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A spate of new blockchain-based technologies are getting support from bigger names. Tezos is among them, having received vocal and financial backing from Tim Draper, the famed billionaire who bought a massive stack of coins from the federal government at auction following the Silk Road seizures. A Hacked reader asked us to take a look at this new venture, which will be Tim Draper’s first ICO – having previously been skiddish about such things due to their high likelihood of failure. Of course it makes sense that traditional financial people will be weary of ICOs, for they are even less likely to become unicorns than are the most crackpot ideas thrown at venture capital firms.

There is but one true unicorn in cryptocurrency to date, and it had to grow into such. It goes by the name of Bitcoin and you may have heard of it. There are those who believe it has over-leveraged its first-mover advantage, and those who believe its growth has only just begun. It is, though, a good thought experiment to wonder what happens when real money gets behind something from the very beginning. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this before, and before we dig too deeply into the ideals, technology, and purpose of Tezos, we must go through a short history lesson on something called Maxcoin.

Max Keiser is a legendary advisor, veteran trader, and in some respects a financial guru. He was an early supporter of Bitcoin and frequently talks about it on his television show, The Keiser Report. During the first real altcoin rush (~2014), Keiser backed a coin called Maxcoin. Keiser leveraged his audience to promote the coin, claimed that the coin would see a $20 million market capitalization, and then, one day, after a serious pump, stopped talking about Maxcoin altogether. Today, Maxcoin enjoys just under half a million dollars in market capitalization, almost no community, and probably no actual liquidity in that figure. In essence, despite the backing of a rich guru who has a large crypto and traditional financial audience, Maxcoin went precisely nowhere. Keiser once said:

I’ve said all along that my mission, if you will, is to put the tools of free markets into the hands of people, so they can empower themselves.

This was an interview with the Daily Dot, during which he put most of the responsibility for MaxCoin on the heads of the developers. However, they developed the coin with an eye toward Max Keiser from the beginning.

Contrast this with Tim Draper’s recent interview with Reuters, in which he said:

Over time, I actually feel that some of these tokens are going to improve the world, and I want to make sure those tokens get promoted as well. I think Tezos is one of those tokens.

All of this is to say: simply because a smart financial magnate and/or legendary trader supports something, it is not a guaranteed success. Satoshi Nakamoto was anonymous, after all, and one bitcoin is worth many million Maxcoins.

Tezos

Tezos is a decentralized blockchain that governs itself by establishing a true digital commonwealth.

Reading their overview document, it seems that part of the problem they aim to solve is that of politically-charged debates like are currently ongoing in the Bitcoin world. On a daily basis, people on both “sides” of the argument make vitriolic and often inane statements about people on the other. While people may interpret the recent price spikes in Bitcoin as some sort of reward for “holding the line” or what have you, a longer view would suggest that big money is really waking up to the realities of cryptocurrency.

According to the same document, the base idea for Tezos was originally floated in December of 2013, and work began early the following year. It also rightly points out that the current situation amounts to “core” development teams being charged with too much power and responsibility over the future of potentially large scale economic systems. It is arguably the one drawback of the cryptocurrency world: whereas central bankers are ultimately accountable to their subordinates as well as powerful governments, “core” developers are essentially answerable to none, and when rifts occur, they can go on for a long time.

In the case of pioneers like Bitcoin and Ethereum, those challenges have manifested themselves in situations that put too much power in the hands of core development teams or miners.

As Ryan X. Charles sarcastically says, the fourth commandment of Bitcoin Core is:

We have consensus that consensus should be on the list somewhere, but we do not have consensus about where. #4 is the least contentious positioning.

The Tezos team spent a lot of time assessing and addressing the problems of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and beyond. Novelty is important when it comes to releasing new technology, especially financial technology. People will tend to stick with the known and tested unless there is something radically different about the newly offered alternative. So what is novel about Tezos? Well, in their own words, self-governance. But how does that work?

Tezos is earning huge points with the author for the following:

[…] first generation blockchains tend to empower, de facto, centralized core development teams or miners to formulate design choices. Tezos takes a fundamentally different approach by creating governance rules for stakeholders to approve of protocol upgrades that are then automatically deployed on the network.

Ethereum and others sought to address this problem by allowing anyone to create a token with its own rules of distribution and usage. Tezos is even more open than that because 1) it can do that too and 2) further expansion can be added later with a suggestion and a vote by the stakeholders.

Tezos also takes lessons from failed initiatives that have tried to do some of what it is doing. Its Smart Contract language focuses on “correctness” and its initial version avoids some of the problems already experienced by smart contract languages in the past.

At a technical level, Tezos’ design intends to thwart networking problems such as denial-of-service attacks through a resilient approach to peer-to-peer connectivity. From the whitepaper:

To protect against certain denial of service attacks, the protocol provides the shell with context dependent bounds on the size of blocks and transactions.

There are other notable differentiations with Tezos. One is that inactive addresses will not be able to stake coins. It appears in the original rendition of the whitepaper, inactive addresses would simply be destroyed along with their coins – an interesting if extreme way to limit supply. Eybrow-raising at first, the concept makes a lot of sense by comparison to more traditional staking coins, which continually reward older addresses in perpetuity. Although some proof-of-stake systems have mechanisms to deal with inactive older addresses, limiting of supply has never been a priority for PoS systems and does not, either, appear to be such for Tezos. This is not necessarily a negative factor.

Who Is Behind Tezos

While mass media credit the husband-wife team of Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, both with backgrounds in institutional finance, they are not solely to credit for the work being done. In the overview document, Gordon Mohr and L. M. Goodman are credited with the spearheading of the thought leadership. (Mohr once worked for Archive.org and Goodman comes from good, legitimate crypto-anarchist stock).

The launch of Bitcoin XT is also credited with fomenting the governance aspects of the project. This is a de facto nod to former Bitcoin developer, thought leader, and founder of the first Bitcoin faucet, Gavin Andresen, who with Mike Hearn founded the alternative implementation of Bitcoin in an effort to sidestep the “blocksize debate” which remains ongoing and has now devolved into a disgusting politicized mess of competing solutions.

As for Kathleen and Arthur Breitman, both actively identify as crypto-anarchists, a long-standing tradition of people who believe that technology should set people free and that cryptography is the best way to ensure this (to overly simplify the philosophy). They actually met at a gathering of such in New York City and fell in love shortly thereafter. They own and have to date funded the company which is primarily developing the technology for Tezos at present, Dynamic Ledger Solutions. This means they bear more than a short mention, but it is worth reiterating that part and parcel to the concept of Tezos is that they can easily be replaced by competitor development firms and others with a simple vote of the stakeholding class in the Tezos economy.

Kathleen appears to be less technical in nature, more financial, which is not a liability in any sense, for despite all the over-glorification of Bitcoin developers, it is the users, investors, and miners who have kept the thing going over the years despite attacks by world governments and traditionalist financiers. Arthur, on the other hand, has some interesting stuff on Github. One of the things he has there is a Python script called Vectornet which “introduces vector valued neurons of symbolic length n, and a dot product in an attempt to learn efficient gradient descent algorithm for small problems that will generalize well when used on very large problems.” High-level problem-solving like this is the kind of work you want to see in a leader of a project such as Tezos. To be blunt: it’s really neat.

Also working on the project are a number of experienced developers, including Guillem Rieu, who wrote his own wiki software and has worked on parts of the Ripple project.

Most successful businessmen will tell you: finding the right people for the right jobs is one of the most important parts of leading. The Breitmans seem to be doing this in good style, and the open nature of the platform will only attract even more potent and useful talent in the future.

The Verdict

The author came into this with a very, very skeptical view. Hype bubbles are the worst and often the most damaging cautionary tales in investing happen as a result. Yet, having reviewed the whitepaper and other requisite documents, it’s hard to disagree with Tim Draper: Tezos could definitely make the world a better place. The Breitmans, who have openly credited those who deserve credit and identify with a philosophy of absolute freedom as well as aiming at a democratic platform which will never experience the road blocks to expansion and scaling we are seeing in Bitcoin and will eventually see in similar platforms, not only have their hearts in the right place, but they’ve put their money where their mouth is and have designed a platform which solves far more problems than it could potentially create.

One drawback is that they do not intend to cap the coin supply. Limited supply is part of the high value of Bitcoin and gold alike, but it is not the only value-creator out there. (Ethereum also did not limit the number of ether initially introduced into the ecosystem, and they are currently valued near $100.) The actual initial supply of coins will be based on public interest, rather than a set figure. This is in contrast to other ICOs, where often part of the remainder of the initial offering are returned to the development team and second rounds are offered and such. Instead, initial supply will be based on demand (awesome) and future coins will be created through staking. Later changes to the ecosystem can be made with the governance protocols of Tezos, so nothing is set in stone – perhaps the truest implementation of a decentralized vision to date.

As such, the author is prepared to give his highest safety rating yet: a solid 8.7 on a scale of 0 to 10. Much of the reduction from 10 here is based on the private presale that took place last year as well as the above noted potential problems. The recipe is there, a failed execution can be recovered by outside parties with interest in doing so (perhaps funded by Tim Draper, if need be), and the spirit of Satoshi is alive and well within the founders.

Investment Details

The initial cost of each Tez, the base token, is intended to be around one cent each. It seems the initial funding goal, therefore, was 10 billion cents, or $100 million. Instead, there will be no specific goal, and development will continue regardless of the amount raised. Coins will subsequently be distributed to the world through the sale of them at exchanges, one assumes, because in order to recoup at least their initial investment, investors will need to sell coins. Every “cycle,” which is defined as “about three months” and is based on a mathematical formula, interest of ꜩ512 will be awarded to staking stakeholders who have the requisite amount of coins to mint blocks (ꜩ1536). This will happen every minute or so, and any staker has a chance of minting the next block.

The Tezos Foundation, which is separate from Dynamic Ledger Solutions and is based in Switzerland, will oversee the actual crowdsale which begins on May 22nd, 2017. While the original idea was to raise a penny per ꜩ, the crowdsale price will actually be ꜩ5000 per Bitcoin – today that means a price of about 36 cents each. You can buy as much as you want. If you want to stake, you’ll need at least 1536 of them, as mentioned above. That would cost you about $560 or .3 bitcoins. You can currently sign up for e-mail alerts, but the open sale will be conducted by Bitcoin Suisse AG and information on the specifics will become available on the 22nd.

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  1. [email protected]

    May 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Any feedback/opinion on Etherbits ICO ending tomorrow?

  2. roobroo

    May 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    is this going to be a direct competitor to ripple? quickly read thru the thread.

  3. karthikg82

    May 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    $100 million ICO . Also,the founders get 8.5% of the fiat proceeds in cash in addition to 10% of the tokens. Wondering what your thoughts are on that.

  4. embersburnbrightly

    June 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Incredibly thorough article. It appears that the launch of this coin has been delayed. I suppose it is better to push it back and do it right, rather than move forward and just hope for the best. I have provided my email address on their site in order to be updated on further developments, as this does appear to be a coin worth watching and perhaps investing in; at such time that the coin is indeed available for investing.

  5. cocodaldoc@yahoo.com

    June 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Good day great article but question. The tezos is delayed until june but can i but tezos afther the fundraising ?

  6. csinkey

    June 20, 2017 at 12:39 am

    The Tezos fundraiser is back on, in 11 days actually. Are there any meaningful updates to mention since you wrote this article?

  7. seadog

    July 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    No limit ICO seems not good, which will affect investors’s profits

  8. Michael_Ross

    October 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Could you please review this analyst? Some days ago some bad news about the structure of the project appears.

    Thank you.

    • DiabloDave

      October 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      agreed please update this ico

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ICO Analysis: Fieldcoin

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Fieldcoin is an agribusiness crowdfunding platform that enables anyone to buy, sell, rent, and manage farmland from anywhere in the world. Using IoT, smart contracts, and other agribusiness technology, token holders will form a DAC (Decentralised Autonomous Community) and vote on every aspect of their chosen agribusiness from seed to table.

“Fieldcoin’s mission is to bring the blockchain technology to land property transactions and agricultural crowdfunding projects while creating a stable transaction instrument easing the process of land and agribusiness acquisition.”

Fieldcoin will offer access to LANDS Management Services. Investors will be able to buy/sell/manage physical land of different sizes and budgets at an attractive price compared to the market value.

The company claims to:

  • Brings liquidity to the agricultural industry
  • The token is backed by land.
  • Decentralize the highly centralized agriculture market
  • Track the origin of food products.
  • Manage the way the food is grown (pesticides or organic)

Along with the above highlights, Fieldcoin’s “trade-back token” guarantees an 80% ratio on the value of your token to the assets in the ecosystem and the possibility of claiming your assets in physical property at a certain rate under the market price.

In the Fieldcoin ecosystem, there are 2 levels of ownership: “Off-chain,” which is to comply with national regulations and “On-chain,” which is recorded and transacted on the blockchain.

  • Off-chain: Fieldcoin Ltd or a third party company DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) owns the property titles recorded in the national land registry. The token holder owns a share of the company representing the specific land acquired on the platform.
  • On-chain: Fieldcoin Ltd creates a unique token with a unique number representing a specific property called LANDS (ERC721). The LANDS token represents the ownership of the property and can be exchanged on the Fieldcoin platform using the Blockchain.

The FCO will start April 2nd, 2019.

FCO means Field Coin Offering. It’s like any ICO, users buy (FLC) ERC20 Utility tokens which are used to acquire non-fungible tokens (ERC721), which represent a particular agricultural property. “The acquisition of NFT tokens during the ICO makes the Field Coin Offering unique and offers a strong advantage to investors that are able to test the platform and own tangible assets during the Coin Offering.”

Token

FLC is an ERC20-based utility token distributed during the FCO. The token is used as a currency to buy land, services and crowdfund agricultural projects on the platform.

LANDS is an ERC721-based token received after buying a specific land property through our platform, representing land ownership and storing the data of your property. LANDS are also available for purchase during the FCO.

According to the company, trade-back token is “Token holders will buy land on Fieldcoin’s platform and pay the full market price displayed on the website. They will be credited with a coupon to buy land for later purchases. The value of the voucher corresponds to the difference between the price drop of the token under the 80% threshold and the actual value of assets in Fieldcoin’s Ecosystem. The coupon can be applied to available properties sold by Fieldcoin Ltd on the platform.”

Distribution:

  • Private Sale 2%
  • FCO 60%
  • Token Bonuses 17%
  • Reserves 10%
  • Team 9%
  • Bounty 2%

Allocation of funds:

  • 60% Purchase of Physical Land
  • 15% Agribusiness Development
  • 10% IT
  • 7% Legal
  • 6% Marketing
  • 1% Reserve Fund
  • 1% Social and Rural Development

Ecosystem asset reallocation:

  • 85% Land Recapitalization
  • 9% Business Operations
  • 5% IT Development
  • 1% Participation in Communities

Team

The Fieldcoin project is governed and supervised by Fieldcoin Ltd, registered in London. The team members are from France, Canada, USA, India, Belgium, Italy, the UK, Pakistan and China. There are over 25 team members including the advisors.

Marc Couzic is the  Founder/CEO.  He is a freelance commodities and crypto trader since 2013 and has been a “Contributor” to 3 blockchain projects this past year; Experty.io, Kart Block, and Magna Numeris.

Alexandre Palubniak is a Web Project Manager from France. He has spent 7 years as a freelance “Director Artistique”.

Jeremie Joncas is a COO from Canada but there is not much info on him. He owned a business for 4 years called J2 Entretien (but can’t find any info in it). He’s traded crypto for the last 1.5 years.

The rest of the team is similar to the above – very little experience in agriculture or blockchain.

There are also 10 Contributors/Advisors. They are average.

Verdict

When describing the benefits of Fieldcoin in Telegram, CEO Marc Couzic had this to say, among other things.

“Yes, it is a share profit system where 40% of net profits on production goes to the externalized land management company or farmer (choosen by Fieldcoin) exploiting the land and 60% to the owner. The holder of LANDS tokens won’t need to do a thing besides participating in decision concerning the type of crops and agricultural method used on its land. The idea is to levy the burden of execution for the investor and move towards agricultural automation processes. Additionally, the price of land grow on average 2-3% worldwide”

The idea of Fieldcoin is to have Decentralized Autonomous Communities that will decide on the agriculture products and management of their lands. They will vote on things like the amount of pesticides used, or if they want pure organic or reasonable agriculture.

The problem is DACs are complicated. Billion-dollar projects like Ethereum and EOS are still developing the tools to perfect them. Does Team Fieldcoin even have the ability to execute this massive project? It seems iffy, as they are fast approaching on the pre-sale and do not have an MVP. They only have this picture of one.

Risks

  • Small soft cap of just $3 million USD. According to the company: “the Proof of Concept can only be implemented once the FCO has reached $5 million USD. In the event of the cap not being reached, the Proof of Concept will be postponed.” This is sketchy. -1
  • The team is not very impressive at all. -2
  • Their business plan requires the minting of new Fieldcoin tokens to buy more land. They explain the process in detail here. -1
  • Only 13% of the funds raised will go to legal and marketing. -1
  • DACs are complicated. Many top projects are delaying launch until they figure out governance. -2

Growth Potential

  • First mover advantage. +2
  • They say they’ve already purchased land, have buying promises and about 35 offers to be displayed. +2
  • 85% of the Ecosystem asset reallocation is reserved for new land acquisitions further expanding the Ecosystem.+2
  • “Fieldcoin plans to target low-risk and average potential markets first, such as the countries within the European Union, and will then move slowly to countries with more venture capital and with much higher expected returns for Fieldcoin’s Ecosystem.”+1.5
  • 1% of the Fieldcoin tokens will be allocated to the Fieldcoin Foundation, which aims to develop community infrastructure. This project includes plans to build schools, water wells, irrigation systems, and roads.+2
  • “The Fieldcoin token is supported by “Trade-Back Protocol”, offering token holders the possibility to claim LANDS at a reduced price in case of market dips. Thanks to our upward trend capitalization mechanism, new physical lands will be acquired by Fieldcoin Ltd. increasing the guarantee of the Trade Back Protocol.”+2
  • Although we don’t score Fieldcoin well, these “respected” ICO sites have them ranked rather high. +0.5

Disposition

The tools required to build a proper DAC voting system are only now being built. Although something similar to this DAC agribusiness will someday soon be a reality, this project is too early and too ambitious, especially with such an inexperienced team. 5/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: FLC (ERC20)  LANDS (ERC721)
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Total Supply: 1 billion
  • Presale: Feb 4 – Feb 12, 2019 (100% bonus, 1 million USD worth of tokens available)
  • Price: 1 FLC = $0.05
  • FCO (Field Coin Offering) Start date: April 2nd 2019.
  • Hard Cap: $31 million
  • Soft Cap: $3 million
  • Telegramhttps://t.me/fieldcoin
  • Websitehttps://www.fieldcoin.io/
  • Barred Jurisdictions: USA and China

All unsold tokens will be burned.

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ECOMI Collect is a delivery cross-platform (mobile, desktop, web) application and marketplace for buying, selling and swapping premium licensed digital collectibles and digital artwork. The authenticity and scarcity of digital collectibles is created using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). ECOMI Collect is operated and supported by ORBIS Blockchain Technology Limited, a registered company in New Zealand, with offices in New York, Auckland, Taipei and Shanghai. ORBIS is comprised of 17 staff plus 14 board members and advisors.

ECOMI has a vision of being the #1 platform for buying, selling, and trading premium digital collectibles and virtual goods using Distributed Ledger Technology. ECOMI plans to revolutionize the 200 billion USD collectibles market by building its own ecosystem (ECOMI Collect) on Blockchain technology and a Secure Storage Wallet. ECOMI already has major brands on board that will give them instant worldwide attention and credibility. They also have a team that is unparalleled in this industry including their Head of Global Licensing, Alfred Kahn, who is responsible for bringing Pokemon to the world as well as “go to market” strategies for iconic brands such as Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokemon Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh and many more.

ECOMI Collect will give users real ownership of premium licensed digital collectibles and virtual goods while providing counterfeit protection and the ability for peer to peer transactions. ECOMI Collect intends to dominate this market by capturing six main categories: movies, television series, evergreen characters, animation, gaming, and digital art. Every user will have their own personal showroom which they can customize by using different layouts, backgrounds, and props. Users can make their showrooms private or public, and even share across multiple social media platforms. The vision is to revolutionize the collectibles industry by creating the world’s best platform giving users the freedom to interact and control their digital collectibles worldwide.

The ECOMI Secure Wallet is the world’s first wireless, credit card sized, cryptocurrency hardware wallet. It is a true cold wallet that never connects directly to the internet that employs (CC EAL 5+ Security) government level encryption and security. It also uses an encrypted secure Bluetooth connection to the host device (iOS or Android smartphone) removing the need for a wireless connection. The Secure Wallet has an E-paper display on the card to view balances and pairs with the ECOMI app to view manage balances online. The ECOMI Secure Wallet can bend, waterproof, and has a fully rechargeable battery. There are no extra fees or contracts and it currently supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash.

Token

The ECOMI token is needed for the sale and purchase of digital collectibles and secondly, access to extra features and benefits within the app. The digital collectibles offered through ECOMI Collect are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). In order to facilitate the purchase and trade of digital collectibles, ECOMI Collect utilizes the OMI token. The OMI tokens will be GO20 standard whereas the digital collectibles are GO721 (NFTs). When a purchase of a collectible is made, the OMI tokens will be exchanged for the NFT. The NFT will be sent to the users Ecomi Collect app and become rightfully theirs, whilst the OMI tokens used for the purchase are discarded to a locked address.

Use of funds:

  • Licensing Acquisition -55%
  • Product Development -22.5%
  • Marketing Expenses-15%
  • Business Operation -5%
  • Legal Expenses -2.5%

Token allocation:

  • ICO (Private & Public Sale) 20% | 150,000,000,000 OMI
  • In App Purchases 40% | 300,000,000,000 OMI
  • Business Development 20% | 150,000,000,000 OMI
  • Team, Advisors, Board Members 20% | 150,000,000,000 OMI (ECOMI Team / Board / Advisors 12 month cliff, ECOMI Founders 24 month cliff, then vested at 25% quarterly)

1 token is equal to 1 satoshi and is only planned to be listed as BTC pairing on exchanges to minimise any potential downside to the token price.

Team

Below is a breakdown of the key team members.

David Yu (Co-Founder & CEO)

  • Founder – Games R Us
  • Founder – Retail Management Group
  • Trustee – Touchable Earth Foundation
  • 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Taipei
  • 21 Years Experience in Collectibles and Branding

Alfred Kahn (Head of Global Licensing)

  • Chairman & CEO of CraneKahn LLC
  • Chairman of the Board of Toon Goggles Inc.
  • Chairman & CEO of 4Kids Entertainment Licensing
  • Responsible for the biggest hits in licensing such as Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Credited for the marketing of brands such as Nintendo, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Zelda, James Bond, WWF, WFW, and Xbox to name a few.

MB Technology

  • Co-Founder of the Interoperability Alliance
  • Benn has lead ICO strategy for projects such as Wanchain, Quarkchain, Aion, Icon, GoChain, Origo, Fantom and many more. Benn has brought multiple top-tier projects to the cryptocurrency market and is definitely considered an industry leading advisor.

Daniel Crothers (Co-Founder & COO)

  • Co-Founder ABC Stars
  • Co-Founder Digitalus
  • Co-Founder HERB

Joseph Janik (Co-Founder & CIO)

  • Co-Founder of Movement Food
  • Territory Business Manager of TechnoGym
  • Account Executive of Rivkin

Verdict

The virtual goods market is currently at $80 Billion USD and expected to grow to $100 Billion USD within the next three years. The collectibles industry already generates $200 Billion USD annually, and ECOMI has strategic plans to capitalize on this growing trend in both markets. With this team’s credibility, ECOMI can easily become a major player in this field from their launch.

Risks

  • Only 20% of tokens are available during the ico sale which is considered to be on the low side. However, ico’s with similar token metrics, such as QuarkChain, have performed quite well. -1.5
  • Although they may not have team members as well known as the ECOMI team, there are competitors that have the advantage of already being in the space. -1

Growth Potential

  • Compared to other ICOs with all-star teams, the hard cap is rather low which allows for greater opportunity for growth among initial investors. +1.5
  • The team brings years of expertise and experience in the necessary areas for ECOMI to succeed in what they’ve set out to achieve and is definitely the star of this ico with major credibility and recognition. +3
  • Strategic partnerships are key to helping ico’s succeed. ECOMI has partnered with CraneKahn® which is an international PR and licensing company powered by the visionary Alfred Kahn. Alfred brought to the world iconic brands, licensing programs and caused the viral adoption of major brands such as Pokémon/Pokémon Go, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Super Mario Brothers and many more, earning him membership in the Licensing Hall of Fame and KidscreenHall of Fame. ECOMI has also signed, or is at the final deal memo stage or MOU, with many top global brands. +3
  • Real world application is instrumental for the success of any blockchain project. An instore retail program will be introduced to support consumers with retail products being distributed throughout 4,000+ retail channels established through existing relationships. +2

Disposition

With ico’s on the decline and recently shown in a negative light in the media, ECOMI could be exactly what investors are looking for: a project with a stellar and highly respected team, an achievable roadmap, and entering the virtual goods market which is estimated to reach $100B over the next five years. ECOMI receives a 7 out 10 rating.

Investment Details

1 token is equal to 1 satoshi and is only planned to be listed as BTC pairing on exchanges to minimise any potential downside to the token price.

  • Symbol: OMI
  • Token Type: GO20/721
  • Total Circulating Supply: 750,000,000,000 OMI
  • Tokens Available for Sale: 450,000,000,000 OMI
  • Price: 0.00000001 BTC (1 Satoshi)
  • Hardcap: 1,500 BTC
  • Accepted Currencies: BTC

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ICO Analysis: Dispatch

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Although it has the highest market cap and is the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is able to proceed on average only seven transactions per second. This means that when twenty people try to send their BTC at the same time, more than ten of these people have to wait until their transaction is confirmed and for the receiver to get their BTC.

It is the same with Ethereum as well, due to its average fifteen transactions per second. Cryptocurrencies face a problem of scalability and if they are to reach the holy grail of main-stream adoption at some point in the future, this issue must be solved.

But that is not all. When there is a network congestion and you need to send your tokens immediately, you might have to pay high transaction fees as well. Consider the following scenario: You are at a coffee shop, getting your morning coffee. They accept cryptocurrencies and you want to pay with your ETH. Unfortunately, there is a network congestion so that in order to pay ETH worth of $3 immediately, you have to pay a transaction fee in ETH worth of $5.

Dispatch is a project proposing solutions to these issues. Its protocol enables fast, scalable, secure DApps without any transaction fees. It handles governance on-chain and data off-chain, making high transaction throughput a possibility as the network works more efficiently this way. Although Ethereum is deemed to be the main platform for DApps, the protocol is backward compatible, meaning that almost every decentralized application built on Ethereum can be moved to and work on Dispatch.

Three key components of the Dispatch Protocol are as follows.

  • The Dispatch Ledger: Just like with Bitcoin and Ethereum, the Dispatch Ledger keeps the record of transactions.
  • The Dispatch Artifact Network: A network of data farmer holds data that cannot fit in the ledger.
  • The Dispatch Virtual Machine: DVM connects these two main components.

Dispatch’s own Delegated Asynchronous Proof-of-Stake (DAPoS) consensus algorithm enables a fast and eco-friendly environment for decentralized applications by incentivizing collaboration among validators, instead of competition as in other blockchain projects. It’s main difference from its competitors is its dependence on individual transactions’ gossips rather than the sequential distribution of blocks.

Token

The Dispatch token will be used to conduct transactions, for community building and as a bridge to other components of the Dispatch ecosystem.

The total supply of DAN is 25,000,000,000 tokens. 42% of the total supply will be allocated for the token sale. No other information on the token distribution and how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds are made public yet.

Team

CEO Matt McGraw: McGraw was the vice president of culture, client and staff experience at Synoptek and the manager of consulting services at All Covered.

Patrik Wijkstrom: Wijkstrom has worked as the director of advisory services at PwC, as the senior manager of user experience at Juniper Networks and as the content and attribution tools manager at Nortel Networks.

Zachary Fallon: Fallon worked as senior counsel for eight years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as an associate for about 3 years at Latham & Watkins.

Darin Kotalik: Kotalik was a marketing operation strategist at Cisco and a senior product manager at Adobe Systems.

Colin Lowenberg: Lowenberg has worked as a solution architect at Cisco Meraki, as a chief wireless architect at Accenture and as a wireless field applications engineer at Broadcom.

Denis Molchanenko: Molchanenko was a lead automation engineer at Hitachi Data Systems, a performance engineer at IBM and at Charles Schwab.

Dmitri Molchanenko: Molchanenko has worked as an automation engineer at Intuit and as a staff QA engineer at VMware.

Advisors

Nicole DeMeo: DeMeo has provided her marketing consultancy services to Babbel, Peak Games, Trendyol, Hewlett-Packard and Organic.

Gil Penchina: Penchina has held respectable positions at eBay, Bain & Company and General Electric.

Tim Siwula: Siwula was a software engineer at ConsenSys.

Andrew Segal: Segal is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of San Francisco.

Paul Lambert: Lambert has worked at Marvell Semiconductor, Oracle and Motorola.

Jordan Burton: Burton was a case team leader at Bain & Company and the director of business development at EzGov.

Investors

Fenbushi Digital: Fenbushi Digital is an Asian leading firm investing in and promoting blockchain projects.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Dispatch Labs.

Risks

  • The main problem which transaction fee-free blockchain projects usually face is that either the network is highly centralized or successful attacks on the network are not costly. It is not clear that how the Dispatch Protocol can operate without facing these two issues. (-1)
  • Very limited information on token metrics and token distribution is made public so far. (-1)

Growth Potential

  • Great team and advisors. (+2)
  • The token sale will be conducted after the main-net is launched, which is something we do not see very often. The team seems to do things right and this should provide trust in the project for the ICO investor. (+4)

Disposition

Top cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are known to have problems of scalability and occasional high transaction fees. Although most decentralized applications are built on Ethereum, the low transaction throughput makes it inconvenient to use them as well. Dispatch provides a fast, secure and transaction fee-free network to solve these issues. By dealing with governance on the chain and data off the chain, it is able to provide high transaction speed and its own consensus protocol Delegated Asynchronous Proof-of-Stake provides an eco-friendly mining solution by incentivizing collaboration instead of competition among validators. Thanks to its backward compatibility with Ethereum, any decentralized application working on Ethereum can work on Dispatch as well. There is very limited information on token metrics and token distribution as of the time of writing and this makes it hard to evaluate the project’s financials and estimate any potential return on investment.

The usual problem that blockchain projects without transaction fees are that either they are highly centralized, or they do not have strong defense mechanisms to evade attacks. It is not clear that how the Dispatch Protocol can operate without facing these two issues. On the bright side, the project has a great team and is backed by an all-star advisory board. The token sale is planned to be conducted after the main-net is launched and this is something we rarely see nowadays.

Dispatch Protocol receives a 4/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: DIS
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.005
  • Hard Cap: $39,500,000
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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