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Genomics is an interdisciplinary field of science focusing on the structure, function, evolution, mapping, and editing of genomes. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. In contrast to genetics, which refers to the study of individual genes and their roles in inheritance, genomics aims at the collective characterization and quantification of genes, which direct the production of proteins with the assistance of enzymes and messenger molecules. In turn, proteins make up body structures such as organs and tissues as well as control chemical reactions and carry signals between cells. Genomics also involves the sequencing and analysis of genomes through uses of high throughput DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to assemble and analyze the function and structure of entire genomes. Advances in genomics have triggered a revolution in discovery-based research and systems biology to facilitate understanding of even the most complex biological systems such as the brain.

The field also includes studies of intragenomic (within the genome) phenomena such as epistasis (effect of one gene on another), pleiotropy (one gene affecting more than one trait), heterosis (hybrid vigour), and other interactions between loci and alleles within the genome. This brief primer on genomics is a good Segway into the Zenome project.

The Zenome Project

We are now able to objectively analyze and observe the behavior of what makes DNA be what it is, exploiting totally new shores on the field, generating an enormous amount of detailed information including patterns and relations between organized molecular systems in an organic entity and biological automation on a whole new level.

According to Nature.com “Two research groups came across the phenomenon independently while studying extracellular vesicles — pieces of cell membranes that pinch off into bubbles and float away from the cells. These vesicles circulate throughout the body, but little is known about their function. The teams, led by neuroscientist Jason Shepherd at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and cell biologist Vivian Budnik at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, looked at mice and flies (Drosophila melanogaster), respectively.”

Projects like Zenome allow for individual units around the world share their DNA information with a decentralized blockchain based platform, where digital representations of the DNA, under the form of accurate information, are stored, analyzed and exchanged between scientific research foundations, academic labs, hospitals and health technology programs and pharmaceutical research to mention a few.

The Token

ZNA is the native currency of the Zenome Platform, a token based on the Ethereum Network (ERC-20).

The initial pool of tokens released for the presale was 3.2 million ZNA. After the presale reached about 350,000 ZNA, the remaining tokens were burned.

The total number of tokens that will be released at the time of the main token sale is 35 million, of which 25% will be frozen for use as a reward to network participants (for example, for the provision of hard disk space or computing power). Thus, the initial supply was 3.2 million at the moment of the presale. The total supply of the token is 35 million ZNA (including burned tokens), while the max supply will never surpass 35 million tokens. At the same time, the circulating supply will not be more than 75% of the total supply, which is about 26.25 million ZNA.

As for the use of the token, it is a utility token that performs a functional role in the Zenome system, which means it is not just a speculative tool. Inside the Zenome network, a Zenome platform user could use the token to purchase genetic tests and reports, pay for genetic counselors, physicians, and health managers. In fact, you can pay for any service related to your genome, up to and including dating services.

Industrial companies, academia and research sectors will be able to purchase personal genomic data (genetic, medical, behavioral and other) based on real human individuals that are part of the network in exchange for ZNA tokens.  ZNA will be used to build a market for genomic data and any services around it.

Team

The founders of the Zenome Project are Alexey Gorbachev (Research Institute of Physical-Chemical Medicine,  whopreviously worked for Quantum, GenEra and, Institute of Nutrition) and Nikolay Kulemin with a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, department of molecular and biological physics (MIPT). Vladimir Naumov (Genomic Data Scientist) and Sergey Popov (Blockchain Developer) are concluding the core of the Zenome project. The team seems aptly qualified to run a genomics project of this nature.

Verdict

Until recently, the genomics industry was based mostly on speculation, using a substantial amount of animal testing experiments as “information” inputs in order to analyze a biological concept, understand it on a certain degree and determine how it might affect humans. One can readily see how this approach is limiting when it comes to studying human DNA.

Platforms like Zenome can gather “information” regarding the human DNA based on real data collected by physical labs across the globe, which will create certified digital or physical representations of our DNA. We can send this DNA information to the Zenome platform through an application and that would support the fact that this specific information is a catholic example of a specific individual’s DNA.

Zenome aims to provide individuals with the opportunity to control and even monetize their genomic information. One of the project’s core strengths is the promise of establishing equal conditions for drug treatment. It is this interplay that could make Zenome an attractive investment for those willing to learn more about the industry.

Risks

Zenome might sound like a solid project, but if you’re looking at it as an investor and only, you should consider the following facts:

  • The genome market is a brand new field not only when it comes to blockchain but also on a physical scale. There will be a very strict group of organizations that would be keen on purchasing genome databases in the near future. -1
  • A user’s personal genomic information could be exposed to companies that may try to personalize their products based on your data. In other words, there may be significant ethical issues at play in this industry. -3
  • In order to have your genomic data sent to the Zenome platform, you should visit a local lab, authorized by Zenome and experience DNA Sequencing on first hand. This may limit adoption, especially when you compare it to some of the leading DNA ancestral services on the market. (These services send the kit directly to your door and your DNA sample can be sent back via mail.) -2

Growth Opportunity

Zenome plans to hit a market cap of $70bn by the end of 2019, based on their partnerships and analysts. Previous ICO speculations showed us that this number could vary dramatically from the expectations, especially in 2018, where academic, industrial, governmental and banking money are flowing into the blockchain sphere. Below are some of the biggest growth opportunities associated with Zenome:

  • Blockchain was certainly a surprise for all of us and while some are obsessed with the monetary applications and the profitable side, there are literally 4th generation blockchain based projects that are on another level entirely. These projects could unveil the real capabilities of that new technology in almost any possible field we can think of. Zenome appears to be on this level. +3
  • Creating the next generation of drugs that target molecular-level functions is unavoidable. A project like Zenome could help us reach that potential. In other words, the project is well poised to capitalize on partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry, which is highly lucrative. +3
  • Data science technologies in combination with accurate information about human genomics certainly create a whole new concept in the sphere and that is what Zenome is working on. Eventually, health tech will start to integrate  Zenome or similar platforms will have to be established in order to understand better and most important accurately what we are made of, how we can affect our environment and how it affects us. +3
  • The team is led by domain experts in genomics as well as blockchain professionals – a rare combination that could lead to exceptional results. +3

Disposition

The Zenome platform may need some time to create a network of labs, academic partnerships and most important convincing people to do a DNA test is not that simple yet.

We know that we are rolling into an era of machines and humans integrating their intelligence and capabilities into single use cases, but Zenome might sound a little bit “Sci-Fi” for the majority of the people, causing a long curve.

Long-term investors will appreciate its value, realizing the disruption a project like this could bring along when the global health industry realizes the capabilities it offers.

A score of 6 out of 10 is reserved for Zenome, based on present facts.

Investment Details

  • Type: Crowdsale
  • Symbol: ZNA
  • Pre-Sale: Concluded
  • Public Sale: February 1st, 2018
  • Payments Accepted: ETH

Disclaimer: The writer has no position in Zenome at the time of writing.

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    January 29, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I’d like to know what the quote from journal Nature has to do with anything in this ICO analysis.
    Also it seems written in a hurry and a lot of times it’s very hard to understand what exactly the author is trying to say, just look at the information about the number of tokens for example. We are paying $40/month for this and honestly it’s starting to look like this may not be worth it.

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ICO Analysis: BitSong

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The music industry is ever-evolving alongside new technologies. Smart contracts and blockchain are currently changing it again. Over the past year, numerous music blockchain projects have come onto the scene as ambitious entrepreneurs try to get in on the action.

BitSong, is an Ethereum based project that wants to put the entire process on one platform. Music creators will stream their songs or videos, manage their fanbase and work out advertising deals all on the BitSong Platform.

According to the whitepaper:

“The BitSong Platform will be a holistic one -stop shop approach, choice is given to the user, to watch videos, stream music and have the ability to use whichever device they own to partake in Bitsong. This also permits the artist to manage their social media fanbase from one source, their Bitsong channel, thereby retaining their fans on one single decentralized music platform”

The platform allows users to do the following;

  • Upload new songs/videos and create your own music channel.
  • Sell your songs, listen to them and get donations.
  • Earn BTSG token during your plays.
  • Support the artist by making a donation through the BTSG token.
  • Listen to your songs on any TV, Smartphone or PC.
  • Sponsor your business or your songs in full autonomy.

Perhaps the coolest feature of BitSong will be how they incorporate advertisements into the platform. The user will be paid for their “User Attention,” the producer will receive earnings in real time and the advertiser will be able to optimize the campaign after viewing the reports.

Token

The BTSG token will be essential for: sponsorship, making a donation, purchasing a song, voting, buying tickets and purchasing merchandising.

Use of funds:

  • 50% Business Development and Expansion
  • 15% Technology and Logistics
  • 15% Research and Development
  • 20% Marketing and PR

Two percent the tokens were sold at a 40% discount during the pre-sale in late May.

Team

This is a rather large and spread out team. Lots of different countries involved and most of the team are former DJs/producers.

Angelo Recca: Co-Founder/CEO from Italy. LinkedIn says he has been CEO of this cloud storage company SpazioRC since 2012. Spazio has only one employee listed on LinkedIn and the twitter only has 340 followers and hasn’t been active since Novemebr 2017.

Rino Ticli: Co-Founder. The only work history listed is “DeeJay” since 2002. He doesn’t seem to be a very popular DJ/producer, either. He’s had Twitter since 2012 yet only has 800 followers that give him zero love or retweets.

Julian Anghelin: EMEA Manager. Despite typing a long and vague description of his skills, the only work history he has listed is as a publications guy for Royal Caribbean Cruises for ten months in 2016.

Giovanni Melfi: CTO and Blockchain Developer. Out of the 12 team members, he is the only developer. And it looks like he has no work history to brag about. He did describe himself on LinkedIn as follows:” Passionate about cryptocurrencies and blockchain, 2 languages speaker. Coming from an experience in software engineering and a passion for software development with some programming languages such as PHP. I participated in some group work on the robotic system, on linux programming and on StartUp Manager, and I think these experiences are the most important for professional growth.”

The website goes on to list 19 international DJs/producers that are supposed to be a part of BitSong. However, after checking all of them, only a couple ever mention BitSong. No mentions of the token sale.

The most popular is a guy named Tadeo, who gained almost 300,000 Twitter followers for being on an MTV reality show. He does not mention the BitSong crowdsale on his twitter.

Nicola Fasano is a DJ with 16,000 followers on Twitter.

Mossel is a DJ with 10,000 followers but doesn’t mention Bitsong ICO

Verdict

We usually don’t do analysis on projects that already had their pre-sale. However, after seeing these ratings, it seemed like our opinion was needed. These high scores are out of line. The only explanation is that the reviews were done a few months ago, before the bad news bears arrived to spoil everyone’s shill fest.

Nobody here expects YouTube, Spotify and record companies to just step aside while smart contract/blockchain projects move in. Said blockchain projects needs to be extra special with an extra special team in order to even stand a chance of competing.

Based on team inexperience and lack of MVP alone, this gets an unfavorable rating.

Risks

  • The team is not experienced at all in business or blockchain. -1
  • It doesn’t look like they will come close at all to reaching the hard cap. They have a large team and payroll. It’s going to take a long time for both BitSong and Ethereum to work properly. There’s a strong chance they run out of money by then -1
  • No MVP, only one blockchain developer listed on their team, plus many other small things that lead us to believe they might not be really trying to build this thing. -1
  • GitHub is not active at all. This supports the above theory. -1
  • Competition. The author has reviewed 4 different blockchain music ICOsin the last year. He ranks this one 3/4. -1

Growth Potential

  • Ambitious roadmap on page 15 of the whitepaper. +1
  • One of these blockchain music projects is going to be popular. BitSong has an outsiders chance. +1
  • The crowdsale will run for three months, ending in November. Perhaps the market will be bullish by then. +2
  • They make a really bold claim on their site about having 177,404 users. When asked who these users are, the reply was, “177,404 users interacted with our bot and registered in our wallet.” This is kinda hard to believe, but if true those type numbers will definitely help them scale. +3

“Together with our community (about 180,000 users) we want to create a special environment, a new way to hear, see and enjoy music,where every artist can be his own distributor, sponsoring it on world music channels, where clarity and transparency rule and users can be rewarded for listening and viewing advertising.”

Disposition

It’s just way too good to be true. The silver lining is that we’ve seen several projects succeed in the past with this same strategy. A brilliant whitepaper idea with no MVP, and an untested team. However, in today’s paranoid market, most investors are now needing evidence of work, not just a whitepaper and a dream. +2/10

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ICO Analysis: Hedera Hashgraph

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Hedera Hashgraph is another project in the blockchain space aiming to take blockchain to the next level: fast and ready to take on widespread usage by the mainstream as well as enterprises.

Currently, distributed ledger technology faces a number of challenges:

  1. Scalability
  2. Security
  3. Governance
  4. Stability
  5. Regulatory Compliance

Hedera Hashgraph’s team believes that only when these challenges are addressed and surmounted will mainstream markets trust blockchain enough to adopt it en masse.

With regards to the aforementioned challenges, Hedera Hashgraph aims to address them in the following ways:

  1. Performance – Hedera is built on the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm (“hashgraph” also is used to refer to Hedera’s blockchain), invented by Hedera’s CTO and Chief Scientist Dr. Leemon Baird, who worked as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals. According to the Hedera Hashgraph whitepaper, the platform can handle hundreds of thousands of transactions per second in just one shard (let alone the entire network). Confirmations also happen in seconds and not minutes, hours, or days.
  2. Security – Hedera Hashgraph is secure through asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance (aBFT). While other platforms are susceptible to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, the hashgraph platform isn’t. Moreover, aBFT provides both fair access and fair ordering for transactions on the platform. Appendix 3 of the whitepaper gives a full definition of the hashgraph algorithm and its fairness properties as well as proofs of aBFT.
  3. Governance – Hedera’s governance consists of Council Governance (management of council concerns) and Consensus Model (determining transaction consensus order).
    • Council Governance is done by an elected Governing Board that deals with council membership policy, network token regulation, and platform codebase changes. The Governing Board will consist of up to 39 leading organizations in their respective fields, bringing expertise previously lacking in past blockchain platforms.
    • Consensus Model deals with how nodes reach consensus on the platform’s order of transactions. In the Consensus Model, nodes cast one vote for each Hedera token that they own and since many nodes are expected to join the network and be compensated for maintaining the hashgraph ledger, it’s expected that Consensus Model voting privileges will be distributed amongst thousands of nodes.
  4. Stability – Hedera Hashgraph’s stability will be ensured with both technical and legal controls.
    • Technical – Hedera Hashgraph has Swirlds technology, which has the effect of protecting users of the platform from unofficial forks of the platform as well as ensuring that only software clients running the latest version are able to modify the hashgraph.
    • Legal – The Hedera Hashgraph codebase will not be open-source but be available for public review so that anyone can read the source code, recompile it, and verify its legitimacy. No licenses will be required to use the platform, write software that uses the platform, or build smart contracts on the platform. Thus, Hedera will provide a transparent codebase open to innovation so that the market can use it for its own purposes.
  5. Regulatory Compliance – Hedera has an opt-in escrow identity mechanism that gives users the choice to attach verified identities to their otherwise anonymous cryptocurrency accounts. Therefore, on the one hand, anonymous users can maintain their anonymity, and on the other, users that need to be verified for official purposes can do so without having to worry about regulatory backlash.

Token

By replacing proof-of-work consensus mechanisms with virtual voting (nodes cast one vote for each Hedera token that they own), high throughput, low fees, and micropayments are all made possible.

DApp developers on the network will use Hedera tokens to pay for network services like processing transactions, executing smart contracts, and storing files.

As mentioned earlier in the analysis, anyone running a node will earn Hedera tokens for doing so. The amount they earn is proportional to the amount of Hedera tokens they stake in one or more accounts for which they have the private keys. (This stake is also used to weight their votes in the Consensus Model). However, users are still able to spend their stake at any time – though of course spending some of the stake means receiving less rewards for running a node.

Users who don’t want to run a node (e.g. not wanting to invest in computing resources and/or the maintenance of them) can “proxy stake” Hedera to someone else’s node. This means that the user with no node gives a node “credit” for their stake and splits ledger maintenance awards with the node that they credit with their stake. (The ratio of the split is negotiated between the two parties). Proxy stake funds are in control of the proxy staker, who can spend the stake at any time, turn off the stake, or even redirect the proxy stake to another node.

As mentioned, fees are low, but they do exist. There are node fees, service fees, and transaction fees:

  • Node fees – a platform user can use platform services (e.g. transferring crypto from one account to another) by contacting a node, which submits the user’s transactions. The platform user pays a fee, negotiated between the user and the node, to the node for its service.
  • Service fees – users that use platform services (e.g. storing a file in the hashgraph) without going through a node pay a service fee.
  • Transaction fees – transactions handled by the network incur a fee to cover the associated costs of nodes exchanging data about the transactions, temporarily storing them in memory, and calculating consensus on the events containing them.

Token distribution is “expected” (taken from the Hedera Hashgraph crowdsale FAQ – “What is the token distribution?” section) to be as follows.

  • 65% Hedera Council Treasury
  • 17% management and employees
  • 13% SAFT purchasers and developers
  • 5% Swirlds

Hedera has already raised $100m in funding from institutional and high net worth investors and is currently conducting an accredited investor crowdsale ($20m target).

Accredited investor verification (whitelisting) will stop when $20m in funding is reached or August 15th, whichever comes first.

Token price and token release schedule for both first round and accredited investor round are the same:

  • Option A: $0.12 per token. 20% of tokens issued six months after network launch, with the rest vested in 10% installments over 8 months.
  • Option B: $0.096 per token. 20% of tokens issued six months after network launch, with the rest vested in 20% installments over the subsequent 4 years.

The majority of founder tokens are vested in 4 to 6 years.

If all funding goals are met, the project will start with a $360m market capitalization (based on expected circulating supply on day of token release).

Total token supply is fifty billion.

The offering is a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) in accordance with SEC regulations and there will be no ICO.

Minimum contribution is $1,000, and maximum contribution per person is $250,000. However, investors who want to invest >$250,000 can email saft@hashgraph.com (?), according to the Hedera Hashgraph crowdsale FAQ, which is confusing.

All raised funds will be used to grow the platform (engineering, sales, marketing, developer advocacy, community development, legal, etc).

Team

Co-Founder, CTO, and Chief Scientist Leemon Baird – Baird invented the hashgraph consensus algorithm, has worked as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy, has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and has many patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the fields of computer security, mathematics, and machine learning.

Co-Founder and CEO Mance Harmon – Harmon also has an Air Force background as former Course Director for Cybersecurity. He was also Program Manager of a large-scale software program for the US Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency and senior executive for product security of an unnamed $1.7b revenue organization.

President Tom Trowbridge – Trowbridge is President of the Hedera Hashgraph Council and has a strong finance background, having started and ran the New York Office of UK-based Odey Asset Management. He also has held positions at Goldman Sachs, Lombard Odier, Atticus Capital, Bear, Stearns & Co., and telecom and media private equity firm Alta Communications, where he was responsible for 10 deals.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Hedera Hashgraph.

Risks

  • Very bold claims but no working product (-1)
  • High hard cap and initial valuation but other projects that have done well have had the same (though uncommon) (-0.5)
  • Similar to EOS – bold claims, no working product, lots of hype – except the EOS team probably had a more relevant background (CTO Dan Larimer was behind popular and proven projects like Bitshares and Steemit) (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • A lot of hype (e.g. large Meetup community) (+4)
  • Some DApps have already committed to the platform, and many developers are interested in the platform (e.g. their developer – not general public – Discord channel has nearly 5,000 members as of writing) (+4)

Disposition

  • Hedera Hashgraph promises to pack quite the punch similar to projects like EOS. The hype is definitely there, but can the team deliver?
  • Hedera Hashgraph receives a 6/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Native – Utility
  • Symbol: Unspecified
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Ongoing
  • Minimum Investment: $1,000
  • Price: $0.096 or $0.12
  • Hard Cap: $120m (institutional round and accredited investor round combined)
  • Payments Accepted: BTC and USD (via wire transfer) – can’t mix BTC/USD to pay for one SAFT (but can purchase two SAFTs separately using BTC for one and USD for the other)
  • Restricted from Participating: The SAFT is being offered to accredited investors in 63 countries. (Anyone from a country NOT on the following list is restricted from participating). The countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Virgin Islands (British), Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

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Who will become the most scalable blockchain ready for mainstream adoption?

Emotiq is yet another contender in the “next-generation blockchain” space that claims powerful scalability and privacy while making smart contracts easier and more accessible.

In their own words, they want to be the Apple of blockchain vs. other blockchains, which are more like Android and Windows (don’t shoot the messenger). Emotiq is developing a blockchain interface so friendly and natural that even kids will be able to use it! Quite the claim when you consider that most adults can’t currently use blockchain!

Emotiq’s smart contracts are written in Ring, a plain English programming language that’s as easy as reading the news. Not only does Emotiq offer an easy way to read and write smart contracts, but it will also support most Ethereum smart contracts (written in Solidity).

Emotiq is aiming at processing 1 million transactions per second, using zero-knowledge proofs for transaction privacy, and scaling through sharding. Secure cryptographic purging of spent transactions will ensure that Emotiq’s blockchain stays small and manageable.

Emotiq, like other similar projects, will allow for ICOs and DApps. Also, it will feature a decentralized exchange.

In essence, Emotiq wants to be the next Ethereum or Stellar but scalable, private, and accessible.

Token

There will be 1 billion total Emotiq (EMTQ), which will be distributed as follows.

  • 51.3% token sale
  • 16.7% development
  • 10% marketing and ecosystem
  • 10% reserve
  • 10% team
  • 2% advisors and backers

EMTQ is deflationary (max token supply decreases over time). A fixed percentage of yearly transaction fees will be burned. This will be done to increase the value of EMTQ and also to help prevent attacks on the EMTQ network.

In terms of its usage, Emotiq’s FAQ page says that EMTQ will be used the same way that ETH is used for Ethereum. In other words, we can expect EMTQ to be used to pay for resource consumption (sending payments, paying for services, creating child tokens/launching ICOs, etc.) on the Emotiq network.

There will be no public sale but Emotiq is currently in its third round of private sale (4 rounds total). If you are interested in participating in the private sale, contact sales@emotiq.ch with information about you / your fund, allocation you are interested in, and how you can help Emotiq grow.

Here are the details of private sale rounds and seed round thus far:

  • Seed – 150m EMTQ (15% of max supply), $2m cap, 100% lockup – linear release beginning 3 months after mainnet launch (12.5% per month)
  • Private round 1 – 140m EMTQ (14% of max supply), $9.8m cap, 50% released and 50% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (20% each month)
  • Private round 2 – 60m EMTQ (6% of max supply), $6m cap, 70% released and 30% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (33.3% per month)
  • Private round 3 (ongoing) – 139m EMTQ (13.9% of max supply), $18m cap, 75% released and 25% lockup – locked up tokens are released linearly starting 1 month after mainnet launch (33.3% per month)
  • Private round 4 – 23.5m EMTQ (2.35% of max supply), $3.2m cap, no lockup

Private sale inquirers who are deemed qualified will receive further details about past rounds, such as price.

Token sale proceeds will be used to do things like expand the Emotiq ecosystem through educational programs, build a top-notch research team, explore different smart contract languages for their ability to accelerate mass adoption, and provide venture funding for Emotiq-based projects.

Team

Emotiq is led by CEO Joel Reymont, who has 25 years of experience in technology and management. For example, he was Director of Prime Brokerage Technology at Deutsche Bank and CTO of Aeternity, another popular blockchain project.

Ann Soederblom, VP of Marketing – Soederblom has worked as a project manager for multinational companies like Citigroup and Holcim (8th largest Swiss company by revenue) and also runs her own marketing agency.

Vladimir Lebedev, VP of Engineering – Lebedev has an impressive background, having served as CTO of the Russian stock exchange, executive at VEON (telecoms company with more than 200m subscribers), executive at Mail.Ru group (biggest Russian Internet media company), and executive at Sberbank (biggest Eastern European bank).

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Emotiq.

Risks

  • Bold claims (1m transactions per second and so on) but no mainnet (launch “expected” end of Q4 2018) or even testnet yet (-0.5)
  • Some tokens released after mainnet launch – what if there are problems with launch? Has happened before (-0.5)
  • Lacking in hype thus far (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Decently experienced team (+4)
  • Based in “Crypto Valley” (Zug, Switzerland) – favorable regulatory environment and good ecosystem to be a part of (similar to how being a tech company in Silicon Valley means proximity to leading members of the tech community) (+3)

Disposition

Though Emotiq’s ambitions are bold and they have a strong team and favorable working environment (Crypto Valley), their ambitions are as of yet unsubstantiated and hype regarding the project is – to date – lackluster.

Emotiq receives a 5.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: Native – Utility
  • Symbol: EMTQ
  • Platform: Native
  • Crowdsale: Private sale ongoing
  • Minimum Investment: $100k
  • Price: Contact sales@emotiq.ch for more info
  • Hard Cap: $39m
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: Iran, Sudan, Libya, Syria, North Korea and the rest of the countries on the US sanction list are restricted from participating. Accredited investors from the US are allowed to participate.

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