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All the cool Decentralized Apps of the future that require mapping and tracking lack a way to come to a consensus on the location of objects and entities in space and time. New start-up FOAM is a Proof of Location Protocol looking to incentivize users to build a consensus-driven map of the world. They will also provide the tools to create, view and interact with this map.

“At FOAM, we are committed to building spatial protocols, standards and applications that bring geospatial data to blockchains and can empower a consensus-driven map of the world”

Based on Ethereum, FOAM is an extremely technical project. A lot of what they are trying to do has never been done before.

Token mechanisms and crypto-economics underpin the elements of FOAM and empower the distributed users to coordinate and interact in a decentralized and permissionless fashion.

Each of the three component elements of FOAM (pictured above) are designed to address three specific problems with current spatial protocols:

  1. Crypto Spatial Coordinate Standard:  Establishes standards for embedding physical location in Ethereum smart contracts. “The CSC is effectively a human-readable paired representation of a geohash and an Ethereum address, together with an immutable pairing of the two on the blockchain. It is possible to verify the CSC of a contract and its associated geohash. The protocol allows the CSC to be mapped back to the original geohash and address on-chain using the registry for any smart contract to utilize and reference.”
  2. Spacial Index and Visualization Webapp: A visual blockchain explorer for creating, viewing and interacting with Crypto-Spatial Coordinates on a web map. The SIV can serve as the front-end for decentralized applications and will facilitate FOAM’s token curated registries for geographic points of interest.
  3. Proof of Location: GPS is not a viable tool when a smart contract needs to execute autonomously on spatial information. FOAM protocol breaks Proof of Location into two categories: static and dynamic. Static-proof of location allows FOAM cartographers to apply token curated registries to geographic points of interest (POIs) to generate trusted and reliable POI data. Dynamic proof of location utilizes a decentralized and permissionless network of radio beacons to determine if and when a particular entity was at a certain location. It is done in a privacy-preserving manner and utilizes a Byzantine fault tolerant protocol to prevent fraud.

“The goal of the FOAM Proof of Location solution is to provide the framework and infrastructure to support a decentralized, privacy preserving, highly accurate, censorship resistant alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Secure location data is a fundamental infrastructure needed to achieve the full vision of the a decentralized ‘web3’ economy and can foster an ecosystem of applications built on top of a verified location standard. Proof of Location is the primary utility arising from use of the CSC and SIV elements discussed above. Proof of Location is a solution to provide consensus on whether an event or agent is verifiably at a certain point in time and space.”

This gets very detailed. To learn all about the FOAM system see the technical and general whitepapers.

Token

FOAM is a utility token with a few different purposes.

Token Curated Registries

A new way to incentivize curators to create content for lists. Imagine Yelp combined with Google maps, combined with crypto. Content is backed by staked tokens and token holders vote on additions to the list with the goal of raising the value of their token by producing a valuable list. Users can add points of interests POI to the map, validate new candidates and verify the map by visiting real world locations. Users can deposit FOAM tokens into POIs on the map to increase attention those POIs might receive.

Signaling for Zone Incentivization

Zone Anchors and Zone Authorities are rewarded FOAM token block rewards for setting up and maintaining Zones. From the whitepaper:

“Block rewards and the increase of a physical infrastructure will hopefully contribute to extending the geographical coverage of Proof of Location and its network effects. FOAM establishes a mechanism to incentivize the staking of tokens in a geographically diverse manner. Signaling occurs on the Spatial Index, where users place indicators in areas where they need decentralized location-based services, which are then recognized within the token reward structure of the block rewards. Additionally, tokens in block rewards are spatially weighted by the signal. This further incentivizes the growth and dissipation of the network across a variety of users and locations. Prior to the initiation of mining, participants will signal where location services are needed, and in doing so increase the eventual block reward of that location. This incentive mechanism is to coordinate contributors, in a grassroots fashion, to operating the protocol.”

A lot more info is available in the technical whitepaper.

Distribution:

  • 30% of the FOAM Token supply will be sold to purchasers during the FOAM Token Sale
  • 25% Compensatory purposes
  • 10% Reserved for grants and developers
  • 35% for mining rewards to “zone anchors”

All 300 million FOAM tokens being sold will be distributed to purchasers proportionally regardless of total U.S. dollar of FOAM tokens purchased during the sale. This means any unsold tokens will be divided up evenly to contributors.

Team

The team is based in New York City. Interestingly, they didn’t provide work history info on the website.  Looking into the three co-founders, they are young and don’t have a ton of work experience. Despite this, they come off as very knowledgeable in their blogs, interviews and Telegram channel. They have put in a couple years of work already, and it shows.

Ryan John King is Co-Founder and CEO. He has a BA in Economics from UMass and graduated 2013. He obtained Master’s in architecture from Colombia in 2014. He was a private Consultant on urban development and blockchain technology from 2014-2016. Started FOAM project in 2015. Under his name on LinkedIn he says, ” I work between Real Estate, Architecture, Political Economy and Digital Technology.”

Kristoffer Josefsson is Co-Founder and CTO. Associate Geometer at Foster+Partners from 2010-2014. Blockchain Geometer from 2015-2017 at BlockApps (BlockApps was the first company incubated out of Consensys in 2015 and continues to lead blockchain technology implementation for enterprise & startups alike.)

Ekaterina Zavyalova is Co-Founder and COO. She obtained a Master’s in Architecture from SCIA 2010. She served as project manager/designer for CDR Studio between 2012-16. She has been with FOAM since 2015.. The website says she’s an award-winning architect and a leading industry voice recognized by the American Institute of Architects.

Nine other core team members are listed, including two impressive advisors – One from OpenStreetMaps, and the other founded Augur.

Some strong partnerships:

TrustedIoTalliance

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Other partners include Status, uPort, Dether, OGC and Perkinscoie.

Verdict

This has massive potential. The use cases, including ones the world hasn’t even imagined yet, are endless. Real Estate, Gaming, Supply Chain, etc. can all be improved by using this protocol. Here’s a great blog on Medium that gets into the different possible ways the team sees FOAM being used in the future.

But with that potential comes risk. The deck is very stacked against this project before it gets off the ground.

Risks

  • Current Ethereum gas prices are too high to make this protocol work. It will be a long time before this problem is fixed. -2
  • Competition: OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open source and collaborative mapping project that is free to use and created by millions of participants around the world. OSM is gaining traction on Google, and is currently used by Mapbox, Apple Maps, PokemonGO, Foursquare, and Craigslist among others. However, it cannot work with blockchain. Google remains the ultimate leader. For Google, POI data is not collected but created out of Street View and Satellite View data which allows an unprecedented quality, coverage, and scale that is substantially ahead of any competitor. And then on the blockchain, XYO project is doing similar things, but they are an Oracle network. -1
  • Storage issues: Storing a worldwide maps worth of data on blockchain is complicated. The team does not have a certain solution yet, but they are going to try IPFS. -1
  • The project has to scale first, then be successful. This seems like it will be really hard to do. What is going to inspire users to jump on board? -1

Growth Potential

  • Their GitHub and Medium blogs are very active. +1
  • They’ve been in the game a couple years, and have an active beta which can be demo’d here. +3
  • Their Twitter was made in Sept 2016, and they have 7,861 followers.+1
  • Partnerships with TrustedIotAlliance and Ethereum Enterprise Alliance +3
  • The two Co-Founders made a very detailed and well thought out whitepaper. They are extremely intelligent and knowledgeable, which they demonstrate in their latest appearance on the “Hashing it Out ” Podcast Episode #15 .+1
  • They are also connected with Consensys. +2

Disposition

“Bitcoin demonstrated how to build decentralized infrastructure, offering people returns for joining and participating in the network. In other words, just as the growth of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many other blockchains were assisted by crypto-economic incentives, so too is the FOAM protocol assisted by incentives to build out the hardware to provide a decentralized alternative to GPS. Similar to other blockchain mining, Zone operators on the FOAM protocol are in essence providing comparable work to Bitcoin miners”

This is a tough one to score. It’s very technical and complicated. The team is smart, legit and well connected. They are also flexible and have plenty of time to find solutions to the problems they face. Even with all that, there’s a good chance this fails. There’s so many hurdles to overcome, like storage and ETH gas prices and speed.

It does have massive long-term potential. We score it  6/10.

Investment Details

Special Note

  • Tokens will only be sold to registered purchasers that intend to use them to curate the network map and contribute to the long-term development of the FOAM protocol. The FOAM Token Sale has been designed as part of the Brooklyn Project Framework and intends to implement certain relevant provisions from the Token Foundry Standards for consumer tokens. The specific details of the FOAM Token Sale are contained in the terms of sale available to registered purchasers prior to purchase.

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OATH Protocol wants to build an analog of a decentralized dispute resolution system modeling the common-juror system. In their view, this will solve the solution to the blockchain governance problem.

OATH Protocol wants to provide a solution to the Blockchain Governance system.

In order to do this the company plans to:

  • increase the usability of smart contracts by providing an easy to use user-friendly smart contract creation tool
  • creating a decentralized jury community, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise
  • invites users from all communities to not only provide governance for the dApp they support but also for other ecosystems.

The protocol’s main advantages include:

  • Trust – all data is hashed on a blockchain.
  • Confidentiality – all jury members data of confidential.
  • Dynamicity – protocol will ensure that different jurors will be resolving multiple cases to avoid a collision and ensure the integrity.
  • Fairness – protocol will ensure random jurors selection based on a variety of factors as gender, background, age, etc. to have full objectivity.
  • Incentive – a mechanism to motivate jurors for participating and assign them credit.
  • Autonomy – parties mutually set rules that they would be bound by.
  • Transparency – jury votes are disclosed to the community after resolution.
  • Archive – protocol allows keeping all data in a structured irrecoverable way.

Use cases include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • E-commerce, which involves a variety of disputes, such as quality problems, missing pieces, broken product, etc. OATH jury will resolve each dispute based on user-provided testimony.
  • OTC trade of digital assets.
  • Disputes involving decentralized property rent.
  • Decentralized moderation.
  • Oracle for betting.
  • public chain governance.

So basically OATH is a decentralized agnostic protocol that offers a solution to of decentralized governance to all blockchains and Dapps.

Blockchain architecture is highlighted below:

OATH Protocol is an agnostic blockchain which may be integrated into other Daps and public chains.

The chain contains two main files:

  • Case ledger, which includes all information such as contracts, verdicts, voting reasons, selected jurors.
  • IPFS (InterPlanetary File System), which is a network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system. It replaces traditional domain names with content addresses so that users don’t have to consider names and paths of file storage.

Token

The total token supply is: 10,000,000,000 ERC-20 tokens (OATH).

Token use is summarized below:

  • Engagement between participants/granting access to the platform
  • Internal currency

Tokens are earned as nodes, disputes resolution and community services.

Team

We see a well-balanced team with a diverse background in tech, business, and law. Yin Xu, CEO, won several awards for best mobile application.

Jenny Vatrenko, COO, is an influential lawyer and  former litigator at Boles Shiller. She is active on the group’s Telegram channel.

Hongwei Wang has a strong technical background, including eight years of combined experience at Google and other tech-focused companies in China.

On the advisor side, we see people from Zefund, Qidain Capital, Continue Capital, a founder of an EOS supernode and energy startup NAD. Advisors cover the main focus groups: technology, business and legal. Jia Tian is a notable advisor who worked at Baidu and Alibaba, and is a big investor in Bitfinex Dafeng Guo. Tian worked for big investment banks like Morgan Stanley and Goldman.

Zainan Zuo is another notable advisor who serves as a core developer at Ethereum, and is a main developer of the ERC-1202 standard for Ethereum.

Investors

Several notable investors from the VC and blockchain worlds are also worth mentioning. While most are medium-sized funds, Quarkchain is among them. Quarkchain was a top ROI project during the second quarter of this year. EOS Asia and NEM are also partnering with OATH.

Verdict

In general, the project looks interesting. The team has the necessary technical skills to implement the product. We see the support of smart money. The very idea of the product itself is exciting. The decentralized dispute resolution system, which can be used both as a means of resolving disputes between traditional subjects in arbitration and within a decentralized system, deserves interest.

Risks

  • The project does not have MVP, only active Github. -1
  • Low public activity. -0.75

Growth Potential

  • The strong point is that it is an agnostic protocol so that it can be plugged to any blockchain and provide additional value to that respected network with their service. +2
  • The overall idea is interesting. +1
  • Any user of any blockchain can automatically be selected as a juror for OATH dispute which provides flexibility and helps to get users on board. +1
  • The token use case is rather strong – parties must deposit tokens during dispute case and pay arbitrators for their services. +1
  • The roadmap is medium long. Although for this kind of project long-term potential will rise together with overall crypto field and decentralization. +1
  • Token metrics are on the good side. +1
  • Team, advisors, partners, and VCs have been verified. +1.5

Disposition

I would say that the project is above average, but one should wait for prototype and full metrics to make the full investment decision. Currently, the rating of 6.75/10 is warranted, though it may be further increased or decreased once the project is up and running.

Investment Details

  • Type: utility
  • Symbol: OATH
  • Platform: erc-20
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: TBA
  • Price: TBA
  • Hard Cap: TBA
  • Payments Accepted: TBA
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: TBA

General details:

Website – https://oaths.io/

Whitepaper – https://oaths.io/files/OATH-Whitepaper-EN.pdf

FB – https://www.facebook.com/oathprotocol/

Telegram – https://t.me/oathsio

Medium – https://medium.com/@oathprotocol

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ICO Analysis: Robonomics Network

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Robonomics Network is an ambitious network infrastructure, based on the Ethereum platform and created with the purpose of integrating ‘cyber-physical systems’ into “Smart Cities and Industry 4.0”.

Industry 4.0 is a topic which I first discussed back in May 2018 when I reviewed a token called ‘Productivist’ that aimed to provide blockchain based solutions for the manufacturing sector. Key concepts of 4.0 common across all sectors are: automation, interoperability, AI, and IoT (how they can improve efficiency as well as reduce costs).

This project is no different, incorporating autonomous cyber-physical systems (or CPSs) to replace human operators and to a degree, decision-makers. According to the white paper, the team hopes to:

“Expand the capabilities of Ethereum in order for the market of CPSs behavioural models supply and demand to emerge; describing the Robonomics agents operating system as the interface of the Robot Operating System compatible CPS to the robots economy network”

A ‘CPS’, according to a page on the website of the US government backed National Science Foundation, integrates “sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure”. Examples include self-driving cars and medical monitoring systems.

In the words of Cisco a smart city “collects and analyzes data from IoT sensors and video cameras. In essence, they “sense” the environment so that the city operator can decide how and when to take action… [and] uses digital technology to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of citizens. IoT sensors, video cameras, social media, and other inputs act as a nervous system”.

History, Present and Future

The company’s first release and phase of operation came in Q1 of 2018, with what the company calls ‘Lighthouse’ (AKA the first release of software for providers). The second ‘Observerer’ was released the following quarter, which was when the team began to focus on analysing “network performance indicators” to measure progress and capability.

In Q1-Q2 of 2019, the Robonomics Network team plans to begin the ‘Cybernetics Economy’ stage of their operational roadmap. Finally, between the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020 Robonomics Network will enter ‘Lights-Out’ stage. This presumably refers to the fact that the network is expected to reach full automation by this stage: requiring less human intervention, direct oversight or micro-management.

Furthermore, you can check the team’s Medium blog for up-to-date insight regarding the activity and progress of the project. For example: in June 2018 Robonomics Network started running in Ethereum main net and any ETH holder can become its provider.

Early September 2018, ‘Airalab visionary leader’ and ‘Robot economics architect’ Sergey Lonshakov published an article entitled Robonomics 2018: Let’s Sum Up. In it, he describes a working vocational trip off-site where a “tent city” was erected at the Zhigulevskaya Valley Technopark in Russia within which a four day “engineering crash course” took place.

The results of this trip included solidified plans and delegation for a variety of essential tasks for the Robonomics Network protocol development.

How it Works

The Robonomics Network team describes their efforts to combine “the economic and technical parts of communication between humans and machines into one transaction”, which will be achieved by using “a decentralized marketplace for robot liabilities contracts” and overcoming existing centralisation dilemmas facing the IoT and Robotics industries.

By decentralizing the storage of data and controls over variables such as interoperable appliances in a ‘smart house’ (gas, alarms, lighting, etc), the risk of server-side issues interrupting these processes would be mitigated. For example, downtime for maintenance or unauthorised intrusion / targeted attacks.

Latest and prominent product releases include the third of their beta stable-releases for the Robonomics Network communication stack. Like all components of the platform this beta is open-source, with source code available to view and download at GitHub. One of the features cited in the release is “new liability engine support parallel and sandboxing liability execution.”.

Additional products listed on the website at present include ‘Robonomics JS’: a language for Ethereum JS developers who want to create DApps for “smart cities”, and ‘Learning Center’ for “roboteers” to develop field experience in the implementation of p2p technology when creating multi-agent systems.

In November 2018, Robonomics Platform team member Sergey Lonshakov published a post on Medium entitled Robonomics Benchmark, November 2018 which summarized a series of fresh test results. Load test results averaged at 60 messages per second (using IPFS Pubsub), whilst another test focused on communication between two ROS-compatible robots using the eponymous protocol.

Team

Robonomics Platform is a project from the Airalab team, an open-source development community founded in 2015). The Airalab website doesn’t list any team member as a manager but rather as different departmental staff (although they do distinguish by experience with the inclusion of ‘Junior’ status members).

This is contradicted on the company’s Medium profile somewhat, where w¬riter Sergey Lonshakov assumes the title of ‘Airalab Visionary Leader / Robot Economics Architect’. From this, we can assume that he similarly takes on something of a leadership role for the project as well.

According to Lonshakov’s LinkedIn profile, he is a ‘Robonomics Platform Architect’ and ‘Blockchain Project Developer’ at Airalab. He has been working with the company and in research and development on blockchain with robotics since 2015, after having graduated from Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) University in St Petersburg, Russia.

ITMO recurs in the LinkedIn profiles of the majority of the rest of the team also as place of study and work. Both apply to Aleksandr Kapitonov, PhD: a Robot Economics Academic Society Progressor at Airalab who has been working at the university since 2015, starting as an assistant professor and advancing to the position of associate professor in September 2018. He also mentions his role in the creation and management of several decentralized technologies.

Advisors

The advisory board of Robonomics Network is comprised of just three members at this stage, who are as follows:

  • Alexey Bobstov: Professor and doctor of technical sciences. He specialises in system analysis, control and information processing.
  • Max Gutbrod: Greatly experienced in M&A, finance and restructuring; and has previously assumed the role of managing partner at the Moscow branch of Baker & McKenzie CIS, Limited.
  • Babak Kia: Adjunct Professor at Boston University

Token

The Robonomics Network economy utilises a proprietary and eponymous token, which also goes by the title ‘XRT’. It will be built upon the Ethereum blockchain as will all smart contracts, in part because of the fact that you are able to add technical details. This is in addition to being able to bypass intermediaries between consumer and robot.

May 2017 saw the completion of the first round of ICO investment for the company, achieving 5000 ETH in total (valued then at $810,000) and the team plans to launch a public token sale at an unannounced point in time. The maximum cap of this event will be 10,000 ETH and will take place in the form of a “Crowdfunding Dutch Auction”.

The last update available on the website was posted on the 21st November 2018 at the time of writing. It said that the team is currently “expecting the legal opinion of the Financial Market Authority (FMA).”.

Verdict

Great presentation online, transparency, and fully open source. This includes the Whitepaper, which is both comprehensive and concise at a lean 26 pages.

Risks

  • Industry 4.0 often correlates with commercial globalism, and working in international markets brings exponential liability regarding data laws (such as Europe’s GDPR) -1
  • There is a chance of high competition from larger international corporations working with blockchain -2

Growth Potential

  • The team shows a great level of understanding regarding the theory and practical aspects in the fields of blockchain and robotics +2
  • Having similar educational backgrounds and geographical basis, it appears much of the core team share experience and are likely close-knit +1
  • Russia has a strong reputation regarding blockchain (including certain individuals like Vitalik Buterin) with many successful projects coming out of the area +2
  • Transparency: Lots of updates on the website and personal medium blogs of various team members, as well as the code being completely open source +3
  • Team members’ experience shines through across their LinkedIn, GitHub, and Google Scholar pages +1
  • Whilst not the most well-known group of advisors, those supporting Robonomics Network have considerable achievements and influence in their own rights +1

Disposition

Worth following, and if you are technically oriented: check out the code!

7/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: XRT
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Presale: Unannounced (Pending Legal Approval)
  • Hard Cap: 10,000 ETH
  • Whitepaper: https://robonomics.network/robonomics_white_paper_en.pdf
  • Website: https://robonomics.network/en/

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YouTube currently has 1.3 billion users watching more than 5 billion videos daily. They are owned by Google, and appear to be the untouchable powerhouse of video sharing. But no empire lasts forever. In a future token economy, where users get rewarded their fair share for bringing value to a decentralized video sharing platform, YouTube starts to look more and more like Blockbuster Video.

Viewo is a video sharing ecosystem, using blockchain to reward all participants for bringing value to the platform. The Israeli team is creating a custom-built content delivery network (CDN) using cloud computing technology, allowing them to scale unlimited computing and network resources, without the large investment required for traditional data centers servers.

From the company:

“Viewo is using GPU servers combined with our specialist software technology, for live and on-demand video broadcasting. This allows us to deliver content at incredible speeds. The industry calls this Ultra Low Latency Streaming which we like to call Bufferless Instant Video Playback. This allows us to provide the worlds fastest complete solution for high resolution streaming.”

Their servers can switch from GPU to CPU based on streaming needs. According to the company: “We can encode videos on the fly allowing content to play immediately after upload; no more delays like on competitor websites.”

Additionally, “In real time, we can stream live broadcasts with localized ads which are embedded into the video stream and stops popup blockers from removing ads.”

Special Features

Unique private content: A pay-per-view style feature, Viewo will provide content creators the ability to offer their fans and other users unique private content in exchange for VEO Tokens.

MOOPS (Massive open online courses): A popular way to sell knowledge online, similar to Coursera and Udemy, offering expert instructors and courses that include recorded video lectures, certification, discussion forums, and competitive pricing. Students will pay for the courses in VEO Tokens exclusively.

Stores: Ecosystem participants will have the ability to open their own online store to sell products/services related to their video content.

“For example, if someone posts a video series about dog training, they can easily create an online store selling related products such as leashes, collars, eBooks, hard copy books, etc. The only way to purchase these items will be with VEO Tokens.”

Unique algorithms: Used to give preference to videos according to the desires of the community, while at the same time rewarding platform users proportionately for the following:

  • Creating and uploading videos
  • Sharing videos
  • Commenting on and rating videos
  • Moderating the site.
  • Viewing the videos

Token

VEO is a utility token used in the network to reward all participants for their actions and contributions. Earn it by producing content or by watching videos. Its uses are highlighted below:

  • Buy access to private content/videos
  • Join online courses (MOOCs)
  • Increase your own video positioning on the network
  • Purchase items related to video content

Distribution:

  • 28% Crowdsale
  • 51% Ecosystem Distribution
  • 11% Founders/employees
  • 6% Advisors, partners, early supporters
  • 4% Bounty and subcontractors

Use of Proceeds:

  • 40% Marketing
  • 40% Platform Build
  • 2% Legal/Regulatory
  • 15% Operations
  • 1% Business Development
  • 3% Ecosystem Development

Advisors’ tokens will be held at least 3 months from last day of token sale.

Founding team’s tokens will be subject to a 20-month holding period with 5% becoming unlocked per month.

The rest of the unreleased tokens are distributed on a weekly basis to users over a minimum 10 year period.

Team

The team is based in Israel.

Adam Rafael – CEO. He does not list his work history on LinkedIn; instead, he just lists Viewo and his education.

Rani Grinberg – COO. He has been a partner in different forms for several companies; Mexper, Orient Hotel (Tel Aviv), LVC247, Niran Holdings, Yamia Play (Israeli Gaming Platform).

David Price – CTO. He has served as CTO of Akropolis (an active blockchain project with 14 employees listed), has 25 years of experience in software development, design, and architecture. He has worked for large companies such as Merrill Lynch as well as emerging start-ups. He was the Founder of crypto-fuel which holds membership in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.

There are 11 decent looking advisors with a variety of expertise.

Apparently, they have also received sponsored support from over 150 of the most popular social media influencers, who have a combined following of millions of fans. This hasn’t been verified, and the only proof they offer is this impossible to make out picture with no names.

Verdict

Viewo looks solid on paper; they have an answer for everything. But there are a lot of holes. For example, they will be using the Ethereum blockchain, which is too expensive and slow for micro-payments. Viewo says they have the solution: “a payment channel technology with integrated wallet, which allows users to complete most of their transactions off-chain, enabling frequent, fast, and free ERC20 micropayments.”  Is this even doable? Show me… Where’s your MVP?

Risks

  • Ethereum based. -2
  • Several blockchain competitors like dtube, Flixxo, Library Credits. -1
  • It will be almost impossible to get people to abandon their YouTube habit. -1
  • All the tokens being earned on a weekly basis is going to cause a lot of constant sell pressure that has proven detrimental to other projects’ token prices. -2
  • Not much hype at all. They grew their Telegram community by offering airdrops, but the actual community doesn’t exist. -2
  • Soft cap of $2 million compared to a hard cap of $112 million just screams MONEY GRAB! -1

Growth Potential

  • It’s a huge market. Stealing just a tiny share of YouTube’s billions of users would be enough to start this fire. +3
  • “Viewo has already teamed up with Peer5, one of the largest and most respected P2P video distribution networks in the world, which will increase the quality of video playback and reduce CDN costs.”+3
  • Some of the funds received will be used to acquire unique high-quality content from top global influencers.+3
  • They will be building a physical studio in Los Angeles where influencers can film their videos.+2
  • “When users earn VEO Tokens from selling private content, 5% of the curator’s earnings revert to the VEO. Token network to be redistributed to users in the ecosystem. This is similar to the models of eBay14, Apple15, and Google Play16 , the difference being that the tokens re-enter the ecosystem to the benefit of the user base.”+2

Disposition

This one has paper potential, but getting in at this ICO price is far too risky. Chances are it will be much cheaper on exchanges a few months from now, and chances are it won’t be worth buying then either. 4/10

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