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As of today, there are no blockchains in existence that can scale to the needs of 5G technology and the internet of things. According to this Huawei article, to meet the requirements of 5G you need 100 billion connections, 1 ms latency and 10 Gbps throughput.

New startup, Harmony Protocol, aims to be the first to meet these requirements by redesigning the public chain with top performance and physical locations, which will scale blockchain to 10 million transactions/second and 100-millisecond latency, and at no more than a 0.1% fee.

Let’s pause here. A lot of people are about to skim over the rest of this analysis, thinking it’s just another ICO promising the world. And to be honest, few of us are technical enough to know if what Harmony promises is doable. What I can tell you after looking deep into this company is these guys are “THE REAL DEAL HOLYFIELD”, and this project has the “potential” to be a top 5 token for all of crypto.

Harmony will try to bring 1,000x speed and capacity to the next generation of the decentralized economy, enabling open marketplaces for 10 billion people and 100 billion devices. They plan to do this by proposing linear scaling over network nodes and machine cores using OmniLedger and Rust. These innovations together will bring a 1,000x breakthrough to the scaling transaction rate.

Omniledger Byzantine protocol is a secure, scale-out, decentralized ledger via sharding. It currently does 13,000 tx/sec and 1.5 sec latency with 1,800 hosts.  The protocol has the following principles and optimizations for scaling.

  • Atomic shard commit: Each shard uses O(log n) multicast tree-based BFT to unanimously accept cross-shard transactions with O(1)-size coordination.
  • Gradual transition Sybil resistant identities to maintain liveness when swapping. A sliding window from a fixed permutation to ensure ⅔ honest majority.
  • Pruning checkpoints State blocks for storage and bootstrapping against Byzantine DoS. Multi-hop, collectively signed back -pointers, 100x space savings.
  • Parallelizing blocks Acyclic graphs to capture transaction dependencies transitively. This divides each shard into groups to replace faulty nodes with a view-change.

A few of the most interesting features Harmony will offer are Location Oracles, Decentralized Maps and an AI data marketplace. These things will allow new innovations to move from imagination to reality, including:

  • Community content: Long-tail features, incentivized games, #pokemom, augmented reality and IoT w/ GPS data.
  • Smart cities: Autonomous vehicles-, ~1,000 self-organizing swarm robots with driven mission.
  • Privacy: Preserving Multiparty computation, #deletefacebook, homomorphic encryption.
  1.  Location Oracles: Nodes must be able to independently verify an oracle’s consistency so that it can effectively serve as authenticated data feeds. It is a challenge to integrate smart contracts with oracles that serve as authenticated data feeds. The team studied Crux: Locality-Preserving Distributed Systems for optimizing routing and for exposing network topology. This can take the GPS signals of mobile or IoT devices as proof of location in applications.
  2. Decentralized Maps:  Maps for geocoding and points of interest can be a showcase for decentralized applications in the real world. A good starting point for building decentralized maps on Harmony can be augmented reality games with incentives like Pokémon. The competitive advantage of decentralized maps is the long-tail, community-specific content. For example, a school can mobilize all of its staff to map out its buildings and playgrounds in a day; any student or organization can then build games and events on top of the location data without coordination.
  3. AI Data Marketplace: Harmony will also serve as a high-volume data marketplace and optimize its machine learning performance. It will follow blockchain-based machine learning marketplaces to build a new decentralized economy based on data.

Harmony also explores the design space and the scaling of smart contracts. It designed a new programming language called Min, and built a prototype compiler to demonstrate its ease and security, It compiles Min directly to machine code, eliminating the common dependencies of libraries or system tools. Currently, the compiler bootstraps itself in x86-64 instructions and supports development in Mac OS. In an unpublished repo Min also compiles to Java VM without any third-party tools.

The company has the following message:

“Computers automate tasks, Internet delivers information, smartphones bring mobility at almost no cost. Harmony will bring the next revolution of the decentralized economy to the masses, in which enforcing transactions and contracts is essentially free. Harmony will enable disintermediation of trust where anyone can create businesses without a central authority. For example, all 10B people can vote on a bill in 17 minutes; or, organization resources can be efficiently re-allocated every second.”

Token

The token model of Harmony aims to build a sustainable platform with help from decentralized developers and aligned investors, balancing the long-term commitment of development with the tiered incentives of investment.

The distribution is as follows:

  • 40% Community and Developer
  • 28% Foundation and Research
  • 20% Sales and Floating
  • 12% Founder and Team

For details on token lockup periods and incentives check out page 20 of the whitepaper.

The use of proceeds are outlined below:

  • 40% tech development of protocol platform
  • 20% Community Engagement and developer programs.
  • 15% Business Dev, Marketing
  • 10% Operations, Equipment, Cloud Servers
  • 10% Collaboration with Academic Research
  • 5% Legal, Finance

Team

The team is the reason we decided to run this analysis early before all the info was available. Readers need to know about this stacked group of elite techies.

Stephen Tse: is the project founder. His past experience includes: research at Microsoft Research, senior infrastructure engineer at Google, principal engineer on search ranking at Apple. He founded the mobile search Spotsetter with institutional venture capital; Apple later acquired the startup.

Alok Kothari has experience in deep learning models for natural language understanding at Apple Siri. His research paper won the best data set award at ICWSM 2013.

Rongjian Lan is an infrastructure engineer for Play Store at Google. He has published more than ten academic papers on spatio-temporal querying and map-based visualization. He is the co-chair of ABC Blockchain Foundation with 100+ engineers from Google, Facebook and LinkedIn as members.

Hakwan Lau is a Rhodes Scholar that specializes in neuroscience and machine learning. He was an associate professor at Columbia University and has published 90+ papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Trausti Kristjansson, whose previous experience includes stops at Microsoft Research, IBM Research and Google Research, founded full-stack startups and led PhD engineers at the top of their field as an Engineering Director.

Team member Bruce Huang served as engineer lead at Microsoft for seven years, a director at Alibaba Cloud and at Credit Ease. Later, he was the CEO of Madailicai, a top peer lending company in China.

Nicolas Burtey founded a VR video startup in 2012 that grew to 40 people and raised $10 million. Orah served the needs of thousands of professional content creators in 70 countries by selling GPU-driven live stitching software and 360° camera.

On top of that, Harmony has six extremely impressive advisers/collaborators. Check them out here. Below we highlight two project collaborators:

Verdict

I’ve watched more than a few conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. I know about Bilderbergers and The New World Order. This team has Illuminati written all over it. Hakwan Lau is a Rhodes Scholar for shit’s sake.

Hakwan’s latest science paper was called, “What is consciousness, and could machines have it?” At Harmony, he is exploring the connection between probabilistic consensus protocols and brain communication. He’s also studying “privacy-preserving modeling of mental patience’s data on blockchain.”

The whitepaper lists Harmony Protocols’ closest competitors; EOS valued at $14 billion, Zilliqa valued at $700 million, Hashgraph at $300 million, Thunder $100 million, Dfinity $100 million and Kadena at $12 million.

These valuations show just how important scalability is to the market. It’s everything right now.

Harmony has yet to announce its hard cap. Word on the streets is that it will be around $40 million. That’s massively less than the rest.

Risks

  • The token model is unsettling. Twenty-one billion tokens is a massive number. They do not give details on the utility uses of the token yet. It looks like there will definitely be staking nodes which means inflation. -1.2
  • A good question in their Q&A section was, “If OmniLedger is 13,000 tx/sec, how does Harmony make the leap to 10M tx/sec?” The answer: “Our further boosts to 10M tx/sec might come from: 100x more nodes (including light clients), 10x network (1Gb and 20ms world round trip with backbone relay), and 10x manycore graph processing.” So in order for Harmony to scale like they say they can, it will require community node participation. The more nodes go onto the chain, the faster it will transact. Growing their community to that scale will be very tough. -2
  • They aren’t doing a public ICO as of right now. So far they raised $18 million in a private seed sale. The whitepaper only mentions this in regards to further sales: “2018 Q4- Raising $?M as the final private token presale”. -1
  • No Telegram or community yet. Its still early, but still – they collected seed money already. -1

Growth Potential

  • Protocols that host DApps do really well. This one has innovative Location Oracles and Decentralized Maps. +4
  • They designed their blockchain with the 5G network in mind. The sky is the limit if they become a major player in 5G blockchain protocols.+2
  • A subproject of Harmony is a new programming language for writing smart contracts in an easier and safer way. Memory management requires enormous development effort or it dominates run-time cycles. According to the company, “Min’s innovative type inference automates ownership annotations in a region-based memory model, so code remains at a high-level abstraction without the complexity of a garbage collector.”+1
  • They plan on integrating the following aspects of a consensus protocol: scripts and contracts, fairness and efficiency (anti-pooling, proof of useful work, proof of stake), security and privacy (multi-signatures, attack models, verification) and off-chain and edge clients (Lightning, IoT)+1
  • This 2018 roadmap/chore list is strong. +2
  • Team is absolutely outstanding.+3

Disposition

This is a crypto investors wet dream. A team of ex-Apple and Googlers building a protocol for DApps that promises to scale the Decentralized 5G Economy to 10 billion People. Its a shame they won’t let the public buy into the sale easily. Guess we have to wait.  7.8/10

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ICO Analysis: BrikBit

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BrikBit is an ecosystem, based on the LISK blockchain, that develops and manages entire operations for the Real Estate Industry. Any Real Estate project in the world that wants to use blockchain for fund collection, design, creation and management, will be able create their own blockchain (as a BrikBit sidechain) with their own rules and features, according to the country and legislation of the project itself.

Shareholders involved in the Real Estate projects will be able to use the ecosystem to “automate, disintermediate and make more transparent both typical and implicit processes during all steps of a Real Estate enterprise.”

Several problems exist within the current Real Estate Industry which BrikBit offers the solution:

  1. Real Estate data is not precise and universal. With BrikBit, whoever buys a digital share of an asset, can buy something with a history and unique data recorded on a blockchain.
  2. There’s an illiquidity of value of RE properties. BrikBit offers the possibility to divide in digital shares a real estate asset, allowing people to own or sell a small portion of a property.
  3. It’s difficult to raise funds and to easily access real estate developments. The BrikBit ecosystem allows investors to buy shares of property anywhere in the world. They are no longer restricted to certain areas.
  4. There is a lack of transparency everywhere. Now, transactions within Real Estate development and in managing operations during construction and the life cycle of a building, will all be recorded permanently on the blockchain.

REDA: An acronym for Real Estate Digital Asset, represents the interface between the blockchain platform and the real building. It is a building avatar, created through the BrikBit platform, that summarizes all necessary information of a real building: structure, design, materials, plants, services. All this information will be organized through a dedicated protocol to manage each property. The protocol determines the partitions of a building, allowing users to optimize value exchange.

REDA will also be a customized token linked to each specific project, with its own property and rules costumed to each countries jurisdiction.

A cool feature is the BrikBit Social Professional Network. This is a meeting point for operators, investors, professionals and brokers who want to join forces and create round-tables to start potential cooperation. Members of the network must pay for access, which enables them to interact with BrikBit developers team to develop/implement the BrikBit ecosystem.

Token

BRIK is a utility token with several use cases. Its features:

  • It allows access to future services on the platform.
  • It is necessary to implement REDA and REDApps .
  • Consultant services on the Social Professional Network.
  • Purchase function with wallet, like Registration of Delegate, Voting, 2nd Security passphrase.
  • Used for the maintenance of the DPoS consensus method for block validation
  • Pay transaction fees and information exchange.

A second token, REDA, is a security token: “The BrikBit Digital Shares platform will allow the creation of REDA, each uniquely representative of a Real Estate project. Each REDA project will have a dedicated, univocal and transferable REDA Token.”

Distribution of BRIK:

  • 75% crowdsale
  • 8% Founder and seed wallet
  • 6% Technical Bounty
  • 5% Marketing Bounty
  • 3% Advisors and team
  • 3% Community expansion

Allocation of Funds:

  • 15% Admin and legal advisory
  • 20% Marketing and community
  • 40% Development
  • 5% IT structure
  • 20% Teams

Team

From Italy, 12 team members are listed.

Paolo Lettieri – Co-Founder/CEO.  Managing Partner for the last 9 years at UPA (Urbanism Planning Architecture), a giant international architecture firm based in  Milano (Italy), Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Baghdad (Iraq).

Alex Dell’Orto – Co-Founder/CTO. 10 years as Senior Architect at Laboratorio 51 srl.  Chairman of the Internation Blockchain Real Estate Association.

Stefano Prosdocimo – Co-Founder/CISO. Many years experience as H&S Manager for Sematic Italia and Autostrade per L’italia s.p.a.

Federico Riva –  Head of Web Development. Owner of K30 Creative Studios for the last 7 years. 4 years Digital Art Director and Strat at Lorena Antoniazzi. Knitwear.

There are 7 advisors listed, 4 of those are in head positions at FIBREE (Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise), alongside Alex Dell’Orto.

Verdict

BrikBit is working to create an Ecosystem where Real Estate Assets can be exchanged as Digital Shares. If they can deal with regulations, their protocol could eventually be used world wide. Right now though, only countries where a real estate blockchain based registry is under development will be able to participate. Countries such as Georgia, Sweden, Estonia, Ukraina, Honduras, Bermuda, Japan, India, Ghana, and Dubai Emirate (UAE).

Risk

  • Although BRIK is a utility token, exchanges may label it security and stay away from listing it. -1
  • Despite speaking at several blockchain conferences since 2016, no partnerships have officially formed. When asked about this they said, “After a few successful International events and presentations, we are currently speaking to many big names within the Financial, Legal and Engineering worlds to study every aspect of the ecosystem.We will communicate every official new partnership as they become official.”-1
  • Regulations. They are Swiss-based and comply with the local authority FINMA. They have legal advisors to help once BrikBit starts entering other jurisdictions, but this won’t be easy. The framework to link property rights and digital shares will be challenging..-1
  • Unsold tokens will be stored and used for testing, for future operations, and for resources for the first Real Estate pilot project. This means lots of token dumpage coming down the road. -2
  • There is an insane amount of inflation created to reward the block producers. -2

Growth Potential

  • Strong team +3
  • First mover advantage. +2
  • This isn’t just a platform, it’s a protocol that could eventually allow countries everywhere to run their own custom blockchain. +3
  • The team is out there on the conference circuit. Founder Alex Dell-Orto presented BrikBit in 2016 at the 1st IBREA (International Blockchain Real Estate Association) conference in Los Angeles. +1

  • Answering questions in Telegram, the team said, “We believe it will take 6/12 months to spread BrikBit adoptions to a core base of operators and corporations. However, to answer your first question (becoming the preferred method), timeframe realistically will be years, since we intend BrikBit to become the standard of the industry in the next few years.”+2
  • The whitepaper and roadmap are well thought out and professional. +2

Disposition

BrikBit has first mover advantage in an industry with unlimited growth. However, their token metrics, lack of hype,and the state of the crypto market as a whole makes participating in this token sale extremely risky. Chances are BRIK will be much cheaper after it hits exchanges. 6/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: BRIK
  • Platform: LISK
  • Total Supply: 100 million
  • Crowdsale: 75 million tokens available. (Starts Nov 29th)
  • Price:  2,000 BRIK = 1 ETH.
  • Hardcap: 24,000 ETH
  • Softcap: 3,000 ETH
  • Websitehttps://brikbit.io/
  • Whitelist: (KYC by Nov 25th to get a 15% bonus)  https://whitelist.brikbit.io/
  • Telegram: https://t.me/BrikBit
  • Jurisdictions Barred: USA and China

Unsold tokens will be used for future operations and resources.

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ICO Analysis: CWEX

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Investing in fine wine is a very attractive proposition. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s risky business. When acquiring wine over the internet, collectors have to deal with high fees, counterfeit bottles, border taxation, regulations, and insurance. And then if their bottle arrives in one piece, they have to worry about storing it properly. CWEX is using the skills of the blockchain to help investors cut down, even eliminate, most of these costs.

“We provide fine wine vendors and cryptocurrency owners with the possibility to trade together for the first time in a live market environment on a truly global scale.”

Based on EOS, CWEX is creating a fine wine trading platform, and onboarding trusted partners and vendors. Every rare wine bottle offered for trading is provided with a unique certificate of authenticity issued on the blockchain. This certificate provides a buyer with an “unambiguous identification of his investment.”

Crypto holders that want to invest in wine, can trade it on CWEX platform without ever holding the bottle and worrying about insurance/storage. CWEX will store it for them in their Swiss-based facility. And all they need to trade with is their certificate.

The trading platform is managed by two separate entities; DotChain GmbH and Crypto Wine Exchange (CWEX).

DotChain GmbH (Switzerland) ensures the contractual validity of the fine wine products, trade accountability, and product authenticity.

Crypto Wine Exchange (Hong Kong) is the blockchain based marketplace.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Registered traders place a bid or offer on selected fine wine.
  2. Once offer is matched the trader is notified.
  3. CWEX, in partnership with DotChain GmbH, secures the asset, meets all the compliance requirements and insures your asset.
  4. A blockchain based ownership certificate is transferred to the buyer. it guarantees the bottle’s authenticity and the investment value.
  5. As the certificate owner, you have three options; 1) your ownership certification can be traded on the platform. 2) its held for the price appreciation. or 3) have your wine delivered to your house.

Token

CWEX is the native Crypto Wine Exchange token. It is built on EOS for unmatched TPS, scalability, no fees, multiple wallets, and intuitive smart contract programming.

The main benefit of CWEX token is that it reduces trading fees. The system gives discounts of deductible fees automatically on the condition of having enough CWEX in your account.

Distribution:

  • 62% Crowdsale
  • 12% Community growth
  • 14% Team
  • 3% Bounty
  • 5% Legal
  • 4% Future stakeholder

Allocation

  • 25% Global partner and vendor management
  • 25% CWEX platform development
  • 25% Market compliance management
  • 25% Expansion and operations

Team

From Switzerland, this impressive team has 5 founders.

Jacob Manuel Kallupurackal – Co-Founder/CEO. He has worked for Cisco since 2015 as a Global Training Program Manager.

Maxim Andersen – Co-Founder/Blockchain Expert. 5 years as a Beam Instrumentation Specialist for CERN. Over 2 years as Software Engineer at CISCO.

Thomas Tsang – Co-Founder/Project Manager. 3 years as Remote Participation Analyst for the United Nations Telecommunications Union.

Nadir Zemrani – Co-Founder/Finance Manager. Master of Business from Swiss Management School in 2017.

Stephen Gonah – Co-Founder/Compliance Expert. Spent 14 years in different Officer roles for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

David Guye – Partner Relations Manager. Huge wine expert.

Their current Advisory Board has 4 members. 3 of them look impressive with experience at JP Morgan, UN Food Program, HSBC, and Schroders.

Verdict

Despite being a risky and challenging investment, if it turns out fine wine, it can be quite profitable. According to wineinvestment.com, “the fine wine market has consistently delivered a positive absolute return over any 5-year return. More importantly, of the total 57 Five-Year periods that we covered (2008-2018), only 9 periods experienced negative returns.”

Risks

  • The token use case isn’t very exciting. It looks like most of its purpose is to save on trading fees. -1
  • The community is small. 300+ Twitter, 100 viewers of their ad video, 4,000 Telegram (bounty chasers). -1
  • 5 co-founders is a lot of chefs in the kitchen. -1

Growth Potential

  • As stated above, wine has consistently delivered positive returns to investors. When traders start making even better returns thanks to CWEX, and word gets out, it will ramp up the entire market. +3
  • On Crypto Wine Exchange, you can trade in CWEX/EOS/BTC/ETH/NEO/USDT. +2
  • The team is high grade. +3
  • There are a lot of wine collectors/investors out there. +2

Disposition

Cool concept. Great looking team. Very possible this project ages like a fine wine. 7/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: CWEX
  • Platform: EOS
  • Total Supply: 89 million
  • Amount for Sale: 55 million (62%)
  • Price: $0.20
  • Presale: Dec 15 – Jan 9th (20% bonus)
  • Public Sale: Jan 10- March 31
  • Hardcap: $10 million
  • Softcap: $1 million
  • Website:  https://cwinex.io/
  • Telegramhttps://t.me/cwexio

All unsold tokens will be burned

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ICO Analysis: MOBU

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There’s a lot of buzz around security token offerings (STOs), and for good reason. There’s an $80 trillion securities market that has barely been touched by blockchain. Uncertainty and discrepancy in regulations have stifled the market up to this point. But it’s just a matter of time before the world is swimming in STOs.

This new project, MOBU, wants to provide a platform for launching compliant security tokens. This platform will “incorporate the ability to select experienced legal counsel across multiple jurisdictions within the platform, token issuers can be sure they can create compliant tokens customed to their local jurisdictions.”

From the whitepaper:

“MOBU is a decentralized blockchain based organized ICO platform for launching compliant security tokens. Real businesses such as property development companies, gold mines, retail companies and many more will be able to launch security tokens on the MOBU platform. MOBU connects approved entrepreneurs and investors by cutting out middlemen.”

Some core features of the platform:

  • MOB20 Protocol that defines a set of commands for security tokens to implement.
  • Supports Reg S, D, and A+ compliant security token offerings.
  • Vetted tender process for: legal providers, smart contract developers, escrow providers, KYC providers, etc.
  • A new standard called, Know Your Supplier (KYS), for complete due diligence compliance for all service providers using the platform.
  • A rating system for service providers which will create a free marketplace for investors.
  • A network of authorization centers for KYC/AML compliance.

This is only a taste of what MOBU plans to offer; check out the whitepaper here for more details.

Token

MOBU is a utility token and is the key to smart contracts and the ecosystem. Found on  pages 15-18 of the whitepaper is all the different purposes of the token, including MOBU Referrals, “where companies or individuals referring ICO issuers onto MOBU will be rewarded in MOBU tokens which will be equivalent of one year’s revenue generated on the platform by the percentage of fees generated from the marketplace.” Additionally, “This amount will be paid in MOBU and locked-up over a 3-year period also ensuring an increase in demand and scarcity of MOBU.”

There is also what’s called a “lockup” utility: All the ICO service providers on the MOBU will stake a certain amount of MOBU tokens to receive the right to operate in the ecosystem. These tokens will be locked up for the full duration while the service provider remains and utilizes the MOBU ecosystem.

Distribution:

Team

Mostly from South Africa, 12 members of the management team are listed. As a whole, they seem good, but not great. Here are a few that stood out.

Juan Engelbrecht – Founder/CEO. Also founded Zaber (a large South Africa crypto farm) in 2015. He spent 2 years as Director at Khalifa Capital. Has been Director at Evolve Fund Managers since 2013.

Paul Pelser – CFO.  He spent 17 years as an accountant for PSP Pelsar Accountants. He has been the owner of Pregal Mining for the last seven years,

Paresh Masani – Blockchain/security engineer. He spent three years as Mobile Platform Exec Director at Goldman Sachs, London. Senior Director at Thomson Reuters and ETX Capital.

A total of 12 Advisors, and two are from Realstart.com, a custom software development company. At least six of them are ICO experts and three are blockchain enthusiasts.

Verdict

This is an extremely attractive project andnd it looks like the hype/demand for this token is there. They already raised $3 million in the pre-sale, and are asking for just $6.5 mill more in the public sale.

Being a front-runner in the cryptocurrency space has proven to be a beautiful thing. When we asked CEO Juan Engelbrecht, who is your nos 1 and 2 competitors, he named Securitize and Polymath. Polymath has a $75 million market cap.

Risks

  • Pretty much crickets in their GitHub. Twelve followers. -1
  • No MVP out yet. They provide this video of what the MVP will look like, though. -1
  •  Non-accredited investors from the US are banned from using the platform. This is the opposite of a risk but gets a minus nonetheless. -1 
  • Their Blockchain Engineer, Paresh Masani (Goldman Sachs and Barclays) is a stud. But the rest of the team and advisors seem pretty average. -1
  • At this point in time, no major exchange is going to list the security tokens birthed from MOBU. When asked about this in Telegram their CEO said, “LA token has a security token exchange division. Also, MOBU is securing equity stake in an operational stock exchange. GBAX and Tzero will also have security token exchanges available soon.” -0.8

Growth Potential

  • They already have a Chrome and Gold mining business signed up to tokenize through MOBU. +2
  • The $9 million hard cap leaves all kinds of room for gains.+3
  • 120 million tokens is all there will ever be; 100% of them will be sold in the ICO. +1
  • MOBU will develop a First Forex Percentage Allocation Money Management Account and will retain 20% of the authorized tokens to put back into the development of the MOBU Platform.+2
  • From the company: “MOBU token will be available on most exchanges such as Bancor but have already been approved by COINEXCHANGE, CRYPTOPIA, IDEX, GET BTC, HitBTC, LIVECOIN and YoBit.net.”+2
  • Although most of these reviewers have lost credibility over the last year, their strong scores prove the hype train around this project is real. +2

Disposition

We usually don’t cover ICOs post-pre-sale, but this one is an exception because it’s still an attractive deal. The pre-sale bonus was 25%, and if you are fortunate enough to get into this crowdsale the bonus will be 20-25% depending on how early you get in. After that, the sky is the limit for MOBU.  7.2/10

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4.2 stars on average, based on 26 rated postsJoshua Larson is also known as the "Bullshit Man" for his ability to spot it a mile away. Avid ICO researcher and contributor. Former professional poker player/backer. Spent 10 years analyzing hand history, stats, and player data. Discovered blockchain in late 2016, and never looked back. He now uses his analysis skills to investigate ICOs full time. What a perfect match, because in today's crazy world of ICOs, information, passion, and diligence = dollar bills!




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