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We enter this analysis with a concept not to be swayed, that document verification is a real and expanding industry, so the business model of providing cryptographically secure document verification is sound in principal. The company is already in business, after all, so failing to fund during the ICO will not mean there will not be later opportunities if the investor’s mood changes. They have provided a competing service to Factom for years, and now they are developing a project in concert with Microsoft and others that will decentralize the process and increase its efficiency. The primary motivation for the push to decentralization is that the cost of anchoring data to the blockchain has increased by 100 fold. As such, individual businesses which try to offer this service will probably run into a pool of clients that is too small to sustain the business model.

Rising transaction fees have made it too expensive for individual developers and most businesses to anchor data. Based on current market prices, anchoring one transaction every ten minutes to the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains costs $181,332 per year. These costs are projected to continue to rise.

Tierion Overview

Essentially, what we are talking about with Tierion is a decentralized, cryptographically enhanced notary public. At its heart, this is the intent of the blockchain – an immutable, uncensorable ledger which cannot be altered by single participants without agreement from all (and in many cases, this too is impossible). Such an application is useful well beyond the simple movement of money – in fact, its use cases beyond money may outweigh its uses within money in terms of both demand and economic activity generated.

Factom and others have pioneered in the field of utilizing blockchains for document verification and certification. Tierion aims to be a multifaceted firm, with their verification product, called Chainpoint, being the first use case for the TNT token. The token will be used to incentivize the hashes and proofs provided, as well as to acquire these services. The network will be a mix of large scale centralized companies such as Microsoft, who have already signed on, and independent operators. There are a few types of network participant, Microsoft falling into the first category:

  • Core Service members have access to large resources. Chainpoint.org itself will operate three such data centers, and Microsoft is also offering one, at the outset. This ensures reliability.
  • Nodes are everyday people who run the software. “Each node that joins the network improves scalability and reliability.”
  • Clients, for example, any business, are the people utilizing the hashing service. Their usage of the network will determine the value of the token, so outreach to them and their uptake of the technology is crucial to a rising valuation.

Technologically, what Tierion does is develop an independent record which corresponds to established, secure blockchains, both Ethereum and Bitcoin being utilized in the first version. They call this independent record the Calendar, and the added value of it is that a user does not need any access to Bitcoin, Ethereum, or even the global internet. They can verify any record using Chainpoint itself. This convenience and level of separation between clients and complicated cryptographic technologies is important for adoption.

A global calendar makes it possible for anyone to audit Core and independently verify the validity and integrity of the chain. Each block is signed with a provider specific public key, and the chain is periodically anchored to Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Running the node software could be a redemption for those who missed out on cryptocurrency mining. Anyone will be able to contribute hashes, network throughput, and verification services by running the software, and as such they will earn TNT tokens in reward. Here are some important last bits about how Tierion works, before we get into analyzing the potential of the token as an investment vehicle.

Nodes may charge for generating and verifying proofs. Node operators can also build services and charge at a price that’s independent of the value of TNT. A fixed supply of TNT will be created during a token sale using the ERC20 standard. […] The token sale and our partner commitments guarantee that for the first year, users will be able to send limited amount of data to Core at zero cost.

Tierion Team

The Tierion team bears noting because it is a successful team to date. They have survived some very, very bad times for Bitcoin and three years later are still in business. Now they’ve recognized an impending bottleneck that could put them out of business, but instead of that they seek to pivot and build a better future for their industry as a whole.

The top brass at Tierion are veterans of the silicon age, and this may explain how they developed the connections with Microsoft. At the helm is Wayne Vaughn. As president of Fuscient, one of the few firms to not just survive the popping of the dot com bubble but to thrive, he identified that the yield of web design services was dropping, and so pivoted the company into a marketing services firm with the launch of SmartNet. Vaughn has spent most of the past two decades quietly leading Fuscient with moderate success. Vaughn is CEO, so it’s no surprise that over the past couple of years he has seen the writing on the wall (the cost of administrating blockchain data services by oneself is getting to be untenable), thus the launch of the Chainpoint platform. Him having successfully pivoted a company during changing tides gives us confidence he will steer Tierion well in addition.

Lead developer and co-founder Jason Bukowski had a long career at Fuscient, from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that he had a brief stint as an everyday web developer. During his career he developed one of the first live analytics engines for websites, something very useful for the SmartNet system.

Also on staff is Glenn Rempe, who has experience leading development teams for a host of notable brands – Accenture, eBay, Symantic, EA, and HP.

TNT Token Distribution

A fixed rate of 1 billion TNT will be created on July 27th, with a target of $25 million. Only 360 million of the tokens are being publicly sold, with another 35% being distributed strategically by Tierion themselves. A total 300 million TNT will be kept by Tierion if you include the 1% they are paying themselves for offering the token sale. We have seen worse distributions than this, and we must lend this established business some trust in its ability to accurately distribute the “incentivization” tokens in a way that will truly incentivize it. For the first year, anyone will be able to use the service for free, so this has to be paid for somehow.

The Verdict

Just because Microsoft is touching it does not mean it will succeed. There are too many failed ideas out of Redmond to deny this fact. However, Microsoft’s involvement does make us feel better about this one than others. Yet, on a grand scale, Microsoft could be considered a bit of a newbie in terms of cryptocurrency, and so some things could potentially be totally off their radar. Nevertheless, we have to say we’re excited about this one.

Risk

The decentralized and open nature of Tierion makes it a killer to all competing applications if successful. The only future for companies like Factom would be to participate in this network or create an alternative and hope that it succeeded. So our standard risk of not enough first mover advantage or not properly leveraging such is not as prevalent here. Still, there are other risks.

One successful alteration of the Tierion calendar system could be a deathblow. Since there are potentially millions of participants and mistakes are made, this could happen. It seems unlikely, but it could happen. It is a risk that we will deduct .1 points for.

The necessity of the core providers is a departure from traditional decentralization and could be risky. While Microsoft probably is, most firms are not eternal. The network could experience serious variance in its availability and capacity if moderate sized firms enter and pull out of the core service sector often enough. We deduct .25 points for this possibility.

In terms of the token itself, one thing that comes up is the ability of node operators to forego the usage of the token when receiving payments. This could create a situation where several node operators are making significant gains using the software, but the only usage of the token is when they occasionally pay to have their calendar verified and other things they must do with the large core service providers. Forcing the usage of the token is a way to force its value to rise with its demand, but allowing for alternative payments at the least regulated level of participation is potentially dangerous. It’s unclear how this will actually play out in practice, or if it would even be profitable for operators to act in this manner, but it’s entirely imaginable. As such, here we find our biggest point cut: 2. Leaving risk zone, we have a negative carry of 2.35 points. Let’s see what we can find positive about the token, regardless if we believe the software will probably revolutionize several sectors of business.

Growth Potential

  • Microsoft putting its name on this project means that abandonment is unlikely, and incentives all around to make the thing work are higher due to the desire to have ongoing relationships with Redmond. +1
  • With the right marketing, the ability to cheaply hash documents on a public and secure blockchain will find use cases we can’t even imagine right now. Everything from immigration to speculative scientific notions will find uses in this ability. This thing could potentially be massive. TNT tokens will rise in value as the popularity of the service rises. +5
  • Microsoft’s involvement means that others will follow or try to compete. A “Google Notary” is imaginable, and the potential that such services could rely on the Tierion network is a big plus, but a mitigated one – companies like Google could go the other way, pick an alternative network, or build one of their own. +1

Disposition

8 – 2.35 = 5.65, or about a 57% chance that if you buy in at the ICO level you will profit. Tokens often take a sharp dive after the ICO phase, so as always, there’s a chance your real profitable move with TNT is either to participate as an earning node or to wait for dips in the market rate.

Investment Details

On July 27th the token sale will open at https://tokensale.tierion.com/. It is recommended that you verify any address you send to before sending. In Ethereum, the smart contract should be recognizable at Etherscan.io by name – otherwise it is poorly written in the first place. There have been serious security issues as of recent with ICOs, in particular CoinDash.io losing something like $7 million to website hijackers. This being the case, the author recommends extreme caution when actually making your investment. It’s important to be quick to get in on it, but it’s also important to not repress any questions that may arise, and not send any money until they are answered by the firm directly.

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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

Learn More:
Website:  ECOMI.com
Pitch Deck:  ECOMI Pitch Deck
Telegram:  t.me/ecomi
Medium:  medium.com/ecomi
Twitter:  twitter.com/ecomi_
Facebook:  twitter.com/ecomi_
YouTube:  www.facebook.com/ecomi.ecosystem

Disclosure: Analyst does not own ECOMI tokens. 

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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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