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The IOTA ICO raised 3000 bitcoins in a presale, a remarkable amount of value. It bears exploration. In a quick web search, one of the first things we come across reads:

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Iota is the first cryptocurrency without a blockchain. It uses the “Tangle”, which is based on DAG technology. In a traditional blockchain, various transactions are bundled in each block before this bundle of transactions is verified by miners. In the Tangle, every single transaction forms a new block and is essentially verified by itself: In order to successfully conduct a transaction, you first have to verify two randomly chosen transactions is the network. This is done with help of a very simple version of proof-of-work, therefore one could argue that transactions aren’t zero-cost. Yet, the transaction costs are essentially not existent, as the needed PoW is so low that every single device is able to independently carry it out.

This seems out there, on first glance, especially as a virtually untested technology – or is it? IOTA’s goal is to be a currency used in the burgeoning Internet of Things market, one whose growth will likely increase as more millenials buy homes in the coming decades. Overly invasive or home-altering technologies are slow to adopt with generations who didn’t grow up surrounded by technology, but people who had smart phones and iPods in high school will be interested in improving their home experience with the cloud and so forth. As such, monetized data sets could emerge which would, in turn, assist people in everyday routines. Perhaps people would not know they were paying for such things. This is just one case where IOTA might come in, there are many others. IOTA is part of a recent line of very forward-thinking, high value (and high value target) token-based ICOs which are purely for the purpose of fundraising and speculation on the part of the funder.

Instead of offering yet-another-coin or what-have-you, these ICOs intend to innovate with technology that solves problems across broad spectrums. It is no wonder IOTA funded so heavily, for even if it turns out to be a failure, any relevant code could be revived by jilted investors and potentially tried again. Even privately funded, such an idea could garner millions of dollars a month, a week, a day, an hour? It’s hard to tell how much you could make through a platform like this, but the important thing to keep in mind with any newfangled technology is that you can also, get ready for it, make absolutely nothing at all.

Yet, if you’re betting in the cryptocurrency space, you’re already looking for some action, some volatility. So ICOs that are offering solid technology are important to bring to the attention of all involved, and as such let’s run over the merits of the IOTA platform, before diving into some of the finer points:

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  • IOTA introduces a concept of “non-blockchain” blockchain tokens. It’s evident that such a system is going to require testing, and this does affect its safety as a value token – but since the token has already raised some funding before even going public, it would seem that confidence in its ability to eventually return value is high.
  • Further revolutionary, as it were, (or counter-revolutionary, depending on your level of Bitcoin maxmalism), IOTA aims to have no fees. The fundamental argument behind the incentivized ledger of Bitcoin, rather than a blast of tradeable tokens at the outset, is that the security and sanctity of the ledger becomes the imperative of the users to preserve, such that they can continue to be reward. Without this monetization, the blockchain must somehow be immune to alteration from “unauthorized” parties – which is funky concept already when you are dealing with blockchains. We will have to look further into this below.
  • One way this could be seen as working is simple: a public rail is provided by someone, and they ask others if they want to provide information over this rail. With it, they can cryptographically prove the location of, say, the UPS, or mail man, or something along those lines. Pets, even children. The GPS location of the registered item could be accessed at any point, using the public rail, having paid a subscription fee to the owner of the rail. One might ask why Bitcoin or an Ethereum token could not simply achieve this goal, and the answer is that they could. In the whitepaper, the authors freely acknowledge:
    • “The rise and success of Bitcoin during the last six years proved the value of blockchain technology.”
  • IOTA’s offering is fundamentally different in that it does not:
    • require mining
    • consider block sizes
    • lack incentive among users to use.

Incentives in a Tangle? Maybe Not

Nevertheless, we must go over the finer point of the incentivization of a blockchain. Numerous banks and others have, over the years, with little or no prompting nor research to back them up, proclaimed that cryptocurrencies will be short-lived, but the blockchain itself is some great advancement. But the blockchain without a cryptocurrency tied to it is not only uninteresting, it’s not actually secure. People need incentive to ensure that something is legitimate – there is overwhelmingly the opposite incentive with centralized currencies and financial institutions. As such, a ledger like Bitcoin, which is trustlessly agreed upon by dozens of thousands, if not more, miners across the globe, all competing for scraps of digital gold, it becomes evident that such a thing must be at least accurate or else one or the other would be able to gain some advantage by having a smaller version or something.

But those are the incentives in Bitcoin.

In IOTA, the incentive to use it is that you must use it in order to use it. In order for one’s own transactions to be entered into the ultimate register, one must also act as a relay for at least two other transactions. As such, a mining conglomerate is not required to certify that a transaction has taken place. As the nodes meet each other, the transactions permeate. It’s a fundamentally different approach to data storage, but perhaps no less valid. Importantly, it doesn’t at a given time require a “longest” identifiable file, but rather all the data will eventually mesh with all the other data, cryptographically forming a representative of the economic community.

Collectively, this representation of transactions/economic activity is referred to as a Directed Acrylic Graphic (DAG), which in the context of IOTA is a “tangle.”

The transactions issued by nodes constitute the site set of the tangle (i.e., the tangle graph is the ledger for storing transactions). Its edge set is obtained in the following way: when a new transaction arrives, it must approve two previous transactions; these approvals are represented by directed edges, as shown on Figure 1 and others (on the pictures, times always goes from left to right). If there is no directed edge between transaction A and transaction B but there is a directed path of length at least two from A to B, we say that A indirectly approves B. There is also the genesis” transaction, which is approved (directly or indirectly) by all other transactions, see Figure 2. The genesis is described in the following way. In the beginning there was an address with balance containing all the tokens. Then the genesis transaction sent these tokens to several other founder” addresses. Let us stress that all the tokens were created in the genesis (no other tokens will be created), and there no mining in the sense miners receive monetary rewards”.

Thus, if Bitcoin’s blockchain is a trustless ledger, IOTA’s tangle is a sort of trutless mesh + ledger.

What will be battle-tested, then, in the launch of IOTA, is the notion of a completely different kind of ledger technology, competing in the same space, with the same ideals, as Bitcoin, but usurping its utility in terms of various applications – in this case, Internet of Things, but others could come along. One can envision all sorts of uses for very specific, very intelligent tokens that don’t require a long approval (confirmation) process before becoming useful. Although cryptocurrencies using the same fundamentals as Bitcoin have solved this problem already, like Dash with its InstantSend, there are a lot of areas where Bitcoin does not perform for some markets that others can rise to replace and compete with it for the crown.

The IOTA Team

A bet on IOTA very much involves the team behind it, since even if it works in theory, it must execute in practice as close to flawlessly as possible given that it is serving financial needs. While IOTA does not put their developers front and center on the website, the very highly polished delivery is anything but a mistake.

One of their developers is a definitely active developer, Oliver Nitzschke, whose Github profile shows significant activity over the past couple of years. He works on several different types of projects, including a number of issues related to mobile technology. The company he concurrently works with, Pinpong, is an Android development company. Presumably, mobile platforms will play a huge rule in the IOTA economy – fewer and fewer business people would be caught without at least one smart device, but many have multiple devices. The higher levels of these, like the smart phone and the tablet, could generate and share transactions for a purpose, virtually eliminating the need of specialized hardware – which is another drawback to the conventional, tested Bitcoin model.

Other developers have little or no public information about them at all, but still appear to have contributed to multiple modules of the project, like Developer Come-from-Beyond.

Given recent past experience, such oversights as a lack of easy-to-access “team” information is not a huge problem for ICOs, especially not in this heightened hype bubble climate. Such climates are always good for the agile trader, ready to liquidate positions and hold others beyond reason. The Github list of people can do for now.

The Co-founder of IOTA, we learn in this manner, is Dominik Schiener. As you would expect, given the nature of the IOTA whitepaper and the innovativeness of the technology being discussed, this guy has no lack of chops when it comes to coding and cryptocurrency. He has a fully functioning public voting system for the Ethereum platform and much more to his credit via Github. Needless to say, he knows what he’s talking about. Attempting to introduce a “blockchainless cryptocurrency” is an interesting, if noble, pursuit, however. It should be noted that no cryptocurrency, at this point in the scheme of market adoption, is truly in competition with any other. They all share enough properties that a few of a number of things could happen to any one of them and significantly increase their value, utility, and validity in a very short period of time.

The Verdict

Well, do you like to live dangerously? Investing in a completely nascent, truly untested technology is… exactly what the Bitcoin millionaires all did. They had a feeling that it would work, they bet big, and they won big.

However, just as Bitcoin is already seeing other coins begin to edge in on it in terms of usage and adoption and buzz, IOTA could face stiff competition from similar rivals, based on the same ideas or slightly tweaked – or even improved – versions of them. Popov’s Tangle proposition could prove valid indeed – but ultimately be executed by someone else, the way a theory one developed today could be proven after one had lived. This problem faces any nascent technology. People could feel that tangle itself is the innovation, and build alternative solutions using it directly. The risk of companies doing this in a semi-proprietary way is there.

Nevertheless, this type of innovation is the kind you either have the guts to get on board with you or you don’t. The author has considered leaving it unrated, but feels comfortable saying a 7/10 in terms of safety/ability to get the value of your tokens back from them at some point, and hopefully a profit. Getting in early on a totally new way of transacting has to be worth something, and having enough shares could net a healthy sum. Yet, all the same, as with all things in the cryptocurrency space, me-too products will follow, and some of these will be just as awesome.

Investment Details

IOTA will begin trading at Bitfinex on Tuesday at 1PM UTC. According to Bitfinex, it was a rare move to add such a nascent currency:

Several factors have gone into our decision when considering the addition of IOTA trading on Bitfinex. Some of these factors include user requests, market capitalization, design parameters, and a thorough assessment of the token’s development process; including the team behind the token, their strategies for solving technical and nontechnical problems, as well as addressing the scaling issues currently confronting traditional blockchain technologies.

Bitfinex has an awful lot of traders who love some good moon shots, so it should be an interesting week for IOTA.

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Physical activity plays a very important role in our health and fitness. Most people know this but do little about it because of our busy lifestyles or lack of motivation. BolttCoin is aiming to change this by building a platform to reward you for taking steps to better health and fitness. Boltt is already an established company founded in 2015 and has become a leading mobile health tech company in the area of gamified health applications and wearable technology. Boltt has won many top awards including the category of wearable technology 2017 Frost & Sullivan Companies to Action Award.

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The launching of the gamified fitness platform BolttCoin allows users to mine BOLTT tokens from walking and verified by “Proof of Steps”. BOLTT tokens are utility tokens that can be traded, used to make purchases on a large partnership ecosystem, and can be used by companies to link to their existing loyalty programs. Health insurance companies can even use BOLTT in the form of discounts for their policyholders.

There are many potential use cases for companies, brands, celebrities, etc. such as encouraging more engagement, creating loyalty, and promoting better health for employees/followers. One example is the platform has an open API enabling anyone to organize customized tournaments or challenges that can be used by brands, retailers or celebrities to have more engagement with their customers and followers.

BolttCoin makes use of dual blockchain technology based on Waves and Ethereum blockchain protocol to record the individual health records, marketplace, exchange, and wallet transactions. In addition, it utilizes several other technologies to develop the mobile app, business logic and admin backbends ensuring the speed, security and mass adoption. It also provides APIs for other systems based on Waves protocol to easily communicate with the BolttCoin ecosystem.

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The core components are listed below:

  • Boltt health reward engine: Earn/mine Boltt tokens with steps and personal health achievements.
  • Boltt engagement and gamification: Challenges, tournaments, and games from sponsored brands, celebrities and corporates to reward participants. In addition, it enables merchants to create loyalty programs on the Boltt platform.
  • Boltt decentralized marketplace: Product listings and sales as well as offline shops, insurance benefits, utility bill payments, entertainment bookings and more.
  • Boltt identity management and health ID: Digital identity for individual users. One global health ID on the Blockchain that provides a higher level of security and privacy and available on demand.
  • Boltt crypto wallet: Hold fiat or multiple cryptocurrencies, multiple top up and cash out options, money transfer, bill payments and a decentralized exchange.

Token

BOLTT is a utility token that can easily be mined by simply taking daily steps. Download the BolttCoin App, take the steps and mine the currency. BOLTT tokens can then be used to purchase different goods and services across the In-App Boltt shop.

BolttCoin will be one of the first cryptocurrencies to be simultaneously issued on the Waves platform and the Ethereum platform. Boltt tokens will be interchangeable from one blockchain to another using technology comprised of a web interface, locked wallets and smart contracts on the Ethereum side. Dual blockchain provides stability and flexibility, and BolttCoin holders will be able to use the advantages of both platforms.

The private sale began May 20, 2018 and will run till June 10, 2018. During the private sale there are FOUR different bonuses available: 20% for contributions between 0.1-100 ETH, 30% for contributions between 100-500 ETH, 40% for contributions between 500-1500 ETH, 50% for contributions above 1500 ETH. An additional 5% bonus will be given to white-listed members during the private sale. The pre-sale will begin immediately after the private sale ends. During the pre-sale, there will be FOUR different bonuses available: 10% for contributions between 0.1-100 ETH, 15% for contributions between 100-500 ETH, 20% for contributions between 500-1500 ETH, 25% for contributions above 1500 ETH. The public sale is scheduled for Aug 1, 2018 – Aug 30, 2018, in which there isn’t a bonus or minimum investment amount. All unsold tokens during pre-I CO and ICO rounds will be automatically burned.

The token distribution is as follows:

  • 59% Crowd Sale
  • 9% Founding Team (Locked for 1 year)
  • 7% Strategic Partners
  • 6% Advisory Board
  • 6% Bonus
  • 5% Steps Mining
  • 5% Corporate Issuance
  • 3% Bounty Program

The token sale allocation is provided below:

  • 28% Technology & Blockchain
  • 17% Operations & Legal
  • 16% Global Expansion & Collaboration
  • 15% Business Development
  • 12% Marketing
  • 12% Reserves

Team

According to the BolttCoin website, the team has 36 members on board, which includes blockchain developers, data scientists, mobile ops, backend/frontend developers, marketing experts, platform engineers and operations professionals. They list six executive team members along with their LinkedIn links:

Arnav Kishore – CEO and Co-Founder

  • CEO – Boltt Sports Technologies
  • Former Co-Founder & CEO – Globalite

Sahil Goel – Chief Product Strategy and Co-Founder

  • CEO – Kraftly
  • CEO & Co-Founder – Bigfoot Retail Solutions
  • CEO & Co-Founder – KartRocket

Rajesh Bhatia – Financial Advisor and Co-Founder

  • Former CEO – JSPL

Gurdeep Singh – Director Strategic Alliances and Co-Founder

  • Member Board of Directors – Hometech Smartvalue
  • CEO – Reliance Communications
  • Former COO – Aircel

Lalit Kishore – Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder

  • Former President & Partner – SSIPL Lifestyle

Aayushi Jugasia – Co-Founder

  • CMO & Co-Founder – Boltt Sports Technologies
  • Founder – Globalite

They also list a legion of all-star advisers, such as:

  • Sally Eaves: Sr Adviser for Executive and Technology Team
  • Ian Scarffe: Chief Investment Adviser who played a role in helping several multi-million-dollar ICOs
  • Simon Cocking: Chief Strategy and Public Relations Adviser; Co-Founder & Senior Editor – Irish Tech News; Editor in Chief – CryptoCoinNews; currently ranked #1 / 18,000 “People of Blockchain”
  • Warren Whitlock; Blockchain Expert & Social Influencer; ranked #27  100 Most Influential Blockchain People in the World; CEO and Founder – Ochen Publishing; Author of Twitter Revolution
  • Jennifer Grayson; Healthcare & AI Expert; named 1 of 8 top Women in Crypto; CEO – Powered by NeurealSM

Verdict

This is a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of people using wearable health tracking devices and mobile apps. Earning Boltt tokens to do so should be enticing to many which could translate to great success for BolttCoin. Adding gamification, a decentralized marketplace, identity management and a crypto wallet, BolttCoin is an intriguing blockchain project with tremendous upside.

Risks

  • Major companies with immense resources, such as Fitbit, are sure to implement blockchain technology in the future and compete directly with BolttCoin. -1.5
  • The team mainly comes from the same company, Boltt, and currently doesn’t possess an all-star member in the cryptocurrency space. -0.5
  • Investors prefer to see lockup periods for ICO team members and advisers, which gives the perception of long-term commitment. However, there is no lockup period mentioned for tokens allocated to the BolttCoin team and advisers. -0.5

Growth Potential

  • BolttCoin has tied up with several large and well-known partners that, in their essence, are some of the world’s most significant corporate entities. +4
  • The amount of hype and awareness surrounding an ICO does have an impact on their initial success or failure. BolttCoin is succeeding in this area with multiple high rankings online as well as large Telegram, Facebook and Twitter numbers. +3.5
  • Tracking health and fitness via wearables and mobile apps is a business model in which Boltt has already found success in and should improve upon with BolttCoin. +2.5

Disposition

An existing company that has already had success in the area in which it is transferring to the blockchain starts with a major headstart over competitors who are starting from scratch. Boltt aims to add their large active user base to BolttCoin which would translate to instant implementation, adoption and success. Also, with the trend of more and more people looking for ways to improve their health, BolttCoin is poised to capitalize on this massive market. As such, the project receives a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: BOLTT
  • Type: Utility
  • Protocol: Waves & Ethereum
  • Price: 1 BOLTT = 0.00025 ETH
  • Hard Cap: 25,000 ETH
  • Total Supply: 170 Million BOLTT
  • Payments Accepted: BTC, ETH, USD, EUR
  • Private Sale: May 20, 2018 – June 10, 2018
  • Pre Sale: June 11, 2018 – July 20, 2018
  • Public Sale: Aug 1, 2018 – Aug 30, 2018

For more information regarding Boltt:

Website: https://bolttcoin.io/
Telegram: https://t.me/BolttCoin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bolttsports
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bolttsports/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boltt-sports-technologies-pvt-ltd/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh4jrmKaQdNlY_wsrCBAuQ

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Arweave is a new blockchain based protocol for storing data on a ledger, based on a new proof of the access consensus mechanism, which creates a low-cost solution for permanent data storing.

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The project’s BlockWeave is a blockchain protocol that differs from the traditional blockchains with two basic concepts:

  1. List of hash blocks. This allows you to verify all old blocks and effectively evaluate all new blocks.
  2. A list of all active wallets in the system. This allows you to check transactions without running the block in which the last transaction was used.

Using these two concepts allows miners to quickly connect and work in this network.

The consensus mechanism in Arweave is based on PoA (Proof of access) and classic PoW (Proof of work). While the PoW model to generate each subsequent block relies on the previous block, the PoA model can take this from any randomly selected block. Miners do not need to store the entire block, as they can store only a few previously generated blocks. The outcome is a weave of blocks (from where the project derives its name).

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Blockshadows is another concept employed by Arweave. Unlike the traditional blockchain network, where each newly created block is passed to each node in the network, Arweave sends only a small piece of the “shadow” block, which allows network nodes to restore a full block.

Use cases include:

  • Decentralized data stоrage: рersоnal and cоrроrate files can be stored fоr a single fee instead оf mоnthly subscriрtiоn. The рrice оf AR tоkens can be cheaрer than the mоnthly fees рaid fоr cоmрetitоrs such as Filecоin оr AWS. Data availability is almоst instant due tо the design оf the blоckchain.
  • Decentralized data distribution: cоntent can be uрlоaded anоnymоusly and shared with anybody. Any file can now be published, stored forever without anyone able to alter or delete the information. Arweave’s protocol design has an embedded mathematical pricing function that automatically load-balances demand for and supply of data storage, keeping storage costs fair and efficient
  • Decentralized data cоllabоratiоn: Allоws fоr availability оf exрerimental databases fоr review, meaning anybоdy can challenge and/оr cоnfirm its quality. This will stimulate collaboration between academic personnel in order to increase quality and range of academic papers.
  • Decentralized data Identity/Рrоtectiоn: Cоntent created оnline can be tracked and have a рrооf оf оwnershiр.

Competitors include Sia, Storj, Filecoin, Bluzelle and Lightstreams. Arweave’s competitive advantage is incentivizing a decentralized stоrage fоr large vоlumes оf data. Unlike mоst оther sоlutiоns that require either a daily subscriрtiоn оr рayment based оn data size, the project’s gоal is tо provide a permanent, immutable data stоrage fоr a fraction of the price оf other well-known competitors such as Filecоin, Siacоin, and Stоrj. The lоnger yоu keeр yоur data оn-chain, the cheaper it gets tо stоre it there.

Token

The project has a hard cap of $8.7 million, which is on the low side. The pricing is highlighted below:

  • Seed £0.07 – £0.14
  • Strategic £0.28
  • Private £0.44
  • Public £0.55

The token distribution is as follows:

  • Seed Sale 10.8%
  • Strategic Sale 7.1%
  • Private Sale 19.5%
  • Public Sale 1.1%
  • Advisers 2.9%
  • Team 13.0%
  • Ecosystem 19.1%
  • Reserve 26.5%

Founder tokens have a lock-up of 5 years with a vesting of 20% each year.

In terms of token economy, AR is a utility tоken whose рrimary use is tо add data tо the blоckweave.

The team is highlighted below:

The team is quite young and ambitious although they lack experience in launching global projects so far.

Project partners include:

  • Techstars  startup accelerator that has advisers on the project.
  • Upvest –  venture fund that has advisers on the project.
  • NORTHBLOCK – consultancy and advisory services.
  • SHELF – a distributed network of auctions, will use Arweave’s data structure to store auction listings.

Advisers include:

High-level advisers are also present. The majority represents the partners of the project: TechStars and Upvest. In addition, it is worth highlighting Jeremy Epstein’s participation. Epstein was an adviser on IOTA and other successful projects.

Verdict

A project with a wide use case idea, forthcoming main net launch, solid advisers and partnerships, increased project market awareness and a small hard cap make Arweave an attractive investment target.

Risks

  • Teams are build from recent graduates that lack experience in corporate governance, but nevertheless, have a good education and you can see that their Github is active and project main net will be launched in June. -1
  • Competition in this segment is rather fierce. -1
  • The token sale of the project went nine months and thus has a wide spread of pricing during various stages, which in turn makes it risky to enter into ICO. -1.5

Growth Factors

  • Data storing is a big market and the product has a competitive edge on its competitors. +1
  • Active Github and Mainnet launch June 8. +3
  • Confirmed partnerships and strong advisers. +1
  • Low cap ($8.7 million), which is both assuring and reasonable. It also sets the project up for significcant growth potential. +2
  • Brand awareness is solid; the Telegram group has 24,000 members. +2
  • There is a high demand for this project from the community and it seems that the private round is oversubscribed. The project employs PoC (proof of care) for investors who want to participate in the crowdsale, which implies that there will be an unmet demand during the ICO. This could offset negative risks of a wide price spread between token sale stages. +1.5

Disposition

The project generates a two-fold opinion. On one hand, the team is rather young and inexperienced. On the other hand, they have good advisers and partners and plan to launch a working product in June. Although the space is full of competitors, the product has a competitive edge and market is still huge with significant growth potential. However, due to long token sale cycles, Arweave has a wide range of prices during different token sale stages. However, early indicators suggest the project is oversubscribed, which means high demand. This, in conjunction with a hard cap of $8.7 million, give Arweave a rating of 7 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: AR, native token
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: June
  • Minimum Investment: There is no specific minimum investment, allocations will be decided via the proof of interest system.
  • Price: 1 AR = $ 0.74
  • Hard Cap: $8 700 000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: As per legal advice, the following countries are prohibited: USA, North Korea, Iran, China

General details :

Website: https://www.arweave.org/

Telegram : https://t.me/arweave

Lightpwaper : https://www.arweave.org/files/arweave-lightpaper.pdf

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Due to their inability to securely and efficiently share data with their business partners, enterprises are losing billions of dollars. Data leakage, contract disputes, and limited visibility across business networks is forcing future enterprises to look to blockchain for solutions.

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Loyakk, a blockchain-enabled platform for decentralized business networks, transforms how companies collaborate and share data with partners, distributors, channels and suppliers across the world by extending the blockchain with patent-pending extensions to support enterprise requirements. They also have a patent-pending business platform that enables secure, permissioned sharing of data and value movement through smart contracts with business rules and security policies leading to improved security, efficiency and distributed governance.

When asked On Telegram to explain the project to a 12 year old, CEO and Co-Founder Salim Ali provided this nugget:

“If I were to explain to a 12-year old, I would use a simple metaphor: why send mail by postal service, when you can send via FedEx or UPS which offers tracking, incremental security and more. So think of Loyakk as FedEx++ for business communication built on blockchain which will make email and other systems seem like postal services from a past era.”

Loyakk’s Vega Enterprise Relationship Platform is being built on Ethereum with an element of Quorum and proprietary patent-pending extensions. They will use a variant of BFT Consensus.

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The basis for the platform is their in-house token LYK, which protects AND tracks critical business data across business networks.

Token

“The Loyakk token is a data container required for all interactions across all Loyakk-powered private business networks. The LYK token carries data, enables critical functions that manage multiple levels of permissions, and controls the propagation of data amongst the participants in the business network while providing full auditibility across company boundaries.”

There’s a lot going on with this token. To learn all the technical specifics, check out CMO Rakesh Sreekumar’s breakdown here.

The Loyakk network interactions are essentially a set of micro-services and each invocation of the micro-service requires a token.

The network draws its value from the number of data interchanges occurring on the platform. These data interchanges are what will increase the value of the business network and help businesses that use the network grow by bringing to bear the collective power of their relationships into their transaction. The objective is to power all inter-company interactions via the Loyakk token.

Loyakk will mint an ERC20-compliant token that will be made available to users and businesses.

 

The use of funds is outlined below:

  • 45% Product and development
  • 20% Operations
  • 15% Marketing
  • 10% Sales/customer adoption
  • 10% Legal and admin

Team

Based in Silicon Valley and ICO’ing in London, the core team of eight check out clean, and actually seem organized and capable of accomplishing their goals.

Salim Ali: CEO and Founder. He was the Global Vice President, Marketing at SAP where he conceived and scaled multiple new businesses with revenue KPIs of $1.2 billion, and jump-started SAP’s Digital Business with the SAP App Store. Salim has given a couple interviews on YouTube – he’s confirmed professional.

Jitu Telang: BTO and Co-Founder. He served as Senior Software Engineer at Pavilion from 1995-99, Trilogy from 2000-04 and then got into high-frequency trading in securities and futures markets all over the world until founding Loyakk.

Tsvetan Georgiev: Technical Architect/Lead Developer. He looks like the mastermind that spent 15+ years at SAP working his way up to leadership positions.

Loyakk has a team advisers that includes the CIO of Nissan, former CIO of McAfee and two SAP higher-ups. There are three blockchain advisers with plenty of experience in the space.

Verdict

Current communication channels between enterprise partnerships lack security, transparency and efficiency. The problem is they are forced to email each other all the time. Loyakk wants to give them a better system by adding blockchain to the business application stack. The enterprise will leverage the potency and power of the blockchain to do fundamentally different things that they couldn’t do up to this point. Their platform is patent pending (which is something you don’t hear often in this space) and will be able to evolve to changes in the technology.  It is meant to cover both intra-Ethereum and cross-chain.

Risks

  • Token reconciliation and settlement will be done in 8-12 weeks after the conclusion of the token open sale event. With the event ending in July, that means tokens won’t be trading until October. -2
  • A $45 million hard cap is on the higher side. -2
  • The token doesn’t have many ways to bleed value to holders. No master nodes or token burning going on. The token must gain its value purely from demand to use the platform.-2

Growth Potential

  • They already have several partnerships. After briefly exploring into each of them, it looks like there are some very legit partnerships mostly to help Loyakk build its infrastructure. +4
  • Many of the core team members played big roles in the past for SAP, which is very popular worldwide; it is used to coordinate all the resources, information and activities needed to complete enterprise-wide information systems billing, including accounting and finance. It was also learned in an interview with the CEO that Loyakk will officially partner with SAP. +4
  • Enterprise Security Magazine names Loyakk a ‘Top 10 Blockchain Solution Vendor -2018’. +2
  • The team looks really strong, as evidenced by this reply from the CEO when asked about his MVP: “We have V1 built (with approx 400K+ lines of code) and deployed by customers. V2 with Vega Blockchain aspects is being designed and built. Blockchain patents have been filed, token def published on github, relationship modeller showcased via demo video, and broader demo is almost done. As per Roadmap, Vega will be ready in Q3/Q4 timeframe”. +3

Disposition

This is one of those projects with unlimited upside, and a seemingly high floor since being partnered with SAP pretty much guarantees they are around for years to come. 7/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: LYK
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Current Release: 177,000.000 (177m)
  • Token Sale: 60,000,000 (60m)
  • Price: around $0.60 before bonus
  • Private Sale: Now open
  • Pre-Sale: June 7
  • Public Sale: June 15- July22
  • Hard cap: $45 million
  • Whitelist: https://loyakk.io/loyakk-ico-whitelist/
  • Website: https://loyakk.io/
  • Telegram: https://t.me/loyakk

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