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Genesis Vision is creating a platform for a private trust management market based on blockchain and smart contracts which will serve as an ecosystem for traders, investors and brokers.

Gensis is proposing a system which will enable investors to passively invest in BOTH cryptocurrencies and traditional assets. Trust management in this reference is a system where investors transfer their funds to wealth management companies/fiduciaries/experts who manage and invest these funds in assets which match the investor’s risk profile. The total amount of funds under management globally were at $70 trillion in 2016, and are expected to reach $100 trilllion in 2020.

Having personally worked in this industry for a few years, the author has seen some of its grey areas very closely. Wealth management companies measure their success by the amount of funds they are managing, which incentivizes them to attract as much capital as they can. While investors select fund managers based on their past performance, these numbers can be easily overstated by creating personalized statistics for performance measurement and working in tandem with brokers. Even the fee structure is kept opaque in many instances, with many types of “hidden” fees being charged to the customers. Many fund managers receive bonuses which are 15-20 times of their base salaries, which incentivizes them to keep the fee structure high and opaque. While investors have kept investing money with wealth managers, numbers show that only 17% of them have managed to beat their respective benchmarks in the past 10 years.

Genesis Value Proposition

Genesis Vision is a decentralized trust management platform built on blockchain technology and smart contracts. Blockchain technology provides indispensable advantages, such as openness, immutability, and censorship-resistance of all stored information, whereas smart contracts, which will be carrying out investment and profit distribution, make these processes completely transparent and open. Each manager in the Genesis Vision network has his own cryptocurrency. The size of the issue depends on successful trade statistics. The process of transferring funds to the manager is carried out by buying a manager’s cryptocurrency on the internal exchange.

There will be 3 core elements of the Genesis ecosystem: investment managers, investors and the brokers. Investors and the investment managers will interact with the platform using the mobile app or the web based application. Each manager will have his own Ethereum based token. Investors will contribute the funds that they want invested and will get the manager’’s tokens in return. A manager’s tokens gain their value from the performance of his portfolio and will trade on Genesis’s internal exchange. The manager shares the profits from the portfolio after fixed intervals, which are shared with his token holders. Smart contracts facilitate all the transactions. Every trade that a manager makes is stored in the decentralized IFPS which is visible to all and makes the system transparent.

The part of the ecosystem discussed above is enough for cryptocurrency based asset management, however when dealing with traditional assets, the brokers come into play. As of now and maybe for a foreseeable future, Genesis will only facilitate cryptocurrency and Forex based asset management. When an asset manager includes Forex in his portfolio, the investor’s funds will be routed through a broker who will buy the required fiat currency and supply it to the asset manager.

The proposed business model has benefits for all participants which includes investors, managers and the brokers. The investors benefit from the transparency while the investors and brokers get to access a larger demographic.

If you remove the Forex part of the project, the idea is similar to what Melonport and CoinDash are doing. All three of them facilitate any trader to create and manage crypto based portfolios. Genesis differentiates itself by including the traditional asset part as well as creating individual tokens for each asset manager.

Token and Crowdraise

Genesis Vision has its own token: GVT ( Genesis Vision Token). GVT is based on ERC20 Ethereum token standard.GVT will be used for all investment operations, profit distributions, and managers’ token trading on the internal Exchange.

Along with GVT, each manager will have his own token. The manager’s tokens will only trade on the internal exchanges where users can buy them in exchange of GVT.

The GVT are limited in number and as demand for the platform grows, so does the value of GVTs.

The ICO started on 15th October 2017 and is open till 15th November. 75% of the 44 million tokens are available for the ICO and 1 GVT is valued at 1 USD (hardcap $33 million). A 20% bonus is available for the next 2 days. 40% of the funds raised will be used for product development while 30% are dedicated to marketing. Genesis will be marketing the product heavily amongst users and brokers, hence the higher allocation. The team will keep 11% of the tokens.

Team

The Genesis Vision team ranks highly on credibility. With transparency at the core of the Genesis Vision project, the team had their Initial Coin Offering certified by The Financial Commission successfully. The Financial Commission is “an independent self-regulatory organization and external dispute resolution body, primarily dedicated to Forex.”

Genesis is the first ICO to be certified by the Financial Commission. One of the 3 cofounders Alexey Kutsenko is the CEO of Tools For Brokers. Tools For Brokers (TFB)is a fintech company working exclusively with brokers and has around 300 brokers as clients. The close relations of TFB will facilitate broker participation in Genesis Vision. The other two cofounders Ruslan Kamenskiy and Dmitry Nazarov started working on the project in 2016 and won the HackRussia all-Russian hackathon in the nomination “Finance and Blockchain” with the Genesis Vision project. There are 10 members in the team and 13 prolific advisors, many of them being CEOs and founders of Russia based wealth management companies.

Verdict

Credibility is always a top priority when looking at ICOs and Genesis has plenty of it.

Genesis builds up on the existing blockchain based asset management firms by enabling a window for traditional assets. Although the initial product focuses only on cryptocurrencies and Forex, many investors will find value in holding multiple fiat and cryptocurrencies together. The concept of each asset manager having his own currency seems really cool and will help attracting many potential traders/analysts. However, there is intense competition in blockchain based asset management space with companies like Melonport already working on betas with a thousand users. We hope Genesis does not lose a significant market when it rolls out its first version in 2019.

Risks

  • The gateway to traditional assets will not be easy. Genesis will face many regulatory headwinds when it eventually expands in traditional assets beyond Forex. -2
  • As mentioned above, Genesis faces intense competition in cryptocurrency asset management space. -3
  • Although the concept of asset managers having their own currencies sounds interesting, it makes the project much more complicated. -0.25
  • The first version of the product will be released in 2019, which seems a bit stretched. -1

Growth Potential

  • Although the share Forex asset management is lower than other forms of asset management, it still is humongous considering the total market size of $70 trillion. +4
  • Credible management and the advisory team is a big positive. +3
  • Genesis already has a solution for trust management market used by 80 financial companies. The working solution is based on a b2b model and is centralized. +3
  • Genesis has good relations with around 400 brokers and 50+ wealth management companies. This will help them scale very quickly. +2

Disposition

We arrive at a score of +5.75 out of 10 for Genesis Vision. There is no softcap and unsold tokens during the ICO will be burned which might result in potential upside in case the hardcap is not reached. Overall we have a positive view of Genesis.

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So, you are using Facebook, Snapchat or some other social network. Once in a while, you come across advertisements of your favorite brand, yet you do not feel like engaging with this text, picture or video. It is passive, non-customized to your digital identity. In most cases, you would prefer that these advertisements do not bother you at all.

Such cases are not rare, and this is easily provable by pointing out the high number of people who use ad blocking applications. Evidently, digital advertisement methods do not work that well and brands are not presented by low engagement solutions other than images, video posts, and contests. To improve digital advertisements’ ways and engagements with brands’ target audiences, some alternative methods have been proposed. One method which is recently gained high interest is rewarding users with some financial incentives for their engagement with advertisements.

Following this same spirit, Swace proposes a social gaming platform where users are rewarded for their digital engagement with brands. Aiming to make the user experience fun as much as possible, the team is planning to correlate the user’s experience with brand engagement relative to the “fun” he or she had, which should improve the brand’s position in the public’s eye.

But this is not all. If you wish not to participate in events sponsored by brands, you can just complete quests as well. Upon accepting to participate in a quest, a pre-determined number of tokens are removed from the user’s wallet and once he or she completes it, the player gets reward tokens. In some cases, they will be rewarded with virtual or real items as well. The platform allows any user to become an influencer as well.

But most importantly Swace introduces a fun, new and exciting way to take place in a new social platform. The planned introduction of augmented reality to the platform will enable the possibility of quests similar to Niantic’s Pokémon Go, which gained tremendous interest from people all over the world. Given the fact that young people like to experiment with new social platforms, Swace should see some serious attraction if the team plays their cards right.

Token

Swace users are rewarded with SWA tokens in return for their digital engagement with brands. These tokens will be used in marketplaces of Swace’s partners. As the team has signed contracts with at least seventeen international companies, we can safely say that the project has attracted high corporate interest so far.

Through the private pre-sale period, investors were offered bonuses between 30% and 60% which should be a concern for the ICO investor. Also, a hard cap of $23,000,000 seems too high for a project like this.

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

  1. 3% advisors and partners
  2. 7% bounty, airdrop, and test rewards
  3. 12% the team
  4. 23% community growth
  5. 55% the public

Any unsold token will be added to community growth budget after a lock-up period of one year. Founder and team tokens will be locked for two years.

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

  1. 5% unforeseen expenditure
  2. 11% legal
  3. 18% marketing and community growth
  4. 23% hr & corporate development
  5. 43% research and development

Team

Jean Claude Edorh: Edorh, a former athlete who participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and has founded JC Sport.

Paulius Kaminskas: Kaminskas is a senior software engineer at NFQ, a software development company located in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Advisors

Andrew Barros: Barros was a senior adviser at Perpetual Limited, a financial services company.

Alain Heureux: Heureux has worked at CPM UK, a sales agency, for three years.

Partners

Bancor Network: Bancor is a decentralized liquidity network.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • The existence of so many similar projects creates competition. (-1.5)
  • High bonuses offered to private pre-sale contributors. (-2.5)

Growth Potential

  • At least 17 international companies have signed contracts with Swace, implying high corporate interest in the project. (+2.5)
  • Rewarding users for their engagement with brands is a good and trending idea to increase brand awareness. (+2)
  • According to the roadmap, Google Play and App Store applications will be released before ICO. (+1.5)

Disposition

Standard digital advertising methods seem to fail to reach to brands’ target audiences. Rewarding users with tokens to increase brand awareness and user engagement has become a trending approach to solve these problems with digital advertising. Swace is a social gaming platform which rewards its users not only for digitally engaging with brands but also for completing daily quests and becoming an influencer. Many international companies have shown interest in the project, which is definitely a good sign. Yet the ICO investor should note that earlier stage investors have been offered high bonuses up to 60%. Swace receives a 2/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: SWA
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: $100
  • Price: $0.02
  • Hard Cap: $23,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Studies conducted by the United Nations estimate that the number of people over 60 will be doubled by 2050 and it is reasonably expected that this will give rise to important social and economic changes. Yet it is at best arguable that the current ways of senior care and standard insurance policies are ready for such an impactful occurrence. The present approach of curing elders only after a medical condition occurs, not preventing them in the first place is another crucial problem for senior healthcare which is in need of an immediate solution. HiNounou takes this first step by proposing a solution based on artificial intelligence and healthcare technologies.

HiNounou provides three key products to increase seniors’ life quality and health at home:

  • The Home Wellness Kit: The kit contains a DNA genome testing kit, a senior-friendly smartphone, a blood pressure monitor, a fingertip oximeter and a connected scale. By using this kit, seniors’ health will be monitored and shared with acquaintances they choose in real time. This will give seniors a chance to identify and prevent diseases and medical conditions before it is too late while providing advice to improve their lifestyles. Insurance companies will have more accurate information on the person’s health which should enable them to build customized insurance policies. The team is currently also working on a Companion Robot.
  • Dedicated underwriting insurance and teleconsultation hotline: PingAn, a Chinese insurance company, will provide such insurance policies to seniors and AXA will have a consultation hotline available 24/7.
  • Nounou Tokens: Seniors will be incentivized to improve their health and life quality by token rewards.

Although the project already has tangible products such as the Home Wellness Kit with many items, since the target audience is seniors and their acquaintances, the non-speculative demand should not be expected to soar. The ICO investor should note also that platforms with non-stable reward tokens historically tend not to yield a high return on investment, though the project seems both in goals and the structure quite similar to WaBi, a project which provided over a hundred times profit at it’s all times high.

Token

Nounou tokens will be used to reward seniors who improve their lifestyle and health, tracked by several tools such as the Home Wellness Kit. These points can be redeemed with their partners’ marketplaces including but not restricted to AXA and WaBi.

The initial total supply of Nounou tokens is 200,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 60% token sale
  2. 20% consumer marketing
  3. 10% company reserve
  4. 10% team

No information is made public on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as of September 22nd.

Team

CEO Charles Bark: Bark has been working on IoT Robotics for more than five years, aiming to improve elderly care. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard.

Advisors

Frank Desvignes: Desvignes is the founder and the CEO of AXA Lab Asia, an insurance company.

Laetitia Daufenbach: Daufenbach has been working at Sodexo since 2006 and is the current head of strategic planning and projects at Global Seniors division.

Alexander Busarov: Prior to co-founding WaLiMai and then WaBi, Busarov was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Yaroslav Belinskiy: Belinskiy is the co-founder at WaLiMai and WaBi.

Anne Queneday: Queneday is a partner at Baker McKenzie China, a multinational law firm.

Partners

AXA: AXA, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, enables seniors to have a hotline and teleconsultation service they can reach whenever they would like to.

PingAn: Thanks to the partnership with PingAn, seniors using HiNounou will have access to dedicated, no underwriting insurances.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Projects with non-stable reward tokens historically tend not to yield good returns on investment. (-1.5)
  • Although the team is looking to expand its reach in the near future, at the moment the project is available only in a few countries and the target audience is quite narrow. (-2.5)

Growth Potential

  • Thanks to its great advisors and partnerships, it should not be hard to break into the Chinese market. (+4)
  • Tangible products such as Home Wellness Kits are already available. (+4)

Disposition

As the senior population is expected to double by 2050, senior health care and insurance will get more and more important in the future.By proposing three key products which of that Home Wellness Kits are the most crucial, HiNounou aims to monitor and improve seniors’ health and lifestyle while incentivizing them with token rewards. The project has made quite good progress as these products already have hit the market and the non-speculative target audience, specifically seniors and their acquaintances, is extremely narrow. This usually implies a low buying pressure, yet the potential investor should note that partnerships with WaBi, AXA, and PingAn should make it easy to break into the Chinese market and the team is already looking to expand its reach. HiNounou receives a 4/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: Unspecified
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.10
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH, BTC
  • Restricted from Participating: China, United States

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It has become more and more apparent that mainstream blockchains cannot meet crowds’ demands as their average transaction speed per unit time is truly low. Currently, neither of the biggest two blockchains, namely Bitcoin and Ethereum, are able to process more than twenty transactions per second on average. In order to make higher transaction speeds possible, a horde of blockchain projects have emerged, aiming to fix cryptocurrencies’ perhaps most important problem.

MagnaChain is a public blockchain written from scratch which aims to reach 100,000 transactions per second by the end of 2018. As of September 22nd, the website states that the latest test-net result is 13,313 transactions/second which is truly impressive. Yet the absence of a GitHub page is truly concerning as investors have no chance to directly verify this claim. On the other hand, it should be noted that according to the roadmap the project will become open-source in the third quarter of 2018, possibly before the token sale takes place.

The most crucial element of the MagnaChain blockchain is arguably a consensus protocol called VH-PoS. Thanks to VH-PoS mining will become much easier, fairer and cheaper, solving Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s problem of high energy consumption which is required to run the network. This enables the blockchain to have sidechains as well, which help increase transaction speeds. It should be noted also that developers will be able to use Lua, a popular programming language.

If the team is able to meet their deadlines, 2018 should be a truly a good year for MagnaChain as the main-net is planned to be launched with 100,000 TPS before the year ends. Yet the lack of an extended plan for the following years might create selling pressure.

As the team is highly experienced in game development since many team members have worked for the world’s biggest video game companies such as 2K Games, Codemasters, and Electronic Arts, MagnaChain will primarily focus on the video game industry. The use of sidechains creates an opportunity to game developers to use MGC tokens in games they have developed. Yet this is not to say that it is not possible to implement the proposed solutions to other businesses as well.

Token

MGC tokens will be used to process transactions taking place in the network. In return for their effort to validate these transactions, miners will be rewarded by these tokens. It will be possible for dApp developers to use MGC tokens for facilitating in-game transactions. So, we can say that MGC is quite akin to “gas” as in Ethereum.

No more than a total of 4 billion MGC tokens will be ever minted. 1.2 billion tokens will be minted as mining rewards in the future and 2.6 billion tokens will be pre-mined to be distributed after the sale.

The total pre-mined supply of MGC is 2,600,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  • 15% marketing
  • 30% token sale
  • 20% reserves
  • 20% team and advisors
  • 15% developer/incentive programs

Any unsold token will be burned. 25% of tokens allocated to the team will be released every six months. One-fifth of tokens allocated to advisors will not be locked up and one-fifth will be released every four and half months.

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

  • 39% research & development
  • 39% developer funds & incentives
  • 8% overhead & general admin
  • 8% brand marketing
  • 6% legal & professional

Team

CEO Hal Bame: Bame held several management positions at reputable video games companies such as Codemasters and Sony Computer Entertainment.

CMO Peiji Guo: Guo has worked as a senior manager at Blizzard and 2K Games.

Nizam Ismail: Ismail was the head of compliance at Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

Kejun Zheng: Zheng, a senior software architect at MagnaChain, has worked for Accenture China and Amdocs.

Advisors

Alex Nagayama: Nagayama has worked for Canon, Apple, Electronic Arts, and Activision.

Partners

Unreal Engine 4: Unreal Engine 4 is a collection of tools for game developers. The integration of MagnaChain toolset will enable game developers to use blockchain game development solutions.

Investors

Draper Dragon: A renowned venture capital company.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • The absence of a GitHub page is an important concern for the skeptic ICO investor. (-2)
  • The competition with many blockchain projects aiming to have high throughput. (-2)
  • Token metrics for the public sale is not released as of September 22nd, making it hard to evaluate any potential return on investment at the moment. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • The team highly experiences in game development. (+3)
  • The latest test-run result is over 13,000 transactions per second. (+2)
  • Many important milestones just after the sale ends should create high buying pressure. (+3)

Disposition

Low transaction speeds are one of the most crucial problems which Bitcoin and Ethereum face at the moment and so many blockchain projects are taking a shot to solve this problem. By the use of a consensus protocol named VH-Pos and sidechains, MagnaChain is aiming to increase a TPS over 13,000 as the latest test-net results show to 100,000 by the end of the year. As many team members have obtained immense experience in the video game industry prior to joining MagnaChain, the first application for the project is decided to be game development. The presence of so many projects with similar goals might be a concern for the ICO investor, yet this great team and the existence of a test-net released prior to the token sale is a definitive good sign for any return on investment. Still, the skeptic investor should note that as of the time of writing no GitHub link is made public, which makes it hard to verify TPS claims. MagnaChain receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: MGC
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: Unspecified
  • Hard Cap: $20,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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