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ICO Analysis: Much Ado About OneGram

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Hacked received a tip about an upcoming ICO called OneGram. We began our investigation and immediately noticed more than one red flag. Some digging revealed more concern. This report is not meant to be a condemnation of OneGram, and certainly not a warning against alternative money systems that comply with religious convictions around the world. Instead, it is a factual warning based on long experience in cryptocurrency, which has long been unfortunately rife with get rich quick schemes, scams, and bad actors.

First things first, there are three entities involved in OneGram, which claims to back every token on its blockchain with a single gram of gold, currently valued around $40. The first entity is OneGram itself, and it is closely related to Gold Guard, a separate firm which will handle the ICO and gold transactions through a firm through Australian-based ABX (Allocated Bullion Exchange). The information on the Gold Guard page led one to believe that the firm had been operating in the Dubai free zone for ten years or so, but this was answered by their CEO as being a misunderstanding on the part of the writer. Instead, the firm is going to be contracting through ABX to acquire the gold grams. This was a red flag to the writer for obvious reasons: so you’ve created another entity to create the appearance of a safe partnership, your opening price is $40 whereas most ICOs open in far lower figures.

The $40 valuation is tied directly to the exchange value of gold at time of launch, but the price of gold will not necessarily determine the value of OneGram tokens. This doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense, since a gold-backed currency’s value is actually directly tied to the global price of gold indefinitely. The CEO said, via phone (after a very suspiciously-bot-sounding receptionist was eventually hung up on and the CEO returned the call), something to the effect of, “Well, of course we can’t guarantee the market. It could go either way.” Effectively, this would mean that if the price of gold dropped, a OneGram holder would have to wait for the market itself to drop in order to cash out – they would not be able to acquire more gold as a result of the loss in value.

The idea is not to be able to hold and speculate on digital gold certificates, but rather have a digital ledger, Shariah compliant, which has some allegedly inherent value.

According to the CEO, who said his name was Abrahim Mohammed and promised this writer some additional information including photographs of a meeting with ABX people but then did not deliver over the next 48 hours, when someone decides to actually call in their gold certificates for the grams of gold, the coins on the blockchain related to those grams will be destroyed. This is perhaps the one really unique and advantageous aspect of OneGram: it would seem that overtime the supply will be further limited, and within reason this can mean a more valuable token than the grams of gold themselves.

Yet, still, there does not seem to be enough transparency. At this time we cannot fully analyze the currency due to the lack of known entities, clear evidence of legitimate practices, and the like. Handing the actual acquisition and gold transfer services off to ABX seems a good move, and for what it’s worth ABX Global appears to be a legitimate company formed in 2011. Due to all the uncertainty and as yet not great informational issues regarding OneGold, we have to advise against any investment at current time. Gold scams are much too common and have been going on for so long that a new gold venture must almost prove that it is not a scam before getting any sort of basic accreditation from journalists and investors alike. This issue will be revisited when more information has been gathered over the coming weeks.

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  1. majykman

    May 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    We have the opportunity to do a live interview with them and address things properly. Are you interested in doing this or submitting the questions to me? (That I could try and ask for all potential investors to get clarity.)

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ICO Analysis: HiNounou

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Studies conducted by the United Nations estimate that the number of people over 60 will be doubled by 2050 and it is reasonably expected that this will give rise to important social and economic changes. Yet it is at best arguable that the current ways of senior care and standard insurance policies are ready for such an impactful occurrence. The present approach of curing elders only after a medical condition occurs, not preventing them in the first place is another crucial problem for senior healthcare which is in need of an immediate solution. HiNounou takes this first step by proposing a solution based on artificial intelligence and healthcare technologies.

HiNounou provides three key products to increase seniors’ life quality and health at home:

  • The Home Wellness Kit: The kit contains a DNA genome testing kit, a senior-friendly smartphone, a blood pressure monitor, a fingertip oximeter and a connected scale. By using this kit, seniors’ health will be monitored and shared with acquaintances they choose in real time. This will give seniors a chance to identify and prevent diseases and medical conditions before it is too late while providing advice to improve their lifestyles. Insurance companies will have more accurate information on the person’s health which should enable them to build customized insurance policies. The team is currently also working on a Companion Robot.
  • Dedicated underwriting insurance and teleconsultation hotline: PingAn, a Chinese insurance company, will provide such insurance policies to seniors and AXA will have a consultation hotline available 24/7.
  • Nounou Tokens: Seniors will be incentivized to improve their health and life quality by token rewards.

Although the project already has tangible products such as the Home Wellness Kit with many items, since the target audience is seniors and their acquaintances, the non-speculative demand should not be expected to soar. The ICO investor should note also that platforms with non-stable reward tokens historically tend not to yield a high return on investment, though the project seems both in goals and the structure quite similar to WaBi, a project which provided over a hundred times profit at it’s all times high.

Token

Nounou tokens will be used to reward seniors who improve their lifestyle and health, tracked by several tools such as the Home Wellness Kit. These points can be redeemed with their partners’ marketplaces including but not restricted to AXA and WaBi.

The initial total supply of Nounou tokens is 200,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 60% token sale
  2. 20% consumer marketing
  3. 10% company reserve
  4. 10% team

No information is made public on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as of September 22nd.

Team

CEO Charles Bark: Bark has been working on IoT Robotics for more than five years, aiming to improve elderly care. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard.

Advisors

Frank Desvignes: Desvignes is the founder and the CEO of AXA Lab Asia, an insurance company.

Laetitia Daufenbach: Daufenbach has been working at Sodexo since 2006 and is the current head of strategic planning and projects at Global Seniors division.

Alexander Busarov: Prior to co-founding WaLiMai and then WaBi, Busarov was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Yaroslav Belinskiy: Belinskiy is the co-founder at WaLiMai and WaBi.

Anne Queneday: Queneday is a partner at Baker McKenzie China, a multinational law firm.

Partners

AXA: AXA, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, enables seniors to have a hotline and teleconsultation service they can reach whenever they would like to.

PingAn: Thanks to the partnership with PingAn, seniors using HiNounou will have access to dedicated, no underwriting insurances.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Projects with non-stable reward tokens historically tend not to yield good returns on investment. (-1.5)
  • Although the team is looking to expand its reach in the near future, at the moment the project is available only in a few countries and the target audience is quite narrow. (-2.5)

Growth Potential

  • Thanks to its great advisors and partnerships, it should not be hard to break into the Chinese market. (+4)
  • Tangible products such as Home Wellness Kits are already available. (+4)

Disposition

As the senior population is expected to double by 2050, senior health care and insurance will get more and more important in the future.By proposing three key products which of that Home Wellness Kits are the most crucial, HiNounou aims to monitor and improve seniors’ health and lifestyle while incentivizing them with token rewards. The project has made quite good progress as these products already have hit the market and the non-speculative target audience, specifically seniors and their acquaintances, is extremely narrow. This usually implies a low buying pressure, yet the potential investor should note that partnerships with WaBi, AXA, and PingAn should make it easy to break into the Chinese market and the team is already looking to expand its reach. HiNounou receives a 4/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: Unspecified
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.10
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH, BTC
  • Restricted from Participating: China, United States

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ICO Analysis: Magnachain

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It has become more and more apparent that mainstream blockchains cannot meet crowds’ demands as their average transaction speed per unit time is truly low. Currently, neither of the biggest two blockchains, namely Bitcoin and Ethereum, are able to process more than twenty transactions per second on average. In order to make higher transaction speeds possible, a horde of blockchain projects have emerged, aiming to fix cryptocurrencies’ perhaps most important problem.

MagnaChain is a public blockchain written from scratch which aims to reach 100,000 transactions per second by the end of 2018. As of September 22nd, the website states that the latest test-net result is 13,313 transactions/second which is truly impressive. Yet the absence of a GitHub page is truly concerning as investors have no chance to directly verify this claim. On the other hand, it should be noted that according to the roadmap the project will become open-source in the third quarter of 2018, possibly before the token sale takes place.

The most crucial element of the MagnaChain blockchain is arguably a consensus protocol called VH-PoS. Thanks to VH-PoS mining will become much easier, fairer and cheaper, solving Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s problem of high energy consumption which is required to run the network. This enables the blockchain to have sidechains as well, which help increase transaction speeds. It should be noted also that developers will be able to use Lua, a popular programming language.

If the team is able to meet their deadlines, 2018 should be a truly a good year for MagnaChain as the main-net is planned to be launched with 100,000 TPS before the year ends. Yet the lack of an extended plan for the following years might create selling pressure.

As the team is highly experienced in game development since many team members have worked for the world’s biggest video game companies such as 2K Games, Codemasters, and Electronic Arts, MagnaChain will primarily focus on the video game industry. The use of sidechains creates an opportunity to game developers to use MGC tokens in games they have developed. Yet this is not to say that it is not possible to implement the proposed solutions to other businesses as well.

Token

MGC tokens will be used to process transactions taking place in the network. In return for their effort to validate these transactions, miners will be rewarded by these tokens. It will be possible for dApp developers to use MGC tokens for facilitating in-game transactions. So, we can say that MGC is quite akin to “gas” as in Ethereum.

No more than a total of 4 billion MGC tokens will be ever minted. 1.2 billion tokens will be minted as mining rewards in the future and 2.6 billion tokens will be pre-mined to be distributed after the sale.

The total pre-mined supply of MGC is 2,600,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  • 15% marketing
  • 30% token sale
  • 20% reserves
  • 20% team and advisors
  • 15% developer/incentive programs

Any unsold token will be burned. 25% of tokens allocated to the team will be released every six months. One-fifth of tokens allocated to advisors will not be locked up and one-fifth will be released every four and half months.

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

  • 39% research & development
  • 39% developer funds & incentives
  • 8% overhead & general admin
  • 8% brand marketing
  • 6% legal & professional

Team

CEO Hal Bame: Bame held several management positions at reputable video games companies such as Codemasters and Sony Computer Entertainment.

CMO Peiji Guo: Guo has worked as a senior manager at Blizzard and 2K Games.

Nizam Ismail: Ismail was the head of compliance at Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

Kejun Zheng: Zheng, a senior software architect at MagnaChain, has worked for Accenture China and Amdocs.

Advisors

Alex Nagayama: Nagayama has worked for Canon, Apple, Electronic Arts, and Activision.

Partners

Unreal Engine 4: Unreal Engine 4 is a collection of tools for game developers. The integration of MagnaChain toolset will enable game developers to use blockchain game development solutions.

Investors

Draper Dragon: A renowned venture capital company.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • The absence of a GitHub page is an important concern for the skeptic ICO investor. (-2)
  • The competition with many blockchain projects aiming to have high throughput. (-2)
  • Token metrics for the public sale is not released as of September 22nd, making it hard to evaluate any potential return on investment at the moment. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • The team highly experiences in game development. (+3)
  • The latest test-run result is over 13,000 transactions per second. (+2)
  • Many important milestones just after the sale ends should create high buying pressure. (+3)

Disposition

Low transaction speeds are one of the most crucial problems which Bitcoin and Ethereum face at the moment and so many blockchain projects are taking a shot to solve this problem. By the use of a consensus protocol named VH-Pos and sidechains, MagnaChain is aiming to increase a TPS over 13,000 as the latest test-net results show to 100,000 by the end of the year. As many team members have obtained immense experience in the video game industry prior to joining MagnaChain, the first application for the project is decided to be game development. The presence of so many projects with similar goals might be a concern for the ICO investor, yet this great team and the existence of a test-net released prior to the token sale is a definitive good sign for any return on investment. Still, the skeptic investor should note that as of the time of writing no GitHub link is made public, which makes it hard to verify TPS claims. MagnaChain receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: MGC
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: Unspecified
  • Hard Cap: $20,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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ICO Analysis: BitCanna

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The cannabis and crypto industries share many similar qualities. Both are practically brand new, both are extremely controversial, both shine with the potential to change the world, and both are consistently being held down by “The Man.” As banks, credit card companies, and PayPal all continue to deny working with Bitcoin and Cannabis, new ICO BitCanna has come up with a solution for the Cannabis industry. Use crypto to bypass the bank, and use their own distributed ledger to track all the products from seed to sale to help legitimize the industry

“At BitCanna, we are looking to change the way cannabis does business. For too long have things been in a grey area, both retailers and users acting with uncertainty. BitCanna changes this, offering an easy way to establish trust back into the market and give regulators an avenue to regulate”

Starting in Europe, BitCanna will provide a decentralized payment network, with masternodes and POS rewards, for the legal cannabis industry. Customers can use BCNA tokens to make instant purchases in online and brick & mortar dispensaries.

BitCanna will be created in 3 phases, taking around 3 years.

Phase 1: Global Payment Solution (Q1 2017 – Q4 2019)

  • Create a decentralized payment network for the cannabis industry. The main goal is to provide an alternative, cost-efficient payment solution besides cash, for unbanked businesses.
  •  The mainnet will go live directly after the ICO’s time limit is reached, July 1st 2019.
  • Mobile wallet, instant transactions. Payment runs directly from customer to merchants, no middlemen.
  • Compliance with local regulations.  Blockchain ledger allows for true transparency for govt and financial inspections/regulations

Phase 2:  Supply Chain (Q1 2020- Q4 2020)

  • Integrate mainnet with the supply chain layer.
  • Track and trace monitoring functionalities for the entire supply chain of cannabis.
  • Distributed ledger will provide all users with a clear insight into the production, transportation, and financial aspects. This will benefit producers, distributors, shippers, government agencies, and consumers.

Phase 3: Trust and Reputation (Q1 2021 – Q2 2021)

  • A trust and reputation layer will be integrated into the blockchain.
  • All Sorts of apps will be developed to incentivize the network, improve business efficiency and transparency, and enhance customer experience.
  • Business analytical tools, inventory management, loyalty programs.
  • Secure identity platform.
  • Shop and product review and rating system.

What it looks like, 5 layers to the tech.

Token

BCNA token will be used for all transactions on the blockchain. It will be a POS coin with masternodes.

In order to allow for almost instant transactions, they will have 60-second block times. Block reward distribution will be 50% Masternodes, 40% Proof of Stake and 10% Project proposals.

The token will inflate by 10%, decreasing over time until it hits 0%, at which time the system will slowly transition into a transaction-fee-only model.

Distribution:

  • 60% Crowdsale
  • 15% Team/Advisors
  • 15% Future business dev and market expansion
  • 10% Marketing Campaign

Use of Funds:

  • 40% Product Development
  • 30% Marketing
  • 20% Unexpected operational costs
  • 5% Legal
  • 5% Reserved for unexpected costs.

Team

This is one of the largest teams reviewed. There are 19 members listed in the whitepaper, most from the Netherlands, but then they have 13 blockchain engineer/developers living in Ukraine.

Boy Ramsaha i- Founder. Popular guy in the Euro Cannabis culture. Organized several international fairs around the world. 1991, founded High Life and Soft Secrets, 2 popular Cannabis magazines. Founder of Royal Queen Seeds, one of the biggest cannabis seed banks in the world, with 7 brand stores. Also owns a CBD lab in Switzerland. Has over “250 people on the payroll” of his different companies.

Jan Scheele – CEO. Has spent 7 years as Partner/Director at Strabico, an event services company with 2-10 employees, in Amsterdam. 17 years as Director at Caesus, a web development site with 11-50 employees. TedTalk Netherlands host.

Jack Janssen – CFO.  Current Business Controller at 4 different companies. Royal Queen Seeds, cannabis seed/oil producing company. Yuqo (30 employees), Cibdol AG (8 employees), and International Blockchain Solutions (parent company of BitCanna?)

Paulo Ramos (CTO), Is the leader of the development team.

Four law advisors round out the team.

There isn’t too much hype around this yet, but it’s still very early. They have a lot of business and media partnerships

Verdict

In order to get this project running, the team decided to create a network of allies/partners called BitCanna Alliance.

BitCanna Alliance is a strategic initiative formed by leaders in the European cannabis industry. It’s currently made up of some of the most prominent seed banks and cannabis dispensary firms in Europe, serving more than 10 million unique visitors every month. There are over 20 businesses already signed on including some big players; Cibdol (a leading online CBD shop),  Zamnesia (biggest online smart and seed shop in Europe), and Royal Queen Seeds (one of the biggest global seed brands.)

Risks

  • The 20 team members listed in their whitepaper lack blockchain experience. However, supposedly they have a team of 13 senior developers working constantly on the project in Ukraine. “They choose to remain anonymous for their own respective reasons.” -1
  • There’s going to be a 10% inflation rate, which will over time work its way down to 0%, but is simply too much. -2
  • It won’t be fully developed until Q2 2021. If the token price crashes, which it just might because of 10% inflation, they will run out of funds. -1.5
  • If Cannabis gets legalized throughout the entire EU, this coin could lose its purpose. -1
  • No MVP, and their GitHub is not very active at all. -1
  • As you can see below, it isn’t exactly hard to get into the BitCanna Alliance. And it comes with only benefits to any business that signs up. It’s not like a binding long-term commitment or anything. -1

Growth Potential

  • The BitCanna alliance is impressive. Denmark’s Leading Online Grow Shop, leading euro CBD shop, etc.. +3
  • Huge, exploding billion dollar industry, and everyone wants a piece. +4
  • To protect the privacy of consumers, they will develop BitCanna ID where once your id is established, it will be encrypted and hashed, giving customers and sellers identity without having to give out any personal info. +2
  • The BitCanna Alliance are currently in Europe. The goal is to expand to the US market and even worldwide once a solid foundation has been built. +2
  • Passive income: Masternodes and proof of stake offer large rewards, starting out at 10% inflation.+2
  • They are being advised by 4 separate lawyers. +1

Disposition

The cannabis blockchain competition is not very tough yet. If BitCanna has a successful ICO and mainnet launch, they will probably be the best canna crypto on the market. However, the 30% discount for getting in 8 months early is most definitely not worth the risk. If interested, check on them sometime June 2019. 5.5/10

Investment Details

All unsold tokens will be burned

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