Research


Introduction to Litecoin

Litecoin is a cryptocurrency emphasizing rapid transactions and low fees, released in 2011 by Charlie Lee as an early fork of Bitcoin. Lee modified three key parameters of the original Bitcoin design: reducing the target block confirmation time to 2.5 minutes, increasing the total supply to 84 million LTC, and implementing the memory-hard PoW algorithm Scrypt. This consensus algorithm is ASIC-resistant, reducing the risk of centralized mining infrastructure. In other respects, the Litecoin network is similar to Bitcoin. Litecoin is designed to be used as a rapidly processed medium of exchange for everyday transactions, and was one of the first major cryptocurrencies to implement Segregated Witness in mid-2017.

Beyond Venezuela’s Petro: Prospects and Forms for State-Backed Cryptocurrencies

While the appearance of Venezuela’s Petro attracted considerable attention to the issue of state-backed cryptocurrencies, little discussion has explored the forms these are likely to take, the impacts they are likely to have, and the broad, long-term impacts likely to result. This article begins to explore some of the core aspects of this issue.

Q1 2018: A Winter of Crosscurrents in a Developing Market

Record amounts raised through token sales in early 2018 suggest a simple trend of uninterrupted growth and expansion for the industry. This article explores how, despite more than $6.5 billion being raised during Q1 2018 several more subtle observations suggest a number of new trends could be emerging, and their progression will likely be critical in shaping how 2018 unfolds for the sector.

2017 Token Sales in Review, Part IV: The geography of token sales

The final installment of the 2017 Year End Review considers the geography of token sales, both the number of completed sales and amounts raised on a national basis, as well as more obscure yet equally revealing metrics looking at regional patterns including a consideration of what regions are serving as global token sale hubs.

2017 Token Sales / ICOs in Review: Part III

2017’s token sale activity was marked by trends both well-known and more obscure. In an effort to peer behind those trends we explore ‘raise bands’ as a useful way to think about the token sale market.

Upcoming Token Sales


Name
Summary
Report
Attributes
Start Date
End Date
eHarvestHub (EHH)A supply chain network for the agriculture and farming industries.
05/23/18
07/06/18
SwissRealCoin (SRC)A token backed by Swiss real estate.
05/23/18
06/13/18
Cardstack (CARD)A decentralized software ecosystem for dApp UI/UX refinement.
05/24/18
05/31/18
The Acorn Collective (OAK)A blockchain-based crowdfunding platform.
05/24/18
06/24/18
BitCoinage (XBCN)A cryptocurrecy arbitrage exchange and educational portal.
05/24/18
06/14/18
SelfPay (SxP)A payment processing application enabling crypto-fiat transactions for merchants.
05/25/18
06/24/18
XCHNG (XCHNG)A P2P online advertising platform.
05/25/18
06/25/18