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The blockchain is an immutable and versatile resource.  Its applications have the potential to disrupt the way finance and data are handled fundamentally. That said, the independence of blockchains makes them need solutions to integrate functions and be part of a bigger decentralized ecosystem. Such a platform to interlink and have transfer of value in zero-knowledge while provides scalability and maintaining privacy can be a goldmine for dApps. This is the value that the Ren Protocol adds to the distributed ledger space.

Introduction

The Ren Protocol is a project that is attempting to develop a decentralized dark pool protocol for atomic, cross-chain trading.  You are probably asking yourself; what is a dark pool? This is essentially an over the counter (OTC) marketplace where institutional investors can get anonymous execution of a trades. In the blockchain space, it is similarly a marketplace but for dApp developers and users to make orders for anonymous trades. Similarly, dark pools provide a secret matching engine that works with orders only known to their owners. Notably, these orders are not available to the public at large like normal exchanges. This guarantees anonymity.

Because of this, the Ren Protocol works to facilitate free movement of value between blockchains. Moreover, the network ensures that there is transfer of tokens in zero-knowledge because of the dark pools. This platform can, therefore, provide new liquidity and resources to scale up open finance movement across blockchains. The dApps run in secret ensuring privacy and security for data and users. This means that Ren is an effective virtual machine for privacy and interoperable liquidity.

Ren Virtual Machine (RENVM)

The REN Virtual Machine (RENVM) is essentially the engine that powers Ren. RENVM uses secure multiparty computation algorithm to provide necessary private, scalable and interoperable solutions. Accordingly, you can efficiently conduct private computation over multiple inputs and multiple parties.

The protocol uses ZK-Snarks for building, deploying, and running general purpose, privacy preserving applications. ZK-Snarks is a form of zero knowledge cryptography. Zero knowledge connotes the ability allows one party to verify information from another party to a transaction without revealing any information beyond the validity of the statement itself. The ZK-Snarks facilitate more sensitive OTC deals and eliminating front running. Zero knowledge capabilities are essential for privacy and empowering dApps with these possibilities really gives Ren the edge over any other blockchain platform.

Use Cases

REN protocol can facilitate secure multi-party computations power a privacy layer for decentralized applications. This enables the dApps to have a variety of possibilities that are unique to REN as it ensures liquidity and scalability. As such, dApps can have private and interoperable lending, exchanges, collateralization among other possibilities. This generally provides decentralized finance, trustless solutions for privacy and interoperability for dApps.

Team

The team is competent with backgrounds mostly in software engineering and finance. Ren conducts operations from Singapore with developers from across that region.

Taiyang Zhang serves as the project CEO. He is also the co-founder of cryptocurrency trading firm Virgil Capital. Zhang is a blockchain and Software as a service (SAAS) expert. This experience gives him both the expertise and vision to lead the project.

Loong Wang is REN CTO. He was the lead software developer for Neurocode and is an alumnus of the Australian National University. He is also well versed in distributed systems, cryptocurrency and parallel programming.

Other key developers are: blockchain developer Susruth Nadimpalli, software developers Noah I, Yunshi Sun, Jaz Gulati, Divya Mary and Vincent Au. Michael Burgess is in charge of operations and Vincent Ward takes up design.

Roadmap

Ren has the vision of creating world-class privacy and interoperability focused tools to grow its ecosystem. Notably, in January 2019, the Republic protocol had a rebrand into Ren. This realigned its scope into offer private and interoperable liquidity. Furthermore, in March, the protocol partnered with Aztec protocol to incorporate their privacy focused tech into the Ren ecosystem.

Additionally, in May, Ren Virtual Machine successfully deployed to Devnet. Going forward, focus is on the REMVM test-net and mainnet through the rest of 2019. 

Accordingly, the development team will continue with testing, stability, and consolidation of the VM. Tools like the Hyperdrive will be essential in leveraging the power of truly decentralized cross-chain liquidity. This will allow REN to become a complete virtual machine for privacy and interoperable liquidity,

Partnerships

Important partners include; Polychain Capital, Signum Ventures, Signal Ventures, the AZTEC protocol, True USD among others. The partnership with Aztec protocol is notable because the protocol will incorporate their privacy-focused tech into the Ren ecosystem. As aforementioned, the dark pools are a very consequential component of the REN infrastructure.

Other high profile investors are Poly Chain, Huobi Capital and FBG capital. These investors and partners are essential for their capital and infrastructure moving forward.

Tokenomics

REN, an Ethereum based, ERC-20 compliant utility token operated under the as the Republic protocol up to early 2018.  However, the protocol has since expanded its scope to focus on private and interoperable liquidity.

The REN token provides the liquidity that the platform needs via a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm incorporating Masternodes for decentralization and scalability. Besides, it secures the network since it is required for staking for persons/entities who want to operate any Darknode.

REN conducted a successful ICO which ended on Feb 3, 2018 raising $34.3 million as each token changed hands at $0.05714 for public investors.  60.2 percent or 602 million REN tokens were sold to investors with a maximum cap of 1 ETH where the purchased coins were unlocked after two weeks.

At the moment, the market capitalization is $60,896,771 USD on a circulating supply of 769,764,831 REN. The total supply of tokens is 1 billion REN.  This means that since the ICO, the return on investment (ROI) is as follows:  X1.31 on USD, X5.71 on ETH and X1.14 against BTC.

Note that the ROI for ETH is particularly high because at the time of the ICO, ETH prices bore the heaviest brunt at the start of the 2018 crypto bear market. Presently, the token is paired against BTC, BNB and ETH in exchange as Huobi Global, Binance, IDEX and OkEx.

Short Term Catalysts

The Ren protocol is still underrated and probably undervalued as a token. This is because its utility value is course-alerting for blockchain apps. The provision of not only scalability but also liquidity gives it a market edge. At the moment, the supply of a billion Ren is likely to be a catalyst in the short term. This is because as more institutional investors come into play, the value and mobility of the tokens will go up. Moreover, the high buy volume means that the protocol itself is liquid.

In addition to that, the project is one of the most talked about ERC 20 projects on Twitter and GitHub. As a result, this level of developer and investor attention gives the protocol visibility on the markets which can translate to price bumps.

Finally, the updates the protocol has in its roadmap are potentially positive for prices. The Hyperdrive upgrade, in particular, will improve the RENVM greatly. This is because the consensus mechanism will bring fast decentralized consensus to RENVM. Accordingly, this and more developmental upgrades will give prices a shot in the arm.

Long Term Catalysts

In the long-term, Masternodes can provide an excellent revenue source. This is because the decentralized nodes are an investment channel as you need 100.000 tokens to operate one. As a result, this gives room for 10.000 Masternodes which brings value to the platform and improves prices.

In real life, a staggering 50 percent of all stock trades are done in dark pools. This is for all manner of reasons but the point remains that dark pools are an incredibly popular investment channel. Similarly, Ren is the pioneer blockchain dark pool protocol. Overly, the anonymity and liquidity it is both lucrative and attractive for investors and dApp developers in the long term.

Moreover, institutional investors can really be the edge REN needs. This is because; they are more likely to prefer dark pools over normal exchanges in trading crypto. With the entrance of institutions like Facebook into crypto, this could really be a turning point in crypto as pertains to institutional investors.


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Blockchain technology is now just over a decade old. That said, the possibilities of this trustless immutable ledger still emerging by the day. That said, its application in enhancing business processes can be its most consequential application. Regardless, adoption levels are not nearly at levels the technology can command. Accordingly, a blockchain solution that integrates this solution efficiently for businesses is a sure bet.

This is exactly what the LTO Network does. This is a platform that can bring the blockchain and business worlds together seamlessly.

What is the LTO Network?

The LTO Network has is a unique platform that seeks to expand the scope of blockchain to the B2B market. This is because the platform’s infrastructure allows different parties to conduct trustless cooperation on the blockchain. The network achieves this through live contracts.

LTO therefore actualizes the promise of trustless B2B collaboration which is something developers want. Moreover, the network facilitates ad-hoc collaboration between members of a contract. This is important because members of the contract determine contract rules and not individuals on the network level.

What are live contracts? You would probably guess that they must be related to smart contracts. You are right on the money. The slight twist is that a Live Contract not only determines the state of a process but also actively instructs humans and computers on the steps it contains.

In simple terms, the Live contract is an automated workflow. This is because it is a sequence of related steps that are necessary to complete a smart contract. In other words, the Live contract has rules and an action triggers another action and the sequence goes around to completion.

The workflow is a process. For any process to go smoothly, there have to be rules to give logic to the operation. For instance, when two parties decide to have a contract, there is the drafting, approval, then signing parts. Accordingly, the signing part can’t come before approval, or that a contract that is not approved has to be redrafted. This means that the workflow has rules to give it logic. A Live Contract is a combination of the workflow and workflow rules.

The LTO Network facilitates B2B processes because it can handle inter-party Business Process Management on the blockchain. This gives LTO an edge in this field because it not only facilitates financial transactions but also does the formalities it takes to bring parties with different business and political interests to work within the processes.

The network uses a hybrid system of a public and private chain. The public layer serves the role of a global security settlement layer. The private network is where the parties exchange data securely,Notably, LTO is Network GDPR and data privacy compliant meaning that it fares well on the regulatory front. This is because data from the private layer does not get exposed to the public chain

Use cases

The network can disrupt supply chain processes, insurance, healthcare and KYC procedures. Other uses include real estate, notary services, transfer pricing automation (DTM), document management and tokenization of real estate and shares.Furthermore, this system can facilitate lease agreements and Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) contracts.

Let’s take the example of supply chain processes. The Dutch and Belgian governments cooperate with public agents AVR and Indaver for waste transportation solutions. The LTO Network won this tender in 2018 and will create backend solution to facilitate the collaboration.

The two governments supervise removal and transportation of waste to and from other EU countries. Accordingly, they liaise with multiple agencies to manage the operation. Manual processes are cumbersome and need plenty of paperwork and human resource. The LTO blockchain eliminates this clutter and instead provides an immutable way of verifying data about the weight of the shipment and the quota, making interactions among the parties trustless and secure. Moreover, all stakeholders get access to the secure data as it is GDPR compliant.

Businesses normally utilize consortium chains to assuage privacy issues. This network has a private layer for data sharing and process automation. Because of that, the private layer facilitates live contracts each with unique workflow logic. The businesses can exchange data seamlessly without sacrificing privacy.

Therefore, the public layer serves the role of a global security settlement layer. This duality of a public and a private layer makes the network hybrid. Distinctively, LTO is Network GDPR and data privacy compliant meaning that it fares well on the regulatory front. This is because data from the private layer does not get exposed to the public chain.

Furthermore, LTO is scalable and works seamlessly with a diverse a wide range of operations. This creates a suitable medium for all parties in the contract to connect at their own pace. This brings an extra level of efficiency in business which is a remarkable trait for blockchain.

Team

 LTO network has an experienced and dedicated team that works round the clock to ensure the platform gets even better.  Rick Schmitz is the project CEO and rightfully so. He is well-versed in private equity and has worked at both PWC and Deloitte. He is also the founder of Dutch startup Firm24 and Legal Things. Rick is best placed to bring his knowledge in business and integration into the blockchain world.

Meanwhile, Arnold Daniels is the lead architect for this project. He is also well experienced boasting over two decades as a certified AWS architect. Before joining, he was also the lead engineer for the Cloud9 IDE which Amazon acquired in 2016. Martijn Migchelsen serves as the COO and simultaneously the CFO.  He is has also worked with PWC as a corporate finance advisor. Besides LTO Network, Martijn is the co-founder of Firm24 with Rick.

Then we have Sven Stam who is the project CTO. He has a Master’s degree in artificial intelligence and specialization in distributed systems. His technical prowess compliments the business minds above excellently. Finally, Ivan Golovko is head of strategy and investor relations. He is also the co-founder of distributed fund and Distributed Alliance.

Important advisors include: Mike Egorov, CEO of NuCypher. He is a senior computer software engineer with a PHD in Physics, Sandor Klein, Senior VP on international sales at Docker, Pedro Irujo of CEMEX ventures and Femke Stroucken of CMS.

Roadmap

The LTO Network began as LegalThings back in 2014 as a platform for creating, sharing and signing contracts digitally before experimenting with Ethereum’s smart contracts and later finding the blockchain- FSM (Finite State Machine) combination as effective.

At the moment, the development team is focused on integrating 2 LTO innovations with the mainnet. These are the Leased Proof of Importance and summary blocks. In September, LTO will work on implementing new features in decentralized workflows.  These features will replace flows diversions among other applications.

In December, the team will work on implementing the remaining tech paper features.  These include self-sovereignty identity and chain of trust.  Overall, the team is brilliant and focusing on truly providing an avenue for businesses to collaborate efficiently on the blockchain.

Partners

Significant partnerships include: Dekra, Deloitte, MSeven, OSRE, Merin, Stena, Firm24, CMS and Damste Notary. By its nature of connecting businesses, this network will obviously have dozens if not hundreds of clients in due course.

Some of the partners double up as clients and this will be excellent for growth moving forward. For example, SignRequest, which is one of the largest Europe’s leading electronic signing providers added the LTO Network to its signature platform.

Acknowledging, Michaël Keens, CTO of SignRequest said:

“When we researched blockchain platforms, LTO Network stood out in terms of speed, set-up, and capabilities. We are able to include the blockchain transaction identifier directly into our signing logs which are circulated upon signing without the need to wait minutes for confirmations.”

Meanwhile, V-ID, a practical platform, also has a partnership with LTO Network. By complementing each other, Marnix van den Berg, Founder V-ID, said:

“The conversations we had with clients or potential partners over the past few months have always been full of energy, but Rick added even more. LTO Network distinguishes itself through speed and potential, in addition to vision and leadership.”

Tokenomics

In December 2017, the LTO network conducted a seed crowdfunding raising $1.4 million from supportive European community members. Next it had a private sale in December 2018 raising $1.7 million more. Finally, the project had a crowdsale in January 2019 raising $4.08 million. B

LTO network is scalable and works seamlessly with a diverse a wide range of operations. This creates a suitable medium for all parties in the contract to connect at their own pace. This brings an extra level of efficiency in business which is a remarkable trait for blockchain. LTO has 3 types of tokens between which you can swap: Mainnet token, Ethereum ERC-20 and BEP2 on Binance Chain. Total supply will never change because of this. The mainnet token is for staking and running a node where ERC-20 and BEP2 tokens are for liquidity and trading.

The hybrid blockchain can enable institutions to determine custom logic and use anchoring for security against data manipulation. The two layer blockchain and decentralized workflows are excellent for b2b interactions.

The crowdsale price for each LTO was $0.030 from the 520 million LTO representing 42 percent of all the coins in circulation set aside for the public. Interestingly, the development team decided to destroy the unsold crowd sale tokens.

The LTO token economy is a result of clients, integrators and community token holders staking in the network. The POS Masternodes are an investment in their own right. Accordingly more adoption will increase network value and token price in the long term.

In December 2017, the LTO network conducted a seed crowdfunding raising $1.4 million from supportive European community members. Next it had a private sale in December 2018 raising $1.7 million more. Finally, the project had a crowdsale in January 2019 raising $4.08 million.

The crowdsale price for each LTO was $0.030 from the 520 million LTO representing 42 percent of all the coins in circulation set aside for the public.Interestingly, the development team decided to destroy the unsold crowdsale tokens.

At the moment, the network has a market capitalization of $18,996,209 USD on a circulating supply of 183,238,972 LTO. The total supply of tokens is 453,540,561 LTO with each LTO changing hands at $0.10. This represents an appreciation of X3.58 on USD, X1.6with ETH and X1.13 for BTC. 

Short Term Price Catalysts

LTO network plays a very essential role in the blockchain space. Accordingly, this role in bringing new businesses and entities on board has a mutually beneficial dimension. This means that the platform has to have a streamlined process in getting its operations to be used by major entities. This is why the announcement of Certicorg as a first audit partner is a big win. Businesses obviously look for stability in business environment and this partnership adds legitimacy in the road to larger scale adoption.

Moreover, Xangle will add its infrastructure to improve transparency to the network. Even though the network is trustless and automatic, the various entities engaging need assurances as to the other’s credibility. These two pick-ups are massive and can give prices a shot in the arm especially short term.

LTO is certainly a significant market player already. With the existing partners, this network has great contacts and visibility in the market. The compliance with European data privacy laws is particularly enchanting for many players in the market. This activity is great for price jumps especially with crypto markets seemingly on a roll now.

Finally, a potential listing on Binance can be a great addition for the platform. Binance is the world’s largest exchange and a listing can provide a market presence and access to investors that can’t be overstated. As such, this is something that could have an impact immediately.

Long Term Catalysts

In the grand scheme of things, this network can greatly disrupt the way business works. This is because such a connecting avenue is unique and its hybrid system has immense potential. The strong and experienced team is essential to success and long term growth. This is because such a project needs the right people to steer it going forward and ensure it reaches desired objectives. The development team is an excellent alliance of technocrats and business experts who have the smarts to ensure solid growth.

Moreover, the project has and will continue to pick up solid industry partners for its project goals. Partnerships with huge companies like Velcro, Heineken and Deloitte positions this project well in the blockchain and business worlds.

Finally, the project will likely have success because it has a focus and clear vision. Many blockchain projects fail to come to fruition because of duplicity in market function and operating model. LTO has a unique role and its hybrid approach allows it to conduct B2B collaboration. Eventually, this unique role is what will set it apart and ensure long term price growth.


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Blockchain technology is certainly synonymous with efficiency. This has obviously become a central theme in the industry in the era of widespread tech disruption.

However, as usage increased, even seemingly scalable and versatile platforms like Ethereum struggled with load management. It goes without saying that developers of decentralized applications are churning out products in record numbers.

Accordingly, scalability, and in significant amounts is an ever pressing need for blockchain apps. Tomochain is an invention out of this necessity for providing efficiency to the token economy. 

About Tomochain

Tomochain is a unique blockchain platform that intends to provide scalability solutions to current blockchain networks, especially the Ethereum blockchain. Accordingly, the network will support horizontal network through adding second layer blockchains. These have good performance integrated with Ethereum essentially facilitating backup and atomic cross-chain transfer.

As such, Tomochain is but a network of chains that supports instantaneous confirmations, lower transaction fees and smart contracts. This makes the project a valuable addition to the dApp landscape and can support token integration for small businesses. In general, it provides an infrastructure and governance framework for blockchain application interactions.

The platform relies on 150 Masternodes with Proof of Stake Voting (PoSV) consensus. These decentralized nodes can support near-zero fees and 2-second transaction confirmation times. Accordingly, the platform is able to guarantee security, stability and chain finality for the token economy.

The platform has a native token called the Tomochain coin or simply Tomocoin (TOMO). Basically, TOMO provides liquidity for the platform and is the medium for service within the Tomochain ecosystem. Notably, the project has set up base in Singapore. That said, it has a strong Vietnamese influence since a decent part of its management team hails from there.

Team

The project founder and CEO is Long Vuong from Vietnam. He is a versatile and experienced technologist, entrepreneur and product manager. He was previously CEO at CityMe and is the Co-founder of the NEM blockchain project.

Son Nguyen is the CTO and Co-founder.  He is an engineer with many years of experience in the IT field, infrastructure IT, IoT, Fintech and Web. 

Other Key figures are Le Ho, also CTO and co-founder, Kyn Chaturvedi, Tung Hoang, Nguyen Bui, and Tu Nguyen.

Notable advisors are: Roger Lim, a general partner at NEO Capital Global, and Thuc Vu who is the CEO and co-founder of Kambria and OhmniLabs.

Roadmap

Tomochain is busy developing new products for the token economy. In the past month, the platform launched two products. These are the TomoX-SDK- UI – v.0.4.0 which came out on the June 3 and the TomoX-SDK – v.0.6.0 which was released in June 30, 2019. These products serve important functions like Integrate Real-time Markets API and implementing stop market limit order respectively that are useful in the token economy.

Going forward, the team intends to launch TomoIssuer – v1.0.0 for issuing TRC-21 token later this month.  Finally, the TomoX-SDK – v1.0.0, for the TomoX ecosystem which is simply a decentralized exchange application based on the TomoX protocol, is due for September 2019 release.

Important Partnerships

Noteworthy partners include Veloxchain, which is a reputable open source protocol, seeking to democratize the global mobility market. This network can facilitate more research into the Proof of Stake Voting (PoSV) consensus mechanism.

Besides, there is the Portal Network, which will work to improve usability and user experience, Vietnam National University, Faculty of IT, Engineering and technology, CMC Institute of Science and Technology and Savvycom, a Global app developer and software provider.

Others include Midas Protocol, the GBIC (Global Blockchain Innovative Capital) which is a multi-strategy crypto fund with offices in New York, Shanghai and Seoul, Lition, Contentos and Morpheus Labs.

TOMO Tokenomics

 Tomochain conducted its ICO in March 2018. During the successful ICO, each TOMO, an ERC-20 compliant and utility token was sold at $0.25 during the public sale. The team set a hard cap goal of $8.5 million which was realized.  The accepted currency during the ICO was Ether (ETH) and 40 million out of the 100 million in total was set aside for investors.

At the moment, the Market capitalization is roughly $43 million from a circulation of 61,906,225 TOMO. The total supply available of TOMO tokens is 100 million. This token has definitely appreciated since launch changing hands at $0.69 as per data drawn from most coin trackers.

This represents a return of Investment (ROI) of: X2.83 against the USD, 7.66X versus ETH and 2.34X relative to BTC. At the time, the markets were in a bit of a freefall at the start of the bear market that lasted the rest of 2018. Ethereum had perhaps taken the biggest hit hence the seemingly disproportionate return.

Token Distribution

Token distribution went as follows:

  • 40 percent went to token sale.
  • Another 40 percent went toward the reward engine.
  • The remaining 20 percent went to the team, advisors and bounties.

Fund Distribution

Fund distribution was as follows:

  • 50 percent went to product engineering
  • 30 percent to marketing
  • 10 percent to cover arising legal issues and for general administration
  • 10 percent was put in reserves

Short-Term Price Catalysts

In the short-term, Tomochain has a few factors that will likely impact its price positively. Simply put, can effectively disrupt the smart contract space moving forward. This is because is management team has the vision to steer the platform to exactly where it belongs: atop the scalability solutions chart.

 Therefore, first, the platform has a big community on account of its useful token.  Accordingly, the team has a bold goal of swapping two million TOMO in coming months. If they manage to accomplish this, it will have a seismic impact on prices.

Moreover, the listing on the Binance decentralized exchange is great for prices. This is because the listing on the world’s largest crypto exchange gives TOMO visibility and market presence for investors to capitalize.

In addition to that, staking Tomochain is live. Masternodes are an investment opportunity themselves and add revenue to the POSV platform. Finally, the scheduled product releases bode well for prices. This is because the products like TomoX/Dex and Tomoissuer for issuance of TRC-21 tokens offer more investment opportunities for the Tomochain and blockchain community at large.

Long-term price catalysts

Overly, Tomochain intends to replicate the success of Ethereum but in a grander, more sustainable way. Accordingly, Tomochain intends to have its own TRC20 ecosystem much like the ERC20 ecosystem. Ethereum has dominated the smart contract platform field but has struggled with scalability problems in the recent past. Cross chain scaling, particular in essential in this endeavor.

Therefore, Tomochain can effectively carve a niche in this market and be a springboard for many new blockchain platforms in the token economy. The issue of scalability is and will continue to be a problem in the blockchain space. Were Tomochain able to successfully provide solutions long-term, it will definitely be able to separate itself from competitors like NEO ICX and ETH. Such unique placement is exceptionally great for prices in the long-term.

Additionally, Tomochain already has global ambitions in the blockchain scalability field. This is because the platform has an ambassador, a partner and a global partner program.  Positioning itself at the crossroads of future innovation in the blockchain space is precisely what Tomochain should be doing.

 Already, its mainnet is live and plans to be build this efficient token economy in the crypto verse. The optics is therefore great since Tomochain needs these developers to utilize its scaling solutions. As such, the symbiotic need by developers for such solutions and Tomochain needing to increase its community and dynamism can bode well for prices moving forward.


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Introduction

This new money greatly rewards early holders with adoption like Bitcoin did, but has monetary qualities Bitcoin Maximalists can only dream of.

Risk is supposedly an indispensable part of making profitable investments. Does this equate placing all your eggs in one basket? Certainly not. You are certain to assume some risks in making investments and diversification of this risk is the least you could do for business efficiency. In the era of digital money, this risk couldn’t be more profound. Bitcoin and other digital assets can be both extremely profitable yet spectacularly volatile. This makes Bitcoin usable as a store of value like a digital gold, but less as a money like US Dollars to pay coffee with. This is because the price of such digital assets is all-important in determining gains and losses. How about a smart commodity money protocol that grows in value once adopted by more users but still will be more stable to use as a every day money for value transfers from one to another? Enter the Ampleforth Protocol.

How does Ampleforth work?

Ampleforth is a smart commodity money platform that can serve a truly unique role in the blockchain space. This is because the protocol provides an elastic supply for users relative to market changes. As such, the supply of AMPL tokens expands or contracts relative to its market price deviating from the $1 price target.

The change in AMPL price results in automatic supply changes after every 24hrs. This is done by a smart contract that changes the number of tokens for every wallet automatically. This change can be viewed on Etherscan by seeing your total holding amount number change every 24 hours. This way the change of your holding amount is not visible in your transaction history.

please be aware that the rebase change only works correctly when you hold AMPL in an Ethereum wallet or with exchanges that integrated the rebase correctly like Ethfenix and Bitfinex.

This increases or decreases the number of tokens in respective user wallets pro-rata. This kind of elastic supply is a first for cryptocurrencies and it makes AMPL have counter-cyclical trading pressure. Accordingly, it is uncorrelated with other digital assets like Bitcoin. This means that AMPL is possibly the only cryptocurrency next to bitcoin that can be a means to diversify risk for family offices, hedge funds, large investment institutions, governments and banks.

To illustrate using a real-life example:
           

  • Suppose a trader, say Jane, buys 1 AMPL for $1 dollar
  • There is a sudden change in demand and 1 AMPL is priced by the market at $2 dollars and stays there, Jane suddenly has 1 AMPL worth $2 dollars.
  • To achieve price-supply equilibrium the Supply will increase with 100% (similar to the price rise percentage) over a period of 30 days. after this period Jane AMPL holding has increased with 100% to 2 AMPL tokens worth $2 dollars.
  • The assumption is that traders will not only trade on price but also trade on the supply increase which is a results of the price rise because of higher demand in the market.

In the event of a price reduction, the opposite happens and supply contracts to match price. This balance encourages stable unit price because whether regardless of your token amounts, the net balance remains the same. This means that price cannot be used exclusively as a proxy for gains and losses. Bitcoin is a remarkable invention as it introduces decentralization to the world. However, its fixed supply makes the stability that you see in mainstream currencies like the US dollar impossible.  Accordingly, this system encourages stability. It has a different architecture from other stable coins like Tether (USDT) but it is expected to achieve a similar results once AMPL grows in marketcap. Notably, the network itself does not make money but passes all the risks and rewards to participants.

How to trade Ampleforth (AMPL)

Important to know: You don’t trade only on market price, but also on supply. For most traders it’s best to focus their trading on the marketcap price (price x supply) to know how AMPL is currently valued by the market. Professional traders and marketmakers need to find new ways to profit since AMPL is so completely different from other digital currencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin. Exciting times!

If you hold 1% of the total supply of AMPL, you will always hold 1% of the total supply after every rebase. If the marketcap of AMPL grows because of price and supply rise you will capture this value increase as well since you always hold 1% of the supply.

It goes without saying that this coin is unique in that price is not all-important in ascertaining its value. This is because supply and price balance to achieve equilibrium. Traders have to take both aspects into consideration when making purchases.

At any one time, the supply of AMPL could be an expansion, contraction or at equilibrium.  Once you understand these cycles, trading becomes easier. Accordingly, it is possible to trade during these cycles.

  • Expansion- During expansion, fast traders can have the opportunity to sell when supply increases but before the price correction occurs. This is only a narrow window before the next equilibrium point.
  • Contraction- The opposite happens during contraction as you can buy AMPL before equilibrium point sets in.

In general, effective traders can attempt to predict the next equilibrium market cap and have optimal buy and sell targets from these predictions. They can then make trades as the market adjusts to its actual equilibrium point. This makes trading AMPL a unique process where you can’t simply look up the price and liquidate your holdings.

If you are a buy and hold investor we think in the beginning of this project it’s better to solely look at the marketcap instead of the trading price since it will probably take some time for people to create shorter time frame trading systems for this unique asset.

At this moment Coinmarketcap hasn’t integrated the circulating supply rebase as of yet. The more flexible and smaller Coingecko website did a better job and changes the circulating supply a few hours after each rebase. Currently Coingecko is the best place to check AMPL’s marketcap

Use Cases

Near Term Use

In the short term, you can use AMPL to diversify your cryptocurrency portfolio. This is because of the elastic nature of Ampleforth which makes it an interesting cryptocurrency that is supposed to be less correlated to bitcoin like other crypto currencies today. Although we believe crypto currencies are here to explode it may well be so that AMPL may be one of the major currencies that benefits from this new age of digital money.

Medium-Term Use

The nature of AMPL as a “non-collateralized stablecoin,” makes it have possible use as reserve collateral for decentralized banks. Examples of such decentralized banks are MAKER DAO and the soon to be launched Libra coin by Facebook:


Libra coin by Facebook is the talk of the day

Accordingly, a coin like Libra will obviously gain widespread use owing to the sheer user base and marketing power of Facebook. That said, the Libra coin might possibly have inflationary changes in price over time because of the assets that are backing the price of libra like the US dollar and other inflationary assets used in the world banking system today. AMPL price target function will not be completely pegged to the dollar. Because of an innovative oracle structure it will keep the purchasing power of the US Dollar in mind and adjust the price target of $1 accordingly to this. This protects against future expected decreased purchasing power of the dollar if the FED keeps printing dollars until the system collapses because of too much inflation. History has shown this happens over and over again and currencies like Libra, BTC and AMPL might be the answer for the next global money.

Decentralized banks such as the Libra coin bank in Switzerland can leverage the coin as reserve collateral because of AMPL’s unique monetary qualities set out by the top minds in economics and Crypto economics.

Long-Term Use

In the grand scheme of things, Ampleforth can play the role of an actual alternative to fiat. Furthermore, AMPL doesn’t suffer the deflationary risks of fixed supply cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This is because AMPL is inherently designed to be more difficult to flactuate in price the more liquid the coin will become because of greater adoption.

AMPL has the best of both worlds that will make it a good contender to replace world bank FIAT money. It awards/punishes holders like with Bitcoin when it changes in price, but it is also designed to become more stable in price and therefore usable like US dollars in the curren FIAT banking system.

Team and Advisors

To lead such an ambitious project to its goals, an experienced and experienced team is vital. Accordingly, Ampleforth has the requisite team of computer scientists, academics, investors, and enthusiasts to achieve this end. Leading, the pack is Evan Kuo, the founder CEO and engineer of the protocol.

Evan holds a BS major from UC Berkeley and has tremendous experience in developing predictive auction products and working with venture capital. He is the former CEO of Pythagoras Pizza. All these give Evan the technical and social expertise necessary to take Ampleforth to where it needs be.

Next up is Brandon Iles, who is an engineer responsible for product architecture. Brandon worked for more than 5 years in Google’s Search Ranking and Machine Intelligence groups and later worked in Uber’s Ranking and Relevance team. He is a systems, data and AI enthusiast. A computer scientist himself (BS and MS), he provides important insight and expertise.

Ahmed Naguib Aly, Aditya Sarawgi and Nithin Krishna are other engineers with the project. They have extensive experience and expertise in coding, computer software and systems. Jackie Yen, co-founder of Pythagoras Pizza is in charge of branding while Richy Qiao is in charge of business operations.

Notable advisors are:

  1. Joey Krug from Augur- Joey is a Computer Science expert as well as a member of the Augur prediction markets protocol. He is also a Co-Chief Investment Officer for Pantera. His insight in systems, asset finance and executive experience is vital.
  2. Niall Ferguson of the Hoover institute- Just look up his wikipedia page to see why this is a heavy weight advisor backing Ampleforth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_Ferguson
  3. Sam Lessin, Works at Fin.com and partner of Slow Ventures , former VP of product for Facebook
  4. Paul Veradittakit from Pantera capital- Pantera Capital is one of the most notable investors in the crypto space.
  5. Noah Jessop, Honey Miner, MIT and former Seed Stage VC at Founder Collective

Important Investors

Investors essentially provide the fuel that any blockchain project needs to operate smoothly. Notably, the protocol raised more than $4.75 million from investors such as Pantera Capital and Brain Armstrong who is the CEO and founder of Coinbase and created one of the most valuable companies in crypto. Brian Armstrong is a college friend of one of the Ampleforth founders and is very closely involved with the project as on of the earliest seed investor.

Other important investors in this project include:

  1. True Ventures
  2. Founder Collective
  3. Slow Ventures
  4. FBG Capital
  5. Huobi Capital ( This indicates that Huobi exchange listing is never far away)
  6. Spartan Group
  7. Nima Capital
  8. Skunk Capital

Tokenomics

Notably, Ampleforth management opted to raise money through an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) on the Bitfinex platform, Tokinex. Even so, the AMPL token is based on Ethereum and is an ERC-20 token.  Following the successful IEO, the coin is presently trading at $1.35 with a total supply of 50 million AMPL. The coin hit a price high of $ 2.18 on the June 30.

However, price is not as important for this coin because there is a corresponding elastic shift in supply. The circulation supply is approximately 5.24 million of the total 50 million AMPLs in existence.

To calculate the ROI of investing you solely look at the marketcap price increase and not at price. AMPL started with a 5.100.000 USD marketcap after the IEO a week ago and is not

The token price during the IEO was $0.98 raising a total of $4.9 million with BTC as the accepted currency in a record 11 seconds. The maximum and minimum accepted amounts were $5,000 and $20 respectively. To calculate the ROI for IEO investors you have to look at the marketcap increase in the last week. Coinmarketcap hasn’t updated the circulating supply and for now only Coingecko is doing a reasonable job in having the right circulating supply after (often takes some hours to be adjusted) each rebase.

Token Distribution

Token distribution is as follows:

  • 10 percent of tokens available for crowd sale during the IEO.
  • 20 percent goes to the  ecosystem (growth/community)
  • 23 percent is for the treasury.
  • 17 percent to the team.
  • 6 percent to future employee/advisor pool.
  • 4 percent to advisors.
  • 19 percent seed.
  • 3 percent Private (Series A).


Short Term Catalysts

  • When price of AMPL stays above $1 the value of your holding will grow a few percents every 24 hours. This is so unique and may attract a lot of investors that like compounding gains on their holdings in the short term. for example if price stays above 1,30 your holding amount of AMPL will automatically grow more that 1% every day. of course if demand stays away and price goes under $1 your holdings will decrease. We expect that with this low marketcap and big funds invested it will be pretty easy to hold the price above $1 and this might be some interesting gains for early holders in the coming months.
  • Ampleforth will have a number of factors in the near future that will positively impact prices. It is important to appreciate the fact that Ampleforth is a rare project in that it is a big project with a market cap still below $10 million. The team has a patient approach towards effective market presence and in enacting measures to give Ampleforth a firm foothold with the stability necessary for the project to be sustainable.
  • At the moment, the team is putting effort to standardize the rebase mechanism on Bitfinex and is already working with other exchanges for integration. This will allow AMPL to be highly available and liquid on multiple exchanges across the board. Furthermore, the uniqueness of this project will quickly set it apart from other coins in the market. In the competitive world of crypto advertising, institutional and individual investors are obviously looking for something different and promising. Accordingly, this project is gaining positive traction with top Twitter accounts and crypto chat forums but the great mass of investors still have to figure this out since it’s only on exchanges for 1 week now.
  • The involvement of Huobi Capital, Tier 1 crypto funds and powerful individuals like Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong may result that AMPL will get lucrative listings in coming weeks or months. This will give the coin extra visibility with investors and help boost its market cap.

Long Term Catalysts

  • In the long term, the uniqueness and utility value of AMPL can propel it to widespread use. In particular, the long term stability of the coin price (not the marketcap) is a key attraction for decentralized banks seeking to have reserve collateral for their crypto holdings. Facebooks Libra coin and Multi-Collateral Dai, in particular, can benefit immensely from this opportunity. This is because AMPL is not subject to the inflationary shocks that Libra will encounter along the way and is more price stable like other crypto assets used in DAI as collateral. Such use makes Ampleforth a great candidate for global store of value as Libra will certainly be a worldwide phenomenon on account of its association with Facebook.
  • Because Amples are less correlated with BTC than other altcoins and is a completely different crypto currency on its own we expect that next to bitcoin, Ampleforth is the only logical alt-coin to use for professional portfolio construction by hedge funds, family offices and other institutional wealth managers.
  • This is an amazing new cryptocurrency that has the best of fiat and bitcoin in one coin where early holders can benefit of adoption like with bitcoin in the early days but with more stabillity for the use of actually paying each other with a more stable money.

Ultimately, the nature of Ampleforth means that it can be used like national currencies but also keeps the value increase for holders similar to Bitcoin. This stability and macro-economic friendliness are ultimately so mind blowing that we have good reasons to believe it will spur adoption and growth in market cap for the long term.


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Introduction

True, blockchain promises to be the foundation of a decentralized economy. Leveraging on existing infrastructure, that is web 2.0, blockchain is the next web 3.0, which analysts reckon will change the world. Indeed, in a world where there is increasing awareness and the demand for privacy, transparency and elimination of borders ever rising, blockchain could, in theory, be the panacea for all these shortcomings.

However, there is a problem. To tick all these boxes and meet the needs of users, Blockchain must solve scalability. Of course, from the blockchain trilemma, it’s all about choices and the Internet of Services (IOS/IOST) platform chose to address scalability. Scalability is a bugging and hugely limiting concern. Think about it, Ethereum works with a throughput of 15 TPS, Bitcoin at 7 TPS and Visa, a centralized platform clears transactions at 24,000 TPS.

About IOST

As aforementioned, it’s all about choices and to that end, IOST chose the Proof-of-Believability as their preferred consensus algorithm. In theory, this architecture will present a throughput of 100,000 TPS. At these rates, the network is truly scalable as it can handle demanding operations requiring tremendous on-chain capacities.

IOST, if anything, presents a truly scalable blockchain that is a perfect response to a hurdle that most public chains are doing their best to come up with fitting solutions to. As a result, and to make this possible, IOST is implementing an array of technologies including a different consensus algorithm in Proof-of-Believability, introducing Micro State blocks technology and distributed sharding technology.

Because of Micro State Blocks technology, the IOST platform is leaner, faster and importantly efficient when it comes to demand for storage, processing power and other basic configurations.

Additionally, IOST settled for the Byzantine Shard Atomic Commit (Atomix) protocol for security purposes arresting attempts of double spends while blending this with a truly open source and transparent network that is effectively the true “truth” platform where all and sundry can participate in validating transactions.

Team

Helping harness the true power of the blockchain is Jimmy Zhong, the co-founder and CEO. He is insanely passionate about startups and creating new things. Before IOST, he was the founder and CTO at Studypool (500 startups batch 11), an online academic platform that assists students to get help with their academic questions.

Besides, he is the CEO and Founder of Dora. Dora is a technology-driven company(Series B) that focuses on developing intelligent kiosks/hardware and blockchain technologies.

Meanwhile, Terrence Wang is the CTO and co-founder bringing with him skills from Uber where he was their software engineer. Justin Li is also another co-founder and CIO. Justin is experienced in investment banking with stints at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deloitte. Other co-founders include Ray Xiao, the COO, Sa Wang, the CMO, and Kevin Tan, the CDO.

Advisors include Yusen Dai who is a partner with ZhenFund and the co-founder of Jumei. Then there is Ryan Bubinski the co-founder of Codecacademy, Robert Neivert who is the COO at Private Me and Jia Tian the investor at BitFinex and a limited partner at BitFund. Others include Bman Lee as well as Michael Karnjanaprakorn.

Roadmap

The idea of IOST was conceived in Q2 2017 but it wasn’t until Q4 2017 that development began. In Q1 2018, the first MVP Test Net in Apollo Version 1 was launched. A few months later in Q2 2018, Janus version 1 where there was implementation and testing of EDS and PoB on Test Net was completed.

By the end of the year, the IOST smart contract draft document had been released and deployment and testing of HUDS and supporting modules completed on Test Net. There was progress in 2019 as the deployment of IOS Virtual Machine on Test Net and auditing the network.

However, the real deal is the release of the next work in Q3 2019 and the launching of dApps with the optimization of machine learning on the network by the close of the year.

Partnerships

Not surprising the IOST ecosystem is diverse, involving heavy weights. With an ecosystem made up of wallet integrating partners as Monarch, Huobi Wallets, COBO, Trust Wallet, Magnum Wallet and others, crypto exchanges for investment or trading purposes as Huobi, Binance, Bittrex, Bithumb, OkEx, Bitfinex and UpBit, an activel dApp gaming protocol, application of the Beam protocol and many others, IOST is rich.

Perhaps making this possible is a IOST Partner voting portal allowing public participation in their governance. With a voice, IOST token holders can elect their preferred Node Partners. Their objective is to on-board more than 500 Node Partners in 2019.

Partners aside, a visible development is the Bluehill incubator and accelerator program under their management. With a $50 million kitty, IOST is seeking to somehow emulate what Ethereum did with ConsenSys. Bluehill backs IOST partnerships and all the projects built in the IOST ecosystem. Then there is Theseus,  Research and Development team developed under IOST funded by among others ZhenFund and K2VC.


Tokenomics

The IOST is a utility token based off Ethereum complying with the ERC-20 standard. In total there are 21 billion IOST tokens in circulation and the team set aside 40 percent of all these for public investment. During the crowd sale, the hard cap was set at 35,000 ETH or $31.26 million in USD terms.

The ICO was a success and the team reached the hard cap, raising 100 percent of the amount at $0.01 per IOST. The ICO was split into three phases. In stage one, for every ETH invested, one would receive 200k IOST tokens, in Phase 2, every ETH brought in 150k tokens and in the final section, every ETH brought in 100k IOST tokens for the investor.

35 percent of all IOST are held by the IOS Foundation and will be used for development and ecosystem building. Meanwhile, 12.5 percent will go towards incentivizing the community and 10 percent to the team. The remaining 2.5 percent is set aside for advisors and early investors.

At the time of writing, IOST had a market cap of $158 million from the 12 billion IOST tokens in circulation. By trading at $0.013, IOST daily trading volumes exceed $36 million. Relative to the USD, ROI is 1.36, 3.8 against ETH and 1.67 versus BTC.

Short Term Catalysts

That there has been a high social media activity around IOST is an understatement. IOST has been breaking the inter webs. For a simple reason that in the short term will influence the pricing of the ecosystem in the short to medium term.

The network completed a two-round mainnet token burn even where $55 million worth of IOST were destroyed. Presently, token swap is in progress as leading exchanges as Binance, Huobi, UpBit and other exchange partners supporting the migration.

But that’s not all. There are over 200 node partners and IOST is doing everything they can to make storage, staking or hodling of IOST tokens a safe affair by joining hands with several wallet providers.

By Q1 2019, the platform became the fourth most playable public chain thanks to the scalability enabled by PoS and Byzantine Fault Tolerance mechanism in place that makes the network scalable.

Active dapps on IOST:

Because of their mission, it is estimated that a game is launched every week in the IOST network making it truly playable helping Jimmy Zhong carve out a niche. Rather than quantity, Zhong is opting for quality.

Therefore, IOST is working with a select number of game developers instead of funding loads of inexperienced teams to boost their dApp ecosystem:

“Real games will come to the blockchain, but we know using a blockchain won’t make a boring game interesting. Tokenized items aren’t interesting on their own. The number of dapps running on IOST doesn’t bother me at all. 100, 300, 500? I’d prefer to have 15–20 of high quality.”

Following the launch of cross chain stable coin, iUSD, that is interoperable and pegged to PAX, GUSD, DAI, TrueUSD and CircleUSD, IOST has launched the IOSTCash, a “free-to-use dApp built on the IOST platform that pays out IOST for completing quick surveys/polls.”

Overly, there are some interesting developments in the pipeline by close of the year and all will one way or another positively influence the price of IOST tokens.


Long Term Catalysts

Leveraging on their scalability guaranteeing Proof-of-Believability, the IOST ecosystem is growing as they strike partnership with heavy weights. In the long run though, some high level partnerships will boost IOST prices. Through their collaboration with Origo, there is better privacy and security for dApps while BitUniverse introduces a new way of trading and managing assets including IOST.

Then again, with Xangle, which provide institutional grade crypto reports for top-tier financial institutions, the path of least resistance for the token will be northwards.

Complementing this is the recent announcement that IOST is indeed a Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) at Amazon Web Service. It is further enhanced by their partnership deal with the Enterprise Singapore and Hashed Venture Labs where the express purpose is to grow and develop the dApp and blockchain arena in Singapore. 

Add that to their collaboration with Ok Pool where there are 50 million IOST staked in their voting program. Excitement is visible because staking IOST is a lucrative event since average staking yield is 12.34 percent with average stake ratio of 32.48 percent. On the gaming front, their leaning towards quality means they shall launch a dApp pipeline. Gomoku, the first game of its kind launched by AI Tech, will launch in July.


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Unique, blockchain as it is, is broad and multifaceted. With smart contracts came this light bulb moment that everything of value that be tokenized. Tokenization and consequent recording on the blockchain brought about the need of interoperability between different blockchains serving the same purposes.

Introduction

Piquing public interest following listing at Bittrex, the Quant Network’s token, QNT, is special. Geared towards interoperability, the network creators assert that their aim is to tear down walls allowing full exploration of different blockchains by enterprises and developers.

To that end, Quant presents two core products in Overledger and GoVerify. While managing to be as smooth and sleek as possible, they successfully foster interoperability and are intuitive to the end user while presenting an avenue for future proof.

Quant Network describes OverLedger as a blockchain operating system that bridges and allows access to different blockchains and networks. Through it, Quant facilitates the creation of multi-chain applications, or simply, MApps. Meanwhile, GoVerify is more of a verification tool that automatically vets every incoming email, call or any other form of communication assuring enterprises that the message is from a verified, legit source, not scams.

Simply put, it is in Quant Network where enterprises or individuals can securely and easily build multi-network applications. Here, an enterprise or a developer can cherry pick advantages of one blockchain, say speed in Ripple and merge them with the decentralization of Ethereum, perfectly optimizing their blockchain agnostic App(s).

Team

Gilbert Verdian is the CEO. He has over 20 years in network security with several stints in multi-million corporations. Before, he was CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at Vocalink. Owned by MasterCard, it works towards improving payments within the UK through the Faster Payments project.

Assisting him is Colin Paterson, the CTO (Chief Technical Officer). Like Gilbert, he his vastly experienced in Cybersecurity with a background in AI and IT. Colin is the co-founder of Trudera whose patented tech is used by TrustTag in Go Verify and Sentinel. Other noteworthy developers include Jean-Paul de Jong who is the Chief Architect, Vijay Verma, Rui Wang, Sebastien Bramille and Alexandru Chiriac who are Full Stack Developers.

Advising the team is Paolo Tasca who is a FinTech economist with specialty in P2P financial systems. He also counsels the EU and UN on blockchain matters besides being the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) at University College London. Based in London, Chris Adelsbach is the Managing Director of Techstars whose partners include Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing and Ford.

Renier Janse van Rensburg has 20 years experience occupying various roles in advisory, assurance and management. Others advisors include Volker Skwarek and Tariq Khan.

Roadmap

Officially, Quant as a business began in Oct 2017 following the incorporation of Quant Network AG. However, the idea of OverLedger was conceived in 2015 and its operating system conceptualized two years later.

In late 2017, its prototype was developed and by mid-May 2018, their token sale was complete with TrustTag beta release in Q2 2018. Plans for Quant Enterprise MApps (multi-chain applications) and Treaty Contracts are there and there launch is after the Quant App Store aiding in Quant’s progression.

Partnership

Because of their ambitions, Quant has attracted quality and well-oiled partners. In fact, Quant Network is one of the founding members of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) where other members include IOTA, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Fujitsu, Ledger and many more. Apart from that it works with Amazon’s webs service as a technology partner.

Furthermore, Quant Network joined the Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort whose objectives overlap. Like Quant, Hyperledger seeks to advance cross-chain collaboration. Overly, by building and launching robust cross-chain industry specific apps, they hope to eventually roll out an enterprise grade open source distributed framework and code bases.

Additionally, Quant Network was appointed as a guarantor for Pay UK. It is one of the largest payment networks in the United Kingdom alongside other fintechs and banks. Following Quant’s involvement there is more openness and competition. Quant also sets the strategic direction for Payments infrastructure as well as for the adoption of new Payments Architecture.

Other partners include Oracle, Crowdz, AUCloud and UK Cloud, Mobi, Alchemy, Accord Project and many more.

Tokenomics

Over and above everything, Quant Network (QNT) is an Ethereum based token compliant with ERC-20 standard. However, their apps and tokens can be launched on any blockchain. The mildly successful crowdfunding began on April 4, 2018 and ended six weeks later on May 12th, 2018. The hard and soft caps were set at $40.6 and 14.6 million respectively. However, they managed to collect 30 percent of their desired amount.

Raising $11 million from the 31 million QNT tokens, which is 68 percent of the total amount of QNT; this shortness didn’t deflate them. During the pre-sale, each token was sold at $1 or 0.00145600 ETH during the pre-sale with that rising to $1.6 or 0.00230000 ETH during the public sale.

Participants were required to submit their details as the crowd funding was KYC and AML compliant barring investors from China, US and sanctioned countries as Iran and Syria. 31.57 percent of the total tokens in circulation are reserved by the company.

QNT is FiNMA–regulated and a utility token whose ownership provides a digital access to the platform’s apps and other services. Gaining entry to Quant Network’s operating system demands QNT tokens which is relinquished for fiat depending on the need of the requesting party. QNT will be exchanged for annual license, Consumption or platform fees billed in fiat.

Presently, following the token sale, QNT tokens are fixed at 14,612,493 with no plans of minting extra QNTs. This is important especially for QNT investors searching for value and seeking to rake in benefits should Quant Network dominate.

Because of this shift, ROI is superior despite crowd funding in a bearish year. Against the USD, its ROI is 4.19X, 8.63X versus ETH and 2.90X in BTC terms. QNT is currently trading at $6.31 against the USD with a market cap of $59.551 million and daily trading volumes of $7.363 million.

Short Term Catalysts

Competition may be stiff but Quant Network is visible because of what they present to their users. A Network to Network connection and over the transaction level of communication with a two phase connection method, Over Ledger is obviously trumping competitors like Hyperledger, Polkadot and Cosmos.

Add that to their fixed supply and QNT prices won’t be imperiled by extra emissions that heap the asset’s value with sell pressure. Already, there are more than ten QNT trading pairs in liquid exchanges including Bittrex and UpBit.

Traders who prefer DEXs can also trade via IDEX where it is paired against ETH. However, the listing at Next Exchange, which is regulated and a hybrid fiat ramp, will deepen QNT liquidity. At the exchange, it will be listed against five other digital assets including BTC, NEXT and ETH.

But it doesn’t stop there, Quant Network is open for more partners and during the Crypto Valley Conference held in Zug, Switzerland, Quant’s representatives were present to pitch the network’s benefit and purpose to thousands of attendees.

During the conference, there were more than 100 presentations from industry leaders in more than three stages. Here, the discussions circled around technology, economy and finance, and legal and regulation. Attendees were from different start-ups, corporate, academia and governments.

Long Term Catalysts

Accessible through Oracle, Amazon Web Services and collaborating with Crowdz and Alliance Block, Quant Network is an important cog in the interoperability landscape. Ambitious with support across the board, Quant Network recently struck a deal with SIA.

Analysts reckon that this would be game changing since it is one of the largest European fin-tech companies in the payments and infrastructure sectors. The goal is to explore possibilities of further blockchain interoperability including the development of blockchain agnostic applications for financial institutions.

As a result, SIA aims to eventually integrate Quant’s OverLedger into their infrastructure enabling interoperability. The first tests will be executed on the R3 Corda’s and private Ethereum platforms.

Daniele Savarè, Innovation & Business Solutions Director, SIA said:

“We actively continue on our path of innovation and the achievement of a fully interoperable blockchain network is the foremost objective we want to reach with the collaboration of Quant Network and its disruptive vision on DLT.”

All the same, enterprise adoption will make or break blockchain-and Quant by extension. To quantify, this year alone, according to data from International Data Corp, governments and corporate spending on blockchain and DLT reached $2.9 billion, an 89 percent expansion from 2018 and projected to hit $12.4 billion in the next three years.

In one way or another, their funds are funneled towards permissioned and permissionless networks as Ethereum or IOTA for example but OverLedger is the only solution that has the technology to link them all. Quant Atlas for example, allows for interoperable banking via cross border open banking.

Open banking, once mature will drastically change the way funds securely move across the borders. Since Quant is setting the standards, forging relationships with banks and platforms that financial institutions can find use in, one of their partners is SWIFT. It is a network for banks with more than 40 years experience in banking and under pressure to innovate. It is likely that if they interlink more financial platforms, it would be a sort after network benefiting early investors in days ahead.


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Introduction

To ordinary investors, doing due diligence is not something they are skilled at. Through the power of the crowd, they often times find themselves heavily investing in a project they hardly know where their value proposition is from. They only heard about and well, because of the pressing “Fear Of Missing Out” that contributed to the last Bitcoin and ICO mania of 2017, sell their property or borrow loans with big dreams.

Wealth generation is gradual, slow and full of pits. Of the many fund raising models where investors are yet to recover, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) rank high up. Taking advantage of ignorance, founders of shoddy or outright scam projects fleeced honest investors billions of fund. After it went overboard, governments intervened, social media platforms banned ICO-related adverts and what we now have is a leaner and a more procedural, KYC- leaning fund raising platforms where governments are ready to strike, nabbing scam artists.

In an evolution and increasing awareness in an emerging asset market, investors are now demanding procedures and compliance. There are several platforms out there but of the many, there is this gravitation towards Security Token Offerings (STOs).

To simplify, STOs differ from ICOs with the main differentiator being the investor is well aware that he/she/them are investing in an investment contract bidding the blockchain startup to comply with existing jurisdiction regulations. Besides, STOs are asset-backed and accredited investors are confident that their funds are funneled into a project that is legal where access to funds in this model is cost effective. Regardless of these benefits, not all countries are open to STOs. Some of these restrictive countries include China, India, South Korea and Algeria.

With compliance at heart, Own, the platform behind CHX tokens, are diving head first into the world of regulation. Keen on tapping the best for their investors, Financial Asset Security Tokenization (FAST) Platform is designed to issue and service equity. It is secure with a Decentralized Share Register as well as several blockchain services.

Team

Behind their vision mission is a determined team. Leading the pack is Sascha Ragtschaa who is the CEO and the Co-founder. He’s been in Software Engineering from 16 years where he has worked as a Lead Engineer on multiple projects and business lines around the world. Spanning 17 years he has held several leadership positions in Europe, Australia and North America.

Similarly, Florian Batliner-Staber is experienced. He is the COO and Co-Founder of the firm specializing in in technology solutions and product development around global equities and shareholder relationship management. He has a Bachelor’s degree in communication science at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich. Before Own, he worked as a Content Management provider and served several roles in IT infrastructure and software development projects, as well as product management.

Then there is Ermin Dzinic, the CTO and Co-Founder. Behind his technical capabilities, Ermin has stellar accolades including Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and IT Technology, SCRUM Master, Certified Oracle Professional and Associate coupled with the completion of relevant Management and Technical Education. Multilingual proficiency in Bosnian, English, German and Spanish. Simply put, he is adept with proficiency in business intelligence, data analytics, software development methodologies and strong expertise in database systems.

Advising the team is Yana Afanisieva, Jan Vom Brocke, a Professor of Information Systems in the University of Liechtenstein, Mark Pui an Executive with the PwC Asia and Klaus  Tschutscher, the Former Prime Minister of Liechtenstein.

Roadmap

Conceived roughly two years ago in July 2017, the co-founders decided to launch a new model for investment.

A month later they came up with the White Paper and a team of experts for initial designs. Thereafter in Sept they launched in mainland Europe under Chainium. In March 2018 they  successfully crowdfunded and opened up offices in Liechtenstein, Bosnia and the UK.

In July 2018, they released the first version of their platform and in September the  same year launched their Decentralized Share Register with resounding reception.

Fast forward five months later and in Feb 2019, they launched their FAST platform and currently working on establishing alliances with key STO partners.

Partners

For successful operations, Own is working with various industry leaders. Some of them include Areva, an Auditing and Trust company. They also have a deal with Nagele, Hamersley and Fitek. While announcing their collaboration with Lexit, their objective was to “reinvent the global equity market with an end-to-end offer starting with capital-raising all the way through to mergers and acquisitions.”

Acknowledging this, Lexit CEO Amir Kaltak said their “M&A solutions combined with Chainium’s growth solutions will provide a comprehensive end-to-end service for businesses around the world.” Additionally, Own is working with O-Mobile. They are explicit that they will support Own’s plan.

Making the announcement, they said Own is “determined to deliver a real and viable alternative supported by a revolutionary blockchain infrastructure and they already have significant support from the business sector.”

Eventually, with their support, Own will end up democratizing equity as O-mobile provide “ access to a huge number of SMEs who have been qualified and undergone due diligence and Chainium will provide a democratic equity solution in an exciting and emerging market.”


Tokenomics

In the process of democratizing the space, CHX is an ERC-20 utility token that fuels that underlying network. Following their successful ICO in 2018, the coin is presently trading at  $0.127986 with a circulating supply of 79.4 Million against a total supply of 169 million with most trading stemming from BitMax.

Investors of CHX are required to lockup their asset for the life of the equity issuance cycle. Besides being a utility to access the analytics within the platform, CHX is used to pay fees for those who decline to share data.

Selling at $0.066 during the ICO, 50 million CHX tokens were available to the public. However, 50 percent of all CHX tokens were distributed to the investing community with the objective of raising $5.5 million where the minimum contribution was capped at 0.1 ETH. Despite this, only $3.435 million was raised with ETH as the accepted currency. Investors from China, Iran, North Korea, South Korea, USA couldn’t participate.

25 percent of all CHX tokens, that is, 200 million CHX, will be allocated to Founders and Management, 10 million to cover Token Sale costs and 20 percent will be locked in a Reserve Fund.

Fund Allocation

The proceeds from the crowd funding will be split as follows:

  • 60 percent will go towards IT Development and infrastructure development
  • 15 percent cover Business operation costs
  • 10 percent caters for regulatory compliance
  • 10 percent allocated for marketing
  • 5 percent will be channeled to cover loans which the founders lent the startup in the early stages

Despite last year’s doldrums, the startup didn’t switch off even as prices fell. At the time of writing, CHX is trading 63 percent from its all-time high where it surged to $0.341628. However, at spot rates, the ROI is 1.92X against the USD, 2.39X with ETH and 1.21X relative to BTC.

CHX/USDT Price Analysis

Overly, there is an across the board recovery in the crypto markets. Analysts reckon that the alt-season is officially on. During these sessions, alternative coins as CHX tend to receive a short in the arm as prices soar sometimes by more than half.

Presently, CHX is stable in the last day and week but poised for more gains assuming related fundamental factors are strong and ETH spikes. So far, noteworthy resistance is at $0.17 while support is at $0.11 as CHX trades within a trade range against the USDT. Ideally, any price break above $0.17 ought to be with high participation exceeding 2.7 million of June 20.


Short Term Catalysts

Historically, July is activity filled as far as partnership and development is concerned. Therefore, if that is the guidance, the expectation is that this coming month will see CHX prices react to new deals or developments propelling Own to the next level. It’s easy to see why. Wall Street and Venture Capitalists like value investing, and well, with many projects seeking to leverage blockchain, STO platform gives them exactly what they need-clarity, cost savings and regulation.

VCs and Wall Street value seekers know that are investing in an investment contract and expect dividends if need be. All this is done in an environment that is compliant to country specific laws and cheap yet transparent. In an industry that is worth billions and even trillion, Own is laying the framework allowing startups to receive capital from willing investors including average Joes who can get a piece of real estate and basically every other token in existence.

In an recent AMA, they acknowledged that are working and in talks with a number of regulators: in Liechtenstein (FMA), in Switzerland (FINMA), in Hong Kong (SFC) and SEC in the USA. On top of that, they are lining up and there are companies willing to issue tokens on their platform anywhere in the next quarters and through to 2020.

Add this to news that a Former director at one of Asia’s largest stock exchanges will be joining their advisory board is exactly the primers needed to boost CHX demand in the short to medium term.


Long Term Catalysts

In the long term, protecting investors in an unregulated market is a move away from ICO gambling where “utility” used to sell. Through a compliant STO platform, companies will issue their tokens to approved investors with the knowledge that they are part of the company and entitle to future profits through dividends or any form of incentive.

Because of STOs of which Own stands out, other markets previously not accessible to the rest of the world and situated at prime locations in the US will be accessible to ordinary investors.

Price wise, the locking up of 50 million CHX is a way of catalyzing demand by making the accept scarce. Perhaps this is the reason why last year’s losses were limited, dropping by roughly 70 percent while others where crashed during the same period, losing up-to 98 percent of their value.

Additionally, in their bid to decentralize, 60 to 80 percent of their Validator nodes are ran by uses, not Own with the only requirement for setting the node is the willingness to stake CHX.


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There are perhaps a million reasons why privacy is important. Privacy is part and parcel of who we are. It describes us. By nature we are keen on preserving this individuality, an aspect that makes us distinct. With newer technologies ever bringing us closer like never before, there is no other time in history that the world is demand for more privacy that in the 21st century.

But what could be the reason? The rise of governments willing to collect every nounce of information from all and sundry is pushing individuals to the wall. Exacerbated by the rise of social media and search engines who are more than just platforms but data harvesting machines, privacy is the perfect antidote to limit the powers of oligopolies and governments.

Through  privacy there is respect for individuals and if push comes to shove, there are measures on the ground to limit damage and effect reputation management steps. With privacy there is magnification of the Freedom of speech and expression. Privacy helps foster trust and respect.

By advocating for privacy and implementing policies geared towards prioritizing privacy, there will be no need for one to justify themselves. There will be freedom for more political activities. In short, there will be no room for curtailment. Blockchain made that possible but Nix is taking it a notch higher.

Introduction

At core, Nix is a platform that meet the needs of their end users. From its platform, they will mint  a privacy centric currency on top of a multi-layered interoperable platform that will be the base of an anonymity centric network. It is here  where users can launch anonymous dApps and smart contracts.

This additional cushion will be the “best-in-class privacy layer”  to any blockchain in existence.

Enabling this is robustness that is inbuilt in Nix. By design, the platform is built over four layers. The protocol and utilization layers handles consensus and tools respectively. Meanwhile, the communication and dApp layers allow for interoperability and dApp development.

Team

Behind Nix’s ingenuity is the development team consisting of Matthew Tawil who doubles up as the Founder at flarewallet.io and the lead blockchain engineer. At Nix he specializes in consensus protocol work regarding LPoS (leasing proof of stake), lightweight p2pSigma Protocol, Commitment Key Pack, and layer 2 solutions. Then there is Pieter Hamels, Mikheil Nems and Mauro Hernandez.

In Operations there is Mario Torres who has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad del Zulia. Kendry Fernandez is under PR and Editing while Michael Brayer is the Community Manager. Under Design is Thomas while Dan Wiggins spearheads Nix’s marketing efforts by addressing their SEO & Digital Marketing needs.

What’s noteworthy are Nix’s advisors. Charlie Shrem is part of the team. He’s a known Bitcoin advocate and an early founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. He’s had his run-ins with the law but he remains adamant and passionate about privacy and believes privacy projects are the future of crypto. Dr. Sriram Vishwanath is yet another advisor. He is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.

Roadmap

It has been roughly a year since Nix launched their mainnet back in June 27. Since then it has been a plethora of activities. From completing their PoS Consensus Model on the day of launch, rolling out the NIX Ghost Vault in September 2018 to completing the NIX 2-Way Ghosting with Commitment Key Packs on Nov 5, progress is positive. Conspicuous in all this was the release of the Lease Proof of Stake Consensus Model on Dec 15 and the mobile wallets in early Jan 2019.

Nix followed this up with Decentralized Off-Chain Governance, a Hardware Wallet Ghostnode Support, a Sigma Protocol Integration, a Exchange listing – CryptoBridge and Hardware Wallet LPoS Support is currently in progress. The icing on the cake in all this was the Exchange listing at KuCoin where its asset was paired against ETH and BTC.

Scheduled for Q3 and 4 of 2019 is Sidechain development and research as well as Developer SDK.

Partners

Towards their goal, Nix has a partnership with Kucoin where Nix is listed and paired against ETH and BTC. Concurrently, they are working closely with ChainZilla where their express objective is to “bridge the gap between decentralized exchanges.”

From this collaboration, both companies will seek to help promote future collaborations among decentralized-driven projects as well as the implementation of more NIX private solutions like the Ghost Vault and the 2-Way Ghosting.” Nix also has a partnership with BlockNet, which describes itself as an internet of blockchains and a “2nd layer blockchain interoperability protocol that enables communication, interaction, and exchange between different blockchains.”


Tokenomics

Nix creators are after building a novel project, empowering users and freeing them from the increasing entanglement from social and even political interests. Towards that end, the project will be paying homage to the Zoin community believing that Zoin’s “network of individuals are the essence of how there can be an immunity towards community driven empowering ecosystems.”

Therefore, the initial supply of Nix is based from Zoin without the need of an ICO. There was a 2:1 Airdrop for Nix and Zoin coins meaning at the time of snapshot, two times as many Nix coins as Zoin were created followed by a claimed Airdrop where issuance is based on evidence from Zoin ownership and that not all coins could be  claimed.

From this, the initial supply was 38 million with a capped maximum supply of 175 million where the initial Nix reward stood at 68. Nix halving will be after 1,050,000 blocks where each block is generated after every two minutes. Besides there is a seven percent block fee towards a development fund that will instead cater for research and development of the Nix protocol.

Presently, there are 43.2 million coins in circulation, each trading at $0.20 with a market cap of 8.64 million. The $0.20 tag is a far cry of $6.83 it tested 10 months ago. From this, it is evident that Nix plummeted 97 percent to 7 cents before recovering.

NIX/BTC Price Analyses

Trading below last year’s lows, Nix like most crypto assets is under pressure. However, from technical arrangements, a snap back to trend after free falling 97 percent in 2018 is the main resistance trend line connecting highs from Q3 2018. Other resistances for upsides are the 0.000020 BTC, 0.000033 BTC and 0.000067 BTC levels. Support is at 0.000009 BTC.


Short Term Catalysts

Overly, Nix is a tool that will empower all and sundry. Fronting privacy and championing for independence in everyone’s social, economic and global structures, they integrated the Ghost protocol. With the team keen on fulfilling its road map, the activation of Sigma at block height block 232,000 meant it was the first Proof of Stake blockchain network to do so. Sigma tags a new level of privacy and scalability.

On top of that it allows for custom “implementation among the many privacy oriented projects with reused technology” as the community enjoy the full benefits of an off-chain governance model where suggestions for network enhancements can be made.

But there is more. Their listing at Flare Wallet promise to be a game changer. Not only is the wallet private yet multi-currency, but the User Interface is an improvement, even better than that of BTC supporting Wasabi. Aside from facilitating private transactions, Flare is where you can trade NIX across different decentralized exchanges thanks to the Ghost Protocol which is a mix of Bullet Proofs, Atomic Swaps, Dandelion, commitment key packs, Tor and Sigma based ZK proofs. As such within the Flare Wallet there is multi-currency anonymous swaps that is only unique which is a huge selling point for users keen on privacy.

On top of this there are dedicated free mobile wallets available for iOS and Android users. Individuals desirous of heightened security can connect Nix to their Ledger Nano S hardware wallets via Nix Electrum. All one has to do is to ensure they download the latest Firmware and have the Ledger Live App.

However, what could spur demand is the new Leasing Proof of Stake allowing for third-party cold staking. With a ROI of 21.44 percent for normal staking and 14.44 percent for Ghost node, rewards alone are enough to entice participation triggering demand and therefore higher prices.

Long Term Catalysts

Decentralization and interoperability is no doubt, the new cool. With these, privacy is an assurance and as Nix fuels this drive, the DEX Manager is critical. Riding on the principles of blockchain and decentralization, this dApp “solves privacy layers among DEX trading by virtue of privatized atomic swaps.”

Additionally, it will be a bridge, connecting DEXs allowing for better liquidity. Like the activation of SWAP, Nix is the first of its kind allowing for anonymous trading, swapping all from an easy to use DEX manager prioritizing security and privacy. Already, Nix is available at Kucoin where it is paired against BTC and ETH.

However, with the gravitation towards decentralization and the intentions of the creators, it is highly likely that NIX will be listed aside from Mercatox but in other liquid exchanges as prices recover after last year’s dredges.


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Introduction

That food is a basic human need is true. It replenishes and is indeed vital for our general well-being. That is why an increasing number of individuals are conscious and picky on what they consume. After an alarming statistic revealed that an astonishing700 million across the globe are hospitalized and 400,000 dying, caution prevails. Most of these killer ailments are after all, traced back to food related diseases. From the number of casualties, there is clearly a gap in food distribution that requires immediate action.

TE-Food recognizes the urgency of the matter in question by using blockchain technology to roll out a fitting solution. To that end, it is providing a transparent trust-based solution for international operation. The platform seeks to improve food safety, eliminate corruption, enhance fair trade, and build trust between the food supply chain companies, consumers, and authorities in the emerging markets.

The start-up bridges the gap between consumers and the entire supply chain, enabling them to obtain data on food history and its quality through physical identification tools, mobile apps and web-based software solutions in a PPP model.

Team

TE-FOOD is a joint venture (JV) of a Hungarian and a two years old Vietnamese company, currently employing 30 people. The geniuses behind this noble movement are headed by Dr. Trung Dao Ha, the CEO and president of the High-Tech Association of HCMC. He has 20 years of strategic leadership, marketing and sales experience in Asia and Europe.

Working side by side with him is, Erik Arokszallasi CEO, co-founder and leader of two successful corporate IT development companies in Hungary. Erik has a remarkable 23 years of leadership, and IT project management experience.

Assisting them is Marton Ven CMO, who not only has 21years’ experience of marketing, sales and project management but also is a co-founder and marketing leader of two successful corporate IT development companies.

The team is advised by Endre Jobbagy who is very competent in blockchain and business technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Interticket, and a Co-founder of Blockchain Competence Centre, a European management consulting and professional service company specialized in the Blockchain industry.

Dr. Michael Patching acts as an Independent Animal Welfare and Husbandry Advisor. He has a Masters in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law with over a decade’s experience as a veterinary doctor. Presently, Michael is the current Vietnam Livestock Services Manager for Meat and Livestock Australia.

Roadmap

In Q2 2016, TE-FOOD struck an agreement with the government of Ho Chi Minh City for implementation. Official pig and pork trading in the HCMC region of Vietnam started in Dec 16, 2016. A few months later, more than a 100 chicken farms and egg producers were trained in Q2 2017.

Thereafter, in Q1 2018, TE-FOOD International is founded. Shortly after that, all TE-FOOD rights and contracts were transferred to TE-FOOD International. Q3 2018 marked the implementation of Blockchain as a traceability transaction ledger. Other developments as the Animal antibiotics traceability and the AI based smart pandemic forecasting and alarm modules for the National Livestock Registration system were also introduced.

In Q4 2018, the TE-FOOD Marketplace was launched. Following this feat, in Q1 2019 an extended farm management tools including Food Safety Sensor tools were ready for deployment.

Presently, plans are underway for a further presence in four countries with the service made better thanks the Facial Recognition Feature, a product of their research and development which started in Q3 2018.

Partners

For achievement of their goals, the TE-FOOD has partnered with GS1, a not-for-profit organization. GS1 develops and maintains worldwide standards for business communication. Their interaction enables TE-FOOD to comply with the GS1 standards which are used globally.

Then again, TE-FOOD has a partnership with the New Zealand Trade Centre (NZTC). Of the many things, the objective will be to “implement food traceability from farm-to-table for fruit products exported from New Zealand.”

 A key partner of TE-FOOD, Unisto is a Switzerland based international manufacturer of security seals. The firm provides high quality seals for the organization through Unisto Malaysia.

Aside from this, the company works with The Food and Agriculture (FAO) for statistics purposes helping the firm evaluate their sustainability, feasibility and scalability of existing registries.

By working in conjunction with Zalo, a free message and call mobile application, TE-FOOD’s QR codes can be read by the Zalo app, in order to view the food history.

Other notable partners include Certified Wyoming Beef, Laurel, Halal Trail, Tele Norma, Big Group, Sankofa and QSM. That’s on top of the strategic partnership with the Hungarian Branch of Deloitte.

Token Details and Distribution

In brief, these were the details of their ICO:

Token name: TFOOD

Token symbol: TFD

Type: ERC20

Total token supply: 1,000,000,000 TFOOD

Tokens for sale: 512,000,000 TFOOD (51% of total)

Token sale volume: $19,100,000 (22,924 ETH)

ICO Token Price: 1 TFD = 0.05 USD (0.00004700 ETH)

Token sale dates: Start22.02.2018, End 22.03.2018

Accepted payment options: ETH, BTC, USD, EUR

As a utility, holding TFD grants one access to the platform’s features and functions. Uniquely, and being the first of its kind on the space, TFD is not a security but a certified utility complete with endorsement from the German regulators.

Token Distribution and Fund allocation

50 percent of the total supply, translating to 500 million, was available for public investment. Each token was sold at $0.05 with an ambitious hard cap of $19.1 million.

Of that, 10 percent of all token are set for a marketing pool while 40 percent will be locked up in a general reserve. The lockout period is two years and from there, 25 percent of these tokens will be released after the first year.

Fund Allocation

From $19.1 million raised, 60 percent will cater for market expansion. That will involve marketing, sales, and implementation costs as well. Meanwhile, 25 percent will be channeled towards Research and Development. 10 percent will meet operational costs at the firm’s headquarters while the remaining five percent will address any emerging legal issue.

Changing hands at $0.006, TFD has a market cap of $3 million drawing daily volumes of roughly $27 million across different exchanges. At spot rates, TFD’s return is dismal. It is 0.15X against the USD, 0.53X verse ETH and a discouraging 0.2X in BTC terms.

TFD/ETH Price Analysis

After a deep correction of 2018, TFD is largely consolidating against ETH. However, as the market recovers, TFD could rally. At the time of writing, it is up 4.2 percent. Clearance of 0.000028 ETH will surely pave way for 0.000048 preferably at the back of increasing participation hinting of underlying demand.

Price Catalyst

Short term

There is nothing as impressive as a solution that satisfies the needs of the customer. TE-FOOD does just that. Although the asset plummeted in 2018 as the general crypto space froze and dropped with some start-ups closing shop as finances dried up, the grit and determination of TE-FOOD is bullish.

At spot rates, the asset is down more than 75 percent from peaks. However, that is not to say there is no movement. A simple glance and assessment of the asset’s blockchain activity reveals that it is periodically in the top-10, competing with the likes of EOS and Ethereum.

Then again, and with what they represent, the decision of Vinamilk, one of the largest milk processors in Vietnam to join forces with TE-FOOD is a direct endorsement. Vinamilk draws $6.6 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 6,000people.

Because of TE-FOOD traceability, Vinamilk can “act proactively, and provide transparent information about their products” benefiting the end user who can at a glance read the history of the product using a QR Code.

Long term

It is notable after implementing a traceability framework, the number of food fraud cases increases. This occurs in light of the presence well designed traceability system like TE-FOOD helps authorities to notify fraudulent exercises.

At the point when a food fraud scandal is exposed, governments tend to enforce regulations, by expanding the types of animals to be tracked, the territory of traceability, and so on. This opens doors for TE-FOOD for market development in nations in which they are already present.

The platforms product line is fabricated to help this process by providing synergistic tools for an improved food quality control in the food industry. The company believes the global food traceability solution market will reach $15.1 billion by 2021.

Therefore, as they partner with more market leaders, expanding to Europe, New Zealand and the rest of the world, the value of its token will increase reflecting the value of TE-FOOD as a useful and reliable platform.

In 2018, they made adjustment on their technology side in readiness of more partnership maintaining that their overall objective was to “provide customizable and affordable traceability solutions for companies with any level of technological readiness.” Besides, they are working with other companies to release an AI based meat quality checker that will revolutionize food quality control while introducing farms to deep data analysis improving productivity as a result.

This is so because TE-FOOD believes that the future of traceability and quality control lies on the growth, development and maturity of IoT. Presently, they are seeking to partner with a firm in the IoT sector and thereafter integrate them to the TE-FOOD ecosystem.


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Blockchain technology is no doubt a disruptive technology and of the many fields where distribution and decentralization is needed is the multi-billion advertising. The sector is lucrative and slowly but surely, social media and search engine platforms are hell-bent on centralizing the field while using the same “free” data from users without any form of reward.


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With this realization, arose a monetization alternative in advertising through in-browser mining. And in-browser coin mining came on top as a huge win for websites in breaking the monopoly of site funding– something that is very difficult for modern websites to navigate.

The recent discovery is not without its demerits ranging from alarming dropout rates, low ad-quality, and decline of advertising revenues. These drawbacks created a void in the advertising industry that Gath3r is happy to fill.

Gath3r takes in-browser mining to a whole different level by introducing a versatile native coin together with merged mining. The GTH coin works well with both browsers and apps, and has no user interface issues, therefore allowing new and existing coins or tokens to use Gath3r’s hash rate.

Ultimately, this new model provides better profitability for web-miners, less centralization and a solution to a host of other issues commonly associated with new coins and low hash rates. The platform aim at providing a new in-browser that is user friendly to both miners and website owners, secure, and more functional.

Team

Driving the platform ambitions is Raghav Reggie Jerath, the Founder and CEO. He is a serial entrepreneur, leader and management professional and a licensed chartered manager from the Chartered Management institute. Reggie has a career background at MSLgroup and many more large coordinated agencies where he was entrusted with medium to large scale public, private and NGO accounts.

Assisting him is Gabriel Osiceanu- Co-Founder and CMO. Gabriel’s core competency lies in the comprehension of the media purchasing and advertising industry, having routinely overseen high net worth accounts with budgets of over a million euros. His innovative capacity has built numerous successful integrated campaigns for industry pioneers in divisions, such as FMCG, Retail and Direct Media throughout Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile Farrukh Shaikh the CFO is a seasoned investment and financial professional who has work experience from both KPMG and Grant & Thornton. Amid his corporate vocation he was involved with review and advisory for theMiddle Eastern region’s biggest players. He later on joined the advanced world of cryptocurrency.

The team is advised by Viacheslav Shybaie whose main capabilities lie within blockchain development, product management, big data and software development, plays the role of a technical advisor on the platform.  Jake Baval, a veteran cryptocurrency entrepreneur and investor, acts as community advisor forthe Gath3r community, has built a compelling brand-name network from scratch. Tom Attea has held senior C level positions in New York’s top promotion offices, which incorporate InterPublic, Cox, Leapfrog and Young and Rubicam. He is well suited for his responsibility as Gath3rs creative advisor.

Roadmap

Before their IEO, Gath3r did launch their MVP in Q3 2018, after proving their concept and receiving funding in Q2 and Q1 2018 respectively. In Q4 2018, they launched their web miner and their platform before beta testing their platform in Q1 2019.

This quarter they launched their TestNet, introducing master nodes and rolling out their web staking wallets. In Q3 and 4 of 2019 their ambition is to launch their mainnet before swapping tokens and by close of the year, enable fiat payouts and activate loyalty and Paywall programs.

Throughout next year, they plan to form the Gath3r Foundation, provide ten projects with grants. Then by Q3 2020 they will target over 25 child chains and over 100k publishers.

Partners

Gath3r relationship with LUX is seen to be mutually beneficial, in that their products complement each other in creating additional incentive for the end users as well as the networks themselves.

The Lux Mobile Wallet permits websites and website users (via the loyalty program) to automatically earn interest on their stakes. Because of this LUX uses Gath3rs Merged Mining feature as an additional way of securing their hash rate and network when taken off and ready. This partnership has enhanced profitability, security and functionality for the involved parties.

Besides, Apereum and Gath3r are cooperating with each other, both taking advantage of what the other has. For example, Gath3r has a legit approach to web-based mining and provides value to all the stakeholders involved, while Apereum has wide expertise which ranges from finance to marketing and other fields.  

Apereum will assist in getting the word out about Gath3r and furthermore assume an advisory role on the platforms marketing strategy, along with regulatory and financial issues in respect to blockchain companies.

Gath3r also has a partnership with Metalyfe, a “private and secure internet browser, based on the blockchain technology.” With the deal, it implies that “partnership between our two platforms implies that Metalyfe will use Gath3r’s web mining features within their browser, creating a whole new revenue stream for the ecosystem.”

Tokenomics


The intention is to use the ERC-20 compliant token during their IEO. However, once their mainnet is ready, there will be a 1:1 coin swap with the ERC-20 tokens, as the norm, will be burnt.

 The 3 primary value drivers behind Gath3r token price:

  • Staking where owners will be rewarded
  • A loyalty program, where website proprietors can choose to impart a level of income to their users by giving those GTH tokens.
  • Repurchasing program in place

The Paywall Program empowers site administrators to gather installments in lieu of site mining, while the Loyalty Program engages and compensates customers who peruse longer. The Merged Mining highlight permits the synchronous mining of various coins based on similar algorithms.

This propelled feature translates into increased profitability for the users, and chain security and decentralization for developers. On top of that, Full Nodes–which bolsters Lite node, empowers proprietors of the GTH coin to procure monthly commissions by setting up master-nodes. With the help of private master nodes, Gath3r acts as a unifying bond between blockchain ecosystems.

Token Distribution and Fund Allocation

Overly, each GTH token will be a utility in the platform and from the Coineal Launchpad, each token will sell for $0.02 with a hard cap of $2.5 million in which the only coin accepted in ETH. As the norm, KYC and AML rules apply.

In total, there will be 400 million tokens and the Gath3r Foundation will be allocated 35 percent of the total coins in circulation. The public will get to invest in 37.5 percent while the team and advisors will receive 20 percents. Meanwhile, 7.5 percent will go towards Marketing and Network Enhancement. The IEO starts on May 27th and concludes on May 28th.

Should crowdfunding be a success, 43 percent of the funds will go toward research and product development, 25 percent towards marketing and 12 percent will cater for operations expenses. The remainder will be split equally towards business development and legal.

Short-term Price Catalyst

With all the attention Gath3r already got from some great influencers we believe that the IEO from Gath3r has a good chance to be an overwhelming success. Gath3r has a fair distribution and token sale hard cap of only $1 million.

Because of this very low initial raise this might easily become a good multiplier for investors that join the initial exchange offering today. Especially since not many buyers will be able to get in initially and are expected to buy later of the exchange.

We think the Gath3r project is really established and because of that is up to a great start. They received their seed funding and went through a proof of concept stage last year showing the investor community that the program works.

Now, it’s a matter of taking this project to the next level and by incorporating transparency, trust and low fees while allowing Gath3r code to channel browser’s computer power towards mining coins legitimately. It will incentivize the platforms that are often times reaped off by middle men in the traditional advertisement sector.

Gath3r has the resources and the willpower to attract clients. As a result, they can easily convert traffic into revenue through a simple incorporating of code in one or more pages of their website. We believe the token will quickly take an important role in the ecosystem with staking, master nodes and main net around the corner.

Long-term Price Catalyst

In the long term, the more they partner with similar minded companies and blockchain becomes mainstream, more users will flock to the network earning extra revenue through their code—enabled via direct coding or WP.

Besides, there is staking and concept of Master nodes or Paywall and Loyalty programs benefit clients who browse longer. Add that to the fact that Gath3r is the first to allow merged mining then the advantage over competitors is crystal.

Over time, the goal is to take full advantage of child chains and because of smart contracts, there will be complete interoperability creating a Gath3r ecosystem out of the Turn-key feature available for developers across the globe.