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ICOs to Watch in 2018: FarmaTrust and OpenPlatform

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During the dot-com boom and bubble of the 1990’s, millions of dollars flooded into the market. A lot of that investment money was lost to vaporware and underperforming startups. Cryptocurrency ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) remind me of this time.

While a lot of companies failed, some flourished and continue today. Blockchain infrastructure companies and platforms are paving the way for the next step in technological advancement for products to build on. While there are various viewpoints cryptocurrencies, one thing remains true, blockchain infrastructure, protocols and platforms are changing the technology landscape right in front of us. Why do I share this? Because now is the time for investors to be a part of some of the greatest technological advances in decades.

There are a couple of ICOs in particular that are changing the world and have very low hard caps for what they are looking to achieve. The hard cap is what an ICO determines as the most amount of capital it will raise before getting listed on an exchange. When researching ICOs, it is always a good idea to start with this number as it represents the potential ROI compared to other cryptocurrencies already listed.

FarmaTrust

When technology and humanity meet for the greater good, the world changes for the better. FarmaTrust (FTT) is at the forefront of this movement, building a secure platform on the blockchain that eliminates counterfeit drugs and saves companies millions. According to a PWC recent report, up to 30% of all drugs in circulation are fake.

“Fraudulent drugs harm or kill millions around the world and inflict serious damage on the brand names and bottom lines of major pharmaceutical manufacturers.” (PWC Study)

Using cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence and big data analysis, FarmaTrust tracks drugs from the manufacturer to the actual point-of-sale. They are also saving companies money by providing predictive supply chain analysis and the most efficient routes to market. Helping to prevent fraudulent medicines will save lives and money.

From an investment point of view, FarmaTrust is selling 60% of their token supply during the ICO phase with a hard cap of only $20 million at a price of $0.05 per token. FarmaTrust has already started developing key partnerships that will help accelerate their progress. Many investors are pouring money in infrastructure, protocol and blockchain platforms as well as a few top dApps. It is within reason for FarmaTrust to reach a $140,000,000 market cap based on competitor analysis which would give investors a 7x ROI from the ICO launch. If FarmaTrust meets all of their deadlines and accomplishes what they set in the roadmap, the long-term for this ICO could reach over 10x ROI. As with all investment advice, please do your own research. FarmaTrust is one to watch for 2018.

OpenPlatform

The second ICO to watch for in 2018 is OpenPlatform (OPEN). If you are a developer, you understand how complex it can be to set up and handle payment processing or integrating with the blockchain. The OPEN platform is the foundation for the first decentralized API for centralized applications allowing developers to easily integrate decentralized technology into existing centralized apps. Major companies are realizing the benefit of using decentralized apps and the blockchain but usually don’t have the resources to implement the complex solutions.

OpenPlatform provides an API for developers to integrate faster and more cost-effectively to a payment processing infrastructure on the blockchain. For example, if a company wants to accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment in their existing app, they can use the OPEN API to facilitate that transaction and talk directly to their app database. OpenPlatform provides the technology and security allowing companies to quickly integrate their existing app to a decentralized app. Read the whitepaper to learn more about how this works.

OpenPlatform currently has over 58,000 users on their Telegram and the demand for their technology is growing every day. The OpenPlatform token is ERC20 and is currently $0.08 per token. The hard cap was initially set at $30 million but was reduced to $18 million. This gives OpenPlatform more room to grow their market cap once they list on an exchange. $18 million is low in the current ICO landscape. The potential for OpenPlatform’s market cap to reach $500,000,000 over the next few months is likely as they roll out their features and continue to build key partnerships.

ICOs to watch of 2018 will continue over the coming weeks and we will also provide updates on the ICOs listed in this series. Tell us which ICOs you think are ones to watch and why in the comments.

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  1. justinorwell

    May 15, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Great picks by the Author, I believe Oneledger and Sparkster are ones to watch this year.

  2. SholaO

    May 15, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I love this segment, really help, well done to the Hacked team for this.
    Yes pls review Sparkster as well

  3. dgreenberg

    May 28, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Wisely chosen ICO’s, please review Hacken – It should be one of the top 20 !!

  4. SholaO

    September 4, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Hi Kent,

    thanks for this write up, i want to ask if you are still bullish on OPEN and Farma trust considering they have lost over 75% and 95% of their value since launch, would love to get you opinion on the projects so far.

    Thanks

    • Kent Hamilton

      September 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      To be honest, we will need to see how it goes when Farmatrust use cases start consuming tokens. Also, other exchanges are needed for liquidity.

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Crypto Markets Get a Boost Heading Into the Weekend as Debate Over Bitcoin ETF Intensifies

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Cryptocurrency prices rose on Saturday, alleviating the risk of an imminent pullback following days of mostly lateral moves. As history has shown, longer periods of sideways trading are often followed by brisk selloffs in bitcoin and altcoins.

Flush of Green

The biggest cryptocurrencies all reported gains at the start of the weekend. Bitcoin, the largest by market cap, climbed back above $3,700 in a show of momentum for the bulls. At last check, the bitcoin price was valued at $3,744.11, having gained 2.5% from Friday.

Bitcoin’s price broke out on Monday but failed to generate sustained bids throughout the week. As a result, it spent most of that period hovering between $3,600-$3,700. Bitcoin faces a major long-term support at $3,550; a break below this key level could be a momentum killer for the bulls.

The leading digital currency continues to be a good barometer for the overall market. With a market dominance rate of 52.5%, bitcoin has a direct impact on how altcoins and tokens perform. It comes as no surprise that coins other than bitcoin rose by more than $2 billion on Saturday, according to CoinMarketCap.

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies improved to $124.7 billion, up markedly from a 24-hour low of $120.9 billion.

Litecoin was the top gainer among major cryptos, rising 4.4% to $32.65. XRP added 1.7% to $0.3313, Ethereum climbed 2.5% to $125.01 and bitcoin cash rose 1.4$% to $130.70.

Outside the top-ten, IOTA rose 4.1% to $0.3246. NEO advanced 5% to trade at $8.09.

Bitcoin ETF Debate Continues

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a big decision to make in roughly five weeks: approve or reject the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust. Unlike previous crypto ETF applications, the VanEck-SolidX application proposes a physically-settled bitcoin fund that addresses many of the SEC’s ongoing concerns around investor protection and market manipulation.

Some investors are clinging to the hope that SEC approval of the VanEck-SolidX product will give the market a much needed boost by the end of the first quarter. But the impact of the approval/rejection could depend largely on how the market performs heading into the decision, now slated for Feb. 27. As Hacked reported last month: “The rejection of an ETF approval could affect the market if the price of Bitcoin has been increasing in anticipation of the announcement.” More here.

The consensus among analysts and market observers is that the SEC is unlikely to approve any bitcoin ETF this year. This view was recently echoed by bitcoin bull and CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, who says the bitcoin futures market isn’t mature enough to allow for an ETF to be approved. He didn’t comment specifically on the VanEck application, which has been designed as an alternative to futures-linked products by holding a repository of physical BTC as opposed to derivatives.

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) named crypto as one of six regulatory focal points for 2019. In a recently released report, OCIE said: “Given the significant growth and risks presented in this market, OCIE will continue to monitor the offer and sale, trading, and management of digital assets, and where the products are securities, examine for regulatory compliance.”

For more on this story, read: As Race for Bitcoin ETF Heats Up, SEC Identifies Cryptocurrency as a Top Priority in 2019.

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to FUEL

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For anyone who’s had to work with a lawyer before and wondered “why is this so expensive?”, the answer is usually because where there is a high degree of complexity, there is also risk. Lawyers are brought in to mitigate this risk by building contracts that factor in the complexity.

But this is hardly the most efficient way to do things. All these service oriented contracts have to run through middlemen or centralized companies, which leaves the counterparties exposed to any security risks these middlemen might have.

Smart Contracts as a Solution

Potential attacks can be mitigated by using smart contracts to eliminate the central party risk. This is what Ethereum was designed to do: create a decision-making system that wouldn’t be vulnerable to third-party tampering.

Even though Ethereum is able to support DAOs and DACs, it isn’t the easiest platform to work with as a developer. This is largely because of the requirement that programmers use Solidify, which is considered to be an esoteric language.

Etherparty to the Rescue

Where Etherparty comes in is that it delivers improved ease of use. They are actually marketing themselves as doing the same thing for DAOs that Wix is doing for websites. By being safe, reliable, and easier to get involved with, they have the potential to become the de facto platform for many of the broader and more marketable applications that will surface within the blockchain ecosystem.

There are templates for creating smart contracts already stored in the cloud, and all contracts are settled using the proprietary token, FUEL. Any transaction or execution requires FUEL, which is where the natural demand comes from, but there the contract payout amounts are pegged to USD to avoid having fluctuations of the FUEL price affect the payout.

The business model is similar to a subscription, where a monthly fee determines how many features the user has access to, as well as the level of integration. From an investor’s perspective, this creates a constant revenue stream and “demand” for FUEL that could do great things for the price.

Investment Opportunity

The technology of creating agreements between parties is definitely in high demand, and the question becomes: is Etherparty the likely winner in this space? We can’t know for sure, but the current pricing is very appealing. Sometimes a deal makes for a good incentive to invest in an already competitive space.

Currently ranked at 372 in terms of market capitalization, the buying case for FUEL is more of a long-term one. It can be purchased on Binance and has just start to test resistance levels again.

The November high was around 400 satoshis, and based on the current trading patterns, that could be a possibility if FUEL were to break out of the 210-240 satoshi range. Having a smart contract creation tool will become increasingly important as the industry continues to advance and more companies want to use the blockchain. One thing is clear, the coin is down from all-time highs and has potential to be a runaway hit in this down period we are currently experiencing.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Power Ledger (POWR) Reaps Benefits of Good-Guy Image with 45% Weekly Growth

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Power Ledger (POWR), the blockchain-based democratizer of the energy industry, gained 45% on its value over the past week. While 68% of daily trades came from Korean markets, it was Western eyes which were focused on Power Ledger this week.

Coverage in Huffington Post, and a nomination from Newsweek in their ‘Blockchain Impact Awards’, both added to POWR’s growing reputation of one of crypto’s good guys.

Power Ledger’s Good Rep

Coming hot out the gates with a plan to democratize the energy sector by cutting out third-party middlemen, Power Ledger got off to a promising start when it launched in late 2017.

Only a month or so after trading commenced, POWR got swept up in the altcoin pump of January 2018 and charged ahead to 3,919% gains, and an all-time high of $2.01.

Power Ledger’s aim to put (literal) power back in the hands of the average citizen made it an instant media darling. Its reputation as one of blockchain’s good guys, or gals, may also have been helped by the media focus on co-founder Jemma Green – one of the few women currently involved prominently in the blockchain space.

Blockchain Impact Awards

The first ever Blockchain Impact Awards, held by Newsweek, lists Power Ledger as one of the nominees for the upcoming ceremony.

“Newsweek is working with global experts in the blockchain world to present the first ever Blockchain Impact Awards. The awards will recognize entrepreneurs and enterprises that are developing blockchain applications to accomplish a social good.”

Power Ledger is up against 24 other blockchain projects – none of which are as instantly recognizable as the still fairly unknown Power Ledger. The next most known project among the nominees would perhaps be Akoin – the project founded by U.S-Senegalese rapper, Akon.

Huffington Post Likes Power Ledger

Power Ledger was given the spotlight in the Huffington Post before its ICO was even over, back in 2017. This week saw another focus article dedicated to Power Ledger, this time covering co-founder Jemma Green’s position as a female role-model in the blockchain industry.

Yet the promise of Power Ledger may run deeper yet. A single mother of two when she launched Power Ledger, Green has already met with the likes of Richard Branson and Elon Musk – both of whom have shown interest in the project.

Power Ledger Price

The last seven days have seen POWR wake up after a long and painful descent through 2018. From a weekly low of $0.070057 seven days ago, POWR surged 45% up to Friday morning’s price point of $0.102010.

The late night peak of $0.112617 took weekly gains to 60%, however much of that faded away by the time Western traders woke up for the day. The recent daily volume peak of $15 million is the highest in almost three months, with the POWR/KRW trade to thank for 68% of it.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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