhD under Dan Boneh, Ben joined the DFINITY team after 10 years in senior engineering roles at Google. Ben writes many papers.

Andreas Rosserberg is Senior Staff Scientist and Engineer, Andreas was previously a Staff Engineer at Google, where he co-designed the WebAssembly virtual machine, now continuing as lead editor of the language specification, and led the JavaScript language team for the Chrome V8 engine. Andreas was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute.

Mahnush Movahedi is Senior Researcher and Engineer. Mahnush joined DFINITY from a postdoctoral position at Yale University working on scalable and fault-tolerant distributed algorithms for consensus and secure multi-party computation, secret sharing and interactive communication over noisy channels.

Martin Becze, works in Virtual Machine Research. He is a hacker and researcher interested in building open decentralized networks. His current work for DFINITY focuses on re-purposing the Wasm virtual machine for blockchain computer networks. As an active and well known contributor within the Ethereum community, he brings deep experience, insights and expertise.

Disposition

Dfinity offers one of the most innovative solutions in the blockchain space, which in conjunction with their competent team and strong funding, makes a strong case for investment.

Risks

  • The token sale structure is not transparent. There very several private rounds, each of them may have different price, bonus and vesting structure. But Dfinity won’t have any public sale anyway, thus price of a is really hard to predict. (-1)
  • A potential hard cap is more than 100 million. (-2)
  • No details on team token vesting. (-1)
  • Competition is fierce in this sector. There are several new blockchains in this field, which have had or are in the process of having ICOs this year like Wanchain, Edenchain, Eos and Icon. The Dfinity difference is that although it will be released on the market later, it already had funding in early 2017 and had some time for doing their work on the blockchain, thus when they will be listed on the exchanges, they will have a working net ready. (-1)

Growth Factors

  • All-star team with knowledge and expertise in related fields of mathematics, development cryptography and blockchain. (+3)
  • A product is a new type of a unique blockchain, which is a potential next development of Ethereum, which will operate on the completely new paradigm (“AI=Law”) and can solve earlier blockchains security, governance and scalability issues. (+3)
  • Token/Coin represents a real value in the project as all operations are done in Dfinities and there are numerous token use cases. (+3)
  • Potential market cap is similar to top blockchain projects like Eos, Ethereum and bitcoin itself. (+1)
  • MVP is available. (+1)
  • Team is legally conscious and even decided no to run a public sale due to unclear regulatory landscape public sales. (+1)

Disposition

Dfinity has strong fundamentals in terms of product, team and token. The main concern is token sale structure, but as it does not have a public sale anyway, it can be bought after listing when trade analysis will provide a good entry option. This project has a strong 7 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: Dfinities
  • Platform: Ethereum/Own platform
  • Crowdsale: Replaced by airdrop/only pre-sale available
  • Minimum Investment:
  • Price: N/A
  • Hard Cap: 90 million
  • Payments Accepted: N/A
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: N/A as there is no public sale

General Details

  • DFINITY Website : https://dfinity.org/
  • DFINITY White Paper : http://bit.ly/DFINITY_WP1
  • Mission Control : https://t.me/DFINITY_Devs
  • DFINITY FAQs : https://dfinity.org/faq
  • Explainer Video : http://bit.ly/DFNINTRO
  • The DFINITY Testnet Video : http://bit.ly/DFN_TestNet
  • Twitter : https://twitter.com/dfinity
  • Medium Blog : https://medium.com/dfinity
  • Latest Newsletter : http://bit.ly/DFN_NEWS2
  • Community Run Telegram : https://t.me/dfinity_community
  • Community Run Reddit : https://www.reddit.com/r/dfntrader/
  • Telegram Group : https://t.me/dfinity
  • DFINITY Announcements Channel : https://t.me/dfinity_announcements

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With the sharing economy industry poised to soon surpass $40 billion in revenues, the profit potential is massive. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Zipcar depend on user ratings and reviews to give potential customers insight into assets or services before they commit to using them. The issue with the current reputation management system is that it is exclusive to each company and not shared. This allows users with bad reviews to go from one company to another.

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Layer Protocol will solve this issue and tap into this enormous industry by allowing companies to share user reputation history while maintaining security utilizing the blockchain. Layer Protocol is a borderless reputation and incentive system designed to unify the sharing economy companies around the world. Layer Protocol will help establish decentralized reputations that can move freely from sharing platform to sharing platform.

Token

LRX is an ERC20 token that will provide economic incentives for scalable computation of reputation scores through master nodes, and drives community governance. Companies using Layer are also incentivized to use LRX for rewards and accept LRX for payments. Layer Protocol has a partnership with Spin, North America’s leading electric personal mobility company, which will give their blockchain protocol and LRX use from the onset. Spin has over 70 markets in the U.S., with thousands of scooters and bikes on the street, and has been heavily featured on The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post. As Layer’s first partner, Spin will use Layer to power their reputation system, and accept the LRX token as payment for rentals, in addition to fiat.

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There will be a total supply of 1 billion LRX tokens with 400 million available for purchase during the token sale. The token price is 1 LRX = $0.0375 USD with a hard cap of $15,000,000 USD. Team tokens will be vested for a 2-year period.

Team

The Layer Protocol team appears solid bringing leadership and experience from companies such as Y Combinator, Lyft, Samsung, Fitbit, and Stanford.

Team member Euwyn Poon is an entrepreneur, lawyer and software engineer who has been involved in the blockchain industry for five years. In 2014, he co-founded Delta, one of the first projects to offer interest-bearing bitcoin accounts, which was backed by Y Combinator, Initialized Capital, and Winklevoss Capital. He graduated from Cornell and has spoken at CoinSummit London and Inside Bitcoins and has been featured on Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Vice, CNBC and Fox Business News.

Advisers include:

  • David Chen: Former Partner at Lightspeed
  • Kenzi Wang: General Partner at AU21, a blockchain fund
  • Dmitry Grishin: Co-founder of Grishin Robotics, Mail.ru (DST), one of Russia’s largest internet companies
  • Peter Szeli: Partner at Skyline Capital Group
  • Michael Ma: General Partner at Liquid 2 Ventures
  • Gee Chuang: Co-founder of Ink Protocoland Listia
  • Josh Fraser: Co-founder of Origin Protocol
  • Matthew Liu: Co-founder of Origin Protocol
  • Firoz Khan: Founder of Decentralised Chain
  • Chandler Guo: Blockchain investor (ETH, NEO, Qtum, Binance, Huobi, Gate.io)

Verdict

Layer Protocol will provide economic incentives for scalable computation of reputation scores, which will encourage adoption of the protocol and drive community governance. As well as a decentralized reputation system for the global sharing economy, Layer Protocol aims to be a decentralized credit scoring agency which will help accelerate the growth of the sharing economy. If mass adoption and implementation occur, the future looks bright for Layer Protocol.

Risks

  • Spin has committed to adopting Layer Protocol as its de facto reputation, rewards, and payment system. There is an internal prototype that’s being tested with Spin, but it’s not open sourced or on the testnet yet. -2
  • As with all industries that can benefit from blockchain technology, there will be competitors to Layer Protocol, such as Reputoken and others are sure to follow. However, Layer Protocol does have a leg up on the competition with their partnership with Spin. -1

Growth Potential

  • Having partnerships clearly increases the chance of success for an ICO. As well as having Spin set to use Layer Protocol, the company has also partnered with other blockchain players, including Origin Protocol, Insights Network, and Quantstamp. +4
  • The team members and advisers bring the necessary experience to achieve the project’s goals. The team is also showing commitment to the success of the project by having a 2-year vesting period. +3.5
  • Savvy investors searching for projects that include the option to own masternodes will be pleased to learn that masternodes will be available with LRX. +2.5

Disposition

2018 is an exciting time for blockchain technology. So much innovation is happening with new ICOs launching on a daily basis. Many of these ICOs have nothing more than a whitepaper and are created without solid use cases. Spin has committed to using Layer Protocol which grants a use case from day one. As more sharing economy companies come onboard, Layer Protocol has the potential to be one of the ICO success stories in 2018. Layer Protocol receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Token Symbol: LRX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Token Price: 1 LRX = 0.0375 USD
  • Token Supply: 1,000,000,000 LRX
  • Available for Purchase: 400,000,000 LRX
  • Hard Cap: $15,000,000 USD
  • Pre-Sale: On-Going
  • Main Sale: TBA
  • Payments Accepted: ETH

For more information regarding Layer Protocol:

Website: layerprotocol.com
Telegram: t.me/layerprotocol

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The internet has allowed for many new avenues of entertainment to be introduced. Online streaming has become a culture of it’s on in the last few years. Millions of people watch their favorite content creators on live streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Famous content creators are also jumping abroad the trend, this way directing portions of their already following to watch them live. There now are hundreds of online entertainers that have their activities with online streaming as their primary income. The content catalog for streaming is rapidly expanding to include more niches and with it, the number of viewers.

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Subsequently, there’s also an economy surrounding online streaming platforms. A part of the economy surrounding streaming is donations. That’s all thanks to a trend that was popularized by Twitch.tv, a website that initially started as a streaming website focused on the gaming community. Fans of live streamers of the platform would donate while the streamer was live for their message to be read out publicly. The more popular Twitch streamers get dozens of such donations during their live streams, ranging from $1 to as much as a viewer would see fit.

Online Streaming as an Industry

Twitch.tv was acquired by Amazon for a reported $970 in cash in 2014. In more recent years, bigger platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and newer social media platforms have been expanding their features for live streaming. Media organizations and industries like sports, TV streams and personal video apps are also jumping on the sector. A 2016 report found that online streaming was accounting for over two-thirds of all internet traffic. With live streaming now becoming a preferred way of communication between brands and customer, the sector should expect its already rapid growth to continue.

The State of Existing Solutions Available to Streamers

It’s worth emphasizing that due to the nuance of the sector, many things within it are changing rapidly.  Just last year, YouTube went through what was dubbed as the “adpocalypse”. Content creators in their platform, including the most established ones, had started videos on their channels demonetized. As this situation still unfolds, it’s now been understood that YouTube had started employing an AI algorithm that would stop creators from receiving ad revenue on their videos based on the content of their channels and videos. This year even, YouTube also made the requirements for earning through the platform much stricter than previously:

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On January 16, 2018, we announced new eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program. Once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the program.

Fan Contributions and the State of Solutions Providing a Platform for Donations as a Service

With ad revenue proving insufficient for full-time content creators to earn a living, many of them are turning to alternatives. Patreon and lately Flatt have been gaining more and more traction with content creators. Those solutions allow for fans to “subscribe” to their content creators for a monthly donation. Twitch was already employing such feature and more recently YouTube also introduces a subscription-based model for monetary support with YouTube Red, along with in-house donations called “Souper Chats”; a feature that pushes comments on live streams with a donation attached ahead of other comments, in a fashion similar how Twitch streamers accept donations.

The Problems

Many of those centralized solutions are faced with problems, and due to the young age of the sector, there hasn’t been much time for competition to develop. Patreon and Flattr take more than 10% away from each creator’s donations in fees and processing. YouTube’s and Twitch’s in-house solutions also charge hefty fees and more-over lack worldwide availability. Some creators have thought of turning to cryptocurrency, but the issue with this aside of adoption lies in the fact that a subscription-based model with crypto hasn’t proved hard to develop.

DeStream: A Decentralized Platform for the Streaming Industry

The many problems creators in the streaming industry are exactly what DeStream seeks to address with its platform. The project’s team aspires to build a feature-rich platform to receive donations on low commisions by utilizing  decentralization and blockchain technology, also creating a robust and censorship-proof platform in the process.

Token

According to the whitepaper of the project, the DST tokens will be able to provide users of the platform with several utilities. Potential use cases made note in the whitepaper are mentioned below:

  • Making a donations.
  • Paying the platform’s Commission for executing transactions.
  • Buying digital goods.
  • Getting a reward from the advertiser.
  • To purchase any goods in the affiliate shops.
  • Gaining access to big data analytics.
  • Paying for the services of the platform (marketing, making the streams more.attractive, etc.).
  • To perform internal P2P operations.

Smart contracts are set to become available to streamers and advertisers to help bring to life an autonomous platform for the DeStream economy. Commissions for streamers to cash out revenues would only be down t0 0.77%.
A total of 3,600,000,000 DST tokens will be allocated to the Token Sale with a base price of 0.006 USD per token. The private main closes on the 30th of May 2018 with discounts being as follows:

  • Pre-sale: up to 50% bonus, discussed individually.
  • 20% discount on the first two days.
  • 15% discount from the 3rd to the 5th day.
  • 10% discount from the 6th to the 15th day.
  • 5% discount from the 16th to the 21st day.
  • 0% discount from the 21st day to the end. of the crowdsale

The allocation of funds is set to be as follows:

  • Marketing: 41%
  • Operational expenses: 30%
  • Development support: 17%
  • Events/Trips: 12%

And the distribution of tokens:

  • Token sale: 60%
  • Fund: 20%
  • Team/Advisers: 19%
  • Bounty: 1%

Team

The team behind DeStream appears to have a great experience when it comes to working on new ventures.

Founding members include:

Anar Mekhtiev, the project’s founder and CEO has among other ventures founded his own IT company which the DeStream notes as “specializing in complex development”.
Tachat Igityan, co-founder and CTO for the project is, as written in the website, the “Founder of one of the largest business schools in digital marketing and Internet agency management (RIC).”
Alexey Khvostenko, Founder & CTO, appears to have many years of experience with software development.
Overall, the team appears to have experience in the sector of project development and a decent technical backing. Also notable, the team’s presence in live appearances on conferences that’s showcased in the section for events in the project’s website.

Verdict

DeStream brings on a concept for a much-needed solution. A decentralized platform for streamers to utilize could get backing from the ever-expanding platform creators of live content have. Live-streamers are always on the lookout for a better solution and known to adopt new alternatives as they come, being tech-savvy as they are.

Risks

  • Developing such a platform could be met with many shortfalls especially under the hood of new decentralized technologies. DeStream has not yet brought out a proof of concept application or MVP, and the roadmap of the platform only makes mention of an Alpha for the 3rd to 4th quarter of 2018. -2
  • The discounts and bonuses for the token run too deep, something that brings up questions for the pre-ICO stage. -1
  • The vision the team tries to bring forward gives a sense that the project might be trying to cover too many aspects instead of focusing on a few strong feats coupled with decentralization. The lack of a clear goal could prove problematic in later stages of the project’s development. -1

Growth Potential

  • Founders are very active on live events. +3
  • The team of the project has chosen the upcoming blockchain platform Stratis for the project. A move that showcases a willingness to adopt new technologies to better suit the project’s vision. +3
  • DeStream could utilize an already huge and growing industry for its growth by providing attractive services to creators. +2
  • Members of the team appear to have great experience with project development and technology. +2

Disposition

The project has great potential and the team appears to have a clear understanding of how they could tap into the streaming industry. However, the lack of an MVP coupled with the fact that the project’s vision might be too ambitious brings in a higher risk factor. Our rating is a 6 out of 10.

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The Consensus Conference just came to an end. And although it didn’t quite produce the instant moon shots expected around the market, it did produce a smorgasbord of tasty new projects. Perhaps the most succulent one is a decentralized, community-based marketplace for tokenized alternative investments called Smart Valor.

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The VALOR Platform is blockchain agnostic and designed to evolve and expand over time. Most of the components will be open source with outside contributors able to build apps on top of it. Here are the current components that will be available on the platform.

  • App marketplace: Third party providers or any contributor for that matter can build apps on top of Valor. The users can then purchase or license these apps via the marketplace
  • ICO platform with tokenization engine: Basicallyn this is an incubator. VALOR helps guide new projects through the token sale process, making sure the model/smart contract is consistent with the asset.
  • Task marketplace: Anyone with talent will be rewarded for coding, research, performance predictions and more. According to the company, “Positive reviews from the community and accurate performance predictions will build your publicly verifiable reputation and increase your earning potential.”
  • Governance and voting engine: The community will govern most of VALOR by voting on decisions, contributing to polls, introducing petitions, etc.
  • Rewards and bounty programs: Stakeholders earn rewards by engagement in opinion polls, being involved in governance matters, giving input on new assets being considered for listing, providing liquidity and much more things that haven’t been added yet.
  • Decentralized auctioning marketplace: Smart contract enabled auction marketplace that helps price discovery and supports liquidity in low volume traded assets, for both investors and asset issuers.
  • Licensed exchange: Trade asset and crypto tokens while following all regulations.
  • Authentication and identity: Authenticate and manage user IDs with multi-factor authentication implemented.
  • Secure custody for crypto assets: Valor accounts or wallets allow you to hold your tokenized assets safe and securely.
  • Portfolio management: User-friendly dashboard, desktop and mobile. Integrates risk analysis and performance prediction apps from the app marketplace.

What can be found in the VALOR marketplace? Tokenized alternative investments.

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The Valor Platform fundamentals include:

  • Blockchain based securitization: Representation of assets through cryptographic tokens enabling efficient, instant and secure transfer of value.
  • Focus on alternative investments: Will Focus on inaccessible and mostly illiquid assets – as well as safe-haven investments.
  • Community-driven value creation: A decentralized organization with meritocracy-based rewards for individual contributors.
  • Fully compliant and licensed platform: The VALOR Platform is in the process of undergoing regulatory approval to act as a fully licensed marketplace for alternative investments.

Token

This project is still in its private pre-sale phase. They have yet to release a whitepaper, and there is very little info on the token.  Here’s the information available as of May 17, most of it comes from this livestream of Olga speaking to a small crowd on May 8th: https://smartvalor.com/ama-livestream/

The Valor token will serve several functions.

  1. Contribute to value creation: Earn rewards through investing or by contributing your expertize to the Valor Community, with coding, research, market predictions etc.
  2. Build your reputation: Publicly verifiable reputations will increase earning potential. Everyone is equal at the start, and will earn value as they give value. Or the opposite.
  3. Voting rights: Allows holders to vote on strategic decisions.
  4. Special Privilege: Holding VALOR grant exclusive rights.
  5. Staking: Asset issuers and service providers must stake a certain amount of token as collateral. In case of misconduct or non-compliance, the tokens are forfeited.

The allocation is as follows:

  • 45% Distributed to token purchasers
  • 19% Founders, future employees, advisers
  • 5% Liquidity buffer
  • 5% Bounties and network growth
  • 26%Retained for future development (locked up 3 years)

Team

Team Smart Valor is already 13 people deep, have offices in Paris and Munich, and are headquartered in Zug, where they are hosted by the Thomson Reuters Incubator. Zug is turning into one of the leading Cities for start-ups. Part of that popularity is due to Founder Olga Felldmeiers working with Swiss Officials to give blockchain innovators the freedom to do their thing.

(At Galaxy with the legend himself, Mike Novogratz 5/16)

Oliver Feldmeier: COO – an expert in digital transformation, Founder and Managing Director of Verto Advisory (Switzerland) and Technology Advisor at Capgemini (Germany).

Julien Bringer: Chief Security and Cryptography Expert. Holds over 50 patents and has authored over 80 publications on security and cryptography. Headed the cryptography and security research team for six years for IDEMIA.

Thomas Felber: CIO, Co-founder and Head of IT at BeeZero. Previously Co-founder and Managing Partner of software development and IT consultancy Tekaris (Germany).

There are six impressive adviswrs including the  co-founder at swytch.io, the founder of PAY.ON, and an ex-board member of the Ethereum Foundation.

Verdict

Traditionally, only whales were able to get into the trillions of dollar alternative investments industry. But now that we can tokenize and make liquid any and all assets, the little guy finally gets to buy and sell tiny fractions of everything 24/7,  with instant transaction executions, instead of waiting a couple days like on the stock markets.

Risks

  • They want the community to pretty much run the platform in the future. With so many different projects out already, it could prove to be hard finding enough enthusiastic community members. -1
  • There have already been quite a few asset tokenization project failures already. -1
  • Although it sounds like this team is prepared for all the regulatory hurdles coming their way, it still won’t be easy. –2
  • The private pre-sale is way too private, and loose. They have yet to put out the whitepaper, yet have been collecting funds for at least three weeks. -1

Growth Potential

  • Hosted by the Thomson Reuters Incubator, the project seems powerful. A lot of thomson Reuters Incubator projects present at major conferences, and connect with each other. +2
  • They are listed as one of Europe’s 10 Most Exciting Technology SMEs for 2018 by Forbes. +2
  •  SmartValor will have an incubator of their own for new projects to be created.+3.5
  • Potential partnerships out the wazoo. +2
  • Founder, Olga Feldmeier has “it”. And people see it, she speaks at all the major conferences, and constantly helps convince the higher-ups to allow Switzerland to be one of the leaders in blockchain innovation. +3

Disposition

VALOR hits on all cylinders.

Although there will be many similar protocols to compete with,  Valor separates itself by being blockchain agnostic and focusing their energy specifically on alternative investments and compliance with regulators.   7.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Platform: erc20, but will be blockchain agnostic
  • Hard Cap: $35 million
  • Total Supply:  100 million
  • Tokens for sale: 45 million
  • Price: $1 before bonus
  • Private Pre-sale: 50% bonus Sign up https://smartvalor.com/pre-sale/
  • Crowd sale: TBA (will have lower bonus tears)
  • Whitelist: https://smartvalor.com/pre-sale/
  • First AMA Video: 1 hour long . https://smartvalor.com/ama-livestream/

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