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TripAlly is an ambitious project that aims to rid travelers of international data roaming charges. As the world’s first global connectivity platform, it seeks to streamline mobile internet by reducing our dependence on SIM cards, high roaming fees and the need for extra devices.

Mobile computing has become an essential aspect of our daily lives, but telecommunications regulations have made it difficult to stay connected across borders (at least, at affordable rates). TripAlly’s value proposition is simple: for a fixed price similar to local internet rates, travelers can access unlimited data in each country they visit.

Data roaming has seen some of the highest mark-ups in the history of commerce. As ZDNet explains, over the past five years it wasn’t uncommon for operators to mark-up their data roaming rates by 80,000%. By comparison, the mark-up for cocaine from grower to consumer usually reaches a maximum of 32,000%. (Perhaps operators realize that mobile data is more addictive?)

The basic mechanism for arriving at data roaming charges is quite simple. Operators in different countries have negotiated wholesale prices for international data roaming. If Operator A’s customer travelers abroad and uses their smartphone on Operator B’s network, Operator A can add whatever mark-up it wants to arrive at the retail price. In general, the higher the wholesale price agreed, the more the customers from both networks will pay.

Now, the first question prospective investors should ask is: Why would mobile operators work with TripAlly? The TripAlly whitepaper explains:

Mobile operators will receive significant revenue from TripAlly. Under a Service License Agreement (SLA) between TripAlly and mobile operators, they will keep portion of revenue from TripAlly Internet services. This means that without any extra work or expenses, mobile operators will increase their customer base and profits.

It goes on to offer a rationale for the alternative revenue stream:

Why would mobile operators consider this alternative revenue stream? Because mobile operators are facing a big challenge competing with new distributive OTT services, such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber. Between 2012 to 2018, mobile operators will account for $386 billion USD in lost revenue to OTT services. International roaming revenue is decreasing and becoming less significant for operators to count it as a major revenue stream. This trend can be verified in any major mobile operator’s annual report.

TripAlly will deliver cheap internet services through a mobile application on your existing network SIM card using networks in destination countries. Of course, this will require strong business development on the part of TripAlly. The faster these partnerships are forged, the more likely that investors will back the project.

Within the first two years of operation, TripAlly forecasts an acceptance rate of 20% among travelers in the countries it services. The company plans to launch TripAlly internet in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in summer 2018 before expanding throughout Asia in 2019.

TripAlly Token

The company is issuing an Ethereum-based token named ALLY, or AllyCoin, which will provide additional payment options for existing clients. Furthermore, ALLY can be resold for profit to users who do not have the token.

Interestingly enough, ALLY is already accepted at more than 200 venues across Bangkok, Thailand. Broader implementation is expected in late 2018.

In addition to facilitating hassle-free internet connection, the ALLY token can also be converted into fiat currency through a network of ATM machines in Southeast Asia. The whitepaper provides a detailed workflow of how this is supposed to work.

For non-ALLY holders, one day of unlimited internet usage will cost $3 USD.

The ICO pre-sale was launched Sept. 17, and will run until Oct. 15. During this period, the ALLY token is available at a 60% discount. The pr-ICO goal is to reach 1,500 ETH by selling 750,000 ALLY tokens. The ICO stage will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30.

The Team

The Singapore-based company is ramping up quickly in pursuit of full-scale product development. TripAlly is headed by co-founders Aleksey Gordienko, Sergey Goreev and Sergey Zubkov , who have a long and established track record in the Asia market.

Founded in 2016, the company has already developed its proprietary solution and negotiated with mobile operators in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Over the next year, it plans to roll out its services in select countries.

The team has a combined 75 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. It has also put together a strong advisory team of legal counsel and cryptocurrency experts. The company has already established an impressive list of partners and collaborators, a strong signal that the ICO has legs.

TripAlly Verdict

TripAlly fills a large void in the data roaming market, which makes it an attractive play for investors who understand the telecommunications industry. TripAlly also boasts a strong management team that is extremely well connected to the Asian market. As a big idea, it will need big funding to come to fruition.

Although the company has laid the groundwork for operators, investors should bear in mind that telecom is highly regulated and faces plenty of bottlenecks. After all, there’s a reason why operators have been able to mark-up data roaming charges so severely. Additionally, TripAlly has been in existence for a very short period, so it’s difficult to gauge its long-term prospects when no real business has been generated. At this stage, investors are buying this token because they believe in the business model.

Nonetheless, TripAlly appears confident that it can roll out its services by Q4 2018, with Mynanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia the first markets to begin accepting ALLY internet services. The company is virtually guaranteeing 500% ROI post-ICO, although the metrics behind this figure aren’t provided in the whitepaper.

From a token perspective, the company has confirmed that ALLY will be priced at $3 after the ICO. In other words, one ALLY token is equivalent to one day of mobile internet connection. Tokens will also be liquid and tradeable on the exchanges.

Investors with a long-term time horizon may find TripAlly a good opportunity. Developments over the next 12 months will be crucial in determining the success of early adoption. TripAlly expects to roll out its services in the top-100 travel destination countries by 2024.

Risks

  • Telecom is a highly regulated market that may prove difficult to navigate across international borders. -1
  • TripAlly is still in its very early stages, so investors should be cautious. -1.5
  • Mobile data consumption patterns may differ in lower income emerging markets. -1

Growth Potential

  • There is huge demand for affordable data roaming services that is expected to grow as tourism, travel and mobile penetration increase. +2
  • TripAlly has the first-mover advantage in this industry. +2.5
  • The company has moved swiftly to lock in partners and networks, and is looking to scale up quickly in the coming years. +3
  • The team is about as good as it gets for the Southeast Asia market. +2

Disposition

At this stage in the game, we believe a score of 6 out of 10 for TripAlly is justified. The positive outlook is largely tied to the growing demand for data roaming. In 2016 alone, there were 1.2 billion travelers worldwide. Mobile device penetration is also in the several billions. Given the outrageous fees paid for roaming, TripAlly has the opportunity to make a huge splash.

At the same time, investors need to be aware that the company is rolling out its services in developing countries where mobile penetration may be lower and data roaming charges less severe.

Investment Details

The ICO pre-sale can be accessed here.

Token info:

  • Token: ALLY
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Amount of initial token to be issued: 100,000,00 ALLY
  • Initial fixed price: 0.005 ETH per 1 ALLY or 1 ETH for 200 ALLY
  • Pre-ICO Price: 0.002 ETH per 1 ALLY or 1 ETH for 500 ALLY

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Logistics is a series of transactions that link a product from raw material through to the consumer. The logistics and transport management industry generate approximately 13% of GDP globally. Current supply chain logistics models are good, but not great. They can be improved by blockchain technology.

EndChain is a new project based on Ethereum, which aims to disrupt the logistics industry through decentralization, open protocols, and utilities. They believe the best way to improve current systems is to eliminate almost everything except the scan of the package.  According to them, “Technology can be molded to handle the rest of the necessary steps and to fit the needs of all users wanting to access the data.”

From the whitepaper:

“While some companies have attempted to create blockchain solutions for modern logistical problems, no complete solution exists today. Current options revolve around expensive RFID chips or an overt reliance on consumer input. EndChain focuses on the entire logistics chain: from manufacturer to businesses to customer to reseller. The goal of EndChain is to become the blockchain solution that the logistics industry desperately needs by allowing one blockchain that is easy to use for all verticals of the supply chain.”

EndChain wants to reduce the cost of logistics by providing a blockchain that’s responsible for all the data across the supply chain. Their uniform blockchain lets businesses easily adapt and communicate with one another. Their system will cover each sector of the supply chain, including the second-hand market.

The entire Endchain system is based on the use of their patent-pending QR/barcode design. Each item produced in the EndChain supply chain is paired with a unique id that can be automatically registered on the chain. This id is the foundation of Endchain and ensures that every physical item is linked to its digital counterpart.

All businesses which use the EndChain software will be able to identify themselves as producers, transportation, B2B or B2C stores. Employees simply need to scan the code. That simple scan will break down both the generic barcode and the individualized QR code. The software then automatically updates the chain with the new data that can be seen by all users.

There are 2 major benefits to their QR/barcode combo:

  1. It simplifies the scanning process. Instead of 2 or 3 separate barcodes, logistics workers will only have one easy to read code, filled with all the data.
  2. The code will update both the blockchain and the legacy systems at the same time. This allows EndChain to easily integrate with legacy systems that may not want to completely change their current methods just yet.

Additional benefits:

  • Reinforce the Authenticity of product
  • Secure transactions and fast settlements
  • Visibility in the supply chain
  • Cost-effective
  • Route optimization
  • More info on the product and cheaper costs
  • Ownership history

Token

ENCN token is required to purchase QR codes, make smart contracts, and access the data stream.

Token burning: EndChain’s self-regulating economy burns 2-4% of tokens per transaction. It works by destroying  more coins if the current market value of the ENCN is low. If the value of ENCN rises, less supply is destroyed as fewer coins are required for each smart contract.

Distribution:

  • 55% ICO
  • 22% Future development
  • 10% Team
  • 5% Leadership
  • 5% Advisors
  • 3% Bounty and referrals.

Use of proceeds:

  • 60% Development
  • 25% Marketing/sales
  • 5% Legal
  • 5% Security and compliance
  • 5% G & E

Team

Team EndChain is a mixed group from all around the globe. 15 team members and 9 advisors are listed.

Aaron Perkowitz – CEO.  Since October 2017 until now he’s been a Fund Manager at HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on aviation, tourism, logistics and financial services. Other than that, he lists 3 internships; Morgan Stanley, AngelVest, and RocketSpace.

Pierre Angot – CTO. Paris, France.  A self proclaimed Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain maestro, co-founded Medway, a telephone medicine app with between 2-10 employees. 2 years Managing Director at WAGT Consulting. Currently a Data Consultant at Verteego.

Felix Engelhardt – Business Developer. Currently (8 years) an Analyst at Cimic Group Limited, a world-leading infrastructure, mining, services and  private partnerships group with over 1,000 employees.

Javince Chan – UI/UX Designer. Lots of experience specifically in UX design; Currently at Quadrant Studio, she’s also worked for Amazon (1 yr), AKQA (1 yr), and Symplicit.

It’s an impressive group of advisors, with specific skills they acquired from places like; Huawei, Cimic Group, Morgan Stanley, Audi, Uber, Activision and Blizzard.

Partners are highlighted below:

Verdict

“EndChain provides a complete and cost-effective logistics package that benefits all parties of the supply chain. While most utility tokens focus on high end goods, EndChain focuses on the low to middle market, an area that has been ignored for too long. EndChain is able to enter this market due to the ease and low price of our system compared to other utility tokens which focus on expensive NFC chips or manual entry.”

The current blockchain solutions for the logistics industry won’t work for the majority of goods. They are too expensive to mass produce, therefore, they focus on luxury goods such as handbags, diamonds, and art while the vast majority of market purchases are ignored. EndChain is working on a solution by making a cost-effective product that can be applied to all goods.

Risks

  • Ethereum Blockchain. -1
  • There is already a lot of blockchain competition, and all their token values are at all time lows right now. Demand is not currently here. -2
  • 3% of their tokens will go to bounty/referrels. These bounty hoes usually just dump their tokens as soon as they hit an exchange. -1
  • 50% presale bonus. Same thing as above. They will dump at the first sign of dumpage. -1
  • This will be really challenging to scale. -1.5
  • Unsold tokens may or may not be burned. When we asked them in Telegram, their response was, “Once we got a concrete details, Soon we will be having an important announcement regarding that matter, stay tuned.” -0.5

Growth Potential

  • The team has produced a very profession ICO, a patent pending scan system, and lots of work on GitHub. Here’s their CEO giving a quick explanation on the work they have achieved so far. +2
  • Their uniqe QR code incorporates a barcode within the QR code. This allows users to scan the only code found on the packaging. Businesses that still use a legacy system can scan the embedded barcode. +3
  • 2-4% of the revenue generated from sales will be dedicated to burning EndChain tokens. +4
  • They will give a percentage of ENCN tokens to tradition shipping companies for free, to recruit them to the blockchain. Once they see the benefit of EndChain, they will become valuable costumers. +2
  • One of the largest benefits of this system is that it can be done offline. Information isn’t being downloaded, only uploaded, therefore it can remain in the system until its fully loaded, no need to wait to scan the next item. +3

Disposition

The team is strong, the whitepaper is professional, and the roadmap is realistically detailed. The goal is to launch the full version in Q3 2020. If they raise enough money in this token sale, we like their chances more than most. 7/10

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OATH Protocol wants to build an analog of a decentralized dispute resolution system modeling the common-juror system. In their view, this will solve the solution to the blockchain governance problem.

OATH Protocol wants to provide a solution to the Blockchain Governance system.

In order to do this the company plans to:

  • increase the usability of smart contracts by providing an easy to use user-friendly smart contract creation tool
  • creating a decentralized jury community, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise
  • invites users from all communities to not only provide governance for the dApp they support but also for other ecosystems.

The protocol’s main advantages include:

  • Trust – all data is hashed on a blockchain.
  • Confidentiality – all jury members data of confidential.
  • Dynamicity – protocol will ensure that different jurors will be resolving multiple cases to avoid a collision and ensure the integrity.
  • Fairness – protocol will ensure random jurors selection based on a variety of factors as gender, background, age, etc. to have full objectivity.
  • Incentive – a mechanism to motivate jurors for participating and assign them credit.
  • Autonomy – parties mutually set rules that they would be bound by.
  • Transparency – jury votes are disclosed to the community after resolution.
  • Archive – protocol allows keeping all data in a structured irrecoverable way.

Use cases include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • E-commerce, which involves a variety of disputes, such as quality problems, missing pieces, broken product, etc. OATH jury will resolve each dispute based on user-provided testimony.
  • OTC trade of digital assets.
  • Disputes involving decentralized property rent.
  • Decentralized moderation.
  • Oracle for betting.
  • public chain governance.

So basically OATH is a decentralized agnostic protocol that offers a solution to of decentralized governance to all blockchains and Dapps.

Blockchain architecture is highlighted below:

OATH Protocol is an agnostic blockchain which may be integrated into other Daps and public chains.

The chain contains two main files:

  • Case ledger, which includes all information such as contracts, verdicts, voting reasons, selected jurors.
  • IPFS (InterPlanetary File System), which is a network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system. It replaces traditional domain names with content addresses so that users don’t have to consider names and paths of file storage.

Token

The total token supply is: 10,000,000,000 ERC-20 tokens (OATH).

Token use is summarized below:

  • Engagement between participants/granting access to the platform
  • Internal currency

Tokens are earned as nodes, disputes resolution and community services.

Team

We see a well-balanced team with a diverse background in tech, business, and law. Yin Xu, CEO, won several awards for best mobile application.

Jenny Vatrenko, COO, is an influential lawyer and  former litigator at Boles Shiller. She is active on the group’s Telegram channel.

Hongwei Wang has a strong technical background, including eight years of combined experience at Google and other tech-focused companies in China.

On the advisor side, we see people from Zefund, Qidain Capital, Continue Capital, a founder of an EOS supernode and energy startup NAD. Advisors cover the main focus groups: technology, business and legal. Jia Tian is a notable advisor who worked at Baidu and Alibaba, and is a big investor in Bitfinex Dafeng Guo. Tian worked for big investment banks like Morgan Stanley and Goldman.

Zainan Zuo is another notable advisor who serves as a core developer at Ethereum, and is a main developer of the ERC-1202 standard for Ethereum.

Investors

Several notable investors from the VC and blockchain worlds are also worth mentioning. While most are medium-sized funds, Quarkchain is among them. Quarkchain was a top ROI project during the second quarter of this year. EOS Asia and NEM are also partnering with OATH.

Verdict

In general, the project looks interesting. The team has the necessary technical skills to implement the product. We see the support of smart money. The very idea of the product itself is exciting. The decentralized dispute resolution system, which can be used both as a means of resolving disputes between traditional subjects in arbitration and within a decentralized system, deserves interest.

Risks

  • The project does not have MVP, only active Github. -1
  • Low public activity. -0.75

Growth Potential

  • The strong point is that it is an agnostic protocol so that it can be plugged to any blockchain and provide additional value to that respected network with their service. +2
  • The overall idea is interesting. +1
  • Any user of any blockchain can automatically be selected as a juror for OATH dispute which provides flexibility and helps to get users on board. +1
  • The token use case is rather strong – parties must deposit tokens during dispute case and pay arbitrators for their services. +1
  • The roadmap is medium long. Although for this kind of project long-term potential will rise together with overall crypto field and decentralization. +1
  • Token metrics are on the good side. +1
  • Team, advisors, partners, and VCs have been verified. +1.5

Disposition

I would say that the project is above average, but one should wait for prototype and full metrics to make the full investment decision. Currently, the rating of 6.75/10 is warranted, though it may be further increased or decreased once the project is up and running.

Investment Details

  • Type: utility
  • Symbol: OATH
  • Platform: erc-20
  • Crowdsale: TBA
  • Minimum Investment: TBA
  • Price: TBA
  • Hard Cap: TBA
  • Payments Accepted: TBA
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: TBA

General details:

Website – https://oaths.io/

Whitepaper – https://oaths.io/files/OATH-Whitepaper-EN.pdf

FB – https://www.facebook.com/oathprotocol/

Telegram – https://t.me/oathsio

Medium – https://medium.com/@oathprotocol

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Robonomics Network is an ambitious network infrastructure, based on the Ethereum platform and created with the purpose of integrating ‘cyber-physical systems’ into “Smart Cities and Industry 4.0”.

Industry 4.0 is a topic which I first discussed back in May 2018 when I reviewed a token called ‘Productivist’ that aimed to provide blockchain based solutions for the manufacturing sector. Key concepts of 4.0 common across all sectors are: automation, interoperability, AI, and IoT (how they can improve efficiency as well as reduce costs).

This project is no different, incorporating autonomous cyber-physical systems (or CPSs) to replace human operators and to a degree, decision-makers. According to the white paper, the team hopes to:

“Expand the capabilities of Ethereum in order for the market of CPSs behavioural models supply and demand to emerge; describing the Robonomics agents operating system as the interface of the Robot Operating System compatible CPS to the robots economy network”

A ‘CPS’, according to a page on the website of the US government backed National Science Foundation, integrates “sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure”. Examples include self-driving cars and medical monitoring systems.

In the words of Cisco a smart city “collects and analyzes data from IoT sensors and video cameras. In essence, they “sense” the environment so that the city operator can decide how and when to take action… [and] uses digital technology to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of citizens. IoT sensors, video cameras, social media, and other inputs act as a nervous system”.

History, Present and Future

The company’s first release and phase of operation came in Q1 of 2018, with what the company calls ‘Lighthouse’ (AKA the first release of software for providers). The second ‘Observerer’ was released the following quarter, which was when the team began to focus on analysing “network performance indicators” to measure progress and capability.

In Q1-Q2 of 2019, the Robonomics Network team plans to begin the ‘Cybernetics Economy’ stage of their operational roadmap. Finally, between the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020 Robonomics Network will enter ‘Lights-Out’ stage. This presumably refers to the fact that the network is expected to reach full automation by this stage: requiring less human intervention, direct oversight or micro-management.

Furthermore, you can check the team’s Medium blog for up-to-date insight regarding the activity and progress of the project. For example: in June 2018 Robonomics Network started running in Ethereum main net and any ETH holder can become its provider.

Early September 2018, ‘Airalab visionary leader’ and ‘Robot economics architect’ Sergey Lonshakov published an article entitled Robonomics 2018: Let’s Sum Up. In it, he describes a working vocational trip off-site where a “tent city” was erected at the Zhigulevskaya Valley Technopark in Russia within which a four day “engineering crash course” took place.

The results of this trip included solidified plans and delegation for a variety of essential tasks for the Robonomics Network protocol development.

How it Works

The Robonomics Network team describes their efforts to combine “the economic and technical parts of communication between humans and machines into one transaction”, which will be achieved by using “a decentralized marketplace for robot liabilities contracts” and overcoming existing centralisation dilemmas facing the IoT and Robotics industries.

By decentralizing the storage of data and controls over variables such as interoperable appliances in a ‘smart house’ (gas, alarms, lighting, etc), the risk of server-side issues interrupting these processes would be mitigated. For example, downtime for maintenance or unauthorised intrusion / targeted attacks.

Latest and prominent product releases include the third of their beta stable-releases for the Robonomics Network communication stack. Like all components of the platform this beta is open-source, with source code available to view and download at GitHub. One of the features cited in the release is “new liability engine support parallel and sandboxing liability execution.”.

Additional products listed on the website at present include ‘Robonomics JS’: a language for Ethereum JS developers who want to create DApps for “smart cities”, and ‘Learning Center’ for “roboteers” to develop field experience in the implementation of p2p technology when creating multi-agent systems.

In November 2018, Robonomics Platform team member Sergey Lonshakov published a post on Medium entitled Robonomics Benchmark, November 2018 which summarized a series of fresh test results. Load test results averaged at 60 messages per second (using IPFS Pubsub), whilst another test focused on communication between two ROS-compatible robots using the eponymous protocol.

Team

Robonomics Platform is a project from the Airalab team, an open-source development community founded in 2015). The Airalab website doesn’t list any team member as a manager but rather as different departmental staff (although they do distinguish by experience with the inclusion of ‘Junior’ status members).

This is contradicted on the company’s Medium profile somewhat, where w¬riter Sergey Lonshakov assumes the title of ‘Airalab Visionary Leader / Robot Economics Architect’. From this, we can assume that he similarly takes on something of a leadership role for the project as well.

According to Lonshakov’s LinkedIn profile, he is a ‘Robonomics Platform Architect’ and ‘Blockchain Project Developer’ at Airalab. He has been working with the company and in research and development on blockchain with robotics since 2015, after having graduated from Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) University in St Petersburg, Russia.

ITMO recurs in the LinkedIn profiles of the majority of the rest of the team also as place of study and work. Both apply to Aleksandr Kapitonov, PhD: a Robot Economics Academic Society Progressor at Airalab who has been working at the university since 2015, starting as an assistant professor and advancing to the position of associate professor in September 2018. He also mentions his role in the creation and management of several decentralized technologies.

Advisors

The advisory board of Robonomics Network is comprised of just three members at this stage, who are as follows:

  • Alexey Bobstov: Professor and doctor of technical sciences. He specialises in system analysis, control and information processing.
  • Max Gutbrod: Greatly experienced in M&A, finance and restructuring; and has previously assumed the role of managing partner at the Moscow branch of Baker & McKenzie CIS, Limited.
  • Babak Kia: Adjunct Professor at Boston University

Token

The Robonomics Network economy utilises a proprietary and eponymous token, which also goes by the title ‘XRT’. It will be built upon the Ethereum blockchain as will all smart contracts, in part because of the fact that you are able to add technical details. This is in addition to being able to bypass intermediaries between consumer and robot.

May 2017 saw the completion of the first round of ICO investment for the company, achieving 5000 ETH in total (valued then at $810,000) and the team plans to launch a public token sale at an unannounced point in time. The maximum cap of this event will be 10,000 ETH and will take place in the form of a “Crowdfunding Dutch Auction”.

The last update available on the website was posted on the 21st November 2018 at the time of writing. It said that the team is currently “expecting the legal opinion of the Financial Market Authority (FMA).”.

Verdict

Great presentation online, transparency, and fully open source. This includes the Whitepaper, which is both comprehensive and concise at a lean 26 pages.

Risks

  • Industry 4.0 often correlates with commercial globalism, and working in international markets brings exponential liability regarding data laws (such as Europe’s GDPR) -1
  • There is a chance of high competition from larger international corporations working with blockchain -2

Growth Potential

  • The team shows a great level of understanding regarding the theory and practical aspects in the fields of blockchain and robotics +2
  • Having similar educational backgrounds and geographical basis, it appears much of the core team share experience and are likely close-knit +1
  • Russia has a strong reputation regarding blockchain (including certain individuals like Vitalik Buterin) with many successful projects coming out of the area +2
  • Transparency: Lots of updates on the website and personal medium blogs of various team members, as well as the code being completely open source +3
  • Team members’ experience shines through across their LinkedIn, GitHub, and Google Scholar pages +1
  • Whilst not the most well-known group of advisors, those supporting Robonomics Network have considerable achievements and influence in their own rights +1

Disposition

Worth following, and if you are technically oriented: check out the code!

7/10

Investment Details

  • Symbol: XRT
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Presale: Unannounced (Pending Legal Approval)
  • Hard Cap: 10,000 ETH
  • Whitepaper: https://robonomics.network/robonomics_white_paper_en.pdf
  • Website: https://robonomics.network/en/

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