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How Regulation and Talent are Pushing Europe to the Top of Global ICO Map

  By David Drake   The number of cryptocurrencies being issued each month keeps growing. However, countries where these digital assets are being issued can choose to either regulate them, leave the industry unregulated, or ban them altogether. In countries like China, the government has opted for a complete ban of cryptocurrency trading activities while in the US, the industry is largely unregulated. But things seem to be different in Europe. In a country like France, the government is striking middle ground and is considering regulating the industry. In so doing, France is on its way to rank among the first major economies to regulate initial coin offerings (ICOs). ICO Success This approach to ICOs has seen Europe rise rapidly to become a global hub for cryptocurrencies with high amounts of funding streaming into cryptocurrency projects. This year alone, cumulative ICO financing stands at approximately $4.1 billion in Europe. This ... Read More »

What Factors are Driving ICO Financing in the European Market?

  By David Drake   Across the globe, interest in cryptocurrencies has been on the rise. Europe, especially, is quickly developing into a hub for cryptocurrencies with a substantial amount of money being invested in the industry through initial coin offerings (ICOs). This year alone, the amount raised through the sale of tokens in Europe has almost surpassed that of Asia and U.S combined. Fundraising though European ICOs is estimated to have hit the $4.1 billion, nearly twice the $2.3 billion raised in Asia, and considerably more than the $2.6 billion in the U.S market this year. The probable reasons leading to Europe’s huge interest in ICOs include progressive regulations, economic independence and the rising development among others. The Gaps The absence of clear regulations to guide the cryptocurrency industry is among the key factors that hinder the growth for ICOs in Asia and the U.S. The outright ban of ... Read More »

2 Effective Tactics Europe is Using to Increase ICO Investment in the Region

  By David Drake   Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have taken off as the prefered way for raising project funds for cryptocurrency related startups compared to the red-taped, costly Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Token sales in the first nine months of the year have hit the $12.3 billion mark, doubling the amount raised during the whole of 2017. With the increased funding, the race is on as countries aim to develop their own digital asset economies. An emerging region that has been leading in this industry is Europe. According to a report dubbed ‘State of the Token Market’ released  last week by Fabric Ventures, approximately $4.1 billion has been raised through ICOs in the region. This amount is quite high compared to the $2.3 billion and $ 2.6 billion raised in Asia and the United States, respectively. So, what factors could be could be boosting ICO investments in Europe: 1.  ... Read More »

Cryptocurrency Events are Marketing Avenues for ICO Startups, Here’s How

  By David Drake   Over the last two years, the popularity of cryptocurrencies has increased significantly and the technology underlying digital currencies has not been left behind. As speculation pushed the prices of Bitcoin to a peak of almost $20,000 towards the end of 2017, blockchain gained popularity. But it is not just Bitcoin that ignited the interest in blockchain, the smart contract platform, Ethereum, pushed the interest in blockchain to a whole new level with its ability to facilitate the development of decentralized application.The popularity of blockchain has the paved way for innovative solutions to be created by developers across the world. Such solutions include Gath3r targeting web miners who want to optimize the way they monetize, IOU for e-commerce businesses, NoizChain which facilitates interactive marketing, ONe Network to facilitate social media security and BlockVest that enables investors to manage their digital asset portfolios. The Value As blockchain facilitates the design and launch of innovative projects, the need ... Read More »

Why Conferences Might Increase the Chances of Success for ICO Projects

  By David Drake   Conferences have become regular occurrences in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, a testament of the growth that is happening in the industry. These events provide a unique platform for industry players to interact and share ideas, experiences and knowledge. And as the industry growth, I have  had a chance to keynote, moderate and speak in a number of these events. Though attended by different players in the cryptocurrency platers, one of the groups that benefits most from participating in crypto-related conferences is issuers of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Numerous ICO projects are being developed using blockchain technology already across sectors. In the social sector, ONeNetwork is using the technology to secure social interactions while URAllowance is improving family interactions using smart contracts. At the same time, BQT is enhancing cryptocurrency and hedge fund trading while BlockVest is improving portfolio management of digital assets. Also, LiveTradr ... Read More »

Crypto-Events: Are they Opportunities or Misfortunes for ICO projects

  By David Drake   Increasingly, conferences revolving around blockchain and cryptocurrencies are being held more often in different parts of the world. On average, at least ten crypto events take place every month around the globe. These events present unique opportunities for startups in the cryptocurrency space, especially initial coin offering (ICO) companies. During such events, companies such as Qupon, Gath3r, HFC Coin, and BQT can share their blockchain backed innovations in the finance sector to potential investors. But it is not just innovations in this sector that can ride of cryptocurrency and blockchain events to catapult themselves to success. Social interactions are a critical part of life today. Viable blockchain-based projects such as ONe Network, URAllowance, Noiz Chain and IOU can capture the interest of investors as well. Connections By attending blockchain or cryptocurrency events, ICO companies get access to wonderful opportunities to share their ideas and establish ... Read More »

5 Reasons ICO Companies Should Attend Live Conferences

  by David Drake     For movers and shakers in the financial and cryptocurrency world, and in many other arenas, live conferences and summits are not novel concepts. In fact, every month, some of the most influential people from different niche groups converge in various parts of the globe for conferences. I’ve been attended many conference events in the blockchain and cryptocurrency events, either as a keynote speaker or moderator. On many instances, I’ve gotten a chance to not only learn new concepts and ideas, but to impart some of my own. The cryptocurrency atmosphere has experienced rocky grounds of late and solutions to some of the challenges in the industry have been generated in some of these conferences.   But beyond industry matters, cryptocurrency events present great opportunities for finance or business-focused ICO initiatives such as Gath3r, BlockVest, Noiz Chain and BQT to raise funds. For ICO projects such ... Read More »

Fake ICOs: How Can Cryptocurrency Investors Stay Safe?

  by David Drake     Growth of the cryptocurrency industry has led to an increase of fraudulent projects that falsify information in order to attract investors. Crypto-flare is one such project. Recently, I noted that the project  has flagrantly faked its advisors and management. The site alleges that Saars Levi is its CEO and co-founder , and lists me as an advisor alongside Pialy Aditya in a attempt to give unsuspecting investors confidence in their product. I spoke to Levi and Aditya and confirmed that none of them has been approached to serve in the project. The site has clearly been bending the truth. Another site, Glitzkoin has a plagiarized white paper, directly copied from Cedex. A Major Problem Fake cryptocurrency projects continue to hit headlines as enterprising people create fake sites that imitate actual projects with a view of siphoning money from unsuspecting investors. It is estimated that such ... Read More »

Are there Tools to Guard the Crypto Market Image Amidst Rising Fake ICOs?

  by David Drake     The cryptocurrency market has gained popularity faster than anyone had anticipated, and right alongside it, is a new way to raise capital for blockchain-based projects, initial coin offerings (ICOs). In fact, over the past 18 months, cryptocurrency-related projects have been coming up in almost every single industry. The flip side of it is that not all projects are genuine – an aspect that captured the attention of the SEC to the extent that the regulator issued a public investor alert in August, 2017. Even with this alert, the number of fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) companies seems to be on the rise. Recently, I came across an ICO platform, Crypto-flare, that has flagrantly faked its core team and advisors. Collateral Risks Crypto-flare alleges that Saars Levi is the CEO and founder, in addition to listing me and Pialy Aditya as its advisors. None of us ... Read More »

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