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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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ICO bounty programs are popular among investors and blockchain startups alike. They give opportunistic cryptocurrency investors a way to earn tokens for promoting a project and they give companies a way to market their project.

Bounty Angels is looking to automate the process, matching who the company describes as “blockchain entrepreneurs,” or bounty hunters, with ICO founders. Bounty programs are marketing campaigns launched by companies in which bounty hunters can earn tokens for touting the upcoming ICO. It solves a problem for a new startup that might not have the marketing muscle or the capital to gain the global exposure they need for a successful launch.

Bounty hunters, however, face many hurdles in identifying relevant projects to promote, in some cases being overlooked for a lack of a track record, for instance. ICO founders also face challenges, including engaging with bounty hunters who break the rules.

Bounty Angels is offering a solution, one that automates and streamlines the bounty process for both sides. Bounty hunters generate a performance history and that data is then shared with ICO founders on the Bounty Angels platform. For the bounty hunters, they won’t have to worry about engaging with a worthless or scam project, as Bounty Angels vets all of the ICOs that are on its platform. There is an alpha version of the platform available today, according to the company’s blog, though when we clicked on the link it appeared to be down for maintenance.

Artificial intelligence appears to be part of the long-term plan, as evidenced by the white paper that states: “Automated technologies when coupled with the expertise of professionals and, going forward, artificial intelligence, will allow [us] to create an all-new image of Bounty programs.” The team admits it is an ambitious goal, one that involves “launching our service around the world … to attract the highest possible number of customers and Bounty Hunters.”

The project is powered by the BANG token, which bounty hunters have the option to accept as a reward for their marketing efforts. Bounty hunters can also choose to accept free tokens from the project they’re promoting.

Token

The Bounty Angels  BANG token will be issued in the ICO. BANG is designed to fuel the project’s ecosystem including payment to bounty hunters and can also be exchanged among token holders. The company maintains that the BANG token cannot be deemed a security or any other financial instrument.

 

Source: Bounty Angels

There is also a bonus program.

Source: Bounty Angels White Paper

Team

Anatoly Krasovsky is at the helm of Bounty Angels. He’s also a project manager at NEWSBTC, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company’s CTO, Andrew Tar, is also a journalist.

Verdict

The Bounty Angels ICO has the potential to catch on like wildfire among ICO investors. It’s an engine to connect bounty hunters with the best blockchain projects that are looking for marketing. While the project displays tremendous promise, it doesn’t appear to have advanced enough from the concept stage, as evidenced by its dependence on the ICO funds to both develop the platform and hire developer talent. Once these pillars are in place, there could be no stopping Bounty Angels.

Risks

  • The company is still hiring developer talent for the creation of  “complex smart content that will
    make it possible to automate distributions.” The fact that the developer talent is not yet in-house exacerbates the risk for investors as it could lead to delays in the building out of the ecosystem until the team is a well-oiled machine. Not to mention if the fundraising efforts fall short and prevent them from hiring top talent. (-3)
  • There doesn’t appear to be a mention of mobile anywhere in the white paper. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that an iOS and Android app isn’t on the horizon, it may be far down the roadmap if it didn’t warrant a mention. (-1)
  • Bounty Angels is not the only rodeo. They allude to a competing project, Bounty0x. (-1)

Growth Opportunity

  • Research suggests that there’s a direct link between bounty programs and ICO tallies. The larger the bounty campaign, the higher the amount that the ICO ultimately raises, suggesting that the engagement of bounty hunters pays off. According to Element Group, which performed the research, “[A] $1 increase in bounty campaign volume predicts between an $8 and $15 increase in the final amount raised.” This should incentivize ICO founders to participate in bounty programs and potentially join the Bounty Angels platform. (+3)
  • Artificial intelligence is a key technology that could propel the platform beyond the competition, especially if said competition isn’t automating their process yet. While it’s unclear when AI would be implemented, it does appear to be on the roadmap. (+3)
  • According to the website, Bounty Angels has received a good amount of media attention, which may have something to do with the fact that its management team doubles as journalists. This is a plus for the project and its upcoming ICO. Also, if the adage ‘you get what you pay for is true,’ that’s a plus for Bounty Angels as it’s a paid platform. (+2.5)
  • What the company describes as “intensive work” on the project hasn’t even begun yet. While we could view this as a risk or reward, we decided to count it as a plus, as it explains why so much has yet to be done. It also reminds us that Bounty Angels has yet to reach its full potential of where the project can be when it is in full-throttle. The beta version is scheduled for January 2019.  (+3)

Disposition

We come to a score of 6.5 for the Bounty Angels ICO. Keep in mind we will plan to revisit this project once it kicks into high gear.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: ERC20
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Symbol: BANG
  • Pre-ICO: Sept. 3, 2018 – Oct. 3, 2018
  • Public Crowdsale: November – December 2018
  • Token Supply: 20 million
  • Tokens Available for Sale: 14 million across the pre-ICO and ICO
  • Soft Cap: Pre-ICO = $100,000
  • Hard Cap: Pre-ICO = $500,000; ICO = $3.5 million
  • Token Price: to be announced
  • Payment Methods: to be announced

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ICO Analysis: Zeex

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Zeex is offering users the ability to exclusively use crypto when shopping at various outlets. Users will be able to directly purchase whatever items thy want from their brands of choice without having to convert their crypto into fiat.

The following video shows Zeex in action outside of the Consensus conference at a Starbucks, where the CMO Apan Amos Damri uses their beta version to buy a cup of coffee using Ethereum. The transaction was successful, but the verdict is still out on whether they were able to spell his name correctly on the cup.

The ZIX token is what the whitepaper calls a “core element” of the solution, which does three things. It covers a user’s transactional risk until the trade is complete, it determines who can exercise what kinds of transactions when based on advertised discount rates and supplies, and it’s also a login method to use the Zeex platform.

To the surprise of probably very few people reading this, Zeex is a spinoff sister company of a European marketplace for buying and selling gift cards called Zeek Group. For Zeex, the road is already paved in terms of getting access to close relationships with name-brand retailers and a multi-million dollar inventory of gift cards.

Zeek has been able to raise venture capital from firms such as Blumberg Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Scale Up Venture Capital and more.

The Zeex business model hinges on a few potential incomes streams:

  • Providing working capital to gift card suppliers, easing the transition for many businesses hesitant to get into the crypto field.
  • Financial services to support suppliers financially.
  • Marketing services to help suppliers speak the lingo of the cryptocurrency world. The whitepaper states that “Zeex has already mastered these industry-specific marketing channels and has been engaged in community building for a significant period, its in-house marketing team is already equipped to help suppliers build their own communities and maximize their value per transaction.”
  • Platform adoption and market penetration to help suppliers integrate crypto into their business makeup
  • Operations support to help suppliers and users better understand and utilize the platform.
  • Provide business intelligence data to retailers on cryptocurrency users.

Token

 

Risks

  • Not an entirely frictionless experience: This isn’t a problem unique to just Zeex, but is present throughout most digital payment solutions. Unless you can tap your phone on a receiver like Apple Pay, you’ll be behind the most “frictionless” payment system out there. However, this is miles ahead of crypto transactions. -1
  • Not really sold on the need for an ICO (for the investor’s sake): Although the Zeex platform sounds pretty useful, investor upside seems fairly limited (but then again, who can accurately predict investor upside in this space circa 2017/2018.  -2

Growth Potential

  • It works! Few projects raising money via ICO can boast a working beta, and Zeex already does and has a use case that many cryptocurrency users would likely want. +2
  • Yay user adoption! One of the largest detractors of the transactional user of cryptocurrencies is that it’s incredibly complicated and tedious. If you have 8+ steps before you can pay for a coffee, chances are you’re going to opt for that .25 second swipe of a Visa in your pocket. +2
  • Finally, a use for gift cards. When’s the last time you got a gift card that wasn’t from Amazon that you actually fully used? Too many people have gift cards just sitting around either untouched or with a fractional amount on them. There is a whole secondary market for discounted gift cards, and there’s a huge value in using these gift cards in a business model such as Zeex’s. The team essentially has a pool of gift cards going for a discounted price (usually around the 5 to 15% range), and are able to provide a solution to a community in dire need of one. +1
  • Zeek partnership. Having a sister company that already has the relationships with retailers necessary puts Zeex way ahead of the game. It’s not your typical run of the mill ICO that aims to build everything from ground zero for a lack of strategic partnerships, but more so a use case to be implemented with an already successful company. +3
  • Limited downside: Zeex claims that it will safeguard token value by using proceeds of the often sale to guarantee the supply of gift cards at the highest possible discount from a wide range of brands. If this means what I think it means, that worst case scenario you can use Zeex tickets to exchange them for gift cards at any time, and if there isn’t a stark depreciation of purchasing power for Zeex tokens, this is a cool perk few other ICOs can offer. However, if I’m wrong, write this point off as whitepaper tomfoolery. +2

Unknown

  1. This sounds like either a huge tax headache or a huge tax advantage. If the current American tax law stands that the exchange of crypto for fiat (or gift card) constitutes a taxable event, the Zeex team would have to figure out a way to help users report their taxes on these events. If this is the case, a -2 would be added to my score. However, if there is some international gift card loophole where users can trade any crypto for gift cards and there not be a taxable event, that would be huge for the team (although unlikely, because Uncle Sam is gonna get what he thinks is his). If this is the case, a +5 added to my score.

Disposition

We arrive at a +7/10 for Zeex. It’s got a cool use case, already works (in beta), and a relatively strong partnership in place. If the appreciation of the token’s value is correlated with the success of the app, investors would likely be pretty happy. However, if it’s just another token limited to its own ecosystem, I don’t see much use in investing into it unless you plan on using the Zeex app.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: ZIX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: 0.1 ETH
  • Price:1 ETH = 5,000 ZIX
  • Hard Cap: $50 million U.S.
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Barred from Participating: Israel, U.S., China, Lebanon, Iran.

Sign up for the Zeex email list to find the news for the public crowdsale on the Zeex website and check out their whitepaper.

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ICO Analysis: Tolar HashNET

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No one can deny that blockchain technology is revolutionizing many industries across the globe. However, blockchain still has shortcomings such as slow transaction times, scalability issues and high environmental cost. Transaction times can take up to several hours versus traditional payments like credit cards or bank cards only take mere seconds. For mass adoption to take place, there has to be faster transaction times along with the ability to scale and maintain these times. And there are those who are concerned with the effects on the environment from all of the mining globally. The founders of Tolar HashNet decided to create solutions to solve these issues while maintaining all of the advantages of blockchain technology.

Tolar was inspired by hashgraph methodology and designed a new and efficient asynchronous distributed consensus protocol on a directed acyclic network structure. Tolar HashNet uses redundancy reduced gossip and virtual voting protocols that provide a fast, fair, and Byzantine fault tolerant consensus algorithm. HashNet belongs to a class of gossip-based protocols instead of structured-based group communication algorithms giving it advantages such as being able to handle larger group sizes, high user churns, sporadic sources, etc.

Tolar HashNet is fast, secure and scalable – solving the major shortcomings while keeping all of the positive characteristics of blockchain technology, and has an open-sourced cryptocurrency called Tolar. HashNet has increased throughput to more than 200,000 transactions per second and has a working demo with 150,000 tps on multiple nodes. HashNet uses Proof of Stake with masternodes eliminating the need for mining which greatly reduces energy consumption making it more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The founder’s vision is to be the global leader in Distributed Ledger Technology and become the preferred choice of individuals, companies, and governments worldwide.

Token

The Tolar (TOL) token is an open source, community-governed cryptocurrency. It will initially be deployed as an ERC20 token that will later be converted to mainnet tokens when the mainnet is released. The price of TOL is 1 ETH = 5,442.59 TOL for the public ICO. A total of 1 billion tokens will be generated with a hard cap of 57,000 ETH.

Token Allocation:

  • 35%  Token Sales
  • 32%  Tolar Development Fund
  • 8%   Proof of Stake Network Start Nodes
  • 20%  Founders
  • 2.5% Developers
  • 2.5% Advisors

There is no lock on main tokens, but a THREE-month lockup for bonus tokens and a 24-month lockup for team tokens. The max bonus was 20%.

Team

The founders have 30 years of business experience and are definitely not new to the blockchain technology space having developed the world’s first Blockchain MBA Program and Certified Blockchain Developer Program at COTRUGLI Business School, a leading business school in SE Europe. Twenty-four team members and 13 advisors are listed on their website including:

Drazen Kapusta – Principal/Founder at Tolar

  • 30 years of business experience as well as a major blockchain startup investor
  • Principal of COTRUGLI Business School
  • President of Blockchain Adria, the largest blockchain conference and association in the Adria region
  • Member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
  • President of the COTRUGLI Fund – organizes and leads major humanitarian projects
  • Founder of the COTRUGLI Business Museum

Zoran Dordevic – CEO at Tolar

  • Managing partner at COTRUGLI Business School

Josip Maricevic – Co-Founder and CTO at Tolar

  • Previous Blockchain core developer for Blocknet
  • Previous iOS Developer for Qnective AG

Terence Tse, Ph.D. – Foundation Member at Tolar

  • Associate Professor of Finance at ESCP Europe Business School
  • AI Company Founder & Entrepreneur
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Author

Lester Lim – Advisor

  • ICO Marketing & Token Strategy Advisor for Cardstack, HybridBlock, Dock.io, Ink Protocol, CoinFi and Banca

Verdict

Tolar HashNet is positioning itself to compete with the likes of Etherium and Neo as a platform for building ICOs and Hyperledger to offer superior DLT solutions for governments, towns, local communities and enterprises. With several VC investors on board and multiple crypto influencers recently promoting/reviewing Tolar, this ICO is definitely worth looking into.

Risks

  • Competition is fierce in this space with major players such as Ethereum, Neo, Icon, etc. -1.5
  • Partnerships will be crucial to the success of the project and none have been announced as of yet. -1

Growth Potential

  • While some ICO investors look to flip their investment immediately and move on the to next one, Tolar’s proof of stake with masternodes is attractive to long-term investors. +2
  • The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) will be deployed on top of the network which will make for a fast and secure decentralized applications platform. +2.25
  • An ICO with an MVP is certainly more desirable than an ICO with nothing but a website and an idea. The Tolar Prototype reached 150,000 TPS on multiple nodes. You can view the video here+2.75
  • Tolar won Ian Balina’s ICO pitch competition during his Crypto World Tour in Budapest. This will obviously create hype and draw more attention to the project which typically translates to positive outcomes in the current ico market. Many Tolar ICO reviews have also been recently published. +3

Disposition

With a fairly large team, all-star advisors, an MVP, available masternodes, and a growing social media presence, Tolar is another blockchain project that has an excellent chance of doing well this year. Tolar receives a 7.5 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: TOL
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Hard Cap: 57,000 ETH
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 TOL
  • Private Sale Price: 1 ETH = 6,531.08 TOL
  • Pre-sale Price: 1 ETH = 5,986.84 TOL (minimum 10 ETH)
  • Public ICO Price: 1 ETH = 5,442.59 TOL
  • Public Sale: Scheduled for August
  • Jurisdictions barred from participation: USA, China

For more information regarding Tolar:

Website: https://www.tolar.io/
Telegram: https://t.me/TolarHashNET
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TolarHashNET
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TolarHashNET/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL8ksEpe6um71pcdPi6wpXQ
Medium: https://medium.com/@TolarHashNET

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