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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.
Mar/06/18 | Feature
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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.
Feb/22/18 | Feature
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2017 Token Sales / ICOs in Review: Part II

Token sales and ICO activity in 2017 involved an incredible variety of projects. As a group, they show all the many ways entrepreneurs are applying blockchain technology and tokenization to sectors throughout the economy.
Feb/12/18 | Feature
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2017 Token Sales in Review: Part I

It is passe to say 2017 was a wild year for token sales / ICOs. Over 500 projects raised $6.5 billion during a time when overall crypto markets grew in size, awareness, and depth.
Feb/04/18 | Feature
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A Framework for ICO/Token Sale Self-Governance

In this report, we share our thoughts on self-regulation within the token sale / ICO industry. It is in informed by countless internal conversation and debates throughout our network, the review of over five hundred different projects, and the dozens of notices and actions from regulators around the world.
Dec/29/17 | Feature
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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.
Dec/13/17 | Feature
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October Token Sales: The Market is Maturing and Business is Getting Done

Market developments in October suggest the ICO market might be maturing. Of the 165 token sales that were scheduled to close in October 2017, only 40% were completed on time, suggesting a tightening market. While the number of sales and the total amount raised continues to rise, the average and median amount raised continues to fall–more signs the market is getting more discerning about who is getting funded. The number of projects raising $5 million – $40 million is also increasing, suggesting a crop of products and developments could come to the market in 2018.
Nov/22/17 | Feature
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Observations on the Geography of Token Sales

ICOs are being launched from many jurisdictions around the world. While countries like Singapore and Switzerland unsurprisingly host many ICOs, the list of countries that have continues to grow, reflecting recent regulatory developments.
Oct/26/17 | Feature
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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.
Sep/20/17 | Feature