"As cryptocurrency startups raised billions of dollars over the last two years, hundreds used deceptive and even fraudulent tactics to lure in investors hunting for quick riches in this new, volatile market. The Journal reviewed nearly 3,300 crypto offerings and found about 16% of them, or 513, showed signs of plagiarism, identity theft and promises of improbable returns."
Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about ICOs.
"In recent years, much has been written about how the Blockchain is poised to transform traditional industries such as banking, real estate, and healthcare. More recently, it has gained attention as a way to finance new ventures, through what is known as an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Less noticed, though, is ICOs appear almost antithetical to the standard approach to financing a risky venture."
"Since the ICO explosion began in 2017, some 800 ICOs have been offered, raising a total of about $20 billion. MobileGo and Polybius were eagerly oversubscribed when they launched and were among the top ICO offerings of 2017."
“In a bounty ICO, we hold a token-sale that exists purely for the purpose of testing a specific design. By selling tokens that can be redeemed for a guaranteed return, we create an incentive for people to obtain as many tokens as possible. In other words, we are paying the crowd to reveal through their actions what kind of distribution will be produced by a certain design.“
"The proposal to issue crypto tokens would make the Republic of Estonia the first country with an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)."
The Convexity and its relation to token projects explained with the example of bonds.
"In this post, I argue that initial coin offerings (ICOs), made possible by tokens represented on a blockchain, will breathe new life into traditional forms of organization such as the mutual company or cooperative society."
Preethi Kasireddy on the whole crypto ecosystem in a beginner-friendly manner. She explains Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain, Tokens, ICO and the connection between them.
How do ICOs work? Where do crypto-tokens stand legally? Are crypto-token projects a scam?
The article analyses problems of crypto gaming projects and suggests possible solutions.
The article describes what DAICOs are, how it combines the features of DAOs (decentralized autonomous organisations) and ICO (initial coin offering), lists pros and cons of them.
A comprehensive framework for a cryptoassets valuations.
A really good framework for assessing crypto assets.
Naval Ravikan on tokens (2014).