Author: Brady Dale

A Token to Regulate All Tokens? Messari to Raise ICO

Some envision an apocalyptic battle between cryptocurrencies and regulators, others foresee blockchain innovations becoming too powerful to be tamed. But Ryan Selkis, widely known by his Twitter moniker TwoBitIdiot, isn’t devoted to either one of these futures. The founder of Messari, a nascent crypto version of CrunchBase, is more measured – thinking there’s no reason to panic, but that this isn’t a time for complacency, either. To that end, he announced his solution Tuesday – a crypto token that will seek to protect the industry by pushing it toward self-regulation. But if a year or more of furiously critiquing ICO practices...

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Vitalik Has a New Idea for ICOs – And It’s Being Tested

Investors need more control over ICOs At least, that’s according to ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. One of the early thinkers to shape the crypto funding mechanism concept, he hasn’t quite put the idea aside, last month proposing it could be combined with a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) to best allow investors to have a say in how money raised gets handled. Flash forward to today and what Buterin called a “DAICO” is already being developed, with cloud gaming startup The Abyss building its own version for its upcoming token sale. “This idea found a free place in my heart,” said Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky,...

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Bancor Bounce Back? A Once-Doubted ICO Is Winning Adoption

When Bancor held its initial coin offering (ICO), it raised a lot of money and a lot of questions. Now, eight months on, the project seems to have found a role in the market. Announced last week, the Tel Aviv-based project, aimed to make it easier for people to launch their own crypto tokens, revealed it has grown its network substantially since June, when it raised $150 million selling tokens branded BNT. Including BNT, 35 tokens can now be traded on the platform, with more – enough to push the number of tokens offered over 100 – stating they’ll...

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Real Estate ICOs Are Moving In, But Investors Aren’t Floored

A house on a blockchain? That’s the future a number of initial coin offering (ICO) issuers envision, one in which tokenized pieces of the property could be tracked and traded via a shared database. In this way, the tokens would allow for what entrepreneurs are calling “fractional ownership,” or the ability for a real estate owner to split up their home and sell off equity stakes. Not only would this allow a homeowner to sell some of the home’s equity should they need extra money, but it would also allow the equity to be freely traded until, one day,...

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Into the Dark Pool: $30 Million ICO Could Pave Way for Huge Crypto Trades

The term dark pool might sound ominous, but investors think building one could prove to be a boon for the crypto market. Announced today, Republic Protocol has officially completed an initial coin offering (ICO) for its REN token, raising 35,000 ether (roughly $30.5 million at current prices) from lead investors Polychain Capital and FBG, as well as funds like Huobi, Hyperchain Capital and Signal Ventures. Along with retail investors, the participants above are betting big on a way to execute large trades without spooking the market. At least, that’s the argument advanced by Taiyang Zhang, CEO of Republic Protocol, who...

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7 Trends Shaping the Evolving ICO Economy

Sure, there were white papers, prototypes and theories, but in the land of ICOs, 2017 was largely about one thing – money – and lots of it. Entering 2018, those closest to the sector, the area of the industry that’s actively applying learnings from cryptocurrencies to startup models, see a bit of a different story. White papers, prototypes and conferences, they believe, will persist. But changes, too, are on the way. Namely, insiders see a wave of testnets, betas and iterations as the signal and noise begin to separate, and projects begin to differentiate. As the stakes get higher,...

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