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ICO Review: ICON: Could this be the ICONic ICO we have been waiting for?

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|originally posted on Steemit on 17-September-2017|

More and more countries are accepting the crypto-currency revolution. Of course, Japan beats everyone to dust when it comes to progress. The reason Bitcoin has broken all of its price ceilings has primarily to do with legalization of Bitcoin in Japan. I heard news that India may follow the suit and may even be introducing its own digital currency.

Whenever a new technology comes in this block-chain crypto space, people often compare it with Ethereum instead of Bitcoin, primarily because Ethereum is a platform and not just pure currency.

It was EOS that was mocked as ‘Ethereum killer’ then it was Lisk and UBIQ (although built on ETH) that was supposed to take over the ETH space. All remain speculation or work in progress at best, at this time.

In light of these hype claims, will ICON standout as a winner? That is what we are going to discuss in this review.

1) Disruption:
ICON is a decentralized blockchain network where communities that are otherwise disconnected can connect. Their site introduces ICON as follows:

“The ICON project is building one of the largest decentralized networks in the world.”

Watch this video that gives a great glimpse at the project including an example of insurance industry.

ICON is acclaimed as ‘Enterprise Solution’.

You create the ID on their platform which will then used for Enterprises to share, exchange and settle right on their decentralized exchange within the platform while easing the usability by use of AI while being scalable and staying truly decentralized at the same time.

Think of Civic meets ETH and beats the shit out of EOS and Bancor at once! How powerful would that be? Don’t believe me? See below chart from their site:
I am assigning 35 points.

2) Team and Roadmap:
ICON’s Whitepaper offers a very unique insight that is missing in most ICOs, that is:
details on the supporting proprietary technologies that have been in development over the past few years. More importantly, we discuss actual implementation with dozens of reputable institutions that are already in the ICON Network.” (page 4).

Most ICOs these days are spin off of some previous idea or some outlandish goals with teams that neither have means or knowledge of achieving even fraction of such grand claims.

Their team consists of Advisors, Foundation Council, Blockchain Department, AI Department and Design, Marketing, Security Departments. I have not seen such a big and rounded team structure in any of the recent ICOs (that I have looked at).

Just reading through the profiles, you will find it abundantly clear that none of these team members are rookies. For putting together such a divers, qualified and abled team together I am assigning 20 out of 20 points.

3) Active presence in the Market:
Their slack already has 7000+ subscribers; Facebook crypto groups are buzzing in anticipation with their ICO. YouTube videos show glowing reviews. Enough said.

Team is working with over 25 securities firms, 6 hospitals, universities, banks and more. An oper-source project funded by KOREAN GOVERNMENT.

Being South Korea’s first ICO, and with China imposing restrictions recently, this ICO may be difficult to get on (as there will be stiff competition from investors) but for those that manage to get on it will be glad, in my opinion.

I am assigning this 15 out of 15 points.

4) Acceptable cryptocurrencies to participate in the ICO:
Contribution has hard cap of 150,000 ETH, at the current price that would keep this project around $36 million dollar mark. When half-assed projects like Tezos can raise 120 million dollars, I am sure this project is going to hit $200 million market cap in months if not weeks.

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That will put the ICX (ICON token) price from ICO price of .10 cents to .55 cents. And I believe I am being conservative here. I never recommend investing your money in any project for the sake of pure financial rewards and even if it takes longer for the financial rewards to show – this project is worth backing up for what it promises.

You can only contribute ETH to take part in this token sale and as a policy of mine – I cannot assign any points when the choice to participate is limited to BTC and ETH.

I am assigning 0 out of 5 points.

5) Author’s Bias:
I have not reviewed ICOs for a long time now. It was not because of lack of ICOs but just the sheer insanity in the ICO space where everyone is trying to milk the gullible (and sometimes greedy) investors.

In this time, ICON which is Korea’s first ICO that is backed by Korean Government itself has come as a light in otherwise darkening ICO space.

I am thrilled about their existing work product, amazing team and possibilities it promises in the ICO and Blockchain space.

For the sheer number of BS ICOs that I had to go through to find this gem, I am assigning 20 out of 20 points.
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Verdict: I am IN
With recent ICO space ban in China and potential restrictions that may sprout from across the world, it is even more important to pick a good ICO project before we part our hard earned money.

With Korean Government itself backing this project, it is a welcoming relief to otherwise distraught and panicked Cryptoworld.

A working product, established network, amazing team, deep expertise are some of the strong indicators of a viable project, I see all of them in ICON and I do believe that they will help ”Hyperconnect the world”.

Please read ICON Whitepaper before deciding to invest.

If you would like for me to review an ICO that you are looking into, drop a note in the comments. I cannot promise that I will be able to review all requests but I will try to if my schedule permits. Your comments will also help keep me in the know about the ICOs that I may have missed.

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5 questions we want XRP army to answer!

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What follows is our opinion.  

Let’s not be hostile.  

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We are simply posing some questions based on the information we came across and our own limited interpretation. 

It is quite possible that the sources we are referring to are at fault or our interpretation is. Either way, just answer these questions for us so that we can learn new things about XRP that we did not know.

Our readers know that we have been anti-XRP for a long time. We got trolled, mocked and called ignorant. Well, to each their own.

Our questions to the entire XRP army are simple, here they are:

Question 1: If crypto was to replace (or at least reshape) the entire banking business then what does a token whose sole business model is based on ‘accommodating’ banks have any future?

To put differently, when the world starts conducting commerce via text messages why do we need banks and Ripple which wants to serve banks?

Our basis for this question: 

In the future when we will start doing business with each other over text messages, wallets and email signatures, why do we need a payment gateway from Ripple?

We know that WeChat payment enables users to transact over chat.  Other companies are trying to catch up with this (primarily why Facebook was looking at creating its own currency, Libra).

However, once we have a digital dollar, we do not even need an outside stablecoin since one could, in theory, use the digital dollar directly.                  

Question 2: Why do you have to pay businesses to use XRP if it is so superior?

Our basis for this question: 

Financial Times reported that Ripple paid Moneygram to use Ripple technology.

Here is a direct quote:

It turns out Ripple has been paying a significant amount of subsidies cash to MoneyGram’s business since buying into the company in June. In the third and fourth quarter alone the Ripple benefits amounted to $11.3m.

What’s more, until a consultation with the SEC**, MoneyGram had been more than happy to book these cash flows as revenues. Due to the SEC guidance, however, it has now had to restate fourth-quarter guidance to account for Ripple payments as “contra expenses”.

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Question 3: What is Ripple’s revenue worth without the ‘selling’ XRP?

Our basis for this question: 

The question seems to be answered by the XRP’s CEO himself. Here is an excerpt:

Asked if XRP was keeping everything cash flow positive at Ripple Labs, Mr Garlinghouse answered: “Well XRP is one source. I don’t know how to answer that because if you took away our software revenues, that would make us less profitable. If you took away all our XRP, that makes us less profitable. So I don’t think about it as one thing.” 

He clarified later: “We would not be profitable or cash flow positive [without selling XRP], I think I’ve said that. We have now.”

In our opinion, we think that the only reason Ripple (XRP) is even operational is because of the billions upon billions of XRP tokens that they keep dumping on the unassuming investors.  

Is this a wrong assumption?

Question 4: If Ripple does not need XRP, why is XRP needed?

Our basis for this question: 

This is based on our understanding that Ripple’s technology can be used by the businesses without having to use XRP.  It is recommended but not ‘required’.

Is this accurate?

Ripple’s solutions can work without XRP (its native token).  So, if XRP is not a utility token in strict sense, how are its creators able to mint and sell them at will without tripping any security laws?

Question 5: If Ripple [XRP] is to act as the ‘stable’ value while the transactions take place on Ripple network, why should anyone trust XRP which is backed by nothing instead of stablecoins like USDC that are backed by real world assets?

Our basis for this question: 

We would personally trust USDC more or even Facebook’s Libra rather than XRP which is backed by nada.

This is what Demelza’s opinion was during our interview:

“The main point is that if XRP were able to back their currency with financial assets and stabilize the purchasing power of the currency, then that would mean XRP coins should have no price appreciation. In fact, only the equity shares of Ripple Labs would profit from XRP’s adoption as a global reserve currency. But Ripple Labs is a privately held company. After fully understanding what XRP is, one realizes that XRP’s investment pitch does not make sense at all.”

Conclusion

We are trying to convince ourselves as to why we need Ripple in the crypto space if:

  • Future of payments is going to be ‘self-bank’ & over the chat
  • There are better stablecoins in the market 
  • Ripple itself as a technology doesn’t need its own native token, XRP

For this very reason, our opinion is that the money will flow out of XRP and the creators will keep dumping their bags into the market until the market can no longer absorb it and then it will be ‘lights out’.

We await for the XRP army to provide us insights that we did not know and our opinion changes…

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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DeFi is Not the Holy Grail of Crypto, Here is Why

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DeFi has been making millionaires overnight and turning millionaires broke at the same speed.

Those who are on the bandwagon are rejoicing and those who either missed out or got burned by one of the fake projects are yelling ‘Scam’ at DeFi.

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Our views are a bit different on the subject.

We do think DeFi is going to be a successful vertical among the blockchain (and crypto) solutions.

It will not be THE holy grail for the redemption of crypto status though.

Supply Chain, Crypto Lending, Insurance, Financial Services, Accounting, Identity, and many more verticals will collectively take blockchain and crypto to the masses.

Shifting our focus back on DeFi, here are some of our thoughts on the current state of DeFi. We do appreciate you dropping any insights you have that we might have missed.

DeFi is not a ponzi, here is why

If the DeFi project you are eyeing meets the following conditions, it is not a ponzi:

  • Audited code: Is the code on which DeFi runs is audited by reputable blockchain auditors? 
  • Reliable team: Who is behind the project? Do they have the know-how? Do they have a history of running scams or leading successful projects? 
  • Actual (sustainable) revenue model: What is the revenue model?  Is it too ‘scammy’ sounding or is it based on sound mathematical (and algorithmic) models?
  • No lock-in periods: Is it easy to get in and out of the platform without any restrictions or lock-in periods?

If you answered yes to ALL of these questions then there is a 100% certainty that the DeFi you are dealing with is not a ponzi (or scam).

However, a caveat is due here.  

Just because the project is not a ponzi doesn’t guarantee its success. Lot of well intentioned companies fail, that’s just the nature of business.

So, do not be one of those guys who sells their home to invest in crypto or DeFi (and that itself is not advice, just an opinion).

If you don’t want to hear it from us, listen to what Yearn Finance creator has to say about DeFi tokens (not all, obviously) having ZERO value.

Source: Crypto Culture

DeFi on Ethereum is not sustainable, here is why

Ethereum DefiMost, if not all, DeFi projects that are making the news today are on Ethereum. 

Ethereum is not a reliable blockchain when it is overloaded.  It gets choked and crashes.  

People are already complaining about exorbitant fees on the network due to the DeFi craze.  

DeFi itself as a crypto vertical is quite new and we are sure there are going to be a lot of ‘killer apps’ that will show up on the scene.

We are currently looking at the DeFi solutions that are being built on other blockchain networks (subscribe for free to know when we post that article).

PolkaDOT is not the end all be all, here is why

Polkadot Defi EcosystemMany are turning to the DOT as the next big thing after Ethereum.

It may very well be.

However, it has not had the chance to prove itself, not yet.

Ethereum’s resilience (or lack thereof) was revealed only during the ICO craze (and then later during CryptoKitties debacle).

What monsters lie in the DOT’s belly?  We don’t know and we would be weary of anyone who claims to know with certainty.

Other things to consider

Entire DeFi space is pretty new and we do not know what we do not know about potential vulnerabilities.

While this is true of Bitcoin itself, Bitcoin has withstood assault for over a decade and still stands stronger.  

Same cannot be said about DeFi.  

Can you imagine someone investing their life-savings into DeFi only to have funds taken because of a bug in the code?

Needless to say, many folks are exploiting the looping system in the DeFi where they take loan against their deposit then lend it back to the platform to take another loan against their deposit, and ad infinitum.

This is causing the DeFi systems to show more liquidity than what truly is.

Conclusion

We think DeFi is an exciting development, however, we still put it alongside ICO craziness for now.

When this space matures and we see reliable solutions emerge – DeFi has the potential to drive a trillion dollar vertical on its own.  

That is just the potential, all the trials and tribulations that we have to go through to get there is going to be one hell of a ride.  

So buckle up and enjoy (and please do not lose your shirts on the ride)!

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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These forgotten gems could resurge during this bull run

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Forgotten Crypto Gems

Disclaimer:  We own few of these tokens and there is no guarantee that these coins will actually resurge. Everything you are about to read is an opinion.  Our intention is to put some projects that have taken the backseat in recent times.

If you are curious as to why we give away so much for free – please check this Crypto Freebies page.

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Crypto market is quite weird.  

It deceives the onlooker as if it’s learning from its past mistakes but it’s really not.

For instance, during the 2017 ICO craze, anyone could pitch any half-assed idea and raise millions from unassuming investors.

This bull run in 2020 is all about DeFi and Data Oracles.

Just slap ‘DeFi’ to any project without an actual product or even a single line of code written and you will make a boatload of money.

Because the ‘pump and dump’ practices are not closely monitored in the crypto space, many YouTubers are dumping their bags on their viewers.

It is so blatant that the YouTuber will start out saying “I loaded my bags with this” and then go on about all the mooning stuff and throw in a small disclaimer somewhere and voila. 

They make hundreds of thousands or even millions each day. And we are not exaggerating about that.

You contrast that with what you find here.  

We are giving away all the information we are digging up for free (including our Top 5 tokens for the next decade that we hope will 100x).  If you are curious as to why we give away so much for free – please check this Crypto Freebies page.

We recently started the microcap gems series where we are looking to dig up projects with a decent team, an actual product and lower market cap (usually under $5 Million, sometimes even less).

Because of the $$ limit on the microcap gems, there are some projects that we couldn’t cover in that series.

However, we wanted to float these projects in front of the discernible audience (and newbies who may not have looked into these).

This article’s sole aim is to ‘point’ you to these projects. It will not be a deep dive and as always we encourage you DYOR before investing.

Dragon Chain

Dragon Chain price prediction“Dragonchain is an enterprise and start up ready platform to build flexible and scalable blockchain applications.”

Like most projects we pick, Dragon Chain has solutions ready for business today.  This is not a pipedream or a 15 year roadmap.  That is why we think this is a forgotten gem.

This project is still going strong in the background in terms of development and traction.  They released a video in August about how their anti-fraud and transparency proof systems are used by an exchange.

Website: https://dragonchain.com/

Ticker: DRGN

ATH: $5.27

ATL: .02

Current Price: $0.079

Cindicator

Cindicator CND price prediction

“Cindicator builds predictive analytics by merging collective intelligence and machine learning models. Cindicator’s analytical products are available exclusively to holders of CND tokens.”

Market pays top dollar for prediction data.  Cindicator is one of the first projects to build an AI based market intelligence platform on blockchain.

Cindicator boasts over 135,000 analysts from over 135 countries.

In our opinion, Cindicator is a viable project, although it has not gained traction.

Website: https://cindicator.com/

Ticker: CND

ATH: $0.347

ATL: $0.002

Current price: $0.011

FunFair

Funfair Price Prediction

“FunFair is a revolutionary blockchain technology platform that provides low cost, high quality, transparent casino experiences that are Guaranteed Fair.”

The space that FunFair is targeting is a massive one and is expected to grown even more in the coming years.

Ticker: FUN

ATH: $0.33

ATL: $0.0010

Current price: $0.0052

This page will be updated with future ‘forgotten gems’, so please consider subscribing

Acronyms used: 

ATH: All Time High

ATL: All Time Low

DYOR: Do Your Own Research

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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