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Sharpe Capital is primarily an investment company whose core product is creating multiple approaches to understanding the market dynamics of both equities and blockchain assets. The multiple approaches to understanding market dynamics include sentiment analysis, quantitative trading, machine learning, AI and linguistic analysis.

Analysts at existing hedge funds/investment funds rely on quantitative and fundamental trading models where the value of an asset is tied to its micro and macroeconomic performance. Analysts hope that the trading value of the asset will converge on its “intrinsic value” over time and earn them returns on undervalued assets. Intrinsic value is the value that the analysts calculate based on various economic indicators. Readers familiar with investment analysis will understand these concepts with ease.

However, generating returns based on the calculated search of intrinsic values of undervalued assets is not so easy. Investor sentiment plays a huge role in asset valuation resulting in asset prices consistently diverging from their intrinsic values. For example, Tesla has higher market capitalization than Ford, but does it deserve that high a valuation? In my opinion, no! But investor sentiment is very positive towards Tesla, resulting in its higher market cap.

So, how do you gauge investor sentiment? This is where Sharpe Capital comes in.

From the perspective of a user who visits Sharpe Capital for the first time, the platform pays Ether for his views on a particular asset. The user is given recent updates about the assets and his opinion is asked. A user’s opinion carries weight based on his previous responses (a reputation system) and the amount of SHP token holding. The payouts on correct opinion will be given accordingly. Opinions of hundreds of thousands of users are evaluated to gauge the overall sentiment about the asset.

Sharpe Capital’s investment analysis methodology is not just sentiment analysis, but also takes into consideration a host of factors like fundamental analysis (macro, micro indicators), linguistic analysis (sentiments, emotions, contextual framing from blogs, twitter feeds, etc.), and machine learning (continuous learning from past experiences).

Sharpe Capital will feed this information into its proprietary investment fund, whose returns will be distributed among all token holders.

The data generated from sentiment analysis and the linguistic analysis will be sold to buyers like investment funds and researchers.

Sharpe Capital is also creating internal auditing tools and enterprise-grade blockchain solutions for hedge funds and corporate clients for transparency and accountability.

Token

The SHP token will serve several functions on Sharpe Capital’s platform. The SHP tokens will give access to the users to earn rewards in ether by voting on bullish versus bearish sentiment of an asset on the Sharpe Capital sentiment platform.

Hedge funds and institutional investors will be able to access information within Sharpe Capital’s Quantitative Trading Model through SHP fees. SHP tokens will help holders participate in governance for Sharpe Capital.

Looking ahead, as regulatory clarity emerges, Sharpe Capital will issue SCDs (Sharpe Crypto Derivatives), a cryptocurrency token that will be tied to the firm’s proprietary investment fund. Holders of SCDs will be entitled to receive dividends from the proprietary fund.

SCDs will have bi-annual Ethereum payouts and will be distributed 1:1 with SHP at a later date.

The ICO began on 13th November and will last until 5th February 2018. The minimum contribution will be $100. The SHP token is valued at 2000 SHPs for 1 ETH. For each 2,000 SHP issued, an additional 2,000 SHP will be held in reserve for future fundraising and an additional 1,000 will be distributed to Sharpe Capital founders and community members for coming platform development for a total distribution of 5,000 SHP for 1 ETH. There is a hard cap of $20 mn for the raise.

40% of the funds raised will be used for the investment fund, while 20% for development and operations.

The bonus structure begins only after $1,500 contributions. You can check out the details here.

Team

According to the company, “The Sharpe Capital team is comprised of a diverse group of experts across the fields of quantitative modeling, financial engineering, linguistic analysis, international law & regulatory requirements.”

There are five members of the core team. Chief Investment Officer James Butler has a Ph.D. in complex system modeling and is responsible for overseeing the development of the Sharpe Capital Investment Platform. This platform was conceived by Butler in collaboration with CEO Lewis M. Barber.

The development of novel approaches to linguistic analysis is supported by leading linguist and anthropologist Mieke Vandenbroucke Ph.D., a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley who is also one of the advisers. There are five other advisers, prominent among them being Dimitri Chupryna, who is the co-founder of TaaS. TaaS will be used for extensive testing of the investment platform.

The team appears solid, with advisers from varied background. One aspect which I personally find somewhat negative is that most of the members, especially the ones developing the investment platform, belong to an academic background rather than one rooted in investment banking. I think this factor is quite relevant for this industry.

Verdict

Let me begin with how well the Whitepaper is written. The team has thought through the project well, with a detailed explanation of the Sharpe Investment Platform. Discussing the technicalities is beyond the scope of this review, but interested readers can go through the document for more information.

That being said, it is quite difficult to judge the quality of an Investment Platform or methodology without historical returns or a product version. The alpha will launch on 12th December with focus on the sentiment analysis part.

Cindicator can be considered the closest competitor, who have been working on the project since November 2014. They have an alpha version and are developing the product from insights coming in from a very active community. Sharpe Capital has some advantages in terms of product quality like the inclusion of linguistic analysis, governance; but then what is stopping a well-funded platform like Cindicator from including these in its product.
Of course, there is space for multiple competing companies, but a segment like sentiment analysis will hold value for only if the platform has thousands of users voting on the platform.

Risks

  • Sentiment analysis will not hold much value if Sharpe Capital is not able to attract enough users. Also, would hedge funds or investment funds find value in sentiments of retail speculators? -2
  • Along with Cindicator, many other companies are working on the same domain. -2
  • The investment analysis methodology although thoroughly developed is purely academic at this moment. -1
  • There are concerns whether the AI based portfolio manager can generate returns, especially in the crypto space where there is so much flux. -1

Growth Potential

  • The product is better than the competitors at this moment. +4
  • Rewards for prediction without the loss of stake is a massive incentive for users to participate on the platform. +3
  • The alpha version will be launching soon on 12th December. The alpha version launch will be a big credibility boost for the project. +2
  • Once the regulatory approvals for SCD tokens are obtained, Sharpe Capital can expand to other dividend based funds. +0.5
  • There will be demand for the enterprise-grade blockchain solutions for hedge funds and corporate clients once regulations demanding more transparency start getting hold. +1

Disposition

We arrive at a score of +4.5 out of 10 for Sharpe Capital. The score can improve +2 points depending on the reception of the alpha version once it launches on the 12th of December.

Investment Details

The ICO began on 13th November. Non-accredited US residents, Chinese and Singapore residents are restricted from the sale. You can participate in the ICO here.

Disclaimer: Writer does not hold an investment position in Sharpe Capital. 

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As we spend more and more time on the Internet, we become more “digital” and unsurprisingly, our everyday practices keep changing. Yet, change isn’t always so simple, especially when it comes down to intellectual property. Constantly using the Internet and creating new, original content whose rights we are entitled to, creates controversies as the intellectual property market faces several crucial problems such as in the following:

  • It is hard to establish connections between businesses and intellectual property owners.
  • There is no high-quality sustainable system dedicated to intellectual property.

But no more says the Brain Space team whose primary goals are to create an infrastructure to solve problems in the industry and to provide frictionless access for authors to the international stage. The latter is especially crucial for the market and should be underlined because if it is hard, inaccessible and inconvenient for an author to register and record his or her products, a healthy market’s occurrence is hardly conceivable.

Yet this is proven to be hard in the actual intellectual properties market as “a huge increase in capitalization, the issue of infringement of the author’s rights and the misuse of someone else’s intellectual property is acute”. The author has every reason and right to demand that his or her rights are protected and his or her products are used in accordance with legal frameworks. This brings the need for a platform where copyrights, patents or other intellectual properties are registered and protected rightfully.

Creating a safe and fast platform to store all this data is not an easy task obviously, yet Brain Space has proven how serious they are by building their own data center for this purpose to support the network of nodes. It is planned to have a capacity of 5 Petabytes (5,000 Terabytes or 5,000,000 Gigabytes), 3,000 KW of energy and 500 server racks each with a 40 Gbit per second Internet connection.

Token

IMP tokens are used as universal payment tools in the platform. The private-sale price per IMT token is $0.01, the pre-sale price $0.03 and the ICO price is $0.08. As any ICO investors will have to pay eight times of private sale contributors for the same number of tokens, token metrics do not seem favorable for him or her. Any crypto-investor who has taken a likening in the project might be better off if he or she waits until the token hits the market where probably he or she could buy it cheaper than the ICO price.

The initial total supply of IMP is 2,700,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 10% private sale
  2. 26% token sale
  3. 5% bounty, bonus, marketing
  4. 2% further attraction in the project
  5. 17% pre-sale
  6. 15% team
  7. 25% maintaining the platform project

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

  1. 28% data center
  2. 1% ICO expenses
  3. 15% listing, marketing, and business development
  4. 7% team
  5. 2% attraction of users
  6. 2% legal and financial services
  7. 8% expansion, operations
  8. 2% legal status and licenses
  9. 15% backup
  10. 5% technical development
  11. 14% specialists
  12. 1% community events

Team

Ivan Shikhalev: Shikhalev was a software engineer at Tenzor Company.

Denis Dimitriev: Dimitriev has worked as a financial analyst at TeleTrade Russia.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Brain Space.

Risks

  • As the ICO price is eight times of the private sale price, any ICO investor will have to pay eight times more than a private sale contributor for the same number of IMP tokens which does not sound like a healthy investment at all. It might be reasonable to wait until the token hits the market and hope it opens at a lower price if you are interested in the project. (-2)

Growth Potential

  • The team is planning to have its own data center, which means that the team is aiming to provide sufficient speed and security for the platform in addition to any other nodes run by others. (+2)
  • Blockchains’ immutable permanent nature is a perfect fit for intellectual property platforms. (+2)

Disposition

The intellectual rights market suffers from several problems such as the absence of a high-quality sustainable platform, the infringement of authors’ rights and the misuse of the authors’ rights as well as products. Blockchain technology, thanks to its immutable, permanent nature, has a high chance to solve this problem and Brain Space is such a platform aiming at these issues. Although one might be worried about the platform’s security, speed, and scalability, the team is planning to build its own high-capacity data center to support network needs. Still, from an ICO investor’s perspective, we cannot say token metrics are favorable as the private sale contributors had the chance to buy IMP tokens with a price of $0.01 while the ICO price is $0.08. As of the time of writing, there are still two months until the ICO, so the ICO investor should strongly weigh the project’s pros and cons before making any investment and likely consider buying tokens after they hit the market. Brain Space receives a 2/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: IMP
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: January 14th
  • Minimum Investment: $100
  • Price: $0.08
  • Hard Cap: $73,630,000
  • Payments Accepted: Bitcoin, Ethereum
  • Restricted from Participating: United States, China, and North Korea

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ICO Analysis: Aqua Intelligence

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The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal has revealed that the world’s biggest social network’s millions of users’ personal data were harvested for political reasons. This was not the first scandal revealing user data misused for a corporation’s or a person’s gains. Big data companies are known to track Internet users’ data as closely as possible in order to sell the data later for monetary gain.

However, the actual owner of the data, the end user, rarely benefits from this data monetization. Aqua Intelligence is a platform enabling its users to monetize their data in the form of tokens. The team aims to collect data from their already existing products and other sources in order to build a profile system at an international scale.

As a high amount of data is expected to flow into the platform, human analysis alone will not be sufficient to process it all. The team is looking to enhance the system with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to further improve sales, retention, conversion and customer satisfaction. If the team is able to meet their goals, Aqua Intelligence has a chance to take a shot at one of the world’s biggest industries.

Initially focusing on the hospitality industry where the team is the most experienced, Aqua Intelligence will create a data solution to help businesses improve their revenues with personalized offerings and improved operational efficiency. In return, the platform users will be rewarded with loyalty benefits in return for validating their personal data.

Aqua Intelligence is designed to have three main components.

  • Aqua Intelligence is the core component where the data is processed.
  • Platform users use Aqua Mobile Application to earn tokens in return for providing and validating data and completing other tasks like surveys and reviews. The application enables them to manage their loyalty points as well.
  • It is all thanks to Aqua Revenue Management System that businesses are able to improve their sales numbers and efficiency. By using this component, they will be able to provide personalized offers and special group sales.

Token

AQX tokens will be used to distribute rewards and loyalty points in the Aqua Intelligence platform. The ICO investor should note that until October 6th a bonus of 100% was offered to investors. As of the time of writing, 50% bonus is available for investors until November 5th. Any person considering to invest in Aqua Intelligence should better hurry and make his or her decision before the sale moves to the next stage where only 20% will be offered.

The initial total supply of AQX is 500,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 5% bounties and airdrops
  2. 20% team
  3. 30% platform reserve
  4. 45% AQUA token sale

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

  1. 10% legal
  2. 10% operational expenses
  3. 20% marketing
  4. 20% research & editorial
  5. 40% platform development

Team

CEO Anthony Gelman: Gelman has worked as a housekeeping training manager at Wynn Las Vegas and as a housekeeping manager at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

COO Leon Pashnick: Pashnick was the assistant manager of housekeeping at Wynn Las Vegas.

Okechi Onyeje: Onyeje is a software engineer at Vistaprint.

Advisors

Rick Hilton: Hilton is the chairman at Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, a real estate company based in Beverly Hills, since 1994.

Chuck Goldman: Goldman, a mentor at MassChallenge, has worked as a senior director at Apple for four years.

Tony Lau: Lau was the vice president of finance at Hughes Network Systems and Lockheed Martin/Astrolink International.

David Norton: Norton is the chairman and chief marketing officer at GALE partners, a marketing and advertising company and a board member at Home Care Assistance. He also has held the chief marketing officer position at Caesars Entertainment Corporation for twelve years and worked as a vice president at Bank of America.

Arthur Iinuma: Iinuma has worked for Citi, Morgan Stanley and UBS Wealth Management.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Aqua Intelligence.

Risks

  • The AQX token does not have any staking or profit distribution mechanism and has none to very little use case for people who will not use the token except for speculative trading. (-2)
  • Early stage investors get a 100% bonus which should discourage later investors from investing in the project. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • Great advisors with experience at well-known firms, with some of those being in the hospitality industry (the project’s initial focus). (+3)
  • The team is planning to initially focus on the hospitality market, where they are experienced. (+3)

Disposition

Whether one likes or not, personal data is money in this day and age. Aqua Intelligence gives people a chance to monetize their personal data in return for loyalty points and rewards in different forms. The project is backed by great advisors and the team’s initial focus will be the hospitality market where they have a lot of experience. Aqua Intelligence receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: AQX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: 0.05 ETH
  • Price: $0.18
  • Hard Cap: $30,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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BX.BET is offering a decentralized blockchain-based betting exchange and prediction market ecosystem to tackle the fragmented market of betting.

BX aims to utilize the full power of blockchain and smart contracts to give users full control over their funds and betting transactions, with full transparency and total freedom to bet as they please. BX users will be able to take over the role of the bookmaker and create their own markets, and place/offer bets with self-determined odds.

The BX token will be a key component to enable all betting transactions. Users will be able to trade bets in three different markets: sports/esports, prediction markets, and financial markets.

The BX whitepaper also claims the fleshing out of interesting features like Oracles to create predictive markets, which is a pretty cool concept.

Token

A notable component of this pre-sale is the bonus structure, which incentivizes investors who contribute more than $15,000 with a 30% discount.

Team

The BX team carries a cumulative nine decades of experience in the betting industries and seems poised to handle the execution of the project well.

Verdict

Below is a rundown of the risks and opportunities associated with BX token.

Risks

  • Competition: A quick Google search shows 7 projects offering a decentralized betting program, and that’s just the first page. Yes, creating a decentralized betting platform is a good idea, so good an idea that dozens of teams are working hard to execute it. One of the more notable competitors is Augur, hit a market cap of over $1B (currently at ~$140M), made a big splash and is generally assumed to have first mover advantage in the space. However, to look at BX’s competition within the crypto realm is doing it an injustice, especially when you look at how fragmented the betting landscape has been. -3
  • Regulatory risks: A huge reason the products and companies in the betting sector have lagged behind is regulation is incredibly tricky, especially for a project looking to create an international betting platform. The BX team has to deal with dozens and potentially hundreds of different authorities. It’s decentralized in function, yes, but not decentralized enough in company structure to avoid any regulatory upheavals. -2
  • Steep team/advisor token ownership:Only 60% of the tokens will be sold to the public. It’s worth noting that of the token sale, 10% of the tokens go to the team,15% go to a “company reserve”, and 10% go to advisors. So, of the $20m hard cap (if reached), the team gets $2M, $3M goes to the company reserve, and $2M goes to advisors. That’s about  $222,222 average per the 9 team members (locked for 2 years), $666,666 average per the 3 advisors, and $3,000,000 in what I’m assuming is a rainy day fund. This doesn’t necessarily signal foul play, but as an investor, I would be slightly concerned that 35% of all total tokens stay with the company in some capacity, either as compensation or as a reserve. -2

Growth Potential:

  • The current betting landscape is a disorganized mess: If you want to bet on an NFL game, for example, you’d have to either contact a bookie to place the bet for you, or have a custom log-in on whatever site that bookie uses (or just bet someone next to you, but that’s not always convenient). If BX.BET can clean up this fragmented ecosystem and provide users a central place to bet freely without the obstacles, I could see it picking up a ton of users from scattered betting sites. +3
  • Removal of the third party bookmaker intermediary: Value tends to be created for the users of any decentralized platform that removes third party intermediaries, such as bookies. This means better betting terms and odds, leading to higher customer satisfaction. +3
  • Size of the industry: The BX.BET promotional materials place the betting industry at $60 billion and an annual growth rate of 10%. +2
  • Discounts are appealing: The pre-sale hasn’t started yet, but those wishing to invest anywhere between $300 to $15,000 can see between 15% to 30%. +4
  • Capable team:  The BX team consists of a group of people who have deep experience in this industry. In a niche with such a high rate of competition, the team is going to make the difference. +1

Disposition

We arrive at a +6 or BX.BET. The project seems very well put together and the app has a clean interface, but the level of competition, regulatory risks, and team compensation give me hesitations.

Investment Details

  • Symbol: BX
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • ICO Date: Oct. 15, 2018
  • Minimum Investment: $100 USD
  • Token Price: 1 BX = $0.19 usd
  • Payments Accepted: BTC, ETH, fiat
  • Country: Malta

The token sale starts on October 15th. To find more information on the project, check out the BX.BET website and BX.BET whitepaper.

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