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Is Markethive potential going to eclipse even the greatest expectations?

Is Markethive potential going to eclipse even the greatest expectations?

Consider this

Marketo, Inc. is a software company focused on account-based marketing, including email, mobile, social, digital ads, web management, and analytics.

Marketo is an Inbound Marketing platform similar to ours, but lacking social network integration, lacking commerce portals and built upon a central database system not decentralized as a our blockchain does,  just sold to Adobe for 4.75 Billion dollars.

FOUR BILLION and SEVEN  HUNDRED and FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS ($4.75 BILLION)  let that sink in.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/adobe-confirms-its-buying-marketo-for-4point75-billion.html

Marketo is a high-end system in that they charge upwards of $25,000 per month per subscriber depending upon the magnitude of data (read email addresses and contacts) you acquire within the system.

Markethive does not charge for the same thing, it is always free and built to empower you to achieve individual sovereignty. Rather Markethive is built upon the blockchain, has its own economic environment with its own coin and by the nature of what we do, our economic velocity produces valuable revenue. This transformation allows our subscribers to achieve financial autonomy within the system by the very nature of our crypto assets.

The fact that Markethive has growing revenue puts us in the top 5% of all the other Altcoin block chains (many of them in one stage or another in an ICO). The fact our Alexa ranking is under 55,000 ranks us number 6 in CoinMarketcap’s 100 top coin systems like Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRO, EOS, Stellar, Monero, etc. The fact we already have a growing and active community puts us in the top 10%

And we have not even launched our Crowd Funding Campaign (like an ICO) yet. Ours will be a little different called an ILP similar to the BOD we did years ago. But with all of this advantage, it is easily understood, Markethive’s crypto blockchain crowdfunding launch will probably break records:


Like EOS (https://eos.io/) a smart contracts ICO altcoin that raised $4.1 billion for a smart contracts blockchain. They have an Alexa ranking of 65,089 and just launching their first Toolkit online after a year from their initial launch. They do have big names behind them, point is, they are still mostly promise.


Like Telegram (https://telegram.org/)  who raised $1.7 billion for encrypted messaging and blockchain ecosystem which they have launched and have grown to over 900 million in less than a year because they delivered. They have an impressive Alexa ranking of 336. They have virtually killed Skype and came out of nowhere.


Like Dragon (https://drgtoken.io/) a decentralized currency for casinos raised $320 million and to date are partnering with major casinos to develop but have yet to deliver. Alexa ranking of 763,015



I use these examples to illustrate the unbelievable potential that has materialized for
Markethive primarily because of the advent of the blockchain.

Markethive is a Market Network (next generation social network)

https://techcrunch.com/2015/06/27/from-social-to-market-networks/

We are a blockchain next-generation social network now being identified as a Market Network. We own our code. Our blockchain has just recently been completed and we are now developing our wallet. We are yet to launch our ICO (actually we are launching a better alternative called an ILP) but we are doing it right.

Our plan has been to build into our wallet app into an advanced secure communications platform, a chat and messaging but more of a webinar conferencing platform, similar to Zoom but secure and private running on the blockchain.

Then to our total astonishment, the only peer to peer advanced webinar platform, which runs on all systems, Windows, Apple, IOS, Droid and Linux on all browsers in HTML5 fell into our laps we were franklin shocked and amazed. We are buying the company and this acquisition will catapult Markethive beyond all expectations crushing any competition that even comes close to our ecosystem, an ecosystem for the 5 billion entrepreneurs in the world.

We want to open up this acquisition to 10 of you to partner in this deal with us. Want to know more? Come to our webinar rally this weekend. See the calendar here: http://markethive.com

I am building Markethive to be as much yours like the rest of us. This is what the Entrepreneurs upgrade represents. If you have an Alpha or BOD system you will also participate in this member ownership as well. I highly suggest all of you start attending as the gears are beginning to turn faster and faster and you do not want to miss the ride of your life.

Markethive’s potential, considering what I have just shown you will be greater than you can imagine. Do not miss this.

 

Thomas Prendergast
CEO FOUNDER

Douglas Yates
CTO FOUNDER

Martkethive Inc.

Thomas Prendergast

Markethive Tour De Force Number 01


Markethive "Tour De Force" vblog broadcast number one

Welcome to our Monthly “Tour De Force”. Exactly as the definition reveals, Markethive operates under the rules of transparency, integrity and peak performance.

Always focused on delivering the very best we can produce, the results are starting to manifest, and this is why our monthly “Tour De Force” Vblog and live webinar has been established.

In the Crypto sphere of 2018, there has been much disappointment, but in this crucible of FUD, Markethive launched, has persevered and even prospered as we prepare to launch a new generation of crowd funding. Our crowd funding campaign is not dependent upon hype, speculation and pump and dump, but dependent upon skilled professionals, transparency, delivery and performance.

Even more so, we have rejected the traditional speculative pump and dump campaigns of the recently failed 90% of the ICOs and have released a debt based, profit driven credible and legitimate option originally called the BOD and now referred to as the ILP.

Join us, follow us and attend our many live broadcasts as we venture forth to build the next monolithic system, but this time, to profit the “entrepreneur” not the “elite”.

Our calendar is found on our main domain @ http://markethive.com for attending our webinars, broadcasts and tutorials.

I am the creator/Founder and CEO of an upcoming next generation social network called a Market Network. Its primary purpose is to build a collaborative environment of critical thinkers building profitable enterprises.

The network has a powerful portfolio of marketing tools, a social network and commerce platforms. You need to join it and experience how this is going to be the next generation of your Internet experience.

We are all entrepreneurs, and Markethive is your home.

Membership is free. So please accept my invitation to join me as we pursue making the worlds a better place for all. Let freedom ring.

https://markethive.com/

 

Thomas Prendergast
CEO and Founder
Markethive

Thomas Prendergast

Markethive Report pre launch update

Less than a week since our major upgrade to the Markethive Dashboard and all is settling down nicely.

This is all for preparation of transferring into the blockchain, so we can deliver even better privacy, security, power and a Universal Income based on Entrepreneurial pursuits, not some government theft and giveaway all the other options seem to have become.

This process has eliminated all the affiliate type levels that used to exist in Markethive. Gone are the Alpha Legacy levels, gone are the Voyager, Navigator and Commanders levels.

Alpha Legacy is now 1/10th of an ILP, the new crowdfunding share we are in pre-launch with. We are gearing up to convert to the blockchain, so we have our own financial systems. We are gearing up to deliver 3+ commerce platforms. We are gearing up to deliver a legitimate Godly Universal Income. We are gearing up to insure you have total privacy and security at Markethive.

We are about to officially launch our ICO (ILP actually) crowdfunding campaign and sharing that effort with you, the people that make Markethive run.

Come to our Sunday meetings as we continue to reveal what this means, and how it benefits you in so many ways.

I hold 2 meetings on Sunday because it is the 1st day of the week, look at your calendar, it is the first day.

Central Time (That is USA central time) Check the World Clock if you are confused

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html

Sunday @ 10am and 5pm

The calendar can be found at http://markethive.com along with the link to the conference room (found within the calendar)

https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive

 

New Back Linking Tool (Blows SEO away)

This Saturday (check the calendar) @ 2 pm (USA Central)

 

I am going to show you how to use the new backlinking tool. It has become incredibly organized and can literally produce and manage 100s even 1000s of legitimate backlinks, manage them, sort them and will even have the option to have them listed in your profile page for even greater robotic indexing.

 

There is nothing even close to this elsewhere for free or fee.

Saturday @ 2pm (USA central)

 

Attention Journalist

I still need journalists. This is a well-paying job. Please register here for an interview and job benefits.

https://t.me/markethive_marketing_group

 

Markethive is sailing ahead to become the leading Market Network, the champion of the Entrepreneur, delivering a real legitimate Universal Income, with a huge and free platform that pays you to build your future.

 

See you soon.

Thomas Prendergast
Founder

 

P.S. Pay Attention!

Thomas Prendergast

MarketHive is a Market Network a hybrid mixture of a full suite of inbound marketing tools and people

MarketHive is a hybrid mixture of a full suite of inbound marketing tools and people
 

 

and a dynamic integrated social network designed for entrepreneurs.

Since 1996, I have been building and developing inbound marketing systems. Inbound Marketing has become the most effective marketing method for doing business online. Instead of the old outbound marketing methods of developing traditional “come do business with us and here is why hype” type ads, sending fear of loss and hard pitched ads via email lists, paying for disconnected non responsive leads, subscribing to lead development systems that produce names, emails and phone numbers to people who really don’t know you or care to talk to you, MarketHive inbound marketing focuses on creating quality results, via quality content and systems that pulls people toward your company and product, where they naturally want to be and want to do business with you. By aligning the content you publish with your customer’s interests, you naturally attract inbound traffic that you can then convert, close, and engage over time.

Teaching, sharing, educating, revealing, collaborating, with the world is at the core of the MarketHive inbound marketing matrix. By creating content, offering beneficial wisdom, and delivering stability with integrity in the method and the message, you will find yourself attracting your dream customers. MarketHive’s inbound marketing systems attract qualified prospects to your business and keep them coming back for a life time.

From the outside in, build a Social Neural Network by attracting cognitive leads. MarketHive offers the most comprehensive suite of inbound marketing tools far superior and much more inclusive than anywhere else (at any price), and all of this for free (A $3000+ per month value).

You have the option to offer this service, as an advertising upgrade, to build a huge cognitive lead database. Let me explain.

Traditional lead development (the life blood of any company or venture) produces a disconnected lead database, where as a simple process by either buying leads, or subscribing to a lead system requires an additional process of calling or connecting with that lead, who may recall subscribing to some news report, video presentation, requesting more information in that regard, etc. (the long honored traditional lead type process). But the moment you vary from that message, 99% of the time, the lead is alienated by your message, has no connection to you, other than they vaguely recall giving you a name, email and maybe phone number. The result is a clear rejection of any further attempt to do business.

In contrast to this traditional option to building leads is the MarketHive inbound marketing alternative to build a cognitive lead database. By attracting likeminded, interactive respondents that not only are seeking what you offer, but are instantly integrated into your social neural network, plugged into your group(s) and also are set up to receive your automated messages as well as your published and current messages from your platform. This type of lead is what we call Cognitive Lead production.

So what is a Cognitive Lead? Dissecting the term, Cognitive means (relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning) A lead in the traditional sense, is someone we have contact information on that we want to do something, buy, respond, engage or act according to our agenda.

The cognitive lead is a person who has elected to join you through your MarketHive system, that is attracted to your offer, the system, becomes integrated within your social neural network, is able to respond within your network to your stimuli as well as others stimuli in your network and in turn offer and cause stimuli, integrate in the greater cause of the network. This makes for a lead system that has never been accomplished before.

Case study number 1: Emailing a sales letter to 25 million recipients. The typical results of sending a series of emails to a list of 25 million promoting an mlm offer is dismal at best, even with a strong active emailing list. Say you get 500 to sign up. Sounds good right? Let’s do the math. That is .0002% which is a statistical ZERO. Now imagine sending a series of emails to that same database offering a free for life inbound marketing system worth $3000 per month. Even if only 5% respond and sign up, that is 1.24 million subscribers. These will also become Cognitive Leads as part of your Social Neural Network and overtime will become your huge responsive sphere of influence for the rest of your life.

Case study number 2: This is a common sense exercise. But bear with me as it makes total sense. You create a Facebook advertisement to drive prospects to your capture page to promote an opportunity to sell a popular and branded facial product to build your distributorship business. You get a reach of 20,000 for $200 per week and receive around 300 prospects (.02%) signing up into the lead capture page. You still need to email them auto responders pitching the deal and make attempts to call them up on the phone. Out of the campaign of 30 days, you accomplish 1200 signups in your capture page, manage to talk to 100 of them from that 100 you recruit 3 people into your business. You are pretty proud of yourself. You spent $800 for 3 distributors that purchased $500 to come into your deal and you received a $500 bonus for doing so. You know that the odds are 2 of that 3 will be gone within 3 months, but by then you have managed to make a few hundred in profit, so you justify the same process month after month.

Now let’s shift the campaign to attract entrepreneurs by advertising MarketHive in place of the capture page. Same reach of 20,000 per week for $200. But instead of the small percentage of candidates signing up, let’s assume we get 20% of the reach (4,000) to join MarketHive through our Alpha program, thereby, they are integrated into the MarketHive system with a portfolio of valuable inbound marketing tools and connected to you through the various social neural network functions of the system. These entrepreneurs are now returning and staying within your sphere of influence as you offer assistance to integrate them into the platform and slowly building friendships and exposing them to your primary business. People like to do business with people they know and trust. This does make sense right?

Summary: When you develop a proprietary suite of advanced, effective inbound marketing tools, and integrate the entire system into a FaceBook like social network and interface, you have the world’s first entrepreneur business person’s social network. Then offer the entire system for free to the entire worldwide market of entrepreneurs. That includes, small businesses, local businesses, regional businesses, global businesses, cottage industries, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, affiliate marketers, software innovators, musicians, churches, political platforms, political candidates, distributors, network marketers, innovators, and dreamers!

 



Thomas Prendergast

Blockhive Introduce The ILP Markethive is implementing it

The Next Generation of ICO Is Here? Blockhive Introduce The ILP

We’re entering into a new world of finance and transfer of value, one that could have large implications for many current intermediaries and many individuals all across the globe.

In this era we have a trustless system where exchanges are to happen peer to peer in a seamless manner, this is facilitated by the blockchain and interesting features such as smart contracts. These features have contributed to interesting mechanisms that institutions are using to raise capital to fund operations while using that same capital to form an economy where that specific form of capital, that issued token, is what’s used as the currency of trade.

This mechanism is called the Initial Coin Offering and it has been a mechanism that has grown rapidly in the past, yet, there have been forms of abuse in this direct to market offering sort of mechanism and governments have looked into regulating it, while some, such as China and South Korea have went as far as banning this new sort of funding vehicle.

This state of uncertainty has caused some organizations to act and provide their unique solution to this new market need.

The introduction of the ILP

The Initial Loan Procurement (ILP) is introduced to serve as an alternative to the Initial Coin Offering, providing for global financing using cryptocurrency.

ILP’s were introduced to alleviate the current issues that were surrounding ICO’s. These issues stem primarily around the aspects of legal and taxation, both, serving as major concerns for any reasonable and sophisticated investor.

Another issue that is continuously brought up around the idea of ICO’s is the question of, can this business truly create an economy that sustains its native token? Sometimes, the answer comes up as no, going further into the matter, at times, one might even find that setting up an economy through the ICO funding vehicle could contribute to a worse experience for the user.

How does ILP solve these issues?

Through the future loan access token (Flat). This a mechanism formed to overcome issues of taxation and regulation. It works through a simple process and also acts a token model, one issues these through Ethereum using an EIP20 standard. This essentially enables a token agreement with the token issuer as well as the transfer of agreement to others. Those who hold FLAT tokens are able to digitally sign a loan agreement, become a creditor and receive interests through the feature of  Agrello smart contracts.

A key feature of the ILP structure is that creditors are able to transfer rights to a new creditor if they wish to do so.

Initial Deployment and the Future

The organization behind this new structure, Blockhive, in conjunction with Agrello, will be issuing the first ILP from January 26th through the end of February 9th.

After they use and deploy this initial funding vehicle, it is expected that others too, will start to use it as a solution to their regulatory and taxation struggles. Interested parties will be able to access and use this new form of financing through the joint venture platform, tokennote.io.

What are the highlights of the Initial Loan Procurement Vehicle?

  • Accessible Globally
  • Legally Binding, recorded on the blockchain, thus providing security for creditors
  • ILP is structured in the format of loans, thus allowing for it to not be subject to taxes, a necessity when raising funds for a new venture
  • No need for a new and unnecessary and purposeless token

The ILP is regulation-friendly, blockhive has conformed to regulatory frameworks, making certain that issuers comply with anti-money laundering laws

We’re entering into a new world of finance and transfer of value, one that could have large implications for many current intermediaries and many individuals all across the globe.

In this era we have a trustless system where exchanges are to happen peer to peer in a seamless manner, this is facilitated by the blockchain and interesting features such as smart contracts. These features have contributed to interesting mechanisms that institutions are using to raise capital to fund operations while using that same capital to form an economy where that specific form of capital, that issued token, is what’s used as the currency of trade.

This mechanism is called the Initial Coin Offering and it has been a mechanism that has grown rapidly in the past, yet, there have been forms of abuse in this direct to market offering sort of mechanism and governments have looked into regulating it, while some, such as China and South Korea have went as far as banning this new sort of funding vehicle.

This state of uncertainty has caused some organizations to act and provide their unique solution to this new market need.

The introduction of the ILP

The Initial Loan Procurement (ILP) is introduced to serve as an alternative to the Initial Coin Offering, providing for global financing using cryptocurrency.

ILP’s were introduced to alleviate the current issues that were surrounding ICO’s. These issues stem primarily around the aspects of legal and taxation, both, serving as major concerns for any reasonable and sophisticated investor.

Another issue that is continuously brought up around the idea of ICO’s is the question of, can this business truly create an economy that sustains its native token? Sometimes, the answer comes up as no, going further into the matter, at times, one might even find that setting up an economy through the ICO funding vehicle could contribute to a worse experience for the user.

How does ILP solve these issues?

Through the future loan access token (Flat). This a mechanism formed to overcome issues of taxation and regulation. It works through a simple process and also acts a token model, one issues these through Ethereum using an EIP20 standard. This essentially enables a token agreement with the token issuer as well as the transfer of agreement to others. Those who hold FLAT tokens are able to digitally sign a loan agreement, become a creditor and receive interests through the feature of  Agrello smart contracts.

A key feature of the ILP structure is that creditors are able to transfer rights to a new creditor if they wish to do so.

Initial Deployment and the Future

The organization behind this new structure, Blockhive, in conjunction with Agrello, will be issuing the first ILP from January 26th through the end of February 9th.

After they use and deploy this initial funding vehicle, it is expected that others too, will start to use it as solution to their regulatory and taxation struggles. Interested parties will be able to access and use this new form of financing through the joint venture platform, tokennote.io.

What are the highlights of the Initial Loan Procurement Vehicle?

  • Accessible Globally
  • Legally Binding, recorded on the blockchain, thus providing security for creditors
  • ILP is structured in the format of loans, thus allowing for it to not be subject to taxes, a necessity when raising funds for a new venture
  • No need for a new and unnecessary and purposeless token

The ILP is regulation-friendly, blockhive has conformed to regulatory frameworks, making certain that issuers comply with anti-money laundering laws

Markethive isw utilizing this loan based crowd funding option.

Thomas Prendergast

Russian Institutions to Trial Central Bank ICO Platform

Russian Institutions to Trial Central Bank ICO Platform

Two Russian financial institutions are set to test a regulatory platform

that aims to make domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs) more transparent and secure for traditional investors. Russia's National Settlement Depository (NSD) announced on Thursday that it is working with Sberbank CIB, the bank's corporate and investment banking arm, to test an ICO issuance platform launched by the Bank of Russia – the country's central bank – in April.

According to an announcement, in the testing environment, a company named Level One will launch a token sale, for which Sberbank will act as the "issuance coordinator and anchor investor." The NSD, on the other hand, will serve as the custodian, recording and settling transactions, as well as safeguarding the assets. The firms say the platform will ultimately provide transparency that would reduce risks for traditional investors in the token issuance process. It's hoped the test, along with feedback from the central bank, will help improve the platform before it can be scaled up for real-world use.

Igor Bulantsev, senior vice president of Sberbank and head of Sberbank CIB, said:

"Sberbank CIB considers the Russian ICO market to be very promising. Many Sberbank clients are interested in this type of investment, and we plan to promote this service proactively once the appropriate legislative framework comes into effect; we will be one of the drivers to institutionalize and popularize this type of transaction."

As previously reported by CoinDesk, the Bank of Russia and the Ministry of Finance have already resolved a disagreement over one draft bill covering ICOs, and the country has now slated in a summer deadline for introducing two relevant pieces of legislation. Eddie Astanin, chairman of the executive board at the NSD, said the end goal of the project is to allow "the emergence of a new type of asset for investors" and the circulation of digital assets on the secondary market.

Article Produced By
Wolfie Zhao
wolfie@coindesk.com

A member of the CoinDesk editorial team since June 2017, Wolfie writes all things about the blockchain and cryptocurrency. He studies Business and Economic Reporting at New York University, and does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects

https://www.coindesk.com/russian-institutions-to-trial-central-banks-ico-platform/

Thomas Prendergast

Look No More: 3 ICOs to Watch in Q2 2018

Look No More:
3 ICOs to Watch in Q2 2018

The explosion in ICO projects has made choosing

which ones to participate in a very complicated task, and the competition between them extremely fierce. Back in 2015, the Lisk founders raised 14,000 bitcoin with a team of just 2 people! Doing that today seems impossible: teams are paying thousands just to get famous industry advisors, and all the noise while very little fundamental substance exists. Furthermore, it’s thought that perhaps 75% of projects offering token sales have ideas that are too convoluted to ever become tangible or real. Nor would their teams have the ability or means to implement such ideas into real-world use realistically either. To help you out in this mess, here are a few ICOs that are raising their heads above the rest, and likely to deliver spectacular gains in 2018.

GoNetwork

This project could be a total game changer. The team is tackling one of the most crucial and interesting problems in the industry: scaling the Ethereum platform. Despite not having a background in crypto, the team won the ETHWaterloo, the World’s Largest Ethereum Hackathon, a 36-hour event where participants worked alongside founders Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Lubin.

Essentially, the GoNetwork is a fast, low-cost and scalable network that connects the Ethereum blockchain to other mobile, desktop and web platforms. It will be mobile-focused and uses a technology called state channels to minimize on-chain transactions by accumulating transactions off-chain before any output is given. This solution is particularly favorable to mobile, due to architecture and programming language, where the majority of internet traffic is taking place nowadays.

Now here is the deal: on top of this solution, the developers will build a decentralized marketplace for games and digital goods. Given that the CEO, Rashid Kahn, is also the founder of one of Canada’s largest game studios, their track record in this market works in their favor. If they use their scalable, mobile Ethereum network to create some real-world adoption, the possibilities are huge! ICO is open to accredited investors only and more info can be found at GoNetwork.co.

Neon Exchange

Despite the evolution of crypto in the last few years, it is still an industry in its infancy. A key part of it becoming mature is developing fully functional, state of the art decentralized exchanges to replace the centralized, non-secure gatekeepers that exist nowadays. There are many contenders for this position, but we would like to highlight one that is keeping out of the media spotlight while developing a very interesting solution.

NEX is cryptographic trade and payment service platform built on the NEO blockchain. It will offer a technical off chain matching verification for trading and will allow more complex trading such as limit orders, something that existing DEX’s cannot do. Another interesting idea is the development of a Chrome extension that will act as a wallet and still be connected to the exchange, effectively making it a Metamask for all NEP-5 tokens.

In general, the project has extremely solid foundations: the team is chocked full of talented programmers with a track record, who have literally not even opened a Telegram account in order to stay focused on delivering. The roadmap is very comprehensive and includes every detail needed in such a grand vision, including entry points for fiat purchases of NEP-5 tokens. What is most interesting, however, is the role such a project will play in the development of the NEO Smart Economy, the amazing vision that sets NEO apart from the rest of the industry. It’s no surprise that NEO founders and core developers, Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, both sit on the advisory board.

OptiToken

One of the most interesting projects in terms of possible ROI versus complexity is Optitoken, which has just recently come into the spotlight. It is the first ever actual hyper-deflationary currency, whose value is supported by an automated portfolio that uses professional trading techniques, AI, and machine learning. The portfolio will be bought with funds from their ICO, giving it serious value early on.

Their CEO Sean Donato is an old-school crypto trader and who was also one of the founders of BitHalo which was an early pioneer start-up in crypto and of which is a free software still active and available for smart contracting. His strategies tweaked in depth by the team are being coded into the “OptiX” which is an algorithmic swing trading engine. The project has a transparent portfolio demonstrating OptiX live on their website OptiToken.io which serves an MVP as it’s been active and also managed to outpace Bitcoin since November of 2017.

The gains made by the algorithmic trading will be used in part to buy back their own tokens on exchanges, creating constant upward price pressure and nurturing a market that has very strong buy support this is the function that seeks to massively drive the currencies value upwards continually. The rest of profits from buy cycles is reinvested to grow the initial holdings. OptiToken Interestingly also solves a common problem of new ICO’s, that can’t find any volume early on. CEO Sean Donato said, “Trading is perhaps 90% psychology and so often times people find themselves following trends after the fact as opposed to using solid fundamentals and then selling overbought and buying oversold based on traditional price fluctuations of the asset or perhaps  RSI’s.” After the buybacks, 100% of the tokens purchased are sent to a transparent and verified unspendable address and thus destroyed forever in order to create value through scarcity. This combination is very innovative in the space and should attract serious organic buys on exchanges to partake in the price action.

What is great about this project is that can be immediately profitable. The technology is relatively straightforward to build, as the team is not promising a perhaps working product for a fantastic idea in Q3 of 2019 AKA “vaporware”. Rather, the product, already in Beta, will be in alpha in a few months, trading the proceeds from the ICO, and will hit exchanges just before or after this time frame according to projection. The ICO is open to Non-US and Non-China citizens now at OptiToken.io and is filling up fast.

Article Produced By
Guest Author for NEWSBTC

https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/05/23/look-no-3-icos-watch-q2-2018/

Thomas Prendergast

Move ‘Em Out: ICOs Don’t Seem So Scary Outside the US

Move 'Em Out:
ICOs Don't Seem So Scary
Outside the US

ICO issuers are starting to look to jurisdictions outside the U.S. to set up shop.

In an environment of regulatory uncertainty, where the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun investigating ICOs and the industry surrounding the capital raising technology but has yet to make a formal decision of how it will regulate crypto tokens, issuers and other stakeholders are finding other jurisdictions a better bet for launching their projects.

And no other place during Blockchain Week was the topic hotter than at Token Summit III (the original event took place a year ago) on May 27 in New York City. Both on stage and off, startup founders, attorneys and investors had strong opinions about how far to go in an environment where enforcement agencies know how easy the market boom for the tokens makes it for malicious actors to spin up a fake company and bilk millions of dollars out of unwitting buyers.

That boom packed venues in New York City throughout Blockchain Week. "The reason there's a thousand people here, it's not blockchain technology," Jason Fang of Sora Ventures told CoinDesk, saying he's been going to blockchain events for years and it was all the same faces until the initial coin offering (ICO) boom. "The difference is money. The difference is speculation."

But not everyone felt that hype meant rushing headlong would be the right approach. For instance, Paypal's original chief operating officer and now an investor in Craft Ventures, which incubated and backed the security token platform Harbor, David Sacks spoke to how getting compliance right led cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to be "the first really successful company in the space."

He wasn't the only one. Throughout the day, different speakers returned to the question of regulation, and from the stage it began to become clear that the rest of the world isn't nearly as complicated as the U.S. This is perhaps unsurprising – as the world's biggest economy it also has the most rules. Regulators in the U.S. would much rather err on the side of caution, even if that means curtailing some of the excitement. Laws in the U.S. are based around the Roaring '20s, which led to the Great Depression, Lowell Ness of Perkins Coie explained during a panel on regulation,

saying:

"Literally the securities law is intended to exclude the moms and pops from too risky investment."

But other parts of the world take a more open-minded, if not lax, approach and that's luring some ICO issuers overseas.

'ICO tourism'

For instance, representatives from Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Gibraltar spoke to the crowd, both assuring listeners that their nations took an extremely responsible approach without quite the aggressive fretting of U.S. rule-makers.

Speaking for his home country of Switzerland, Andreas Glarner of MME said:

"It's not our task as a regulator to tell people which way they want to lose their money."

Yet judging investments is one thing and willfully manipulating people is another. He added, "If the project is fraudulent we're going to prosecute it." Representatives from Lichtenstein argued that the small country has a large enough regulatory staff to work with companies it hosts and help them build businesses that are still within its regulatory framework. Meanwhile, representatives from Gibraltar said that its regulators have done the work to build rules from the ground up that specifically fit the new world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Meanwhile, attorneys in the U.S. sound frustrated, but hopeful. Several who have been working with the SEC spoke on a panel about where the country is at in terms of defining rules for the industry. "What we're doing primarily is educating the SEC on what blockchain is," Nancy Wojtas, a former SEC staffer now with Cooley LLP, said. "I think there was just a misunderstanding by them to what cryptocurrency is all about. They hear 'cryptocurrency' and they think 'fraud.'"

Ness from Perkins Coie was more hopeful, forecasting forthcoming clarity. "Now we have a position where there's going to be bright lines," he said. "Full functionality [of a platform] is a very hard bright line to draw. Full decentralization is a bit easier." Bloq's Matthew Roszak has also been working through Token Alliance, a Washington DC-based initiative of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, to guide the SEC so that they make decisions that will allow the technology to thrive in the States.

"The last thing I want to do is spend time with regulators, three-letter agencies. I want to build, invest and innovate," he said, noting that he's doing it, though, because he believes it's important. Wojtas cut through the optimism, again though, stating that entrepreneurs in the space will likely have an uphill battle for some time.

She said:

"Being involved in an investigation is like living in hell without dying."

She continued, warning founders about the price of hiring attorneys to answer questions and respond to regulator requests, "You will be spending between $100,000 and $300,000 per month." As such, Sebastian Bürgel of Switzerland's Validity Labs said of companies visiting countries trying to figure out where to domicile

(even if its staff doesn't actually work from the country):

"I see what I would call ICO tourism."

Startups' thoughts

At Token Summit III, the room was filled with about two-thirds startups and one-third investors. The startups, including those domiciled in places like Hong Kong and Singapore – attractive places after China's central bank banned crypto token sales – spoke to how they viewed the regulatory environment throughout the world.

Lea Bauer, director of operations at Centrifuge, a startup building a decentralized enterprise resource planning platform, told CoinDesk that her firm is talking to lots of lawyers in the U.S. or Europe before it decides where to land. Centrifuge envisions a token for services on the platform. And while it wants to execute a good legal plan, it won't wait for absolute certainty.

Bauer explained:

"If we wait too long, that gives us complications on the product side, whereas if we move too early that gives us trouble on the legal side."

Kain Warwick, with the Australia-based stablecoin project, Havven, told CoinDesk, "I genuinely don't believe the regulators want to impede what's happening." But he also added that risk in his home country "is far less than it is from the SEC," he said. While geographies seemed a main concern for many ICO issuers, it isn't the only kind of distance that could lower risk. Time could also serve an issuer. Founder of crypto loanmaking platform, ETHLend, Stani Kulechov, told CoinDesk that it did its sale last fall. "Back then, when we did the ICO, the regulatory uncertainty was pretty vague," he said.

However, his company is based in Switzerland, where the rules are clear enough that the company isn't concerned. Additionally, the fact that it had a working app before doing any fundraising adds to Kulechov's confidence. Just to be sure, though, "We don't accept US customers," he said. Jae Kwon of Cosmos said similar things of stage, telling the crowd he's glad the company did its token fundraiser before all the ICO hype started. "There's too much money piling in," he said. And if you bring in too much money, "they can always sue you, especially in the United States."

Leonard Frankel, CEO of ClanPlay, an existing gaming company, which is building the Good Game token, in order for gamers to earn money for playing, has a very complicated plan to get both the tax and legal structures he desires. An Israeli company, Frankel plans to actually launch his tokens out of Gibraltar but then transfer them to Israel and sell them from his home country, so that the company will pay its taxes there.

Erik Buschbaum, CMO of Rlay, a protocol to validate information, said his company is based in Berlin but domiciled in Gibraltar, which works for them by and large. Still, he said, "We have investors right now, Kryptonite1, and they advised us not to do a public sale because of regulatory risk." All this said, it's clear the ICO industry is reeling somewhat from both the unclear guidelines throughout the world and the thought that regulators could create rules that make their businesses illegal at some point. Speaking to the fear many have of U.S. regulators, MME's

Thomas Linder said:

"The U.S. needs to learn that in a globalized, decentralized economy, they are not the center of the universe anymore."

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Brady Dale is a reporter who has previously written for Fortune, Technical.ly Brooklyn, Next City and Motherboard, among others. He grew up in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.

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Thomas Prendergast

The Seven Pillars of ICO Investing

The Seven Pillars of ICO Investing

The number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) is growing rapidly,

having raised an astounding $5.6 billion in 2017 alone. More outrageous is that, by most estimates, over half of the ICOs launched in 2017 have already failed. In addition to the hundreds of ICOs being launched every month, our management company Crypto Asset Management (CAM), also receives around a dozen emails per day from new companies planning on launching crypto tokens to raise capital. CAM, through the various funds and share classes it manages, invests in less than one out of every 100 ICOs that comes across its desk.

Out of absolute necessity, we have developed an analytical framework for ICOs, which CAM applies to every such opportunity it evaluates. In this article we explain what we call The Seven Pillars Of ICO Investing™, which we've rigorously crafted over several years of investing in crypto and other assets.

Pillar #1: Team

The critical element which we are searching for is an experienced team, ideally with a strong track record in developing and launching blockchain technology. In addition, the team should have experience in the market it is targeting. A team that is not only competent, but capable of developing, completing and/or expanding the project is paramount to its success.

A couple of additional issues to consider are:

  • Does the team have a vesting token schedule that will properly incentivize it?
  • Do the advisors have the right experience and are they actively engaged?
  • Does the project have any notable financial backers? (VCs, other hedge funds, etc.)

Pillar #2: Idea

Without a compelling, realistic and timely idea for a blockchain-based enterprise, the investment will almost certainly fail.

A few of the key things we look for are:

  • Total addressable market:
    How large is the opportunity? We want as large of a market as possible (See: ethereum, filecoin).
  • Product-market fit:
    Does the business address an urgent problem? (0x, ChainLink)
  • Unique value proposition:
    What facets of the technology enable it to stand out from the competition? How much competition is there (Wax)? Ideally, the token has proprietary technology, and as little competition as possible (Orchid Protocol).

There is clearly an interrelationship between Pillars 1 and 2. However, if we had to choose between them, we would clearly rather invest in an "A" team working on a "B" idea than a "B" team working on an "A" idea. A talented group of people are the lifeblood of any business, and crypto is no different.

Pillar #3: Execution

In the cut-throat business world we live in, the only thing that matters is results. A brilliant idea and great team are nice, but execution is everything. Is there a working prototype or does your idea only exist in a nebulously written white paper? We prefer to invest in a product that already exists to some degree (Presearch, Basic Attention Token, Superbloom, FunFair), whether in the crypto space or analogously in the fiat space (Wax). Finally, we look for some sort of proof that the company will be able to hit future milestones.

Pillar #4: Legal/Regulatory

This pillar is essential given the current and growing regulatory uncertainty in the industry. Almost every week, there is news of a governmental agency in one country or another taking regulatory action or making a new statement around ICO governance. Of course, almost as often, there is news of a different country considering crypto-favorable legislation. Comprehensive regulation in many marketplaces is on the horizon and it is imperative to ensure that ICOs vigilantly navigate the landscape to the best of their abilities.

The threshold issue is jurisdiction: in what country is or will the ICO company be incorporated and the ICO executed? This determines the rules that will apply to the company's actions and the ICO. Depending on the approach taken, we may apply the somewhat arcane rules of the Howey test (in the US or if US investors are targeted or allowed to invest), KYC/AML principles (which are essentially universal) and applicable securities law.

Pillar #5: Tokenization

A significant number of the ICOs we analyze do not actually need the blockchain, tokenization or a public sale of their tokens to be successful. When this is an issue, it is usually the last – public sale – which is not necessary. (NASDAQ's settlement system is an excellent example of where tokenization is a brilliant idea but a public market would be superfluous, or even counterproductive.) Also, they are sometimes glorified apps that could be built without creating a specific token, despite how much "utility" the founders may claim their token provides.

With the enormous amount of value exchanging hands over the blockchain and the prospect of getting "free" money without giving up any equity, it's not hard to imagine why many industrious entrepreneurs try to identify any possible reason to launch an ICO. That being said, one of the crucial things that every investment we make must have is a legitimate reason for "tokenizing" their business, and for creating a public market for that token (OmiseGo, Icon, Raiden Network, Cosmos).

Pillar #6: ICO Structure

Similar to traditional venture capital investing, the financial underpinnings of the deal ultimately determine the decision to invest. The characteristics of an ICO can have important implications on the expected upside of the token.

This can be split out into two categories – ICO mechanics and ICO deal structure.

  • ICO Mechanics
    Historically, ICOs with a lower hard cap tend to outperform ICOs with massive hard caps. While it is important that the parent companies be well funded and have sufficient runway to work with, ICOs need to have a convincing plan for use of proceeds as the potential upside decreases in proportion to the amount raised. The precise metric here is valuation of the token economy – a derivation of the hard cap. Both the valuation in light of circulating tokens at launch and the valuation upon release of all tokens are factors that we consider.
  • ICO Deal Structure –
    The deal should be structured in a way so that investors are not at a disadvantageous position to the market.These are a few of our considerations:

    • Distribution: 
      The team should have a compelling structure for the distribution of tokens, fair allocation among team/advisors and investors, programs for market uptake, etc.
    • Distribution Schedule:
      Given the fast-moving pace of the crypto market, the distribution schedule should not massively favor specific parties. While long distribution periods can be considered acceptable for high-potential ICOs, individual liquidity preferences should be considered.
    • Discounts:
      Discounts are ubiquitous in the ICO environment, so examining the discount levels given to different tranches allows investors to understand where they stand in relation to other stakeholders.
    • Equity Stakes:
      At Crypto Asset Management, we like to be part of the growth of the company and investing directly into the equity of a company allows us to play a greater role in that development. In the world of token sales and short-term liquidity, people often forget that the value proposition of a company can be just as great or even greater than the token ecosystem it is developing.

Pillar #7: Price Drivers

Even if we believe a team is able to create a great product that incorporates a token with an imperative use case, this does not necessarily mean that we will want to hold the token or invest in the ICO. A token must additionally have a mechanism to drive price appreciation.

A token with constant supply without any incentive to hold, will not be subject to buying pressure which significantly outweighs selling pressure over the long run (Votes). This is underpinned by the concept of price risk, in which individuals will lean towards reducing their exposure to price volatility in favor of fiat or a form of stable currency.

A few of the price drivers we look for include:

  • Network Volume:
    In almost every instance the value of a token increases as the number of transactions on the blockchain increases (bitcoin, ethereum). This is one of the most basic, yet influential, indicators of demand, and is also the reason we invest primarily in protocols rather than dapps.
  • Market Leadership:
    We look to invest only in tokens that are clear market leaders, or have the potential to be in the near future. Usually, these tokens have a distinct and growing unique advantage over their competition (Practical VR).
  • Incentives to Hold:
    There is a clear reason why a user would rather hold than spend the token, which can be related specifically to speculated price increases or other non-monetary rewards (Presearch, PROPS). We won't invest in a token that's only purpose is a medium of exchange.
  • Supply Changes:
     This can include limiting inflation, meaning the token supply does not dilute the value of all tokens over time, or token burning, where the supply of tokens in the system decreases over time (Binance Coin, Iconomi).
  • Profit Sharing:
    Part of the value that is extracted from the system is given back to the token holders (Augur, NEO, Neon Exchange, Ethorse).
  • Staking:
    Having users of a network to lock up their tokens either for network consensus or as a requirement in certain processes. (Bee Network, Open Platform, NuCypher, Video Coin).
  • Sufficient Liquidity:
    If the project isn't proactive about getting listed on multiple exchanges, preferably top-tier exchanges, we will likely not make an investment.

Please note that, as a general rule, we are not in favor of asset-backed tokens as an investment vehicle at this time. There are no real drivers of price formation after an initial, relatively small boost for convenience (Sandcoin, OneGram) and the opportunity cost is consequently too high (there are far greater returns elsewhere). Importantly, the effect of implementing strong incentives to hold is multiplicative. Not only will the price increase be driven by the inherent tokenomics design, but also by speculation directly related to the implementation of these drivers.

Despite the incredible number of fly-by-night operations in the world of ICOs, it is certain that token generation events are here to stay. Such events are completely transforming the traditional venture capital industry and, for savvy investors, are creating fortunes literally overnight. For unsophisticated or undisciplined investors, ICOs are a minefield that should probably be avoided. However, for those who perform proper due diligence, the odds increase for realizing breathtaking returns on your investments.

This article is an abbreviated summary of our process for investing in ICOs. Here at Crypto Asset Management, we've also developed more in-depth tools, such as our innovative 64-point ICO Scorecard and a more traditional Private Equity Due Diligence Checklist.

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Tim Enneking, Robert Brauer & Andrew Kang

Tim Enneking is managing director at Crypto Asset Management. Robert Brauer and Andrew Kang are members of the Crypto Asset Management ICO Analysis team.

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Thomas Prendergast

What Needs to Be Done With the Elephant in the ICO Room?

What Needs to Be Done With the Elephant in the ICO Room?

There is an elephant in the room

and that room is the current ICO market. The elephant is the unignorable fact that the majority of ICOs offer no protection to their token buyers who consider themselves as investors.
These buyers are not investors.

Here’s why.

In 2017, initial coin offerings, or ICOs, emerged into the big time. Over the course of the year, startups conducting an ICO as a way of raising startup capital raised over $6.5 billion. Since then, many ICOs have issued utility tokens under the guise of security tokens, and they have raised millions of dollars by promising their holders huge returns and part of their income. In reality, they may not able to deliver on these promises.

The difference between a utility token and a security token was explained by Laimonas Noreika, the CEO of DESICO, the world’s first fully legal security token platform: “if Google were to have launched an ICO to raise capital by selling utility tokens, then Google utility token holders would now receive free Google ads in exchange for their tokens. Were Google to have issued security tokens, then Google security token holders would now be eligible to revenue share of the company.”

A security token is an investment and a financial product. It is a token that gives its holder ownership of a real asset, which can range from tokenized commodities and tokenized real estate, to tokenized funds. Meanwhile, a utility token simply provides access to a platform or product, and unlike a security token, it is not an investment and does not provide its holder with any rights.

Due to the different characteristics of security tokens and utility tokens, plus the lack of legal regulation, this has led to the ICO industry being shrouded in mystery. In mid-2017, this perception surrounding the credibility of ICOs led to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC, cracking down on security ICOs and making them “subject to the requirements of the federal securities law.”

“The ICO industry is in desperate need for the correct legal frameworks and infrastructure to issue security tokens,” Noreika continued. “This is because finance experts predict that 2018 will be the year when security tokens begin to outstrip utility tokens, since more capital is expected to flow into the security crypto asset class. By the first quarter of 2019, it is estimated that ICOs issuing security tokens will outnumber those issuing utility tokens.” Empowered by the belief that security tokens are the future of a global tokenized economy, the DESICO team will introduce the world’s first fully legally compliant, and therefore game-changing, infrastructure to issue and trade security tokens.

DESICO’s full legal compliance is rooted in its country of operation. DESICO has chosen to operate from Lithuania, a Eurozone member and European Union member state. Lithuania holds a significant legal advantage due to its crowdfunding law, which makes it one of the few countries in the world, and the only EU country, to fully legally regulate ICOs. According to a recent report by Tokendata, Lithuania ranks third in the world behind the only the United States and China in terms of capital raised through ICOs in 2018. Furthermore, 2018 has seen startups from Lithuania successfully raise $249 million so far.

DESICO is a concrete example of Lithuania’s open attitude towards globally-operating blockchain companies. It has received support from the government backed business development agency, Enterprise Lithuania, as well as the country’s Ministry of Finance, with finance minister, Mr. Vilius Šapoka, praising DESICO for its encouragement in developing “Lithuania’s fintech and blockchain communities by promoting the settlement of global blockchain and fintech businesses in Lithuania.”

With its infrastructure to issue, buy, and sell security tokens in full compliance with the law, its internationally-experienced team of advisors and employees, plus its backing from the government of an EU member state, DESICO will not just eliminate the elephant in the room of ICOs. It will set new standards for the global ICO industry. Welcome to DESICO. Welcome to the world of security tokens.

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https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/05/18/what-needs-to-be-done-with-the-elephant-in-the-ico-room/

Thomas Prendergast