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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:

  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

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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According to recent studies, in the USA alone, over $35 billion a year is spent on addiction treatment services, and about $80 billion is spent on incarceration. Despite this spending, 77% of released offenders recidivate within 5 years. Luckily, with the recognition of the United Nations, The team at Virtual Rehab is coming out with new technology to fight this epidemic.

Virtual Rehab leverages virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology for the prevention of substance use disorders. It also provides correctional services training and rehabilitation to officers and offenders.

“Virtual Rehab believes that putting a kid in the corner does not teach them how to be a better person but rather teaches them not to get caught. Therefore, we are in it for the social good and to help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations out there.”

Four key components make up Virtual Rehab’s platform.

  • Virtual Reality: Real-life scenarios using cognitive behavior and exposure therapy to train users how to respond appropriately in the face of triggers.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Collects data from the VR environment and physiological data, and applies machine learning to identify areas of risk, make treatment recommendations, and predict post-therapy behavior.
  • Blockchain: A secure network to ensure privacy and decentralization of all data and all information relevant to vulnerable populations.
  • VRH Token: Used to purchase different services/programs. Also used to reward users who seek help through Virtual Rehab’s online portal.

Virtual Rehab’s services extend to hospitals, rehab centers, correctional officers, inmates and other verticals. Rehab for sex offenses, family violence, alcoholism, and many other offenses will also be supported. It can also be used to treat mental illness, emotional disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and many others.

Virtual Rehab can overcome distance barriers, allowing rehab services to anyone, anywhere, because the technology can be implemented in a telemedicine context.

Here’s an example of what it might look like when a user is immersed in Virtual Rehab.

“And indeed, we capture the actions and reactions, decision making, and capture the biometrics (heart rate, blood pressure, and biodermal activity) along with keeping track of the eye movement using eye-tracking.”

The AI solution will aim to do three things:

  1. Identify areas of risk
  2. Make treatment recommendation along with existing medication prescribed
  3. Predict the behavior post-therapy

The HMD can include sensors that measure the physiological responses of a user as they interact in VR, such as heart rate or eye movement. This information is inputted in a sort of machine learning metadatabase to be used to assess whether the user’s selected responses are inconsistent with their physical activity. This helps determine if the user is attempting to deceive the system.

Token

VRH is a utility token built on Ethereum. It will be used to place an order and to download several different therapy programs (pain management, addiction prevention, cognitive behavior, etc). It will also be used to receive further analysis of the executed programs conducted through Virtual Rehab’s AI solution.

In addition, VRH will be an incentive to reward users for seeking help/counseling. Certain conditions will apply along with proof that users have sought therapy and counseling. Rewards will be claimable using the Virtual Rehab Portal.

Distribution:

  • 60% token sale
  • 15% Founders and Advisors
  • 10% Future Development Fund
  • 10% Partnerships
  • 5% Marketing

Use of funds>

  • 30% Marketing
  • 50% Future Development
  • 20% Partnerships

Team

Dr. Raji Wahidy – Founder and CEO. Spent 9 years in different leadership roles at telecommunications giant, Vodafone Enterprise. He spent 4.5 years manager at Ericsson Canada. Founded and successfully exited Amalana in 2012. Registered UN and UNICEF volunteer, and has received 16 global enterprise achievement awards.

Amal Azzeh – Co-Founder and CFO. 40+ years of experience in finance. She co-founded My Recruiting Team in 2016, a platform better known for its first-to-market Recruitment Helpdesk Support Services. No other work history is available on LinkedIn.

Jean Speville – Chief Mind Technologist. Four years as Senior Service Engineer at ASUS. Founded Vessla Development in 2015. Vessla recently created a completely cordless IoT screen with built-in WiFi. It consumes 99% less energy than LCD & LED screens. He’s a member of The Verizon Innovation Program in San Francisco, an Alumni of the Microsoft Accelerator Bootcamp Program, and a member of Sting Accelerate (Swedish #1 incubator for tech startups

They also list three consultants, including Pankaj Jain, who has worked for Nokia, AerNow, and Tivo inc

There are ten advisors. Instead of listing them all, we’ve highlighted some of the companies they have previously held high positions at: MEDNAX, HHS, SAMHSA, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, AIG, J.P. Morgan-Chase, MixERP, Ammeris

Verdict

“Virtual Rehab’s evidence-based solution leverages the advancements in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies for pain management, prevention of substance use disorders, and rehabilitation of repeat offenders.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They will be getting into formal education as well as vocational training videos. Auto Mechanic, plumbing, how to properly putt a golfball… the possibilities are endless. On a recent Building The Future podcast, CEO Dr Raji talked about how he has had conversations with the Canadian Space Agency, who have been thinking of using VR for astronauts.

Risks

  • The ability to fully provide privacy, security and scaling is not there yet on the Ethereum blockchain. -2
  • The $20 million hardcap is rather high. This could cause a selloff early when this hits exchanges if demand isn’t there yet. -1
  • There’s a strong possibility that the company’s Telegram user count of 18,500 is not genuine. There’s only a handful of people chatting each day. -2 
  • According to the roadmap, they won’t be listing a Github until Q1 2019. -1
  • The roadmap makes bold, unrealistic, claims, such as VTH will be listed on a top 10 exchange in Q1, and another top 10 exchange in Q2, and yet another top 10 exchange Q3. -2

Growth Potential

  • The team has connections to the UN, UNICEF, and 3 big accelerator/incubator programs. +2
  • First mover advantage (Addiction and Corrections). +1
  • Existing partnerships with Causalius, Chains International, Command Sourcing, Innovative Prison Systems, NETE, and Netswitch Technology Management. +2
  • Virtual Rehab will charge users for hardware, software licenses, programming required, and any support required. According to CEO, the total bill is still about 15% of the cost institutions pay now. +2
  • Unlimited expansion opportunities. PTSD, anxiety, autism, formal education, vocational training…+3
  • Dr Wahidy (Founder/CEO) just got awarded “Expert” status by the United Nations Global SCP program. This will open a ton of doors around the world. +4

  • Not much competition yet.+1

Disposition

Definitely keep this one on your radar, huge potential. 7/10

Investment Details

All unsold tokens will be burned. Tokens allocated to Virtual Rehab Team vest for 12 months.

The minimum contribution is $1,000 during presale and $100 during the main sale.

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Ultrain Technology Limited is a cloud computing and smart contract platform with a programmable tech-infrastructure and multiple add-on features. Ultrain will function as an infrastructure for scalable decentralized applications (dApps), as well as provide trusted computational services to multiple sectors, such as retail, shared economy, logistics, financial services, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

The company will use a new random trusted consensus framework allowing the network to use only 1% of computing power to mint new coins, freeing up the remaining 99% to be used by applications. Ultrain will provide computing power for network management, AI, user-friendly smart contracts, high-performance trust computation, and blockchain IoT services.

This business ecosystem is comprised of multiple business organizations separated into three sectors:

  • The Technology Sector: infrastructure services integrated based on public blockchain, AI, and IoT.
  • The Horizontal Services Sector: organizations that provide decentralized business services, including decentralized insurance, decentralized banks, decentralized loan services, etc.
  • The Vertical Application Sector: decentralized application services that can be implemented in numerous industries such as finance, retail, scientific research and development, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, pharmaceutical biochemistry, food, real estate, education, agriculture, etc.

Consensus features of Ultrain:

  • Completely decentralized architecture
  • Ultra-large-scale network cluster
  • Multi-terminal support
  • High-performance computing
  • Decentralization design

Token

UGAS is the utility token that will be used within the Ultrain economic system. UGAS will be required to pay for the use of the computing power and third-party service components on Ultrain. Also, all participating nodes are required to mortgage UGAS. UTokens on Ultrain, similar to ERC20 tokens on Ethereum, will be issued by each dApps running on the network. dApps will choose their own consensus mechanisms and token metrics.

The project has already raised $20 million during a seed round, during which 10% of the token supply was sold. Five percent of token supply is allocated for private/public sale scheduled for Q4 2018. The overall breakdown is as follows:

  • 50% Mining
  • 15% Core Team
  • 10% Foundation/Ecology
  • 10% Private Sale (Already completed)
  • 10% Consultant & Community Building
  • 5% Future Private/Public Sale

Team

The Ultrain team is impressive, bringing extensive experience from powerhouse companies such as Alibaba, Google, IBM, and Ant Financial. Their experience includes IT, finance, blockchain, business, management, computer programming, & software development.

Team members include:

Rui Guo – Ultrain Co-founder & CEO. Former Technical Director for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Architect for IBM

Husen Wang – Ultrain Chief Cryptologist. Former Blockchain Cryptography Expert for Ant Financial. Former Project Collaborator for Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Yufeng Shen – Ultrain Chief Architect. Former Senior Technical Expert for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Software Engineer for Google

Advisors include:

Dr. Keyu Jin – Tenured Professor at the London School of Economics. Board Member for the Richemont Group. Harvard University PhD

Luyu Yang – Co-founder of musical.ly. Former Product Management Director for eBaoTech Corporation. Co-Founder of Snowbird Consulting

Verdict

Using a completely decentralized public network with lower operating costs, higher operating efficiency, and innovations in cryptography, Ultrain aims to surpass traditional public blockchain platforms in performance and scalability with up to 20,000 tps. With a stellar team and strong financial backing, Ultrain could become a major player by 2019.

Risks

  • Even with an all-star team, competing with the likes of Ethereum, EOS, and NEO is no small task. -1
  • Token metrics are a major aspect which ico investors consider. Based on current information available, the total market cap valuation is $200 million which is rather high in the current market. -1
  • The hype factor for Ultrain, which carries weight in the current crypto market, isn’t considered high. However, it is currently growing and gaining momentum. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • Ultrain will release important R&D milestones and be the keynote speaker at SF Blockchain week in October to kick-start the developer community building for Ultrain. There are several products to be released: (1) Public testnet launching, (2) Permitted mainnet launching, (3) Zero knowledge proof demo, and (4) Multiple DApps demo on chain. +3
  • Unitopia lab, a Blockchain research lab of the well-known Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul, announced a strategic partnership with Ultrain. Together, they will aim to establish a presence in this new market and make Blockchain video games a household product. +3
  • DApps will be able to use their own consensus mechanism or choose PoW, PoS, DPoS, POA, and RPOS. +2
  • Ultrain has an extensive list of investing partners including Draper Dragon, FBG Capitol, KuCoin, and Bixon. +2

Disposition

While Ultrain hasn’t gotten as much attention as some hyped up ico’s, this could work out in favor of investors who see an opportunity of an excellent project that’s been flying under the radar. The team and advisors are solid, they have a partnership with Unitopia lab, and they have the backing of numerous VC firms. All things considered, Ultrain receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: UGAS
  • Price: 1 UGAS = $0.20 USD
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 UGAS
  • Private Sale: 10% of tokens (Completed)
  • Future Private/Public Sales: 5% (Q4 2018)

For more information regarding Ultrain:

Website: http://www.ultrain.io
Telegram: https://t.me/ultrainchain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UltrainB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ultraincommunity/
Medium: https://medium.com/@ultrainchain

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When you buy your first cryptocurrency and start trading between pairs, usually you do in accordance with what you have heard from other people or your own research. Thinking that some project is truly good, you expect to make some gains. Yet it is always hard to have an estimation for “some gains”. Unexperienced traders usually get greedy, expecting more profit. This usually ends up with not taking profits and losing some of your investment. More experienced traders sometimes set prices to sell some or all of their tokens, taking profits and moving forward. This way of trading is basically predicting a price to sell cryptocurrencies: If you make a good prediction, then you sell at the peak. If not, either you are not able to sell as the price did not go up as much as you have predicted, or it keeps rising up which would be still a good trade.

Hedge is a platform allowing seasoned traders to sell their predictions. They create Blueprints with the predicted information in the form of a smart contract. They are required to stake HEDG tokens which can be seen as a measure of security, disincentivizing these investors’ spamming Blueprints. Platform users obtain these Blueprints in return for HEDG tokens.

A decentralized oracle then checks whether the prediction is true or false. If true, the predictor gets all staked coins. If not, the predictor loses his or her staked coins and the platform user gets his or her token back. Blueprint creators are ranked in terms of their success rates, streaks and so on. By checking creator’s rank, platform users can buy blueprints from more successful creators. Once you feel confident in your trading skills and predictions, you can create and sell Blueprints yourself on Hedge as well.

Yet a dispute over almost anything is possible. A platform user or a Blueprint creator can create a dispute about the result of his or her prediction. In this case, the disputer has to stake more coins and highly-ranked users decide whether the prediction is, in fact, true or false. If a person is false about his or her dispute, he loses these additionally staked coins as well. All this process, from the creation of a Blueprint to the dispute’s result, is conducted in a decentralized manner.

Token

HEDG tokens are used for the creation of Blueprints, buying these Blueprints and creating disputes. The staking mechanism, a quite common defense mechanism, ensures that spamming Blueprints is not financially viable for the attacker.

As tokens at any sale stage are sold $0.02, the ICO investor does not have much to worry regarding any huge bonus for private investors and so on. 90% of the hard-cap is already sold which is a good reason to think that the project has met interest to some acceptable degree and meeting the hard cap should not be hard.

The initial total supply of HEDG is 1 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% private and public tokens
  2. 10% seed round
  3. 20% team
  4. 12% partnerships and community
  5. 3% advisors
  6. 5% company

Team, partnership and community, and advisor tokens are locked for 36 months, 12 months and 12 months respectively. Once the lock-up period ends, tokens will be released in monthly installments.

There is no information on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds at the moment.

Team

CEO David Waslen: Prior to co-founding Chrysalis Capital Advisors Inc., Waslen was the director of finance at Handy, an application to book home services.

Allan Redman: Redman is a senior software developer at Siemens Canada. Before joining Siemens, he was a senior .Net developer at Schneider Electric.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • No advisors are listed as of September 15th. (-1)
  • In the absence of social media channels such as Reddit and Telegram, it is hard to gauge the community interest in the project. (-1)
  • A more complex prediction system instead of a true/false one could create more interest and diversity. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • The project has already met 90% of its hard cap in prior rounds and should not have trouble to hit the cap. (+2)
  • Prediction market cryptocurrency projects tend to do well in terms of return on investment. (+2)
  • Such a taking mechanism is a common, yet a good way to defend against spam attacks. (+1.5)
  • Low hard cap. (+1.5)

Disposition

Hedge is a very simple, yet elegant prediction market cryptocurrency project. It enables seasoned investors to sell their predictions and less experienced traders to buy them with HEDG tokens. Even the adoption of a small community is sufficient for the project to work, which is quite likely as it has already raised 90% of its hard cap, precisely $9,000,000. On the other hand, from the perspective of an ICO investor, it is hard to gauge any potential return on investment as the absence of social media channels makes it extremely hard to gauge the community interest in the project. Implemented staking mechanism defends the platform against spam attacks and gives platform users a reason to use tokens. Investors might think that a binary prediction system isn’t ideal vs. a more sophisticated one. Hedge receives a 3.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: HEDG
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: October 17th
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.02
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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