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The team behind Industry Token (INDST) wants to create a way for hospitality, service, and travel merchants to transact while eliminating typical industry downsides like fraud and transaction fees. Low volatility will be another feature of Industry Tokens as volatility is an issue that plagues current cryptocurrencies and tokens.

The inherent nature of blockchain technology will allow for lower chance of fraud than traditional payment methods as well as give consumers the ability to privatize transactions so that consumers can own their data unless they permit sharing of it with marketers and vendors.

Here is a more detailed list of some problems that merchants in the aforementioned industries face and how Industry Token aims to solve them (in bold):

  • Fears of accepting cryptocurrency due to market volatility
    • Guaranteed merchant accounts – transactions accepted by merchants will have a fiat currency value that is determined by the market rate of the tokens at time of transaction. This fiat currency value is maintained until merchants cash out to a fiat currency, protecting against volatility in token price (merchants can also opt for a market value account to take advantage of any potential gains in market rate of transacted tokens)
  • Bank interchange fees for debit and credit cards – anywhere from .8% to 5% or more
    • 1.5% transaction fee (+0.5% to offer rewards program to customers)
  • Chargebacks – companies with chargebacks are guilty until proven innocent and have to deal with chargeback fees, use of labor to research chargeback claims, or even taking a full loss for the amount of the fraudulent transaction
    • No risk of fraud or chargebacks
  • Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance – fines up to $500,000 and potential loss of ability to take credit cards
    • No PCI compliance risk

Here are some consumer problems and solutions to them that Industry Token will offer.

  • Privacy and data security – consumer transaction data is sold so that consumers can be retargeted with ads for past purchases, and data can be stolen in the process
    • Consumers opt-in to share data (resulting in revenue share depending on how much data is shared) and no risk of stolen payment information
  • Tip fraud
    • Elimination of fraudulent tip adjustments
  • Currency exchange and foreign transaction fees
    • No currency exchange or foreign transaction fees
  • No simple way for rewards redemption
    • Tiered rewards system

The Industry Token team sees Industry Token as being potentially helpful for businesses and organizations, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, casinos, stadiums, festivals, tourism boards, and entertainment venues.

For more details, take a look at Industry Token’s whitepaper.

Token

The team aims to incentivize use of INDST by providing better rewards and redemption methods than those currently available thanks to the team’s relationships with hospitality and travel vendors.

The Industry Token consensus mechanism will be Proof of Stake, which will incentivize users of Industry Token to hold Industry tokens as well so that they can potentially earn block rewards.

Besides the above, other aspects of the INDST token economy haven’t been highlighted (other than paying for hospitality, service, and travel goods and services from participating merchants).

There will be 1 billion total INDST, with 450 million (45%) sold in the token sale. The rest of the token distribution is as follows.

  1. 20% team reserve
  2. 10% guaranteed merchant reserve
  3. 9.8% advisors reserve
  4. 5% rewards reserve
  5. 5% consumer reserve
  6. 5% credit program reserve
  7. 0.2% airdrop

Proceeds from the token sale will be used for technology development (40%), sales/marketing/community development (35%), legal (10%), and special projects (15%).

Team and advisor tokens have a 2-year vesting schedule.

The project is currently having a family and friends round; interested investors should email CEO Varun Villait at varun@industry.co.

Team

The team behind Industry Token runs Industry, a community for hospitality professionals in the United States to find jobs, network, and connect with one another.

The Industry team has relationships with relevant companies and organizations in the space like Cohn Restaurant Group, Caesars Entertainment, Hakkasan, tendergreens, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, True Food kitchen, FRC, Topgolf, The Cheesecake Factory, Apple, Centerplate, and more.

Advisors

Advisors include individuals both in the hospitality and cryptocurrency spaces:

Oliver Kremer – owner of Dos Toros, a popular NYC-based burrito chain

Adam Koral, managing partner of The h.wood Group, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle group (nightlife, private events, etc.) that did $35m in revenue in 2016

Justin Wu – head of growth at Coincircle, which helps established companies come up with crypto token offerings

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Industry Token.

Risks

  • Is this project really necessary? What’s to stop users from using other, more established cryptocurrencies, if cryptocurrency takes off in hospitality, service, and travel? (-1)
  • Very early (private round) but low hype thus far (-0.5)
  • High hard cap for what they are building (-0.5)
  • Example of how Industry Token would work (Section 7e) seems pretty complicated (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • The team has relevant experience (+3)
  • Relevant advisors and industry relationships (+2)
  • Working with the SEC to make their offering regulatory-compliant (Section 13 of whitepaper) (+2)

Disposition

  • Industry Token is aiming to improve the various inefficiencies in some of the world’s most popular (but inefficient industries) and have a team and advisory board that seem capable. Plus, they are working to be an SEC-compliant offering, which may give US-based investors in particular some relief. However, lack of a real use case, high hard cap, and lack of hype (for now) make investing in this ICO questionable.
  • Industry Token receives a 5.5/10

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Security (eventually migration to native blockchain)
  • Symbol: INDST
  • Platform: Ethereum (then native)
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: $100 USD
  • Price: 1 INDST = $0.15
  • Hard Cap: $41.6m
  • Payments Accepted: BTC, ETH, LTC, USD (credit card and wire)
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Many social media companies store and sell their users’ public and private data for financials gains and we all have been a victim of such acts at some point. However, it’s not just our personal data that has monetary value but any content that we produce, too. Think of a blog you have posted on your Facebook page or a blogging platform. The piece contains information and thus has value to anyone seeking such information, yet, unless you’re a professional content creator, you probably haven’t made even a single cent out of it. Some would argue that this is hardly fair.

FidelityHouse is a social content network which enables content creators to publish and get paid in return and readers to be selectively updated on their own interests. But that is not the most innovative feature of the network. Thanks to FidelityHouse Chain, any content creators can prove that he or she is the original creator of the content with reasonable fees, thus proposing a solution for one of the most important problems in the intellectual property industry.

Contrary to many blockchain projects which have only started development recently, without any working product at all, FidelityHouse is a project born in 2011 with a team continuously working on it since then. It has 63 million page views, 400 million impressions, 20 million unique visitors and 10 million videos viewed per month only in Italy. An extremely successful product which is live for seven years now hits the cryptocurrency scene to gain ground with additional features thanks to blockchain technology.

This use of blockchain allows the team to develop a fairer and more transparent content lifecycle management system, making it possible for content creators to prove the ownership of the content. FidelityHouse Chain has three components, all contributing to this very purpose. The proof of authorship tracks the existence of authenticity of any product, the proof of license proves the veracity of licenses granted by content creators to other parties and the proof of revenue documents any value generated from content.

The proof of authorship is arguably the most important component of the chain. When content is submitted, its hash value, a data which uniquely identifies it, and timestamp, containing the time of submission, is recorded onto the blockchain. As any change in the content, no matter how small it is, affects both values, the earliest content is proved to be the original one, thus proving the author of this content to be its original author. Still, as it is always possible to make “small” changes while keeping the rest intact. To protect authors and their products, a plagiarism detection mechanism is in place, which is available for a reasonable fee.

Yet not every submitted content gets published on the FidelityHouse platform. Step by step, any submission follows this model.

  1. Firstly, an author submits his or her content to the platform.
  2. Two expert moderators evaluate it and decide if it is to be published or to be revised.
  3. The content’s originality is verified by the platform’s plagiarism detection mechanism and its ownership is handed to the author.
  4. The platform gets paid for advertisements.
  5. Now the content is ready, it is open to platform users and external visitors.
  6. The revenue obtained is distributed among the content creator and moderators.
  7. These FIH tokens can be used in return for platform services or sent to exchanges.

Token

FIH tokens are used to gain access to the platform services and to reward moderators. These platform services include but aren’t restricted to timestamping and plagiarism monitoring. The content creator can purchase any single service or subscribe to a package fitting his or her needs. Any action taking place in the platform is paid or received by FIH tokens, so the content creator should have FIH tokens to benefit from platform services.

In the first stage of the sale taking place between September 1st and October 30th, a bonus equal to or over 32% is offered to private sale investors. In the following stage, the pre-sale contributors will have a chance to gain 27% bonus between October 31st and January 7th. As there is plenty of time until the pre-sale ends, the investor has no reason to hurry. Any unsold token will be burned.

The initial total supply of FIH is 1,000,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% private, pre-sale and ICO
  2. 15% founders
  3. 6.4% referral sales
  4. 6% advisors
  5. 9% team
  6. 13.6% reserve funds

All tokens except ICO tokens and reserve funds are locked for 9 to 12 months, which means there will be a very limited supply of FIH tokens in the short term.

How the team planning to use the token sale proceeds is not made public as of the time of writing.

Team

Alessandro Bellato: Bellato has worked for NEST, an information technology and services company, for over twelve years.

Filippo Marcassoli: Marcassoli was a marketing specialist at Roche Diagnostics, a healthcare company based in Basel.

Luca Del Torchio: Before joining Safilo, an eyewear company, Del Torchio has worked as a consultant at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Vittorio Ferrari: Ferrari, a former marketing director at Bonduelle, has worked for Olivetti and Kodak.

Advisors

Alvise Saccomani: Saccomani is the head of trading at BANOR, an Italian investment firm.

Sebastiano Cappa: Cappa is a member of the board of directors at IAB Europe. Previously he was the head of the Italian branch at SmartFocus, a computer software company based in London.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Bonuses provided to private sale and pre-sale contributors are a bit high. (-1.5)
  • The token appeals to a very niche audience, namely FidelityHouse platform users. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • The project is live since 2011 and has gained serious community interest: 63 million page views, 400 million impressions, 200 million unique visitors and 10 million videos viewed per month in Italy. (+3.5)
  • The platform is able to support any content through its lifecycle while enabling the content creator to monetize his or her efforts. Hashing and timestamping is sufficient to prove any content’s original ownership. (+2.5)
  • There is not much competition for similar projects within the blockchain sphere. (+1)

Disposition

In many content sharing platforms, their respective creators do not get paid and it is the platform owners who actually make money. FidelityHouse enables these content creators to monetize their efforts and to prove that they are the original creators of the content. Although this is a quite important problem in the digital intellectual properties industry and the use of blockchain almost perfectly fits the goal, surprisingly there is not much competition. The project has been around since 2011 and already has seen great interest, thus an audience already exists. Still, bonuses provided to private sale and pre-sale investors are a bit high, so the ICO investor should be wary. Also, the token’s usage is restricted to the platform and thus a very niche audience, which means that if the project does not attract content creators, low demand for the token can be expected. FidelityHouse receives a 4/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: FIH
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: January 8th
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: 0.0002 ETH
  • Hard Cap: 100,000 ETH
  • Payments Accepted: Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: the United States and China

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ICO Analysis: Brain Space

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As we spend more and more time on the Internet, we become more “digital” and unsurprisingly, our everyday practices keep changing. Yet, change isn’t always so simple, especially when it comes down to intellectual property. Constantly using the Internet and creating new, original content whose rights we are entitled to, creates controversies as the intellectual property market faces several crucial problems such as in the following:

  • It is hard to establish connections between businesses and intellectual property owners.
  • There is no high-quality sustainable system dedicated to intellectual property.

But no more says the Brain Space team whose primary goals are to create an infrastructure to solve problems in the industry and to provide frictionless access for authors to the international stage. The latter is especially crucial for the market and should be underlined because if it is hard, inaccessible and inconvenient for an author to register and record his or her products, a healthy market’s occurrence is hardly conceivable.

Yet this is proven to be hard in the actual intellectual properties market as “a huge increase in capitalization, the issue of infringement of the author’s rights and the misuse of someone else’s intellectual property is acute”. The author has every reason and right to demand that his or her rights are protected and his or her products are used in accordance with legal frameworks. This brings the need for a platform where copyrights, patents or other intellectual properties are registered and protected rightfully.

Creating a safe and fast platform to store all this data is not an easy task obviously, yet Brain Space has proven how serious they are by building their own data center for this purpose to support the network of nodes. It is planned to have a capacity of 5 Petabytes (5,000 Terabytes or 5,000,000 Gigabytes), 3,000 KW of energy and 500 server racks each with a 40 Gbit per second Internet connection.

Token

IMP tokens are used as universal payment tools in the platform. The private-sale price per IMT token is $0.01, the pre-sale price $0.03 and the ICO price is $0.08. As any ICO investors will have to pay eight times of private sale contributors for the same number of tokens, token metrics do not seem favorable for him or her. Any crypto-investor who has taken a likening in the project might be better off if he or she waits until the token hits the market where probably he or she could buy it cheaper than the ICO price.

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

  1. 10% private sale
  2. 26% token sale
  3. 5% bounty, bonus, marketing
  4. 2% further attraction in the project
  5. 17% pre-sale
  6. 15% team
  7. 25% maintaining the platform project

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

  1. 28% data center
  2. 1% ICO expenses
  3. 15% listing, marketing, and business development
  4. 7% team
  5. 2% attraction of users
  6. 2% legal and financial services
  7. 8% expansion, operations
  8. 2% legal status and licenses
  9. 15% backup
  10. 5% technical development
  11. 14% specialists
  12. 1% community events

Team

Ivan Shikhalev: Shikhalev was a software engineer at Tenzor Company.

Denis Dimitriev: Dimitriev has worked as a financial analyst at TeleTrade Russia.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Brain Space.

Risks

  • As the ICO price is eight times of the private sale price, any ICO investor will have to pay eight times more than a private sale contributor for the same number of IMP tokens which does not sound like a healthy investment at all. It might be reasonable to wait until the token hits the market and hope it opens at a lower price if you are interested in the project. (-2)

Growth Potential

  • The team is planning to have its own data center, which means that the team is aiming to provide sufficient speed and security for the platform in addition to any other nodes run by others. (+2)
  • Blockchains’ immutable permanent nature is a perfect fit for intellectual property platforms. (+2)

Disposition

The intellectual rights market suffers from several problems such as the absence of a high-quality sustainable platform, the infringement of authors’ rights and the misuse of the authors’ rights as well as products. Blockchain technology, thanks to its immutable, permanent nature, has a high chance to solve this problem and Brain Space is such a platform aiming at these issues. Although one might be worried about the platform’s security, speed, and scalability, the team is planning to build its own high-capacity data center to support network needs. Still, from an ICO investor’s perspective, we cannot say token metrics are favorable as the private sale contributors had the chance to buy IMP tokens with a price of $0.01 while the ICO price is $0.08. As of the time of writing, there are still two months until the ICO, so the ICO investor should strongly weigh the project’s pros and cons before making any investment and likely consider buying tokens after they hit the market. Brain Space receives a 2/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: IMP
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: January 14th
  • Minimum Investment: $100
  • Price: $0.08
  • Hard Cap: $73,630,000
  • Payments Accepted: Bitcoin, Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: United States, China, and North Korea

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The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal has revealed that the world’s biggest social network’s millions of users’ personal data were harvested for political reasons. This was not the first scandal revealing user data misused for a corporation’s or a person’s gains. Big data companies are known to track Internet users’ data as closely as possible in order to sell the data later for monetary gain.

However, the actual owner of the data, the end user, rarely benefits from this data monetization. Aqua Intelligence is a platform enabling its users to monetize their data in the form of tokens. The team aims to collect data from their already existing products and other sources in order to build a profile system at an international scale.

As a high amount of data is expected to flow into the platform, human analysis alone will not be sufficient to process it all. The team is looking to enhance the system with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to further improve sales, retention, conversion and customer satisfaction. If the team is able to meet their goals, Aqua Intelligence has a chance to take a shot at one of the world’s biggest industries.

Initially focusing on the hospitality industry where the team is the most experienced, Aqua Intelligence will create a data solution to help businesses improve their revenues with personalized offerings and improved operational efficiency. In return, the platform users will be rewarded with loyalty benefits in return for validating their personal data.

Aqua Intelligence is designed to have three main components.

  • Aqua Intelligence is the core component where the data is processed.
  • Platform users use Aqua Mobile Application to earn tokens in return for providing and validating data and completing other tasks like surveys and reviews. The application enables them to manage their loyalty points as well.
  • It is all thanks to Aqua Revenue Management System that businesses are able to improve their sales numbers and efficiency. By using this component, they will be able to provide personalized offers and special group sales.

Token

AQX tokens will be used to distribute rewards and loyalty points in the Aqua Intelligence platform. The ICO investor should note that until October 6th a bonus of 100% was offered to investors. As of the time of writing, 50% bonus is available for investors until November 5th. Any person considering to invest in Aqua Intelligence should better hurry and make his or her decision before the sale moves to the next stage where only 20% will be offered.

The initial total supply of AQX is 500,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 5% bounties and airdrops
  2. 20% team
  3. 30% platform reserve
  4. 45% AQUA token sale

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

  1. 10% legal
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 20% marketing
  4. 20% research & editorial
  5. 40% platform development

Team

CEO Anthony Gelman: Gelman has worked as a housekeeping training manager at Wynn Las Vegas and as a housekeeping manager at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

COO Leon Pashnick: Pashnick was the assistant manager of housekeeping at Wynn Las Vegas.

Okechi Onyeje: Onyeje is a software engineer at Vistaprint.

Advisors

Rick Hilton: Hilton is the chairman at Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, a real estate company based in Beverly Hills, since 1994.

Chuck Goldman: Goldman, a mentor at MassChallenge, has worked as a senior director at Apple for four years.

Tony Lau: Lau was the vice president of finance at Hughes Network Systems and Lockheed Martin/Astrolink International.

David Norton: Norton is the chairman and chief marketing officer at GALE partners, a marketing and advertising company and a board member at Home Care Assistance. He also has held the chief marketing officer position at Caesars Entertainment Corporation for twelve years and worked as a vice president at Bank of America.

Arthur Iinuma: Iinuma has worked for Citi, Morgan Stanley and UBS Wealth Management.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Aqua Intelligence.

Risks

  • The AQX token does not have any staking or profit distribution mechanism and has none to very little use case for people who will not use the token except for speculative trading. (-2)
  • Early stage investors get a 100% bonus which should discourage later investors from investing in the project. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • Great advisors with experience at well-known firms, with some of those being in the hospitality industry (the project’s initial focus). (+3)
  • The team is planning to initially focus on the hospitality market, where they are experienced. (+3)

Disposition

Whether one likes or not, personal data is money in this day and age. Aqua Intelligence gives people a chance to monetize their personal data in return for loyalty points and rewards in different forms. The project is backed by great advisors and the team’s initial focus will be the hospitality market where they have a lot of experience. Aqua Intelligence receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: AQX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: 0.05 ETH
  • Price: $0.18
  • Hard Cap: $30,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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