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Experienced Serial Entrepreneur Niсk Evdokimov Shares ICO Investment Strategies

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Blockchain expert Nick Evdokimov has launched a comprehensive video series on his YouTube channel that demonstrates investment techniques to navigate Initial Coin Offerings successfully.Venture Capital vs. ICO

A few years ago, there were a relative handful of startups entering the ICO market, leaving investors without many choices. In those days, regardless of which ICO one chose to add to their portfolio, the results were a spectacular return on investment.

Times have changed. Now, there are thousands of ICOs on the market with hundreds more that have announced their opening dates. With so many options, the question for any potential investor is how to properly diversify their portfolio.

Traditionally, an investor could use venture capital to purchase shares in a startup. This, of course, would be done with the expectation of receiving a yield on investment within a few years on average. Once the shares were purchased and the startup was launched the shareholder would then receive dividends from the profits based on the percentage of shares held by that investor.

For example, if an investor purchased two percent of the shares in a startup, after the startup launched and produced profits of say $200,000 a month, the investor who bought two percent of the shares would receive $4,000 dollars in monthly dividends. This would go on until they either decided to liquidate their shares with this particular company, the company was purchased by another entity, or the company conducted an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

What Happens in the Case of ICOs?

In ICO investments, an investor receives tokens instead of shares. These tokens have an inherently different function to that of shares. Instead of receiving dividends, as is the case of venture capital investment, token holders are given a digital asset that will accrue value according to market demand. In this scenario, the token holder might be able to set a minimum price for which they are willing to sell the tokens.

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ICO Market Approaches $12B Raised as Number of Dead Coins Tops 800

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There are now more than 800 coins which are essentially dead. However, the market for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) continues to boom in 2018, raising almost $12 billion in the first two quarters alone.Lots of Flaws

ICOs have surely become a hot topic in the last year and a half. This alternative fundraising method saw its massive upswing of interest in 2017 when it managed to reach upwards of $3.8 billion of capital raised. Yet, the first two quarters of 2018 have dwarfed that number, raising almost $12 billion, according to Coinschedule.

Nevertheless, this fairly controversial way of raising capital. And it hasn’t been without merit. A recent study showed that at least 20% of all ICOs have turned out to be a scam, which makes them a seemingly risky investment opportunity. The massive amount of flawed projects also caused some to take this even further. BitTorrent’s creator, Bram Cohen, said that all ICOs are scam unless proven otherwise.

Others, such as Bobby Lee, co-found of BTCC cryptocurrency exchange, said that 95% of ICOs aren’t based on blockchain technology but are rather database projects.

Furthermore, 800 of the tokens issued through initial coin offerings are essentially dead, according to a website called Dead Coins. The venue lists them under a few different categories, based on the reason for their devaluation. Some are the results of scam projects or have been hacked, others have gone to prices less than 1 cent. There are also those which are nothing but a parody.

Profitable Nevertheless

Despite all of the criticism ICOs are subjected to, they remain widely profitable. The aforementioned study also came to the conclusion that if you had invested in every single visible ICO, regardless of whether it turned out to be a scam or not, you would have made 13.2 times return on the investment.

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Are ICOs Cashing out en Masse to Crash Cryptocurrency Prices?

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Speculation is an integral part of the cryptocurrency industry. This becomes even more apparent when there is a lot of bearish pressure on the market.One has to wonder why these sell-offs keep happening so regularly. The ICO industry may have a role to play in this regard, albeit nothing can be proven right away.

Are ICOs Crashing Cryptocurrency?

There is an interesting correlation between the ICO industry and cryptocurrency market movements. Most projects raise funds in Ethereum to sell their tokens to investors all over the world. As such, these companies hold a lot of funds in Ethereum and other currencies. However, these companies do not hold on to their ETH holdings by any means.

In fact, a recent post claims how a previous major Ethereum price dip occurred due to EOS. This hyped-up alternative currency and blockchain project raised money during a year-long crowdsale. As such, they raised quite a substantial amount of money in the process. To cover the ongoing operational costs, amounts of Ethereum have been converted to fiat currency. That is only normal, as all ICO projects go through the same motions in this regard.

What is rather unusual is how 300,000 ETH was sold prior to getting EOS listed on Binance. Exchanging such vast amounts of money in the span of 60 minutes is very unusual. While there is no official evidence as to who is behind this development, a lot of fingers are pointed at EOS. That in itself is not entirely surprising, as the company had been spending a lot of Ether in the past few days.

Speculation but no Evidence

Although the EOS incident has some evidence, it is all a bit circumstantial at best. There are a lot of other reasons as to why such massive cryptocurrency sell-offs are taking place right now. Manipulation is always an obvious concern, especially in this unregulated industry. Proving that type of nefarious action, is as difficult as confirming whether or not ICOs are selling off their holdings in steep amounts.

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Boston College Study: ICOs Offer Huge Returns, Investors Show Savviness

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What do you think about the massive gains being had in the ICO space? Do you think such a trend will continue? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Researchers from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management recently published a study of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and their significant underpricing. The study finds that significant returns are all but guaranteed for those willing to participate in the controversial new form of crowdfunding and early investment, while also noting that such investors are savvy. 

Massive Returns

Leonard Kostovetsky and Hugo Benedetti from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management recently published a study of initial coin offerings (ICOs), which confirms what many in the cryptocurrency space already know — namely, that there is a lot of money to be made by participating in the controversial new form of crowdfunding and venture capitalism.

Even when factoring in failed projects, the average gains in the ICO space are significant, to say the least. The study concluded:

We find evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of 179% from the ICO price to the first day’s opening market price, over a holding period that averages just 16 days. Even after imputing returns of -100% to ICOs that don’t list their tokens within 60 days and adjusting for the returns of the asset class, the representative ICO investor earns 82%. After trading begins, tokens continue to appreciate in price, generating average buy-and-hold abnormal returns of 48% in the first 30 trading days.

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South Korea May Soon Legalize ICOs

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What do you think about the potential legalization of ICOs in South Korea? Do you think the market will react positively to this development? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

South Korea’s National Assembly has put forth an official proposal to permit domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs), signaling a possible reversal of the outright ban on the lucrative crowdfunding method issued in September of last year.

Time for Some Action

South Korea, the third most prominent Bitcoin marketplace in the world, has long remained a source of uncertainty in the cryptocurrency space. The country’s government flat-out banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September 2017 and has since failed to deliver any sort of clarity in regards to the future of cryptocurrency within the East Asian nation. Meanwhile, domestic companies have flocked to Singapore and Switzerland to circumvent South Korean restrictions, while South Korean investors have been increasingly exposed to fraudulent imposters.

Now, the East Asian nation’s National Assembly is seeking to finally provide some definitive answers by putting forth an official proposal to permit domestic ICOs. As reported by Business Korea, the National Assembly recommends legally allowing ICOs under conditions which provide investor protections.

The proposal was put forth at the last general meeting of the Special Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution on May 28, where it was stated:

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South Korea’s National Assembly Officially Proposes Lifting ICO Ban

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South Korea’s national legislature has officially proposed to allow domestic initial coin offerings, effectively lifting the ban imposed by the government in September last year. With the lack of proper guidelines, South Korean companies have been migrating abroad to launch their token sales.

National Assembly’s Proposal

The National Assembly, the 300-member unicameral national legislature of South Korea, has officially proposed for the government to lift the ban on initial coin offerings imposed last September, Business Korea reported on Tuesday. The news outlet elaborated:

The National Assembly has officially made a proposal to allow domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs). As the administration is sitting on its hands after imposing a total ban on ICOs in September last year, the National Assembly has come forward with an official recommendation.

Citing the Assembly’s proposed “legislative and policy proposal of recommendation to allow ICOs under the conditions of investor protection provisions,” the publication explained that the next step is for the administration to discuss the proposal with the Assembly.

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South Korea Urged by Private Sector to Lift ICO Ban

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The South Korean government is examining an end to the country’s ban on ICO’s as it explores ways to boost its crypto economy.

S.Korea Explores ways to Boost Blockchain

The country which banned initial coin offerings (ICO’s), a popular way for fintech companies to raise capital, in September 2017 is now having another look at allowing the method to take place as it worries about falling behind in developing blockchain based fields.

According to Business Korea, during a briefing on IT and Fintech the country’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) announced plans to revitalize blockchain technology.

Methods talked about including attending international conferences, promoting the use of the technology for companies within the country, and by dedicating financial resources to its promotion and use. The ministry of science will contribute 4.2 billion won ($3.94 million) of its budget to support blockchain technology projects.

Private Sector Urges a Lift on ICO Ban

Market watchers in the country though are calling for a lift of the ICO ban in order to finance the development of blockchain projects in a meaningful way.

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Four implications of Facebook’s crypto ad ban

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Facebook’s decision to ban cryptocurrency and ICO related ads will have real implications for entrepreneurs seeking to launch token sales

Facebook’s announcement in late January that it was banning cryptocurrency and ICO advertising on Facebook and Instagram will have real consequences for entrepreneurs attempting to reach mass audiences in the crypto space.

Facebook has said it will revisit its policy in due course, with its intention being to filter out only the bad actors placing “misleading or deceptive” advertising. In the meantime, the ban remains intentionally broad —leaving much for crypto entrepreneurs hoping for a mass connection to reconsider.

To help blockchain entrepreneurs frame and negotiate this new communications environment, here are four implications of Facebook’s decision:

Community building pre ICO just got harder.An ICO’s success depends partly on the strength of a company’s community. Facebook ads that took users to landing pages where they’d be prompted to give up an email address were a key tactic in email list and community building. With this cornerstone now gone, ICO teams will need to find new ways to get people into their funnels. Public relations will be Increasingly important. Earned media coverage pre-ICO has always been a key part of generating awareness, establishing credibility and community building. In a no-Facebook ad universe, this channel will now have to shoulder a heavier burden. It means entrepreneurs have to either find more effective ways to conduct their own media relations or get better at finding the right agency partners. The bottom line is that money spent on PR needs to return more than it previously did. Telegram groups, boards and Reddit matter more.As with PR, tried and true channels such as Telegram groups, Internet chat rooms, and Reddit will now matter more than they previously did for getting the word out. A healthier environment for ICOs.Truth be told, the ability to blanket the world’s most popular social network with ads had led to numerous dodgy projects raising significant funds. Facebook’s decision to ban these ads will make it more difficult for illegitimate, shifty ICOs to succeed. With that, perhaps now the Wild West will be a little less wild.So what can you do? A strategy for the no Facebook world

If you decide to go the PR route to combat the crypto ad ban, it will be all the more important to do it right. ICOs are big news these days, which is both a good and a bad thing. You need to stand out from the competition while also gaining the public’s trust and interest.

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ICO failure rate rises as mega crowdsales grab eyeballs

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Investing in cryptocurrencies is risky. Investing in initial coin offerings (ICOs) even more so. That’s the finding of a recent survey by bitcoin.com, the website owned by so-called “Bitcoin Jesus” Roger Ver.

The survey tracked the progress of 902 ICOs listed on Tokendata and its findings confirm the hit-and-miss (actually, mostly miss) nature of such speculative investments, with 46% of them failing, either in falling far short of their fundraising target (142) or folding after the ICO ended (276).

As a group, the failed projects raised $233 million, amounting to just 3.9% of the $5.6 billion raised in crowdsales last year, but nevertheless not an inconsiderable sum.

EWN took a look at the Tokendata stats and found that among the failed projects there were eight which raised no money whatsoever, not even a cent. They were: Virtual Cashback, Lookrev, TOP, burstIQ, Autonio, DLSAcademy, Doft and DisLedger, in sectors ranging from exchanges to virtual reality to healthcare.

The failures are a good sign in one way though, as it suggests investors are being more discriminating about where they invest and are no longer throwing money at projects on the basis of little more than a good idea, a pretty website or a whitepaper with lots of apparently impressive formulae and algos.

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How Regulations Will Impact ICOs in 2018

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Cryptocurrency has been around for a number of years, but it really gained traction and popularity in 2017. It went from being the money of the future to the latest and greatest way to invest and get a great return rather quickly. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are one of the investments that gained popularity along with cryptocurrency because they go hand in hand.

An ICO is a crowdfunding method that uses cryptocurrency instead of cash. Companies will offer tokens in exchange for a cryptocurrency that they specify. The token can then be used to purchase from that company in the future or can be sold to others. There are already numerous ICOs that are currently active and many that are scheduled for launch.

ICOs offer numerous benefits to both the companies that offer them and those who invest in them. One big benefit to companies that choose to raise funding through an ICO is that ICOs are typically much faster and easier methods of fundraising compared to other, traditional fundraising options. One of the big benefits to investors is that cryptocurrencies are quite liquid and can result in quicker returns and profits.

One of the reasons that ICOs have gained popularity and been such fast and effective ways of raising funds is their lack of regulation. Although, as they grew in popularity, there were some regulations placed on ICOs, they have been relatively unregulated up until now. Rather than having to jump through hoops, fill out paperwork, and see to it that all formalities are followed, and in some cases even ask permission, both those seeking funding and investors alike have been able to get down to business and get deals done more quickly when working through an ICO.

The lack of regulation isn’t all good, though. Because there aren’t any security protocols, and rules and regulations in place, virtually anyone can create an ICO, which means that some ICOs have been accused of being or uncovered as fraudulent. Not only is there a high number of fraudulent ICOs on the market, investors are not protected against fraudulent offerings since there aren’t many rules and regulations, and if they fall victim to a fraudulent ICO, they aren’t able to recoup the investment they have made.

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The 5 Top ICO Projects to Keep an Eye in February-March 2018

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2018 had started with a large increase in cryptocurrency world. That success has later been a bit smudged with the slight overall market fall in mid-January, but the currencies are growing again, despite the high volatility.

Multiple projects are being developed to capitalize on growing coins and blockchain technology popularity. We outline 5 most promising projects that use Initial Coin Offering model and are making their way through the market at the end of winter and the first month of spring 2018.

1) Cappasity

The Capacity project had set its sights on developing tools to revolutionize AR/VR and 3D technologies, this project has already introduced a professional 3D digitizing solution.

The Ecosystem economy of the platform is designed to be driven by the market. Thus, the Marketplace is the key economic unit where goods turnover occurs. Using the Marketplace, participants are free to rent, sell and buy AR/VR/3D content as well as released apps. Each content file is assigned with an ID or a hash to prevent any copyright infringement. All hashes of all the files are listed in the blockchain and cannot be changed.

The API is used for synchronization with product catalogs as the Cappasity tool could be implemented for customers’ e-stores. Additionally, Cappasity tools show better compatibility with various browsers than most comparable alternatives. Cappasity.AI to analyze customer interaction with 3D content and provide a customer interest heat maps for each product.

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Telegram to Crush ICO Record in Second Round of Private Funding

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Telegram has informed investors of a second private pre-sale of its cryptocurrency ICO despite raising $850 million in round one just a month ago.

Telegram May Raise as Much as $1.6 Billion

This week investors received an email from telegram CEO Pavel Durov informing them of a second pre-sale to the much-anticipated TON ICO. Though no exact amount has been determined sources are speculating that it will be around the same as the first round.

If so that would make it a record-smashing $1.6 billion raised before the coin is even offered to public investors dwarfing the previous high water mark set by Tezos at $232 million.

Durov’s way of funding is a change from the normal concept of an ICO as only accredited investors who are invited may purchase the discounted coins. This more closely resembles the traditional venture capital form of fundraising where most (if not all) of the discounted tokens are sold off to private investors before the public round opens.

This second fundraising round comes as Telegram and its proposed TON network are being scrutinized as short on technical details. The Telegram Open Network is to be an Ethereum like eco-system that supports apps, services and a store for both physical and digital goods.

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The Guide for Starting a Crowdsale Contract for ICOs

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Every other company, especially the ones dealing with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology wants to host its own crowdsale and raise funds. This has led to an unprecedented rise in interest among people, who wish to know more about the whole token sale process. This article aims to provide a brief insight into some of the steps ought to be taken by those who are embarking on an ICO campaign.

Only a small portion of companies opting for an ICO tend to complete it with performance much better than earlier expectations. Some of the things to be considered include –

Getting Started

The most important part of any project is the team itself. With a team and a business plan in place, the next logical step is to have a solid business plan, followed by the project implementation. The most important and complex task of this stage is the creation of Crowdsale contract (The ICO Contract).

What is the Crowdsale Contract?

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Australia’s Policymakers Have Made The Country An Attractive ICO Region

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The InvestDigital ICO illustrates how Australia has become one of the leading ICO targets for tech startups. 

When the Chinese government slapped a ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017, the cryptocurrency space took a dive on expectations that similar regulatory action would follow from policymakers in other global regions.

As it turned out, these expectations were misplaced.

While we’ve seen certain government actions seek to impose some degree of regulation onto the ICO space, the overarching trend has been one of embrace, as opposed to rejection.

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One nation that is benefiting from this relative-willingness-to-adopt approach is Australia – as illustrated by the end 2017 InvestDigital ICO.

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ICO of the Day

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Nowadays freelance platforms have three key problems that haven't been solved so far. The first and the most critical issue is fake reviews. Yesterday's student-engineer can turn into a professional with a 10-year experience in interior design in a couple of days by simply buying an old account and winding up positive reviews. It is practically imp...
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ICO of the Day

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The world's educational market is huge but unfortunately, it is very conservative. Therefore, innovative technologies face numerous barriers and go through thousands of bureaucratic labyrinths. Despite this fact, the entrance of blockchain technology, innovative verification systems, and open databases can easily solve the most critical issue in th...
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Kodak gets on the blockchain bandwagon

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This year it is likely we will see a lot of companies getting into blockchain technology and cryptocurrency as it is the thing to do. Just like the website then mobile app explosion in previous years, crypto is currently the proverbial hot cake. Kodak is the latest big company to announce that it is working on its own blockchain and digital currency.

Companies joining this crypto train may only be doing it to boost their stocks or they may realize that the technology could be powering the future. Messaging platform Telegram recently announced that it is developing its own digital currency and Kodak has just followed suit. The photography company’s film revival did not go to plan so the easiest way to raise a ton of cash is to jump into crypto.

The firm has partnered with Wenn Digital to launch the KodakOne image rights platform that utilizes KodakCoin, a photo-oriented virtual currency. The technology aims to provide a blockchain based payment system for photographers ensuring they get paid instantly and securely the moment someone buys their pictures. The platform meanwhile will scour the web seeking copyright violations in order to create an encrypted digital ledger of rights ownership.

Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said;

“For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem,”

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trade.io Outlines Exchange Expansion & Liquidity Pool Plans

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018 Zug, Switzerland.  Following its successful ICO, in which over $31 million was raised from nearly 15,000 participants, and on the eve of the start of trading on OKEx & HitBTC, trade.io is outlining its future plans and timelines of its exchange and liquidity pool.  As will be emphasized in the following summary, trade.io is completely committed to ensuring its clients and Trade Token holders are always at the forefront of any of its initiatives and procedures.  We will always put the customers’ interests first and foremost. The Trade Token (TIO) will be listed on 11 January on the OKEx and HitBTC exchanges. We will be announcing additional exchanges in the near future in which Trade Token will be listed.

Regulatory Plans

trade.io intends to have and is actively seeking multiple licenses in an effort to adhere to multiple regulatory regimes around the globe.  Currently in its scope are presences including but not limited to in Gibraltar, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Japan and Switzerland.  The experienced management of trade.io understands the need to have various licenses to ensure its in the best possible position to service its clients in the most compliant manner possible.

Customer Service

It’s not uncommon for crypto exchange customers to experience lengthy support wait times of up to a week plus, and sometimes no reply at all.  trade.io feels this unacceptable and as a result will be introducing a strict “24 Hours or Less” policy.  This means that each and every inquiry will receive a personal response within 24 hours of submission, and will have 24/7 service via email, live chat, and of course our popular Telegram channel.  The trade.io customer support management team has over a decade of experience, and has developed a revolutionary training method, to make the team not only educated in the product, but also quickly scalable to deploy over a hundred + customer support reps at a time.

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How You Can Use Bloom Tokens

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As a BLT token holder, you have immediate access to all the Phase 1 features of Bloom the moment the token sale completes and the tokens become transferrable on January 1st.

Specifically, this includes the BloomID creation, the peer invitation system and most importantly, the protocol voting portal.

The Bloom voting portal gives you immediate influence over a selection of protocol level decisions. By staking your BLT to votes, you have influence over key decisions that the network must make. BloomID registration, invitations and voting will begin on January 1st.

You will be able to use your BLT following the completion of the sale to cast votes.

BLT functions both as a currency within the Bloom Protocol and as a resource on a distributed computing platform. BLT is used not only as a means of exchange or payment on the Bloom Protocol but also as a means to account for, judge and verify community participation. In the Bloom Protocol, BLT is the native fuel that facilitates interactions on the Bloom Ecosystem.

How does this all fit together?

Bloom is a protocol for identity verification, credit scoring and risk assessment. From developing lending applications, to using BloomID to prevent fraud, developers, lenders, and individuals may use BLT in a number of ways.

BLT is needed to generate BloomID’s, verify identifying traits, update information to the network, and check BloomScores. The BLT fees can be paid directly by a user who wishes to proactively have access to their BloomID and build their profile ahead of time. Alternatively, the BLT can be paid by a business (an application or lender wishing to ensure their users are verified through the Bloom network).

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Jincor ICO contribution guide

In this guide we’ll demonstrate how to get ready for Jincor ICO, which starts on December, 1st. We strongly recommend you to set up your Contributor Account in advance to be well-prepared for the ICO start.

Also you can check our step-by-step contribution video guide.

Contributor Account provides all the features one might need while taking part in Jincor crowdsale — KYC account verification, 2FA account protection, Ethereum deposit, JCR tokens purchasing and even project support through the partner program.

Jincor ICO setup guide covers the following processes:

1) Registration

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