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Nezly is an online marketplace that connects legal Marijuana dispensaries with suppliers and customers built on the Stellar blockchain. Nezly plans to leverage the capabilities of the Stellar blockchain to:

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  1. Facilitate payments
  2. Allow for transactional data to be recorded on the blockchain so that a historical snapshot is visibly transparent and immutable.
  3. Create a transparent ecosystem that is more secure and convenient buy having both buyers and sellers information verified in a decentralized fashion.

Despite seemingly being committed to building off of Stellar, the Nezly team bizarrely stated in their whitepaper that, “We are currently looking into new technology provided by IOTA (Internet of Things) that uses a DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) or “Tangle” that structures a ledger in a tree formation to allow for faster lookups and better scalability.”

This gives this Analyst the impression that the authors of the whitepaper are merely namedropping Blockchains they deem fashionable in an attempt to look knowledgeable rather than expressing any specific business use case for the technology.

There are four main products that Nezly is developing within their ecosystem

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1. CannaX, or what they dub “the wholesale Cannabis exchange.”

They envision this as a place where growers, dispensaries, labs, and transports connect, gain data insight, and perform transactions.

In practice, this would work based on user participation in the platform.

For instance, a dispensary looking to buy product could obtain data on what’s popular, what’s selling, and what isn’t.  Meanwhile, farmers would also know what to grow based on what’s selling to dispensaries.

This would theoretically yield increased efficiency and exponential growth to the industry as a whole.

Another important feature of CannaX is what the whitepaper describes as, “A true seed to sale timeline” documented on the blockchain.

This entails an “easy to use tool” for Farmers to record what growing products are being used, images of all the growing stages throughout a growing cycle, and the ability to upload lab test results of the completed plants.

Dispensary buyers would have access to this data after the purchase of a product. They would then be able to provide their customers with superior information on where the products came from, what methods were used to grow them, and lab testing validating the quality of the products themselves.

The customers would be able to access this information by scanning a QR code.

The whitepaper did not elaborate on how this would work for customers in detail.

CannaX would also provide remittance services. They state that the Nezly token (NEZ) would also be utilized to charge Nezly’s fee for service, or FFS.

The remittance amount would determine the fee charged within a range of 1.5-3% of the total transaction.

They also state that they will create several remittance technologies themselves capable of handling large transactions in an effort to reduce the volatility of the NEZ token once it’s listed on exchanges.

They also state that they have proprietary intellectual property to assist with this, but do not elaborate upon whether this has already been created or is merely aspirational on their part.

Nezly does, however, state that they would run their own Stellar Core nodes for increased reliability of their token.

Their stated reason for building CannaX and the NEZ token on Stellar rather then Ethereum is the superior transaction speeds of Stellar’s network.

2. White Labeling & Branding Services Of The Nezly Mobile App By Dispensaries

This allows for the creation of custom dispensary-branded apps that customers can use to order cannabis products from their Dispensary of choice with Nezly tokens storable on a wallet within the app.

For customers, Nezly thinks the ability to have accurate & live-synced inventory data of what products are actually in stock will lead to decreased frustration and therefore increased brand loyalty to a given dispensary.

According to the whitepaper, dispensaries would also able to “interact with customers through real-time interactive comments.”

How this is different from other methods of supposedly “interactive” communication such as SMS or instant messages evades the understanding of this analyst.

These white-labeled apps will also provide dispensaries with up to date pricing and purchasing trends information from the CannaX exchange.

3. Nezly Buddies

Nezly Buddies is described in the whitepaper as, “An international social engagement app connecting Cannabis partakers together.”

They describe the app as having swipe features analogous to Tinder, while also having separate sections for

  1. Nezly Buddy Events
  2. Gamification Rewards
  3. Product Voting Polls

They will also offer an upgraded premium version of the app that will feature:

  1. Live Member Video Chat
  2. Member Messaging
  3. Member To Member Gifts

Nezly plans to release this app separately from the main Nezly app (the former of which can be white-labeled by dispensaries).

4. Nezly Wallet + Nezly Card

They further state that this is to ensure the app stays as “lightweight and functional as possible.”

Nezly already has beta versions of its mobile wallets for both Android and iOS.

Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux native applications are also in development.

The Nezly card will work by allowing users to load Nezly tokens onto it and use it like any other credit/debit card.

There are some interesting security features specific to the card, however. These include:

  1. Version ID: Denotes the version of the card and what format it will use.
  2. Region Code: A code base on proprietary numbers set forth by Nezly.
  3. Crypto Wallet Checksum: A proprietary checksum that can be used for additional security to verify the Nezly wallet associated with this card.
  4. Nezly App Account Number: A special encoded number based on the user’s actual ID in the system which is generated after signing up for the Nezly app.
  5. Checksum: A Standard checksum similar to other credit cards.

All Nezly Wallet applications will work in tandem with the Nezly Card. Specifically, the Nezly Card has its own hot wallet that the user would load Nezly tokens onto from their software wallet.

It should be noted that although Nezly Wallet applications are immune from any tampering from Nezly staff by the nature of the blockchain, the Nezly Card is only functional because Nezly will act on behalf of users to facilitate payment.

Token

The Nezly token, or NEZ, is the lifeblood of the entire ecosystem. It is the transactional currency customers will pay dispensaries with. It is what dispensaries will pay suppliers with. Essentially any transfer of valued data that occurs within the platform in any capacity is done using NEZ tokens.

The total amount of NEZ tokens is 240,000,000 Of this amount, 168,000,000 tokens total, or 70% of the total supply, will be available to the public via crowd-sales.

The crowd-sales will be divided into three rounds for the NEZ token:

  1. Presale: 36,000,000, or 15%.
  2. ICO: 84,000,000, or 35%
  3. Public Sale: 48,000,000 or 20%

According to the whitepaper, if the hard cap of tokens sold during the pre-sale is not reached, Nezly reserves the right to extend the closing date up to thirty days three separate times.

Any unsold tokens of the 120,000,000 set aside for the presale and the ICO will be burned.

The Public Sale tokens (they label it very confusingly in the whitepaper) are reserved for sale to the public at market prices to facilitate transactions on the Nezly platform once the ICO is over.

Team:

The Nezly team is fairly large. Upon first glance, they seem fairly capable. In this analyst’s view their weakest player is their CEO, Cory Kelly.

The whitepaper describes him as an accomplished and awarded UI/UX designer who has designed for prominent companies such as Nike and Spotify.

Upon review of his Linkedin however, I determined that he was a contract worker for Nike for three months, and a contract worker for Spotify for three months.

These are not nearly long enough periods to demonstrate his true capabilities.

It does appear that the team has recruited a large amount qualified developers and advisers. Notably, they have a prominent biomedical research who specializes in analytical chemistry as an adviser.

Given their emphasis on providing product quality (including lab testing) on the blockchain, it is good that Nezly seems to be seeking truly distinguished expertise. What bothers this analyst is that the core team itself (especially the CEO) seems underwhelming for a project of this scale. The CEO’s influence can clearly be seen in the mockups of the UI, which admittedly does look sleek and easy to use.

Verdict

The cannabis industry is as nascent and untapped a market as the Cryptocurrency industry itself.

In many ways, solutions relying on blockchain technology to meet the needs of an emerging Cannabis industry that struggles to obtain basic banking services and credit card processing seem obvious.

It is apparent that Nezly put forth an interesting proposal envisioning what blockchain technology could do to streamline the Cannabis market.

But in the view of this analyst, their business model fails on a variety of levels.

In essence, Nezly suffers from the issue most new marketplaces do, that is, “the chicken and egg problem.”

For Nezly’s ecosystem to have any value to any participants, there have to be enough participants to generate valuable and actionable data.

For instance, their CannaX Exchange is premised on the idea that the sharing of dynamic product supply & demand information will be valuable to dispensaries and growers because both parties will use the data to make better and more valuable decisions.

But what happens if there aren’t that many dispensaries or farmers to draw data from?

That results in a limited pool of data that does not necessarily reflect the broader market accurately.

To their credit, Nezly seems aware of this and talks up their connections in the Cannabis industry, seemingly to demonstrate that they will have many partners signed up quickly.

But this remains to be seen and is a big IF that may singlehandedly determine the success of their platform.

In addition, while it is currently difficult for Marijuana businesses to access banking and credit/debit processing services, it is not impossible.

The political climate is also steadily heading towards full decriminalization.

Hypothetically, if the legal floodgates opened for standard banking & payment services to service the Marijuana industry tomorrow, I don’t see this platform being able to offer enough value to most businesses to differentiate themselves.

Another huge issue I see with their business model is their focus on making white-label apps for each individual dispensary to use themselves.

In my view, this is the quintessential example of what happens when companies think that everything and every product is better if it’s in some way decentralized.

Consumers don’t want to order from a million different mostly identical apps that only each work for one dispensary.

They want to order from one app that has all potential dispensaries in one place.

That’s why when a customer wants to order takeout food, they use Grubhub or Seamless or a competing platform which offers them all the restaurants they could order from in one application.

The idea that an average customer would download a separate app for each dispensary they would ever want to order from is so ludicrous that part of me is shocked it made it into the whitepaper.

Nezly is missing the forest for the trees.

Risks

  • No guarantee that Nezly will get enough ecosystem participants to generate valuable data. -5
  • A frankly moronic approach to consumer-dispensary interactions. -5
  • A CEO that seems more skilled at exaggerating his capacity to make things look pretty then he is truly making a sustainable platform. -3
  • It seems like they just took a bunch of blockchain related terms, put them in a hat, and picked one at random to inform how to build their platform. -2.5
  • The whitepaper says that 10% of the total token supply will be retained by the Nezly team but that 20% would be put into the Nezly reserve. What this reserve will be used for according to the whitepaper is “future distributions, project initiatives, or promotions.”
  • They also describe it being used to, “help address issues surrounding fluctuations in the circulation of Nezly tokens that might otherwise impact the ability of Nezly tokens to serve as a useful medium of exchange. To that end, we may use Nezly reserve to purchase or sell Nezly tokens on the open market, burn, or lock, a percentage of Nezly tokens in escrow if it is deemed necessary.” So in reality, they have given themselves full control of 30% of the coin supply with no lockup period whatsoever and only a vague suggestion of what they will do with it moving forward. That is a huge red flag that could suggest a possible ICO pump and dump scam. -6
  • Their whitepaper is riddled with typos and in one section even repeats two identical paragraphs. -3

This can be seen here:

-24.5

Growth Potential

  1. The low token supply means that it wouldn’t take a lot of capital to raise the price significantly (When combined with the red flags suggesting an ICO pump and dump scam, this might not be positive.) +4
  2. The platform does seem to have a beautiful UI +4
  3. The CannaX exchange as described does seem to be a potentially very valuable product for the cannabis industry as industry standards begin to formalize. +3.5
  4. Although the political climate may change swiftly, it hasn’t fully yet, and they may have an easy sales pitch by Nezly for dispensaries who don’t want to deal exclusively in cash (a major headache.) +5

Disposition

We arrive at a score of -8/10 for Nezly.

Although it looks very impressive at first glance, the entire project falls apart under closer scrutiny, and may even be a scam.

In short, Nezly is half-baked.

This article should serve as a reminder for all Hacked readers to do their own research and not rely on one short article to determine whether or not they should make an investment.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: Utility
  • Platform: Stellar Lumens
  • Symbol: NEZ
  • Token Supply: 240,000,000
  • Token Crowdsale Prices: Presale: 1 NEZ=.20 USD ICO Round One: 1 NEZ=.25 USD ICO Round 2: 1 NEZ=.30 USD
  • Hard Cap: $7,200,000 For The Presale & $23,200,000 For The ICO
  • Minimum Purchase Price: Presale: $1000 USD. ICO: 100 USD.
  • Accepted Crowdsale Payment Methods: Stellar Lumens, Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD.
  • Public Sale: Apr. 20, 2018.
  • Jurisdictions Barred From Participating: Unclear from Whitepaper.
  • Website: https://nezly.com
  • Whitepaper: https://nezly.com/Nezly-Whitepaper.pdf

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    April 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    First off I want to thank Hacked for even taking the time to get familiar with what we are doing at Nezly. As with any ICO or startup for that matter, people will always share their opinions, right or wrong, positive or negative, and I personally welcome the free thoughts of those who take the time to express their rights to do so. With that said, I think its our responsibility to make sure we participate in the discussions good and bad.

    I’m going to give reply to a few comments I felt should be addressed.

    Name dropping: IOTA, DAG, Tangle… We sure did drop technology names. We wrote this piece as we were looking back at our think tank discussions from the prior weeks. Technology changes and we honestly didn’t want to discount any opportunities to deliver what stood out to us at the time. Could we have left it at “we plan on using other tech”, sure we could have, but why not tell people what we are thinking and see what kind of feedback we could get out of it. It should also be stated upfront, we didn’t hire some fancy firm to write our whitepaper. Our CTO and I wrote it ourselves. We felt it was important to make sure we delivered something authentic. Could we have hired a suited up firm who probably would have done a way better job? Absolutely. Still, I think we did a damn good job.

    Seed to Sale CannaX: One thing you have to keep in mind is that Metrc is the one and only California State approved system. So anyone offering STS software has to integrate to big papa. We have the largest network of farms, I’m aware of currently, so we get a pretty solid landscape of user experience. I have yet to hear anyone say anything nice about the current system. In order to build something better, you have to first understand the pain farmers are going through. While we have a great deal of info on pain points, we haven’t seen full adoption and at least for California, that adoption isn’t even in full force until July. So while we have some really great data to play with, we still won’t have what we consider actionable data until adoption is enforced. What does that mean? We still have a ton of work to do and anyone who tells you differently either has f**king magical abilities or is full of BS. So it’s difficult to write about something in detail when you know the landscape is heading for change and again, without user experience data, it’s difficult to detail something pain free and be transparently honest about it, so yes we stay vague on quite a bit.

    Whitelabeling: I agree with the points made, we should have gone into better detail. In short, we have a few very dispensaries who have spent millions on branding, ask for the ability to brand their name, so we produced a light version for those clients to whitelabel.

    SMS or Instant Messaging: We simply wanted to highlight the value of user comments with real time notifications to the dispensaries. Users can still use in app messaging. We don’t however use SMS as a form of user communication.

    CEO underwhelming: First off, hiring a qualifying CEO with an MBA and 10+ years experience in cannabis isn’t easy to find, but I’m sure we will attract the best. Coming to the conclusion the analyst did based on my LinkedIn and bio from the whitepaper, I can understand. Yes got hired as a consultant for UI/UX projects for big brands at a short time frame, but I also sold 2 successful companies. What I don’t put on my LinkedIn is my 15 years experience with cannabis living in the Emerald Triangle. UI/UX is a passion of mine but in all I’m an entrepreneur. Cannabis has always been part of my life, but it’s not something that I wanted to put on my resume. I’ve been a cultivator. I’ve sold my products to dispensaries. I’ve been the 20-something driving a car worth as much as a house because I worked my ass off in cannabis, but I’ve also written a Book For Dummies based for a financial software company I founded with a $100 million valuation. I’m not one to step into the spotlight and try to prove my worth to those who haven’t had a beer with me at the pub. However, I do understand that when people invest in a company, they invest in the people of the company.

    For those of you who do want to invest in ICO’s or cannabis or both. Do your homework. There’s a lot of great opportunities out there. As for Nezly, the whitepaper doesn’t share half of what we will be unveiling in the coming months, but it’s a solid testament to our focus. I appreciate Hacked again for taking the time to give their opinions and hope my comments are well received.

    Cory
    (Nezly CEO)

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ICO Analysis: Verasity (VRA)

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Verasity is a video-sharing platform that caters to content creators and rewards viewers with VERA tokens just for watching content, sharing videos, watching ads and for referrals. Over the past few years, brands have shifted their advertising model to allow influencers to share products with their audience. This gives products a much more personal touch and translates to better conversions.

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Verasity will provide a way for viewers to help support their favorite channels by the use of VeraSparks. VeraSparks is a smart contract that allows viewers to buy and own a portion of a channel, and be rewarded with profits especially in future growth.

How is Verasity different than the competition in this field? Verasity is the only platform combining the following: Decentralized Proprietary Blockchain, Proof of View (PoV) – patent pending, Watch and Earn, Centralized Video Distribution, VeraSparks and the Spark Marketplace, and multiple ways for creators and users to earn VERA tokens. Just one of Veracity’s features, Proof of View (PoV), will help solve the problem of fake reviews that affect creators and advertisers.

Token

The VERA token is an ERC-20 token used as a payment method between brands and creators directly ensuring that brand placements are verified through Verasity’s Proof of View technology. Not only do brands now have direct access to content creators, but advertisers have the opportunity to reward viewers. Views are recorded on the blockchain so that validating viewer interaction is easily auditable. Proof of View is Verasity’s Patent Pending (*US and international patent pending, application number 62627285) system that provides more accurate audience metrics than traditional methods.

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Team

The list of team members and advisers on their website is quite extensive compared to the majority of ICOs. The team and advisers are showing commitment to the project with team tokens locked for 18 months and advisor tokens locked for 9 months. A few team members include: 

David Orman – CEO & Co-Founder

  • Founding Partner – Hatch-House
  • Founder – Namro Ventures Ltd
  • Advisor – Carabiner Partners
  • Formerly VP of Joost

David Rowe – Co-Founder

  • CEO – Black Green Capital
  • Founder – Hydro66
  • Founder – Easynet Group
  • Former Managing Board Member – Sky

Chris Gale – Co-Founder

  • Founder & CEO – Odyssey Mobile
  • Founder – TouchTab
  • Former CEO – Level Up Media Ltd
  • Crypto Investor & Blockchain Advisor

Adam Simmons – Co-Founder

  • Former VP Marketing – Level Up Media Ltd
  • Owner – Madals TV

Advisers include: 

Dr. Christian Jaag – Advisor

  • Founder – Cryptoeconomics
  • Managing Partner – Swiss Economics
  • Lecturer – Universities of St. Galen and Zurich

Matt Heiman – Advisor

  • Founder – Diagonal View
  • Founder – Mobix Trading
  • Founding Investor – Just Giving
  • Adviser – Channel 4, Visimo, The Cloud, Palringo

Jin Young Choi – Verasity Ambassador for Asia

  • CEO – Bitbank
  • CEO – Woorim Holdings
  • CEO – East Nine Company Ltd
  • CEO – Vision Group Company Ltd
  • Permanent CEO – D!conomy LAB
  • Executive Commissioner of World Franchise Council
  • Former Mayor of Namon City

Joel Kovshoff – Advisor

  • Founder and CEO – MyICOPool
  • Founder and CEO – Athena Trading Bot
  • Blockchain Advisor and Educator
  • A complete list of team members and advisors can be found at verasity.io.

Verdict

Verasity will use blockchain technology to finally have a transparent and reliable solution to the many problems facing the video sharing industry. Some of the key features of Verasity’s blockchain technologies are: Verasity High-Performance Blockchain, VERA Transactions, Proof of View (patent pending) and DPoS. All of the videos run off of VeraPlayer, which is a blockchain enabled video player that allows users to view content securely from many mobile and desktop devices without the need to install additional software. Verasity has partnered with Akamai, a leading global content distribution network. This enables Verasity to deliver over 8 PetaBytes of video data per month, allowing them to scale quickly. If Verasity continues to deliver on the benchmarks outlined on their roadmap, they could quickly become a major player in this highly competitive field.

Risks

  • Although Verasity is unique with their own blockchain and PoV, it still has competition such as Steem, Basic Attention Token, Props, and Flixxo. -1.25
  • The hard cap is on the high side at 6,245,750,000 VRA which equates to over $46M USD. -1.5

Growth Potential

  • Verasity has a large and experienced team along with top-notch advisers that are capable of building and scaling the company successfully. +4
  • Having multiple ways to earn for creators and viewers has the potential to grow at a fast pace while their partnership with Akamai will allow for scalability. Basic Attention Token may use Verasity as its default video player. +3.5
  • Hype and community are important to create exposure for ICOs. Verasity has over 41k telegram members, 10k Twitter followers, and 237k Facebook followers. +2.5

Disposition

Blockchain platforms are in high demand right now. Verasity is no exception. With internet traffic being worth $312 billion by 2021, online video is set to account for 82% of all traffic. Company giants such as Facebook and Google generated $191 billion in advertising revenue in 2017. Personal data has become the new commodity and Verasity aims to reward creators and content publishers. Verasity is 100% SICOP compliant (Sustainable ICOs Protocol) which defines rules and methodology to determine whether ICOs are secure, follow good practices and ethical rules. Verasity is one of the few ICOs that is completely compliant. In an ICO atmosphere riddled with scams, this gives Verasity a head start. Due to the enormous potential as a successful first mover and the fact that they have followed very strict rules to be ethically compliant, Verasity receives a rating of 7.25 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: VRA
  • Price: 1 VRA = 0.0075 USD increases by 1% per 24 hours during sale
  • MVP/Prototype: Available
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Payments Accepted: ETH, BTC
  • Total Token Supply: 12,491,500,000
  • Hard Cap: 6,245,750,000 VRA
  • Min Purchase: 10,000 VRA
  • Restricted Areas: USA (Accredited only), Cayman Islands, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen

Learn more about Verasity:
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Venture capitalist Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek Blockchain Capital is looking to “tokenize the world,” and he recently said that eventually, all assets will be on the blockchain. He might get his wish sooner than he thinks, as evidenced by one of the latest blockchain startups planning an ICO.

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Russia-based Cardium basically brings FitBit to the blockchain with a proprietary device dubbed fitness tracker that’s similarly worn on the wrist and is the heart of the project. Cardium, which is designed to tackle the issue of obesity and the chronic diseases it leaves in its wake, like diabetes and cancer, tokenizes daily activity and incentives users with a digital currency as a reward.

It’s a massive ecosystem, one comprised not only of a native digital currency but also a partner gym-fueled mining pool that generates additional tokens that fuel the platform. The reason for gym-mining is to motivate members to participate in high-speed mining activity at participating gyms and while they’re there, exercising and socializing.

The problem Cardium is looking to solve is real, as evidenced by predictions for excess weight and obesity to affect 20% of the global population by 2025. These issues are especially pervasive in but not limited to developing nations. Cardium believes that by incentivizing its members with a reward for physical activity, whether high-intensity or moderate, people will prioritize cardiovascular activity. Cardium is looking to ride the wave of the second generation of wearable devices, one that Cardium believes will work in tandem with the Internet of Things (IoT) technology for autonomous smart devices.

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Here are a few of the features of its device:

  • “Tracking the number of steps and calories and setting goals”
  • “Monitoring the effectiveness and quality of sleep”
  • “Heart rate measurement

For every calorie users burn, they receive Cardium tokens.

Token

Cardium (CAD) is an ERC-20 smart-contract fueled token on the Ethereum network. CAD tokens that are generated from mining can be directed toward the partner network, such as gym membership discounts and sports product promotions, for instance. Cardium estimates that by consuming 2,000 KCALs per day, users can earn 2.64 CAD tokens daily based on the number of calories burned. Cardium has placed a ceiling on the lifetime number of tokens at 475,372,000,000 based on expectations to reach 100 million people over a decade. Any unused tokens will be burned.

Source: Cardium White Paper

Team

Cardium’s management team is comprised of four co-founders.

Philipp Klimov is founder and CEO. He boasts experience at leading Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky and experience in DDoS prevention, which bolsters the security profile of Cardium.

Alexander Perminov, anothe co-founder, specializes in data analytics.

Co-Founder Roman Chistyakov brings two decades of experience at major Russian corporations to the table, including Accenture, Rosneft and others.

Sergey Chernikov, co-founder and CTO, specializes in “database design, performance and high-load systems.”

Verdict

Cardium makes it difficult to disagree with physical fitness on the blockchain, and the partner network adds another layer of engagement. Investors should bear in mind, however, that the fitness tracker device wasn’t even a twinkle in the eye of its developers a year ago. It was born at the height of the cryptocurrency fever in December 2017.

While that doesn’t undermine the deal, it does increase the risk. Cardium must promote their brand and people must be willing to use their ecosystem. Otherwise, the reward tokens lose their appeal. If their roadmap materializes, this project could be a winner.

Risks

  • Cardium is a new concept that began at year-end 2017. While the startup has a defined roadmap through year-end 2018, it’s unclear if their fitness tracker is in development yet (samples are being tested this month, according to the company’s roadmap). There’s no history of performance or guarantee the market has room for another fitness tracker. -2.5
  • This brings up another risk, which is the possibility that a company like FitBit, that has proven sales, or worse Google or Apple, which similarly boast wearable products, could decide to integrate blockchain technology and issue digital tokens, which would raise the competition stakes significantly. -2

Growth Opportunity

  • Demand for wearable devices is on the rise, as illustrated below. Meanwhile, and while this part is unfortunate, the number of people with an excessive body mass index (BMI) is also increasing. Cardium has figured out a way to capitalize on each of these trends while at the same time improving the health of the global population. +4

Source: Cardium White Paper

  • Even though Cardium hasn’t generated any sales yet, they have a defined path to do so. The company will generate revenue from sales of the fitness tracker, a device by which all physical activity is measured and sent back to a smartphone and later to Cardium. They expect in year one to “attract” 10 million people and generate EBITDA of USD 150 million. +3
  • Innovation. Cardium’s concept of tokenizing daily activities could be brilliant. Consider the former wildly popular US television competition, “The Biggest Loser”. For 17 seasons, overweight contestants were tasked with losing weight by the carrot and stick method including a USD 250,000 prize reserved for one lucky winner. +3.5
  • Cardium is being advised by Moscow-based Conner & Company for the ICO. This relationship provides greater transparency to potential ICO participants and is a plus. +1.5

Disposition

We arrive at a score of 7.5 out of 10 for the Cardium ICO.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: Utility
  • Platform: ERC20/Ethereum
  • Symbol: CAD
  • Public Crowdsale: June 1 to June 30, 2018
  • Number of Tokens to be Issued: 475,372,000,000
  • Price: One CAD = USD 0.25 (Participants who invest more than USD 250 will receive a free fitness tracker device.)
  • Payment Method: Ethereum
  • Jurisdiction Banned: The United States and South Korea

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ICO Analysis: Layer Protocol (LRX)

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With the sharing economy industry poised to soon surpass $40 billion in revenues, the profit potential is massive. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Zipcar depend on user ratings and reviews to give potential customers insight into assets or services before they commit to using them. The issue with the current reputation management system is that it is exclusive to each company and not shared. This allows users with bad reviews to go from one company to another.

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Layer Protocol will solve this issue and tap into this enormous industry by allowing companies to share user reputation history while maintaining security utilizing the blockchain. Layer Protocol is a borderless reputation and incentive system designed to unify the sharing economy companies around the world. Layer Protocol will help establish decentralized reputations that can move freely from sharing platform to sharing platform.

Token

LRX is an ERC20 token that will provide economic incentives for scalable computation of reputation scores through master nodes, and drives community governance. Companies using Layer are also incentivized to use LRX for rewards and accept LRX for payments. Layer Protocol has a partnership with Spin, North America’s leading electric personal mobility company, which will give their blockchain protocol and LRX use from the onset. Spin has over 70 markets in the U.S., with thousands of scooters and bikes on the street, and has been heavily featured on The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post. As Layer’s first partner, Spin will use Layer to power their reputation system, and accept the LRX token as payment for rentals, in addition to fiat.

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There will be a total supply of 1 billion LRX tokens with 400 million available for purchase during the token sale. The token price is 1 LRX = $0.0375 USD with a hard cap of $15,000,000 USD. Team tokens will be vested for a 2-year period.

Team

The Layer Protocol team appears solid bringing leadership and experience from companies such as Y Combinator, Lyft, Samsung, Fitbit, and Stanford.

Team member Euwyn Poon is an entrepreneur, lawyer and software engineer who has been involved in the blockchain industry for five years. In 2014, he co-founded Delta, one of the first projects to offer interest-bearing bitcoin accounts, which was backed by Y Combinator, Initialized Capital, and Winklevoss Capital. He graduated from Cornell and has spoken at CoinSummit London and Inside Bitcoins and has been featured on Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Vice, CNBC and Fox Business Network.

Advisers include:

  • David Chen: Former Partner at Lightspeed
  • Kenzi Wang: General Partner at AU21, a blockchain fund
  • Dmitry Grishin: Co-founder of Grishin Robotics, Mail.ru (DST), one of Russia’s largest internet companies
  • Peter Szeli: Partner at Skyline Capital Group
  • Michael Ma: General Partner at Liquid 2 Ventures
  • Gee Chuang: Co-founder of Ink Protocoland Listia
  • Josh Fraser: Co-founder of Origin Protocol
  • Matthew Liu: Co-founder of Origin Protocol
  • Firoz Khan: Founder of Decentralised Chain
  • Chandler Guo: Blockchain investor (ETH, NEO, Qtum, Binance, Huobi, Gate.io)

Verdict

Layer Protocol will provide economic incentives for scalable computation of reputation scores, which will encourage adoption of the protocol and drive community governance. As well as a decentralized reputation system for the global sharing economy, Layer Protocol aims to be a decentralized credit scoring agency which will help accelerate the growth of the sharing economy. If mass adoption and implementation occur, the future looks bright for Layer Protocol.

Risks

  • Spin has committed to adopting Layer Protocol as its de facto reputation, rewards, and payment system. There is an internal prototype that’s being tested with Spin, but it’s not open sourced or on the testnet yet. -2
  • As with all industries that can benefit from blockchain technology, there will be competitors to Layer Protocol, such as Reputoken and others are sure to follow. However, Layer Protocol does have a leg up on the competition with their partnership with Spin. -1

Growth Potential

  • Having partnerships clearly increases the chance of success for an ICO. As well as having Spin set to use Layer Protocol, the company has also partnered with other blockchain players, including Origin Protocol, Insights Network, and Quantstamp. +4
  • The team members and advisers bring the necessary experience to achieve the project’s goals. The team is also showing commitment to the success of the project by having a 2-year vesting period. +3.5
  • Savvy investors searching for projects that include the option to own masternodes will be pleased to learn that masternodes will be available with LRX. +2.5

Disposition

2018 is an exciting time for blockchain technology. So much innovation is happening with new ICOs launching on a daily basis. Many of these ICOs have nothing more than a whitepaper and are created without solid use cases. Spin has committed to using Layer Protocol which grants a use case from day one. As more sharing economy companies come onboard, Layer Protocol has the potential to be one of the ICO success stories in 2018. Layer Protocol receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Token Symbol: LRX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Token Price: 1 LRX = 0.0375 USD
  • Token Supply: 1,000,000,000 LRX
  • Available for Purchase: 400,000,000 LRX
  • Hard Cap: $15,000,000 USD
  • Pre-Sale: On-Going
  • Main Sale: TBA
  • Payments Accepted: ETH

For more information regarding Layer Protocol:

Website: layerprotocol.com
Telegram: t.me/layerprotocol

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