ICO Analysis: Skraps

Spare change

A growing number of statistics is showing that very few people save anything at all for their retirement. In a study conducted by Bankrate, it was discovered that from the age of 30, less than half of all Americans save more than 5% of their annual salary. What’s more, 20% of Americans in the same age group admitted that they don’t have savings whatsoever.

One possible explanation for this could be that many people don’t feel they have the money or the knowledge to save and make investments.

One solution to this problem is micro-investing – a way of investing that allows people to invest only what they can afford, which is, in many cases unfortunately, quite small amounts.

There are a few mobile apps currently on the market that aims to fulfill this purpose. One of the most popular at the moment is Acorns – an app that automatically invests the user’s spare change from card purchases into stocks and bonds. Acorns has successfully attracted nearly $100 million in investments from leading venture capital firms.

Designed in the same vein, Skraps is an upcoming micro-investing app that will invest a user’s spare change not in stocks, but in cryptocurrencies. By only investing spare change from purchases of everyday goods and services, a service like this may appeal to those who want to get into cryptocurrencies but lack any investment capital to start out with.

Although still not without risk, the concept appears sound and it has been proven popular with the Acorns app. With that said, the actual results will depend on the team’s ability to carry out the project, bring the app to the market, and attract users.

Token

The native token of the platform is SKRP, an ERC-20 token that is intended to serve as the currency within the app. It will be used to pay for user fees, as well as to pay those who earn commission from publicly sharing their well-performing portfolios, known as copy-investing.

The user fee as outlined in the white paper is 5% of the user’s profits per month. Likewise, if the user makes a loss one month, the fee for that month is waived.

Team

Unfortunately, the team behind Skraps appear to have limited experience, particularly when it comes to blockchain technology. The two co-founders have no blockchain experience as far as we can see, and also have very little relevant experience outside of the blockchain field.

In addition to the founder, the team consists of a few largely unknown advisors and blockchain experts, some of whom have been involved in the blockchain space since 2016.

The website offers no further information into the experience of the team members other than a link to each respective team members’ LinkedIn profile.

However, considering the large amount of low-quality ICO’s coming out these days, the team still deserves credit for making their LinkedIn profiles available on the website for public scrutiny.

Verdict

As a micro-investing platform, Skraps could be well-suited for those new to investing, and those who have limited funds available. The method of investing spare change by rounding up card purchases is a viable one, and the concept has been proven by other successful players.

The platform provides a solution to anyone who lacks the discipline to put aside funds to invest on their own, and who wants to get invested in cryptocurrencies. The fact the the entire investment process is automated also means the product could be a good fit for those who don’t have the knowledge or the time to invest on their own.

One of the main drawbacks of the Skraps app, and thus this ICO, is the team’s lack of experience. The team appears to be young and largely inexperienced, and completely unknown in the industry. They are also lacking any high-profile advisors to help bring publicity and legitimacy to the ICO.

Risks

  • Although cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related experience is difficult to quantify with the field being as new as it is, the founders are young, and experience is certainly called into question. The rest of the team also appears to lack any relevant experience to pull off a project of this magnitude. -4
  • Skraps is not a new concept, with Acorns and similar applications already having shown great success. We don’t know if the Skraps team is planning to use their competitors’ accomplishments as a launch-pad, or whether the new company will struggle to establish itself in the field of micro-investing. -1
  • During the token sale, Skraps management changed the structure of the token pricing model, which can be viewed as a lack of foresight and an inability to plan effectively. -1

Growth Potential

  • According to a statement from the team on Medium, they hit their soft cap of $1 million within the first 10 hours of the token sale, which is respectable in the current ICO environment. +3
  • Cryptocurrency is an industry less than a decade old, which has shown considerable growth in the latter half of its existence. With new and seasoned investors alike considering cryptocurrencies an attractive investment, Skraps could be offering the right service at the right time. +1
  • The concept has been proven to work in traditional financial markets by global players like Acorns attracting large venture capital investments. +2
  • The portfolio-based approach within the app has a two-fold benefit. In addition to allowing users to select their own level of risk, seasoned traders can make their portfolio available for others to copy and earn commission from their followers. +2
  • The Skraps team is highly responsive on Telegram for any questions from the community. Again, with many low-quality ICOs coming out these days, that’s a step in the right direction. +2

Disposition

From an overall perspective, Skraps appears to have a solid concept, but a team that is lacking in experience. We’ve arrived at an overall score of 4 out of 10 for Skraps.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: Utility
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Symbol: SKRP
  • Pre-sale: Ended
  • Token Sale: Jan. 15 – Mar. 18, 2018
  • Token Supply:  110 million
  • Tokens Available for Sale: 66 million
  • Hard Cap: $21,450,000
  • Price: 1 SKRP = $0.30 – $0.45
  • Payments Accepted: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Ether
  • Jurisdictions Barred from Participating: None mentioned.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term trading. The author has no investment in Skraps.

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Author:
Fredrik Vold is an entrepreneur, financial writer, and technical analysis enthusiast. He has been working and traveling in Asia for several years, and is currently based out of Beijing, China. He closely follows stocks, forex and cryptocurrencies, and is always looking for the next great alternative investment opportunity.