ICO List January – Here are our top 6 picks
It’s a new year and the ICO party continues to grow full steam ahead. There are many upcoming ICOs worth your time, and we have narrowed it down to 6 interesting ICOs definitely worth your time –
Gems.org is taking on Amazon’s mechanical Turk business. “The MTurk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce.” Gems is a protocol for contracting workers to perform micro-tasks. Workers stake tokens in order to prove the validity of their tasks and earn a reusable computed trust score, enhancing the cost-efficiency of the network while democratizing access to scalable micro-task workers.
The co-founders are blood brothers and are former Harvard students, in economics and computer science, who also happen to be a part of the prestigious Theil Fellowship. Both founders have legitimate work experiences as entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The advisory board is stacked with people like Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter and Medium, Ben Maurer, the co-founder of reCAPTCHA and much more people of the same stature.
Token sale date: TBA
Beenest is a home sharing platform for hosts to list their homes and for guests to find accommodations. Beenest rewards users with network incentives, commission-free transactions, and security unrivalled in the home sharing industry.
The Bee Protocols are a set of Ethereum smart contracts providing developers with the tools to rapidly launch new decentralized applications. By utilizing industry proven Bee Protocols, developers can expect faster development cycles, reduced integration costs, and an existing user base.
Team and Advisors –
The site claims that they are a seasoned team of former employees from Google, Facebook, Uber, and Civic. Stellar credentials in our opinion. Advisory board is also just as big, with Quantstamp founder Richard Ma and HSBC’s Yiseul Cho
Hard cap: $15 million
Public sale: January 31, 2018
Bluzelle is a decentralized database solution for decentralized applications (dApps). It is different from other file storage projects in that Bluzelle focuses on the database while other projects focus on files.
According to their website, the project aims to combine the sharing economy with the token economy – renting individuals’ computer storage space to earn tokens while dApp developers use tokens to have their dApp’s data stored and managed.
Team and Advisors
Bluzelle founder Pavel Bains is a former entrepreneur with a finance and marketing background, who has raised venture funding for his previous company and successfully exited it after working on it for 5 years.
CTO Neeraj Murarka is a software engineer and computer systems architect with over 20 years expertise and has worked on projects for Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Lufthansa, Thales Avionics, and Zynga.
Another stellar advisory board, which has a strong technology expertise. The Bluezelle advisory board is studded with tech luminaries like Prashant Malik, who co-created Apache Cassandra at Facebook and Brian Fox, who is the creator of GNU Bash. The team also has Ryan Fugger, the original creator Ripple.
ICO Hard cap: $19.5 million between both private and public sale for 33% of total token supply
Timeline: Start date is January 18, 2018
Blockport calls itself the world’s first social crypto exchange which is based on a hybrid-decentralized architecture. They believe that the complex crypto space makes it difficult for beginners to start trading. Current platforms impose high barriers to entry because they often lack usability, transparency, and education. As a result, many people are discouraged to adopt the crypto economy.
Team and Advisors
Founder Sebastiaan Lichter has an interesting past, ranging from food inspection and regulation to co-founding a startup that allows users to rent pools anywhere in the world. He is a qualified business professional from the University of Amsterdam Business School.
ICO Fundraising Goal: 11,900,000 USD (10,000,000 EURO)
APEX passes value and data ownership back to consumers, increases marketing effectiveness, data quality, and customer loyalty. APEX aims to vision is to build an ecosystem that will decentralize the way B2C interactions take place across the entire consumer lifecycle. Interestingly, APEX’s data and interactions exchange protocol will be built using open source blockchain NEO, and the CPX token will be an NEP-5-based token. The company claims, “NEO’s high performance, fast development, and unique built-in decentralized identity resolution features will power our next generation B2C data and engagement platform.”
Team and Advisors
APEX’s all Chinese leadership team has some strong credentials to their name. Founder and CEO Jimmy Hu built internal marketing analytics for Microsoft has been a multi-year Microsoft technology contractor. Tiger Yang currently manages day-to-day operations of Chinapex and is a graduate from UC Berkeley in Political Economy.
The advisory board includes a nice blend of academics, technologists like Dr Laurent El Ghaoui a UC Berkeley Professor in Data Science, Richard Wang, a partner at DFJ Dragon and Paul Yang, the General Manager of Oracle Marketing Cloud.
ICO Crowdsale Hard Cap: US$25 million
SelfKey is a Blockchain based digital identity system that allows individuals and companies to truly own, control and manage their digital identity, and instantly access Citizenship and Residency by Investment, Company Incorporation, Fintech Products, Token Sales, Exchanges and much more.
SelfKey aims to make KYC simple, painless and easy, providing access to hundreds of products and services. Relying parties, certifiers and identity owners can transact in a secure, private, decentralized manner.
Team and Advisors
SelfKey founder Edmund Lowell is the former co-founder of KYC chain, which makes Selfkey a natural progression to what he was working on. The team size over 50 people across marketing, design, tech and legal.
Advisors include IOTA Founder Per Lind, Caltech and MIT based Ethereum Researcher Virgil Griffith and many more notable names across cryptocurrency, blockchain investment banking, and venture capital.
Hard cap: $21,780,000