ICO Analysis: Peer Mountain

Many blockchain-based projects these days seem to focus on issues like data and identity, as these issues come to the forefront of public attention with widespread scandals like Equifax and Cambridge Analytica.

While these kinds of issues definitely affect consumers, companies are lost in the fray as well.

Regulatory bodies like governments have come down and demanded that corporations practice safe data storage and transmission practices that keep the consumer’s interests in mind. One such example is GDPR.

Solutions like Civic have emerged to give users control over their identities online. Peer Mountain is a project that not only lets users identify themselves online in a secure manner but also allows companies to offer services to users using PMTN tokens while staying compliant with regulation.

This could be huge as not staying regulatory-compliant could lead to huge fines or worse for companies.

The myriad of compliance concerns, such as compliance costs, data protection, onboarding, reliable KYC, real-time risk assessment, and so on is not being addressed sufficiently by current market solutions.

Peer Mountain is aiming to be the one-stop solution for safe, online personal data usage (consumers) and compliant, online provision of services (enterprise).

Peer Mountain Example: Car Rental

To give a concrete example, imagine you’re renting a car.

With Peer Mountain’s services, you can submit car rental forms in a few taps and get digital car keys sent to your Peer Mountain account right away instead of having to stand in a line for hours just to fill out some paperwork and wait even more.

Here’s how that works:

  1. You verify your identity with the services of identity verifiers, such as insurance companies. Your identity verification (e.g. just the confirmation that you are who you say you are vs. your personal details) is then stored safely on Peer Mountain’s decentralized network
  2. The car rental company gets access to your identity verification (confirmation document) but NOT your detailed personal information
  3. Since your identity has already been verified, the rental process is quicker
  4. For the rental agency, they receive verification but not any personal data, which means they don’t have to worry about data regulation concerns

Token

In the Peer Mountain token economy, PMTN is used for the following:

  • Offering services – when an end-user uses a Peer Mountain invitation or service offered by a company, the company pays a small PMTN fee
  • Using an identity verification – when an identity verification supplied by a verifier, such as a bank, is used, the verifier is paid in PMTN by e.g. a company that wants to verify the identity of their consumer

Everyone involved in the Peer Mountain ecosystem can take on the role of a consumer, service provider, or identity verifier. For example, service providers can provide identity verifications as another way to earn revenue.

Of the total PMTN supply (to be determined by Smartcap – red flag), 40% will be sold, 40% will be kept in the treasury, 10% will go to the team, 8% will be held in legal reserve, and 2% will go to the advisors.

Peer Mountain’s token sale has 4 stages:

  1. Presale 1 (priority first)
  2. Presale 2 (priority first) (presale ended March 15th, 2018)
  3. Tier 1 (public)
  4. Tier 2 (public)

peer mountain token sale

Of the proceeds, 40% will go to technological development, 25% to business development, 25% to marketing, and 10% to regulatory and legal costs.

The hard cap, too, is to be determined by Smartcap – red flag.

Team

CEO Jed Grant – Grant was named one of the top 200 European fintech leaders by LATTICE80 and has had a long career in tech, including IT at NATO as well as deep experience in compliance as CEO of KYC3.com, a leader in the compliance world that has been recognized for many relevant awards and honors, such as WealthTech Circle in London, Disrupt.Finance in Zurich, Fintech Fusion in Geneva, Lux Future Lab in Luxembourg, and Europe4Startups.

In terms of advisers, two in particular stand out.

Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing – took Sprinklr, a customer experience management platform for businesses, from $20m to $1.8b in four years as CMO

Professor Jorge Sanz – Global Chief Innovation Officer in Banking at IBM

Verdict

While the idea is great, Peer Mountain suffers from issues, such as a lack of strong team and advisors (relative to other projects), no working product, no disclosed significant partnerships, and a variable total token supply as well as token sale hard cap.

Risks

  • Team could be stronger relative to other projects’ teams. (-0.2)
  • Same goes for advisers. (-0.2)
  • No working product. (-0.2)
  • No significant partnerships that have been disclosed. (-0.2)
  • Max PMTN supply and token sale hardcap are variable and not set in stone. (-0.5)
  • Maximum contribution amounts unspecified. Combined with heavy discounts for presale purchasers (30% – Presale 1, 20% – Presale 2), this could be worrisome for those looking to get in on the public sale. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • Potentially huge emerging industry (staying compliant with data regulations). (+4)
  • First mover advantage – Peer Mountain seems to be the only project addressing the issues of personal data protection and data regulatory compliance at the same time. If things go well, they could cement themselves as the market leader quickly. (+3)

Disposition

Peer Mountain is a promising project with a very strong promise. However, things like lack of a strong team and advisors, no working product, no significant, disclosed partnerships, variable supply and funding cap, and unspecified maximum contribution amounts make it somewhat of a risky investment. Further analysis is recommended for those interested. As a result, Peer Mountain receives a 4.7/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: PMTN
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crodsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: 1 PMTN (Presale), Unspecified (Public Sale)
  • Price: 1 ETH = 2,917 PMTN
  • Hard Cap: Unspecified
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

For More Information:

Peer Mountain Website

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