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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 Analysis: BitTorrent Token

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Blockchain company TRON made waves back in June 2018, when it was announced that TRON was acquiring BitTorrent, the company responsible for the development of the immensely popular file-sharing protocol BitTorrent, for $140m.

The BitTorrent protocol is a pioneer in the decentralized networks space and allows for the downloading and uploading of files from/to various hosts rather than a single server.

Perhaps the most popular or well-known use of the protocol is torrenting, which is often used to share copyrighted content like movies and music illegally.

Regardless of how the protocol is used, one can’t deny the popularity of the protocol.

According to BitTorrent (the company), the protocol is used by more than 170 million people every month and is responsible for as much as 40% of the world’s daily Internet traffic.

However, while BitTorrent is immensely popular, the company behind the protocol has struggled to generate revenue.

Thus, the acquisition comes as a break for the struggling company and might prove to be very strategic for TRON, as they gain access to a very large user base and more importantly (in the author’s view), a team of developers that is top of its class when it comes to developing decentralized networks.

Under the new leadership, BitTorrent is launching a token (BTT) to tokenize what is perhaps the world’s biggest, decentralized file sharing protocol.

Token

According to the BTT whitepaper, BTT will incentivize users to offer infrastructure services, such as seeding or hosting files, in return for BTT.

To validate this concept, BitTorrent is launching something called BitTorrent Speed (release date set for Q2 2019), which will enable faster downloads for users who choose to pay file seeders in BTT.

Thus, downloaders (“leechers”) will benefit from faster downloads via prioritized resource allocation, while seeders or hosters will benefit from payment in exchange for providing bandwidth services to the network.

It’s hoped that this will incentivize downloaders (who become seeders when they start to download a file) to keep seeding, even after their download is finished, a problem that has been present since the inception of the BitTorrent protocol.

While BitTorrent Speed is the first initial experiment when it comes to tokenizing the BitTorrent protocol, the team behind BTT envisions more generalized applications of this tokenization model (with potentially more to come):

  1. General decentralized mass distribution of content that might be subject to attack like censorships. With the decentralized and large network effects of the BitTorrent Protocol, not only do content creators not have to worry about hosting their content on one provider, but performance issues will also be of less worry, as the BitTorrent protocol has been proven to be able to handle large amounts of download requests, with organizations like Facebook and Twitter even using the technology to distribute updates to their servers.
  2. Decentralized storage services, where users pay for storage over time
  3. Decentralized proxying services, where users pay to retrieve content by URL (use cases may include content that might be subject to IP-based controls, highly mobile applications, and users with intermittent Internet connectivity, such as mobile users on WiFi, requesting content in chunks vs. in a complete form)

BTT-based transactions will be confirmed via blockchain technology to prevent fraud.

The total supply of BTT will be 990,000,000,000 (990 billion) BTT.

The tokens will be allocated as follows.

  • TRON Foundation (20%)
  • BitTorrent Ecosystem (19.9%)
  • Team (19%)
  • TRON Airdrop, or allocation for holders of Tron’s cryptocurrency (TRX) (10.1%)
  • BitTorrent Airdrop, or allocation for BitTorrent client users for client install and onboarding (10%)
  • Seed investors (9%)
  • Public sale (6%)
  • Partnerships (4%)
  • Private sale (2%)

The public token sale, which starts at 15:00 UTC, January 28th, 2019 is structured as follows.

  • $7.2m USD hard cap (sale finishes when hard cap is reached or at 15:00 UTC, February 3rd, 2019)
  • Individual cap of $20k USD
  • 59.4 billion BTT for sale (6% of total token supply)
  • No vesting or lockup
  • 40% of tokens for sale in BNB, 60% for sale in TRX
  • Tokens distributed within 15 days of token sale conclusion

Team

The team behind BTT is the team behind BitTorrent, which as explained, is a massively popular decentralized file sharing protocol, and the team behind Tron, a highly popular blockchain-based project, whose cryptocurrency TRX, is ranked #9 by market capitalization as of writing (Coinmarketcap).

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of BitTorrent Token (BTT).

Risks

  • Would people actually pay for faster torrent downloads (initial use case for BTT, which will serve as a way to validate or invalidate the notion of tokenizing the BitTorrent protocol)? Torrents are known for enabling free downloading of content like movies and music. If users really wanted to pay for torrents, it’s possible that they would have already migrated to services like streaming via Netflix and Spotify. Moreover, BitTorrent users are not mandated to participate in BitTorrent Speed. (-0.5)
  • There is a lot of legal controversy surrounding the use of BitTorrent – the protocol itself is legal; however, as mentioned, there are many illicit uses of it, such as the sharing of copyrighted content. While it’s unlikely that the team behind BTT would get into any sort of trouble, it’s possible that users might be turned off by negative press or attention about illicit use and resulting legal disputes. (-0.5)
  • The team is highly experienced at building and maintaining decentralized network infrastructure (BitTorrent) and building popular blockchain-based solutions (TRON). However, competitors like Upfiring have already launched beta products, with decent feedback on places like Reddit. (-0.5)
  • Although the BitTorrent and TRON teams have built large-scale decentralized network infrastructure, it will be difficult to build a blockchain that can handle the massive throughput of the BitTorrent network. (-0.5)
  • Initial circulating supply is only 9% but will near 80% within 3.5 years, which means that the BTT token will face incredible inflationary pressure (-2)
  • Seed and private investors got BTT at a ~68% bonus (relative to public sale price) and don’t have a lockup (though tokens are vested over a year). (-0.5)
  • No details on lockups and/or vesting for team tokens. (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • BitTorrent is about as legitimate as they come for proven examples of successful decentralized networks. (+2)
  • The tokenization of BitTorrent’s protocol could prove to be very interesting, and it’s possible that content creators and other individuals and groups that wish to distribute files could migrate to the protocol in order to circumvent the various problems associated with going through more centralized alternatives, such as app stores, music distribution platforms, and more. (+2)
  • If tokenization via BTT takes off due to the combination of the already large network effects of BitTorrent and the validation of the BTT tokenization model, it’s very possible that BTT might be covered in mainstream media outlets, as an example of a cryptocurrency project that has “mainstream adoption”. (+1)
  • The sale will be taking place on Binance’s Launchpad platform for ICOs, which provides BTT with a ready base of potential investors who can invest easily from Binance’s platform. (+1)
  • Although competitors like Upfiring are up and running, the team, as mentioned, has a great track record in building decentralized networks (BitTorrent and TRON). (+2)
  • Say what you want about Justin Sun and TRON, but no one can deny that Justin Sun and TRON are marketing wizards, who are highly capable of building investor interest in blockchain projects. During the bull run of late 2017~early 2018, TRX multiplied in price by over 100 times (as measured in USD), and the TRON community continues to be vibrant. (+2)

Disposition

BitTorrent Token will prove to be an interesting experiment for the future of decentralized technology. The team is combining an already large decentralized network (the BitTorrent protocol) with the idea of tokenization and crypto-economics. However, in terms of investing in the token sale, competitors, current blockchain technology limitations, inflationary pressure, more favorable terms for early investors, opacity regarding team tokens, and general lack of interest in ICOs amidst a bear market make BTT ICO participation a questionable proposition. Nevertheless, the sheer potential of leveraging BitTorrent’s network in a cryptocurrency project as well as the team’s experience in building decentralized networks and marketing make BTT a token to keep an eye on. BitTorrent Token receives a 5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: TRC10 – Utility
  • Symbol: BTT
  • Platform: TRON
  • Crowdsale: January 28th, 2019 at 15:00 UTC
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: 1 BTT = .00012 USD (prices in BNB and TRX set on day of token sale)
  • Hard Cap: $7.2m
  • Payments Accepted: TRX, BNB
  • Restricted from Participating: China, USA, Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe

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ICO Analysis: Devv

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One of the major issues with blockchain technology is that the underlying platforms are unable to adequately service high amounts of usage without compromising on speed and transaction costs (“the scalability problem”).

In fact, many see this as one of the foremost obstacles for blockchain to overcome in order to achieve widespread adoption and become the basis for a new and decentralized Internet.

Various projects have sprung up and are in the works with the focus of tackling the scalability issue.

Devvio is yet another contender to step into the arena for scalable platforms and has developed a blockchain protocol called Devv that claims to address blockchain’s major issues including scalability as well as fraud, loss, theft, privacy and stability.

While seasoned ICO investors might have heard this pitch one too many times, Devv has processed over 1 million transactions per second (tps) on-chain and is currently benchmarking at over 8 million tps on-chain, the results of which can be seen here. Those would like to delve further into Devv’s technology can check out the Devv whitepaper and Devv Github.

By solving the aforementioned issues of scalability, fraud, loss, theft, privacy and stability, Devvio believes that their cryptocurrency has the potential to really grow into the preferred way for instant value exchange worldwide.

Moreover, similar to platforms, such as Ethereum and EOS, developers can build Dapps on Devv but not be limited by high fees, low transaction throughput, and sub-par security at scale.

Some use cases the Devvio team foresees for Devv include the following:

Financial Services

Using Devv to manage exchange, hedging, payments, and repatriation of funds.

Data

Using Devv to manage sensitive data in a highly secure environment.

Logistics

Track and manage goods as well as reduce traditional insurance and logistics costs.

Token

Devv’s token will be used to enable value and asset exchange similar to other cryptocurrencies and tokens.

Devvio will initially issue ERC-20 tokens to investors before ERC-20 tokens are swapped for native Devv tokens at a 1:1 ratio.

Devv tokens (total supply 500m tokens) will be allocated as follows.

  • 30% token sale (150m tokens)
  • 30% company reserve (150m tokens)
  • 20% partners and acquisitions (100m tokens)
  • 15% founders and partners (75m tokens)
  • 4% advisors (20m tokens)
  • 1% bounties and community (5m tokens)

According to the Devv whitepaper, token sale proceeds will be used in the following manner (assuming the hard cap of $18m is met):

  • 15% technical development
  • 12% Devvio operations
  • 12% business development
  • 18% Intellectual property development, licensing, and enforcement
  • 20% marketing
  • 8% supporting technologies
  • 15% token sale fees

The amount of Devv tokens issued to investors will vary depending on how much is raised during the token offering. For instance, if the hard cap of $18m is met, token purchasers will receive 150m tokens as mentioned.

2% of Founder, Partner, and Advisor tokens will be available upon the Token Generation Event (TGE) and 98% will be vested with a cliff of 1 year at a rate of 1/8th each quarter for 2 years (after the initial 1 year lockup period).

Team

Devvio team members include the following:

CEO Tom Anderson – Anderson was the founder of Novint Technologies, a robotics company which made the first 3d touch device for consumers. Anderson is considered a pioneer in haptic technology (integrating the sense of touch into computers and virtual reality). Novint raised over $30m, licensed game development worth tens of millions of dollars, and more before its patents were sold to Facebook.

Advisors

Tokenmarket – well-known token sale organizer that has helped ICO clients, such as Civic, Storj, and Dent.

More team members and advisors are listed on Devvio’s team page.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • Like many projects – not fully released. First stable release of Devv blockchain is set for Q1/Q2 2019.
  • For a highly ambitious blockchain platform (“solving” scalability, fraud, loss, theft, privacy and stability at the same time), no one on the team has standout experience working on similar projects.
  • Token allocation for token sale could be higher.
  • Though the token sale date hasn’t been specified, interest on social platforms thus far seems relatively low for a project of its scope (e.g. ~2.8k Telegram channel members and ~1k Twitter followers as of writing).

Growth Potential

  • Testnet available and not a complete whitepaper/vaporware project like many ICOs.
  • Team has had business success in other endeavors (e.g. Novint).
  • According to the Devv FAQ (“Do you have any patents”), the team has patented their ideas to build somewhat of a protective moat.
  • Instead of accepting that thefts occur in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space like most other projects, Devv has an optional transaction method (similar to credit card chargebacks) called DevvProtect. Optional DevvProtect wallets guard against common issues like stolen private keys and lack of asset transferal upon events, such as a token holder’s death. These are definitely interesting features that would probably be of interest to businesses, Devv’s intended audience.

Disposition

Although jaded ICO investors are probably tired of hearing about platforms that will solve scalability among other blockchain technology obstacles, Devvio’s Devv blockchain does show promise with its benchmarking of 8 million tps and testnet available for use. This in addition to the team’s business experience, focus on patents, and innovative features like optional transactions make the project one to keep an eye on as long as they can deliver technically and garner adequate community interest once the ICO date is announced. Devv receives a 7/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility then Native
  • Symbol: DEVV
  • Platform: Ethereum then Native
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: Unspecified
  • Hard Cap: $18m
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified, presumably ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Fieldcoin is an agribusiness crowdfunding platform that enables anyone to buy, sell, rent, and manage farmland from anywhere in the world. Using IoT, smart contracts, and other agribusiness technology, token holders will form a DAC (Decentralised Autonomous Community) and vote on every aspect of their chosen agribusiness from seed to table.

“Fieldcoin’s mission is to bring the blockchain technology to land property transactions and agricultural crowdfunding projects while creating a stable transaction instrument easing the process of land and agribusiness acquisition.”

Fieldcoin will offer access to LANDS Management Services. Investors will be able to buy/sell/manage physical land of different sizes and budgets at an attractive price compared to the market value.

The company claims to:

  • Brings liquidity to the agricultural industry
  • The token is backed by land.
  • Decentralize the highly centralized agriculture market
  • Track the origin of food products.
  • Manage the way the food is grown (pesticides or organic)

Along with the above highlights, Fieldcoin’s “trade-back token” guarantees an 80% ratio on the value of your token to the assets in the ecosystem and the possibility of claiming your assets in physical property at a certain rate under the market price.

In the Fieldcoin ecosystem, there are 2 levels of ownership: “Off-chain,” which is to comply with national regulations and “On-chain,” which is recorded and transacted on the blockchain.

  • Off-chain: Fieldcoin Ltd or a third party company DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) owns the property titles recorded in the national land registry. The token holder owns a share of the company representing the specific land acquired on the platform.
  • On-chain: Fieldcoin Ltd creates a unique token with a unique number representing a specific property called LANDS (ERC721). The LANDS token represents the ownership of the property and can be exchanged on the Fieldcoin platform using the Blockchain.

The FCO will start April 2nd, 2019.

FCO means Field Coin Offering. It’s like any ICO, users buy (FLC) ERC20 Utility tokens which are used to acquire non-fungible tokens (ERC721), which represent a particular agricultural property. “The acquisition of NFT tokens during the ICO makes the Field Coin Offering unique and offers a strong advantage to investors that are able to test the platform and own tangible assets during the Coin Offering.”

Token

FLC is an ERC20-based utility token distributed during the FCO. The token is used as a currency to buy land, services and crowdfund agricultural projects on the platform.

LANDS is an ERC721-based token received after buying a specific land property through our platform, representing land ownership and storing the data of your property. LANDS are also available for purchase during the FCO.

According to the company, trade-back token is “Token holders will buy land on Fieldcoin’s platform and pay the full market price displayed on the website. They will be credited with a coupon to buy land for later purchases. The value of the voucher corresponds to the difference between the price drop of the token under the 80% threshold and the actual value of assets in Fieldcoin’s Ecosystem. The coupon can be applied to available properties sold by Fieldcoin Ltd on the platform.”

Distribution:

  • Private Sale 2%
  • FCO 60%
  • Token Bonuses 17%
  • Reserves 10%
  • Team 9%
  • Bounty 2%

Allocation of funds:

  • 60% Purchase of Physical Land
  • 15% Agribusiness Development
  • 10% IT
  • 7% Legal
  • 6% Marketing
  • 1% Reserve Fund
  • 1% Social and Rural Development

Ecosystem asset reallocation:

  • 85% Land Recapitalization
  • 9% Business Operations
  • 5% IT Development
  • 1% Participation in Communities

Team

The Fieldcoin project is governed and supervised by Fieldcoin Ltd, registered in London. The team members are from France, Canada, USA, India, Belgium, Italy, the UK, Pakistan and China. There are over 25 team members including the advisors.

Marc Couzic is the  Founder/CEO.  He is a freelance commodities and crypto trader since 2013 and has been a “Contributor” to 3 blockchain projects this past year; Experty.io, Kart Block, and Magna Numeris.

Alexandre Palubniak is a Web Project Manager from France. He has spent 7 years as a freelance “Director Artistique”.

Jeremie Joncas is a COO from Canada but there is not much info on him. He owned a business for 4 years called J2 Entretien (but can’t find any info in it). He’s traded crypto for the last 1.5 years.

The rest of the team is similar to the above – very little experience in agriculture or blockchain.

There are also 10 Contributors/Advisors. They are average.

Verdict

When describing the benefits of Fieldcoin in Telegram, CEO Marc Couzic had this to say, among other things.

“Yes, it is a share profit system where 40% of net profits on production goes to the externalized land management company or farmer (choosen by Fieldcoin) exploiting the land and 60% to the owner. The holder of LANDS tokens won’t need to do a thing besides participating in decision concerning the type of crops and agricultural method used on its land. The idea is to levy the burden of execution for the investor and move towards agricultural automation processes. Additionally, the price of land grow on average 2-3% worldwide”

The idea of Fieldcoin is to have Decentralized Autonomous Communities that will decide on the agriculture products and management of their lands. They will vote on things like the amount of pesticides used, or if they want pure organic or reasonable agriculture.

The problem is DACs are complicated. Billion-dollar projects like Ethereum and EOS are still developing the tools to perfect them. Does Team Fieldcoin even have the ability to execute this massive project? It seems iffy, as they are fast approaching on the pre-sale and do not have an MVP. They only have this picture of one.

Risks

  • Small soft cap of just $3 million USD. According to the company: “the Proof of Concept can only be implemented once the FCO has reached $5 million USD. In the event of the cap not being reached, the Proof of Concept will be postponed.” This is sketchy. -1
  • The team is not very impressive at all. -2
  • Their business plan requires the minting of new Fieldcoin tokens to buy more land. They explain the process in detail here. -1
  • Only 13% of the funds raised will go to legal and marketing. -1
  • DACs are complicated. Many top projects are delaying launch until they figure out governance. -2

Growth Potential

  • First mover advantage. +2
  • They say they’ve already purchased land, have buying promises and about 35 offers to be displayed. +2
  • 85% of the Ecosystem asset reallocation is reserved for new land acquisitions further expanding the Ecosystem.+2
  • “Fieldcoin plans to target low-risk and average potential markets first, such as the countries within the European Union, and will then move slowly to countries with more venture capital and with much higher expected returns for Fieldcoin’s Ecosystem.”+1.5
  • 1% of the Fieldcoin tokens will be allocated to the Fieldcoin Foundation, which aims to develop community infrastructure. This project includes plans to build schools, water wells, irrigation systems, and roads.+2
  • “The Fieldcoin token is supported by “Trade-Back Protocol”, offering token holders the possibility to claim LANDS at a reduced price in case of market dips. Thanks to our upward trend capitalization mechanism, new physical lands will be acquired by Fieldcoin Ltd. increasing the guarantee of the Trade Back Protocol.”+2
  • Although we don’t score Fieldcoin well, these “respected” ICO sites have them ranked rather high. +0.5

Disposition

The tools required to build a proper DAC voting system are only now being built. Although something similar to this DAC agribusiness will someday soon be a reality, this project is too early and too ambitious, especially with such an inexperienced team. 5/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: FLC (ERC20)  LANDS (ERC721)
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Total Supply: 1 billion
  • Presale: Feb 4 – Feb 12, 2019 (100% bonus, 1 million USD worth of tokens available)
  • Price: 1 FLC = $0.05
  • FCO (Field Coin Offering) Start date: April 2nd 2019.
  • Hard Cap: $31 million
  • Soft Cap: $3 million
  • Telegramhttps://t.me/fieldcoin
  • Websitehttps://www.fieldcoin.io/
  • Barred Jurisdictions: USA and China

All unsold tokens will be burned.

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