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Initial Coin Offerings


In an industry that’s become synonymous with fast cash, patience can be a rare commodity. That makes a little-discussed announcement last week by the Nebulas project, powered by the top 100 cryptocurrency NAS, all the more remarkable. The team behind the protocol, today valued at $64 million, will now voluntarily wait a decade before they …

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Token trading platform Templum Markets has launched a sale of a security token on behalf of a popular Colorado resort. Accredited investors can now indirectly own shares in the St. Regis Aspen Resort by purchasing so-called “Aspen coins” through the regulated broker, the company announced Wednesday. Templum will accept U.S. dollars, bitcoin and ethereum from …

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An e-commerce platform that recently launched a token sale aimed to raise $50 million has become Singapore’s first public firm to hold an ICO. Y Ventures Group, which went public on the Stock Exchange of Singapore last year, announced a plan for creating a blockchain-based e-commerce system in July and sent the sale of its AORA token …

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The number of Tezos bakers is on the rise. The protocol’s term for a validator (its equivalent of bitcoin’s miners), bakers are crucial to ensuring the nascent network’s security. And that’s all the more necessary given the value of the funds at stake. Since raising $232 million in 2017, the protocol has had a very …

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A federal court judge in California has blocked a move that sought to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging that the initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by the Tezos Foundation violated securities laws in the U.S. The decision came Tuesday, as District Judge Richard Seeborg denied the motion filed by the Tezos Foundation and the …

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Metronome supporters waited until the very end to buy the last available tokens. As opposed to traditional ICOs, which have sought to reward early buyers, Metronome’s sale, completed Tuesday, was notable for seeking to sell its tokens at a progressively lower price each minute for up to seven days. Buyers let the auction run 6 …

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A number of financial regulators from across the globe are forming a new alliance to facilitate the growth of financial technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which spearheaded one of the world’s first fintech sandbox programs, announced the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) initiative on Tuesday, …

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The day Augur launched it breezed into the rankings of top ethereum dapps by daily active users – but the momentum didn’t last long. Released on July 10, Augur allows users to create and bet on prediction markets tied to real-world events, such as World Cup games, elections and – unfortunately – murders. Having waited …

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“My premise is that you can use blockchain to essentially trust people you don’t know – you trust the code.” While that statement by Hugh Karp may sound like a standard line in crypto-land, his startup, Nexus Mutual, is actually building a product for those who don’t trust the code. Or, at least, don’t trust …

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The latest crypto-market report from wealth managing firm Canaccord Genuity posits that a long-awaited approval on a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) likely won’t come until 2019. In their quarterly update on cryptocurrencies, Canaccord Genuity, Canada’s largest independent investment dealer in Canada, dives into a range of topics, including the topic of security tokens and recent …

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Are airdrops useful? While the jury’s still out about the mechanism, used of late to massively distribute crypto tokens to those who already own cryptocurrencies, several industry observers and startups already believe it could be done better. The concept of “smartdrops” seems to have garnered some attention after a July Medium post by Yeoman’s Capital founder and …

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Tickets for the first music festival set to be powered by blockchain technology are now on sale. Scheduled for this fall, the Our Music Festival is launching its own virtual currency — the OMF token — at its inaugural event in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. It will be the first musical entertainment experience to …

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Tokens on the blockchain protocol neo may be indivisible – but it’s becoming apparent that its community is not. Perhaps ironically, it’s the very notion of indivisibility that has proved contentious to the coin’s investors and users in recent weeks. More specifically, a Github proposal to change the structure of the NEO token – one …

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said the not-for-profit online encyclopedia platform will “never” hold an ICO or issue its own cryptocurrency. Speaking to Business Insider after giving a speech at a recent blockchain event in Berlin, Wales told the news source: “We are absolutely never going to do that. Zero interest.” Wales who has been skeptical in the …

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A public blockchain project founded by the former head of Alibaba’s blockchain team has raised over $20 million from institutional investors in a combined token and equity sale. Called Ultrain, the startup announced Monday that leading investors in the round included token funds, such as Draper Dragon, FBG Capital, DanHua VC and Arrington XRP Capital, as well …

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If any coin is going to fly under the radar, it makes sense for a privacy coin to do so. Spectre (not be confused with a separate project called SPECTRE), created two crypto tokens – the aptly named spectre token and the xspec token – in 2016, but hasn’t received much notice from the crypto community …

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When a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange supports fiat tokens and courts banks, yet makes customer identification optional, all bets are off. According to data provided to CoinDesk by the blockchain project Waves, the company’s new decentralized exchange (DEX) was facilitating $6 million of crypto transactions a day in beta testing last month. That’s six times the …

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is interested in initial coin offerings as a way for companies to tap capital – but only if they’re regulated, that is. The influential business lobbying group launched its FinTech Innovation Initiative last Wednesday, highlighting development in cryptocurrencies and token sales as one of its eight “FinTech principles” aimed at …

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Amber Baldet, former JPMorgan blockchain program lead (and current CEO of Clovyr), has expressed her doubts about the proliferation of blockchain protocols: “Each of these blockchains speaks a different language,” she said in April. Getting different blockchains to talk to one another has become a pressing issue, as more and more protocols pop up – eos, …

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