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Not long ago, we were all wondering when existing businesses will start adopting blockchain. After all, scalability of blockchain technology is a function of adoption by existing companies.

Kik was one of the most high profile traditional businesses to raise funds via the ICO route when they successfully raised close to a $100 million in September.

The reason we are discussing this topic is that Restart Energy is also an existent revenue generating company. Most of us have not heard about Restart Energy, so let’s have a look at it first.

Restart Energy is a Romanian electricity and gas supply company with expected sales of $20 million in 2017. They have a customer base of 30,000 users and offer up to 100% renewable energy supply. Some of its innovate business practices, like the franchise based model, have resulted in Restart becoming the fastest growing energy supplier in the EU.

As we have discussed in some of our previous articles (Power Ledger, Grid+, SunContract), blockchain technology has the potential to completely disrupt the existing energy markets.

In the traditional model of energy distribution, there are multiple intermediaries between the electricity generators and the end users. Intermediaries like the utilities charge a large markup over their cost of goods sold. Typically only about 50% of the cost of retail electricity is used to pay for the electrical energy itself. The other half is tied up in administrative burden, marketing, and risk management associated with bad debts.

When a prosumer (consumer + producer) produces more energy with solar than needed, he has to sell some back to the grid at a meager price as legacy energy providers have no incentives to offer such services because their supply and revenue from consumers would be reduced.

From the company:

“Restart Energy is building a global energy supply platform using blockchain protocol to democratize a sector burdened by bureaucracy and transaction costs, freeing up capital, saving consumers money, helping local small producers earn more and allowing real peer to peer direct energy trading using existing infrastructure.”

Red Platform

At the center of Restart Energy’s offering is the RED platform, which connects energy producers and traders with retail customers in a decentralized manner. By building the platform on blockchain, several layers of costs associated with bureaucracy and transaction are removed.

The removal of intermediaries and automation of manual tasks will enable producers to sell electricity at a 30% higher rate than their wholesale counterparts, while consumers will pay 30% lower rates.

All parties on the platform will be able to trade energy with each other on a P2P marketplace, which provides equal pricing for all generators removing monopolies.

Red Franchise

The business model is scalable as it allows anyone to become a seller/utility by becoming a franchise of Restart Energy. By holding greater than 10,000 tokens, any user can open a franchise that will perform the activities of the traditional utilities at a fraction of costs. Even existing utilities can benefit from being a Red Franchise as they would be able to significantly reduce operating costs using the blockchain solutions offered by Restart Energy.

Restart Energy will also introduce smart meters and watt prediction software, which will better forecast the future supply-demand and pricing metrics offering better value to the sellers. A mobile application will be created for payments and statistics.

Token

Restart Energy will issue the ERC20 RED MegaWatt token during the ICO. The RED MegaWatt tokens act as virtual batteries for energy access; they store access of up to 2 MWh/token of energy. In the token distribution, each RED will come equipped with 0.11 kWh of active energy. Renewable energy producers and suppliers will donate between 1% and 5% from each energy transaction on the platform to the Restart Energy community via transparent energy fund from where it will be evenly distributed to the RED MegaWatt token holders based on the number of tokens owned. Tokens can be used to pay energy invoices issued by the company or sell the energy to other participants on the RED platform.

In addition to being virtual energy batteries, the RED MegaWatt tokens serve other functions like giving access to the platform, providing access to the RED franchises and distributing incomes from the sale of energy contracts.

Restart Energy has an internal token called the KW token. Each 1 kW token will be equivalent to 1 KWh of energy and it will be purchased by the users of the RED platform with crypto and fiat currencies to be consumed or sold on the RED platform.

The pre-ICO begins on January 15, 2018. The total supply of tokens would be roughly 1.199 billion RED MegaWatt tokens with each valued at $0.1 with a hard cap of $50 million.

Fifty percent of the coins will be sold in the crowd sale; 30% will be held in reserves and 20% allocated to the team.

Twenty percent of the funds raised will be used to consolidate the existing business operations in Romania, while the remaining funds will be used for the development of the platform and expansion in other geographies. For more details on the bonus structure, please refer section 11.2 of the Whitepaper.

Team

Restart Energy is 82% owned by Armand Group, a successful renewable project developer in Romania with more than 500 MW of solar and other renewable sources developed through its subsidiary Armand Consulting. So, the vision has always been inclined towards working with renewables. CEO Armand Doru Domuta is quoted in the Whitepaper as:

“Restart Energy is my legacy to the world, it’s my dream of creating a transparent energy ecosystem that allows and encourages free and direct energy transfers between people that have the possibility to choose renewable energy without limitations from sources they can trust.”

The CEO and founder is an excellent entrepreneur. Restart Energy has grown rapidly in Romania due to some brilliant maneuvers like the creation of the first franchise based energy supply model in the EU, or the only renewables option for users. There are 15 core members of the team, with solid industry experience as most of them have been working for Restart Energy. There are six advisors with a couple of them having extensive experience in energy-related domains.

Verdict

Having solid industry experience thanks to Restart Energy’s operations in Romania is a big plus, especially in this particular industry. Restart Energy has already achieved 75% development of the software components and process automation that will comprise the RED Platform.

How does Restart Energy compare with existing solutions?

WePower, Power Ledger and SunContract are some of the existing solutions bringing innovation in the energy market via blockchain. While all the platforms offer P2P energy trading and blockchain and smart contract-based solutions, Restart Energy has some crucial distinctions.

Most important difference is that Restart Energy is a Licenced EU energy provider with a strong customer base and revenues. Restart Energy is not just creating a P2P energy marketplace but is also focused on improving the existing utility infrastructure by allowing anyone to open cost-effective utilities. Restart Energy has agreements in place with energy producers for donating energy to RED MegaWatt Token holders

However, Power Ledger allows third-party applications on its platform, which Restart Energy does not. This third party integration feature has been the selling point of Power Ledger, which has resulted in the token appreciation.

That being said, Restart Energy’s industry experience gives it a clear competitive advantage against all of the existing solutions.

Risks

  • Expansion in other geographies depends on regulatory approvals. It is also a function of whether geographies like China and India create deregulated energy markets as the business is viable only in deregulated energy markets. Even in the US, only 2 states have deregulated energy markets. -1
  • The whitepaper lists George Popescu as the chairman of the board of advisors. The management team cannot ignore the irregularities issues against him as it results in loss of credibility. -2

Growth Potential

  • The team has set aggressive growth targets with expansion in 22 countries as early as 2019. +3
  • The tokens not only have transactional value but also holding values regarding regular energy payouts and franchise benefits. +3
  • Although they do not have a working product yet, the existing entity in Romania with $20 million in sales gives the project a solid credibility. +4

Disposition

We deduct another 1 point due to the lack of external application integration functionality which gives Power Ledger unlimited potential. We arrive at a score of +6 for Restart Energy.

The scoring in the decentralized energy industry could go as follows,

Power Ledger > Restart Energy > Grid+ > WePower > SunContract.

Going ahead, Restart Energy might get the top rank owing to its core competence in the energy markets.

Investment Details

The presale begins on January 15. You can purchase the tokens here.

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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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