Investopdedia defines an ICO as: An unregulated means by which funds are raised for a new cryptocurrency venture. An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is used by startups to bypass the rigorous and regulated capital-raising process required by venture capitalists or banks. In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the cryptocurrency is sold to early backers of the project in exchange for legal tender or other cryptocurrencies, but usually for Bitcoin.
Furthermore, a supporting article states:
Although there are successful ICO transactions on record and ICOs are poised to be disruptive innovative tools in the digital era, investors are cautioned to be wary as some ICO or crowdsale campaigns are actually fraudulent. Because these fund-raising operatives are not regulated by financial authorities such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), funds that are lost due to fraudulent initiatives may never be recovered.
The rapid ICO surge in 2017 incurred regulations from a series of governmental and nongovernmental In early September, 2017, the People’s Bank of China officially banned ICOs, citing it as disruptive to economic and financial stability. The central bank said tokens cannot be used as currency on the market and banks cannot offer services relating to ICOs. As a result, both Bitcoin and Ethereum tumbled, and it was viewed as a sign that regulations of cryptocurrencies are coming. The ban also penalizes offerings already completed. In early 2018, Facebook, Twitter, and Google all banned ICO advertisements.
Cryptocurrency is derived from two words. Crypto is from Greek and means “hidden” or “secret.” Currency is from Middle English and means, “in circulation.” The crypto part refers to cryptography, which in this application means keeping the money private and secure and for verification purposes.
In brief, at this stage of the game, blockchain isn’t for everyone. As highlighted in this blockchain article, one key takeaway is that “ICO companies that invest in blockchain have a 98% failure rate.”
This is not intended to cast shade on its potential, but blockchain merits should be weighed carefully relative to your business interests. Smaller companies, in particular, are at risk. The cost of developing blockchain technology is high and the current performance levels, including the volume of transactions that can be processed per second, is low.
Following is a Blockchain Decision Tree for a more considered appreciation as well as options to consider a public, hybrid or private blockchain.
A cryptocurrency wallet is a digital software program used to receive, store and send digital currency, such as digital coins or tokens, for buying and selling or other monetary transfers. There are different types of wallets, with a hardware variant deemed the most secure. A wallet does not actually contain the currency itself, but contains security codes call “keys” which reference the money on a blockchain. In other words, wallet “storage” is really a way to prove ownership.
But the premise of Everipedia introduces its own problems. I have no issue with the concept of paying people to contribute to Everipedia, but I believe the core idea that the best content will rise to the top is flawed. At least if you’re concerned about veracity. Continue reading “Everipedia: A Wikipedia on Blockchain”
Venture capitalists invest in new businesses in exchange for an equity stake. Whether they make any money at all, or how much they make, is determined by the success of the target business. Hence, venture capitalists are selective about what they invest in, but high growth potential is a key expectation, often in 3–7 years. Continue reading “Traditional Venture Capitalists Funding Blockchain”