Tag: ICOs

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Are U.S. investors interested in cryptocurrencies?

GUEST: With cryptocurrencies continuing to gain traction as an increasingly popular investment vehicle globally, my team at Investing.com wanted to gauge how interested U.S. investors are in these currencies at the moment. Looking at our data for 2017 (January – September), we put together the above infographic. What it shows is that cryptocurrency interest across…

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Two global investors will talk token sales at Disrupt Berlin

 Token sales, also called ICOs, are the new normal when it comes to early stage cash. Originally envisioned as a way to create new and unique rails for payments, customer interaction, and peer-to-peer networking the token is now both an integral part of most companies and a great way to fund a great (or awful)…

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What Vitalik Buterin’s new ICO proposal gets wrong

GUEST: Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and TrueBit founder Jason Teusch recently proposed a new way to run an ICO. Does it work? Possibly. Is it made for human beings? Therein lies the rub. Here’s the problem they’re attacking: If a token sale is capped, say at $10 million, then a wealthy scalper can pre-emptively buy…

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YC wants to let people invest in its startups through the blockchain

 ICOs — or initial coin offerings — are emerging as a route for startups to raise money from a wide pool of investors through cryptocurrency networks. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Y Combinator president Sam Altman painted a mixed picture of the role of ICOs in the tech world today. It…

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What Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ tells us about the state of blockchain

GUEST: The proliferation of blockchain startups and their mammoth ICOs show there’s a lot of interest in decentralizing applications and services. And though it’s an oxymoron, we’re now seeing a few “centers” of “decentralization” emerging — a handful of cities engaged in serious jurisdictional competition  to become the prime innovation hub for blockchain-based technologies. Places like…

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The latest crypto PR craze: ‘Airdropping’ free coins into your wallet

GUEST: Token​ ​​airdrops​​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​crypto​ ​PR​ ​right​ ​now.​ ​An​ ​airdrop​ ​is​ ​basically​ ​when​ ​a​ ​blockchain project ​decides​ ​to​ ​distribute​ ​free​ ​tokens,​ ​or​ ​coins,​ ​to​ ​the​ ​community. This​ ​happens​ ​after​ the project has completed its ​ICO​ ​​and​ ​the​ ​token​ ​has​ ​become​ ​tradeable​ ​on​ ​the​ ​open​ ​market. In​ ​most​ ​cases,​ ​to​ ​be​…

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Equity podcast: The Uber saga, delayed IPOs and just what is an ICO?

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, a social experiment regarding how many acronyms an audience can endure before passing out. Each week we dive into the world of venture capital, looking to understand exactly what’s going on behind the money. This week Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and myself — Alex! — were joined by Samuel…

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The ICO world is full of pump-and-dump schemes — don’t be a victim

GUEST: An alarming trend has emerged in the blockchain community: Around the world, we’re seeing blockchain “startups” scam people into investing by getting a big name endorsement. It’s not exactly a pyramid scheme; I’ll call it a “circle scheme.” It’s all about summoning a group of clueless investors around an “opinion leader.” This person can…