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Tezos Update: Minimum Contribution = Scam? Price Trending Up

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Seems these days everyone’s looking for the next big piece of reality television. Tezos is, somewhat cryptically, being called a scam. Hold your laughter at the rationalization.

The ICO, which we reviewed here not long ago, has the unusual backing of one Tim Draper, legacy finance guru and Bitcoin enthusiast.

Let’s have a bit of the toxin from the source article, shall we?

It turns out that Tezos, which claims to be developing a ‘democratic’ blockchain offshoot which will bring ‘peace and harmony’ to CryptoCurrency, while ’empowering the little people’ is just another ruse to siphon the funds you were trying to increase so that you could send even *more* money to your favorite charities supporting widows, orphans and veterans, into the coffers of the BigPlayers who want to buy a bigger and better yacht. After the ‘little people’ have entrusted a significant portion of their meager savings to Scamster Tim Draper and Tezos they may, if they are lucky, manage to find the well-hidden webpage that tells them, “**** You, You Dumb ****ole” you have given us your money in return for *NOTHING*!!!”

He is, of course, being inflammatory and inaccurate. Even he admits it:

Their sleazy ‘disclaimer’ says that they will ‘return’ your stolen funds, after an unspecified period of time, but even if they do, the interest, alone, on hundreds of millions of dollars is more than enough to make their scam pay off handsomely.

Sounds like a lot of us have felt from time to time, doesn’t he?

Well, let’s see how pre-trading is going over at HitBTC, for Tezos.

Quoting the author’s original analysis:

While the original idea was to raise a penny per ꜩ, the crowdsale price will actually be ꜩ5000 per Bitcoin – today that means a price of about 36 cents each. You can buy as much as you want. If you want to stake, you’ll need at least 1536 of them, as mentioned above.

The current going rate for buy orders is:

However, as noted at the top of the article, we’re not yet in a phase where you can withdraw your Tezos. You’re buying a promise (IOU). So, if you think this rocket is going a lot higher, you still have time to get on board. If you think ~400+% or so is about the limit on the thing, it may be time to short it or sell your IOUs at the top.

There has been little new information that would suggest the project is actually suffering any turbulence, but there has been a more in-depth analysis regarding the “red flags” of Tezos versus Ethereum.

Crypto is hard, and ICOs are harder. We can tell you that historically ICOs have a drop-off right after opening, and we see above that Tezos has already seen a dip. We can also tell you that historically ICOs have had the opposite of support from large holders like Tim Draper.

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5 stars on average, based on 2 rated postsP. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at http://ico.phm.link




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  1. Erikbigelow

    August 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Can you disclose if you’re defending because you have a stake in Tezos?

    • P. H. Madore

      August 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      I’m not sure it’s fair/accurate to say I’m defending them in this article… but yes, I’m fine disclosing that this morning, in order to capture the first screenshot, I purchased .019 Tezzies.

      http://i.imgur.com/v7WMA8R.png

      • Erikbigelow

        August 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks. I’ve been reading yours, and hacked.com’s articles for a while now, and the tone of this post just seemed way different from the usual articles. Usually they aren’t as mocking from the get go (“Hold your laughter at the rationalization.”). They’re usually more fact and analytically driven which I appreciate.

        While I don’t quite think “scam” really fits Tezos, because they do have code, something more like exploitative might be better. Starting with their terms where ICO investors basically just gift them millions of dollars from the get go (8.5% going to their foundation) because of the recent ICO craze. Other things like how they get 10% of the coins afterwards also just screams that they’re taking advantage of the current market (at least to me). Add those things to the fact that the creator shouldn’t be allowed to talk publicly, and onchain governance isn’t a proven solution to a demonstrable problem, and you get a coin that so many feel is controversial. For those reasons I couldn’t invest, but I wish the best for those who did. There is still a lot of room in the market for plenty of projects.

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According to recent studies, in the USA alone, over $35 billion a year is spent on addiction treatment services, and about $80 billion is spent on incarceration. Despite this spending, 77% of released offenders recidivate within 5 years. Luckily, with the recognition of the United Nations, The team at Virtual Rehab is coming out with new technology to fight this epidemic.

Virtual Rehab leverages virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology for the prevention of substance use disorders. It also provides correctional services training and rehabilitation to officers and offenders.

“Virtual Rehab believes that putting a kid in the corner does not teach them how to be a better person but rather teaches them not to get caught. Therefore, we are in it for the social good and to help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations out there.”

Four key components make up Virtual Rehab’s platform.

  • Virtual Reality: Real-life scenarios using cognitive behavior and exposure therapy to train users how to respond appropriately in the face of triggers.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Collects data from the VR environment and physiological data, and applies machine learning to identify areas of risk, make treatment recommendations, and predict post-therapy behavior.
  • Blockchain: A secure network to ensure privacy and decentralization of all data and all information relevant to vulnerable populations.
  • VRH Token: Used to purchase different services/programs. Also used to reward users who seek help through Virtual Rehab’s online portal.

Virtual Rehab’s services extend to hospitals, rehab centers, correctional officers, inmates and other verticals. Rehab for sex offenses, family violence, alcoholism, and many other offenses will also be supported. It can also be used to treat mental illness, emotional disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and many others.

Virtual Rehab can overcome distance barriers, allowing rehab services to anyone, anywhere, because the technology can be implemented in a telemedicine context.

Here’s an example of what it might look like when a user is immersed in Virtual Rehab.

“And indeed, we capture the actions and reactions, decision making, and capture the biometrics (heart rate, blood pressure, and biodermal activity) along with keeping track of the eye movement using eye-tracking.”

The AI solution will aim to do three things:

  1. Identify areas of risk
  2. Make treatment recommendation along with existing medication prescribed
  3. Predict the behavior post-therapy

The HMD can include sensors that measure the physiological responses of a user as they interact in VR, such as heart rate or eye movement. This information is inputted in a sort of machine learning metadatabase to be used to assess whether the user’s selected responses are inconsistent with their physical activity. This helps determine if the user is attempting to deceive the system.

Token

VRH is a utility token built on Ethereum. It will be used to place an order and to download several different therapy programs (pain management, addiction prevention, cognitive behavior, etc). It will also be used to receive further analysis of the executed programs conducted through Virtual Rehab’s AI solution.

In addition, VRH will be an incentive to reward users for seeking help/counseling. Certain conditions will apply along with proof that users have sought therapy and counseling. Rewards will be claimable using the Virtual Rehab Portal.

Distribution:

  • 60% token sale
  • 15% Founders and Advisors
  • 10% Future Development Fund
  • 10% Partnerships
  • 5% Marketing

Use of funds>

  • 30% Marketing
  • 50% Future Development
  • 20% Partnerships

Team

Dr. Raji Wahidy – Founder and CEO. Spent 9 years in different leadership roles at telecommunications giant, Vodafone Enterprise. He spent 4.5 years manager at Ericsson Canada. Founded and successfully exited Amalana in 2012. Registered UN and UNICEF volunteer, and has received 16 global enterprise achievement awards.

Amal Azzeh – Co-Founder and CFO. 40+ years of experience in finance. She co-founded My Recruiting Team in 2016, a platform better known for its first-to-market Recruitment Helpdesk Support Services. No other work history is available on LinkedIn.

Jean Speville – Chief Mind Technologist. Four years as Senior Service Engineer at ASUS. Founded Vessla Development in 2015. Vessla recently created a completely cordless IoT screen with built-in WiFi. It consumes 99% less energy than LCD & LED screens. He’s a member of The Verizon Innovation Program in San Francisco, an Alumni of the Microsoft Accelerator Bootcamp Program, and a member of Sting Accelerate (Swedish #1 incubator for tech startups

They also list three consultants, including Pankaj Jain, who has worked for Nokia, AerNow, and Tivo inc

There are ten advisors. Instead of listing them all, we’ve highlighted some of the companies they have previously held high positions at: MEDNAX, HHS, SAMHSA, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, AIG, J.P. Morgan-Chase, MixERP, Ammeris

Verdict

“Virtual Rehab’s evidence-based solution leverages the advancements in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies for pain management, prevention of substance use disorders, and rehabilitation of repeat offenders.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They will be getting into formal education as well as vocational training videos. Auto Mechanic, plumbing, how to properly putt a golfball… the possibilities are endless. On a recent Building The Future podcast, CEO Dr Raji talked about how he has had conversations with the Canadian Space Agency, who have been thinking of using VR for astronauts.

Risks

  • The ability to fully provide privacy, security and scaling is not there yet on the Ethereum blockchain. -2
  • The $20 million hardcap is rather high. This could cause a selloff early when this hits exchanges if demand isn’t there yet. -1
  • They are giving out $150,000 worth of VTR tokens during their ico bounty marketing campaign.  Their telegram has 18,500 members, 15,000 of them are either human or bot, there only for the bounty, not for the love. -1
  • The roadmap makes bold, unrealistic, claims, such as VTH will be listed on a top 10 exchange in Q1, and another top 10 exchange in Q2, and yet another top 10 exchange Q3. -2

Growth Potential

  • The team has connections to the UN, UNICEF, and 3 big accelerator/incubator programs. +2
  • First mover advantage (Addiction and Corrections). +1
  • Existing partnerships with Causalius, Chains International, Command Sourcing, Innovative Prison Systems, NETE, and Netswitch Technology Management. +2
  • Virtual Rehab will charge users for hardware, software licenses, programming required, and any support required. According to CEO, the total bill is still about 15% of the cost institutions pay now. +2
  • Unlimited expansion opportunities. PTSD, anxiety, autism, formal education, vocational training…+2
  • Dr Wahidy (Founder/CEO) just got awarded “Expert” status by the United Nations Global SCP program. This will open a ton of doors around the world. +4

  • Not much competition yet.+1

Disposition

Definitely keep this one on your radar, huge potential. 7/10

Investment Details

All unsold tokens will be burned. Tokens allocated to Virtual Rehab Team vest for 12 months.

The minimum contribution is $1,000 during presale and $100 during the main sale.

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ICO Analysis: Ultrain

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Ultrain Technology Limited is a cloud computing and smart contract platform with a programmable tech-infrastructure and multiple add-on features. Ultrain will function as an infrastructure for scalable decentralized applications (dApps), as well as provide trusted computational services to multiple sectors, such as retail, shared economy, logistics, financial services, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

The company will use a new random trusted consensus framework allowing the network to use only 1% of computing power to mint new coins, freeing up the remaining 99% to be used by applications. Ultrain will provide computing power for network management, AI, user-friendly smart contracts, high-performance trust computation, and blockchain IoT services.

This business ecosystem is comprised of multiple business organizations separated into three sectors:

  • The Technology Sector: infrastructure services integrated based on public blockchain, AI, and IoT.
  • The Horizontal Services Sector: organizations that provide decentralized business services, including decentralized insurance, decentralized banks, decentralized loan services, etc.
  • The Vertical Application Sector: decentralized application services that can be implemented in numerous industries such as finance, retail, scientific research and development, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, pharmaceutical biochemistry, food, real estate, education, agriculture, etc.

Consensus features of Ultrain:

  • Completely decentralized architecture
  • Ultra-large-scale network cluster
  • Multi-terminal support
  • High-performance computing
  • Decentralization design

Token

UGAS is the utility token that will be used within the Ultrain economic system. UGAS will be required to pay for the use of the computing power and third-party service components on Ultrain. Also, all participating nodes are required to mortgage UGAS. UTokens on Ultrain, similar to ERC20 tokens on Ethereum, will be issued by each dApps running on the network. dApps will choose their own consensus mechanisms and token metrics.

The project has already raised $20 million during a seed round, during which 10% of the token supply was sold. Five percent of token supply is allocated for private/public sale scheduled for Q4 2018. The overall breakdown is as follows:

  • 50% Mining
  • 15% Core Team
  • 10% Foundation/Ecology
  • 10% Private Sale (Already completed)
  • 10% Consultant & Community Building
  • 5% Future Private/Public Sale

Team

The Ultrain team is impressive, bringing extensive experience from powerhouse companies such as Alibaba, Google, IBM, and Ant Financial. Their experience includes IT, finance, blockchain, business, management, computer programming, & software development.

Team members include:

Rui Guo – Ultrain Co-founder & CEO. Former Technical Director for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Architect for IBM

Husen Wang – Ultrain Chief Cryptologist. Former Blockchain Cryptography Expert for Ant Financial. Former Project Collaborator for Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Yufeng Shen – Ultrain Chief Architect. Former Senior Technical Expert for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Software Engineer for Google

Advisors include:

Dr. Keyu Jin – Tenured Professor at the London School of Economics. Board Member for the Richemont Group. Harvard University PhD

Luyu Yang – Co-founder of musical.ly. Former Product Management Director for eBaoTech Corporation. Co-Founder of Snowbird Consulting

Verdict

Using a completely decentralized public network with lower operating costs, higher operating efficiency, and innovations in cryptography, Ultrain aims to surpass traditional public blockchain platforms in performance and scalability with up to 20,000 tps. With a stellar team and strong financial backing, Ultrain could become a major player by 2019.

Risks

  • Even with an all-star team, competing with the likes of Ethereum, EOS, and NEO is no small task. -1
  • Token metrics are a major aspect which ico investors consider. Based on current information available, the total market cap valuation is $200 million which is rather high in the current market. -1
  • The hype factor for Ultrain, which carries weight in the current crypto market, isn’t considered high. However, it is currently growing and gaining momentum. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • Ultrain will release important R&D milestones and be the keynote speaker at SF Blockchain week in October to kick-start the developer community building for Ultrain. There are several products to be released: (1) Public testnet launching, (2) Permitted mainnet launching, (3) Zero knowledge proof demo, and (4) Multiple DApps demo on chain. +3
  • Unitopia lab, a Blockchain research lab of the well-known Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul, announced a strategic partnership with Ultrain. Together, they will aim to establish a presence in this new market and make Blockchain video games a household product. +3
  • DApps will be able to use their own consensus mechanism or choose PoW, PoS, DPoS, POA, and RPOS. +2
  • Ultrain has an extensive list of investing partners including Draper Dragon, FBG Capitol, KuCoin, and Bixon. +2

Disposition

While Ultrain hasn’t gotten as much attention as some hyped up ico’s, this could work out in favor of investors who see an opportunity of an excellent project that’s been flying under the radar. The team and advisors are solid, they have a partnership with Unitopia lab, and they have the backing of numerous VC firms. All things considered, Ultrain receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: UGAS
  • Price: 1 UGAS = $0.20 USD
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 UGAS
  • Private Sale: 10% of tokens (Completed)
  • Future Private/Public Sales: 5% (Q4 2018)

For more information regarding Ultrain:

Website: http://www.ultrain.io
Telegram: https://t.me/ultrainchain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UltrainB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ultraincommunity/
Medium: https://medium.com/@ultrainchain

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ICO Analysis: Hedge

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When you buy your first cryptocurrency and start trading between pairs, usually you do in accordance with what you have heard from other people or your own research. Thinking that some project is truly good, you expect to make some gains. Yet it is always hard to have an estimation for “some gains”. Unexperienced traders usually get greedy, expecting more profit. This usually ends up with not taking profits and losing some of your investment. More experienced traders sometimes set prices to sell some or all of their tokens, taking profits and moving forward. This way of trading is basically predicting a price to sell cryptocurrencies: If you make a good prediction, then you sell at the peak. If not, either you are not able to sell as the price did not go up as much as you have predicted, or it keeps rising up which would be still a good trade.

Hedge is a platform allowing seasoned traders to sell their predictions. They create Blueprints with the predicted information in the form of a smart contract. They are required to stake HEDG tokens which can be seen as a measure of security, disincentivizing these investors’ spamming Blueprints. Platform users obtain these Blueprints in return for HEDG tokens.

A decentralized oracle then checks whether the prediction is true or false. If true, the predictor gets all staked coins. If not, the predictor loses his or her staked coins and the platform user gets his or her token back. Blueprint creators are ranked in terms of their success rates, streaks and so on. By checking creator’s rank, platform users can buy blueprints from more successful creators. Once you feel confident in your trading skills and predictions, you can create and sell Blueprints yourself on Hedge as well.

Yet a dispute over almost anything is possible. A platform user or a Blueprint creator can create a dispute about the result of his or her prediction. In this case, the disputer has to stake more coins and highly-ranked users decide whether the prediction is, in fact, true or false. If a person is false about his or her dispute, he loses these additionally staked coins as well. All this process, from the creation of a Blueprint to the dispute’s result, is conducted in a decentralized manner.

Token

HEDG tokens are used for the creation of Blueprints, buying these Blueprints and creating disputes. The staking mechanism, a quite common defense mechanism, ensures that spamming Blueprints is not financially viable for the attacker.

As tokens at any sale stage are sold $0.02, the ICO investor does not have much to worry regarding any huge bonus for private investors and so on. 90% of the hard-cap is already sold which is a good reason to think that the project has met interest to some acceptable degree and meeting the hard cap should not be hard.

The initial total supply of HEDG is 1 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% private and public tokens
  2. 10% seed round
  3. 20% team
  4. 12% partnerships and community
  5. 3% advisors
  6. 5% company

Team, partnership and community, and advisor tokens are locked for 36 months, 12 months and 12 months respectively. Once the lock-up period ends, tokens will be released in monthly installments.

There is no information on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds at the moment.

Team

CEO David Waslen: Prior to co-founding Chrysalis Capital Advisors Inc., Waslen was the director of finance at Handy, an application to book home services.

Allan Redman: Redman is a senior software developer at Siemens Canada. Before joining Siemens, he was a senior .Net developer at Schneider Electric.

Verdict

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

Risks

  • No advisors are listed as of September 15th. (-1)
  • In the absence of social media channels such as Reddit and Telegram, it is hard to gauge the community interest in the project. (-1)
  • A more complex prediction system instead of a true/false one could create more interest and diversity. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • The project has already met 90% of its hard cap in prior rounds and should not have trouble to hit the cap. (+2)
  • Prediction market cryptocurrency projects tend to do well in terms of return on investment. (+2)
  • Such a taking mechanism is a common, yet a good way to defend against spam attacks. (+1.5)
  • Low hard cap. (+1.5)

Disposition

Hedge is a very simple, yet elegant prediction market cryptocurrency project. It enables seasoned investors to sell their predictions and less experienced traders to buy them with HEDG tokens. Even the adoption of a small community is sufficient for the project to work, which is quite likely as it has already raised 90% of its hard cap, precisely $9,000,000. On the other hand, from the perspective of an ICO investor, it is hard to gauge any potential return on investment as the absence of social media channels makes it extremely hard to gauge the community interest in the project. Implemented staking mechanism defends the platform against spam attacks and gives platform users a reason to use tokens. Investors might think that a binary prediction system isn’t ideal vs. a more sophisticated one. Hedge receives a 3.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: HEDG
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: October 17th
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.02
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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