The top interesting ICO projects in December 2017

Boosteroid

November 27 – December 11

Project Boosteroid announced its ICO from November 27th to December 11th, 2017. Collected investments will help developers create a cloud services platform that provides convenient access to computing power, storages and software products (similar to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud).

The idea of this project is to create a service that will provide access to computing power in two mouse clicks. The team will develop user-friendly interface that will make the selection of needed computing power easy even for those users who purchased their first PC last weekend.

The service will allow to process video, create 3D-graphics, play games that require high computer performance or carry out machine learning on any device even on the most low-performance PC.

 

STYRAS

November 28 – December 30

The world’s first decentralized mobile application based on Ethereum blockchain that will offer you Internet connectivity everywhere in the world!

STYRAS is a new Token that allows you to connect any mobile phone to the Internet.  It offers a unique solution for travelers, who need to stay connected.

STYRAS is also a router that allows you to connect up to 10 devices. With advanced encryption technology it allows you to remain connected safely.

Descrow

November 29 – December 27

DES – Decentralised Escrow Service (Descrow) is the first in the world and unique by its nature decentralised escrow platform for conducting ICOs.

Objective of the project:

  • To make safer ICO for all participants.
  • To eliminate the excessive distrust of the potential investors to the new startups.
  • Give a boost to the further ICO market growth.
  • To integrate idea as a versatile instrument into all applicable blockchain segments.
Goal Bonanza

November 16 – December 15

Sports betting is a very popular type of gambling that involves predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. The consolidated global sports betting market, both regulated and unregulated, is worth up to $3-trillion. Around 65 per cent of that figure is spent on football betting, with the Asian market the centre of sports gambling.

Goal Bonanza is decentralized, self-regulating, football lottery platform based on ERC20 token standard and ethereum blockchain, where players predict the final score of a single football game by backing at least 1 out of 10 available options.

Unlike traditional bookmakers and betting exchanges that offer unattractive odds and low returns, in Goal Bonanza players have the chance to win multi-million returns from a single $1 dollar bet, but also win additional rewards in form of badges and tokens through competition, achievements, status, recognition and collaboration with other players.

 

 VR platform

September 15 – December 20

Enjoy unlimited VR features and get access to exclusive technologies, participate in ground-breaking gaming and entertainment projects, monetize own ideas, become owner of offline VR parks across the globe by means of VR Kit project.

VR platform offers unique opportunity to develop own VR products on basis of our SDK and API. Turnkey solution will save Your time and money, You will get access to trendsetting technologies and equipment, You will be able to test own games in off-line parks in different countries. The marketplace offers opportunity to monetize different projects without leaving the system. Developers, players and businesses will establish community and will constantly contribute to its development and growth. VR offers unlimited opportunities for application of VRT technology.

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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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The AI & Big Data Expo is Back for 2019 – Bigger and Better Than Ever

The AI & Big Data Expo, the leading global for business event, has announced dates for the 2019 World Series.

Offering Global, Europe and North America events, the series is expected to attract over 36,000 delegates during 2019. With the shows growing in popularity, and with more insights into AI & Big Data, they will now take place in much larger venues than before.  The event showcases two days of top-level content from leading brands, embracing and developing cutting edge AI & Big Data technologies.

Confirmed speakers include, SAP, Mumsnet, Royal Mail, BT, Legal & General and many more.

Delegates are also invited to an extensive free-to-attend exhibition hall, where over 300 companies will be exhibiting the most disruptive technologies across AI & Big Data, Blockchain, and IoT.

The World Series kicks off with the popular AI & Big Data Global event, taking place at London Olympa April 25-26 2019.

With Dutch companies being ahead in Europe for AI, according to a report commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by EY, AI & Big Data Europe will be arriving at RAI Amsterdam on June 27-28 2019.

The line-up reflects the growth in AI with it arguably being one of the most revolutionary technology the world has ever seen. As well as Big Data, which was a vast topic in 2018 with GDPR and data breaches continuing.

The importance of AI & Big Data within years to come is highlighted by David Scgubmehel, research director for cognitive/artificial intelligence systems at IDC:

“Vendors looking to take advantage of AI, deep learning and machine learning need to move quickly to gain a foothold in this emergent market. We are already seeing that organizations using these technologies to drive innovation are benefitting in terms of revenue, profit, and overall leadership in their respective industries and segments.”

Topic covered within the 2019 World Series will be AI driving digital transformation, AI in banking and financial services, predictive analytics, edge processing, and many more.

The 2019 World Series concludes with pinnacle AI & Big Data North America event, taking place in Silicon Valley, CA, on November 13-14 2019. The 2018 event brought together over 10,500 delegates across the co-located AI & Big Data Expo, IoT Tech Expo and Blockchain Expo, to hear from speakers including Nasdaq, Bank of America, Red Bull Media House, Starbucks and IBM.  

Find out more about the 2019 Blockchain Expo World Series at https://www.ai-expo.net/

For further information contact:

AI & Big Data Expo
Sophie Weaver

Marketing Manager
[email protected]
+44 (0)117 980 9023
www.ai-expo.net

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Glimpse into the Future at Hong Kong Blockchain Week

The first thing to know about blockchain technology is that there is a lot to know.

There is, of course, Bitcoin, which has always been seen as Batman to blockchain’s Robin, or vice-versa. But since those early days when Bitcoin and blockchain were seemingly joined at the hip, the nascent technology has begun to outgrow its exclusivity with cryptocurrencies: From global payments to insurance to the travel industry to the real estate business and beyond, the possibilities for blockchain’s utilization in the near future seem limitless.

There is also, of course, blockchain’s strides in banking: HSBC announced earlier this year that it has now settled more than three million forex transactions and made more than 150,000 payments worth $250 billion using blockchain technology. Specifically, the bank is using a distributed ledger technology called HSBC FX Everywhere, noting in a press release that it “has been used for the past year to orchestrate payments across HSBC’s internal balance sheets, creating significant efficiencies and opportunities.”

However, since any attempt at innovation often gets met with equal parts excitement and skepticism, it’s not surprising that some doubts have been raised about the progress blockchain has made thus far – or the lack thereof, as it were.

And while the economist Nouriel Roubini – who, granted, is nicknamed “Dr. Doom” – is already talking about blockchain’s “broken promises,” it doesn’t seem as though most people are as quick to dismiss the technology’s potential. Instead, there appears to be an air of cautious optimism, with people excited by its potential, but still waiting for its potential to be realized in more real-world applications.

A survey conducted by consulting firm Deloitte of over 1,000 executives across the globe found that although 74 of respondents said their companies see a “compelling business case” for using blockchain technology, only 34 percent said their company has initiated deployment of blockchain in some capacity. And while “a significant percentage of early adopters in the business community (59 percent) believe in blockchain’s potential to disrupt and revolutionize their industries, and the overall economy,” the reality is “there are very few active use cases they can currently employ to advance their beliefs.”

And yet, 78 percent of the executives surveyed by Deloitte “believe they stand to lose competitive advantage if they do not eventually implement blockchain.”

So, we return to our original premise: There is indeed a lot to know about blockchain. But knowledge is power, of course, and whether you’re an early adopter of blockchain technology or a neophyte trying to catch up, Hong Kong Blockchain Week, presented by NexChange on March 4-8, is the largest blockchain event in Hong Kong and the perfect opportunity to hear  about the real-world applications of blockchain, discuss the opportunities it presents for innovation in your industry, learn about possible regulatory developments and connect with other people in the fledgling space.

Among the topics that will be covered during the week include:

  • Government and Blockchain in which we focus on use cases
  • Financial Services and Blockchain in which we look at how big banks and insurance companies are using the technology
  • Big Corporate and Blockchain in which we explore how it’s being used by Fortune 500 and other companies
  • Technological Advancement and Blockchain in which we geek out about how to solve blockchain’s challenges
  • Governance and Blockchain in which we talk about creating governance structures that deliver on the democratization promised by blockchain

Hong Kong Blockchain Week will feature some of the best and brightest minds in blockchain, finance and innovation. Our panel of experts will talk about both the progress that’s been made so far, as well as the challenges the industry faces as it moves this new technology forward.

Our featured speakers will include Bart Chilton, former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodities Futures and Trade Commission; Sinhae Lee, partner at Global Blockchain Innovative Capital (GBIC); Tony Tong, Co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Blockchain Association; Clara Chiu, Head of Fintech Unit & Director of Licensing at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC); Franklyn Richards, Founding Director at the Litecoin Foundation and COO of Zulu Republic; Charles d’ Haussey, Head of Fintech at InvestHK; Charles Mok, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong; Sally Evers, official member of the Forbes Technology Council; Brittany Kaiser, Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA) and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower; and Juwan Lee, Chairman and CEO of the NexChange Group and CEO of Arrakis Ventures.

There is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to better understanding the opportunities and challenges with blockchain; luckily, we’ll have a week to take a deep dive into the technology. To register for Hong Kong Blockchain Week and to stay updates on the full lineup of featured speakers, just go HERE. We hope to see you there.

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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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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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