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ICO Analysis: Rivetz International (RvT)

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If you don’t like reading, this presentation by Rivet CEO Steven Sprague gives a pretty good overview of what Rivet is in the following video:

Rivetz International is focused on data integrity and security at the device level. They believe that a big problem with most cryptocurrency implementations is the inability to verify the intent of the user. We can know that the user sent a transaction, but we cannot know if they intended to do so. Rivetz expands the notion of the Trusted Execution Environment from something programmers should be aware of to something that all applications will be forced to reconcile. To do this, they want to build a “Global Attestation and Identity Network.”

The whitepaper is really disorderly. There seem to be a lot of recognizable names thrown in purely for that reason. After ten pages, we’re still overall confused as to what this thing is meant to do.

RvT tokens provide a new approach in the blockchain market designed to assure attestation and policy are fully integrated into the process. The TEE provides the policy enforcement on the device to assure the rules are followed. The processing of the token is designed to verify the integrity of the TEE assuring the poli cy was in place. It is a symbiotic linkage that is intended to embed the info mation necessary to prove that a known device in a known condition with a known user produced a provable instruction with strong privacy controls. A primary goal is that privacy is protected and all device – controlled transactions will only occur between parties known to the owner of the device. The identity information is tokenized in order to seek to assure tracking of transactions on a chain is not bound to a specific service. However, the RvT token will require that all parties are identified to the owner of the device reducing the risk that malware can extract value from the automated systems.

What the above means is that a device which is enabled with RvT technology simply cannot take certain actions without being legitimately in tune with device owner policy and network security checks. At a consumer level, this all seems too complex, but as investors we have to consider that there are things in here that other firms will find more useful than we can imagine from our standing. For instance, banks could utilize a public and secure network like RvT to ensure that some elements of their security are actually veritable and within the control of the user. Third-party applications of either a similar concept or implementations based on RvT are bound to happen as the Internet of Things makes hardware security more commonplace. Utilizing “jails” in computer architecture for the execution of highly sensitive instructions is a sensible first step in software design, regardless of advances in software-based solutions.

When an RvT-enabled device comes online, it is run through a series of checks which generate a “health” certificate. “The Cybercontrols Marketplace executes an owner-provided script to validate any external controls, Enterprise or cloud.” This means that you could have some document or domain somewhere that must be in exactly the same state it was in when you last touched it, or anything you want. The script is provided to the Cybercontrols Marketplace before the provider is allowed to use the ecosystem, so its security is also important, but it could be a powerful way to use the software in surprising ways. For instance, a script could notify you that your device was at this particular GPS location if a check didn’t pass. It could delete certain records, or automatically remove all access to the device. All of this can be more secure and less expensive than the options offered by Google and Apple today. There are some things which should not be left in walled gardens, owned by private companies. Security protocols and networking protocols in general are one of these things. Better security happens when certain things become impossible.

We also are introduced to a concept of “health checks” in Rivet. Health checks are a bit of a murky area for this writer, but essentially a set of tests are determined externally and internally, by vendor and user, to determine if a device is in a “healthy” state to conduct certain types of activities. While the technical details are interesting, from an investor perspective these should be more organized for our digestion. No matter, we are able to come up with this determination:

So what Rivet is building could be transformative or it could be too big to sail.

Huge Problem, Huge Potential

According to the Rivet whitepaper, $3 trillion in costs were generated in 2015 by cybersecurity compromises. They cite Cybersecurity Ventures for this figure, who also say it will double in 2017. Cybersecurity Ventures is a more recent effort by PeopleComm, the earliest rendition of LinkedIn for the technology industry. We checked these numbers, and what we found were a bit different. An ironic thing to note about Cybersecurity Ventures, on the surface, is that they do not even use the Secure Site Layer protocol:

Nevertheless, what their report actually says is the following:

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will continue rising and cost businesses globally more than $6 trillion annually by 2021. The estimate is based on historical cybercrime figures including recent year-over-year growth, a dramatic increase in hostile nation state sponsored and organized crime gang hacking activities, a cyber attack surface which will be an order of magnitude greater than it is today, and the cyber defenses expected to be pitted against hackers and cybercriminals over that time.

It’s not overly important, but it does lead one to wonder why the information was misused in the Rivet whitepaper, particularly in the “executive summary” section:

As you can see, on your first read it’s easy to think they’re saying $6 trillion per year. Let’s limit our enthusiasm for Cybersecurity Venture’s predictions, in any case – forecasting a strong market for cybersecurity is sort of in their job description. Let’s assume they are 90% over-estimating: that is still $600 billion in damages over a few years, with $100 billion being invested for security efforts. It does seem evident that with that much loot flying around, innovative ideas such as Rivet are going to rise to the top of the pile and see some engagement. Whether they are the right people for the job is really hard to pin down and perhaps outside the scope of these analyses, but for the reader’s benefit, we can review the people working on the project.

The Rivet Token

The rivet token itself will be used to bind devices to the global attestation network. As always, their acquisition is the cost of admission into the network. Envision firms buying up large blocks and reselling access. 200 million Rivets will be issued starting today but only 70 million are going to be available for sale, with another 70 million locked down for “future use.”

The article should almost end here. As regards the token sale economics, they are doing it all wrong. Too much trust is forced to be left in their hands. While the value of the token should theoretically be higher since it will be more scarce, this metric is generally best applied to things with already-established value.

Rivetz International

The company is headed by Steven Sprague and Michael Sprague, relation unclear. Michael acts as Chief Technology Officer and Steven acts as CEO. You can see Steven giving a speech at the top of this article.

In charge of engineering, they’ve got Sean Gilligan. According to his own tagline, “as an independent consultant and principal at Open Systems Development, Sean built networking and systems software products for companies such as Apple, 3Com, Novell, Silicon Graphics, and SUN Microsystems.” Hardly a big name left out of that. One guesses he forgot Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Luckily, it’s not bullcrap. Gilligan’s Github profile at least vindicates that he is an active developer. While there is valid criticism in using such a metric to determine someone’s qualifications, when it’s evident, it’s evidence.

In concert with Greg Laun and Mark Hoblit, the Spragues apparently believe, Gilligan will build a team that will radically, transformatively change security in electronic devices and finance.

The Verdict

But, will they? The safe bet here seems to be: “wait and see.” Aside from red flags like the “pre-sale available” for those willing to spend “150 Eth” or more, and without regard for anything the firm has done, seen, or built, what you’re going to run into is a disparate industry which is eager to provide 100 solutions to the same problem. Rivet will be just one of them, and, to be very honest, probably not a very successful one. As such, either buy little or buy late.

Risk

The battle hardened author gets a bad feeling about the complexity of this idea. Not everything is solved through crowdfunding research. Successfully implementing this system seems like more work than anyone is predicting. We can understand that these things also happen organically, but there is likely to be a lot more momentum behind such organic efforts, ie, this sort of standard is the sort of thing that will be best done by a consortium of companies who will all benefit.

The R3 Blockchain Consortium would seem a good fit both for funding this company and for implementing its technology, rather than thousands of individual investors who likely do not understanding what they are funding. No one seems to question how Rivets play into R3’s “Corda” project. Of course, we can’t stop anyone from investing, and we can’t stop anyone from trying, we can merely point out that there appear to be far more legitimate, big-handed efforts in relatively congruent areas of thought already.

Growth Potential

There’s probably a lot more to this science project than meets the eye, and like as not, opportunities for profit will arise which surprise everyone.

Disposition

However, the long-term value of RvT tokens is in the balance here, and we must suggest that such a value is not very high. Rivetz receives a 5.4 on a scale of 0 to 10 for its technical aptitude alone. The token itself loses 2 points from this score, landing it at 3.4. It would receive a higher rating if it could be reasonably believed that this token will be in hot demand sometime in the next 6 to 24 months, but there is no reason to believe that from here.

We will check in on them in February, after which they say on page 21, “the majority of the Blockchain and token based projects will benefit from integration with Rivetz capabilities.” On their FAQ page, they also say that by February: “Developer tools and the Rivetz 2 FA capability are expected to be delivered in the fall, and a machine multisig by the end of the year. We have a number of existing technology partners. ”

Investment Details

Rivetz opens its public sale today. Be sure to read all terms and conditions if you’ve got additional information the author hasn’t or just have a long-term good feeling about them. Clear details as to pricing and availability have not been made available at time of writing:

The correct address to access is https://rivetzintl.com/sale.

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The Ankr network aims to create a permissionless, efficient, scalable blockchain, which also has built-in capabilities for interacting with existing data solutions. Its consensus mechanism is called “Proof of useful work,” suggesting that the computing resources that provide the lock will be much more efficient than existing PoW schemes. Their new consensus protocol will allow them to engage in the Distributed Cloud Computing field. It is also notable to mention that they were one of the first to implement the Intel SGX trusted devices feature.

More about ANKR network’s technology can be viewed in my previous article.

In short, ANRK network wants to change the inefficiency of existing POW blockchains and transfer all that computing power onto useful tasks. Secondly, they would like to create oracle services that will allow smooth integration of real business to the blockchain. Finally, as all new blockchains, they would like to improve the scalability of their blockchain through the introduction of plasma chain features. What I liked most is they do not aim to achieve superior numbers like 1m TPS, but only seek to implement features that would be necessary for their business.

The roadmap is rather short at this point. The project has already released their MVP and is preparing itself for the testnet launch in September of this year.

Token

The total toke  supply is 10 billion ANKR tokens. The use of proceeds is listed below:

  • Team and advisors – 20% – lockup of 7 months and vesting up to 3 years
  • Marketing -5%
  • Private pre-sale – 30%
  • Public sale – 5%
  • Mining and community – 40%

Akr provides the following use cases for its tokens:

  1. It will serve as a payment instrument on the blockchain
  2. It will serve as a mining reward for renting computing power
  3. It will serve as a community reward incentive

Team

The team is young and talented and is a part of UC Berkley Blockchain student group.

Chandler Song, Co-founder & CEO. He has diverse experience in different international companies like Didi (college intern for three months), SAP (4 months), Amazon as a software intern (4 months), and as CTO of CitySpade for five months (currently has 29 employees on LinkedIn).

Stanley Wu, Co-founder & CTO. He has strong technical skills and more than ten years of experience working for Amazon with a focus on large-scale cloud services.

Ryan Fang, Co-founder & COO.  He had some experience with credit organizations like Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, China Renaissance and State Street.

Song Liu, Chief Security Engineer. Principal Engineer at Gigamon for just over two years, Senior Staff Engineer at Palo Alto Networks for two years, Network Security Expert. He has skills in TCP/IP/SSL firewall coding, C, and C++ programming, and large-scale distributed computing systems.

Advisors

Christel Quek, Marketing Advisor — Based out of Singapore, advisor to Zilliqa and Switcheo Network, Founder of BOLT.

JZ Zhang, Technology Advisor — Distinguished Architect at Yahoo (over four years), Principal Engineer at Cisco (1 year), Microsoft (over three years), Blackberry and AT&T, Founder of PDX funded by Lenovo Capital. Member of Blockchain Research Group in National Internet Finance Association of China.

David P. Anderson, Technical advisor – American research scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston.

Investors and partners

The ANKR investors list is pretty impressive. Some of the more prominent investors are:

  • NGC – investment fund of NEO
  • Jlabs – blockchain division of Chinese private equity firm JD capital
  • DHVC – well know early stage investment firm from the Silicon Valley.

Verdict

Ankr is an exciting project. It provides exciting product features, focused on adoption and has the backing of serious players in the blockchain space. However, theis filled with competition, and it is hard to understand who will take the main market share at this point.

Risks

  • Competition is rather fierce even in the blockchain space. We have projects like Golem, Sonm and upcoming projects like Hypernet and Perlin as well Dfinity and Oasis Labs. -2
  • Relatively inexperienced team. -1.5
  • A long-term roadmap is not there. -1.5
  • PoUW is a new concept, so the implementation may face some difficulties. -1
  • Token metrics and lockups of private sale round could be better. -2

Growth Potential

  • A talented and ambitious team from Berkley, backed by senior engineers and advisors.+1
  • Usage of SGX chips to tap into unused computing resources may substantially decrease adoption phase. +1
  • Innovative consensus protocol. +1
  • Focus on niche industries first (specialization is better than global broad spread focus). +1
  • Github repository has committed, especially on the plasma part. +1
  • Hard cap and metrics are on the good side. +2
  • Strong backers in terms of top investment firms in the crypto space. +2
  • Part of the public sale is done through the physical token distribution (akin to Mainframe). +1
  • MVP is present .+2
  • Although most funds are raised through the private sale, it is still pretty decentralized (most parties got 200 eth). +1
  • Hype is there (50,000 people on Telegram), and reviews are generally favorable. +2

Disposition

Ankr has a decent hard cap and will probably be listed on a major exchange due to its hype and partner level. This can lead to a potentially good return in the short term, although lock up of private sale participants could be better. 7 out of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: ANKR
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Whitelist open
  • Minimum Investment: around 400 USD
  • Price: $0.0066
  • Hard Cap: 17.8 M
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: Residents of U.S / Canada / China / South Korean /Barbados & other FATF countries like Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Yemen, Iran, North Korea are not able to participate

General details :

Website: https://www.ankr.network/

Telegram: https://t.me/ankrnetwork

White Paper: on the website

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Although Facebook is one of the most successful that social networks ever existed, the year of 2018 did not start so well for them. The Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal had played a key role in that the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was even had been called to the court for a testimony. Its users’ data have been harvested by an app called thisisyourdigitallife and allegedly had used to build a software to influence voters. A rough estimation is that data belonging to 70 million users only from the US had been exploited, yet arguably this could be avoided if users had complete control over their personal data. No one else could share their data without their consent if they were stored in a decentralized system, so one of the biggest data breaches of the history would have been avoided.

As history shows this was not the first time that a data breach scandal has occurred in a centralized system and it is only rational to make a guess that it will not be the last time as well, which creates a need of an identification system such that users have control over their data, being able to choose what kind of data they share and when they share it.

Blockchain, being a highly secure technology, is likely to provide a solution in this area and Metadium, a decentralized identity platform, aims to be the standard solution for it with their product called Meta ID. This new kind of identity which is called “digital identity” will let users to have complete control over of where, when and how much of their personal data is shared. Without their consent no personal data shall leave the platform, thus making it (almost) impossible that data breaches like Cambridge Analytica can occur ever again.

Token

META is the native token which will be used for every action taking place on the Metadium blockchain. In order to prevent transaction overflows and avoid DDoS attacks any action will cost META and those collected tokens will be distributed to miners, thus incentivizing them to secure the network. The main usage of META token from a user’s perspective will be to attain attestation services. Their updating or linking their mundane identity which is defined in the whitepaper as a person’s identity backed by legal documents, will cost users tokens and attestation agencies will be rewarded by these tokens in the return of validating these users’ identities.

The initial total supply of META is 2 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 17% team and advisory
  2. 12% power to ecosystem
  3. 5% company reserve
  4. 5% token sale

1 billion META tokens, 50% of the initial total supply, were already sold for a total of 38,000 ETH in the private sale stage, averaging a price of 0.000038 ETH per token. As the crowdsale will be USD-pegged and the same rate will be available to crowdsale participants, these late-comers will have to pay much more in ETH due to a recent drop in ETH prices. No vesting period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, exists, thus some selling pressure might be expected as only 2.5% of initial token supply is allocated for the crowdsale. A vesting period of 6-12 months for team and advisor tokens shall be implemented, though further details are not released yet.

The team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as follows.

  1. 10% legal and accounting
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 15% marketing
  4. 65% research and development

The crowdsale is expected to take place in early September and details on KYC and white-list procedures will be released shortly.

Team

CEO Justin Park – Before joining to Metadium, Park was a senior manager for Gobi Partners, a venture capital based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this position, he held the CEO position at Smilegate, a Korean game company, known mostly for their first-person shooter game ‘Crossfire’.

Co-founder Ryan Uhr – Uhr, a former chief engineer at Hyundai Electronics, has founded Coinplug, a Korea-based company providing blockchain services, in 2013. Among exchanges, prepaid cards and ATM’s, Coinplug has developed a blockchain identity verification platform, OpSign, implying that Uhr comes with great experience in decentralized identity verification platforms.

COO Richard Yun – Yun is the COO of Coinplug and a former senior financial analyst at Cisco.

The existence of many team members from Coinplug is definitely a good sign as this indicates the team’s overall experience in blockchain products.

Advisors

Bo Shen – Shen is a founding partner of FenBushi Capital, one of the biggest blockchain venture capital funds.

Roger Ver – Ver is an early Bitcoin adopter, a founding member of Bitcoin Foundation and Bitcoin.com’s current CEO.

Jack Liu – Liu is a co-founder of OKEx and is the current head of trading at Circle Asia Pacific.

All ten advisors Metadium has are quite important players in the blockchain space and can push a fast adoption phase for the project.

Partners

The only technological partner Metadium has is Coinplug. Coinplug holds the highest number of blockchain patents in Korea and the second highest in the world, which is overwhelmingly impressive. The team has previously worked on a decentralized identity product. As noted earlier in the analysis, many members from Coinplug also work in this project, bringing immense value, team synergy and experience.

Investors

Metadium is funded by eighteen institutional investors. Even though this number alone is quite striking; the existence of huge players such as 500 Startups, FBG Capital, Hashed, Smith + Crown and PreAngel in this list is just incredible.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • As the private sale was pegged to USD, ETH price has decreased immensely since the private sale took place, approximately from 880 $ to today’s 285$, unless we see a huge ETH run before the crowdsale, the crowdsale participants will have to pay much more ETH, (approximately 3x more ETH). Combined with no locking period for institutional investors, unless they are advisors, this might create great selling pressure before the project takes off. (-3)
  • Not all details on the crowdsale are made public yet. (-0.25)
  • Competition with already existing and upcoming projects. (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Really great team mostly formed by Coinplug members. (+4)
  • Backed by many important venture capital firms. (+2)
  • Metadium Blockchain Prototype, 1.0 & API is expected to be released in Q3 2018. This will most probably create buying pressure, or at least remove some selling pressure. In the case of the market’s finding itself in another bull run until then, Metadium might yield great returns. (+3)

Disposition

Metadium has a great team with lots of experience and aims to solve an important real-world problem. It is not unlikely that they beat their competitors by means both of adoption and the product. Metadium receives a 5.75/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – presumably utility
  • Symbol: META
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Early September
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.0325
  • Hard Cap: Unspecified
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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Agate is the world’s most comprehensive decentralized blockchain platform for instant payments. It connects physical stores, online merchants, users and developers to the crypto economy.  Imagine PayPal, but with all the neat new bells and whistles that blockchain, smart contracts and machine learning bring to the table, including a fiat backed platform stable coin called iFiat, which helps control volatility risks that usually come with crypto.

Agate plans to launch its Proof of Stake mainnet in Q1 2019.  There will be a heap of different elements to the Agate Ecosystem. Here are the highlights.

  • Token Generator: Allows users to create their own token through a user-friendly platform without having to write any code. Users will brand and market their products and services under Agate’s blockchain. The token generator will be fueled by AGT token, which will remain at the core of the platform.
  • AI Powered MultiCurrency Wallet: Their wallet is in development and can already store 5 cryptocurrencies. It will be fully launched by Q4 2018 at which time users will be able to store 17 different crypto-assets. The wallet will be integrated with an AI engine that uses machine learning software that has the ability to advise users with the best time to convert their crypto into iFiats to realize the highest possible gains.
  • Stable Cryptocurrency: This is a game-changing feature. Separate from AGT token, a stable coin pegged to the dollar, called iFiat, will be used to settle transactions in real-time. Each iFiat unit has a 1:1 ratio with the underlying currency unit, this facilitates a stable payment system ensuring merchants receive the full spendable value for their payments while eliminating volatility risk.
  • Trading Bot: Allows users to load multiple cryptocurrencies into the Agate ecosystem and then set multiple rules for the bot to execute trades when market conditions are met.
  • Merchant Facing Multiple Payment Gateway: Easy to install payment apps/plug-ins and an open source Agate Payment Gateway API will allow merchants and e-Commerce platforms to accept crypto as a mode of payment with no hassles.
  • Decentralized Exchange: Agate’s iFiat ecosystem will include a Decentralized Exchange (DEX) that will allow fast transactions on the network for merchants to convert their crypto into iFiats instantaneously. Further helping eliminate the volatility risk that comes with crypto.
  • Merchant POS Terminal and Merchant App: Enables brick and mortar stores access to Agate’s POS terminal. With the Agate Merchant App, merchants can receive payments in their own iBucket which facilitates easy bank transfers or the money can be loaded into their own cards for instant spending.
  • Crypto Debit Card: Agate Debit card. The goal is to partner with the worlds leading card providers to allow Agate debit to work at “over 30 million stores globally.”
  • White Label Provider: Agate Blockchain will provide the Agate API Suite, a white label solution that allows developers to build their own DApps or DAO on Agate’s strong and reliable network while improving the entire Cryptoeconomy.

Token

AGT token is separate from the above-described iFiat (stable) token.

The whitepaper lists several ways which AGT token will be used, including:

  • All Exchange orders between different currencies will cost 1 AGT token.
  • Any trade bot trades will cost 1 AGT at the point of execution.
  • To load card or request bank transfers, users will have to pay 1% fee in AGT tokens.
  • Agate token generator costs 50 AGT.
  • At some point, they will switch from Ethereum to their own mainnet. When this happens, AGT will become minable thru Proof of Stake, which will cost 50,000 AGT tokens to run a node.
  • AGT will be required to execute smart contracts.

Distribution:

  • 65% Crowdsale
  • 10% Team
  • 5% Advisors/Partners
  • 5% bounty/airdrop/referrals
  • 15% Reserved for the Agate Ecosystem

Allocation:

  • 40% Research and Development
  • 40% Marketing
  • 5% legal and compliance
  • 10% Operation and Admin
  • 5% Unforeseen Events

The team will lock up their tokens for one year. All unsold tokens will be burned.

Team

Based in Sydney, Australia, the site list 16 team members including tthree founders.

  1. Hamed Taghvaei-   A serial founder of tech companies, including Drone Online, Myservo, King ICO and Business and Demand Group PTY LTD.
  2. Hamid Ostad –  Impressive resume. Since 2016, he’s been the Solutions Architect at BPay Group, a successful Australian bill payment company. He has seven years of experience as tech lead at Creative Digital Technology and five years Dev Manager at Gpayments PTY.
  3. Ali Dorri – PhD candidate at UNSW studying blockchain. He seems to be a blockchain tech expert. No work history listed; his description says he’s worked with several successful blockchain projects already.

A few of the team members stand out.

Ehsan Jahandarpour – CMO. An influencer, he was ranked top 20 growth hacker in 2016 Forbes.

Ariya Chittasy – The website says he’s helped produce four startups over the last eight years, and twi of them are successful. Currently at  Engenesis Ventures, where he “is working with visionaries and innovators to create tech-based companies that serve the world ”

Odette Abrenica – UI/UX Designer. She also has the same role at Engenesis.

Jaemie Dela Pena – Product Design Lead for Agate and Engenesis.

Asi Asgher – Project lead, also works at Engenesis.

There are six advisors – they look decent. J Brenton Smith was the VP & GM Asia Pacific & Japan business of Dell Software Group.

Verdict

There’s plenty to love about the project including a few unique, possibly groundbreaking ideas. However, there is also plenty of risk. Debit cards for one. Countless blockchain projects have come out with their ICOs talking about how they will have a debit card which can be spent with different cryptos all around the world, yet all of them have flopped so far.

Risks

  • Their Telegram channel is for announcements only. It’s going to be hard to grow a community around the token if they can’t talk to each other easily. Also seems kind of shady to not allow possible contributors the ability to ask questions in real time. -1
  • The founders of Agate also recently founded an ICO launching business called King ICO. And most of the team is from a company called Engenesis which is a blockchain project incubator. This means there’s a possibility this team is not serious about making Agate, and are more into making millions of dollars doing ICOs. -1
  • Laws/Regulations. It’s going to be really hard to get the proper banking licenses required to fully run the Agate platform world wide. -2

Growth Potential

  • According to the roadmap. Q1 of 2019 is when they will be hoping to get their proper banking licenses. +1
  • The community seems to like this project, although some of the enthusiasm can be chalked up to their bounty/airdrop program. A large majority of ICO review websites give this project a 90+, or A ranking. And the Bitcointalk page is filled with enthusiastic supporters.+2
  • If this succeeds, the sky will be the limit. +1
  • Teams tokens will be locked up for 1 year. +1
  • 50,000 AGT must be staked in the future to run a POS node. +2
  • GitHub is active and there are several beta demos of diff aspects of the platform. +1.5
  • Several backers. +2

Disposition

High risk/ high reward. If they build everything they talk about in the whitepaper, and then get the proper banking licenses, this could moon. +6.5/10

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