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There have been some issues surrounding this author and the Paragon ICO, so we must be up front about that. The author wrote an article questioning what was going on with Paragon, and they did not take kindly to it. That they went straight to legal threats in dealing with the press is something investors should take note of – depending on your take, it’s either bad business or just distasteful. Moving on, let’s figure out what Paragon actually is before passing any final judgments. We must stress that there are no circumstances where the author himself would invest in this ICO, but this does not prohibit him from seeing what it is all about and reporting back.

New research shows powerful health benefits of cannabis and strong social marijuanavements are pushing for increased legalization. One way to improve the reputation of the industry is to modernize it, make it standardized, fully verifiable, and built on a system of trust between patients, doctors, growers, and suppliers.

They then spend a few minutes establishing the legitimacy of demand for legalized marijuana. After that, we arrive here:

We started Paragon to resolve many issues currently faced by the cannabis indus-try. Blockchain-built smart contract technology is ideally suited to organize, system-atize, and bring verification and stability to a traditionally unchecked industry. Even before full legalization there are many opportunities for blockchain and crypto-to-kens to enhance the cannabis community and business model.

This might seem just overzealous on the surface, but in fact, it’s arguable at best. In fact, there are plenty of tools already made available to marijuana and any other business owner, tools which will not necessarily need tailoring to the marijuana industry. After all, that’s the ideal: that marijuana is simply brought into the fold of regular business. As such, Aragon would have no issue servicing their needs. Further, dispensaries who were of a mind could issue their own smart contracts to growers and buyers who were of a mind to participate in something like that. If Paragon makes this easy, there will likely be a place for it. But let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that Paragon is some sudden marriage of crypto and marijuana. It’s anything but – CCN, our sister site, has been covering this aspect of cryptocurrency’s actual potential for years.

Indeed, Bitcoin itself rose in value thanks to the illegality of drugs, and Monero is currently doing the same, although long-term both turn out to offer far more than just the ability to safely transact online.

All of that being the author’s opinion, of course, what does Paragon see as the real needs of the marijuana industry?

  • Create an immutable ledger for all industry related data via ParagonChain
  • Offer payment for industry related services and supplies through ParagonCoin
  • Establish niche co-working spaces via ParagonSpace
  • Organize and unite global legalization efforts through ParagonOnline
  • Bring standardization of licensing, lab testing, transactions, supply chain and ID verification through apps built in ParagonAccelerator

If you ask this author, these aims are mostly out of touch. First, an immutable ledger for this industry would be better if it were more opaque, permissioned to the parties that needed the information and none others. Establishing “nich co-working spaces” is probably ill-fated. Organizing and uniting global legalization efforts is not the pursuit of profit. You actually don’t have the right to not be pursuing profit if you’re asking people to invest in you, but let’s leave that bit aside, because there is one thing that can make some positive impact, and that is their second point.

If you can go to legal cannabis businesses in California and Colorado and other states and tell them that they can simply give you cash and that you will give them an in-kind amount of digital tokens that they can then sell for money which they can transfer to their bank accounts or Paypal accounts, or work on this aspect of their business, helping to lessen the massive need they’ve currently developed for security and cash storage, then you can make a lot of money. Whoever helps them first will make a lot of money, be it banks, Bitcoin companies, or start-ups like ParagonCoin. Potcoin was designed for the purpose of helping the cannabis industry in spirit, after all, but as Paragon seems to be aware: it’s going to take a real effort to build the tools necessary, not just the release of another chain. And while the Potcoin token continues to be worth a moderate amount on the market, the cannabis industry continues to have cash and transactional problems.

Thus far, the only real offering we’re seeing in Paragon is that they want to make Paragon Coin a way to make payments within the industry. If such a thing is given life, then whoever holds the token, if it is done correctly, will be able to sell it for more than they paid for it. We need to look over a few more details before we get moving on.

The Paragon model starts with a crypto-token and blockchain technology. It then sets up a network of physical cooperative workspaces where members can work, meet, socialize, and create. This will resolve issues with leases for cannabis-based startups and dispensaries that struggle with finding affordable and suitable locations to house their business.

Again, we don’t view this as a sufficient enough problem. We think if you’re going to make a token for the cannabis industry, then one that enables them to get their money safely into digital form is what you need to build. The current situation for the marijuana industry is archaic to say the least.

While this is what Paragon offers, and even a plan to implement the token, they’re really just one more option among many. There’s no need to assume, then, that they will be the solution, or that dispensaries would not simply opt to issue their own tokens through some other means – Aragon or Bancor, or just an ERC20 token of their own, once they had the idea. We’re not sure there would be significant benefit to the participating dispensaries in the first place.

Nevertheless, we think that enough participants will emerge. We think the token will find a home in a limited number of dispensaries, maybe a good number. As such, we can trust that it will have some demand.

Paragon Coin

There will be 200 million Paragon coins issued. They describe a structure of bonuses and sales:

  • 100,000,000 tokens for sale valued at $1.00 USD each at stage 1
  • 50,000,000 tokens for sale at stage 2 – no sooner than 2021, at market price (not the initial $1 of the first crowdsale )
  • 40,000,000 tokens allotted for Paragon controlled reserve to maintain price support of the PRG tokens. Tokens can be bought or sold to keep the tokens circulation stable
  • 10,000,000 tokens community-controlled reserve to be used for the best startup ideas as voted on by the community

Again, big surprise: something not to like. Not just a 25% rake back, but 10 million to be controlled by the “community.” If this feels like malarkey, it’s probably because it must be.

Paragon Team

The CEO is a beauty queen who appears in the following video, which she pointedly defended in an e-mail wherein she simultaneously threatened this author’s news outfit with a lawsuit. All we have to say is that in the world of business, respect is everything, and it could be harder for the CEO of Paragon to garner it than others, based on this kind of thing. This is all we’re getting at.

While we feel that the team can probably deliver on the promise of a token, and perhaps there’s some value added through the additional building of “co-working spaces,” we still think that overall it doesn’t matter – there’s not enough to like about the project as a whole to really worry too much more about the team.

The Verdict

In terms of profitability, you can probably buy this hype and sell the news later. Quickly, now. We’re not over-rating it, just saying there are probably short-term profits to be made, but we think long-term that much better solutions will emerge either from within the cannabis industry or simply from a much more competent group.

Risk

  • Huge risk of a lack of adoption here. -4
  • Lots of “community-based,” which is to say not money-making, ideas. -1
  • Questionable people on staff, not too important though. -1

Growth Potential

  • We think if they can successfully deliver a product which allows the cannabis industry to get its money into digital form with ease, they can probably find a niche and make a good amount of money. As such, we lend 5 points.
  • Wherever this project finds its start, it will need to be a valuable proposition for the industry to actually get on board. It may require getting the whole industry on board, but we think that would actually raise the value of the token. Thus, if any effort is put into implementation, it could lead to a much more valuable token just by virtue of what it takes to makes such an implementation work. +3
  • Being early in terms of ICOs that aim to help the marijuana industry will establish the interest of the market in as much. +2
  • We understand that according to them much of the negativity directed at Paragon is part of a campaign of negativity by extortionists. In the event that the author has been overly negative, we lend .75 points.

Disposition

We arrive at a 4.75 for Paragon. We think there’s short-term profit to be had, probably, based on the hype surrounding the thing.

Investment Details

The official crowdsale begins on September 15th, but you can get in on the presale now if you like. Visit https://paragoncoin.com/en and, as always, be careful. See above for the pricing structure again.

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5 stars on average, based on 2 rated postsP. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at http://ico.phm.link




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  1. Commentcraft

    September 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

    In 2 months you change you decision and give it 10 points because of random articles LOL

  2. bluntt

    September 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    is there any section where we can request reviews for ICOs? i would really like to see aventus and viberate reviewed

  3. nptraveller

    September 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Like bluntt, I would also like to request a viberate review. If that’s possible, I will be grateful.

  4. sickettyboy71

    September 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Excellent analysis, but I think this one line from their website truly sums things up: their multi-million dollar ICO needs to address the fact that at their coworking spaces (read, idea from 2015) there will be a “Cafe/snacks menu and simple checkout process with PRG”.

    Cafe and snacks? Sign me up.

  5. Fadi81

    September 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks P H Madore !

    Can’t wait to take my fine tooth comb through this.

    I’m a believer in the metaphysical, and the weed community have it.

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ICO Analysis: EndChain

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Logistics is a series of transactions that link a product from raw material through to the consumer. The logistics and transport management industry generate approximately 13% of GDP globally. Current supply chain logistics models are good, but not great. They can be improved by blockchain technology.

EndChain is a new project based on Ethereum, which aims to disrupt the logistics industry through decentralization, open protocols, and utilities. They believe the best way to improve current systems is to eliminate almost everything except the scan of the package.  According to them, “Technology can be molded to handle the rest of the necessary steps and to fit the needs of all users wanting to access the data.”

From the whitepaper:

“While some companies have attempted to create blockchain solutions for modern logistical problems, no complete solution exists today. Current options revolve around expensive RFID chips or an overt reliance on consumer input. EndChain focuses on the entire logistics chain: from manufacturer to businesses to customer to reseller. The goal of EndChain is to become the blockchain solution that the logistics industry desperately needs by allowing one blockchain that is easy to use for all verticals of the supply chain.”

EndChain wants to reduce the cost of logistics by providing a blockchain that’s responsible for all the data across the supply chain. Their uniform blockchain lets businesses easily adapt and communicate with one another. Their system will cover each sector of the supply chain, including the second-hand market.

The entire Endchain system is based on the use of their patent-pending QR/barcode design. Each item produced in the EndChain supply chain is paired with a unique id that can be automatically registered on the chain. This id is the foundation of Endchain and ensures that every physical item is linked to its digital counterpart.

All businesses which use the EndChain software will be able to identify themselves as producers, transportation, B2B or B2C stores. Employees simply need to scan the code. That simple scan will break down both the generic barcode and the individualized QR code. The software then automatically updates the chain with the new data that can be seen by all users.

There are 2 major benefits to their QR/barcode combo:

  1. It simplifies the scanning process. Instead of 2 or 3 separate barcodes, logistics workers will only have one easy to read code, filled with all the data.
  2. The code will update both the blockchain and the legacy systems at the same time. This allows EndChain to easily integrate with legacy systems that may not want to completely change their current methods just yet.

Additional benefits:

  • Reinforce the Authenticity of product
  • Secure transactions and fast settlements
  • Visibility in the supply chain
  • Cost-effective
  • Route optimization
  • More info on the product and cheaper costs
  • Ownership history

Token

ENCN token is required to purchase QR codes, make smart contracts, and access the data stream.

Token burning: EndChain’s self-regulating economy burns 2-4% of tokens per transaction. It works by destroying  more coins if the current market value of the ENCN is low. If the value of ENCN rises, less supply is destroyed as fewer coins are required for each smart contract.

Distribution:

  • 55% ICO
  • 22% Future development
  • 10% Team
  • 5% Leadership
  • 5% Advisors
  • 3% Bounty and referrals.

Use of proceeds:

  • 60% Development
  • 25% Marketing/sales
  • 5% Legal
  • 5% Security and compliance
  • 5% G & E

Team

Team EndChain is a mixed group from all around the globe. 15 team members and 9 advisors are listed.

Aaron Perkowitz – CEO.  Since October 2017 until now he’s been a Fund Manager at HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on aviation, tourism, logistics and financial services. Other than that, he lists 3 internships; Morgan Stanley, AngelVest, and RocketSpace.

Pierre Angot – CTO. Paris, France.  A self proclaimed Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain maestro, co-founded Medway, a telephone medicine app with between 2-10 employees. 2 years Managing Director at WAGT Consulting. Currently a Data Consultant at Verteego.

Felix Engelhardt – Business Developer. Currently (8 years) an Analyst at Cimic Group Limited, a world-leading infrastructure, mining, services and  private partnerships group with over 1,000 employees.

Javince Chan – UI/UX Designer. Lots of experience specifically in UX design; Currently at Quadrant Studio, she’s also worked for Amazon (1 yr), AKQA (1 yr), and Symplicit.

It’s an impressive group of advisors, with specific skills they acquired from places like; Huawei, Cimic Group, Morgan Stanley, Audi, Uber, Activision and Blizzard.

Partners are highlighted below:

Verdict

“EndChain provides a complete and cost-effective logistics package that benefits all parties of the supply chain. While most utility tokens focus on high end goods, EndChain focuses on the low to middle market, an area that has been ignored for too long. EndChain is able to enter this market due to the ease and low price of our system compared to other utility tokens which focus on expensive NFC chips or manual entry.”

The current blockchain solutions for the logistics industry won’t work for the majority of goods. They are too expensive to mass produce, therefore, they focus on luxury goods such as handbags, diamonds, and art while the vast majority of market purchases are ignored. EndChain is working on a solution by making a cost-effective product that can be applied to all goods.

Risks

  • Ethereum Blockchain. -1
  • There is already a lot of blockchain competition, and all their token values are at all time lows right now. Demand is not currently here. -2
  • 3% of their tokens will go to bounty/referrels. These bounty hoes usually just dump their tokens as soon as they hit an exchange. -1
  • 50% presale bonus. Same thing as above. They will dump at the first sign of dumpage. -1
  • This will be really challenging to scale. -1.5
  • Unsold tokens may or may not be burned. When we asked them in Telegram, their response was, “Once we got a concrete details, Soon we will be having an important announcement regarding that matter, stay tuned.” -0.5

Growth Potential

  • The team has produced a very profession ICO, a patent pending scan system, and lots of work on GitHub. Here’s their CEO giving a quick explanation on the work they have achieved so far. +2
  • Their uniqe QR code incorporates a barcode within the QR code. This allows users to scan the only code found on the packaging. Businesses that still use a legacy system can scan the embedded barcode. +3
  • 2-4% of the revenue generated from sales will be dedicated to burning EndChain tokens. +4
  • They will give a percentage of ENCN tokens to tradition shipping companies for free, to recruit them to the blockchain. Once they see the benefit of EndChain, they will become valuable costumers. +2
  • One of the largest benefits of this system is that it can be done offline. Information isn’t being downloaded, only uploaded, therefore it can remain in the system until its fully loaded, no need to wait to scan the next item. +3

Disposition

The team is strong, the whitepaper is professional, and the roadmap is realistically detailed. The goal is to launch the full version in Q3 2020. If they raise enough money in this token sale, we like their chances more than most. 7/10

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OATH Protocol wants to build an analog of a decentralized dispute resolution system modeling the common-juror system. In their view, this will solve the solution to the blockchain governance problem.

OATH Protocol wants to provide a solution to the Blockchain Governance system.

In order to do this the company plans to:

  • increase the usability of smart contracts by providing an easy to use user-friendly smart contract creation tool
  • creating a decentralized jury community, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise
  • invites users from all communities to not only provide governance for the dApp they support but also for other ecosystems.

The protocol’s main advantages include:

  • Trust – all data is hashed on a blockchain.
  • Confidentiality – all jury members data of confidential.
  • Dynamicity – protocol will ensure that different jurors will be resolving multiple cases to avoid a collision and ensure the integrity.
  • Fairness – protocol will ensure random jurors selection based on a variety of factors as gender, background, age, etc. to have full objectivity.
  • Incentive – a mechanism to motivate jurors for participating and assign them credit.
  • Autonomy – parties mutually set rules that they would be bound by.
  • Transparency – jury votes are disclosed to the community after resolution.
  • Archive – protocol allows keeping all data in a structured irrecoverable way.

Use cases include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • E-commerce, which involves a variety of disputes, such as quality problems, missing pieces, broken product, etc. OATH jury will resolve each dispute based on user-provided testimony.
  • OTC trade of digital assets.
  • Disputes involving decentralized property rent.
  • Decentralized moderation.
  • Oracle for betting.
  • public chain governance.

So basically OATH is a decentralized agnostic protocol that offers a solution to of decentralized governance to all blockchains and Dapps.

Blockchain architecture is highlighted below:

OATH Protocol is an agnostic blockchain which may be integrated into other Daps and public chains.

The chain contains two main files:

  • Case ledger, which includes all information such as contracts, verdicts, voting reasons, selected jurors.
  • IPFS (InterPlanetary File System), which is a network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system. It replaces traditional domain names with content addresses so that users don’t have to consider names and paths of file storage.

Token

The total token supply is: 10,000,000,000 ERC-20 tokens (OATH).

Token use is summarized below:

  • Engagement between participants/granting access to the platform
  • Internal currency

Tokens are earned as nodes, disputes resolution and community services.

Team

We see a well-balanced team with a diverse background in tech, business, and law. Yin Xu, CEO, won several awards for best mobile application.

Jenny Vatrenko, COO, is an influential lawyer and  former litigator at Boles Shiller. She is active on the group’s Telegram channel.

Hongwei Wang has a strong technical background, including eight years of combined experience at Google and other tech-focused companies in China.

On the advisor side, we see people from Zefund, Qidain Capital, Continue Capital, a founder of an EOS supernode and energy startup NAD. Advisors cover the main focus groups: technology, business and legal. Jia Tian is a notable advisor who worked at Baidu and Alibaba, and is a big investor in Bitfinex Dafeng Guo. Tian worked for big investment banks like Morgan Stanley and Goldman.

Zainan Zuo is another notable advisor who serves as a core developer at Ethereum, and is a main developer of the ERC-1202 standard for Ethereum.

Investors

Several notable investors from the VC and blockchain worlds are also worth mentioning. While most are medium-sized funds, Quarkchain is among them. Quarkchain was a top ROI project during the second quarter of this year. EOS Asia and NEM are also partnering with OATH.

Verdict

In general, the project looks interesting. The team has the necessary technical skills to implement the product. We see the support of smart money. The very idea of the product itself is exciting. The decentralized dispute resolution system, which can be used both as a means of resolving disputes between traditional subjects in arbitration and within a decentralized system, deserves interest.

Risks

  • The project does not have MVP, only active Github. -1
  • Low public activity. -0.75

Growth Potential

  • The strong point is that it is an agnostic protocol so that it can be plugged to any blockchain and provide additional value to that respected network with their service. +2
  • The overall idea is interesting. +1
  • Any user of any blockchain can automatically be selected as a juror for OATH dispute which provides flexibility and helps to get users on board. +1
  • The token use case is rather strong – parties must deposit tokens during dispute case and pay arbitrators for their services. +1
  • The roadmap is medium long. Although for this kind of project long-term potential will rise together with overall crypto field and decentralization. +1
  • Token metrics are on the good side. +1
  • Team, advisors, partners, and VCs have been verified. +1.5

Disposition

I would say that the project is above average, but one should wait for prototype and full metrics to make the full investment decision. Currently, the rating of 6.75/10 is warranted, though it may be further increased or decreased once the project is up and running.

Investment Details

  • Type: utility
  • Symbol: OATH
  • Platform: erc-20
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: TBA
  • Price: TBA
  • Hard Cap: TBA
  • Payments Accepted: TBA
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: TBA

General details:

Website – https://oaths.io/

Whitepaper – https://oaths.io/files/OATH-Whitepaper-EN.pdf

FB – https://www.facebook.com/oathprotocol/

Telegram – https://t.me/oathsio

Medium – https://medium.com/@oathprotocol

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Robonomics Network is an ambitious network infrastructure, based on the Ethereum platform and created with the purpose of integrating ‘cyber-physical systems’ into “Smart Cities and Industry 4.0”.

Industry 4.0 is a topic which I first discussed back in May 2018 when I reviewed a token called ‘Productivist’ that aimed to provide blockchain based solutions for the manufacturing sector. Key concepts of 4.0 common across all sectors are: automation, interoperability, AI, and IoT (how they can improve efficiency as well as reduce costs).

This project is no different, incorporating autonomous cyber-physical systems (or CPSs) to replace human operators and to a degree, decision-makers. According to the white paper, the team hopes to:

“Expand the capabilities of Ethereum in order for the market of CPSs behavioural models supply and demand to emerge; describing the Robonomics agents operating system as the interface of the Robot Operating System compatible CPS to the robots economy network”

A ‘CPS’, according to a page on the website of the US government backed National Science Foundation, integrates “sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure”. Examples include self-driving cars and medical monitoring systems.

In the words of Cisco a smart city “collects and analyzes data from IoT sensors and video cameras. In essence, they “sense” the environment so that the city operator can decide how and when to take action… [and] uses digital technology to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of citizens. IoT sensors, video cameras, social media, and other inputs act as a nervous system”.

History, Present and Future

The company’s first release and phase of operation came in Q1 of 2018, with what the company calls ‘Lighthouse’ (AKA the first release of software for providers). The second ‘Observerer’ was released the following quarter, which was when the team began to focus on analysing “network performance indicators” to measure progress and capability.

In Q1-Q2 of 2019, the Robonomics Network team plans to begin the ‘Cybernetics Economy’ stage of their operational roadmap. Finally, between the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020 Robonomics Network will enter ‘Lights-Out’ stage. This presumably refers to the fact that the network is expected to reach full automation by this stage: requiring less human intervention, direct oversight or micro-management.

Furthermore, you can check the team’s Medium blog for up-to-date insight regarding the activity and progress of the project. For example: in June 2018 Robonomics Network started running in Ethereum main net and any ETH holder can become its provider.

Early September 2018, ‘Airalab visionary leader’ and ‘Robot economics architect’ Sergey Lonshakov published an article entitled Robonomics 2018: Let’s Sum Up. In it, he describes a working vocational trip off-site where a “tent city” was erected at the Zhigulevskaya Valley Technopark in Russia within which a four day “engineering crash course” took place.

The results of this trip included solidified plans and delegation for a variety of essential tasks for the Robonomics Network protocol development.

How it Works

The Robonomics Network team describes their efforts to combine “the economic and technical parts of communication between humans and machines into one transaction”, which will be achieved by using “a decentralized marketplace for robot liabilities contracts” and overcoming existing centralisation dilemmas facing the IoT and Robotics industries.

By decentralizing the storage of data and controls over variables such as interoperable appliances in a ‘smart house’ (gas, alarms, lighting, etc), the risk of server-side issues interrupting these processes would be mitigated. For example, downtime for maintenance or unauthorised intrusion / targeted attacks.

Latest and prominent product releases include the third of their beta stable-releases for the Robonomics Network communication stack. Like all components of the platform this beta is open-source, with source code available to view and download at GitHub. One of the features cited in the release is “new liability engine support parallel and sandboxing liability execution.”.

Additional products listed on the website at present include ‘Robonomics JS’: a language for Ethereum JS developers who want to create DApps for “smart cities”, and ‘Learning Center’ for “roboteers” to develop field experience in the implementation of p2p technology when creating multi-agent systems.

In November 2018, Robonomics Platform team member Sergey Lonshakov published a post on Medium entitled Robonomics Benchmark, November 2018 which summarized a series of fresh test results. Load test results averaged at 60 messages per second (using IPFS Pubsub), whilst another test focused on communication between two ROS-compatible robots using the eponymous protocol.

Team

Robonomics Platform is a project from the Airalab team, an open-source development community founded in 2015). The Airalab website doesn’t list any team member as a manager but rather as different departmental staff (although they do distinguish by experience with the inclusion of ‘Junior’ status members).

This is contradicted on the company’s Medium profile somewhat, where w¬riter Sergey Lonshakov assumes the title of ‘Airalab Visionary Leader / Robot Economics Architect’. From this, we can assume that he similarly takes on something of a leadership role for the project as well.

According to Lonshakov’s LinkedIn profile, he is a ‘Robonomics Platform Architect’ and ‘Blockchain Project Developer’ at Airalab. He has been working with the company and in research and development on blockchain with robotics since 2015, after having graduated from Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) University in St Petersburg, Russia.

ITMO recurs in the LinkedIn profiles of the majority of the rest of the team also as place of study and work. Both apply to Aleksandr Kapitonov, PhD: a Robot Economics Academic Society Progressor at Airalab who has been working at the university since 2015, starting as an assistant professor and advancing to the position of associate professor in September 2018. He also mentions his role in the creation and management of several decentralized technologies.

Advisors

The advisory board of Robonomics Network is comprised of just three members at this stage, who are as follows:

  • Alexey Bobstov: Professor and doctor of technical sciences. He specialises in system analysis, control and information processing.
  • Max Gutbrod: Greatly experienced in M&A, finance and restructuring; and has previously assumed the role of managing partner at the Moscow branch of Baker & McKenzie CIS, Limited.
  • Babak Kia: Adjunct Professor at Boston University

Token

The Robonomics Network economy utilises a proprietary and eponymous token, which also goes by the title ‘XRT’. It will be built upon the Ethereum blockchain as will all smart contracts, in part because of the fact that you are able to add technical details. This is in addition to being able to bypass intermediaries between consumer and robot.

May 2017 saw the completion of the first round of ICO investment for the company, achieving 5000 ETH in total (valued then at $810,000) and the team plans to launch a public token sale at an unannounced point in time. The maximum cap of this event will be 10,000 ETH and will take place in the form of a “Crowdfunding Dutch Auction”.

The last update available on the website was posted on the 21st November 2018 at the time of writing. It said that the team is currently “expecting the legal opinion of the Financial Market Authority (FMA).”.

Verdict

Great presentation online, transparency, and fully open source. This includes the Whitepaper, which is both comprehensive and concise at a lean 26 pages.

Risks

  • Industry 4.0 often correlates with commercial globalism, and working in international markets brings exponential liability regarding data laws (such as Europe’s GDPR) -1
  • There is a chance of high competition from larger international corporations working with blockchain -2

Growth Potential

  • The team shows a great level of understanding regarding the theory and practical aspects in the fields of blockchain and robotics +2
  • Having similar educational backgrounds and geographical basis, it appears much of the core team share experience and are likely close-knit +1
  • Russia has a strong reputation regarding blockchain (including certain individuals like Vitalik Buterin) with many successful projects coming out of the area +2
  • Transparency: Lots of updates on the website and personal medium blogs of various team members, as well as the code being completely open source +3
  • Team members’ experience shines through across their LinkedIn, GitHub, and Google Scholar pages +1
  • Whilst not the most well-known group of advisors, those supporting Robonomics Network have considerable achievements and influence in their own rights +1

Disposition

Worth following, and if you are technically oriented: check out the code!

7/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: XRT
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Presale: Unannounced (Pending Legal Approval)
  • Hard Cap: 10,000 ETH
  • Whitepaper: https://robonomics.network/robonomics_white_paper_en.pdf
  • Website: https://robonomics.network/en/

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