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Venezuela’s Petro: an Emerging Era of State-Backed Cryptocurrencies?

Venezuela’s proposed Petro cryptocurrency has elicited numerous, impassioned reactions, but beyond the particularities of the Venezuelan context the Petro raises a number of more far-reaching trends related to state-backed, commodity-based, cryptocurrencies. This article begins to consider some of these wider issues.

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2017 Token Sales / ICOs in Review (Part II)

2017 was a landmark year for ICOs. In Part II of this memo, we review the key trends and data that defined a year of record-breaking token sale activity and explore the different industries and sectors token sale projects sought to disrupt.

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A Framework for ICO/Token Sale Self-Governance

We believe ICOs represent a genuinely new and disruptive financial vehicle and project launch strategy. However, the lack of standards around disclosure has helped fuel both scams and misunderstandings that lead to scam accusations. We propose a way projects can demonstrate best practices

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Smith + Crown’s Industry and Sector Classification

Smith + Crown has developed a classification system for the various sectors into which blockchain-based companies are focusing their energies and integrated those results into our existing project database. Here, we outline our thinking on industry classification in the context of disruptive technology and show an initial look at what areas of the economy are getting targeted through token launches.

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Overview and Analysis of ICO Regulatory Developments

The spring and summer of 2017 have been tumultuous for the ICO industry. We summarize recent developments, particularly the wave of recent regulatory actions. We argue for cautious optimism while acknowledging that the industry needs to regulate itself.