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Recently you must have known a very hot program called “make money with Brave browser“. Is it real? Yes. I know many people who have earned up to $50k per month. And how to make money with this? Please follow this tutorial. I’ll show you how to earn money with Brave browser in 4 ways.
Get free airdrop of $5 worth of BAT by just using it.
Earn up to $7.50 of BAT by inviting users to download and try out the platform.
Earn BAT by watching ads and surfing the web.
Earn BAT tips for content you publish to the web.
Open Brave Browser and click on “BAT triangle logo” at the top right corner of your screen.
Turn on “Brave Rewards” and “Ads”.
Click on “Ads Settings” and choose the maximum number of ads you want to see per hour (1 to 5 per hour).
That’s it. You’ll receive push notification ads that’s not disruptive and relevant according to your ads settings.
https://preview.redd.it/s972ts35iqu41.png?width=1400&format=png&auto=webp&s=3665dec54ef0f454e94e4ab3f0d4795bcc612662 How much can you earn with Brave Ads? Brave Ads is not mandatory. You don’t have to do anything if you’d like to enjoy an ad-free browsing experience. However, if you’d like to earn money, you can opt into Brave Rewards, view ads and earn a portion of ads revenue in BAT in return. Depends on your countries and ad frequency, you can expect to earn about $5 worth of BAT per month. https://preview.redd.it/qapdotv8iqu41.png?width=1212&format=png&auto=webp&s=4beed9f2458de046b0ad7643c861239ba9311522 Earn BAT Airdrops If, like me, your country is not on the list of Brave Ads, you can still earn BAT by using Brave to navigate websites. Here’s a screenshot of my BAT reward that I earned today. For new user, you can earn $5 BAT by simply installing and using it for 30days. Not only that, you’ll have the chance to earn random token grants worth 25–40 BAT every month. All you need to do is make sure that your “Brave Rewards” toggle is turned on, and you’ll receive free BAT tokens in your wallet once every 30 days on a first-come-first-served basis. How to Get Free BAT on desktop:
If there are token grants available, you will receive a notification.
To claim your free BAT, click on “BAT triangle logo” > “Rewards Settings”. Click “Claim” and complete a simple captcha puzzle.
Earn Brave Rewards as a Content Creator If you’re a podcaster, band, blogger, YouTuber, you can join Brave Rewards program for Creators and start monetizing your content. If you’re a gamer, you can also make money by adding your Twitch channel. With Brave Rewards, users can send BAT tips directly to any sites and content providers. With just a click on their web browser, your followers, subscribers, readers can automatically make a one-time donation or set up a monthly schedule to anonymously support your website or channel. This way, you can focus on doing what you do best while getting paid directly for your content. As a content creator, you no longer have to rely on ad revenue. To start earning BAT rewards, you’ll need to add your site or channel to Brave Rewards. How To Add Channel to Brave Creator:
Earn $6.50 of BAT: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom
Earn $5.00 of BAT: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan
Earn $1–2 of BAT: Other countries
You can promote it on your blog, social media, podcast, YouTuber videos and any other ways that you see fit. How to Get Your Brave Referral Link: To get your own unique referral link, you’ll need to download Brave and become a creator here. As a verified content creator, you can get your referral link inside your Creator dashboard. Simply copy the unique link and share it with your followers. You’ll receive BAT rewards directly on your Uphold wallet. You can choose to withdraw BAT or convert it to Bitcoin. How to Withdraw BAT Token You can use Brave browser built-in wallet to manage your earnings. However, if you like to withdraw your BAT, you’ll need to sign up for Uphold. From Uphold, you can then exchange BAT for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, or convert BAT to your local FIAT (USD, EUR etc) to be deposited into your bank account. 1.Download Brave Browser on your desktop or mobile phone.
Create an account on Uphold.
Verify your identity by providing your photo ID.
If you want to cash out your BAT to fiat, simply add your bank account details.
To withdraw BAT from your Brave wallet, go to “Rewards Settings”.This is how it shoud look like:
Click “Withdraw Funds”, and you’ll be directed to your Uphold account. Here, you can use Uphold to transfer, withdraw, or exchange BAT into any other cryptocurrency that you like.
Conclusion By now you should know how to earn money with Brave Browser. Don’t leave the money on table, download Brave Browser here and try it out ! You can earn by enabling Brave ads, surfing websites and get free BAT tokens. If you’re a creator content, you can get paid for writing an article or record and publish a video. What do you think of this crypto-funded web browser? Tell me in the comment!
What happened with MATTIC should not surprise anyone — here’s why:
‘Panic?’ So theyre chalking it up to FUD as their explanation? Smh. For any of you whose been involved in the crypto game b4 Q417, you already know what I’m about to say. For all the rest: this was a 4PD if I ever saw one. 4PD (disambiguation) is one of many slang acronyms / memes that really apexed in usage circa 2016 & pretty much dissipated after cryptowinter. It stands for 4chan Pump & Dump — back when the first DEXes were launching & the only ‘stablecoin’ was USDT (which remained the only stablecoin until after BTC ATH which brought widespread, global attention to regulators) & the notion was anyone who had 10+ BTC (which wasnt inconceivable back when I started trading at $200 per coin) would scour 4chan and dark web message boards with forum posts titled “4PD LFXM” where X = 1 user or 10 BTC . These simplistic yet complicated, paradoxical form of easily spotted & instantly recognizable code would let pump & dumpers (whales only) seek out each other so if I post 4PD LF2M then without needing to read the thread or post (of which was usually vague or left empty) I would know right off the bat that there’s a group of 3 whales who all are willing to commit 10 BTC each, thus 30 BTC total seeking 2 more ppl or 20 more BTC. This was so rampant in 2016 (the golden year of crypto for early adopters) that anyone who had any experience trading knew right away to stay the fuck away from any coin/token with a market cap under 50 million — I must confess I am guilty of being apart of one of these groups. We pumped golem, bcc (bitconnect) Bitcoin gold and a slew of other shitcoins that don’t even exist anymore. We would all buyin & made the whole community FOMO then dump at the top. The only problem was finding a group you can trust ; which fortunately for SWIM worked out great as they used software to create an algorithmic system of escrow to make sure we had proof of stake and no need to trust each other. Anyone’s curious how it worked out in terms of ROI; basically we’d(they’d) dump 10 BTC each & 50 BTC into a shitcoin and split the return at the top of the wick which usually was anywhere from 25%-10,000% profit (yes, I know...) Technically they/we should all be in jail for what SWIM did. If it makes you feel any better, SWIM lost 80% of everything in cryptowinter and SWIM donated tens of thousands of $$ to irc unicef & st Jude. Now? SWIM has nowhere near the net worth he had back then but is comfortable enough for me to focus on my research & startup while not needing to work for food/bills. Disclaimer SWIM = someone who isn’t me. The story above is strictly an alleged hypothetical; unsubstantiated & without evidence of said events having occurred. SWIM is not liable for any incidents of pump and dumping nor does SWIM know anybody that is. Additionally described above is nothing more than pure conjecture and a potential hypothetical for educational and entertainment purposes.
Brave browser 1.0 arrives, bringing its privacy-first ads to iPhones and iPads
https://preview.redd.it/s8kjuhe3jpy31.png?width=1012&format=png&auto=webp&s=d38be218866c2c1ab6aa937d75abb65ce192bf04 The startup wants to rid the web of privacy-invading trackers, but some people sign up just for speed improvements over Chrome. After four years of development, Brave Software has released version 1.0 of its browser, an iconoclastic product that strips out conventional website advertisements but that can pay you to see other ads the browser itself supplies. The update brings the payment scheme to iPhones and iPads, meaning that Apple mobile device owners using the browser can now cash in on the technology too. Brave's browser protects privacy by removing ads and ad trackers, making it harder for marketers to follow people's behavior across the internet. Instead, the startup suggests that users join its Brave Rewards system, which shows ads that Brave presents. The company pays you 70% of the resulting ad revenue. Stripping ads from websites only to display other ads from the browser might seem counterintuitive. But Brave, which sends the revenue you accrue back to the websites you visit, hopes it will help push internet publishers away from privacy-invading trackers that profile your online behavior. (You can check CNET's review of Brave 1.0, too.) CEO Brendan Eich, who used to lead rival browser maker Firefox, describes it as "putting chlorine in the pool." He wants an internet in which online advertising can support websites but not with us having to share our personal data with tech powerhouses that are hard to fight and smaller players that are hard to identify. The company has developed its own crypto-token, the Basic Attention Token, to make the payments. Users can direct BAT they earn to specific sites, Twitch video game streamers or YouTubers, or they can tip Twitter and Reddit users. They can also convert the BAT into currency, though no one should expect more than a few dollars a month. When Eich co-founded Brave in 2015, online privacy was a nice idea but not a major tech industry priority. That's beginning to change. Apple has been a leader, banging the privacy drum steadily. And after Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how much data companies have on us, the social network, as well as search giant Google, have indicated they want to do better. Convincing people to switch to Brave Still, it's hard to get people to switch browsers, especially away from Google Chrome, the dominant software. Brave has convinced just 8.7 million of us to use it each month on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. That's less than a percent of the billion who use Chrome and only 3% of the 256 million Firefox claims. In addition to privacy, Eich says other advantages of the Brave browser have helped lure users. Without ads, for example, pages load faster and don't need as much memory, battery power or network data. And to lure people to Brave, the San Francisco-based startup can also hand out BAT from an initial pool of 300 million tokens it reserved for promotions. On Wednesday, it announced a new grant of 8 million BAT to people using Brave on iOS and Android. "We get people speed and battery life as much as we get people privacy," and the company needs to use every advantage to increase its user base, Eich said. Brave's monthly users are growing at about 10% each month, suggesting that it's found a foothold on the web. Brave isn't the only browser trying to get ahead by offering tracker blocking. Firefox has begun a major effort to improve privacy on the web. Apple is pushing privacy with Safari, too, and it has the advantage of being installed and used by default on millions of iPhones and iPads. Even Google's Chrome has begun an effort to cut back on privacy invasion. Brave by the numbers Here are some indicators of Brave's status today: • About 35,000 websites, 212,000 YouTube accounts and 30,000 Twitter users have signed up to receive Brave Rewards payments. By default, Brave pays BAT automatically each month, and you can also tip websites, including the Washington Post, the Guardian and Wikipedia. • About 10% of Brave users have signed up for Brave Rewards, and 600,000 BAT gets sent to users and back to websites each month, Eich said. 1 BAT is worth about 24 cents at today's exchange rate. • Advertisers have run 475 ad campaigns so far through Brave, including Amazon, Intel and Pizza Hut. Ads show as operating system notifications, though Brave plans a later update that will embed ads directly in websites in partnership with publishers that will get 70% of that revenue. • About 14% of the time that Brave users see an ad, they click it to open a new browser tab, then spend on average of 12 seconds on the page. Eich plans other BAT uses. Brave will let people use BAT to purchase VPN (virtual private network) services for better online privacy, for example. And eventually it plans to release a software development kit to let other software makers tap into the privacy-first ad ecosystem. Disclosure: I transferred some bitcoin into my Brave wallet for testing in 2016 that was later converted into BAT. After that initial purchase, grants that Brave extended to users and BAT from ads, minus BAT transferred to websites and other publishers, I now have a BAT balance worth $312.37. I have received no bitcoin or BAT from Brave. One complication for people using Brave on multiple devices today is that their BAT wallets don't synchronize. iPhone users opting into Brave Rewards will have a separate store of BAT there than on their laptops, for example. Brave plans let users synchronize their wallets the first half of 2020. Targeting ads without tracking you online Online advertisers and publishers often track your behavior so they can build profiles that reveal your interests. Advertisers are likely to pay more money if they know their ads are targeted toward people who are more likely to be receptive. Brave does away with this tracking. It still lets advertisers target ads, but the browser itself does the targeting without releasing information to advertisers, publishers or Brave Software itself. It gauges your interest by scrutinizing the text of websites you visit or the words you're typing into search engines. "I think the privacy wave is still rising," Eich said. Brave reports to advertisers how many people saw their ads, but greater use of BAT's blockchain technology should help advertisers worried about that leap of faith. That'll come with the "Apollo" phase of Brave development that will follow the current "Gemini" phase and earlier "Mercury" phase -- names drawn from NASA's moon landing project. "The Apollo phase moves as much of our settlement logic onto a blockchain to enable anyone to verify reported results," Eich said.
Investment advice from /u/Nooku (end of 2017 edition)
It has been a while since I wrote my latest big altcoin topic. This sub only had <10 000 subscribers, times surely have changed. I used to invest in altcoins (with seperate networks) but ever since Ethereum gained traction I have unloaded all of my alts and switched exlusively to Ethereum tokens. There are a few reasons for this: 1) Obviously Ethereum is the prime technology in the cryptocurrency space, and will keep that spot, even strengthen it, in the foreseeable future. Any coins living on the Ethereum network will benefit from the worldwide exposure ETH gives. All these tokens have this Ethereum "buff" as you will. 2) Ignoring the ICO scams, there are many technologies out there that are choosing the Ethereum network because they see the endless posibilities of the network and want to bring value. This results in a huge brain gain from smart developers around the world. Intelligence means value. Another important note is that I'm a long-term investor. I don't care about short term gains. I look long term so the value dictates the price, not the hype. Let's get right into my picks.
Time to explain my tiers. The above 4 coins are the coins I really believe in, which I call the 1st tier. These are long term investments with a very low risk. The 2nd tier coins have less fundamentals and may be more speculative, although still have a reasonably low risk. RLC ($0.50): iExec. Kind of a tricky one. But if you love, believe in, and hodl Golem, you would want to hodl iExec (RLC) as well. iExec can be considered a healthy competitor to Golem. If Golem succeeds, iExec will be considered the 2nd chance investment for those who missed the Golem train. If Golem struggles, iExec might take over its role and become the technology that Golem tried but failed to be. At a market cap of $40 million, the risk is relatively low while the potential reward can be quite lucrative. If it would ever manage to hit todays market cap of Golem, we are facing a 500 % increase, safely outweighting the risk of -100%. If you were to own Golem, RLC is a safe hedge, and your insurance.
Other coins worth mentioning
OMG ($8.16): OmiseGo, and ANT ($1.80): Aragon. Both beautiful projects that enhance Ethereum itself and will be making the network more valuable.
Are there other, perhaps better coins out there than the above list? Absolutely. Times have changed. With now there being an abundance of coins to choose from making it impossible to look into all of them. The above coins are projects I have researched thoroughly and which I can conclude to be safe bets. Projects that have a high chance of success, while still being relatively cheap.
Please share your picks including the why's
As always, let's help each other with more suggestions and picks, with preferably low market caps since that's where the gains are to be made. Happy hodling!
What is Brave Browser? Brave is a browser based on the Chromium project. By default, the web browser blocks trackers and ads so you can browse the web faster. In other browsers, you can add ad blocking extensions but they still allow display some ads and all trackers. Brave Browser solves this issue perfectly. Brave Browser Desktop From the main window, you can check statistics of all blocked elements. You have also access to some advanced settings from where you can define if you like to use HTTPS everywhere, or blocks scripts, 3rd part cookies, ads, phishing and malware components etc. Integration with Brave Sync allows you to sync encrypted browser data between your devices. The biggest advantage of this web browser is speeding up page load on a typical cell connection by not downloading ads and trackers. This feature can load pages up to 300% faster. You can download Brave Browser for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. History The project started on May 28, 2015, by CEO Brendan Eichthe, the co-founder of the Mozilla Project, and CTO Brian Bondy. Brave Software launched the first public version of the browser on January 20, 2016. The app was packed with partial ad-blocking features and plans for ad revenue sharing program. As part of our 0.11.6 release of Brave for desktop on Sep 1, 2016, the publisher announced the beta version of Brave Payments, the Bitcoin-based micropayments system that can automatically and privately pay users favorite websites. Privacy A private window in Brave Browser prevents Internet browsing history from being stored and cookies vanish when you close the window. Downloads and bookmarks are still saved even after closing a private window. Sites can learn your IP address when you visit them — even inside a Private Window. Private Window with Tor When you are inside a Private Window with Tor, Brave Browser doesn’t connect directly to a website. Instead, you connect to a chain of different computers in the volunteer-run Tor network, one after another. This is a great feature allowing you to use Tor technology in one product. Private Window with Tor in Brave Browser This new functionality integrates into Brave a new browsing mode that helps protect privacy over the network. Private Tabs with Tor help protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest Wi-Fi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier. You can access it from a new Tab. Tor Private Tabs is easily accessible from the File menu by clicking New Private Tab with Tor. The integration of Tor into the Brave browser enhance privacy protection conveniently accessible to any Brave user directly within the browser. At any point, you can open Private Tabs with Tor, regular tabs, session tabs, or private tabs. Extensions Extensions are programs that live and run directly on the browser. They do not require installation on your computer and do not require a system restart the way traditional programs often do. The browser supports extensions from Chrome Web Store. BAT A token called the Basic Attention Token ("BAT") is integrated into the browser. In a token sale that raised $36 million in 24 seconds. Users earn BAT while browsing, and pay BAT to publishers to access and support digital content and services. Basic Attention Token - BAT On top of the browser and integrated token, Brave is building a blockchain-based ad platform. Users, should they choose to get paid for seeing ads, will be served high quality and relevant ads without leakage of their data, as all ad-matching will be done by local (on-device) machine learning. Brave-verified publishers (or publishers planning to verify as Brave publishers) can start collecting their contributions after establishing an Uphold account. BAT contributions are automatically converted to fiat and are directly deposited into the publisher’s bank account. Brave Browser Mobile The mobile version of Brave Browser for iOS and Android devices offers only partial features that you can enjoy using Desktop edition. It is packed with a fast ad blocker and HTTPS Everywhere. Moreover, you can block scripts, phishing, fingerprinting, activate always use private mode, etc. Verdict I have been using Brave Browser for over 6 months now, and I decided to switch to it from Google Chrome. I love the clean user interface and of course the packed technology to block ads and trackers. I don't use it all the time, and when needed I switch if off on my favorites websites. The user experience is the same as on other popular browsers, but you can definitely feel that all pages are loading much faster on Brave. The downside is the technology behind Brave Wallet. It is complicated to set and a huge number of verifications can kill your enthusiasm to earn money. As a browser Brave is a great product packed with new technologies. I would definitely recommend using the browser all my friends and family. Brave Browser received the 5-star award, and this is the highest rating I can provide. You should give it a try and install it on your Desktop. It is worth to do it!
Hi all, This post is not meant to start a discussion about what to buy or what's the best option out there. It's just a fun talk for other new recruits to relate to and for gentlemen to say things like "Kid, you don't know what you got yourself into. Do you think you've seen shit? I've seen shit kid...". Let's face it, we're in the middle of the second mass adoption (some would say the first big one) of crypto currencies. They're becoming quite popular, so it's not yet time for normies to start playing, but we're way past the pioneers. Us noobs are just in the middle. We've been hearing about cryptos since 2009/2010, maybe we tried before, but got bored fast and now, after missing so many opportunities to support this amazing new concept and pump our money big time, we're here to see what we can do. We're trying to learn fast, adopt many new concepts and made up words, familiarize ourselves with all the different options and praying that the learning process doesn't take away too much before we start having a little profit. So without further ado, here's what's like to be a noob in the crypto world in June 2017: (Read with the old voice of a crypto trader who's been there since the beginning): Well well... So you want to start trading crypto, don't you? That's so sweet. Please, buy a little of BTC and make yourself at home. Please, take all this info about wallets (exchanges, online, phone, desktop, hardware, paper...), some basic trading training, a bunch of guru blogs and twitters, reddit, stay away from 4chan, although sometimes they're right and make your profits go 10x for whatever reason (but don't trust them), spend only what you can afford to lose, buy the rumours, sell the news or buy the news, sell the facts, it depends. You'll see. Oh... and HODL. Just write that down. I'll explain later. Do you know what's a Satoshi? No? Ok, we've got work to do. Now, what's your initial budget? $1,000 now and $100-200 every month after that? Well, that's not too much, isn't it? But we'll try. Don't worry. I'm sure there's something we can do. Now that you have your Coinbase account and your ID is pending approval there and in 5 other exchanges, buy your first real batch of BTC and let's take a look at your altcoin portfolio. What? No... The days of getting somewhere just with Bitcoin are over. It's July 1st 2017. Now it's in a dip (write that word down) and will recover soon, but it's at a point in which it can rise its price literally by $1,000 and it's only something between 30% and 50% profit max. You have a very small budget and need to raise it substantially to be able to play with the big coins and get something worth it in return. But anyway, you can't be in crypto and not have BTC, ETH (the next BTC, only not exactly) and XMR (which is still affordable and will raise a lot in the future because of people and business you don't want to know about). So that's it. Put $100 on each one and follow me. Now, take a look at Alex Fortin and his 5 top currencies to invest by the end of 2016. Can you see how he's nailed all of them? Sadly you're late for all five (even MaidSafe which went 5x not long ago). But man... You should've been here for the Ethereum boom. See how at the time this article was written it was around $10? Well, check this out. It's $220 now. It's been a blast for all of us. Gonna buy a new house soon. Anyway... Ok so... Just grab a bit of all five just in case they raise even more. You know, because Ripple is going to be huge (although the use of XRP is not mandatory if you adopt the system) and the rest still have some space to grow. Anyway, get $100 of each and follow me. Now it's time to look at the small coins. Those which haven't gone insanely big yet. It's your best chance to make something around $10k (if you're lucky) and put that into a more stable, steadily growing altcoin, get another 10x in 1-2 years and you're ready to go. Now... what? You did what?? You went to 4chan, bought $300 of DGB and $300 of SWT with part of the next two months budget when they were near ATHs and now you're -50% in both?? Damn it kid!! I told you about these people. Don't trust them and NEVER buy near ATHs. Ok, don't worry. They'll go up again in a few months but now you've got a big part of your money waiting for another raise in those two coins. Ok, let's see how we can fix this... Ok. Forget about the big ones because they shouldn't move too much (they will) in the next few months. Just leave something in Factom and let's put the rest on the next round of "safe" bets. They're small now, but the tech behind them is amazing and a few of them should moon in the next months. Now that I say "moon", remind me to tell you something later. Here they are: I give you ARK, that's going to serve as a bridge between cryptos, it's only $1 now and has lots of room to grow, it's going to be so huge you won't believe your eyes once it starts mooning. UBQ, that's going to be the next Ethereum by next year, and be sure to get some RDD. It's cheap as hell and has all the potential to become the crypto for normies. $0,02 and even $0,2 are safe bets for next year. Now... What? What did you do now?? You listened to 4chan again and got $100 of XBY? Well... It could be worse. Maybe it even works. Not a bad coin. Now, for the love of all that's sacred. Stop there and HODL. Don't you dare try day trading and remember: never spend more than you can afford to lose, but keep an eye on STRAT, IOTA, XEM, XRP, GNT, WAVES, SC, LSK, ARDR, MAID, BAT, LKK and PIVX. We'll talk about ICOs another time. Also, have you heard about August 1st? Ok, you shouldn't have any problems, but maybe it's better to stick with ETH and XMR for your monthly contributions for now. Or maybe not. Who knows, right? Oh! and about MOON! Just get like a million of those just in case they somehow end up going from 5 sats to 5,000 and you want to kill yourself for not having any. Well, it's June 19th. You're getting used to this, right? Yes, you haven't recovered yet from DGB and SWT but be patient. You've been here just 20 days. Most of your initial investment is still there and that's a good thing. Ok, this should be a slow night and... WHAT THE FUCK!!?? Holy shit!! I made 2k overnight with my AntShares!! That's awesome!! How much did you make? ...wait, what?? You're not holding AntShares??? But how's that possible?? They're the Chinese Ethereum!! They're going to be huge!! You're saying NO to the biggest market in the world!! Well, you'd better start buying now. They've tripled overnight and it's going to be up from here till they get to be on par with Ethereum. What? They're at their ATH and you shouldn't be buying now? Ok kid. I see you're getting it. You'll be just fine.
Hello! My name is Vladimir Hovanskiy. I am a Google Adwords manager at Platinum, a business facilitator of new generation, providing STO and ICO marketing services. We already created best STO blockchain platform on the market and consulted more than 700 projects. Here’s the proof 😎 Platinum.fund We are more than proud that we not only promote but also share our knowledge with the students of the UBAI. Here you can learn how to do security token offering and initial coin offering! Now I want to share some cool info on the purpose and role of tokens within the Blockchain ecosystem at the ICO stage. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) History Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are a means of fundraising for the initial capital needed to get new projects off the ground within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. More often than not, Bitcoin and Ethereum, are used to buy a quantity of project tokens. However, new projects are also being launched on alternative Blockchain platforms such as NEO or WANchain, wherein the “parent” chain’s tokens will be used to fund these ICOs. Pre-launch, ICO tokens are endorsed as functional currency in the project ecosystem. After a project’s ICO, it is available on exchanges, and then the market determines the value of those tokens. The main benefit of using the ICO funding system is that it avoids the prohibitive amount of time and expense incurred by launching a startup in the conventional method, by way of Initial Public Offering (IPO). The lengthy and costly process of ensuring regulatory compliance in different jurisdictions often makes the IPO format unfeasible for small companies. Thus, the ICO method of fundraising is far more attractive as a means of crowd funding for the project. But at the same time, an ICO is certainly riskier for the investor. It is important to note the different stages of the token sale. Token prices generally escalate the closer the token gets to its listing date. Projects often seek funding from angel investors even before the date of the private pre-sale is set, though some ICOs do go straight to pre-sale. After potential initial investment has been sought from angel investors, pre-sale begins. Usually there will be a 15–30% discount from the public sale price. The main-sale begins after the pre-sale has concluded. At that time, normal everyday crypto enthusiasts, with no connections to the team, may buy into the project at pretty close to the ground floor price. Angel investors and pre-sale investors sometimes receive quite large discounts from main sale prices, but their tokens are locked up for varying amounts of time, to prevent dumping, or selling all their tokens for a quick profit at the time of listing. Today the vast majority of ICOs make use of the Ethereum blockchain and the ERC-20 token. The very first token sale was arranged by Mastercoin, a Bitcoin fork, in July 2013. Ethereum soon followed in early 2014, raising 3700 BTC in only 12 hours (equivalent to $2.3 million at that time, and just under $35 million today). Before late 2015 there were sporadic ICOs, with Augur, NXT and Factom all successfully raising funds. 2016 was the year that the ICO format grew to truly disrupt the Venture Capital industry. There were 64 ICOs in 2016 which cumulatively raised $103 million USD. Tremendous Success & Why Real World Case Study The ICON (ICX) Initial coin offering is an example of a project that reaped the rewards of a token sale done with precision of execution and clarity of vision. The project promised to build a world-wide decentralized network that would allow Blockchains of different governances to transact with one another without a centralized authority, and with as few barriers as possible. ICX offered fair and clear tokenomics, with 1 Ether buying 2500 ICX, and with 1 ETH costing approximately 250 dollars when the ICO began on September 18th. 50% of the total amount of tokens were put up for public sale, 400,230,000 out of a total of 800,460,000, equating to a fundraising goal of 150,000 Ether. One of the core reasons for the project’s spectacular success was the incredibly distinguished background of those involved, and the foundation the project had in many years of stellar achievement. ICON was originally a project developed by “The Loop”, a joint venture between DAYLI financial group and three Korean Universities. They lead the Korea Financial Investment Blockchain Consortium, one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world, boasting members including Samsung Securities. The Loop had already implemented Blockchain solutions for high profile clients well before ICX was born, including completing a KYC/AML authentication smart contract platform for Korea Financial Investment Consortium. Real World Example of Failure & Why Case Study The risk involved in starting your own company is huge. Over 75% of startups eventually fail, according to the Harvard Business School study by Shikhar Ghosh. The study’s findings show the rate of failure for new companies is roughly 50% after 5 years, and over 75% after 10. Shikhar Ghosh identifies the following issues as the most common factors in start-up failure: -Insufficient Market Demand -Insolvency -Wrong Team -Got beat by competition -Pricing/Cost issues -Poor Product -Need for or Lack of business model -Ineffective Marketing -Disregarding Customer desires The statistics concerning rate of failure for conventional business startups pale in comparison to the number of crypto startups that fail according to Tokendata. They are one of the most rigorous ICO trackers, recording 46% of the 902 ICO crowdsale projects initiated in 2017 as failing by the time of writing. Of these 46%, 142 collapsed before the end of the funding stage, and a further 276 had either “exit scammed” (took the money and ran) or slowly faded into eventual obscurity. With no shortage of failed and abortive projects to look into, we thought it would be more helpful to look into an ICO that was mismanaged and unsuccessful in terms of its execution, rather than being fraudulent, or terminally mismanaged. Real World Example of Failure & Why §3 Tezos was designed as a “new decentralized Blockchain that governs itself by establishing a true digital commonwealth”. The project was a partnership between the husband and wife team of Kathleen and Arthur Breitman, and a Swiss foundation run by Johann Gevers. They had a novel idea of “formal verification”, a technique that mathematically proves the veracity of code governing transactions and heightens security of smart contracts. That idea was wholeheartedly endorsed by investors, resulting in $232 million USD raised in the 2017 crowdsale. Trouble arose after the Breitmans asked the head of the Swiss foundation they were in partnership with to step down. In Gever’s words, the Breitman’s were attempting “to bypass Swiss legal structure and take over control of the foundation”. The resulting 6 class action lawsuits that were spawned from the wreckage of one of the most successful ICOs of all time have yet to be fully resolved at the time of writing, though Gevers has stepped down and a new leadership team is in place. The Tezos Network has a prospective launch date of somewhere around Q3 2018. The debacle, though not terminal to the prospects of the Tezos network, provides a cautionary tale about the need for a clearly defined leadership structure and plan for the allocation of funds after an ICO. It is entirely possible that the Tezos project could have ridden the late 2017 market euphoria to sit near the top of the cryptocurrency hierarchy if boardroom strife could have been avoided. Real World Example of Failure & Why §4 Projects often also “pivot” from one focus or project to another. More often than not, teams change the project name entirely, even while retaining the same core team, to try for a successful venture one more time. One such project is Chain Trade Token (CTT) which, while technically speaking, not yet a “deadcoin”, shows all the signs of shutting down operations within a few months, and “pivoting” into a new project. The CTT project aimed to be the “first blockchain-based platform for the trading of futures and options on food and raw materials (aka commodity derivatives)”. But through a combination of a non-existent social media presence, and a distinct lack of urgency in securing listings beyond decentralized exchanges, the lofty ambitions of the top-level team were left unrealized. The team has supposedly split their operations from solely Chain Trade, to a former business endeavors, and the Nebula Decentralized Exchange. The project leaders then offered a 1-for-1 token swap which has been accepted by the vast majority of CTT holders. The ICO Process Before even researching the particular strengths and weaknesses of any specific project in which you may want to invest, it is important to know the overall processes of the ICO crowdfunding method. This will allow you to avoid any potential pitfalls if you do decide to move forward and invest money into a particular idea or project. How does an ICO happen? Stage One: Token sale details are set: This takes place usually after release of the whitepaper, and the presentation of a project to prospective investors in forums and on social media. Stage Two: Whitelisting for private sale begins: The vast majority of all ICOs have instituted KYC checks for investors which usually involve uploading a photograph of your passport or driving license along with a selfie holding the ID. Did you know? Participation in ICOs has proven to be a regulatory nightmare in some localities. Most token sales restrict contributions from investors in China and the USA entirely, though accredited investors may participate in the USA in some cases. Stage Three: Private/Pre-sale states: Typically, 10% of tokens will be offered to early investors at a 10–30% discount. These select few investors will likely have a close association with the team. But not all projects have a pre-sale round, some go straight to public sale. Stage Four: Whitelisting for Public/Main sale starts: The same format used for pre-sale investors is used for public sale investors, though it is a regular occurrence to see main sale KYC checks closed early due to overwhelming demand. An investor must then register a contribution wallet address. That is the address used to send cryptocurrency from, to buy the ICO tokens, and then also into which you will receive your purchased tokens. This wallet address must be a non-exchange wallet, like Blockchain.info bitcoin wallet, or MyEtherWallet for ERC-20. You already understand from the prior lesson that making a mistake with your wallet address may mean you lose the tokens forever as well as the BTC or ETH you used to purchase them. Copying and pasting your cryptocurrency public key into the whitelist wallet form is the next task to complete. And then, as the investor, you wait for confirmation of successful ICO registration from the team. Stage Five: Public sale starts: Commonly on a specific date, though sometimes for a specific period of time. If you are interested in participating in an ICO, it is important to make your contribution as quickly as possible, or you risk sending your ETH or BTC after the hard cap has been reached, resulting in your funds being sent back. This refund can sometimes take many days, or even weeks in times of high market activity. Did you know? In 2017 it was not unheard of to find ICOs that had originally scheduled their ICO period for many weeks, but then they met with such high demand that they could close their crowdsale in a matter of hours or even in just a few minutes! Stage Six: Tokens are allocated to successful participant investor wallets, and trading can begin on some decentralized exchanges like IDEX, or EtherDelta in the case of Ethereum based tokens. Tokens will be sent to and received by the wallet addresses from which the investor contributions were made. Stage Seven: Tokens are listed on mainstream exchanges: The tokens will then be listed on the exchanges with which the teams have negotiated listing, prior to or during the sale. It can cost huge amounts of money to list on large exchanges like Bitfinex Bittrex, Huobi or Binance, so usually smaller projects will not be listed on top 10 exchanges so quickly. As tokens are listed on more and more exchanges, their price usually rises because more and more investors are exposed to opportunities to buy that particular token. Evaluating a Blockchain Use Case Evaluating a particular use case for Blockchain technology, and thus how successful an ICO project’s ambitions might be in a particular market, is not a simple endeavor. As demonstrated in the graphic below, Blockchain technology has nearly limitless potential to be applied to a great variety of business areas, but as an ICO investor, you are looking for projects that have the potential to deliver significant long-term success. In the currently saturated ICO environment, some use cases have more potential than others. Ascertaining which use case is likely to have long term success is a key distinction. Also, we must recognize that businesses and corporate entities may be overeager to experiment with this new Blockchain technology, whether or not usage of the technology is actually advisable or profitable for their particular purpose. The main questions to ask when analyzing specific solutions proposed by the project are: What are the problems posed and the solutions offered? Does this particular area of business need a Blockchain solution? That is, is a Blockchain solution in fact superior to the current way this particular business operates? Is the use of Blockchain in this specific instance feasible and applicable? What are competitors doing about Blockchain projects in this same area? A Blockchain network provides a shared, replicated, secured, immutable and verifiable data ledger. The implication for use case analysis: Shared and replicated: participants have a copy of the ledger and many people can view it or work on it Secured: Secured through cryptography Verifiable: Business rules are associated with all interactions that occur on the network Immutable: Transactions (records) cannot be modified or deleted, therefore a verifiable audit trail is maintained by the network So, with all this considered, what should we look for with regard to a possible business use case that would be best solved using Blockchain technology? 1. Data exchange that has trust issues i.e. businesses transacting with one another. Trust must be established through a multitude of verification processes with regards to employees and products. These processes increase operational cost. Example: Digital voting. 2. Any potential business process involving data storage, or compliance and risk data that get audited. Blockchain solutions would provide the regulators a real-time view of information. Example: Supply chain solutions like VeChain or WaltonChain. The possibility of close to zero operational loss would of course be attractive to any business. 3. All kinds of asset transactions. A Blockchain network, with its tamper-proof ledger, validating traceable and trackable transactions, could save many different industries untold amounts of money. Example: Tokenization of assets e.g. Jibrel Network or Polymath Purpose of Tokens Within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the definition and role of a token iswidely understood. They represent programmable units of currency that sit atop a particular Blockchain, and they are part of a smart contract “logic” specific to a certain application. In the business sphere, a token can be defined as a unit of value that a project or business venture creates to enable it to self-govern. And the business venture also allows token users to connect and collaborate with its business products, while facilitating the sharing of rewards to all of its stakeholders. A token can also be described in a more general sense as a type of privately issued currency. In the past it was solely within the purview of governments to issue currency and set the terms of its governance. With the advent of Blockchain technology we now have businesses and organizations offering forms of digital money over which they, not the government or central bank, have control of the terms of operations and issuance. Wide scale adoption of these mechanisms could fundamentally alter the global economy. This is like the creation of self-sustaining, mini-economies in any sector of business or life, via a specific token or currency. Fun Fact: Tokens of the particular Blockchain upon which the project is launched will usually have to be bought in order to be exchanged for ICO tokens, hence it is important for traders and investors to be aware of the schedule for upcoming ICOs. ETH is usually the token used for exchange because the majority of ICOs launch on the Ethereum Blockchain. But this is not always the case. During January 2018, two NEO token ICOs, both the Key TKY and Ontology ICOs, were being carried out, and this caused the NEO cryptocurrency to spike to its all-time high in excess of $160 USD. Since the product or project is more often than not in its embryonic stage at the time of the ICO crowdfunding process, the ICO token’s true function and purpose is in most cases yet to be realized. At the ICO stage the tokens can usually be grouped together into one of three categories. Knowing how to distinguish these categories involves determining the specific nature and function of the token around which the project is centered. The main and crucial distinction, is whether or not a token is a security, and therefore subject to securities registration requirements. ICO Stage Token Categories Howey Test: This is the test created by the US Supreme Court to ascertain whether certain transactions qualify as “investment contracts”. If they are found to fall within this classification, then under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act of 1934, those transactions are considered “securities” and participants must adhere to registration and disclosure requirements. One of the most important and amazing considerations of the effect of Blockchain technology is that normal people with a computer science background are now empowered to make decisions and offer products and services that previously only licensed financial institutions were able to do. This is a very complex and complicated situation with serious ramifications for anyone involved. One thing to note well is that ordinary participants and actors in this arena can easily commit white-collar crime, violating serious securities laws, without even realizing it. If a token falls within the US legal definition of “Investment Contract” then you must adhere to US regulations. For that reason, many ICOs simply do not want to sell to US based investors, perhaps until all the rules and regulations are clarified. Security Tokens The broad and varying definition of the term “security” is a regulatory minefield. This has always been true for traditional financial products, and now it is especially true for the as yet unregulated cryptocurrency market. In the case of SEC V. Howey, parameters were established to determine whether or not a particular financial arrangement could be classified as a security and thus be subject to securities regulations. Cooley LLP Fintech Team Leader Marco Santori has said, an arrangement is a security if it involves “an investment of money, and a common enterprise, with the expectation of profit, primarily from the efforts of others.” Investors have the option of accessing a huge range of security tokens through ICOs. Prime examples are the gold backed DigixDao (DGD) and CProp (still in crowd funding stage). A security token is fundamentally different from the currently available ICO project tokens in that it provides a legal and enforceable ownership of a company’s profits and voice in its governance much like common stock traded on any exchange. If security tokens are the next step in the evolution of crypto-finance, real estate, stocks, venture capital, and commodities can all be tokenized. The traditional markets could be fully connected to the Blockchain. Financial assets would available to anyone in the world, not just licensed or accredited investors. That is one aspect of Fintech, the financial revolution taking place today, as Blockchain technology clashes with traditional finance. Equity Tokens One exciting application of smart contracts on the Ethereum Network is the potential for startups to distribute equity tokens through initial coin offerings. That would reduce the hurdles that an average person has to face in order to take part in the early stages of a company’s development. And, democratic governance of a project could be conducted in a transparent manner through voting on the Blockchain. As of yet, few startups have attempted to conduct equity token sales for fear of falling afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the US. But many Venture Capital insiders are bullish on the prospect of equity tokens taking a central role in the crypto finance industry, when and as the legal issues are resolved. For example, the Delaware State legislature recently passed a bill enabling companies to maintain shareholder lists on the Blockchain. That is one major step to enable Blockchain based stock trading. Lawyers also generally believe it is only a matter of time before the regulations are clarified. Did you know? Important consideration: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 made it unfeasibly expensive for smaller companies to be listed on exchanges, causing a halving in the number of IPOs between 1996 and 2016 (7322 to 3671). In 2017 there was an almost 5-fold increase in the number of ICOs, from 43 to 210, with the 2017 volume already being eclipsed in the first 5 months of 2018. Utility Tokens However, given that this area is still a regulatory nightmare for people planning to issue security and equity tokens, many projects attempt to ensure that the tokens within their specific model fall under the definition of Utility Tokens rather than securities, so as to avoid the SEC regulations altogether. If a token is imbued with a certain functionality and use within the Blockchain infrastructure of that particular project, the token can avoid being labelled as a security, and thus render SEC regulations inapplicable. Just this week in fact, the SEC made the long-awaited and momentous decision that Ether was not a security. In the words of William Hinman, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission division of corporate finance, “Putting aside the fundraising that accompanied the creation of Ether, based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions.” This means that Ethereum, in fact, fails the Howey test, which is exactly the decision the crypto world wanted. Hinman said, “When the efforts of the third party are no longer a key factor for determining the enterprise’s success, material information asymmetries recede,” Hinman said. “The ability to identify an issuer or promoter to make the requisite disclosures becomes difficult, and less meaningful.” We will now cover various use cases that projects have been adopting up to now in order to get their tokens classified as utility tokens rather than securities. Voting Rights Some coins portray themselves as a company with tokens being held in a way that is analogous to voting shares of a stock. One coin held is equal to one vote. This form of token utility has a major flaw in that so-called whales (people with huge amounts of a particular cryptocurrency) can manipulate any poll conducted. The cryptocurrencies Aragon and Lykke are examples of projects that have written voting rights into the structure of their code. In-App Reward: Another common tactic to evade the security label has been the addition of in-app rewards to the functionality of a particular token. The Basic Attention Token (BAT) is the unit of currency for use with the project browser named “Brave”. The BAT is a unit of account for the advertisers, publishers and users of the platform. Filecoin, the cloud storage project that raised a record $257 million through their ICO, pays other people or companies for use of their spare storage space. Some of the many rights afforded to token holders in various Blockchain projects are described by the graphic below. Token Roles Function The token can be used as a mechanism through which user experience is enhanced, enabling such actions as connection with users, or joining a broader network. It may also be used as an incentive for beginning usage or for on-boarding. Examples include Dfinity and Steemit. Value Exchange: In its most basic usage, a token is a unit of value exchange within a specific app or market. This usually is made up of features that allow users to earn tokens through real work or passive work (sharing data, allowing use of storage space) and to spend them on services or internal functions within the specific market ecosystem created by that organization. Augur and KIK, amongst countless others, are projects that have implemented this functionality into their tokenomics. Toll: The token can also be used for getting onto the Blockchain infrastructure, or for powering decentralized applications run on that particular Blockchain. This ensures that users have “skin in the game”. Tolls can be derived from running smart contracts, paying a security deposit, or just usage fees. Examples include Bitcoin and Ethereum. Currency: Seeing as the particular platform or app is designed with a view towards functioning in synergy with a particular token, the token is an extremely efficient means of payment and transaction engine, resulting in frictionless transactions. This means that companies can become their own payment processors and no longer have to rely on the often unwieldy stages of conventional financial settlement involving trusted third parties in the form of banks and credit card companies. Rights: Owning a token bequests certain rights upon the holder, such as product usage, voting, access to restricted markets, and dividends (e.g.: GAS for holding NEO). Though most businesses are trying to avoid fitting the definition of a security laid out in the Howey Test, the right to real ownership of a particular asset is sometimes granted as a result of holding a token, for example DigixDAO or Tezos. Comparison to Traditional IPO and Equity Capital Raisings Despite the similarity of the acronyms and the derivation of one from the other, Initial Coin Offerings and Initial Public Offerings are very different methods of fundraising. The distinction is not limited simply to the fact that IPOs are used in conventional business, and ICOs are associated with cryptocurrency. Through ICO’s, companies in their early stages issue digital tokens on a Blockchain and those tokens act as units of value for use within the ecosystem created by the project. They have many other uses, but it is also fair to say they are analogous to shares offered in an Initial Public offering. In an IPO, shareholdings are distributed to investors through underwriters, usually investment banks. But in the case of ICO token sales, companies often do not even have an actual product to show. Often, all that there is a whitepaper, evidence of the partnerships involved and the particular social-media infrastructure they have established. IPO’s take place when a more well-established company floats shares on a stock exchange. The company would have a well-established history of success and significant reasons to expect a bright future. In the vast majority of cases, an ICO is used for a new company with no such history, just trying to get off the ground. Another important difference is the expected return in exchange for the investment. Companies engaging in IPOs may offer participants dividend paying stocks which result in various levels of return depending on the success of the company after the shares are issued. An ICO however can offer no such guaranteed return. When buying tokens in an ICO, you do so with no promise of return. An investor who holds the tokens of a particular project does so with the promise, rather than an assurance, of future success. The main benefit to investors taking part in Initial Coin Offerings, compared to Initial Public Offerings, is the need for only basic Know Your Customer checks in the case of the ICO, compared to the costly, complex and time-consuming regulatory obstacles that must be traversed in an IPO. In the case of Initial Public Offerings, a business must obtain authorization from a number of entities before the act of “going public”. Prior to an IPO, companies are not obliged to disclose so much of their internal records or accounting. It is not so complicated to make a private company in the United States. But in the run up to going public, the company must form a board of directors, make their records auditable to the relevant authorities in one or more jurisdictions, and prepare to make quarterly reports to the SEC (or equivalent). Relevant Factors to Consider in ICO process When analyzing the chances of success for a specific project, and the likelihood of a favorable return on investment in the long term, it is essential to break down the project into its constituent parts, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each part individually. An effective investigation and analysis would start with the team and white paper. Consider the stage the project is at,and VC investments in the project. That would lead to a good initial idea of the actual progress thus far. Next, evaluate the social media presence and the credentials of the community that has formed around the core team. If a compelling case is made by the team, (e.g.: via an in-depth dive into the use case), and the tokenomics, distribution schedule, potential competitors, as well as the team’s awareness of any future business or regulatory concerns all check out; then the ICO might present a good opportunity for investment. In the following slides we tackle each of these considerations in order so you will be able to evaluate an ICO’s worth and assign a grade for the success of each project. Relevant Factors to Consider in ICO process The Team First and most important, we need evaluate the background and experience of the team, the people involved in the project. Well-established developers, for example, will likely have LinkedIn profiles demonstrating their previous endeavors and occupations, from which we can judge their suitability to the project and the likelihood of the team’s success. The LinkedIn profile is a point of reference for professional accomplishments and official positions. But we can also learn more about a person from their personal accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Medium etc. That is also a good way to follow along with the progress of the project. By investigating team members through as many means as possible, you will know how long they have been involved in cryptocurrency. If they have been around and active for a long time, they are that much more likely to be knowledgeable and capable of making better quality decisions in this business. It goes without saying that it is a huge red flag if it is too difficult to find information about the team members online, and worse still if the team members are anonymous. Relevant Factors to Consider in ICO process A good Whitepaper gives a detailed description of the project, the problems the team is going to solve, the timeframe projected, and methods to be used in the implementation of their ideas. If, in answering the question about what the project actually does, it seems the team is presenting ideas that are too complicated or advanced to understand, then you simply should not invest until you are satisfied you have been given the requisite level of insight to understand the concepts described. It is always possible that the whitepaper is nothing more than a salad of buzzwords and technical language intended to give the impression of competence while really doing nothing but obfuscate the truth. The whitepaper should clearly and concisely present the problems and the solutions needed. The whitepaper must give a solid and coherent answer as to who needs this project and why. Also, if the team have put no effort into explaining why a Blockchain solution is needed for this particular problem, or why such a solution is superior to its “real-world” equivalent, it is likely they are only in it for the money. We have more to say about red-flags later. While 2016 raised a comparatively small amount in comparison to the proceeding years, there were a few specific projects that raised significant amounts of capital. These are respectable amounts of money, even by today’s standards, and especially impressive when contrasted with the immaturity of the ICO market at the time, and relative to amounts raised in traditional IPOs. Waves ($16.4mill), Iconomi ($10.6mill) and Golem ($8.6mill) were the three largest fundraisings of the year. 2017 was the year of the ICO whales. Hdac ($258mill), Filecoin ($257mill), EOS Stage 1 ($185mill) and Paragon ($183.16mill) were the largest that year. To be able to raise so much money, so quickly, in such a new market, using such a new mechanism is truly incredible. 2017 was the year that proved ICOs are for serious individuals and institutional investors as well. We have also had some phenomenal amounts raised so far in 2018. Telegram ($1.7bill), Dragon ($320mill), Huobi ($300mill) and Bankera ($150mill). Telegram might be the first mainstream example of an ICO, not only by raising close to $2billion, which would be beyond incredible and impressive even by traditional IPO standards; but also, because it is one of the first ICO companies to tangibly put a product in the hands of hundreds of millions of users, and successfully compete against traditional companies such as Facebook (MessengeWhatsApp), Microsoft (Skype) and Tencent (WeChat). What is ICO main mechanisms and processes.? How to market STO? What are the best security tokens 2019? Follow the link to learn more: UBAI.co We can teach you how to do ICO and STO in 2019. Contact me via Facebook to learn more: Facebook
InvestInBlockchain - Cryptocurrencies in the Top 100 With Working Products
📷 Bitcoin is the cryptocurrency that started it all back in 2009, after the global financial crisis and subsequent bailouts of banks left many people disenfranchised with fiat currency and outdated, insecure financial infrastructure. Today, Bitcoin is being used for peer-to-peer payments across the globe. More than that, though, it is leading the way towards a future in which financial technology is trustless, secure, resilient, and censorship resistant. Without Bitcoin, this list would not exist.
📷 The platform that brought smart contracts to the blockchain, spurring a minor revolution in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Before Ethereum, Bitcoin and its transaction-oriented design was the central focus of most blockchain projects. After Ethereum, teams saw the value of decentralized apps (dapps) and smart contracts, and shifted their focus to compensate. Vitalik Buterin’s Ethereum whitepaper was released in late 2013. The project itself was announced January 2014, with a crowdsale the following July. The system officially went live in July 2015. Since then, hundreds of businesses, individuals, and blockchain projects have adopted Ethereum as their main smart contracts platform.
📷 Ripple is focused primarily on one thing: fast and cheap international transactions. Current banking infrastructure has failed to evolve in the 21st century, such that it still takes 3-5 business days on average for an international transfer to be processed. With just 4 second transaction times and at a fraction of the cost of a wire transfer, Ripple’s working product is already impacting the banking sector. The big knock against Ripple is that its native token, XRP, is completely unnecessary. Indeed, driving adoption of Ripple’s banking solutions is far easier than getting real-world adoption for XRP. If you’re interested in seeing a discussion about how XRP adoption will occur, you might find this reddit thread worth a read. Meanwhile, all of us will just have to wait and see whether XRP adoption strategies ultimately come to fruition.
Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
📷 Bitcoin Cash was created in 2017 when the first ever hard fork of the Bitcoin blockchain took place. The split was the result of Bitcoin’s 1MB blocks filling up. Transaction speeds were declining, fees were increasing, and it became clear to the community that the current model wasn’t sustainable for scaling. In a move that still causes cryptocurrency fights to this day, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash soon emerged as separate but similar projects. BCH has 8x the block size of BTC, giving it roughly 8x the transaction throughput. Its fees and transaction times are much faster, as predicted. Learn more about Bitcoin vs Bitcoin Cash.
📷 The Stellar project and its associated Lumens (XLM) token was forked from the Ripple protocol in 2014. Stellar has come into its own since then, providing a blockchain connection service for fiat transactions between banks, payment systems, and people. Stellar is fast and reliable, and it works with practically no fees for the end-user. Stellar is a payments system, meaning its job is to move money as efficiently as possible. Partnerships with banks and financial institutions were key in evaluating its status, as was the ability to actually send money using the network. Several non-profits and commercial entities have agreed to use Stellar as part of their financial infrastructure. Recently, the team partnered with IBM and KlickEx to facilitate cross-border transactions in the South Pacific and announced an affiliate with Keybase to streamline international transactions. Stellar also has projects being builton its network by major established entities. IBM’s blockchain division is using XLM for their payments infrastructure, for example, and the Veridium startup is working with both organizations to tokenize its carbon credits market.
📷 Litecoin is a Bitcoin fork that was created in 2011 by Charlie Lee as a cheaper and faster (2.5 minute block time instead of 10) alternative to Bitcoin. This is accomplished predominantly because Litecoin uses a Scrypt hashing algorithm instead of the SHA-256 algorithm used by Bitcoin. It’s common to hear Litecoin called “digital silver” to Bitcoin’s “digital gold,” and in reality Litecoin does not really expand upon the functionality of Bitcoin in a significant way so much as it makes different tradeoffs. That being said, it does succeed in being cheaper and faster to use than BTC, which has led to it being accepted by hundreds of merchants and thus making Litecoin one of the most widely used cryptocurrencies for digital payments.
📷 Tether is an unusual project. Whereas most cryptocurrencies rise and fall in value, Tether was designed to stay the same, fixed at a 1:1 ratio with the U.S. dollar. This allows users to store, send, and receive digital currencies across platforms without incurring significant losses due to value fluctuations. The Tether stable coin sounds straightforward, but the project isn’t without controversy. USDT is supposedly backed by real USD sitting in a bank account. But in which account? Who controls it? And is Tether being used to manipulate the value of Bitcoin? It’s all part of the Tether controversy.
📷 Released in 2014 as a fork of Bytecoin, Monero has since made a name for itself as the most popular privacy coin on the market. Most cryptocurrencies offer little in the form of anonymity. Monero was built for privacy from the ground-up, featuring stealth addresses, ring signatures, and complete coin fungibility. All of this adds up to a near-perfect cloak of anonymity, allowing Monero users to conduct transactions without exposing their identity. Monero has had steady growth over the years thanks to a dedicated team of developers and an active community. The project continues to evolve with new privacy features and improved transaction security.
📷 NEO was founded in 2014 as one of the earliest smart contract platforms, giving it a wide breadth of possible functionality. The platform’s strongest use case is digitizing traditional assets so that they can be easily tracked and exchanged on the blockchain. NEO is also well-known as the “Chinese Ethereum,” and the fact that it is a Chinese-based project does seem to make Chinese dapp developers somewhat more likely to build on top of it than other platforms. In fact, NEO has already supported dozens of ICOs and remains one of the predominant platforms for supporting smart contracts and dapps.
Binance Coin (BNB)
📷 Binance Coin is an exchange token used to reduce trading fees on the Binance platform. Users can opt to pay exchange, listing, and withdrawal fees using BNB and enjoy as much as a 50% discount on all charges. This turns out to be a powerful incentive for purchasing and holding BNB, as what trader doesn’t enjoy saving money on transactions? Binance Coin is an ERC-20 token that runs on the Ethereum blockchain. Its purpose is extremely limited, but because such a vast number of Binance users transact with it every day, it qualifies as a working and active product.
📷 Zcash is another immensely popular privacy coin that often cracks the top 20 cryptocurrencies. It uses the tagline “internet money” and promises to fully protect the privacy of transactions with zero-knowledge cryptography. Zcash provides anonymity by shielding transactions on the blockchain, preventing anyone from seeing the sender, recipient, or value of each transaction. The technology is so effective the Ethereum team is investigating it to enable anonymous transactions on their network. Zcash has grown in leaps and bounds in 2018. The dev team published a roadmap through the year 2020, which includes a major features upgrade in the October 2018 Sapling release. Coinbase is also considering listing Zcash, which is a huge boost for any cryptocurrency.
📷 Qtum is a smart contracts platform similar to Ethereum, only with a stronger focus on value transfers and decentralized apps. It’s meant to be something of a hybrid between Bitcoin and Ethereum, allowing businesses to build smart contracts on the platform or just focus on cryptocurrency transactions. Qtum launched in March 2017, and dashed straight to the top. The initial offering sold over $10 million in tokens after just 90 minutes. The project differentiated itself by providing a rare Proof-of-Stake smart contracts platform designed to compensate for some of Ethereum’s shortcomings, including lack of compatibility for mobile devices. Qtum released its mainnet in September 2017, opening the doors to a fully functional smart contract and dapps platform. Several projects already have an established presenceon the network. One of the more exciting ones is Space Chain, which aims to create an open-source satellite network anyone can use for data transmission, storage, and development.
0x Protocol (ZRX)
📷 0x Protocol has one of the most important working products in the entire Ethereum ecosystem. It is a permissionless, open-source protocol that facilitates trustless exchanges of Ethereum tokens through relayers and dapps that build on top of the protocol. Not only has 0x been providing this functionality for over a year now, but they’ve been working to expand the protocol functionality significantly since that initial launch. In 0x protocol 2.0 and beyond, it will be possible to trade tokens built on standards besides ERC-20, including non-fungible ERC-721 tokens. In a market full of scams and vaporware, 0x’s valuable contributions to the Ethereum ecosystem have made it one of the best performing cryptocurrencies of 2018.
📷 Bytecoin is another popular privacy-focused cryptocurrency with a strong community and user base. Transactions on the Bytecoin blockchain are instantaneous, untraceable, unlinkabe, and resistant to blockchain analysis. Bytecoin has been around for a long time now, with contributions to the project beginning in 2012. However, that hasn’t stopped the project’s developers from continuously improving the product. The recently updated Bytecoin roadmap has a hard fork for a consensus update scheduled for August 31, as well as numerous initiatives for community growth constantly in the works.
📷 Founded in 2015 by former Bitcoin developers, Decred’s most important working product is its solution to Bitcoin’s biggest problem. No, not scalability… blockchain governance. You see, early Bitcoiners have been debating block size limitations and the efficacy of other scalability solutions like the Lightning Network for years, even though the problem of scalability really only became discussed in the mainstream in 2017. With its community-based governance model and strong adherence to the core ethos of decentralization, Decred is built to evolve and improve rapidly. That means that it’s equipped to handle not only the scalability problem today, but other big problems that might arise down the line. When you have poor governance, it is an arduous process making any upgrades to a project, no matter how necessary they may seem to the majority of coin holders. Decred’s best-in-class and still improving governance model give it an intriguing case to be a leader in digital payments for a long time to come.
📷 BitShares aims to improve worldwide access to financial services via blockchain. The tagline “assist the unbanked” summarizes the project nicely. In practice, this translates to BitShares operating as a decentralized exchange, one that was built from the ground-up to avoid scalability issues and keep transaction fees low. BitShares was launched in 2014 by Dan Larimer, who would then go on to take a lead development role in both EOS and Steem. The current state of the project offers decentralized asset exchange, price-stable cryptocurrencies, recurring and scheduled payments, user-issued assets, and more, all available through a decentralized system powered by delegated PoS consensus.
📷 Steem is the cryptocurrency that powers Steemit, a decentralized social media platform that incentivizes user participation through micropayments. Think of it like Reddit, only instead of just upvoting or downvoting posts, users can actually reward creators for their effort. Steem is a functional cryptocurrency used exclusively on the Steemit platform. That gives it something of a limited use, but seeing as how Steemit is live and boasts a few hundred thousand users, it’s hard to argue it isn’t a working product. Some people may even beearning money using Steemit.
📷 Siacoin is one of the leaders in decentralized cloud storage, a more secure and affordable alternative to centralized cloud storage solutions like Amazon S3, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, and others. Sia 1.0 was launched in June 2016, and has achieved considerable adoption since then. With the $200 billion cloud storage market widely seen as one of the spaces most ripe for blockchain disruption, Sia has gotten off to a nice start by offering a functional decentralized cloud storage platform for over 2 years.
📷 Augur is one of the most recently launched products on this list. The platform mainnet went live in early July 2018, bringing to fruition almost 4 years of post-ICO work. Augur is a decentralized prediction market that uses game theory to generate crowd-sourced insights. Essentially, thousands of people working together have shown the remarkable ability to forecast outcomes. With Augur, users can put REP tokens as bets on these predictions, essentially creating a form of “useful social gambling.” Augur’s release was a long time coming. The project started as far back as 2014, nearly a year before the ICO. The creators cite the complexity of Augur’s smart contracts as the chief cause of the lengthy development time. Regardless of its past, Augur is now a live product with a bright future. Over 300 predictions have already been made, with the largest winning payout hitting $20,000. Betting volume even exceeded $1 million within the first weeks of launch.
Basic Attention Token (BAT)
📷 Basic Attention Token was one of the easiest projects to include on this list. That’s because its working product, Brave Browser, has more than 3 million active usersbetween its mobile and desktop platforms, making it one of the most widely-used working products in the blockchain space. Not only is Brave Browser functional, it’s the only browser on the market that has built-in ad-blocking and tracker blocking, making the browsing experience both cleaner and faster than what you get with other popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox. The future remains uncertain for the BAT token itself, as its adoption depends heavily on whether or not advertisers buy-in to the Brave model, as well as how willing Brave users are to be shown relevant ads and to pass along the BAT they earn to content publishers. Given Brave’s success in just a short time since being launched, though, the future does appear promising for BAT.
📷 Nano (formerly RaiBlocks) is all about scalability. The coin has nearly instant transactions with a completely fee-less structure. The platform accomplishes this by creating a unique blockchain for every account, preventing bloat and allowing for practically infinite scalability. Nano’s motto of “do one thing and do it well” has gotten them a long way. The team doesn’t have to deal with scaling or slowdown issues thanks to the underlying structure of the project, allowing its roadmap to focus on wallet updates and outreach. This is one cryptocurrency that’s essentially feature complete, and it has been for some time.
📷 Golem has set out to be the Airbnb of computing resources. Have you ever needed extra GPU power to finish up a render? How about processing scientific data similar to the [email protected] project? Even if you don’t have those needs, a lot of groups do. Golem aims to provide easy access to those resources, all of which are rentable for a small cryptocurrency fee. Golem hit the mainnet launch button in April 2018, and was met with a fair amount of fanfare. One of the main goals for the feature-incomplete launch was to push the product out so real users could put it to work. The team was interested in strengthening their interactions with end users to help guide the future of the platform. The team has several major milestones planned for the coming months, so the mainnet release is only just the beginning.
Pundi X (NPXS)
📷 Pundi X has been shooting up the market cap rankings so far in Q3 2018, and they also happen to have a working product that just recently became available to retailers. The primary Pundi X product is a point-of-sale (POS) device that enables quick and easy mobile transactions for both fiat and cryptocurrencies. 500 POS devices are already being used by retailers in Asia, and there are thousands more scheduled to be distributed in the coming months. In addition, Pundi X also offers XPASS cards, cryptocurrency credit cards that can work in place of mobile apps for making digital payments. What makes the Pundi X project noteworthy is that it enables consumers to pay retailers in cryptocurrencies like BTC and ETH, and it immediately converts the payments into local fiat currencies so that retailers don’t need to worry about price volatility of the cryptocurrencies. This makes it significantly easier for people to use cryptocurrencies in their daily lives, making Pundi X an exciting project for blockchain enthusiasts who are looking for signs of future mass adoption.
📷 Waves was the first ever blockchain platform that made it possible for anybody — regardless of their programming experience — to create blockchain tokens. Additionally, Waves has a decentralized exchange where tokens can be traded and exchanged with fiat currencies. Since the project’s first releases in 2016, Waves has gone on to make their DEX accessible from mobile phones and expanded its functionality significantly, while also building several strategic partnerships to help grow the Waves community and user base. Ultimately, though, the Waves Client is the project’s most important working product, as it is what allows tokens to be issued, stored, sent, and exchanged among users.
KuCoin Shares (KCS)
📷 Similar to Binance Coin, KuCoin Shares is an exchange token that can be used to pay reduced fees on cryptocurrency trades. KCS has the added bonus of paying dividends to long-term hodlers, as well, paying out a 5% ROI for most users. The nature of KuCoin Shares is one of the reasons the KuCoin exchange has gotten so much attention since it appeared on the scene. The tokens themselves are limited in scope, of course, but the sheer number of people using them for trades and buying them for passive income is enormous.
📷 Wanchain aims to build new and improved financial infrastructure to seamlessly connect the digital economy through blockchain interoperability. The use cases for Wanchain’s network are vast, and they include decentralized financial services, supply chain logistics, medical data sharing and security, digital ID management, and more. With the recently released Wanchain 2.0, it is now possible to transfer Ether cross-chain using Wanchain’s Ethereum Mapping Token, WETH. Ethereum interoperability is just the start, though, and it’s expected that cross-chain support for Bitcoin and a couple of ERC-20 tokens will follow before the end of 2018.
📷 Komodo is a fork of Zcash that uses the same zk-snark cryptography to hide information about transaction participants and amounts being sent. Functional privacy coins aren’t unique (there are a handful on this list) but Komodo does have some unique features. For one, Komodo was the first ever decentralized initial coin offering. Moreover, Komodo helps other developers to build their own customizable blockchain solutions, from building and securing independent blockchains and launching decentralized ICOs, to integrating projects into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. KMD would already qualify as a working product for its anonymity features on digital payments, but add the end-to-end blockchain building solution and it’s clear that Komodo is making meaningful contributions to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
📷 Ardor is a scalable blockchain platform that allows businesses to create their own child chains and tokens with relative ease. This helps keep blockchain bloat to a minimum and provides multiple transactional tokens without sacrificing core chain transactions. It’s also a remarkably energy efficient platform that uses Proof-of-Stake to power consensus. Ardor launched its mainnet on January 1, 2018 after a full year in testnet status. Its core features are largely in place, with the roadmap set to improve things like scalability and snapshotting. The Blockchain-as-a-Service-platform hosts a few projects of its own, including the Ignis ICO, which was the first child chain on the mainnet.
Huobi Token (HT)
📷 Huobi is a digital asset exchange platform founded back in 2013, now offering well over 250 different trading pairs. The Huobi Token, meanwhile, is an ERC-20 token that is used on the exchange for discounts on trading fees of up to 50%. In addition, 20% of the income generated on the Huboi Pro trading platform is used to buy back HT on the open market. Unlike most buyback programs, the main purpose of Huobi’s program isn’t to reduce the circulating supply of HT. Rather, the HT that is bought back goes into a Huobi Investor Protection Fund, which is used to compensate Huobi users if they lose coins or tokens on the platform, as well as to ensure market stability and protect investor interests.
📷 ZenCash is yet another privacy coin with a working product in the Top 100, originally launched in the first half of 2017. What makes ZenCash unique is that it’s the first blockchain with Transport Layer Security (TLS) integration for node encryption, making communication on the ZenCash network both private and highly secure. Some other interesting parts of the ZenCash product include Tor nodes and built-in chat messaging services. In the future, the ZenCash team will deliver a DAO Treasury Protocol-level Voting System as well as a scalability solution to handle greater transaction volume.
📷 PIVX is another privacy coin that focuses on keeping users and their associated transactions hidden under a cloak of secrecy. The project also tries to keep transactions as fast and fee-less as possible, something not all privacy platforms can boast about. PIVX launched in January 2016. The coin is currently spendable and delivers the privacy features it promises, though it’s not yet a widely accepted currency by merchants. Future plans for PIVX include governance functions to engage the community, wallet voting, and its own zPIV decentralized exchange.
Kyber Network (KNC)
📷 Kyber Network launched their mainnet in Q1 2018, enabling instantaneous and secure inter-token settlements through a Decentralized Liquidity Network. It’s currently possible to swap ERC-20 tokens on the network with just a few mouse clicks, giving it some basic functionality that is already being used to improve liquidity for Ethereum tokens. In the future, however, Kyber Network will expand its functionality significantly in an effort to seamlessly connect dapps, DEXes, protocols, payment systems, token teams, investors, fund managers, and digital wallets.
📷 Bancor is a liquidity provider that enables users to exchange tokens without the need for a third-party to be involved in financing the transaction. Gaining liquidity is incredibly important for young cryptocurrency projects, as a lack of liquidity makes it risky for investors to buy a considerable amount of a given coin or token, knowing that it might be exceedingly difficult to sell should they wish to. Bancor’s technology makes it possible to convert one token to another, so that investors can be confident that they won’t be stuck involuntarily holding a cryptocurrency that they want to sell. This functionality makes the Bancor Liquidity Network one of the most promising working products on this list, and one that has already achieved a good deal of adoption.
Loom Network (LOOM)
📷 Loom Network is still less than a year old, having been founded in October 2017. However, they have accomplished a lot in that short time span, including having launched numerous tools to help software developers learn how to build blockchain solutions. The most important of these tools — and Loom’s biggest working product — is the Loom software development kit (SDK). However, Loom Network is far more than just a simple blockchain coding academy. It is also a production-ready scalability solution for Ethereum, as the Loom developer toolkit helps programmers to build highly scalable dapps which connect to the Ethereum blockchain through special side chains called DappChains. The project may still be in its infancy, but Loom Network is already contributing more utility to the cryptocurrency ecosystem than the vast majority of other cryptocurrency projects.
📷 Polymath wants to be the world’s go-to resource for security tokens on the blockchain. What Ethereum did for tokens, Polymath will do for securities. The advantages of this are enormous, but the Polymath team likes to point to 24/7 market access, the elimination of middlemen, and trading access for 2 billion unbanked people around the world as the chief benefits of their efforts. The Polymath platform launched in October 2017, and has since released a new security token every week, attracting investors and traders alike. It’s not as exciting of a project as some other blockchain tech, but it’s delivering on its promises with a working product.
Bibox Token (BIX)
📷 Bibox is a encrypted digital asset exchange whose primary differentiator from other crypto exchanges is that it integrates AI technology. The purpose of the AI is to help Bibox’s traders, which it does by providing quantitative computation and analysis of trading activity, personalized risk allocation strategy, speech recognition, and objective analysis of the various coins and tokens listed on the exchange. The Bibox exchange first launched back in November 2017. It has operation centers in the US, Canada, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Estonia. BIX token holders receive 20% of the exchange profits, and also get discounts on trading fees, similar to Binance. https://www.investinblockchain.com/top-cryptocurrencies-working-products/
BAT Community Weekly Update: 02/16/2018 to 02/22/2018 — Bart Baker (10M subs) promotes Brave, interview with Brendan, big YouTube channels coming onboard, ETHDenver reflections, Ethereum wallet + hardware wallet support coming to Brave
Welcome to this week's community update! Now back from ETHDenver and seeing big adoption among major YouTube channels. Check it out! Thanks to MurphD for his invaluable contributions.
Bart Baker (10 million subscribers) asks his audience to download Brave; video then locked by YouTube This week, Bart Baker made a video calling out to his audience to support his channel with Brave’s referral program. However, shortly after uploading the video, it was removed by YouTube. Bart, understandably, was very upset with the situation and followed up on Twitter. You can follow the whole situation here:
We wholeheartedly support Bart in his efforts to remonetize his videos and to continue creating the content that makes millions of people laugh around the world. Let’s show him some support. (Also check the #SaveBartBeBrave hashtag on Twitter.)
“The Best Ethereum Wallet Ever”: Ethereum Wallet coming to Brave with hardware wallet support BAT/Brave’s hacking team at ETHDenver put their minds together and built an Ethereum wallet with hardware support for Brave. Features: 1-click wallet creation; 1-click shortcut to transfer funds from the ETH wallet into @Brave $BAT wallet; Hardware wallet support; Open source; Brave is up-to-date with the latest upstream Chromium release + sandboxing x-platforms; Automatically watches BAT token contract. See a video demo and full description here:https://devpost.com/software/best-ethereum-wallet-ever
ETHDenver The BAT/Brave team made an appearance at ETHDenver last week. It was a great experience and the team was excited to meet with countless fans and members of the community. Jennie, Luke and some cherished BAT community members (special shoutouts to miyayes, dragespir) answered hundreds of questions at the BAT/Brave booth. The BAT/Brave booth was especially popular; publishers, advertisers as well as users were lining up to speak with the team and learn more. We had many people come and express their love for Brave, as well as newcomers of all kinds! BAT/Brave also had two hacking teams at the event, (1) one of which created a fun retro game called Vapor (https://devpost.com/software/vapor) while (2) the other implemented an Ethereum wallet into Brave (see above). Luke participated in a panel on designing cryptoeconomic models, see the video here:link here Check out this link to see all the videos from ETHDenver:https://www.facebook.com/pg/ETHDenvevideos/
Zengineering Podcast: Episode 052 — with Jonathan Sampson, on Brave, Basic Attention Token and Browser Security
Jason Kint @jason_kint Thought experiment: if the two major ad blockers turned off Google’s whitelisting, what would happen? Google would have to kick out their extensions, walk into legal disputes, promote better solutions. This would likely help real publishers.
Jason Kint @jason_kint Google had many ways to play their "ad blocking problem” back in 2013. The noble one would've been to stand for consumer experience, privacy/security like Apple, Mozilla. But they opted to pay off the ad blockers, something even Facebook and all reputable publishers refuse to do. 1:53 PM - Feb 19, 2018
Brave Team Tweets:
Twitch coming in the next few weeks CryptoBlockchainBTCETH @CrytpoBlock Does your team have an estimate for when Twitch will be fully integrated with BAT and Brave? //REPLY [email protected] Weeks not months, my best thought. 9:19 PM - Feb 17, 2018
BAT / Brave is a piece to cake compared to how ads work now BrendanEich @BrendanEich Compared to ad tech (the “Lumascape”), it is a piece of cake. Note users need not study it to find Brave easy to use. pic.twitter.com/oEA6NcMOy6 6:12 PM - Feb 18, 2018
There’s always a middleman in the ad space: BrendanEich @BrendanEich At least one middle-person in any advertisepublisher relation: the user. Brave is the user agent, we take fixed fee always less than user share (70% revenue to user for private opt-in ads; 15% to user & 70 to pub if both consent to in-page ads), & no user data goes off device. 6:20 PM - Feb 18, 2018
What’s the point of BAT, and do users of the web have rights? BrendanEich @BrendanEich The point is to send revenue back to your favored sites & creators anonymously — Web is not going to fund itself. Replace the ad tech complex with private/anon analytics, self- or (bigger idea) auto-funded.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Users have rights to block ads/trackers/scripts, but many see ecosystem problem of free-riding that way. Some can afford to pay & Brave enables anonymous contributuons, automated and/or pinned by user. Not all can afford, so private BAT ad option is coming, to pay for contribs. 6:53 PM - Feb 18, 2018
Future features preview: BrendanEich @BrendanEichWe do WebTorrent IPFS & dat: coming soon. We are not only for browsing one new & incompatible web. Web is here and evolves. 8:02 PM - Feb 20, 2018
Roaring Fans on Twitter:
Nick Summers @nicksum18 ..And the home of the @Brave !! For those of you who have not yet tried the new Brave browser, this is one days worth of benefits;$BAT #BEBRAVE #[email protected] @BraveSampson 9:15 PM - Feb 16, 2018
Shilly Mo'Filly @EzMrcz Awesome, just got notified from @brave that $BAT payments are going out to my favorite content contributors soon! Thanks again for creating awesome stuff, enjoy the @AttentionToken :D Can't wait until more and more people adopt the idea of giving directly to the creators! 1:35 PM - Feb 16, 2018
Janus @Janus_Token Some of the inspiration for incorporating $Kreds cryptocurrency in our media sites came from economic models like $BAT true utility can be game changing. Kudos to @AttentionToken for inspiring valid altcoin use cases. 12:26 AM - Feb 17, 2018
Kevin [LTC] [BAT] @wholelotamoney $BAT in Denver being a proud sponsor of #ETHDenver @EthereumDenver Fantastic browser and great [email protected] @brave @BrendanEich 9:48 AM - Feb 17, 2018
Miyayes @miyayesereum Re. Botting: 1. Fraud/bot detection running in native app (browser) will always be better than through in-page JS; 2. KYC for payouts; 3. Can't summon ads en masse by nav to a site; low freq ads only show at specific times during browsing xp. Erase old ad model from your mind. 7:40 PM - Feb 19, 2018
Fabrice Desré @fabricedesre I just paid publishers with @AttentionToken from @brave . That was much easier than any other subscription mechanism. 5:50 PM - Feb 20, 2018
BAT Community Weekly Update: 08/31/17 to 09/7/17 — BAT/Brave @ ETHWaterloo, big surge in distribution of BAT
We're back :) Big thanks to MurphD for helping assemble this week's community update! Everyone especially loves the BAT in the News section! BAT is attending and sponsoring ETHWaterloo (October 13 – 15, 2017): The world's largest Ethereum hackathon. Our own CTO Brian Bondy will be one of the judges. We are also sending a team to compete. Vitalik Buterin is the keynote. Go Team BAT! More info at https://ethwaterloo.com/ Regional Community Leader Spotlight Interview (Maicon.junge from BAT Brasil)
When did you hear about Brave/BAT, and what got you motivated to help out?
I learned of the project in January 2016 through a report on a Brazilian technology portal, but I only started using Brave in June of this year. However, I´m very satisfied with the performance of the browser. I have seven years of experience in financial markets and, with a little analysis, I saw that the BAT would be a great investment opportunity in the medium / long term. BAT has a great product, is working very well, an incredible idea and a market of billions of dollars that is ripe for an enormous revolution. I decided to help because I want to be part of the change. I believe that very little is needed for the current model of digital advertising to become obsolete. We will be the reference, the pioneers in a new world.
Why would BAT/Brave be a good thing for Brazil, or why do you think BAT would be a great fit for people in Brazil?
According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the public foundation responsible for official surveys, the use of the mobile phones is the main means of access to the Internet in Brazil. For example, in 2014, it was more than 80% of Brazilian households. Last year, it was 92%. On the other hand, according to a survey of more than 100 countries by the UN specialized agency (International Telecommunication Union), the average price of broadband in Brazil is one of the highest (per the relation between the value charged by 1Mbps (megabit per second) and the income of the population). Brave will benefit Brazilians greatly as a result. To get an idea of the impact, with the use of Brave in the cell phone, individuals can save on average US$23 per month, which represents 7.68% of the Brazilian minimum wage!
What are some future initiatives you hope to put in place?
I intend to create and strengthen ties in the BAT community in Brazil and around the world. I want to create and encourage global marketing campaigns. I want to attend some technology events here in Brazil and present Brave as a viable and effective option for a faster and safer Internet, and BAT as the precursor to the new digital ad model. I'm also working on a lecture about BAT/BRAVE, and hope to distribute some gifts to the participants, including wallets with some tokens.
— We are coming up with all kinds of interesting grassroots marketing initiatives. If you have any ideas or want to get involved, join the Rocket.chat and checkout the #guerilla-marketing channel, and get in touch with your local BAT regional leader. If there isn't one for your region, come on the Rocket.chat and volunteer and we'll see if we can get you setup! :) Exodus Eden Wallet Supports BAT! Exodus Eden is a cutting edge release with new features and more assets than the official version of Exodus including Bitcoin Cash, many ERC20 tokens, including BAT. https://www.exodus.io/eden/ Big surge in BAT distribution Over 15,000 holders, up more than 4,000 from a week ago! https://etherscan.io/token/BAT Brave releases Android version 1.0.31 See 1.0.31 milestone for all tickets Brave releases desktop version 0.18.29 See 0.18.29 milestone for all tickets BAT/Brave in the News: Want true privacy? You need to check out this browser Brave, a new web browser challenging bigger rivals like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, wants to take privacy on the internet to the next level. Like all other browsers, Brave includes a "private browsing" option that leaves no traces of online activity on your computer and makes websites think you've never visited before. But the startup is working on adding a new level of protection to its private tabs by incorporating the Tor Project's network identity-hiding technology. https://www.cnet.com/news/privacy-browser-brave-tor-trump/ Hands On With The Brave Browser I have five core computing devices I go back to regularly, a Mac mini, a Windows 10 desktop, a Windows 10 2-in-1, an iPhone and an iPad Air 2. On those, I'm going to persist with Brave. https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/09/hands-on-with-the-brave-browse Like Privacy? Try Brave It’s focused on privacy, blocking ads and especially trackers on both desktop and mobile devices. In addition to the privacy improvements, the speed improvements are b-a-n-a-n-a-s. I’ve particularly come to value the clean, tracker-free approach during the transfer window, as loading a Liverpool Echotransfer liveblog can be an exercise in frustration, thanks to all the ads and trackers. http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhackelike-privacy-try-brave/64341 Brave Team Tweets:
yan @bcrypt delighted by how many sites i visited this month are accepting anonymous micropayments from @brave(https://publishers.brave.com ) 12:51 PM - Aug 31, 2017
Brave Software @brave Improvements for dev tools are in the works. cc @BraveSampson 2:43 PM - Sep 5, 2017 · Palo Alto, CA
Roaring Fans on Twitter:
(((NunuyaBizinizz))) @wahrbear Replying to @MicroChunkyChip @wikileaks ... I just realized all my browsers don't offer a quick way to check the actual certificate.. FUUUU pic.twitter.com/Qzg0VM2GJn — .. ah, brave does. Thanks @brave and @BrendanEich for releasing a browser that still has all features. 12:45 AM - Aug 31, 2017
Siddhartha Rudraraju @sidraju08 Two weeks of usage Stats show how effective #Bravebrowser is#Secured#KeepUpPrivacy #SavedBandwidth Keep roaring rawrr!!$BAT @BrendanEich 3:47 PM - Aug 31, 2017
thyri Carver @thyri @Brave I didnt realize how valuable Brave was in my job. No caching issues, no slow performance due to ads. 2:47 PM - Sep 1, 2017
Mohammed Aajaji @aajaji_m The more I test it, the more I get convinced by @brave >2x faster, >4x reduction in bandwidth + privacy oriented! Worth a try :) 1:44 AM - Sep 1, 2017
Jason in San Diego @2SDG Working through replacing @firefox and @googlechrome with @Brave on my Windows and Linux hosts. feeling a breath of fresh air already 8:20 PM - Aug 31, 2017
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