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If the ICO market has taught us anything, it’s that startups are utilizing blockchain technology to dream big. Metronome certainly fits the bill of a highly ambitious blockchain project, and one that seeks to transform the current landscape governing cryptocurrency.

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Metronome is looking to become the first platform that enables value transfers across different blockchains. In doing so, it aims to solve many problems currently plaguing the cryptocurrency market, including price volatility, a lack of portability between blockchains and slow transaction speed. Its whitepaper outlines a strategy for building a cryptocurrency around the core principles of self-governance, reliability and portability.

The project’s whitepaper does a good job contextualizing the limitations of existing blockchain technology and how, conceptually, Metronome can fix these issues. However, technical details about how the project will be implemented are lacking. (As an aside, the author felt that a 30-page whitepaper was somewhat light given the scope of what Metronome is trying to accomplish.)

If the ICO market has taught us another thing, it’s that implementation is usually the biggest concern investors have when trying to evaluate a new cryptocurrency.  In this vein, Metronome’s whitepaper reads more like a foray into new product features rather than a roadmap for implementation. A closer look at the content also reveals that Metronome isn’t really building a blockchain, but is looking to launch on Ethereum and eventually Ethereum Classic, Rootstock and Qtum.

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Token

Metronome is launching an Ethereum-compliant token called MTN. The token supply is set at 10 million initially, with 80% distributed via reverse auction. Unlike other coins, there is no fixed or limited supply.

The public ICO launches on Feb. 5 and will be open for one week. MTN’s initial price will be set at 2 ETH, which is equivalent to roughly $2,000 USD at Jan. 17 prices. The price will decrease at a tiny fraction every minute. New tokens will then be issued daily at a rate of around 2,880 MTN, which will continue indefinitely. This distribution model has raised legitimate concerns over token inflation that aren’t really addressed in the whitepaper.

The cryptocurrency will enable quick payments with settlement time ranging from 15 to 30 seconds. Mass pay and subscription features will also be used to drive adoption and utility across the ecosystem.

Team

Metronome is run by BloqLabs, which employs a talented team of blockchain developers, early adopters and venture capitalists. Co-founder Jeff Garzik was an early contributor to Bitcoin Core and champion of the now defunct Segwit2x hard fork project. Peter Vassenes also has a long backstory in the bitcoin market, even though it hasn’t always been positive (he was a key player in CoinLab, which was part of the Mt. Gox fiasco).

The BloqLab team is 15 people deep, including blockchain engineers, data scientists and a chief cryptographer (Vessenes). Six advisers are also listed on the Metronome website, along with a list of partners that includes Jaxx, New Alchemy and Smith + Crown.

Verdict

Metronome has generated a lot of discussion within the blockchain community. Whether you back the project or believe it is biting off more than it can chew, it’s tough to be indifferent. The author is putting his best foot forward in balancing out the pros and cons of the project.

Risks

  • There’s a lot of confusion about MTN’s pricing and inflation models. The project’s reverse auction is designed to limit speculators from hoarding MTN cryptocurrency. The only problem is ICOs typically attract speculators, as well as investors. With continuous inflation daily, it’s hard to evaluate what the token will be worth post-ICO. -3
  • A lack of technical/implementation specifications is cause for concern, especially for those who are on the fence about the project. At the time of writing, the project’s proposed smart contracts have not been published. -2
  • The roadmap doesn’t inspire confidence in how this project will evolve in the future. At the moment, all we know is that the first cross-chain launch on Ethereum Classic will occur sometime in Q1 2018. -2
  • The whitepaper seems to indicate that MTN only applies to blockchains that utilize smart contracts. In this sense, is it truly portable? -2

Growth Potential

  • There’s considerable demand for cross-blockchain solutions, and this will only grow as more cryptocurrencies enter the market. What Metronome is proposing to do can have a profound impact on the market. Since this section is called growth potential, a project deserves points for addressing a real need in the market. +3
  • Metronome is proposing solutions that exceed the existing capabilities of some of the world’s leading cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Ripple. For example, bitcoin settlement time is 10 minutes, Litecoin 2.5 minutes and Metronome 15 seconds. The cryptocurrency is entirely self-governed through autonomous contracts. By comparison, Ripple isn’t self-governing at all, whereas changes to Ethereum depend heavily upon a small team. +4
  • Competition for similar blockchain solutions appears limited at the moment. Metronome shares characteristics with Wanchain in that both cryptocurrencies are promoting inter-blockchain communication on top of Ethereum. That being said, Metronome is definitely unique in what it can potentially bring to the table. +2
  • The founders are so confident in the project and its philosophy that they are relinquishing full control of the platform after the token launch. The team will continue to support the project through development. +2.5
  • In terms of domain knowledge and experience, very few teams can compete with Metronome’s pedigree. Although there’s some controversy surrounding the CEO’s involvement with Segwit2x, it’s really not that big of a deal. Segwit2x failed because it ultimately lacked consensus. It certainly won’t be the last hard fork proposal designed to make bitcoin better. +2.5

Disposition

Taking into account the risks and opportunities, we arrive at a score of 5 out of 10 for Metronome. Prospective buyers may want to monitor the project’s technical evolution before putting skin in the game. Metronome offers a unique idea and can be a high-impact project, but still has glaring holes when it comes to implementation. That being said, there may be more to the project than the whitepaper presented. Timelines, technical specifications and clarity around pricing/inflation could easily take the score from a 5 to a 7.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: Utility
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Symbol: MTN
  • Total Supply: 10 million
  • Available in Crowdsale: 8 million
  • Public Sale: Feb. 5, 2018
  • Payments Accepted: Ethereum

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  1. zeinmaciel

    January 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Blocknet is a 3-year-old project that offers precisely inter-blockchain communication. It’s not an ICO, it’s online on main-net, and it already works.

    • douglash

      January 19, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Right. It seems like there are other cross-blockchain projects. This really isn’t the first.

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ICO Analysis: DeStream

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The internet has allowed for many new avenues of entertainment to be introduced. Online streaming has become a culture of it’s on in the last few years. Millions of people watch their favorite content creators on live streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Famous content creators are also jumping abroad the trend, this way directing portions of their already following to watch them live. There now are hundreds of online entertainers that have their activities with online streaming as their primary income. The content catalog for streaming is rapidly expanding to include more niches and with it, the number of viewers.

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Subsequently, there’s also an economy surrounding online streaming platforms. A part of the economy surrounding streaming is donations. That’s all thanks to a trend that was popularized by Twitch.tv, a website that initially started as a streaming website focused on the gaming community. Fans of live streamers of the platform would donate while the streamer was live for their message to be read out publicly. The more popular Twitch streamers get dozens of such donations during their live streams, ranging from $1 to as much as a viewer would see fit.

Online Streaming as an Industry

Twitch.tv was acquired by Amazon for a reported $970 in cash in 2014. In more recent years, bigger platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and newer social media platforms have been expanding their features for live streaming. Media organizations and industries like sports, TV streams and personal video apps are also jumping on the sector. A 2016 report found that online streaming was accounting for over two-thirds of all internet traffic. With live streaming now becoming a preferred way of communication between brands and customer, the sector should expect its already rapid growth to continue.

The State of Existing Solutions Available to Streamers

It’s worth emphasizing that due to the nuance of the sector, many things within it are changing rapidly.  Just last year, YouTube went through what was dubbed as the “adpocalypse”. Content creators in their platform, including the most established ones, had started videos on their channels demonetized. As this situation still unfolds, it’s now been understood that YouTube had started employing an AI algorithm that would stop creators from receiving ad revenue on their videos based on the content of their channels and videos. This year even, YouTube also made the requirements for earning through the platform much stricter than previously:

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On January 16, 2018, we announced new eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program. Once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the program.

Fan Contributions and the State of Solutions Providing a Platform for Donations as a Service

With ad revenue proving insufficient for full-time content creators to earn a living, many of them are turning to alternatives. Patreon and lately Flatt have been gaining more and more traction with content creators. Those solutions allow for fans to “subscribe” to their content creators for a monthly donation. Twitch was already employing such feature and more recently YouTube also introduces a subscription-based model for monetary support with YouTube Red, along with in-house donations called “Souper Chats”; a feature that pushes comments on live streams with a donation attached ahead of other comments, in a fashion similar how Twitch streamers accept donations.

The Problems

Many of those centralized solutions are faced with problems, and due to the young age of the sector, there hasn’t been much time for competition to develop. Patreon and Flattr take more than 10% away from each creator’s donations in fees and processing. YouTube’s and Twitch’s in-house solutions also charge hefty fees and more-over lack worldwide availability. Some creators have thought of turning to cryptocurrency, but the issue with this aside of adoption lies in the fact that a subscription-based model with crypto hasn’t proved hard to develop.

DeStream: A Decentralized Platform for the Streaming Industry

The many problems creators in the streaming industry are exactly what DeStream seeks to address with its platform. The project’s team aspires to build a feature-rich platform to receive donations on low commisions by utilizing  decentralization and blockchain technology, also creating a robust and censorship-proof platform in the process.

Token

According to the whitepaper of the project, the DST tokens will be able to provide users of the platform with several utilities. Potential use cases made note in the whitepaper are mentioned below:

  • Making a donations.
  • Paying the platform’s Commission for executing transactions.
  • Buying digital goods.
  • Getting a reward from the advertiser.
  • To purchase any goods in the affiliate shops.
  • Gaining access to big data analytics.
  • Paying for the services of the platform (marketing, making the streams more.attractive, etc.).
  • To perform internal P2P operations.

Smart contracts are set to become available to streamers and advertisers to help bring to life an autonomous platform for the DeStream economy. Commissions for streamers to cash out revenues would only be down t0 0.77%.
A total of 3,600,000,000 DST tokens will be allocated to the Token Sale with a base price of 0.006 USD per token. The private main closes on the 30th of May 2018 with discounts being as follows:

  • Pre-sale: up to 50% bonus, discussed individually.
  • 20% discount on the first two days.
  • 15% discount from the 3rd to the 5th day.
  • 10% discount from the 6th to the 15th day.
  • 5% discount from the 16th to the 21st day.
  • 0% discount from the 21st day to the end. of the crowdsale

The allocation of funds is set to be as follows:

  • Marketing: 41%
  • Operational expenses: 30%
  • Development support: 17%
  • Events/Trips: 12%

And the distribution of tokens:

  • Token sale: 60%
  • Fund: 20%
  • Team/Advisers: 19%
  • Bounty: 1%

Team

The team behind DeStream appears to have a great experience when it comes to working on new ventures.

Founding members include:

Anar Mekhtiev, the project’s founder and CEO has among other ventures founded his own IT company which the DeStream notes as “specializing in complex development”.
Tachat Igityan, co-founder and CTO for the project is, as written in the website, the “Founder of one of the largest business schools in digital marketing and Internet agency management (RIC).”
Alexey Khvostenko, Founder & CTO, appears to have many years of experience with software development.
Overall, the team appears to have experience in the sector of project development and a decent technical backing. Also notable, the team’s presence in live appearances on conferences that’s showcased in the section for events in the project’s website.

Verdict

DeStream brings on a concept for a much-needed solution. A decentralized platform for streamers to utilize could get backing from the ever-expanding platform creators of live content have. Live-streamers are always on the lookout for a better solution and known to adopt new alternatives as they come, being tech-savvy as they are.

Risks

  • Developing such a platform could be met with many shortfalls especially under the hood of new decentralized technologies. DeStream has not yet brought out a proof of concept application or MVP, and the roadmap of the platform only makes mention of an Alpha for the 3rd to 4th quarter of 2018. -2
  • The discounts and bonuses for the token run too deep, something that brings up questions for the pre-ICO stage. -1
  • The vision the team tries to bring forward gives a sense that the project might be trying to cover too many aspects instead of focusing on a few strong feats coupled with decentralization. The lack of a clear goal could prove problematic in later stages of the project’s development. -1

Growth Potential

  • Founders are very active on live events. +3
  • The team of the project has chosen the upcoming blockchain platform Stratis for the project. A move that showcases a willingness to adopt new technologies to better suit the project’s vision. +3
  • DeStream could utilize an already huge and growing industry for its growth by providing attractive services to creators. +2
  • Members of the team appear to have great experience with project development and technology. +2

Disposition

The project has great potential and the team appears to have a clear understanding of how they could tap into the streaming industry. However, the lack of an MVP coupled with the fact that the project’s vision might be too ambitious brings in a higher risk factor. Our rating is a 6 out of 10.

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The Consensus Conference just came to an end. And although it didn’t quite produce the instant moon shots expected around the market, it did produce a smorgasbord of tasty new projects. Perhaps the most succulent one is a decentralized, community-based marketplace for tokenized alternative investments called Smart Valor.

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The VALOR Platform is blockchain agnostic and designed to evolve and expand over time. Most of the components will be open source with outside contributors able to build apps on top of it. Here are the current components that will be available on the platform.

  • App marketplace: Third party providers or any contributor for that matter can build apps on top of Valor. The users can then purchase or license these apps via the marketplace
  • ICO platform with tokenization engine: Basicallyn this is an incubator. VALOR helps guide new projects through the token sale process, making sure the model/smart contract is consistent with the asset.
  • Task marketplace: Anyone with talent will be rewarded for coding, research, performance predictions and more. According to the company, “Positive reviews from the community and accurate performance predictions will build your publicly verifiable reputation and increase your earning potential.”
  • Governance and voting engine: The community will govern most of VALOR by voting on decisions, contributing to polls, introducing petitions, etc.
  • Rewards and bounty programs: Stakeholders earn rewards by engagement in opinion polls, being involved in governance matters, giving input on new assets being considered for listing, providing liquidity and much more things that haven’t been added yet.
  • Decentralized auctioning marketplace: Smart contract enabled auction marketplace that helps price discovery and supports liquidity in low volume traded assets, for both investors and asset issuers.
  • Licensed exchange: Trade asset and crypto tokens while following all regulations.
  • Authentication and identity: Authenticate and manage user IDs with multi-factor authentication implemented.
  • Secure custody for crypto assets: Valor accounts or wallets allow you to hold your tokenized assets safe and securely.
  • Portfolio management: User-friendly dashboard, desktop and mobile. Integrates risk analysis and performance prediction apps from the app marketplace.

What can be found in the VALOR marketplace? Tokenized alternative investments.

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The Valor Platform fundamentals include:

  • Blockchain based securitization: Representation of assets through cryptographic tokens enabling efficient, instant and secure transfer of value.
  • Focus on alternative investments: Will Focus on inaccessible and mostly illiquid assets – as well as safe-haven investments.
  • Community-driven value creation: A decentralized organization with meritocracy-based rewards for individual contributors.
  • Fully compliant and licensed platform: The VALOR Platform is in the process of undergoing regulatory approval to act as a fully licensed marketplace for alternative investments.

Token

This project is still in its private pre-sale phase. They have yet to release a whitepaper, and there is very little info on the token.  Here’s the information available as of May 17, most of it comes from this livestream of Olga speaking to a small crowd on May 8th: https://smartvalor.com/ama-livestream/

The Valor token will serve several functions.

  1. Contribute to value creation: Earn rewards through investing or by contributing your expertize to the Valor Community, with coding, research, market predictions etc.
  2. Build your reputation: Publicly verifiable reputations will increase earning potential. Everyone is equal at the start, and will earn value as they give value. Or the opposite.
  3. Voting rights: Allows holders to vote on strategic decisions.
  4. Special Privilege: Holding VALOR grant exclusive rights.
  5. Staking: Asset issuers and service providers must stake a certain amount of token as collateral. In case of misconduct or non-compliance, the tokens are forfeited.

The allocation is as follows:

  • 45% Distributed to token purchasers
  • 19% Founders, future employees, advisers
  • 5% Liquidity buffer
  • 5% Bounties and network growth
  • 26%Retained for future development (locked up 3 years)

Team

Team Smart Valor is already 13 people deep, have offices in Paris and Munich, and are headquartered in Zug, where they are hosted by the Thomson Reuters Incubator. Zug is turning into one of the leading Cities for start-ups. Part of that popularity is due to Founder Olga Felldmeiers working with Swiss Officials to give blockchain innovators the freedom to do their thing.

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Oliver Feldmeier: COO – an expert in digital transformation, Founder and Managing Director of Verto Advisory (Switzerland) and Technology Advisor at Capgemini (Germany).

Julien Bringer: Chief Security and Cryptography Expert. Holds over 50 patents and has authored over 80 publications on security and cryptography. Headed the cryptography and security research team for six years for IDEMIA.

Thomas Felber: CIO, Co-founder and Head of IT at BeeZero. Previously Co-founder and Managing Partner of software development and IT consultancy Tekaris (Germany).

There are six impressive adviswrs including the  co-founder at swytch.io, the founder of PAY.ON, and an ex-board member of the Ethereum Foundation.

Verdict

Traditionally, only whales were able to get into the trillions of dollar alternative investments industry. But now that we can tokenize and make liquid any and all assets, the little guy finally gets to buy and sell tiny fractions of everything 24/7,  with instant transaction executions, instead of waiting a couple days like on the stock markets.

Risks

  • They want the community to pretty much run the platform in the future. With so many different projects out already, it could prove to be hard finding enough enthusiastic community members. -1
  • There have already been quite a few asset tokenization project failures already. -1
  • Although it sounds like this team is prepared for all the regulatory hurdles coming their way, it still won’t be easy. –2
  • The private pre-sale is way too private, and loose. They have yet to put out the whitepaper, yet have been collecting funds for at least three weeks. -1

Growth Potential

  • Hosted by the Thomson Reuters Incubator, the project seems powerful. A lot of thomson Reuters Incubator projects present at major conferences, and connect with each other. +2
  • They are listed as one of Europe’s 10 Most Exciting Technology SMEs for 2018 by Forbes. +2
  •  SmartValor will have an incubator of their own for new projects to be created.+3.5
  • Potential partnerships out the wazoo. +2
  • Founder, Olga Feldmeier has “it”. And people see it, she speaks at all the major conferences, and constantly helps convince the higher-ups to allow Switzerland to be one of the leaders in blockchain innovation. +3

Disposition

VALOR hits on all cylinders.

Although there will be many similar protocols to compete with,  Valor separates itself by being blockchain agnostic and focusing their energy specifically on alternative investments and compliance with regulators.   7.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Platform: erc20, but will be blockchain agnostic
  • Hard Cap: $35 million
  • Total Supply:  100 million
  • Tokens for sale: 45 million
  • Price: $1 before bonus
  • Private Pre-sale: 50% bonus Sign up https://smartvalor.com/pre-sale/
  • Crowd sale: TBA (will have lower bonus tears)
  • Whitelist: https://smartvalor.com/pre-sale/
  • First AMA Video: 1 hour long . https://smartvalor.com/ama-livestream/

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Thousands of decentralized applications in tomorrows economy will rely on smart contracts to settle disputes by arbitration. The problem right now is smart contracts are incapable of making subjective judgments or factoring information from outside of the blockchain. Existing dispute resolution technologies are slow, expensive and unreliable. For DApps to gain mass adoption, they need a fast, transparent, reliable and decentralized dispute resolution mechanism that renders ultimate judgment over the enforceability of smart contracts. Enter Kleros.

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Kleros is a decision protocol layer Dapp built on top of Ethereum. It works as a third party to arbitrate disputes, relying on game theoretic incentives to have jurors rule cases correctly in a fast, cheap, reliable and decentralized way. As the economy becomes more globalized and digitized, Kleros will become a key piece of legal infrastructure with a large number of applications providing arbitration for virtually everything

Arbitration will happen on apps built on top of Kleros protocol, or in a service provider that will access the Kleros protocol through an API. As the ecosystem becomes more mature, some applications will specialize in finance, others in e-sports, others in sharing economy, others in energy disputes and lots of other use cases.

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Below are some project vitals:

  • Escrow: It can be used to have the smart contract reimburse the buyer or pay the seller.
  • Insurance: If an insurer doesn’t validate an event, a dispute resolution process would ensue.
  • Crowdfunding: Backers can send their money to Kleros instead and have Kleros judges determine when predetermined milestones are met before they release some of the funds.
  • Oracles: Kleros can be used as an oracle to bride the gap between the outside world and blockchain.

The following image shows an example of what a future Kleros ecosystem might look like. The imaginary companies FairInsurance will specialize in insurance applications, Enerjustice in energy disputes, and TravelSafe in travel disputes.

The Kleros Ecosystem will serve many different interests, including:

  • Parties: The people who may have disputes to solve, will reduce their counterparty risk.
  • Jurors: skilled evidence evaluating observers will earn arbitration fees for their work.
  • Platforms: According to the team, platforms “will use Kleros because it solves arbitration problems better than the alternatives”
  • Entrepreneurs: DApps in e-commerce, freelancing, sharing economy, crowdfunding, etc. will want to use Kleros because it provides fast, affordable and transparent arbitration.
  • Developers: They will contribute to the development of Kleros’ open source technology.

Token

PNK is a utility token. It’s required to protect the system against Sybil attack and to provide jurors an incentive to adjudicate disputes honestly.

In order for a juror in the Kleros ecosystem to be elected to settle a specific dispute, he must deposit PNK. The more PNK deposited, the higher the likelihood of being selected. Jurors who don’t deposit any tokens cannot be selected to settle disputes.

All jurors ruling a case collect fees paid by the arbitrating parties(in ETH). Token redistribution creates the incentive for jurors to vote honestly by using a Schelling Point.
To learn more about the token economics, check out page 4 of the whitepaper.

In the first token distribution event, 16% of tokens will be sold to the public. Buyers who purchase tokens early will receive a 20% bonus. The bonus decreases to 10% at the beginning of the withdrawal lock period and then goes to 0% by the end of the crowd sale.

The token distribution is as follows:

  • 18% Team Members
  • 16% round 1 of token sale.
  • 4% Airdrop (already occurred)
  • 50%Subsequent Rounds and Juror Incentive Programs
  • 12% Kleros Cooperative Development Reserve

Another 50% will be sold in the future as the team reaches milestones in project development and for juror incentive programs.

Founders and team members commit to work on the project for three years (from the time they started) or would have to reimburse a proportional part of their allocation (or everything if they leave before one year).

Allocation of funds is listed below:

  • 45% Product
  • 25% R&D:
  • 10%Ecosystem:
  • 10.00%Communications:
  • 5%Operations:
  • 5% Legal.

Kleros will be running a unique style of token sale, proposed by Vitalik Buterin, called IICO (Interactive Coin Offering). Learn all about it here.

“IICOs are designed to be more egalitarian than conventional public sales. One of the guiding principles of the IICO model is that it eliminates favoritism and deep discounting. We have declined private sale offers, electing to proceed directly to a public sale in which everyone has an equal opportunity to acquire tokens at the same rate. Instead of making one large sale in one round as most projects, the sale will be done through multiple rounds as we reach critical product milestones.”

The sale breakdown is listed below:

  • Stage 1. May 15 to June 15. 20% bonus and the contributor can manually withdraw the contribution without penalty.
  • Stage 2. June 15 to July 1. The bonus starts to decrease linearly and the contributor can manually withdraw the contribution WITH penalty.
  • Stage 3. July 1 to July 15. The contributor cannot withdraw the contribution manually. Only automatic withdrawals.

Team

The team from France looks young and inexperienced on paper, but in reality, seems highly capable and well connected. They have been to pretty much every major Ethereum conference over the last year, including Consensus in New York this week. Look at all their activity here.

Federico Ast:  Co-Founder. He is very active on medium. I can tell he’s the real deal. Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Blockchain & Law. Singularity University GSP16. TEDx Speaker. Coursera Teacher on Blockchain, etc.

Clement Lesaege: Co-Founder COO . A young man who interned at three different companies from 2012-2016 then was a smart contract security freelancer for one year.

Nicolas Wagner: Co-Founder. A freelance developer since 2013 and another young guy. He was recently a developer for Dether.IO.

Three advisers, including Mitchell Loureiro, who is the Head of Marketing at SingularNet, Steemit, Byteball and Ardor.

Partners include Dether, Ink Protocol and a Thomson Reuters Incubator.

The Telegram has 7,000 members. Twitter has 6,000 followers, but only single-digit likes and retweets.

Verdict

Kleros is a very much needed protocol that connects users who need to solve disputes with jurors who have the skills to fairly settle them. There are many more technical details in this project that haven’t been touched on. Its clear from their explanations that they know what they are talking about, have clear goals, and a manageable roadmap. The team’s inexperience does not seem like a problem, because this project isn’t trying to do too much.

“As the ecosystem matures, Kleros will prove that it can deliver fast, affordable and transparent justice in a growing number of use cases. More customers bring more entrepreneurs, more jurors, more developers and an increasing number of use cases. The community will build the ecosystem on top of an open protocol. And this is how decentralized justice takes over the world” (Federico Ast CEO)

Risks

  • It’s so early in the development of DApps that it makes it hard to visualize enough use cases to make this ecosystem run. -1
  • Lots of inflation – only 16% of the tokens will go to funders. The other tokens will be sold either in the future as the team achieves critical milestones or as an additional incentive for early jurors in the platform.-1 
  • There is no hard cap, as IICO is a market-based method. This means that the revenue from the token sale will be determined by market forces. -1

Growth Potential

  • The CEO spoke at Consensus, which is a big deal. +2
  • They have an MVP you can learn more about here.  And here’s a video of it. +2
  • Early partnerships with top companies, including InkProtocol and Dether and Thomson Reuters Incubator.+2
  • Kleros could easily be integrated with existing platforms (decentralized or not) with users being taken to a dispute resolution screen where they may never know who was arbitrating their dispute. +2
  • One of the Telegram devs stated: “Actually, even Vitalik knows of Kleros quite well. He and our Cryptoeconomics researcher William had a very interesting discussion on  http://ethresear.ch/about Kleros and some of the functions of the protocol.” The link is private, so we cant confirm if this is true, but it seems true. +1

Disposition

Although this isn’t the sexiest of projects, it is one of the most important. It provides a court system for DApp users when smart contracts are incapable of settling disputes, which will be often. No better solution has been presented.  6/10 is our rating.

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