Telegram Launches Passport Authorization Service

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According to the message appeared on the Telegram’s blog, Passport authorization service was launched in the messenger.

Passport in the Telegram is a single solution for all services, which require identification. The system works the following way: you upload documents only once, then you can share the data, which you need personalization for (finance, ICO, etc.).

The mechanism for updating authorization is protected by end-to-end encryption. In the future, all data of the Passport will be moved to a decentralized cloud.

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Top Global Digital Agencies That You Can Entrust Your ICO Business To

We live in an amazing time, when each of us is able to realize any idea or at least try to do it, even if it is ICO. A startup needs a high-quality development and a launch plan, as well as good promo both online and offline. If you are just at the beginning of your long business journey or you are somewhere along the way, but your project is “not working” properly, you should consider collaborating with professionals in this field. Today we will talk about top-5 digital agencies from different parts of the world based on various ratings and case studies.

1. Crowdcreate – #1 developing marketing agency 

According to Forbes, this ICO agency from Los Angeles is one of the leading cryptocurrency service providers. Crowdcreate has helped more than 60 projects raise about $133 million since its was founded in 2014.

What do they do?

  • Organize a fundraiser;
  • Build a community and management;
  • Attract users;
  • Use influencer marketing, i.e. promote projects with the help of popular opinion leaders.

3 reasons to work with Crowdcreate:

  1. They work on popular online platforms such as YouTube, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter and are featured in well-known media outlets: CNBC, Bloomberg, Forbes.
  2. Crowdcreate has a full-fledged marketing team: the client receives all the necessary services in one place;
  3. They have been working since 2014, which means that the team is at least more experienced in the field of cryptocurrency than other agencies on the market.

2. ICO Box – Box solution for conducting ICOs/STOs

According to The Media Shower, the digital agency ICO Box is ranked second in the Best ICO Marketing Agencies rating.

ICO Box began its work quite recently, only in 2017, but quickly became the leading representative of ICO marketing services in the industry. The agency goes beyond just marketing and includes web development, legal and technical advice in the list of services.

What do they do?

  • Provide technical support for the project;
  • Provide legal advice from experts;
  • Attract users;
  • Digital marketing.

3 reasons to work with ICO Box:

  1. The agency collected over $650 million of investments for 100+ of its clients;
  2. ICO Box assists projects in accordance with US regulations;
  3. Services are divided into many basic and additional packages, which allows the client to choose the type of cooperation he/she needs.

3. FoxTail – changing the digital marketing industry

FoxTail Marketing ranks the 4th in the top-10 rating of Bitcoinist for 2018. This is an American digital agency with a list of successful ICO campaigns. FoxTail Marketing also provides lead generation services for medium-sized businesses. Unlike many agencies, it also provides regular marketing services to companies outside the ICO market.

What do they do?

  • Customize search engine optimization;
  • Social networks;
  • Content marketing;
  • Blog management;
  • Paid content promotion;
  • Email management;
  • Conversion optimization;
  • Optimization of sales funnel;
  • B2B lead generation.

3 reasons to work with FoxTail Marketing:

  1. It focuses on social media and content marketing;
  2. It helps to increase traffic conversion without relying solely on SEO;
  3. It works not only with ICO-projects.

4. BoomICO will raise money for your ICO/STO

This company is the representative of Ukraine among the other marketing agencies in our rating. BoomICO does not just “pack” your ICO, but works with the project since the birth of the idea itself.

What do they do?

  • Legal and technical support of STO/ICO

The defining moment in each ICO is the creation of a token with all legal aspects taken into account. Professional lawyers and technical programmers will help you understand this and prepare everything.

  • Roadshow Event Service

Venture investors are still looking for worthwhile projects with original ideas. BoomICO helps your ICO find big players.

  • Marketing with accredited American investors

BoomICO will present your product to more than 8000 accredited investors by contacting them by email or phone.

  • Promotion at ICOPantera

Korean market whales will become more accessible through the ICO review blog #1 in South Korea.

3 reasons to work with BoomICO:

  1. It has successfully conducted more than a dozen ICOs with the total capitalization of $50 million, some of them being Alttex, RAcoin, and Buddy.
  2. The rating of the agency on ICObench is quite high – 33 points.
  3. BoomICO has access to Korean and US markets, which is rare for most marketing agencies.

5. Black Ball – an investment agency

The company Black Ball works with various projects, attracting both cryptocurrency and fiat investments.

The agency prepares projects no matter what stage of development they are at. Black Ball has a lot of experience working with private and institutional investors from different parts of the world, which makes it possible to promote startups quickly and efficiently.

What do they do?

  • Develop a technical document – WP;
  • Make up a business plan;
  • Prepare a presentation;
  • Work on the creation of an adaptive cross-browser site;
  • Develop smart contracts;
  • Create a secure personal account of the investor;
  • Increase project awareness through branding;
  • Make representative videos;
  • Provide legal support.

3 reasons to work with Black Ball:

  1. The ability to get all the elements of “packaging” in one place;
  2. You will be able to replenish the list of the 38 successfully completed projects and 121 million collected investments;
  3. With Black Ball, you can start working at any stage of the development of your project, even if you only have an idea for now.

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How to Choose Suitable ICO and Top ICO Trackers in 2019

Recently, the interest of potential investors to new ICOs projects has faded away a little.  It is explained by the fact that the cryptocurrency market has been in the downtrend for more than a year. But despite this, a huge number of new cryptocurrency projects constantly appear on the market. In order to have a convenient opportunity to look at the list of all current ICOs in one place, there have been created special aggregator sites, they are called ICO trackers. In this article, we will talk more about these services, learn about their advantages, disadvantages, and also provide you with a list of the most authoritative sites.

1. What are ICO trackers

So, as it was mentioned above, ICO trackers are specialized services that publish the necessary information about large ICO projects. It is possible to see lists of upcoming, existing or already completed projects on such resources. The main goal is to provide basic information to potential investors. On some of these sites, you can find not only the roadmap of a specific ICO but also its detailed analysis.

The staff of such services is doing a great job, which is aimed at studying the strengths and weaknesses of the blockchain ICO projects. As it is known, a huge number of scammers are concentrated in this area, for this reason, ICO trackers help potential investors navigate this dangerous market.

To understand the principles of such services, let’s take a closer look at the criteria by which projects are evaluated:

  • Risk. In order to compile an estimate for this parameter, the following data is studied: publicity of the development team, White Paper, availability of a test work product, the reputation of consultants and partners, etc.
  • HYPE. This criterion is counted by calculating the number of subscribers on the project pages in social networks, the frequency of its mentioning in the media, search results, etc.
  • Basic report. To evaluate this criterion, the following aspects are closely studied: the innovativeness of used technologies, the presence of its own blockchain, advantages and disadvantages, prospects and possible development options.
  • Investment Rating. According to the analysis, an expert forecast of the future of the project is provided.

All these factors help investors to get comprehensive information about a particular ICO and decide whether to invest their money in it or not.

2. Strengths and weaknesses of ICO trackers

ICO trackers are not perfect and they also have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • Providing basic information about the latest ICO.
  • Compilation and provision of project analysis, which significantly saves time for potential investors.
  • Listing scam projects.

Disadvantages

  • Not all services consist complete information about a specific project.
  • The information provided on the ICO tracker cannot be trusted 100% since such services cooperate with many projects as advertisements. This may mean that published information about a specific ICO may not be objective. For this reason, before starting the ICO funding, it is better to study it yourself.

3. Who needs ICO trackers?

Such services are actively used by investors, people who themselves conduct crowd sales, as well as all other users who are simply interested in this industry. A huge number of fraudsters are concentrated at this market. But despite this, there are really worthwhile projects that can give real profit to their investors, even in such a market. For a non-professional investor, it is quite a difficult task to find such an ICO. Therefore, investors use similar services to obtain key information about recent ICOs.

It should be noted that startups themselves are very willing to use ICO trackers because, such services are an excellent marketing tool for them.

4. List of popular ICO trackers in 2019

Recently, a sufficient number of ICO-trackers have appeared on the market. Each service has its own approach and its own criteria for evaluating new ICO coins. It is possible to find detailed information about ICO projects on larger sites, and some services simply publish WP with a link to the official project resource.

Here is a short list of popular and current ICO trackers in 2019 (according to the rating for 2018).

5. Conclusion

There are many scammers on the ICO market, lists of which can be found on specialized services – ICO trackers. Such sites allow investors to obtain key information about ICO projects.

These are certainly very useful services, but it is important to remember that ICO trackers are not the last resort, so before investing money in a certain project, it is better to search for information about it on the network.

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Telegram Open Network Might See the World in March

The development of Pavel Durov Telegram is in the top-10 most widely used messengers in the world. It has over 200 thousand users every day.

Having collected over one and a half billion dollars during ICO, Telegram Open Network (TON) is by no doubt the largest blockchain project in Russia. Thus, it obviously attracts massive attention.

We reported back in November about the level of its readiness.

We remind you:

The Open Network of Telegram is 70% Done

Although there is not much official information available, a source of Cointelegraph, who is supposedly the insider of Telegram, the blockchain platform of the messenger will be released in March of 2019.

It was also mentioned that the CEO of Telegram Pavel Durov did not want the information of the release date to be disclosed, so the exact date is still unclear. Moreover, there is a possibility that the date will be changed completely.

According to the report published by The Bell, the platform is 90% ready, while the Testnet is about to be launched.

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Two European Finance Regulators Urge the EU To Adopt Crypto and ICO Rules

Cryptocurrency and ICO regulations have been an open topic in Europe for quite a long period of time. Some finance regulators claim that it is high time the European Commission determined the place of crypto and ICO in European economy.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) stated that the current crypto asset-related activities did not comply with the EU financial laws, so that The EBA urged the EU to look into the crypto rules and identify what actions may be required at the EU level.

The representative of the EBA said:

“The EBA’s warnings to consumers and institutions on virtual currencies remain valid. The EBA calls on the European Commission to assess whether regulatory action is needed to achieve a common EU approach to crypto-assets. The EBA continues to monitor market developments from a prudential and consumer perspective.”

Moreover, the EBA advised to use the FATF’s recommendations. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is to issue a set of recommendations for crypto-related action in June 2019.

Another finance regulator, which supports the EBA, is the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). It released a report which helps the authorities of the EU to make decisions on rules applied to crypto and ICO.

The spokesman of the ESMA said:

“Our survey of NCAs highlighted that some crypto-assets may qualify as MiFID financial instruments, in which case the full set of EU financial rules would apply. However, because the existing rules were not designed with these instruments in mind, NCAs face challenges in interpreting the existing requirements and certain requirements are not adapted to the specific characteristics of crypto-assets.”

We remind you

Seven EU Member States United To Adopt Blockchain In Their Countries

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What is STO and Why Is It Going to Replace ICO in a Near Future

During the last couple years the crowdfunding market began to develop rapidly. ICO or initial coin offering – is not only a very convenient way of raising capital for further project’s development, but also a very profitable investment tool. But there are many troubles on this market, which need a solution. In this article we will talk about a new type of crowdfunding on the cryptocurrency market (STO), find out how it differs from the ICO and what is its future.

1. The main problems of ICO

So as it was mentioned before, the ICO reputation suffered during 2017 – 2018 years. The sad statistics indicates that the vast majority of cryptocurrency startups that conducted public ICO, failed. There are many scammers on this market, whose activities are aimed only at personal enrichment. In 2018 general investments in ICO amounted to more than 18 billion dollars, and by the end of the year all projects brought only losses and frustration to their investors. Because of this, the regulators began to actively monitor start-ups that raise their capital through crowdfunding.

Users can purchase two types of digital assets in a process of participation during initial coin offering:

  • Payment Tokens. They can be used to pay for different goods and services, offered by a company- issuer.
  • Utility Tokens (or useful tokens). They allow using some specific services, offered by an issuing company.

It is very important to understand, that possession of the above mentioned types of assets does not provide an investor neither with influence on the destiny of the company (for example to participate in the voting of shareholders), nor with protection of his rights. The fact is that payment and utility tokens are not equal to securities or stocks.

2. What is STO?

It worth noting, that there is one more type of tokens – Security Token. This variant of assets is very similar to traditional stocks, to which everyone has already managed to get used on stock markets. The main feature of this type is that their owners, in fact, have the right of ownership of a certain share of a company. Such kind of investment is fully protected by regulators. It means that company’s failure to fulfill financial obligations to its investors will entail legal proceedings.

Many experts note, that STO will replace ICO on the crowdfunding market. The matter is the best features of ICO and IPO were united in this investment tool. STO got that level of security, which IPO has, and also the relative simplicity and accessibility that is inherent to ICO.

3. Who can work with STO

SEC has developed rules for investors who wish to participate in STO.

  • An investor must have net worth of $1 million. It is worth noting that this amount does not include the market value of the investor`s real estate in which he lives.
  • The investor should have net income of 200 thousand dollars a year. If we are talking about a married couple, their total annual income must be at least 300 thousand dollars a year.
  • If we talk about an organization, its net assets must be at least $5 million in order to participate in STO. Also, all members of the company must be accredited investors.

It worth noticing, that an investor does not have to comply with all the above mentioned points, one is enough.

4. Forecast for the future

It is early to talk about the future that expects for STO yet. The main indicator of success, which is worth paying attention to is the number of companies that do not work on the blockchain technology market, who wants to conduct an STO in the near future. This type of attracting investment should interest middle class companies, for which to conduct a classic IPO is too expensive. If this scenario becomes a reality, then it will be possible to assert with confidence that STO has a great future. It worth noticing, that this is not a fast process. It will take at least 1-2 years to set all the mechanisms and launch STO for a wide audience. It is quite possible with the right approach of investors and regulators. Now there is another obstacle on the way to massive implementation of STO – the general decline of the cryptocurrency market. The matter is that people`s interest to investments in blockchain is decreased at the moment. But the fall cannot last forever, that is why many experts still have optimism and believe in better future of both STO and the cryptocurrency industry.

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The “Fatal 2018” or The Most Important Events Of The Year

The digital coins market shows a negative trend throughout the year 2018. Compared to the historical maximum, the total cryptocurrency market cap has decreased by almost 8 times. The cryptocurrency market shows a negative trend throughout 2018. During the year, news of the cryptocurrency market that are actively discussed in media, have a negative meaning. Let us recall the most important events that occurred on the cryptocurrency market.

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  1. Banking system against digital coins
  2. Internet restrictions
  3. Bitcoin ETF
  4. Formation of legislation
  5. Attracting of institutional investors
  6. Active development of the OTC market
  7. ICO Market Growth
  8. Cryptocurrency companies entering the IPO market
  9. Integration of financial conglomerates
  10. Integration with Internet companies
  11. Conclusion

1. Banking system against digital coins

At the very beginning of 2018, traditional financial institutions began to limit the capabilities of participants in the cryptocurrency market. A large number of fairly large banks around the world began to close the accounts of companies whose activities are related to cryptocurrency. We may also recall the decision of Visa to terminate cooperation with major European companies. All this adversely affected cryptocurrency companies. But it is worth noting that the restrictions of banks affected not only legal entities, along with this ordinary customers also lost an opportunity to buy cryptocurrency through their credit and debit cards.

A similar policy of the Reserve Bank of India led to the fact that local cryptocurrency platforms closed crypto-fiat trade. In the middle of autumn, Zebpay cryptocurrency exchange was forced to close the cryptocurrency exchange service. A similar situation happened in Zimbabwe, but cryptocurrency companies were able to challenge this decision with the help of the Supreme Court of the country.

Such policy of traditional financial sector representatives speaks only of their concern and desire to get rid of a potential competitor. If to analyze the cryptocurrency market, it becomes obvious that this industry is developing too fast. This makes the financial giants to tremble with fear and uncertainty about the future. This event played a big role in crypto market cap lowering.

2. Internet restrictions

Another damage to the cryptocurrency industry in 2018 was caused by the largest Internet companies: Google, Twitter, Facebook, Baidu, Alibaba, WeChat, Yandex, etc. All of the above mentioned information giants banned the promotion of cryptocurrency and ICO on their sites. This decision caused corresponding consequences, namely, undermined confidence towards the industry, and also cryptocurrency market capitalization decrease. Mining applications were blocked in App Store.

The Internet giant’s representatives explained their decision by the fact that there is a huge number of scammers in the cryptocurrency industry, which trusting users should be protected from. However, just a few months later, Facebook and Google reconsidered their decision and partially canceled it.

3. Bitcoin ETF

One of the most discussed topics in the industry since mid-summer of 2018 is the possible launch of Bitcoin ETF. The fact is that the situation in the cryptocurrency market strongly depends on the SEC decision. We remind you that cryptocurrency market value growth, which occurred in November-December, was caused by the launch of futures at CBOE and CME. Many experts believe that the launch of ETF will be a much more powerful event than the last year’s futures.

But the situation that has developed around this issue is quite controversial. On the one hand, the SEC does not deny the possibility of giving permission to launch Bitcoin ETF. But on the other hand, The United States Securities and Exchange Commission rejects all applicants (or postpones the date of consideration) who submitted the application during the year. The staff of the SEC explain their reasons quite uncertainty.

It is worth mentioning that during 2018 a lot of funds and exchanges have submitted their applications: ITS, Direxion, VanEck, Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, ProShares, SolidX, etc.

Based on the latest data, the Securities Commission must make a final decision on the ETF before February 27, 2019.

We want to remind you:

SEC Will Release the Decision on Bitcoin ETF in February

4. Formation of legislation

The cryptocurrency market`s fall, which began in early 2018, was caused by many reasons, one of them is the lack of a legislative base. In other words, at the moment the cryptocurrency market is not regulated at all. Just this year, a large number of changes were to occur in this matter. But, unfortunately, everything happened not the way it was expected.

It is worth noting that this year many countries of the world drafted bills, that in one way or another dealt with cryptocurrencies. Some states limited the presence of digital coins on their territory due to the complexity of regulation. Others, on the contrary, encouraged and developed this direction in every way. For example, on July 4, 2018, blockchain technology was officially legalized in Malta for the first time in the world.

At the end of the winter, the German authorities signed a law under which Bitcoin equated to legal means of payment and was thus released from taxation.

This year was the first time in the history of the industry, when the regulation of cryptocurrency was discussed at the highest international level. For example, the mechanisms for regulating the industry became an agenda at the G20 meeting. It was decided to postpone this topic till October, but no one has returned to it thoroughly so far. This also had a negative effect on the cryptocurrency ranking.

5. Attracting of institutional investors

This year, for the first time the entry of large players into the market was seriously discussed. The interest of institutional investors in cryptocurrency assets is confirmed by a survey of an independent consulting company Capgemini:

  • 44% of the surveyed large capital owners are interested in cryptocurrency investments;
  • 29% of the surveyed large capital owners showed high interest;
  • 27% of the surveyed large capital owners expressed moderate interest.

Another interview, which was conducted by an independent consulting company DeVere Group, says that almost 40% of large business owners want to see a list of cryptocurrencies by market cap in their investment portfolios.

6. Active development of the OTC market

The situation on the cryptocurrency market today is as follows (according to CoinMarketCap):

  • market capitalization of 130 billion dollars;
  • 24h trading volume is about 16 billion dollars.

The situation is not the best, to say the least of it. But it is worth noting that the second mark is not entirely correct. The fact is that we see only turnovers that relate to stock trading. According to the company TABB Group, the UTS trading market is approximately 2-3 times higher than the stock index. It should be noted that such transactions cannot be traced when dealing with blockchain, since private keys from wallets are transferred more often than coins.

There is a sufficient number of large players in the cryptocurrency market (large miners, investors, ICO organizers, etc.), who cannot satisfy their demand with the help of exchanges. More and more OTC platforms began to appear due to the growing demand in the industry.

7. ICO Market Growth

Even regardless of depressing mood on the cryptocurrency market, the number of ICO held in 2018 is much more than in 2017: more precisely, 741 vs 514. The amount of raised funds also grew: $18.16 billion vs $6.89 billion.

The most discussed project of this year was undoubtedly TON from Pavel Durov, who managed to attract $1.7 billion. These funds were obtained even without public ICO, and Durov had to refuse from the overwhelming majority of those who wanted to invest in his brainchild.

But if to consider the amount of collected money, the undoubted leader is the EOS project, which managed to raise about 4.2 billion dollars. This mark is the best not only in this year, but also in the entire history of the industry as a whole.

But even such major events as EOS or TON could not help a fading interest of people to invest in cryptocurrency at the stage of the initial coin offering. The situation is caused by a general decrease in the capitalization of the cryptocurrency market in 2018. Because of the downtrend on the market, the vast majority of coins now cost less than at the ICO stage.

8. Cryptocurrency companies entering the IPO market

ICO is certainly a rather convenient way to raise capital, but despite this, many cryptocurrency companies expressed their interest in entering the more traditional IPO market. The initial public offering or IPO is regulated by the SEC. Investors are more protected there and this fact attracts people with large capital.

As of the beginning of December 2018, only one company successfully conducted its own IPO, all the others did not go further than applications or plans announcement for the future so far. In August of this year, there was an initial public offering of Argo Mining Company. It works in a cloud mining field. The company’s results are quite good, it managed to raise $32.5 million during IPO.

9. Integration of financial conglomerates

As we wrote above, some large financial institutions have limited the cryptocurrency industry development by their policies. But it does not concern absolutely all financial conglomerates of the planet. In parallel with the collapse of the cryptocurrency market (financially), we can observe the world’s largest banks integration into the industry (Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barklays, etc.).

At the very beginning of the year, Goldman Sachs, with the help of a startup Circle, bought one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges Poloniex. The official sum of this transaction was not disclosed, but according to analysts’ estimates, such a purchase costed them about $400 million. It is worth noting that, Goldman Sachs invested $136 million in a startup Circle before acquiring Poloniex.

In early autumn the largest financial conglomerate of the land of the rising sun (Japan) Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group started its own MUFG coin in a test mode. If the test is successful, then the representatives of MUFG promise to introduce it into their own payment system.

The Bank of America and other major financial institutions owners in the world got curious in Technology Ripple (xCurrent), which helps banks to save about $3 on each transaction. This year, a number of major banks and the Ripple company signed cooperation agreement. It was highly expected, because xCurrent technology allows banks to save tens of millions dollar a year.

10. Integration with Internet companies

Along with the negative news background that accompanies the cryptocurrency industry throughout the year, an increasing number of Internet companies are trying to integrate digital coins into their product. For example, a few months ago, the Opera browser for Android released support for a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. At the moment, this wallet supports only ERC-20 and ERC-271 tokens, but the developers promise to add support for new types of digital coins in the near future. If to follow the news, it is easy to notice how the above mentioned  event is connected with Bitmain Company`s purchase of 3% of Opera Ltd in the amount of about $50 million (Bitmain Company is the largest manufacturer of network equipment for mining).

The cryptocurrency browser Brave shows good download dynamics: more than 5 million installations over the past six months. This number can be explained by a good program to attract new users, which was launched by the Brave developers. The browser charges 25 BAT for every 2 months of use. That is, for 1 year, you can accumulate 150 BAT, and for 2 years, 300 BAT. At today’s prices, it costs approximately $25 a year, but BAT is rated as one of the most promising coins of the next bull market. According to various estimates, it will enterTOP-10 and grow by from 30 to 50 times. That means, by using this browser it is possible to get from 1,000 to 2,000 dollars in a couple of years.

11. Conclusion

The cryptocurrency market today is experiencing a downtrend. Market capitalization has decreased by almost 8 times, compared with the peak values ​​of this year. As you can see, the general news background is negative this year. But it is worth noting that along with this, the infrastructure in the industry is actively developing, and new institutional investors are coming to the market. The forecast of the cryptocurrency market is not quite clear, but major experts believe that there are still many ups and falls ahead of us.

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