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Fantom Foundation (FTM) [ICO Profile]

Fantom is the world’s first Directed Acrylic Graph (DAG) based smart contract platform. The project intends to fix key issues with scalability and transaction confirmation time that plagues existing blockchain and cryptocurrency-related projects.

 

Why Fantom?

The Fantom team hopes to offer a service that provides secure and quick transactions via an open-source platform. They intend for Fantom to build upon current projects like IOTA, Nano, and Byteball that are already DAG-based. Fantom is setting themselves apart from potential competition by including dAPP smart contract infrastructure in conjunction with a DAG-based platform.

 

Fantom Project Technicalities

The Fantom Virtual Machine is scheduled to be unveiled on GitHub in June, and the main platform is slated to launch in Q3 2019. Stage one of the project is scheduled to be fulfilled around June 15th, 2018. Elements include the middleware beta launch, distribution of the Fantom wallet, and the design of Fantom architecture.

The entire project has three different layers. The bottom (OPERA Core) is designed for maintaining node consensus. The middle layer (OPERA Ware) will provide functionality for tasks like payment and incentivization. The top layer (OPERA Application) will offer public APIs for others to use.

Fantom Opera

Token Utility

A ERC20 token that will be released during the token sale will function as a placeholder for the Fantom FTM token. Tokens will be able to be swapped once the platform launches. Those on the platform can use the FTM token to pay for transaction fees and enable platform access. The Fanton team will also use FTM tokens to incentivize participation by rewarding nodes and users.

 

Token Sale/ICO

The token sale is currently scheduled to start on June 15th. According to the Fantom team, the tokens will be pegged to the USD and there will be 1,270,000,000 tokens available for purchase. The hard cap is currently set at $US 39.8 million, and money will be used for platform development, marketing, promotional activities, legal affairs, and administrative costs.

Symbol: FTM
Token Sale:  June 15 – 29
Hard Cap: $39,900,000  (40% of token supply)
Presale:  $6,000,000
Total Tokens:  3,550,000,000
Whitelist: https://fantom.foundation/

 

Team Members

Fantom has an experienced and well-built out team that incorporates people from a variety of relevant disciplines. CEO Ahn Byung Ik holds a Ph.D in computer science and has been featured across many of South Korea’s leading business media outlets. He is also the founder of the SikSin food-tech platform that has over 3.5 million downloads. Advisors include Steve Bellotti, CEO of Digital Currency Holdings, Eddy Travia, Co-Founder of Coinsilium, and Ran Neu Ner, current CNBC Cryptotrader Host.

The project has garnered a significant amount of news and the team members have not been shy about teaming up with other companies. Current partners include Oracle, SBCK, the South Korea Food Tech Association, Quantum Equity Partners, and Blockwater Capital.

 

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Facebook / Github / Twitter / Telegram / Telegram (Announcements) / LinkedIn / Medium / Kakao / Blog / WhitepaperExecutive Summary / Executive Summary (Korean)

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Hashgard [Profile] – Token Information

What is Hashgard

Hashgard is a complete digital asset management solution which leverages blockchain technology and builds upon concepts such as ‘decentralized asset autonomy’ from the DAO model.

The project seeks to create a comprehensive ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of achieving distributed inclusive finance – allowing global investors to take advantage of the new economy ushered in by the rise of digital assets.

This is made possible via a multi-layered infrastructure, relying upon various modules, including a smart contracts system which can autonomously manage asset issuance, trusteeship, settlement, audit and more.

Hashgard Architecture

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Token Sale:  Hashgard has stated there will be no public sale. From the company’s F.A.Q.:

Our private sale, which was open only to institutions, has already closed and been fulfilled. There will not be public sale nor ICO.

We will be hosting online and offline activities as well as airdrops. Providing feedback during our Alpha and Beta testing will also entitle you to various amounts of airdrop.

Token Supply: TBA

 

Why Hashgard

While digital assets have brought unparalleled convenience and accessibility, traditional asset management systems and their structures continue to be hurdles towards transparency and effectiveness.

The lack of regulations, use of outdated tools and the ease with which digital asset management funds can be set up now, are all causes for concern. The only way forward towards truly taking advantage of digital assets is matching them with cutting-edge technological solutions which complement their strengths – decentralization, trustlessness and immutability.

Hashgard aims to be that solution.

 

How Hashgard works

Hashgard borrows the asset autonomy model from the DAO, and improves upon it to securely utilize blockchain technology’s self-governance qualities and remove the need for middlemen and human asset managers. Not only is this cost-effective, it is also much less error-prone and provides higher security to investors’ interests.

The use of blockchain technology also allows for verifiable operational data to be available on request, but it is kept secure at the same time via cryptography. Due to this, stakeholders and investors can get access to private data if and when needed, to ascertain performance credibility.

All of this is made possible via ‘code’ or smart contracts, which are specifically designed for asset management functions, and also allow integration with other systems for purposes such as identity authentication, asset lending, data validation and distribution of content.

 

Team

Hasgard’s team comprises members from the China-based Fenbushi Capital, where Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was a General Partner, before taking on a more flexible, advisory position. Hashgard’s list of advisors also includes Fenbushi Capital’s founding partner, Bo Shen.

 

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Weibo / Facebook / Telegram / LinkedIn / TwitterMedium

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Harbor [Profile of Regulated Token (R-Token) Standard]

Harbor is an all-in-one platform that tokenizes securities including art, investment funds, and real estate. The team is looking to fuel the future of crypto-securities though the offering, and through the standardization of blockchain securities.

Why Harbor?

The Harbor team believes there are currently many issues with the secondary trading of securities, even though traditional securities are usually a preferred method to going public. Trading restrictions and market inefficiencies can quickly make private securities somewhat illiquid, and often driving their value down.

Tokenization

The tokenization of private securities through the Harbor platform would seemingly allow them to be more easily traded at a cost-effective rate, potentially unlocking billions of dollars of new investment opportunities. The company writes in the whitepaper how this could be particularly advantageous for real estate, since it is an easy way for global investors to diversity their portfolios. They say the tokenization of real estate assets could make it a lot easier for people to navigate already complicated additional legal requirements.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

On April 18, Harbor’s Telegram group stated no ICO has been announced and there is no Harbor coin to acquire.

Fundraising

The project’s attracted a good amount of attention and secured about $28 million dollars in funding last month from some of Silicon Valley’s leading firms.

The fundraising round included investments from Anderessen Horowitz, Pantera Capital, and a variety of other investors, some of which have been investing in the project for a while. These include Signia Venture Partners, Craft, Founders Fund, and SV Angel.

Company CEO Joshua Stein said the latest round of money was going towards the development of the Ethereum-based R token platform and for continued team expansion. The R-token is designed to ensure that investors get properly verified and added to a whitelist so transactions can be self-regulated and approved once they are initiated.

The company also received about $10 million in Series A fundraising back in February. Some think the attention towards Harbor is due to warnings from the US SEC concerning ICOs being classified as securities, and based on hopes that the platform could serve as a valuable tool for investors who are looking to stay in line with regulatory requirements.

Team Members

Harbor’s current team is well built out and has a variety of experienced advisors, board members, and core team members. CEO Joshua Stein holds a JD from Stanford and has spent time working at Blackwater and OptumRX as General Counsel. Advisors include Mike Belshe (CEO of BitGo), Paul Vronsky (Vy Capital), and Elad Gil. The team’s also taken steps to build partnership with other companies and recruit talented individuals for continued project expansion.

According to the Harbor team, the platform is expected to be rolled out sometime in the summer.

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Whitepaper / Github / Telegram / Facebook / LinkedIn / TwitterMedium

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Bezant (BZN) [In-Depth Project Description | Profile]

What is Bezant?

Bezant is a multi-layered, decentralized digital content distribution and payment platform designed to serve multiple niches including e-commerce and app stores, with the specific aim of supporting the participation of a global audience including those currently limited by their developing economies.

It aims to eradicate the inherent problems faced by both buyers and sellers in incumbent centralized distribution channels such as large e-commerce and app stores, including but not limited to payment method limitations, prohibitive set-up costs, high fees, and cumbersome payments processing. BZNT is the native token of the Bezant blockchain.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: BZNT (ERC-20)
Token Sale: May 3 – 11
ICO Token Price: 1 BZNT = 0.1000 USD
Minimum Financing:  TBA
Token Supply:  1,000,000,000
Available Tokens for Sale:  50%
Whitelist:  April 23 – May 31

Why is Bezant Relevant

With the proliferation of the internet and decentralized technologies taking over, online commerce and digital content consumption is expected to increase exponentially, year after year. However, within the current centralized setup, a few big names are at the top, and they dictate the rules, which often end up alienating the fastest growing market segments – emerging economies.

Not only are consumers in these markets affected by lack of supported payment methods, small sellers are also unable to set up shop due to centralized policies, high fees, hidden charges and unfair, delayed payment schedules.

A solution to all these issues would be a highly accessible, efficient and scalable platform – and that’s exactly what Jehmi is trying to do with the underlying Bezant Blockchain infrastructure. As compared to existing payment methods, Bezant is:

Instantaneous – Payments made using BZNT will be instant, with no transfer fees involved.

Exchangeable – BZNT can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies.

Global – BZNT is borderless, which means anyone can make and receive instant payments from anywhere.

Convenient – Users can top up their Jehmi wallets on any device, using their preferred method of payment.

How Does Bezant Work

Bezant has adopted a two-tiered approach to solving these problems, by using an underlying blockchain, and a service platform powered by the former. The team is developing a permissioned blockchain, unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum and most other cryptocurrencies, and is focused mostly on enterprise usage.

The Bezant blockchain, based on the Hyperledger framework, will serve as a secure, scalable and fast architecture to accommodate high volumes of transactions. Since it will be a closed network, participants will be required to register via an Identity Authentication Service (IAS), allowing enterprise users to efficiently serve users across multiple channels.

Users will download a client application and will connect to peer nodes in order to interact with the blockchain, while ‘orderers’ will be validating all transmitted transactions and creating blocks in the chain. The Bezant blockchain will not require ‘mining’ as is the case with traditional, open blockchain systems, and instead, will rely on trusted users (due to the IAS) to process real-time transactions.

The Bezant service platform is built on top of the Bezant blockchain, and is a Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering, which can be tailored to fit different industries and niches, including e-commerce, online gaming, financial services, education, entertainment and utilities. It will offer various services, including a content platform, and a wallet service.

The Jehmi Content Platform will serve as a distribution network, connecting content creators, distributors and end users without reliance on existing, centralized app stores and digital content marketplaces. Since the platform will be running on top of the Bezant blockchain, it will benefit from increased security, transparency (the records will be auditable), privacy, fast processing and very low fees.

The Jehmi wallet module will allow users to manage payments within the system, and will also serve as a gateway between the Bezant-powered platforms and various payment channels including bank transfers, debit/credit cards, cash and cryptocurrencies. Once the wallet is ‘topped-up’, it can be used to purchase goods and services across all service partner portals – users can also convert their balance to BZT tokens, which will have no transfer fees and will allow for fast, instantaneous payments across the entire network.

The wallet will also support transfers between users (without fees), in addition to providing access to external crypto exchanges, allowing users to convert their Bezant tokens for other cryptocurrencies seamlessly.

The entire Jehmi wallet system is going to be powered by the Jehmi Payment Platform, which will solve the payment issues and limitations currently faced by users and content creators in developing economies.

Token Utility

BZNT is an in-network utility token, which can be used within the Bezant blockchain service platform (including the Jehmi Pay, Wallet, and Content Distribution platform). Users can use BZNT via the Jehmi wallet which will allow them to top up BZNT, make payments and purchases with BZNT, transfer BZNT, and exchange BZNT for other cryptocurrencies.

TEAM

Bezant lists 23 people under its team on their home page.

Steve Tay – Foundation Representative Director (LinkedIn)

Daesik Kim – Chief Cryptocurrency Officer (LinkedIn)

Mark Yu – Chief Product Officer (LinkedIn)

Chan Joon Kim – CEO of Jehmi (LinkedIn)

Julian Migura – Chief Business Officer (LinkedIn)

Ray Cho – Chief Financial Officer (LinkedIn)

Ji Kim – VP, Corporate Operations (LinkedIn)

Keunil Wang – Chief Service Officer (LinkedIn)

ADVISORS

Tyler Kim – VP of Global Partnerships (LinkedIn)

Luke Shim – Head of Financing (LinkedIn)

SangYoung Park – Founder of Dayli Financial Group

Shizuya Nakamoto– Director, Market Operations Asia Activision (LinkedIn)

James Hursthouse – Advisor (LinkedIn)

Jae-min Byun – CFA, CPA Advisor (LinkedIn)

Chris Suh – Advisor (LinkedIn)

 

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Whitepaper / Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter/ Reddit / Youtube / Medium  / Telegram

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CertiK (CTK) [ICO Profile] – Token Information

What is Certik

CertiK is a formal verification network designed to build fully trustworthy smart contracts and blockchain ecosystems, which are mathematically proven to be error-free and hacker-resistant.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: CTK (ERC-20)
Token Sale: TBA
Hardcap: TBA
Available Tokens for Sale:  TBA
Token Supply:  1,000,000,000
Whitelist: TBA

Why is Certik needed?

The problem that CertiK aims to solve relates to the vulnerabilities of blockchains and distributed ledgers – these are prone to their own sets of bugs and security issues, which are further compounded by their immutable and decentralized natures.

For instance, in January this year, there were 703 open issues (in addition to 2,186 closed issues) for the Ethereum Virtual Machine Implementation – any one of those open issues may expose the blockchain to attackers. Similarly, the implementation of cryptographic software libraries in blockchain systems may, due to errors, allow them to be compromised. Finally, since public blockchains, DApps and smart contracts are open-source, attackers are able to continuously study their protocols, with the intent to compromise them; e.g. the DAO hack in 2016, resulting in the loss of nearly $50 million in ETH, which had to be recovered via a hard fork.

Even when such bugs are identified and rectified, pushing out updates does not solve them instantly, since each new piece of code takes time to propagate throughout the network, due to the fact that it is distributed and decentralized.

All this points towards the need for error-free and hacker-resistant blockchain protocols for smart contracts and DApps – an issue which CertiK aims to solve via their formal verification platform.

 

What Does Certik Do?

CertiK employs a mix of automation and human review in its revolutionary modular/layer-based approach – Layered Deep Specifications – which uses a decomposition technology to scale the verification process by breaking the proof task into smaller proof obligations.

This is achieved by utilizing different components to perform the proofing tasks:

  • Smart labeling is used to identify the structure of any system after which layer-based decomposition kicks in.
  • Code which can be verified automatically, via algorithms, goes through proof engines and mechanized proof objects, yielding verification certificates which can be broadcasted on the decentralized network as transactions.
  • The Certified DApp libraries facilitate the development of secure DApps by providing verified libraries and plugins which cost CTK tokens (the CertiK Network’s native token).
  • Finally, for systems which require high levels of verification, the human element is introduced via the customized certification services component, where experts review the code and deliver comprehensive reports.

The CTK ecosystem, as a whole, utilizes what the team calls the Proof-of-Proof (PoP) mining scheme to incentivize the community, by rewarding them on the basis of five roles within the network:

  1. Customers: Submit proof requests, associated with any program, system, or code, which require verification along with the offer of CTK incentives.
  2. Bounty hunters: Provide the computational power for the decomposition process, after which they construct and broadcast proof objects.
  3. Checkers: Verify submitted proof objects and record transactions for CTK incentives, which they split with the bounty hunters who constructed the proof objects.
  4. Sages: Create proof engines (algorithms), which can be used by bounty hunters.
  5. Users: Can benefit from certified libraries and plug-ins (which cost CTK), to create their own secure DApps and systems

Token Utility

A unit of exchange on the CertiK platform, CTK is a utility token which incentivizes participants to contribute to the ecosystem and earn rewards.

Competitors

Quantstamp, Zeppelin, Runtime Verification

Team

CertiK boasts a team of formal verification experts – founder Prof. Ronghui Gu (Assistant Professor, Columbia University) and co-founder Prof. Zhong Shao (Chair of CS Department, Yale University) – along with Research Specialist Dr. Vilhelm Sjöberg (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania).

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Github / Whitepaper / Medium  / Telegram / Keynote / Youtube

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Holo (HOT) [ICO Profile]

Holochain is a framework for the building of dApps (decentralized applications). It is not a blockchain, but rather a DHT (Distributed Hash Table) in which every user has their own chain and all transactions are published to the DHT. Holochain supports Javascript and Lisp.

Holochain is a project being built to create a decentralized, distributed internet.

Holo is a peer-to-peer app hosting marketplace built on top of Holochain consisting of hosts and users of distributed computing. In return for hosting dApps hosts and users receive payment in the form of Holo fuel.

Holo fuel is used to pay hosts for data storage and processing.

Possible use cases for Holo:

  • Social Networks, Social Media & VRM
  • Supply Chains & Open Value Networks
  • Cooperatives and New Commons
  • P2P Platforms
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Collaborative Applications
  • Reputational, or Mutual Credit Cryptocurrencies

 

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: HOT
Token Sale: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 10:00 a.m. GMT to 28 April 2018 at 10:00 a.m. GMT
Minimum Financing:  1,000,000 EUR
Hard Cap: 25,000,000 EUR  (250,000,000,000 HOT)

Total Token Supply:  At the close of the ICO, 33.3% more HoloTokens than were purchased will be minted for the Holo organization and team, such that 25% of all tokens are held by the organization and team, and 75% are held by the community

Whitelist:  Registration. Opened January 9, 2018 (Requires KYC documents and Webcam interview)

 

Platform: HoloTokens are erc-20 tokens that will be tradable for Holo fuel when the Holo ecosystem launches later in 2018

NoteNo vesting of team tokens

 

HOLO PoRT (Hosting BOX)

Holo ran a IndieGogo campaign that raised $647,546 for the project. Backers of the project receive a Holo Port which can be used to to host dApps in exchange for Holo Fuel. 1,381 Holo Ports were ordered from the campaign.

  1. Get a Holo Port (Hosting Box)
  2. Enable yourself and others to access Distributed Applications through a web browser
  3. Get paid in Holo Fuel

 

FEATURES 

  • Holo Fuel is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency
  • Fuel is earned by hosting on HOLO
  • Mutual Credit Currency:  Double-entry crypto-accounting framework
  • Asset-Backed: Holo fuel is backed by the computing power of hosts
  • Value-Stable: The value of Holo fuel is connected to the computing capacity of the network of hosts therefore it is not subject to huge spikes and crashes

TEAM

Arthur Brock and Eric Harris-Braun are listed as co-founders on the Holo website. According to the site, they met in the summer of 2004 and in 2007 launched the MetaCurrency project.

An additional 31 people are listed as members of the Core Team.

Arthur Brock – Co-Founder, Chief Architect (Founder of Metacurrency Project, Founder of Emerging Leader Labs – LinkedIn)
Eric Harris-Braun – Co-Founder, Executive Engineer (Founder of Metacurrency Project, Computer Science Degree from Yale University – LinkedIn)

Nicolas Luck – Core Holochain Engineer (Social Architect at S7 Foundation – LinkedIn)

Philip Beadle – Engineer (Software Design Chapter Lead at Elabor8 – LinkedIn)
Nicerine Razwani Bres – App Ecosystem Development (Co-Founder of WeAreMesh –  LinkedIn)
Matthew Schutte – Communications Director (Co-Founder of Collaborative Advantage – LinkedIn)

ROADMAP/TIMELINE

  • 2004: Founders meet and begin discussing alternatives to centralized hierarchical structures
  • 2007: The MetaCurrency project launches to create better tools for communication and collaboration
  • 2016: The MetaCurrency Project writes the first line of Holochain code
  • July 2017: Holo is born as a way to make distributed apps built on Holochain widely accessible
  • October 2017: Holochain Alpha 0 is released
  • December 5, 2017: Holo launches Indiegogo campaign to build incentivized hosting ecosystem

 

  • Q1 2018:  ICO Launch. Ends on April 28 at 10 a.m. (GMT)
  • Q2 2018:  Holochain Alpha. Release to Indiegogo early adopters
  • Q3 2018: Holoports Shipped. Plus first test transaction on Holo using Holo fuel, reaching 2,000 hosts
  • Q3 2018: Holochain Alpha 3. Includes security audit and the ability to adjust DHT paramters and behavior
  • Q3 2018: Core App Services. Available: Holochain Directory (as Package Manager), DPKI & Identity Services, Holochain Index, and Smart Caching
  • Q4 2018: Transaction Milestone. 100M test transactions an hour on Holo using Holo fuel
  • Q4 2018: Devices Running Holo. Test net of Holo running 10,000 host devices
  • Q4 2018: Holochain Beta. Commitment to backward compatibility and more security audits. Also Holochain App store/Package Manager live with partnerships established for other asset-backed currencies (energy, food, housing, etc.)

REVIEWS

“This is something entirely new, and it isn’t a blockchain, this is a new kind of decentralized beast, but I love it.” ~Andre Cronje

ICO Check:

TrackICO:  4.8

Sergio: 60%

COMMUNITY/INFO

Holo Website / Holochain Website / Holo Green Paper / Holo Currency Paper/ Holochain Whitepaper /  Github / Medium / Twitter/ FacebookReddit / Telegram / Youtube / Bitcoin Talk / Instagram

Keep Network

Keep Network [ICO / Presale Profile]

Keep Network is a privacy layer bridging the public blockchain to private data. Through the use of “keeps” (off-chain containers) the network securely encrypts and stores private data. Off-chain keeps will be protected through the use of secure multiparty computation (sMPC).

The project proclaims it is the first production-ready sMPC system for distribution on the public Ethereum blockchain. Keep Network enables “private” smart contracts.

 

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: KEEP
Token Sale: Q2 2018
Minimum Financing:  TBA
Hard Cap:  $30,000,000
Token Supply:  1,000,000,000
Available Tokens for Sale:  50%
Whitelist:  Must be on Keep Network’s Slack (Request to be added can be sent by visiting their site.)

Platform: ERC-20

 

USE CASES 

  • Decentralized Signing
  • Dead Man Switch:  Allows the automation of instructions and transfer of funds for trusts and estate plans.
  • Custodial Wallets
  • Marketplaces for Digital Goods:  Securely sell digital goods (e.g. ebooks) by keeping files private until payment is made
  • Encrypted Blockchain Storage:  Bridge to store sensitive, private data (e.g. medical records)

 

TOKEN UTILITIES 

Clients:  Pay to use keeps’ storage capacity for privacy

Providers:  Stake tokens to use them to compute and store secrets.

“Our token model is similar to taxi medallions. You own KEEP, you stake, and you can profit on being a privacy provider.”  ~Matt Luongo, Project Lead (quote from Slack chatroom)

 

COMPETITORS

Enigma, NuCypher

 

TEAM

Matt Luongo (Project Lead) and Corbin Pon (Developer & Ops) are listed as founders of Fold (a company that has products that facilitate in the use of cryptocurrency). Through their efforts on Fold to build a decentralized gift card exchange, the Keep Network was created.

According to a FAQ on Reddit, 11 people are working full-time on the project.

Matt Luongo, Project Lead – LinkedIn

Corbin Pon, Developer & Ops – LinkedIn

Antonio Salazar Cardozo, Tech Lead – LinkedIn

Laura Wallendal, Growth – LinkedIn

Nik Grinkevich, Developer – LinkedIn

Erin Ng, Developer – LinkedIn

Prashanth Irudayaraj, Ops & Research – LinkedIn

Jack Knutson, Community Management – LinkedIn

 

ADVISORS

Brayton Williams – Boost VC (LinkedIn)

John Packel – ConsenSys (LinkedIn)

James Prestwich – Integral, formerly Storj Labs (LinkedIn)

Axel Blikstad – International Finance (LinkedIn)

Joseph Urgo – district0x (LinkedIn)

Luis Cuende – Aragon (LinkedIn)

 

SUPPORTERS

Keep Networks’ homepage lists Polychain Capital, DHVC, and Distributed Capital Partners as supporters. We’ve reached out to the firms to verify if they are investors in Keep Networks.

 

ROADMAP

  • Sept. 26, 2017:  Public Announcement
  • Q2 2018:  Public Sale
  • 2018:  Network Launch

More details to be announced at a later date.

REVIEWS

The GobOne:  A

ICO HotSheet:  64.29

Sergio:  74

Lendex:  82.93

ICOMarketData:  4.08

ICODrops:  High

 

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Github / Whitepaper / Primer / Twitter/ Reddit / Slack / Medium  / Telegram: Community

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NuCypher (NKMS) [ICO / Presale Profile]

NuCypher is a data privacy layer for blockchain and decentralized applications (dApps). Through proxy re-encryption it enables dApp developers and enterprises to secure data. Proxy re-encryption is a type of public-key encryption whereby a proxy entity transforms ciphertexts from one public key to another without knowing anything about the underlying message.

The company believes its key management system (KMS) will be a key element to secure dApps in the same way that SSL/TLS is a part of secure web applications.

Use Case Example:

A project building a dApp in the medical industry is using IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) to store a patient’s medical records. NuCypher’s technology provides a way for these records to still be private, confidential, and encrypted but still sharable with appropriate parties such as with the patient’s doctor or hospitable.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: NKMS
Token Sale Date: TBA

Presale:  $4.3 million sold
Minimum Financing:  TBA
Hard Cap: TBA
Token Supply:  TBA

Whitelist:  According to the NuCypher chat as of April 21, 2018, NuCypher has not officially begun whitelisting.  The company will utilize Coinlist’s ComplyAPI for KYC.

Being in the Telegram channel or mailing list (although this does not guarantee a whitelist) . A time stamp on everyone’s entry will determine their spot in addition to commitment to operate a node.

  1. Additional details will be announced after the testnet is live.

Platform: ERC-20. NuCypher is a layer that sits on top of Ethereum but it is its own separate network.

PARTNERS

NuCypher has announced partnerships with Origin, Medibloc, Datum, Iryo, Wolk

ADDITIONAL INFO 

Potential use cases listed in NuCypher’s primer include:

  • Sharing encrypted files (“Decentralized Dropbox”)
  • End-to-end encrypted group chat (“Encrypted Slack”)
  • Patient-controlled electronic health records (EHR)
  • Decentralized digital rights management (DDRM)
  • Blind identity management
  • Secret credentials management for scripts and backend apps
  • Shared credentials and enterprise password management
  • Mandatory access logging
  • Mobile device management (MDM) and revocation

Re-encryption Nodes

The re-encryption nodes in the network will require NuCuypher tokens to be staked. If a node is misbehaving, it can be challenged and have its stake forfeited.

EVENTS

June 13, 2017:  Announcement of open source availability of NuCypher Kafka

Feb. 17, 2018:  ETHDenver – Umbral showcase and Main Stage presentation

March 16, 2018:  TokenFest – Lightning talk by MacLane Wilkison

March 17-18, 2018:  MIT Bitcoin Expo

March 21, 2018:  Announcement of Umbrel fufillment,  a threshold proxy re-encryption scheme that powers the NuCypher KMS network

March 30, 2018:  Silicon Valley Global Blockchain Investment Summit – Featured Panelist MacLane Wilkison

April 4, 2018:  Global Big Data Conference – Keynote by Michael Egorov

April 17: Blockchain Silicon Valley Conference – Presentation by MacLane Wilkison

April 18:  DataEngConf – Presentation by MacLane Wilkison

April 20:  MacLane Wilkison was a guest on the Daily Crypto Podcast

April 23:  Announcement of joining Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

TEAM

MacLane Wilkison – Co-founder, CEO (Former software engineer. Former Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley – LinkedIn)
Michael Egorov, PHD – Co-founder, CTO (Former senior software engineer at LinkedIn – LinkedIn)

David Nuñez, PhD – Cryptographer (LinkedIn)
John Pacific – Cryptographic Engineer (LinkedIn)
Justin Myles Holmes – Engineer
Sergey Zotov – Consultant (LinkedIn)
Kieran Prasch – Engineer (LinkedIn)

ADVISORS
Prof. Dave Evans – Univeristy of Virginia (LinkedIn)
Prof. Giuseppe Ateniese –  Stevens Institute of Technology
John Bantleman  –  Rainstor (LinkedIn)
Tony Bishop  –  Equinix (Linkedin)

INVESTORS

NuCypher’s presale was completed in 2017. The website lists 15 investors.

ROADMAP

N/A as of April 24, 2018

REVIEWS

Diddy Carter: A+

Midgard Research: 9 out of 10 “We expect both short-term and long-term growth from NuCypher because of a solid list of their partners and technology advantage.”

Tech Insider:  3.4 out of 5

MoNoico:  8 out of 10

ICO-Check: “Crowdsale after mainnet (Product will be functional on the Main network)”

Coindesk: “7 Tokens Investors Are Talking About”

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Github / Whitepaper / Business Primer / Dischord / RedditTwitterTelegram / Medium

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DAOStack (GEN) [ICO / Presale Profile]

DAOStack is an operating system/platform for the decentralized governance of large entities. The project provides a framework for DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). It has been described as the WordPress for DAOs for or the toolkit for exponential organizations.

DAOs are an alternative to traditional top-down organizations. Instead of centralized leadership and a few points of potential failure, a DAO utilizes blockchain technology and smart contracts to create a self-governing entity.

DAOStack is a project which aims to help the self-management of DAOs.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: GEN
Token Supply:  60,000,000 with additional 40,000,000 that the Genesis DAO has the option of minting over the course of it’s lifetime.

Tokens for Sale: 40,000,000
Hard Cap: $30 million
Whitelist: Link
Platform: GEN are ERC-20 tokens

Presale: May 1 (10% Bonus)
Token Sale: May 8 – June 8

Private Presale : Advance purchases of at least $100K in ETH equivalent, via SAFT

*U.S. residents are not allowed to participate

Token Distribution:
Buyers: 40%
Genesis DAO (first DAO built with DAOStack): 40%
DAO Stack (Current – team, contributors, advisors): 10% (locked for 2 years from date of main sale)
DAO Stack (Future – reserve for future contributors): 10%

COMPETITORS 

Aragon x Augur, district0x

FEATURES 

DAOStack

Arc:  Library of smart contracts (written in Solidity) that represents the base layer of the stack

Arc.js:  Javascript library enabling front-end developers to build on applications on Arc without a background in Solidity or coding for the blockchain.

Alchemy:  First user interface being built on Arc. Alchemy will allow a user to create a DAO and also actively participate in the DAO (e.g. create/vote on proposals).

The ArcHives:  Shared registries that aid in the interoperability of DAOs and apps using Arc and Arc.js.

ADDITIONAL INFO 

GEN is the “attention token” of DAOStack. Token utility includes submitting proposals and placing a stake (not vote) in favor of or against proposals.

Contributors to DAOStack will also be rewarded with GEN tokens.

EVENTS

February 2018:  Sponsorship and keynote by Matan Field (CEO) at ETHDenver

March 2018: Participation in EthCC (Ethereum Community Conference)

March 2018: Participation in TokenFest SF

March 2018:  Launch of Alchemy

Q&A

We spoke with Erik Rodrigues (Community Management & Research) from the DAOStack team via Telegram to receive answers to our questions.

Can you provide an example use case for DAOStack? Are there any particular industries or types of DAOs that you believe would most benefit from DAOStack?

In the broadest sense, DAOstack is useful any time there is a need to coordinate a large group of people to make decisions collectively. So, by thinking about a few different types of decisions a group might need to make, we can imagine several categories of use cases.

1. Collaboration to Produce an Outcome (“Work”)
In cases in which the goal is to develop or deliver products and services — roughly speaking, a decentralized “company” — the decisions that need to be made often concern how to value individual contributions, and how to budget for projects and other purchases. Which projects should be funded? How much should James be paid for that article, or Sally for that software upgrade? What will be the process for verifying and evaluating work? Should the organization invest in this or that office space, legal support, or PR firm?

Examples include the following:

A film project of 1,000 artists
An open-source software project of 10,000 developers
A climate initiative of 50,000 scientists
A collaborative news network of 100,000 journalists
Soon these kinds of organizations will be able to use Alchemy to collectively distribute token and reputation, find collaborators, and offer bounties to professionals. Or they could build a custom Dapp on the stack if that would better suit their needs.

2. Asset Management
These types of collectives make decisions primarily about the management of assets and the allocation of funds. Should we invest in this company, or that property? Should we pay out this claim? Should we sell that asset?

Examples include decentralized versions of the following:

Venture funds
Insurance networks
Charitable funds
Pension funds
Real estate investment collectives

3. Curation
Curation networks leverage the wisdom of the crowd to rank the subjective quality of objects. What content should be featured in the feed, or the newsletter? How trustworthy is this company? How good is the food at that diner?

Examples include decentralized versions of the following:

Restaurant or hotel guides, similar to Yelp or TripAdvisor
Article or video feeds, akin to social news feeds or Reddit
Website listings, like a socially curated Google search

4. All of the Above
In practice, many DAOs will include decision-making in more than one category. An open-source software project, in addition to rewarding its contributors (case 1), might collectively curate which code will be included in each release, or featured in its newsletter (3). Conversely, a social network, in addition to curating content (3), has a business to run and must pay its developers, marketers, legal personnel, and so on (1). And either organization might want to invest the proceeds from its activities into other ventures (2).

Can you discuss the main use cases of the GEN token?

GEN serves as the attention token within the DAOstack ecosystem. With GEN, you cannot buy voting power, nor can you vote with it, but you can place a stake for or against a proposal that influences whether or not it rises into the collective attention of the voters, the reputation-holders. If you stake for proposals that the reputation-holders then pass, you’re rewarded with more GEN. If you stake for a proposal that then fails, you lose your GEN. And vice versa if you stake against proposals.

GEN will likely have other utility on the platform too, related to The Archives, for example. Also, GEN will be the primary currency for the buildout of the DAOstack ecosystem itself, with contributors to the platform rewarded in GEN, and even investments into projects that are built on the stack tendered in GEN — according to the collective will of the Genesis DAO.

How do you envision on DAOstack growing and getting companies to utilize it?

The platform is designed to underpin an entire ecosystem of decentralized organizations — a community of interoperable DAOs, able to share talent, ideas, and learnings with one another. DAOs will even be able to act as members of other DAOs, creating a fluid “DAO mesh” or “internet of work” in which collectives of collectives are commonplace, and in which any given individual might participate in dozens of different collectives.

Large corporations would implement the DAOstack’s scalable decision-making features to reduce the cost of management.

Any estimate as to when you’ll release a roadmap? 

Coming Soon

TEAM

The company has 13 employees and is based out of Ramat Yishai, Israel according to Linkedin.

Matan Field – CEO & Architect (Co-founder of Backfeed, Co-founder of La’Zooz – LinkedIn)
Adam Levi – CTO/ Technology  (LinkedIn)
Nathalia Scherer – Community & Business Development (LinkedIn)
Oren Sokolowsky – Lead Developer  (Co-founder La’Zooz – LinkedIn)
Eric Rodrigues – Community Mgmt & Research

ADVISORS
Daniel Schmachtenberger – Co-founder, Neurohacker Collective (LinkedIn)
Jordan Greenhall – Co-founder, ex-CEO of Divx. Former SVP at MP3.com (LinkedIn)
Yoni Assia – Founder, CEO of eToro.com (LinkedIn)
Martin Köppelmann – Co-founder, CEO of Gnosis (LinkedIn)

PARTNERSHIPS

The following companies are listed as partners on DAOStack’s website. At the time this profile was published, most of the partnerships have not formally been announced aside from the Sapien – DAOStack partnership. Sapien states it plans to power their community consensus system and also to build their Democratized Autonomous Platform (DAP).

Gnosis
Sapien
Menlo
Endor
iAngels
NfX
XSQ

ROADMAP

TBA

REVIEWS

ICO Bench: 3.9 out of 5

Crypto Nomi: 8 out of 10

Sam Ong: 83%

Diddy Carter: A-

TheGobOne:  95%

Decentralised Chain:  “As a product I’ve given it a 4. The actual framework is backed by years of R&D. It’s open source which always helpful as it helps it stay relevant as more developers come on board”

OhHeyMatty: 97% “I think this project is downright amazing. I look forward to seeing what they have.” (Note: He states he did consulting work for TheGobOne during the video review for this project.)

 

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Github / Whitepaper / Facebook / TwitterTelegram / Medium / LinkedInYoutube / Forum / Bounty Program

*Note:  Information on the token supply was provided by an admin in the DAOStack telegram group

nOS logo

nOS [ICO / Presale Profile] (NEO Project)

nOS is a virtual operating system for the decentralized internet powered by NEO. On this decentralized internet, the project aims to have transparent apps where users data is safe.

The project was announced at the NEO ❤️ Amsterdam Event on April 14, 2018.

TOKEN SALE / ICO

Symbol: NOS
Token Sale: Early Q3 2018
Minimum Financing:  TBA
Hard Cap: TBA
Token Supply:  TBA
Whitelist:  TBA, but it has been announced that developers contributing to or building upon nOS will receive priority.

Platform: Tokens are NEP-5 and will run on the NEO blockchain

FEATURES 

  • Open Back-ends: dApps feature transparent back-end code
  • GAS as a Utility Token: The main end user token will be GAS as nOS will convert the GAS to work with the various dApp tokens.
  • Universal Smart Contract
    • Single smart contract hosted on NEO
    • Contains popular functions, logic, storage functions
    • Can be called on by any nOS and NEO application
    • Integrated with nOS client
  • Decentralized Authority (see Token Utilities below)

TOKEN UTILITIES 

Token utilities according to founder Dean van Dugteren can be broken down into:

1.  Application Hosting:  Developers on projects can stake tokens to register domains, get hosted, listed, rated.

2.  Decentralized Authority:  End users can stake tokens to gain authority, vote on applications, get rewarded for truthful voting through airdrops

Additionally, applications can earn via reputation. In turn high reputation will then lead to higher discoverability in the app store and users also are protected from low reputation applications.

ADDITIONAL INFO 

MVP Client is now available on GitHub and developers can build apps on their own NEO Privatenet.

Moonlight (smart economy workforce project on NEO) announced a technical partnership with nOS on April 14, 2018:

The community has grown very quickly as evidenced by reaching 10,000 Telegram members and 20,000 newsletter subscribers in several days.

Da Hongfei Tweeted about the project at the NEO ❤️ Amsterdam Event…

COMPETITORS

Substratum, Maidsafe

EVENTS

April 14, 2018: Project revealed at NEO ❤️ Amsterdam Event

April 26, 2018:  NEO Zurich Meetup

Q&A

When did the idea for nOS first come about?

Aside from building on NEO what differentiates nOS from other projects such as Substratum?

TEAM

The team features three developers from City of Zion (NEO Tracker, NEON Wallet)

Dean van Dugteren – Founder & Developer (Developer at City of Zion Founder VDT.Network Founder Click.DJ – LinkedIn profile)
Matt Huggins – Full-stack Developer (Developer at City of Zion Maintainer of Neon Wallet – LinkedIn profile)
Jason Perry – Full-stack Developer (Developer at City of Zion Creator of NEO Ruby Recaptcha for Ruby)
Jeroen Peeters – Contributor (Front-end Consultant at Evance Creator of Neoblog NeoAuth Developer – LinkedIn profile)
Maurice Dalderup– Contributor (Blockchain Consultant at Trase Creator of Neoblog – LinkedIn profile)

ROADMAP

  • April 2018:  GitHub repositories published including MVP client, development environment, and Smart Contract back-end.
  • Q2 2018:  Testnet Release –  first public testnet and end-user client with initial useable decentralized applications (dApps).
  • Q3 2018:  Token Generation Event
  • Q3 2018:  Adoption Fund – nOS will launch its Smart Economy Adoption Fund, aimed towards improving adoption and development of dApps on nOS.
  • Q4 2018:  Decentralized Filesystem Research – nOS will initiate Research & Development on Peer-to-Peer Data File Sharing Methods, with the goal of building a completely Decentralized Open Internet.
  • 2019:  nOS 1.0 – Release of 1.0 Client, publish its Smart Contracts on the NEO Mainnet, and release the nOS Open Internet 1.0.

REVIEWS

Suppoman’s discusses the project in his “What 3 New Cryptos Could Explode in Bull Market” video. He states, “nOS is basically NEO’s operating system…. this is potentially massive… seeing how NEX has done I suspect this will be oversubscribed as usual”

COMMUNITY/INFO

Website / Github / Twitter/ Reddit / Dischord / Telegram: Announcements / Telegram: Community / Youtube