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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.

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.

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: BitSong

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The music industry is ever-evolving alongside new technologies. Smart contracts and blockchain are currently changing it again. Over the past year, numerous music blockchain projects have come onto the scene as ambitious entrepreneurs try to get in on the action.

BitSong, is an Ethereum based project that wants to put the entire process on one platform. Music creators will stream their songs or videos, manage their fanbase and work out advertising deals all on the BitSong Platform.

According to the whitepaper:

“The BitSong Platform will be a holistic one -stop shop approach, choice is given to the user, to watch videos, stream music and have the ability to use whichever device they own to partake in Bitsong. This also permits the artist to manage their social media fanbase from one source, their Bitsong channel, thereby retaining their fans on one single decentralized music platform”

The platform allows users to do the following;

  • Upload new songs/videos and create your own music channel.
  • Sell your songs, listen to them and get donations.
  • Earn BTSG token during your plays.
  • Support the artist by making a donation through the BTSG token.
  • Listen to your songs on any TV, Smartphone or PC.
  • Sponsor your business or your songs in full autonomy.

Perhaps the coolest feature of BitSong will be how they incorporate advertisements into the platform. The user will be paid for their “User Attention,” the producer will receive earnings in real time and the advertiser will be able to optimize the campaign after viewing the reports.

Token

The BTSG token will be essential for: sponsorship, making a donation, purchasing a song, voting, buying tickets and purchasing merchandising.

Use of funds:

  • 50% Business Development and Expansion
  • 15% Technology and Logistics
  • 15% Research and Development
  • 20% Marketing and PR

Two percent the tokens were sold at a 40% discount during the pre-sale in late May.

Team

This is a rather large and spread out team. Lots of different countries involved and most of the team are former DJs/producers.

Angelo Recca: Co-Founder/CEO from Italy. LinkedIn says he has been CEO of this cloud storage company SpazioRC since 2012. Spazio has only one employee listed on LinkedIn and the twitter only has 340 followers and hasn’t been active since Novemebr 2017.

Rino Ticli: Co-Founder. The only work history listed is “DeeJay” since 2002. He doesn’t seem to be a very popular DJ/producer, either. He’s had Twitter since 2012 yet only has 800 followers that give him zero love or retweets.

Julian Anghelin: EMEA Manager. Despite typing a long and vague description of his skills, the only work history he has listed is as a publications guy for Royal Caribbean Cruises for ten months in 2016.

Giovanni Melfi: CTO and Blockchain Developer. Out of the 12 team members, he is the only developer. And it looks like he has no work history to brag about. He did describe himself on LinkedIn as follows:” Passionate about cryptocurrencies and blockchain, 2 languages speaker. Coming from an experience in software engineering and a passion for software development with some programming languages such as PHP. I participated in some group work on the robotic system, on linux programming and on StartUp Manager, and I think these experiences are the most important for professional growth.”

The website goes on to list 19 international DJs/producers that are supposed to be a part of BitSong. However, after checking all of them, only a couple ever mention BitSong. No mentions of the token sale.

The most popular is a guy named Tadeo, who gained almost 300,000 Twitter followers for being on an MTV reality show. He does not mention the BitSong crowdsale on his twitter.

Nicola Fasano is a DJ with 16,000 followers on Twitter.

Mossel is a DJ with 10,000 followers but doesn’t mention Bitsong ICO

Verdict

We usually don’t do analysis on projects that already had their pre-sale. However, after seeing these ratings, it seemed like our opinion was needed. These high scores are out of line. The only explanation is that the reviews were done a few months ago, before the bad news bears arrived to spoil everyone’s shill fest.

Nobody here expects YouTube, Spotify and record companies to just step aside while smart contract/blockchain projects move in. Said blockchain projects needs to be extra special with an extra special team in order to even stand a chance of competing.

Based on team inexperience and lack of MVP alone, this gets an unfavorable rating.

Risks

  • The team is not experienced at all in business or blockchain. -1
  • It doesn’t look like they will come close at all to reaching the hard cap. They have a large team and payroll. It’s going to take a long time for both BitSong and Ethereum to work properly. There’s a strong chance they run out of money by then -1
  • No MVP, only one blockchain developer listed on their team, plus many other small things that lead us to believe they might not be really trying to build this thing. -1
  • GitHub is not active at all. This supports the above theory. -1
  • Competition. The author has reviewed 4 different blockchain music ICOsin the last year. He ranks this one 3/4. -1

Growth Potential

  • Ambitious roadmap on page 15 of the whitepaper. +1
  • One of these blockchain music projects is going to be popular. BitSong has an outsiders chance. +1
  • The crowdsale will run for three months, ending in November. Perhaps the market will be bullish by then. +2
  • They make a really bold claim on their site about having 177,404 users. When asked who these users are, the reply was, “177,404 users interacted with our bot and registered in our wallet.” This is kinda hard to believe, but if true those type numbers will definitely help them scale. +3

“Together with our community (about 180,000 users) we want to create a special environment, a new way to hear, see and enjoy music,where every artist can be his own distributor, sponsoring it on world music channels, where clarity and transparency rule and users can be rewarded for listening and viewing advertising.”

Disposition

It’s just way too good to be true. The silver lining is that we’ve seen several projects succeed in the past with this same strategy. A brilliant whitepaper idea with no MVP, and an untested team. However, in today’s paranoid market, most investors are now needing evidence of work, not just a whitepaper and a dream. +2/10

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ICO Analysis: Hedera Hashgraph

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Hedera Hashgraph is another project in the blockchain space aiming to take blockchain to the next level: fast and ready to take on widespread usage by the mainstream as well as enterprises.

Currently, distributed ledger technology faces a number of challenges:

  1. Scalability
  2. Security
  3. Governance
  4. Stability
  5. Regulatory Compliance

Hedera Hashgraph’s team believes that only when these challenges are addressed and surmounted will mainstream markets trust blockchain enough to adopt it en masse.

With regards to the aforementioned challenges, Hedera Hashgraph aims to address them in the following ways:

  1. Performance – Hedera is built on the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm (“hashgraph” also is used to refer to Hedera’s blockchain), invented by Hedera’s CTO and Chief Scientist Dr. Leemon Baird, who worked as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals. According to the Hedera Hashgraph whitepaper, the platform can handle hundreds of thousands of transactions per second in just one shard (let alone the entire network). Confirmations also happen in seconds and not minutes, hours, or days.
  2. Security – Hedera Hashgraph is secure through asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance (aBFT). While other platforms are susceptible to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, the hashgraph platform isn’t. Moreover, aBFT provides both fair access and fair ordering for transactions on the platform. Appendix 3 of the whitepaper gives a full definition of the hashgraph algorithm and its fairness properties as well as proofs of aBFT.
  3. Governance – Hedera’s governance consists of Council Governance (management of council concerns) and Consensus Model (determining transaction consensus order).
    • Council Governance is done by an elected Governing Board that deals with council membership policy, network token regulation, and platform codebase changes. The Governing Board will consist of up to 39 leading organizations in their respective fields, bringing expertise previously lacking in past blockchain platforms.
    • Consensus Model deals with how nodes reach consensus on the platform’s order of transactions. In the Consensus Model, nodes cast one vote for each Hedera token that they own and since many nodes are expected to join the network and be compensated for maintaining the hashgraph ledger, it’s expected that Consensus Model voting privileges will be distributed amongst thousands of nodes.
  4. Stability – Hedera Hashgraph’s stability will be ensured with both technical and legal controls.
    • Technical – Hedera Hashgraph has Swirlds technology, which has the effect of protecting users of the platform from unofficial forks of the platform as well as ensuring that only software clients running the latest version are able to modify the hashgraph.
    • Legal – The Hedera Hashgraph codebase will not be open-source but be available for public review so that anyone can read the source code, recompile it, and verify its legitimacy. No licenses will be required to use the platform, write software that uses the platform, or build smart contracts on the platform. Thus, Hedera will provide a transparent codebase open to innovation so that the market can use it for its own purposes.
  5. Regulatory Compliance – Hedera has an opt-in escrow identity mechanism that gives users the choice to attach verified identities to their otherwise anonymous cryptocurrency accounts. Therefore, on the one hand, anonymous users can maintain their anonymity, and on the other, users that need to be verified for official purposes can do so without having to worry about regulatory backlash.

Token

By replacing proof-of-work consensus mechanisms with virtual voting (nodes cast one vote for each Hedera token that they own), high throughput, low fees, and micropayments are all made possible.

DApp developers on the network will use Hedera tokens to pay for network services like processing transactions, executing smart contracts, and storing files.

As mentioned earlier in the analysis, anyone running a node will earn Hedera tokens for doing so. The amount they earn is proportional to the amount of Hedera tokens they stake in one or more accounts for which they have the private keys. (This stake is also used to weight their votes in the Consensus Model). However, users are still able to spend their stake at any time – though of course spending some of the stake means receiving less rewards for running a node.

Users who don’t want to run a node (e.g. not wanting to invest in computing resources and/or the maintenance of them) can “proxy stake” Hedera to someone else’s node. This means that the user with no node gives a node “credit” for their stake and splits ledger maintenance awards with the node that they credit with their stake. (The ratio of the split is negotiated between the two parties). Proxy stake funds are in control of the proxy staker, who can spend the stake at any time, turn off the stake, or even redirect the proxy stake to another node.

As mentioned, fees are low, but they do exist. There are node fees, service fees, and transaction fees:

  • Node fees – a platform user can use platform services (e.g. transferring crypto from one account to another) by contacting a node, which submits the user’s transactions. The platform user pays a fee, negotiated between the user and the node, to the node for its service.
  • Service fees – users that use platform services (e.g. storing a file in the hashgraph) without going through a node pay a service fee.
  • Transaction fees – transactions handled by the network incur a fee to cover the associated costs of nodes exchanging data about the transactions, temporarily storing them in memory, and calculating consensus on the events containing them.

Token distribution is “expected” (taken from the Hedera Hashgraph crowdsale FAQ – “What is the token distribution?” section) to be as follows.

  • 65% Hedera Council Treasury
  • 17% management and employees
  • 13% SAFT purchasers and developers
  • 5% Swirlds

Hedera has already raised $100m in funding from institutional and high net worth investors and is currently conducting an accredited investor crowdsale ($20m target).

Accredited investor verification (whitelisting) will stop when $20m in funding is reached or August 15th, whichever comes first.

Token price and token release schedule for both first round and accredited investor round are the same:

  • Option A: $0.12 per token. 20% of tokens issued six months after network launch, with the rest vested in 10% installments over 8 months.
  • Option B: $0.096 per token. 20% of tokens issued six months after network launch, with the rest vested in 20% installments over the subsequent 4 years.

The majority of founder tokens are vested in 4 to 6 years.

If all funding goals are met, the project will start with a $360m market capitalization (based on expected circulating supply on day of token release).

Total token supply is fifty billion.

The offering is a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) in accordance with SEC regulations and there will be no ICO.

Minimum contribution is $1,000, and maximum contribution per person is $250,000. However, investors who want to invest >$250,000 can email saft@hashgraph.com (?), according to the Hedera Hashgraph crowdsale FAQ, which is confusing.

All raised funds will be used to grow the platform (engineering, sales, marketing, developer advocacy, community development, legal, etc).

Team

Co-Founder, CTO, and Chief Scientist Leemon Baird – Baird invented the hashgraph consensus algorithm, has worked as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy, has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and has many patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the fields of computer security, mathematics, and machine learning.

Co-Founder and CEO Mance Harmon – Harmon also has an Air Force background as former Course Director for Cybersecurity. He was also Program Manager of a large-scale software program for the US Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency and senior executive for product security of an unnamed $1.7b revenue organization.

President Tom Trowbridge – Trowbridge is President of the Hedera Hashgraph Council and has a strong finance background, having started and ran the New York Office of UK-based Odey Asset Management. He also has held positions at Goldman Sachs, Lombard Odier, Atticus Capital, Bear, Stearns & Co., and telecom and media private equity firm Alta Communications, where he was responsible for 10 deals.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Hedera Hashgraph.

Risks

  • Very bold claims but no working product (-1)
  • High hard cap and initial valuation but other projects that have done well have had the same (though uncommon) (-0.5)
  • Similar to EOS – bold claims, no working product, lots of hype – except the EOS team probably had a more relevant background (CTO Dan Larimer was behind popular and proven projects like Bitshares and Steemit) (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • A lot of hype (e.g. large Meetup community) (+4)
  • Some DApps have already committed to the platform, and many developers are interested in the platform (e.g. their developer – not general public – Discord channel has nearly 5,000 members as of writing) (+4)

Disposition

  • Hedera Hashgraph promises to pack quite the punch similar to projects like EOS. The hype is definitely there, but can the team deliver?
  • Hedera Hashgraph receives a 6/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Native – Utility
  • Symbol: Unspecified
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Ongoing
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000
  • Price: $0.096 or $0.12
  • Hard Cap: $120m (institutional round and accredited investor round combined)
  • Payments Accepted: BTC and USD (via wire transfer) – can’t mix BTC/USD to pay for one SAFT (but can purchase two SAFTs separately using BTC for one and USD for the other)
  • Restricted from Participating: The SAFT is being offered to accredited investors in 63 countries. (Anyone from a country NOT on the following list is restricted from participating). The countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Virgin Islands (British), Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

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Who will become the most scalable blockchain ready for mainstream adoption?

Emotiq is yet another contender in the “next-generation blockchain” space that claims powerful scalability and privacy while making smart contracts easier and more accessible.

In their own words, they want to be the Apple of blockchain vs. other blockchains, which are more like Android and Windows (don’t shoot the messenger). Emotiq is developing a blockchain interface so friendly and natural that even kids will be able to use it! Quite the claim when you consider that most adults can’t currently use blockchain!

Emotiq’s smart contracts are written in Ring, a plain English programming language that’s as easy as reading the news. Not only does Emotiq offer an easy way to read and write smart contracts, but it will also support most Ethereum smart contracts (written in Solidity).

Emotiq is aiming at processing 1 million transactions per second, using zero-knowledge proofs for transaction privacy, and scaling through sharding. Secure cryptographic purging of spent transactions will ensure that Emotiq’s blockchain stays small and manageable.

Emotiq, like other similar projects, will allow for ICOs and DApps. Also, it will feature a decentralized exchange.

In essence, Emotiq wants to be the next Ethereum or Stellar but scalable, private, and accessible.

Token

There will be 1 billion total Emotiq (EMTQ), which will be distributed as follows.

  • 51.3% token sale
  • 16.7% development
  • 10% marketing and ecosystem
  • 10% reserve
  • 10% team
  • 2% advisors and backers

EMTQ is deflationary (max token supply decreases over time). A fixed percentage of yearly transaction fees will be burned. This will be done to increase the value of EMTQ and also to help prevent attacks on the EMTQ network.

In terms of its usage, Emotiq’s FAQ page says that EMTQ will be used the same way that ETH is used for Ethereum. In other words, we can expect EMTQ to be used to pay for resource consumption (sending payments, paying for services, creating child tokens/launching ICOs, etc.) on the Emotiq network.

There will be no public sale but Emotiq is currently in its third round of private sale (4 rounds total). If you are interested in participating in the private sale, contact sales@emotiq.ch with information about you / your fund, allocation you are interested in, and how you can help Emotiq grow.

Here are the details of private sale rounds and seed round thus far:

  • Seed – 150m EMTQ (15% of max supply), $2m cap, 100% lockup – linear release beginning 3 months after mainnet launch (12.5% per month)
  • Private round 1 – 140m EMTQ (14% of max supply), $9.8m cap, 50% released and 50% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (20% each month)
  • Private round 2 – 60m EMTQ (6% of max supply), $6m cap, 70% released and 30% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (33.3% per month)
  • Private round 3 (ongoing) – 139m EMTQ (13.9% of max supply), $18m cap, 75% released and 25% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (33.3% per month)
  • Private round 4 – 23.5m EMTQ (2.35% of max supply), $3.2m cap, no lockup

Private sale inquirers who are deemed qualified will receive further details about past rounds, such as price.

Token sale proceeds will be used to do things like expand the Emotiq ecosystem through educational programs, build a top-notch research team, explore different smart contract languages for their ability to accelerate mass adoption, and provide venture funding for Emotiq-based projects.

Team

Emotiq is led by CEO Joel Reymont, who has 25 years of experience in technology and management. For example, he was Director of Prime Brokerage Technology at Deutsche Bank and CTO of Aeternity, another popular blockchain project.

Ann Soederblom, VP of Marketing – Soederblom has worked as a project manager for multinational companies like Citigroup and Holcim (8th largest Swiss company by revenue) and also runs her own marketing agency.

Vladimir Lebedev, VP of Engineering – Lebedev has an impressive background, having served as CTO of the Russian stock exchange, executive at VEON (telecoms company with more than 200m subscribers), executive at Mail.Ru group (biggest Russian Internet media company), and executive at Sberbank (biggest Eastern European bank).

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Bold claims (1m transactions per second and so on) but no mainnet (launch “expected” end of Q4 2018) or even testnet yet (-0.5)
  • Some tokens released after mainnet launch – what if there are problems with launch? Has happened before (-0.5)
  • Lacking in hype thus far (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Decently experienced team (+4)
  • Based in “Crypto Valley” (Zug, Switzerland) – favorable regulatory environment and good ecosystem to be a part of (similar to how being a tech company in Silicon Valley means proximity to leading members of the tech community) (+3)

Disposition

Though Emotiq’s ambitions are bold and they have a strong team and favorable working environment (Crypto Valley), their ambitions are as of yet unsubstantiated and hype regarding the project is – to date – lackluster.

Emotiq receives a 5.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Native – Utility
  • Symbol: EMTQ
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Private sale ongoing
  • Minimum Investment: $100k
  • Price: Contact sales@emotiq.ch for more info
  • Hard Cap: $39m
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Iran, Sudan, Libya, Syria, North Korea and the rest of the countries on the US sanction list are restricted from participating. Accredited investors from the US are allowed to participate.

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