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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:

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:

  • 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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The Ankr network aims to create a permissionless, efficient, scalable blockchain, which also has built-in capabilities for interacting with existing data solutions. Its consensus mechanism is called “Proof of useful work,” suggesting that the computing resources that provide the lock will be much more efficient than existing PoW schemes. Their new consensus protocol will allow them to engage in the Distributed Cloud Computing field. It is also notable to mention that they were one of the first to implement the Intel SGX trusted devices feature.

More about ANKR network’s technology can be viewed in my previous article.

In short, ANRK network wants to change the inefficiency of existing POW blockchains and transfer all that computing power onto useful tasks. Secondly, they would like to create oracle services that will allow smooth integration of real business to the blockchain. Finally, as all new blockchains, they would like to improve the scalability of their blockchain through the introduction of plasma chain features. What I liked most is they do not aim to achieve superior numbers like 1m TPS, but only seek to implement features that would be necessary for their business.

The roadmap is rather short at this point. The project has already released their MVP and is preparing itself for the testnet launch in September of this year.

Token

The total toke  supply is 10 billion ANKR tokens. The use of proceeds is listed below:

  • Team and advisors – 20% – lockup of 7 months and vesting up to 3 years
  • Marketing -5%
  • Private pre-sale – 30%
  • Public sale – 5%
  • Mining and community – 40%

Akr provides the following use cases for its tokens:

  1. It will serve as a payment instrument on the blockchain
  2. It will serve as a mining reward for renting computing power
  3. It will serve as a community reward incentive

Team

The team is young and talented and is a part of UC Berkley Blockchain student group.

Chandler Song, Co-founder & CEO. He has diverse experience in different international companies like Didi (college intern for three months), SAP (4 months), Amazon as a software intern (4 months), and as CTO of CitySpade for five months (currently has 29 employees on LinkedIn).

Stanley Wu, Co-founder & CTO. He has strong technical skills and more than ten years of experience working for Amazon with a focus on large-scale cloud services.

Ryan Fang, Co-founder & COO.  He had some experience with credit organizations like Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, China Renaissance and State Street.

Song Liu, Chief Security Engineer. Principal Engineer at Gigamon for just over two years, Senior Staff Engineer at Palo Alto Networks for two years, Network Security Expert. He has skills in TCP/IP/SSL firewall coding, C, and C++ programming, and large-scale distributed computing systems.

Advisors

Christel Quek, Marketing Advisor — Based out of Singapore, advisor to Zilliqa and Switcheo Network, Founder of BOLT.

JZ Zhang, Technology Advisor — Distinguished Architect at Yahoo (over four years), Principal Engineer at Cisco (1 year), Microsoft (over three years), Blackberry and AT&T, Founder of PDX funded by Lenovo Capital. Member of Blockchain Research Group in National Internet Finance Association of China.

David P. Anderson, Technical advisor – American research scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston.

Investors and partners

The ANKR investors list is pretty impressive. Some of the more prominent investors are:

  • NGC – investment fund of NEO
  • Jlabs – blockchain division of Chinese private equity firm JD capital
  • DHVC – well know early stage investment firm from the Silicon Valley.

Verdict

Ankr is an exciting project. It provides exciting product features, focused on adoption and has the backing of serious players in the blockchain space. However, theis filled with competition, and it is hard to understand who will take the main market share at this point.

Risks

  • Competition is rather fierce even in the blockchain space. We have projects like Golem, Sonm and upcoming projects like Hypernet and Perlin as well Dfinity and Oasis Labs. -2
  • Relatively inexperienced team. -1.5
  • A long-term roadmap is not there. -1.5
  • PoUW is a new concept, so the implementation may face some difficulties. -1
  • Token metrics and lockups of private sale round could be better. -2

Growth Potential

  • A talented and ambitious team from Berkley, backed by senior engineers and advisors.+1
  • Usage of SGX chips to tap into unused computing resources may substantially decrease adoption phase. +1
  • Innovative consensus protocol. +1
  • Focus on niche industries first (specialization is better than global broad spread focus). +1
  • Github repository has committed, especially on the plasma part. +1
  • Hard cap and metrics are on the good side. +2
  • Strong backers in terms of top investment firms in the crypto space. +2
  • Part of the public sale is done through the physical token distribution (akin to Mainframe). +1
  • MVP is present .+2
  • Although most funds are raised through the private sale, it is still pretty decentralized (most parties got 200 eth). +1
  • Hype is there (50,000 people on Telegram), and reviews are generally favorable. +2

Disposition

Ankr has a decent hard cap and will probably be listed on a major exchange due to its hype and partner level. This can lead to a potentially good return in the short term, although lock up of private sale participants could be better. 7 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: ANKR
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Whitelist open
  • Minimum Investment: around 400 USD
  • Price: $0.0066
  • Hard Cap: 17.8 M
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: Residents of U.S / Canada / China / South Korean /Barbados & other FATF countries like Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Yemen, Iran, North Korea are not able to participate

General details :

Website: https://www.ankr.network/

Telegram: https://t.me/ankrnetwork

White Paper: on the website

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Although Facebook is one of the most successful that social networks ever existed, the year of 2018 did not start so well for them. The Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal had played a key role in that the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was even had been called to the court for a testimony. Its users’ data have been harvested by an app called thisisyourdigitallife and allegedly had used to build a software to influence voters. A rough estimation is that data belonging to 70 million users only from the US had been exploited, yet arguably this could be avoided if users had complete control over their personal data. No one else could share their data without their consent if they were stored in a decentralized system, so one of the biggest data breaches of the history would have been avoided.

As history shows this was not the first time that a data breach scandal has occurred in a centralized system and it is only rational to make a guess that it will not be the last time as well, which creates a need of an identification system such that users have control over their data, being able to choose what kind of data they share and when they share it.

Blockchain, being a highly secure technology, is likely to provide a solution in this area and Metadium, a decentralized identity platform, aims to be the standard solution for it with their product called Meta ID. This new kind of identity which is called “digital identity” will let users to have complete control over of where, when and how much of their personal data is shared. Without their consent no personal data shall leave the platform, thus making it (almost) impossible that data breaches like Cambridge Analytica can occur ever again.

Token

META is the native token which will be used for every action taking place on the Metadium blockchain. In order to prevent transaction overflows and avoid DDoS attacks any action will cost META and those collected tokens will be distributed to miners, thus incentivizing them to secure the network. The main usage of META token from a user’s perspective will be to attain attestation services. Their updating or linking their mundane identity which is defined in the whitepaper as a person’s identity backed by legal documents, will cost users tokens and attestation agencies will be rewarded by these tokens in the return of validating these users’ identities.

The initial total supply of META is 2 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 17% team and advisory
  2. 12% power to ecosystem
  3. 5% company reserve
  4. 5% token sale

1 billion META tokens, 50% of the initial total supply, were already sold for a total of 38,000 ETH in the private sale stage, averaging a price of 0.000038 ETH per token. As the crowdsale will be USD-pegged and the same rate will be available to crowdsale participants, these late-comers will have to pay much more in ETH due to a recent drop in ETH prices. No vesting period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, exists, thus some selling pressure might be expected as only 2.5% of initial token supply is allocated for the crowdsale. A vesting period of 6-12 months for team and advisor tokens shall be implemented, though further details are not released yet.

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

  1. 10% legal and accounting
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 15% marketing
  4. 65% research and development

The crowdsale is expected to take place in early September and details on KYC and white-list procedures will be released shortly.

Team

CEO Justin Park – Before joining to Metadium, Park was a senior manager for Gobi Partners, a venture capital based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this position, he held the CEO position at Smilegate, a Korean game company, known mostly for their first-person shooter game ‘Crossfire’.

Co-founder Ryan Uhr – Uhr, a former chief engineer at Hyundai Electronics, has founded Coinplug, a Korea-based company providing blockchain services, in 2013. Among exchanges, prepaid cards and ATM’s, Coinplug has developed a blockchain identity verification platform, OpSign, implying that Uhr comes with great experience in decentralized identity verification platforms.

COO Richard Yun – Yun is the COO of Coinplug and a former senior financial analyst at Cisco.

The existence of many team members from Coinplug is definitely a good sign as this indicates the team’s overall experience in blockchain products.

Advisors

Bo Shen – Shen is a founding partner of FenBushi Capital, one of the biggest blockchain venture capital funds.

Roger Ver – Ver is an early Bitcoin adopter, a founding member of Bitcoin Foundation and Bitcoin.com’s current CEO.

Jack Liu – Liu is a co-founder of OKEx and is the current head of trading at Circle Asia Pacific.

All ten advisors Metadium has are quite important players in the blockchain space and can push a fast adoption phase for the project.

Partners

The only technological partner Metadium has is Coinplug. Coinplug holds the highest number of blockchain patents in Korea and the second highest in the world, which is overwhelmingly impressive. The team has previously worked on a decentralized identity product. As noted earlier in the analysis, many members from Coinplug also work in this project, bringing immense value, team synergy and experience.

Investors

Metadium is funded by eighteen institutional investors. Even though this number alone is quite striking; the existence of huge players such as 500 Startups, FBG Capital, Hashed, Smith + Crown and PreAngel in this list is just incredible.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • As the private sale was pegged to USD, ETH price has decreased immensely since the private sale took place, approximately from 880 $ to today’s 285$, unless we see a huge ETH run before the crowdsale, the crowdsale participants will have to pay much more ETH, (approximately 3x more ETH). Combined with no locking period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, this might create great selling pressure before the project takes off. (-3)
  • Not all details on the crowdsale are made public yet. (-0.25)
  • Competition with already existing and upcoming projects. (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Really great team mostly formed by Coinplug members. (+4)
  • Backed by many important venture capital firms. (+2)
  • Metadium Blockchain Prototype, 1.0 & API is expected to be released in Q3 2018. This will most probably create buying pressure, or at least remove some selling pressure. In the case of the market’s finding itself in another bull run until then, Metadium might yield great returns. (+3)

Disposition

Metadium has a great team with lots of experience and aims to solve an important real-world problem. It is not unlikely that they beat their competitors by means both of adoption and the product. Metadium receives a 5.75/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – presumably utility
  • Symbol: META
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Early September
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.0325
  • Hard Cap: Unspecified
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Agate is the world’s most comprehensive decentralized blockchain platform for instant payments. It connects physical stores, online merchants, users and developers to the crypto economy.  Imagine PayPal, but with all the neat new bells and whistles that blockchain, smart contracts and machine learning bring to the table, including a fiat backed platform stable coin called iFiat, which helps control volatility risks that usually come with crypto.

Agate plans to launch its Proof of Stake mainnet in Q1 2019.  There will be a heap of different elements to the Agate Ecosystem. Here are the highlights.

  • Token Generator: Allows users to create their own token through a user-friendly platform without having to write any code. Users will brand and market their products and services under Agate’s blockchain. The token generator will be fueled by AGT token, which will remain at the core of the platform.
  • AI Powered MultiCurrency Wallet: Their wallet is in development and can already store 5 cryptocurrencies. It will be fully launched by Q4 2018 at which time users will be able to store 17 different crypto-assets. The wallet will be integrated with an AI engine that uses machine learning software that has the ability to advise users with the best time to convert their crypto into iFiats to realize the highest possible gains.
  • Stable Cryptocurrency: This is a game-changing feature. Separate from AGT token, a stable coin pegged to the dollar, called iFiat, will be used to settle transactions in real-time. Each iFiat unit has a 1:1 ratio with the underlying currency unit, this facilitates a stable payment system ensuring merchants receive the full spendable value for their payments while eliminating volatility risk.
  • Trading Bot: Allows users to load multiple cryptocurrencies into the Agate ecosystem and then set multiple rules for the bot to execute trades when market conditions are met.
  • Merchant Facing Multiple Payment Gateway: Easy to install payment apps/plug-ins and an open source Agate Payment Gateway API will allow merchants and e-Commerce platforms to accept crypto as a mode of payment with no hassles.
  • Decentralized Exchange: Agate’s iFiat ecosystem will include a Decentralized Exchange (DEX) that will allow fast transactions on the network for merchants to convert their crypto into iFiats instantaneously. Further helping eliminate the volatility risk that comes with crypto.
  • Merchant POS Terminal and Merchant App: Enables brick and mortar stores access to Agate’s POS terminal. With the Agate Merchant App, merchants can receive payments in their own iBucket which facilitates easy bank transfers or the money can be loaded into their own cards for instant spending.
  • Crypto Debit Card: Agate Debit card. The goal is to partner with the worlds leading card providers to allow Agate debit to work at “over 30 million stores globally.”
  • White Label Provider: Agate Blockchain will provide the Agate API Suite, a white label solution that allows developers to build their own DApps or DAO on Agate’s strong and reliable network while improving the entire Cryptoeconomy.

Token

AGT token is separate from the above-described iFiat (stable) token.

The whitepaper lists several ways which AGT token will be used, including:

  • All Exchange orders between different currencies will cost 1 AGT token.
  • Any trade bot trades will cost 1 AGT at the point of execution.
  • To load card or request bank transfers, users will have to pay 1% fee in AGT tokens.
  • Agate token generator costs 50 AGT.
  • At some point, they will switch from Ethereum to their own mainnet. When this happens, AGT will become minable thru Proof of Stake, which will cost 50,000 AGT tokens to run a node.
  • AGT will be required to execute smart contracts.

Distribution:

  • 65% Crowdsale
  • 10% Team
  • 5% Advisors/Partners
  • 5% bounty/airdrop/referrals
  • 15% Reserved for the Agate Ecosystem

Allocation:

  • 40% Research and Development
  • 40% Marketing
  • 5% legal and compliance
  • 10% Operation and Admin
  • 5% Unforeseen Events

The team will lock up their tokens for one year. All unsold tokens will be burned.

Team

Based in Sydney, Australia, the site list 16 team members including tthree founders.

  1. Hamed Taghvaei-   A serial founder of tech companies, including Drone Online, Myservo, King ICO and Business and Demand Group PTY LTD.
  2. Hamid Ostad –  Impressive resume. Since 2016, he’s been the Solutions Architect at BPay Group, a successful Australian bill payment company. He has seven years of experience as tech lead at Creative Digital Technology and five years Dev Manager at Gpayments PTY.
  3. Ali Dorri – PhD candidate at UNSW studying blockchain. He seems to be a blockchain tech expert. No work history listed; his description says he’s worked with several successful blockchain projects already.

A few of the team members stand out.

Ehsan Jahandarpour – CMO. An influencer, he was ranked top 20 growth hacker in 2016 Forbes.

Ariya Chittasy – The website says he’s helped produce four startups over the last eight years, and twi of them are successful. Currently at  Engenesis Ventures, where he “is working with visionaries and innovators to create tech-based companies that serve the world ”

Odette Abrenica – UI/UX Designer. She also has the same role at Engenesis.

Jaemie Dela Pena – Product Design Lead for Agate and Engenesis.

Asi Asgher – Project lead, also works at Engenesis.

There are six advisors – they look decent. J Brenton Smith was the VP & GM Asia Pacific & Japan business of Dell Software Group.

Verdict

There’s plenty to love about the project including a few unique, possibly groundbreaking ideas. However, there is also plenty of risk. Debit cards for one. Countless blockchain projects have come out with their ICOs talking about how they will have a debit card which can be spent with different cryptos all around the world, yet all of them have flopped so far.

Risks

  • Their Telegram channel is for announcements only. It’s going to be hard to grow a community around the token if they can’t talk to each other easily. Also seems kind of shady to not allow possible contributors the ability to ask questions in real time. -1
  • The founders of Agate also recently founded an ICO launching business called King ICO. And most of the team is from a company called Engenesis which is a blockchain project incubator. This means there’s a possibility this team is not serious about making Agate, and are more into making millions of dollars doing ICOs. -1
  • Laws/Regulations. It’s going to be really hard to get the proper banking licenses required to fully run the Agate platform world wide. -2

Growth Potential

  • According to the roadmap. Q1 of 2019 is when they will be hoping to get their proper banking licenses. +1
  • The community seems to like this project, although some of the enthusiasm can be chalked up to their bounty/airdrop program. A large majority of ICO review websites give this project a 90+, or A ranking. And the Bitcointalk page is filled with enthusiastic supporters.+2
  • If this succeeds, the sky will be the limit. +1
  • Teams tokens will be locked up for 1 year. +1
  • 50,000 AGT must be staked in the future to run a POS node. +2
  • GitHub is active and there are several beta demos of diff aspects of the platform. +1.5
  • Several backers. +2

Disposition

High risk/ high reward. If they build everything they talk about in the whitepaper, and then get the proper banking licenses, this could moon. +6.5/10

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