There are thousands of ICOs occurring every month and some of them are more successful than others. These firms are taking the help of Blockchain technology to offer innovative services and sometimes radical ideas to change and revolutionize the market. The year 2018 is no exception with quite a few ICOs making noise in the first half of 2018. In this article, we are going to inspect 9 such ICOs that has turned heads in the crypto world.
The measure of how successful they are, not only depends upon how much money they managed to raise but also how quickly and how radical their ideas are that attracted investors and well-known personalities as advisors. So here is our top 9 ICOs of the first half of 2018 that we believe already have or have the potential to upset the major players in the field
Imagine a start-up company raising $4.1 billion in its initial coin offering sale – that’s exactly what Block.one has managed to pull off for its blockchain project EOS. The sheer volume of money it raised can be considered the one reason EOS’s ICO is definitely more than a successful one, allowing it to develop what they promised as well as fund any future development they have in mind.
The Cayman Island-based firm started the crowdsale on June 26, 2017, which finally concluded on June 1, 2018. EOS ICO was able to raise $185 million in Ethereum within the initial 5 days – a respectable sum for sure. But this 355 days long sale period allowed EOS to garner much interest (and a lot of criticism) which helped them raise such a huge fund of in the end.
The EOS token is a ERC-20 type token based on Ethereum. After the completion of ICO, the token holders are to register and participate in the token swap to convert those to EOS token on EOSIO platform. Currently, the EOS token is frozen before the mainnet is up. Holders of these native EOS tokens will be responsible for the management of the ecosystem, by voting for block producers that mine blocks and maintain the network.
The EOSIO is an open source smart contract platform, like an Operating System on which developers can create decentralized applications or Dapp, similar to Ethereum. While the vertical scalability means it can The software includes “accounts, authentication, databases, asynchronous communication, and the scheduling of applications across many CPU cores or clusters,” according to the EOS white paper. But unlike Ethereum, the new blockchain architecture of EOS allows these apps to be both horizontally and vertically scalable. Horizontal scalability means the EOS blockchain allows parallel execution of smart contracts and simultaneous processing of transactions, something which established blockchains are unable to achieve. That translates into a low latency meaning users have to wait much less. EOS combines the horizontal scaling with its architecture to use only 21 nodes at a time to offer faster consensus, therefore a much higher (millions per second) transaction rate. So in short EOS offers the following – support for millions of users at a time, free usage, easy upgradability and bug recovery of apps, lower latency, parallel (dividing workload across multiple CPUs) and sequential performance. This gives EOS an upper hand over Ethereum.
EOSIO incorporates Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS), a consensus protocol created by CTO Dan Larimer in 2016 for his blogging platform Steemit. It is supposed to take care of the shortcomings of both Proof of Work and Proof of Stake consensus. Employing this consensus protocol facilitates millions of transactions per second, very less energy requirement and no user fee on EOS blockchain. The firm’s belief that no user should pay for the services/apps used on EOS platform is one of the main difference with Ethereum, something Vitalik Buterin is very skeptical about. Another interesting feature of the EOS DPoS system is that the users vote for block producers and receive token rewards for validating transactions and maintaining the blockchain. The continuous evaluation of block producers by the EOS community ensures that they will be sacked if they fail to validate transactions and create a block.
The version 1.0 of EOSIO has been officially released on June 2. That very day, Block.one, headed by CEO Brendan Blumer, also announced that the firm has received a $50 million fund by blockchain London based investment firm SVK Crypto to support the development of decentralized applications on EOSIO with a special focus on data ownership, social media, tech platforms and logistics.
Even before the mainnet launch, EOS soared into the top 10 list of cryptocurrencies. EOS has been listed in 156 exchanges so far including Bitfinex, Coinone, Huobi, HitBTC, Binance, UNB etc.
Block.one also has a funding program called EOC VC that looks to provide developers and businesses with funding for projects using the EOSIO. The program has pledged to raise over $1 billion for funding EOSIO projects in future. It has already capped the $325 million Fund with Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital LP for its EOS ecosystem. It shows how successful EOS ICO was to gain such trust from investors.
The success of Block.one’s EOS ICO can also be attributed to its claim of offering a platform that is a faster and cheaper way to execute smart contracts than Ethereum and NEO. EOS has also promised a continuous upgrade of user experience such as mechanisms for account recovery and human-readable addresses. These will be built in at the protocol level, not on top layers.
Over this year-long token sale, the firm has released quite a number of beta versions of the software. According to EOS’s GitHub page, 1673 issues have been resolved, while 553 issues are expected to get addressed in coming months. EOS has 129 contributors as of now. There are over 140 projects being actively developed. One of the most well-known projects is Everipedia – an EOS blockchain-based online encyclopedia offering rewards to the content creators with native tokens. The Everipedia project attracted Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia, back in 2017, who joined the EOD team as its Chief Information Officer to take the initiative to combat the control and centralization of information, that Wikipedia has become according to him. It must be mentioned that Everipedia is planning an airdrop of its token to any holders of EOS, as reported by Fortune.
Block.one has released a total of 1 billion tokens in its ICO, 90% of which was on sale. The ICO token price was $0.99 USD. After the completion of ICO, the EOS price has gone as high as $15.51, but for the last couple of days, the price has decreased quite a bit, latest being $10.91 on June 12. But according to the experts of Finder, EOS is likely to see about 200% growth by December 31, 2018, predicting the price range to be anywhere between $23 to $50. The current market capitalization of EOS is about $9.95 billion.
The EOS mainnet is yet to be launched as the firm is still waiting to select 21 block producers.
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00156539 /Ƀ0.00160988|
|All Time High||Ƀ0.00242542|
|Since All Time High||-55%|
|All Time High Date||2018-04-29 (about 2 months)|
The team of Block.one includes three people who are enlisted in the Forbes magazine’s richest people in crypto arena – Brendan Blumer, CEO, and founder, Dan Larimer CTO of Brock.one and Brock Pierce, advisor to the firm.
Brendan Blumer: Brendan has 17 years of business experience out of which he served as CEO/COO for 6 years. Brendan founded his first company Gamecliff at the age of 15 where he sold virtual assets in online gaming industry through a website he developed. Next, he founded The Accounts Network developing a system for automated valuation and pricing for in-game MMORPG avatars. In 2009, he founded Okay.com offering an in-house technology to real estate consultants to buy, rent and sell property in a secure way. He next became the founder and CEO of ii5 that elevates, trains, and supports Indian Realtors through software and services.
Dan Larimer: Dan Larimer’s profile is even more impressive with 18 years of experience as a developer. Starting his career as a software engineer and consultant at numerous firms, he became the CEO of Invictus Innovations leading the development team. Next, as the CTO of Steemit, he built the first successful blockchain based social media platform on 2016. On 2015 he became the CEO of Cryptonomex Inc., leading the technological vision of the firm.
Brock Pierce: Pierce is an entrepreneur, and venture capitalist has served as an advisor, raised money for numerous firms and founded a series of companies. Besides serving as an advisor and managing partner for Block.one, he is also the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of DNA Advisors, Block.One, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin (first ICO). He serves as an advisor to tZERO, Bancor, Airswap, BlockV, BitGuild, and BitGo. Pierce founded ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers, and IGE, the pioneer of digital currency in online games. He is the founder of IMI Exchange, the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games with over $1B of annual sales.
Another Partner and Advisor to the Block.one’s EOS project is Ian Grigg, a financial cryptographer. Ian currently serves as an advisor for Akropolis – the pensions breakthrough for the new generation, Youbank – a financial service start-up firm, and Advisor and Chief Scientist for Mattereum where he advised on the Ricardian contracts. He is also the CTO of Solidus, the firm behind the Champasea.com project. He has also invented Triple-Entry Accounting and developed the Ricardo Transaction engine.
Telegram, the secure messaging service, is all the news in the cryptoworld these days. It has managed to raise $850 million in its February pre-sale from 81 investors and then another $850 million in its second presale from 94 investors, a total of $1.7 billion (the second largest after EOS) according to the filing to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Russia-based firm is yet to launch its much-hyped Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain, an Ethereum-like ecosystem with decentralized apps, services, and a store for digital and physical goods with speed like master or visa transactions with maximum security. Telegram has been able to raise this huge fund in its presale due to the fact that TON will have the advantage of the Firm’s expertise in encrypted distributed data storage and 10-years of user interface design expertise. It is based on proof of stake consensus.
The TON blockchain will have a master chain and about 292 accompanying blockchains. The idea is to simply offer the blockchains a common platform so as to reduce complexities related to their accessibility. TON architecture has been designed to offer a three-tier model which is set to tackle fundamental issues like scalability and speed, an easy-to-use user interface and a wide user base. Moreover, the platform comes in real handy in terms of storage and automated transactions when compared to its peers.
It is soon to be incorporated with the telegram app which has already become familiar with crypto-enthusiasts. The incorporation to the app will allow direct access to the monthly users of Telegram that hover around the 200 million mark. The idea of TON has some resemblance to the KIN token of the firm Kik. One of the hurdles holding back the crypto was the lack of users which prevented it from becoming universal. But with the current plan of integrating TON presents with a positive upbeat.
The idea of the Telegram team to make every instance of the app a secure personal wallet is what generated such huge interest in its crowdsale. Telegram also has the advantage of being a well-reputed player in the digital arena which will further help in its enhancement.
Telegram Messenger is registered as an independent nonprofit organization in Berlin, Germany. The past few weeks have seen TON accumulate a bit of hype which may become a good reason to find takers among quick selling investors looking for an early buy.
The company has generated 5 billion tokens called Grams which would serve as the payment system within TON. The token price was set at 0.1000USD for 1 GRAM. But the current price of 1 GRAM is 0.00005599 BTC OR 0.00061538 ETH. While 44% of the tokens were meant for ICO crowdsale, 52% is set for development and the rest 4% for the team. During the ICO pre-sales, tokens were sold to select buyers in two subsequent phases. TON is supposed to raise $14.7 billion over the course of its lifetime.
The main features of telegram ICO are as follows:
Infinite Sharding Paradigm
When a Ton blockchain gets too big it automatically splits into two to increase capacity negating the hurdles of long queues that may raise transaction costs. The algorithm also enables merger of blockchains as of when required.
Instant Hypercube Routing
All blockchains can exchange data at a very fast rate using a smart routing system. No matter how big the size of the system, the transactions are always swift. On even scaling millions of chains the block chains can communicate with one another at top speed.
TON will also be using direct payment channels which will help transfer value in the shortest possible time-frame. Unlike older blockchains, TON processing nodes do useful work maximizing efficiency. Each block within TON blockchain will operate as a block chain of its own which will further help in obtaining the desired output.
2-D Distributed Ledgers
TON also enables growing of valid new blocks atop blocks which have proven to be incorrect negating forks in the process. Such a mechanism which promotes self-healing can prove to be useful in saving resources guaranteeing valid transactions from getting discarded due to unrelated errors.
Though TON looks set to revolutionize the internet, it is far easier said than done. It may prove to be a gamble as was the case with KIN. The functionality has to be that good for the users to keep using it without which the generated user base will evaporate quickly. The functionalities must be developed in a short time period in order to sustain the user base which appears to be quite impatient at present times. With a dozen companies raising funds through ICOs, the SEC has launched a probe into the matter over the fear of fraudsters looking for a profit from the industry. The TON token sale is put on hold for the time-being considering such uncertainties.
Pavel Durov (co-founder and CEO): The co-founder and the present CEO of the Telegram ICO (TON) in addition of being the Lead C/C++ Engineer. He is currently serving as the product manager in the company. Earlier he was the co-founder and CEO at V.K Data built storage and he was also the product manager at that company. Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and maintained the company business up to 70% across the total Russia share.
Dr. Nikolay Durov (co-founder, CTO, Architect): Dr. Nikolay holds PhD degree from the Bonn University. He is the co-founder of the Telegram and the present CTO of the company. He has also achieved an award for Absolute World Champion in Programming in the year and is one of ten people in history to win the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest twice.
Before coming into the Telegram he was the architect and engineer of the company V.K. Data built storage and networking software. Dr. Nikolai is a Gold Medallist in International Mathematical Olympiads as well as Gold and Silver Medallist in International Olympiads in Informatics. He has built MTProto and has distributed Telegram’s data storage engines.
Aliaksei Levin: He is the advisor and a C/C++ Engineer at Telegram and he also developed and distributed data storage engines, client cross-platform libraries in Telegram. He has achieved a Gold Medal in ACM International Programming Contest World Finals (2011) and also a Silver medal in ACM International Programming Contest World Finals (2010). He was a champion and won First Prize in International arithmetic Competition for University Students (2009).
Vitalik Valtman (Engineer & Advisor): Vitalik Valtman is Telegram Open network Engineer of the Multi-block chain Proof-of-Stake system. He was a C/C++ Engineer at VK. And Developed networking and data storage engines. He is a Silver Medallist in ACM International Programming Contest World Finals and got the 4th place in Top Coder Open and Top Coder Collegiate Contest respectively.
Arseny Smirnov: Arseny Smirnov from Russian Federation is a Software Engineer and an advisor at Telegram. He graduated from Saint Petersburg State University and had also been a software engineer at the largest European social network named VK.com.
Unlike other ICOs which just have the vision to attract investors, the story is different for Bankera. Launched by SpectroCoin, Bankera has the IT infrastructure required to issue personal IBANs or payment cards and enable payment processing. The firm has a minimum viable product at its disposal (SpectroCoin), offering an associated exchange, wallet, and card services.
The advent of cryptocurrencies has disrupted how the finance is managed and conducted. More specifically, the introduction of blockchain has revolutionized that concept by digitizing money. Therefore, it’s obvious that FinTech companies will also focus on the blockchain technology. But up until now all of them are focusing on only a specific niche (lending or remittance). Bankera is the first one set to change that. They plan to employ blockchain technology to offer all the benefits and services of a traditional bank or financial institutions but at a much less end-user cost by reducing the number of counterparties.
Though nowhere near the huge funds EOS or Telegram have managed to raise, Bankera ICO’s journey is considered a wildly successful one. Bankera has raised about $151 million in its token crowdsale that started on Nov 27, 2017 and ended on March 1, 2018. The Lithuania-based firm allowed ETH, BTC, USD, XEM, DASH for the purchasing of its BNK token. The price for a single BNK ICO token is 0.0207 USD. Bankera is also the ICO with the highest number of contributors standing at 100,902.
There are total 25 billion tokens of which about 30% of the token i.e. 7,728,796,160 BNK tokens were sold during the pre-ICO (2,500,000,000 ICO) and ICO (5,228,796,160 ICO) sale. The tokens were distributed on two different blockchains – Ethereum and NEM. The revenue share will be paid in ETH or XEM and they will have ERC20 source code and NEM Mosaic, which makes Bankera a very unique type of token, offerings on two separate blockchains. Bankera plans to process the ERC20 source code first.
Bankera has partnered with HitBTC exchange. As the ICO is over, people interested in buying the token now can do so June 4 onwards on HitBTC.
Bankera is also developing its own exchange. The advantage of Banker tokens on Bankera’s exchange platform will be that all BNK pairs will charge no exchange fees. What this means is it will be a lot more cost-effective to first exchange ETH for BNK and then BNK to BTC rather than just exchanging ETH to BTC directly. Bankera’s exchange platform will support only cryptocurrency pairs at first but eventually, fiat currencies will also be offered for convenience. These advantages will ensure the liquidity of BNK tokens – a great reason behind investors’ interest.
The Bankera tokens have also gone through an audit process. It includes four layers of security to safeguard that the BK smart contract can be released on the blockchain.
The tokens will also be supported by Nem Mosaics so that users can switch between technologies on the blockchain. Token holders will receive a BNK commission, which features 20% of Banker’s and MVP SpectroCoin’s transactional revenue. Those who contribute can hold their token in what is called a SpectroCoin blockchain wallet, thereby allowing them to receive a share of their commission.
Based on Ethereum, Bankera is the operational fork of 5-year-old SpectroCoin, an all-in-one service for Bitcoin. SpectroCoin has initiated the Bankera project to offer blockchain-facilitated superior digital banking services backed by its already existing regulatory and IT infrastructure.
According to the Bankera whitepaper, it is offering three core financial services:
- One of the main services Bankera offers is allowing various way of payments – payment accounts with personal IBAN (international bank account numbers), debit cards, interbank foreign exchange rates and payment processing. All of these services can be availed using both traditional fiat currencies as well as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, DASH, Ether, XEM, ERC-20 compliant tokens etc. Bankera’s aim, in the long run, is to implement innovative solutions like the use of equity traded funds and gross-domestic-product (GDP) linked currencies as substitutes for money.
- Another core service of Bankera is loans and deposits, giving it a competitive edge over other. Both saving and current deposits will receive interest. Bankera plans to offer most of the loans to business clients of payment processing solution. Therefore, all Bankera clients will be able to benefit from higher interest rates due to proprietary information about borrowers’ cash flows.
- Investments solution will consist of low-cost investment products such as equity traded funds (ETFs), crypto-funds (a portfolio of various cryptocurrencies and crypto tokens) as well as roboadvisory solutions for wealth management. Later on, Bankera intends to offer investment banking services including financing corporate strategies of its business clients. Also, it has plans to create new types of money, such as inflation-linked baskets in future.
Here’s a quick chart for you to check out the current market scenario of Bankera.
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00000093 /Ƀ0.00000096|
|All Time High||Ƀ0.00000193|
|Since All Time High||-58%|
|All Time High Date||2018-06-04 (14 days)|
Bankera’s team has some impressive people on board that has attracted such fund –
Vytautas Karalevicius: The co-founder and CEO of Bankera, Vytautas Karalevicius, who is also the co-founder and CEO of SpectroCoin – a European bitcoin exchange and a board member of Pacific Private Bank.
Mantas Mockevičius: The CCO also happens to be the Cofounder and partner at SpectroCoin and Co-owner and Chairman of Pacific Private Bank. Previously he was co-founder and partner at Perversk – a licensed EMI in EU and participant of SEPA scheme.
Justas Dobiliauskas has served as a software developer for UAB IOWA 11 and UAB CID Baltic.
Craig Grant and Egle Eidimtaite serve as the Vice Presidents for Business Development in Bankera. Craig is also the Business Development VP for Spectro Finance and was responsible for the business development and strategic solutions for ProgressPlay and Strategic Solutions. While after serving as General Manager for TonyBet and a board member for SpectroCoin, Egle has quit Bankera in March after the completion of ICO sale and has joined TG Lab as a business executive.
Lon Wong – He is the founder of Proximax Ltd., a blockchain powered storage and streaming platform, CEO, and founder of Dragonfly Fintech Pte Ltd., past President of the international open source NEM.io Foundation. He is also engaged in electrical and mechanical engineering projects as well as funding for autism.
Antanas Guoga – He is the founder of Blockchain Centre Vilnius and Member of European Parliament.
Marc Kenigsberg – Founder at CoinJanitor, BlockSmarter, and creator of BitcoinChaser. He also was the CEO of Jamworx from 2013 to 2017.
Modestas Kaseliauskas – Co-founder and CEO of Crypto Tax &Legal, Partner at TaxLink Baltic, Advisor to Blockchain Centre Vilnius.
Dr. Eugene Dubossarsky – He is a Data Science Strategist, Consultant, Mentor, Trainer. He is the founding partner of Advantage Data Consulting, Director-Principal Trainer of Presciient and the Chief Data Scientist at AlphaZetta, a global analytics firm and co-founded Reask.
Trade of the tokens began on June 5. The current price of a Bankera token is $0.00711584.
WePower, a startup company with a vision to change green energy trading platform raised an unbelievable 40 million USD in its initial coin offering (ICO) from 22,933 contributors. With the great minds behind the company, no doubt it had to bring a revolution and its impact is clear with the enormous support it has received from its contributors. It is without a doubt that the company will turn into business giant and have a clear road map of the strategies they are about to follow, leading the company and its investors to a brighter future. Its investors are already convinced this to be a good investment. The initial investment amount in itself is a success story of the WePower team and their initiative.
A Lithuania based company, founded in January 2017, initially raised $30 million in presales starting from 22nd September and ended at 23rd October, $11 million of which was funded by public pre-sales and $19 million from investors and funds in Ethereum. Tokens were released for sale on 1st February 2018 and sale which was targeted to end on 14th February had to end on 2nd February as target set by the team members were already achieved. Each contributor was limited to 0.2ETH. WePower received a lot of positive response from the global investors. WPR is an ERC20 type token. Initial set price was 1 WPR= 0.13 USD. WePower ICO tokens could be bought using ETH, BTC and NEO cryptocurrencies. The company released 62% tokens for ICO and among the remaining 38%, 20% were reserved for the team, 15% for community growth and 3% for community growth.
WePower set ICO token price: 1ETH = 8000 WPR. WPR being the WePower token. WePower provides fundraising platform for green energy producers and sale their produced energy upfront. This helps the producer to raise fund for the development and running the organization and in turn, investors benefit from the energy share donated by the producers in respect to the tokens held by the investors. Investors can either sell or use the energy to liquefy their investments. Investors are to get 0.9% per token worth of energy from the producers as a donation, 1WPR token=1kWh. This idea provides benefit to both the parties and raise the interest of more investors as well as encourage startup green energy producers to bring out their product in the market without going through the hassle of taking the support of the investment plans of finance organizations like banks.
WePower being one of the first of its kind to introduce Green Energy producers into blockchain market. Recognizing WePowers potential on positive impact on reducing global emission problems, it is supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania. WePower has become a global initiative backed up by several global green energy producers like Civistas projects, Conquista Solar and Novocorex. WePower has connected more than 1000MW solar power capacity of plants together via its platform. Apart from this WePower project is backed up by one of the most innovative transmission systems operators in Europe, Elering. Elering has set the goal of tokenizing all Estonian energy sector via WePower platform.
Companies like Startupbootcamp, Spotless together with Australian Energy and many others have started running energy campaign in Australia. Electric retailing companies like 220 Energia operating in a number of countries mostly in the Nordic and Baltic region has joined WePower to tokenize energy sector.
WePower has made investing in renewable energy sector more viable even for the general public. General public faced barriers like huge minimum investment amount, which ranged from approximately $125,000. Also, there is a minimum capital lock-up period of up 10 years plus lack of knowledge of the fund manager reputation and his team. WePower targeted these problems with smart solution plans which will eliminate the challenges in the current market scenario. The main challenge every startup faces is initial investments. WePower fills this gap between inventors and the startup company by setting a marketplace where companies can sell kWh in tokens. Companies can sell their future energy productions which are to be delivered at specific times.
The current model for investment is:
- First phase being project development, submitting white paper etc.
- Next, the team had to reach out to probable investors with their project ideas to get investments or debt provider.
- Investors sometimes kept difficult payment terms which are very difficult to comply.
- Companies also had the option to raise funds by equity investment.
- Once adequate funding is received investment plan is designed by the team members and shared with investors and other team members.
- Once all planning is completed finally project construction is started.
WePower simplifies the process with their model:
- Project development.
- Through WePower platform companies can reach out to Debt provider faster and get their project funded faster.
- Companies release their Wepower tokens for sale.
- Projects funded and begin construction.
WePower not only simplifies the investment process but also increases ROE by 20%.
|With Token sale:||Without Token sale:|
|a. Equity need: 29%
b. Tokens sold: 11% of project
c. Debt: 60%
d. ROE: 20%
|a. Equity need: 40%
b. Tokens sold: 0%
c. Debt: 60%
d. ROE: 16%
Here is a quick look of current WePower coin performance:
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00000727 /Ƀ0.00000774|
|Since All Time High||-79%|
|All-Time High Date||2018-03-02 (4 months)|
WePower team comprises of highly experienced professionals who have been associated with this industry for more than 10 years. Wepower is led by Nikolaj Martyniuk, Co-founder and CEO of the company with more than ten years of experience in renewable energy. He has led big brands like Modus Energija, was a partner of Contrarian Ventures. At WePower he is responsible for strategy and business development.
Artūras Asakavičius: The Co-Founder of WePower with a strong background in regulation and Fintech. He has led a team of five lawyers at FinTech, handled all blockchain and cryptocurrency related businesses of the most reputed law firm of the Baltic-Sorainen. Apart from also being a former chairman of Lithuanian Fintech Association he has been recognized twice as a Lithuanian Crowdfunding Patron by the EU Commission. At WePower he is looking into the investor relations and legal aspects of the business.
Kaspar Kaarlep: The CTO of WePower. He was appointed as CTO of a large National DSO, he worked on smart grid challenge and integration of green energy for the past seven years. He was incharge of development and execution of DSO strategies and plans a well as he also managed total operations and Information technology and operation technology. He is also widely known to speak at European conferences regarding energy systems digitalization, specializing in building and implementing big data analytics systems and smart meters.
Heikki Kolk: Initially started as a SCADA engineer and participated in various projects like upgrading IP based SCADA systems at Elektrilevi. As WePower he is the complex system architecture. With more than 10 years of experience in working in various positions of Elektrilevi. Elektrilevi is one of the largest distribution operators at Estonia.
Kaspar and Hekki together brought a team of 12 energy engineers, e-Skype programmers to connect WePower with the energy companies.
Jon Matonis, is a very well know personality in the cryptocurrency world as he is the founding director of the Bitcon Foundation and chairman of Globitex, which is another cryptocurrency platform. He has been associated with big corporations like VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail in reputable positions. He is an advisor to the WePower blockchain.
Eyal Hertzog, as blockchain and token advisor at WePower. He is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship experience. He is the founder of Metacafe, a video sharing site popular in Israel with a peak traffic of 50 million unique hits. He is also the founder of Contact Networks, a social networking site started in 1998. His recent works includethe foundation of the Bancor Protocol.
Sefi Golan, CEO of BlockchainIL, is another member of the advisory board of WePower. He is a regular investor in cryptocurrencies and huge entrepreneurship experience.
Lukas Kairys is associated with WePower as Blockchain and smart contract developer. He specializes in developing decentralized networks, along with his team is advising WePower how to develop decentralized networks.
David Allen Cohen is associated as the Energy advisor of WePower. He is the chairman of Dcntral, a blockchain-based Cybersecurity company. He is renowned internationally for his work in Smart Systems Software platforms. He is among the top 100 Movers and Shakers in the SmartGrid by Greentech Media. He is also famous for pioneering the “the Grid Edge” as the founder and CEO of Infotility and uncovered a multi-billion dollar SmartGrid market. He is also among the founding members of Emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), the organization with the vision to launch of the SmartGrid industry. He was also the member of IOTA foundation and IOTA token.
Trevor Townsend is the Startupbootcamp Australia energy program manager and leading the program in WePower. He was the founder of TIBCO Software, which is a startup company listed in 2004 NASDAQ, designed the first wholesale energy software trading system in Australia. He has 15 years of experience in Angle Investing with numerous exits which include two listed in ASX.
Liraz Siri, is in the security team at WePower. He is a professional white hacker and an early Bitcoin supporter. He is the co-founder of TurnKey Linux which is open source platform powering 100,000 servers globally.
Tadas Jucikas, AI advisor at WePower. He is responsible for the data analytics within the WePower platform. He is a Ph.D in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. His thesis has been published by the magazines Nature and PNAS.
Saber Aria, CEO and founder of two well established digital marketing agencies with diverse clients including fortune 500 companies. His expertise has led him to be a keynote speaker at the Affiliate World Asia. One of the inspiring panel being “0 to 7 Figures in One Year”.
Aaron Bichler is a former poker professional. His deep knowledge of game theory and risk management has made him successful in cryptocurrency market. He is the founder of two separate digital marketing agencies having clients being fortune 500 companies.
Darius Rugevičius is an experienced technology businessman. He sold two previous successful startups in the past 4 years. He has worked on numerous ICOs and blockchain for numerous companies, helping them develop strategies for a successful ICO projects.
Nimrod Lehavi, payment advisor to WePower. He is the CEO and co-founder of Simplex and is also a board member of Israeli Bitcoin Association. He looks after payment fraud and improves transparency of the WePower platform.
Mantas Aleksiejevas was associated with various projects on digital transformation inside and outside Google. He is a member of WePower team looking into digital reach and sales. His areas of expertise lie in international business development, growth marketing, and data analytics.
Rene Fischer is the PR partner of WePower. He has over 25+ years of experience in business development. He worked in more the 20 countries for startups and businesses as a business developer.
Vytautas Alkimavičius, is the Senior Software Engineer, Meta site at WePower. He is the senior Java developer with MongoDB certification. He has worked on international large-scale architectural and UI design.
Gytis Labašauskas, working in digital marketing at a reputed firm, iProspect. Gytis skills set includes digital user acquisition and sales strategy development. He has worked in some global leaders like AirBaltic, Admiral Markets, and others.
Auksė Siaudzionyte, Community management. He has more than 10 years of experience in building brands for customer relations, refining brands and empowering companies developing their own dialogue to customers.
The Dragon ICO is our next top successful ICO of the first part of 2018. The token is an ERC-20 Ethereum utility token called DRG. Dragon’s token sale started on Feb 15, 2018, and ended on March 15, 2018, raising a whopping $320 million, very close to its goal of raising $407.5 million. China, USA, and Singapore are the three countries banned in the ICO participation.
The firm has made 500 million DRG tokens of which only 7% are available for ICO. One DRG token was sold during ICO at 3.03 USD (0.005 ETH). Rest of the tokens are distributed as follows – 10% Founders, 10% Reserve, 53% Junket Partners, 7% Treasury, 1% Advisers and rest 12% Early Supporters. Earlier in November, Dragon raised $20 million in pre-sale through private investors and institutions.
Dragon is a new digital decentralized currency for casinos i.e. players/gamblers based on Ethereum Blockchain system and strongly backed by a substantial gaming business in Macau, an autonomous region of China and the biggest casino market in Asia. The firm is registered in British Virgin Island in 2017. Their goal is to build the Dragon platform on which the Dragon Coin will operate. Dragon connects VIP gamers/gamblers with “junkets”, casino’s VIP high-stake rooms, across the globe that host private games. They have a system of transferring funds via junket agents. About half of the worldwide casino revenue comes from junkets.
A junket often has to arrange millions of dollars of stake money for the players to use in these private high- stake games, costing them a minimum of 5%. Therefore, they charge the player between 5% – 7% of their winnings for repatriation money. A junket in Macau usually hosts about 100 players at any point of time, generating as high as $250 million per day. With so many players and money involved, the frictional cost is very high and laborious.
The idea of converting this huge money into tokens and use them to manage within an ecosystem allows the junkets to better operate. This way it can be securely tracked and incur a very low fee. The blockchain technology allows the junket transaction fee down to 1%. The application of blockchain technology to convert the money into token allows not only junkets but casinos to easily produce and handle large volume of stake money and winnings. Also, the token technology offers secure tracking mechanism worldwide where the players can track their tokens from their smart wallet on their smartphone.
The Token holders are the members of the Dragon platform, but neither they have any financial rights in the firm nor the part of any distribution of profit and any claim on any assets. The memberships offers the member certain added privileges and benefits. The members are free to operate casino tables or other services within Dragon’s community.
The Dragon ICO sale was where the players had the first chance to buy the DRG ERC20 tokens. After the token sale they can buy it from a cryptocurrency exchange. Then the DRG ERC20 Tokens need to be exchanged for DGC (Dragon Global Chips – family of digital utility tokens) coins from the Dragon’s partner casinos and junkets for playing in casino. Only the dragon platform members can acquire the DGC tokens. The winnings paid to the gamers can be converted into DRG or other cryptocurrencies. The players have two options of receiving cash or digital currencies. This will be done by utilizing a secure “gamer-cashier” wallet to wallet transfers through WI-Fi, mobile data or secure NFC. While cash will be given in physical fiat money, in case of the digital money transfer the cashier will process all the transactions and transfer of digital currency to the gamer’s wallet. The profit portions are utilized for buy-back DRG tokens and burn them to reduce the total supply.
Dragon Coins are available for buying on the following cryptocurrency exchanges – HitBTC, Qryptos, Sistemkoin, IDEX, and Coinhub. Buying Dragon coins directly using USD is usually not available. The investors need to first buy Ethereum or Bitcoin using an exchange that deals in U.S. dollars like Gemini, GDAX or Changelly to get Dragon coins and then can exchange for Dragon in the above-mentioned exchanges.
The following table gives the current market scenarios for Dragon:
|Dragon Coin Price||Ƀ0.00002588|
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00002121 /Ƀ0.00003301|
|All Time High||Ƀ0.00026338|
|Since All Time High||-93%|
|All Time High Date||2018-03-21 (3 months)|
Chris Ahmad (co-founder and CEO): Chris Ahmad is the co-founder and CEO of Dragon. With over ten years of government expertise, Ahmad has well-tried success building and managing massive opportunities through to project style, implementation, and completion. His negotiation skills reach not solely to different world C-level and personal sector decision-makers, however, he has an intensive background operating with prime government and ministerial officers to realize project goals.
Paul Moynan (Co-Founder & COO): Peter Moynan is a world enterpriser and operations knowledgeable person, with twenty years of success in high-level, comes together with governments, High internet value families and her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commandos. Moynan’s keen acumen for business and project execution has crystal rectifier him to develop a significant portfolio of industry-leading firms.
Yobie Benjamin (CTO): The CTO of Dragon Coin (DRG) Yobie is also the CEO and Founder of ReadyPlayGo.com, the world’s first real money gaming AppStore. He studied BA Field of Study Communications at the University of the Philippines and is presently the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Emeritus of Token, Inc. the company whose smart tokenization brings the movement of money to a new level.
Wannipha Crypto Jen Buakaew: She is the Director at Crypto Jen Pty Ltd. while advising numerous blockchain projects including DRAGON (2nd largest ICO to-date with $320 mil USD raised), and the most recent -Solve.Care (hard cap successfully achieved). She is most highly regarded female crypto/blockchain influencers in the world.
Dean Anostos: He is currently the advisor of dragon Blockchain advisor. He has a degree in Business Administration and management from the Cambridge University. He is also currently the president of Blockchain developers where he is a full stack developer and he leads his development team to create his client’s vision. He was the president in Resilicon from 2000-2005 where he acquired Data communications equipment from broken and failed companies and again resold them to Fortune 500 companies.
Oliver Issacs: Oliver is the member of advisory board of the company. Oliver has become one in all the foremost authorities on Cryptocurrency associated blockchain investment and was an early capitalist in Ethereum, and Ripple hierarchal as associate skilled on ICO bench, King Oliver has worked with a number of the well-known blockchain corporations in numerous industries reminiscent of Dragon Coin. Oliver’s team has a complicated crypto arbitrage mercantilism strategy victimization in-house primarily targeted on arbitrage and applied mathematics analysis of evaluation trends.
Anna Hazlett: She is also an advisor to the company. 11+ years of experience in International Business Development, Deal Sourcing, Fund Raising and a trusted Advisor to Business Owners, Family Businesses, Start-ups and Entrepreneurs across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Proven leadership capability, an ideas specialist with a future-focused approach, and strong business development acumen working in Global Growth Markets as well as Developed Economies.
Brittany Kaiser: She studied in the Field Of Study Violence, Conflict and Fragility at World Bank Institute and also holds a (PhD) in Field Of Study International Law and Diplomacy under the direction of William Schabas from Middlesex University. She is the Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA) and Bueno Capital which deals with Whitepaper Development & Token Economics.
The Gibraltar-origin DAOStack ICO started on May 8, 2018, and ended on June 7, 2018, raising 100% of their goal of $30 million and that too within 66 seconds from the start of the crowdsale. The firm has managed to raise the amount by selling 40% of their total 100 million tokens called GEN. The ICO sale was not permitted in the US. The price of one GEN, an ERC-20 type token, was 1 USD.
DAO’s, the Decentralized Autonomous Organization, target is to organize the principle and opinion making appliance of an institution, wipe out the necessity for paper and customer in execution, and building a frame with decentralized restriction. DAO is an organization which runs autonomously in a decentralized way that works without the requirement for centralized parties to make decisions for the organization to develop and be profitable.
DAOstack is called the WordPress for DAOs – an operating system for DAOs. For decentralized governance of blockchain, the framework has been a major concern for developers. DAOstack’s framework is called Arc1 – an open and universal framework of smart contracts for decentralized governance and collective value management over the blockchain. Just like what HTTP does for websites and web applications, DAOstack allows the creation and interoperability of web companies and collaboration apps.
DAO manage themselves in a decentralized way based on general agreement or a predesigned set of principles. They must be able to do all of these, without an individual going down in to make strategical opinions. The issue with sticking opinions, making the attempt capital nation’s hand is that its elements typically came from similar history, meaning they won’t urgently take good decisions for a margin swath of the community. For sites that prospect to win strength from cryptocurrency get upvoted, while instructions about it imperfection or failing get downvoted or avoided, thus burying those versions for others.
DAO stack produces and promotes a potential solution for this difficulty. DAO stack might facilitate the additional flow of developers that aren’t at home with Solidity to make applications on its platform.
The separation valuable possession (native tokens) with option power appears like a well thought out decision to enhance fairness within the system and align incentives of members to boot, the staking mechanism for info tokens – as a utility – would increase the worth of the tokens with bigger adoption (due to a bigger range of proposals).
The DAO stack ICO is the leading and progressive stage of the development of the product for which the team has already reached the site, which is favorable to its cause. The major system pillars, such as Arc, are operational. In most incidents a DAO is not possessed by anyone, it is just software functioning on the ethereum web.
But it is not clear how much of this is linked to the SEC ruling or if it just follows the currency’s basic evaporation. It is also not clear if the leading will chill the all over ICO market or facilitate reason companies to restrict their token sales outdoor of the U.S. The total value of tokens sold in ICO is near about $8,000,000. The associated crypto exchanges with DAOStack is Gatecoin and Yobit.
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00003279 /Ƀ0.00004176|
|Since All Time High||-62%|
|All-Time High Date||2018-05-30 (19 days)|
Both of the CEO and CTO have very high knowledge experience on the professional side of the blockchain development, with extraordinary academic diploma and authorization. Along with that, DAO stack has a very strong queue of advisors including the CEO of eToro.
Matan Field (CEO): Matan has completed his PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics under the guidance of The Weizmann Institute of Science, where he organized and conducted research on adequate and direct string theories and holographic duality. After achieving his PhD in 2012, he has particularly focussed in decentralized governance and also begun La’Zooz, a collective and synergic transportation system and subsequently back feed, an early sketch of DAO stack. He then co-founded Backfeed which develops grassroots-powered technology that enables scale-free human cooperation. The toolkits provided by Backfeed provide resilient infrastructure and innovative economic models that promote the viability and sustainability of decentralized communities as well as legacy organizations through equitable distribution of co-created value.
Adam Levi (CTO): Adam is a Blockchain technologist holding a Ph.D. in Physics from the Technion where he was analyzing and exploring quantum effects in black holes. He is a past radar engineer in the Israel Defence and he was also a teaching assistant at the Technion which is Israel’s highest-ranked technical university.
Daniel Schmachtenberger: Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics 1997-2001. He is a Co-Founder, Director of Research and Development at Neurohacker Collective, a company which focuses on making groundbreaking products for upregulating health and well-being. Daniel was the Director of Research and Development at Critical Path Global and Strategic Global Solutions which provides professional security and investigative services.
Jordan Greenhall: Jordan studied at Texas and Harvard University is also Co-Founder & CEO of the Company, Neurohacker Collective. His skills & Endorsements includes over 99 start-ups. He is the Chief Ratiocinator and an Investor at the company named Back feed which develops the foundational tools that work on top of blockchain technology in order to empower Decentralized Collaborations.
Yoni Assia: Yoni Assia is the Founder and CEO of eToro.com, a company which is an innovative online trading platform. He is an Entrepreneur and a Specialist in Financial technologies, internet applications and online business, online trading, business development
Martin Koppelmann: He became the founder of Gnosis in the year 2015 and later he became the CEO of Gnosis in the year 2017. He has a bachelor degree in IT system and engineering. Beyond his entrepreneurial activity, Martin has done analysis on the economic incentive structure of various accord mechanisms and Quantifiability solutions via state channels.
Here is the link of DAOstack Whitepaper.
The Elastos ICO sale has managed to hit its hard cap value of $94 million within its three-week-long crowdsale, starting Jan 02, 2018 and ending on Jan 23, 2018. The sale accepted BTC and NEO for fund with a token price of 1 ELA = 18.09 USD or 0.00125000 BTC. Only 5% of its total token supply of 33 million was available for sale. The sale was banned in China.
Elastos is a new blockchain with decentralized peer to peer economic infrastructure that authenticates digital rights and turns digital information into assets. It is the next generation blockchain goes well beyond ethereum and similar blockchain based decentralized platforms.
According to the official Elastos Website “Blockchains are ideal for recording transactions but not for storing data. There is simply not enough space to store a large number of files and the blockchain gets easily congested. To prevent overload elastos provides a flexible main chain & sidechain design structure. The main chain is in charge of necessary transactions and transfer payments whereas the side chains execute smart contracts to supports various decentralized applications and services. The Elastos operating systems run as a highly secure flexible layer around the blockchain to free up more space The Elastos operating systems have been in development for over 18 years. Elastos targets decentralized applications that run on peer to peer network with no centralized control. Elastos is an environment to trade safely digital assets with both creators and users. “
Elastos is a next-generation protocol, an advancement of Etherum smart contract to the next level. But unlike Ethereum, Elastos is not just a decentralized platform. Elastos is, in fact, an operating system, an environment to run large-scale decentralized applications as big as a decentralized version of Facebook or Netflix). According to Ron Chen the creator of Elastos, the Elastos Operating System is very much like a country. The analogy might seem misleading but once you get a solid understanding of Elastos you will find it to be an understatement as it takes the blockchain technology to the next revolutionary steps, almost creating the Digital Republic.
The creators of Elastos saw structural flaws in the foundation of the internet and its security. Their main objective was to create a better internet. Elastos is thus trying to rebuild the internet and become Internet of Wealth. It provides a better way to run apps on the internet by being a Blockchain based operating system. It primarily tackles the problems of digital content ownership. Digital Ownership has always been a flaw in the design of the internet. Elastos is open source, thus anyone can build an app in elastos just like anyone can build a website on the internet. It is built to run large-scale decentralized applications that. Elastos is infinitely scalable and very secure. Dapps that run on the Elastos OS are not connected to the internet directly. Elastos acts as a buffer between the two and thus prevents security issues. There are already large scales decentralized applications like Zappaya, Musicchain, Helix, Ulink etc running on the Elastos Operating Systems. Elastos is the smart web of the future
Elastos is what will power the internet of tomorrow and plans to take the best bits from both Bitcoin and Etherum with upgrades of course. Thus we can say the Elastos ICO (ELA) is a great investment opportunity as of 2018. Bitcoin, the market leader, in cryptocurrency will be sharing its hash rate with Elastos by the end of the year and thus merge mines. ELA can thus be dual-mined with Bitcoin without increasing energy consumption. ELA conducted a token sale in January with a hard cap 2,500 Bitcoin for the distribution of 2,000,000 Elastos tokens (ELA). ELA has a price of $28.17 currently with a market cap of $ $144,746,587.
Here’s a chart to check ELA performance –
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00409713 /Ƀ0.00451279|
|Since All Time High||-69%|
|All-Time High Date||2018-02-24 (4 months)|
Rong Chen (CEO): Rong Chen is the chairman of Elastos foundation. He was also the chairman and CEO of Kortide and a senior software engineer in Microsoft. He has completed his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University.
Feng Han (CFO): Feng Han is the co-founder and Board Member of Elastos. He is an influential leader in the Chinese blockchain sector, was invited to speak at the CryptoCon 2018 conference in Chicago on February 15, 2018. He was the sole Chinese blockchain representative among more than 50 conference speakers from around the world
Jihan Wu: Jihan Wu is the union chief advisor of the Elastos. He is the CEO at Bitmain. He was ranked one of the ten most influential figures in the blockchain world by Coindesk in 2017. Wu lives in China and has an economics degree from Peking University.
Hongfei Da: Hongfei Da is an independent director, founder, and CEO of NEO, which is sometimes called the “Ethereum of China”. NEO is pretty much one of the leading blockchain projects in Asia. Hongfei Da and Jihan Wu of Bitmain, both are the early financiers of Elastos.
Joey Lee: He is a Lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University & Director of Games Research Lab and an advisor of Elastos. He earned his Ph.D. from Penn State University in the field of science and technology and had been a Software Engineer at IBM.
Xuedong Gu: Xueyong Gu, an advisor at Elastos ICO, is a Professor at Tsing Hua University Director of International Relations at iCente.
Ziheng Zhou: He is a Ph.D. holder from the University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and is an Advisor and member of the Academic Committee for Alibaba Research Institute and an advisor of Elastos ICO.
Like DAOstack, Mobius did something very similar that makes it a successful ICO of 2018 so far. It raised a $39 million within just two hours of its crowdsale began – 100% hard cap hit. The ICO was held for just a day, starting on 22nd Nov 2017 and ending on Jan 18, 2018, even with 25000 token limit per person imposed. A total of 888 million tokens were generated out of which 30% was available for sale.
Instead of basing it on Ethereum, Mobius token is based on Stellar type token, for a faster and cheaper solution unlike the crypto leaders like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The token is MOBI valued 0.16 USD at the time of crowdsale. Mobius has sold 35% tokens, with 32,5% each being reserved for company and community. Currently, 42.9% MOBI is in circulation with the rest being locked out. The MOBI token was purchased using BTC, ETH, and XLM. Currently, KuCoin, Gate.io and GoPax exchanges is offering MOBI token trading.
The principal concept of Mobius is a coated suite for Blockchain ecosystem and the practical world – basically integrating blockchain ecosystem into decentralized apps. Mobius offers a universal cross-blockchain standard for payment, logins, and oracle through simple APIs, developer framework and webhook calls.
As the global payment system is centralized, convoluted, slow and expensive, so the proposed blockchain technology will simplify global payments with reducing transaction cost, but the blockchain APIs and frameworks are in infancy and tough to access. Therefore Mobius is looking into taking down decentralized blockchain economy to lower cost and fast confirmation time. Also Mobius takes care of security on behalf of the developers by requiring SSL and encryption throughout the Network and using cold storage with multi-signature wallets.
Mobius aims to build a decentralized App store(DApp) that will connect billions of people and devices in its blockchain ecosystem, disintermediating and decentralizing $6.3 trillion App economy of 2021. This will be the cheapest form of payment for transient users so that they are not turned away.
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00000708 /Ƀ0.00000784|
|Since All Time High||-86%|
|All-Time High Date||2018-01-27 (5 months)|
David S. Gabaud (co-founder and CEO): David S. Gabaud, the co-founder and CEO of the Mobius is an American lawyer and also the advisor of Mobius. David has graduated from Stanford University where he led in Computer Science also holds a degree in Masters Of Science- MS Computer science. He has experience in connecting every developer, device and data stream to the blockchain ecosystem. He is skilled in CSS, python, C++, Java, HTML and later joined the Harvard School for JD law in the year 2013-15.
Monis Rahman (Head Research Scientist): Monis Rahman is the Head Research Scientist in Mobius Network (MOBI), connecting Billions of People and Devices to the blockchain economy.
He holds a degree in computational & mathematical engineering. He had experience in B.S Computer Engineering, a Research assistant at the Stanford University of Medicine. Monis also worked jointly with Paul Milgron, the renowned market designer in the market of economics.
Cyrus S. Khajvandi (Co-Founder & COO): He is the co-founder of Mobius since from the year 2017. Cyrus is an alum of the Stanford University where he got a B.S. in Biological Sciences with honors. He was a middleware consultant in Oracle, Redwood Store in January 2013 to October 2013. He was also an advisor at Credo and Bit bounce.
Jed McCaleb: Jed is the advisor of the Mobius Company and also an advisory board member of the organization. Jed is the co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation and also the founder of the ripple.com. He is a member of the Technical advisory board in Mobius. He is building decentralized schemes that democratize financial partnership. He believes in that they should deliberately leverage technology to develop the human situation.
Jack Lee: Jack Lee is the founding Managing partner of HCM capital, Foxconn Technology group. He is the member of Technology advisory board of Mobius. He is making a confidential purchase value of MOBI.
Jackson Palmer: He is the Group Product Manager of Creative Cloud Growth, Adobe. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Management, Field Of StudyMarketing from the University of Newcastle and has been serving Adobe since then.
Zeepin is easily one of the successful ICOs of 2018. The ICO managed to raise a whopping $62.6 million within 24 hours, (the crowdsale opened and closed on Jan 18, 2018). Zeepin generated 1 billion tokens but made available 50% of it for public sale. The firm accepted ETH, BTC and NEO during the ICO. The Zeepin token is called ZPT, a NEP5 token. A single ZPT token costed 0.13 USD or 0.00012553 ETH at that time. The sale excluded China and USA. The exchanges offering ZPT trading are HitBTC, Gate.io and Kucoin.
Based on the NEO blockchain, Zeepin is a distributed creative new economy for the creative industries. It is a Creative ecosystem with tools like copyright protection, project crowdfunding, and talent recruitment to help the global creative industry. It is an open source framework consisting of the NeoContract smart contract system & front-end library. The Zeepin Platform enables an organization or individual to create projects or organize decentralized self-governing innovation teams.
According to the official website “Zeepin is the world’s first customized platform that provides more protection, more recognition, more connection and more support for everyone in the creative industries. Anchored on decentralizing one of the fastest growing industries in the world currently stunted by inefficiencies, Zeepin is using innovation to launch a borderless and transparent new economy with its own ZPT digital currency. This is where creators can protect their copyright; designers can find manufacturers; musicians can find venues; joint venture companies can be formed; crowdfunds can be raised; and talents can be recruited, using one single low-cost and easy-to-use platform.“
Currently, Zeepin offers 9 Dapps (Decentralized Apps) –
Zee Rights: Zeepin makes it easy to get Certificate of Registration for your copyrights on Zeepin Blockchain with ZeeRights. Zeepin aims to reduce the actual cost to the user for copyright certification and make it close to zero.
ZeeCreate: It is a decentralized design interconnection platform on Zeepin Chain to quickly and effectively connect creative content with people in need of creative ideas.
ZeeSure: It is an asset insurance service provided by Zeepin in partnership with major global insurance companies. It is a blockchain-based IP insurance platform that provides one-stop insurance service for various digital intellectual property, as well as legal consultation.
ZeeCrew: It is a key community tool on the Zeepin Chain that enables any organization or individual to form autonomous creative project teams.
ZeeFund: Crowdfunding on the Zeepin Platform is more open and effective than traditional fundraising models. Autonomous project teams can launch project crowdfunding on ZeeFund and get necessary support and return profits in the form of ZPTs.
ZeeProof: Zeepin plans to use the “Zero-knowledge proof” blockchain-based technique to provide a conclusive proof of the existence of copyright without disclosing the copyright contents. This helps to reduce the risk of intellectual property violation.
ZeeTalent: A digital profile /identity built on the Zeepin network.
ZeeWallet: An open-source wallet built on the Zeepin Blockchain which supports all Zeepin Dapps
CryptoGalaxy: An entertainment Dapp under the Zeepin Chain. It is a virtual universe run on a blockchain.
Here’s a short chart to check how it is fairing in the crypto world now –
|24h Low / 24h High||Ƀ0.00000665 /Ƀ0.00000702|
|Since All Time High||-71%|
|All-Time High Date||2018-04-26 (about 2 months)|
Zhu Fei (CEO): He is the CEO of Zeepin Co. for past 5 years. He is also the CEO of Arting365 Inc., which is an existing platform for those individuals who have creativity. He was also the director of Shanghai Top Young Creative Talents Association along with that Industrial Design Association with 3 years of experience.
Shenbi Xu (CSO): He is the CSO of Zeepin Co. and also the co-founder. He was the former CSO of Arting365 Inc., and he also has experience regarding the various strategic services of Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft.
Glovia GU (COO): She is the co-founder and COO of Zeepin Co. She has completed his graduate degree from China Academy of Art, and his main subject was digital media. She has operated over 50+ events for Coca-Cola, Lenovo, and HP.
Jason Xu: He is a member of advisory board of Zeepin Co. He has a vast experience of 10 years in technology and development. He has also a background in encryption and app development.
Clarence Guo: He has completed his graduate degree from the National University of Singapore and his main subject was law. He is a member of advisory board of Zeepin Co. He also has 7 years of experience in law. He was also the director of Tzedek Law LLC.
Zhang Ying: She is a member of advisory board of Zeepin Co. Ms. Ying Zhang has been Secretary at Kokos Group Inc., since January 18, 2018. Ms. Zhang has worked as a Director of Wuyi Mountain Co., since 2017. She was also Chief Operating Officer of Shenzhen E.C Fashion Company between 2011 and 2015, and the Manager of China Minsheng Bank.
Leo CAI: He is the member of advisory board of Zeepin Co. He has completed his MBA from the University of California. He was a staff accountant of EY. He was also an accounting manager at East West Bank. Currently, he is a senior advisor of Zeepin Co. as well as EY.
Shadow Tang: He is the member of advisory board of Zeepin Co. He has a huge experience regarding marketing and public relation and he is also a member of public relation committee.
NOTE: We have left Huobi out of this list though it has raised a whopping $300 million because it is not exactly a token sale. Though the token has all the properties of an ICO, Huobi has distributed all of its tokens to the members of its exchange freely due to China’s ban on it.
So there you have it!
A list of the 9 most successful ICOs of the first half of 2018. We hope you gained a lot of value from this read.