February 7, 2018 Blockchain

10 ICOs to look for in 2018

In 2017, we witnessed a number of cryptocurrencies gaining momentum for good reason, however, the entire blockchain aspect is way bigger than just that cryptocurrencies. Even the White House, DC has weighed in on blockchain, by issuing an official statement:

“We follow blockchain technologies for a number of reasons, including economic, innovation, national security and public safety. Blockchain has the promise to be used creatively for a number of cybersecurity and other issues, and it is important for us to remain informed on this and other new and emerging technologies.”

If you invest in blockchain technology companies, consider investing in companies that are back-end leaders.  We have chalked down few companies that bring unique offerings to the table, so if you are planning to invest you may go ahead and review their whitepapers.

1.PUNDI X

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Overview
PundiX empowers blockchain developers, and token holders to trade cryptocurrency and services on any physical stores in the world. It intends to take POS systems a whole new level where the transaction can be done on a blockchain network taken where payment from both cryptocurrency wallets and traditional mobile wallets, including Alipay, the Bitcoin wallet, are supported.

Product
Pundi X’s mission is to make buying cryptocurrency as easy as buying bottled water. Pundi X POS device has an adaptable interface and helps the merchants to facilitate transactions based on the cryptocurrency of their choice, for e.g. BTC, ETH, XEM, QTUM, or ACT. It also has check-out menu to complete crypto-transactions along with membership, and inventory management integrated into the offering.

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
As soon as Pundi X launched their ICO it was sold out within 2 hours and it is reported that 6,000 transactions were placed through the Ethereum platform in the first five minutes of its launch. The POS device costs 300 USD per piece and PUNDI X has a plan to reach ROI in 12 months, which indicates that we can expect about 30 USD profit from each device every month. With such a promising start, we can expect a tremendous performance in 2018 as this built-to-order and the highly configured device will be made available in the open market making it a must-to-have for retail businesses in coming future.

2.CoinMetro

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Overview
The blockchain powered CoinMetro platform is built for investors for leveraging the spectacular user interface and simplistic functionality in order to make trading as simplified as online purchasing of an item. With its unique features an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience, CoinMetro caters for the technically challenged people such as grandparents and countryside people through its interesting and unique features.

Product
CoinMetro plans are expected to make use of an open-source, document-oriented database program known as MongoDB in order to bring role-based access control to administer things like network isolation. CoinMetro has also deployed PostgreSQL, which is open-source and promises a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and performance. With CoinMetro, all the services can be easily streamlined via a blockchain powered web app having spectacular UI thereby creating a flexible environment that integrates unique features into CoinMetro’s digital asset ecosystem.

ICO details

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Our Thoughts
Since the digital technology is changing rapidly, the entire landscape needs a bridge that links the traditional and emerging asset classes which are specially designed for mainstream adoption. The CoinMetro platform is a promising an all-in-one solution which can be helpful for businesses to maximize their client value by delivering rock-solid framework. CoinMetro’s customer support network has plans to incorporate a live-chat option via Intercom along with a knowledge base and an extended FAQ section making it extremely helpful for newcomers to understand how it works. 

3.LOOMIA

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Overview
Loomia is a New York-based startup that wants your wardrobe to be chic. The start-up intends to bring clothing and textiles into the IoT marketplace. Loomia adds an electronic layer to the fabric and turn them into functioning sensors (more like a circuit board) in order to communicate with the IoT environment.

Product
The innovation Loomia brings can spare a huge number of lives each year. For any significant car crash or an episode of terrible mishap, the severe impact acted upon the clothing could provoke Loomia’s smart clothing. The blockchain powered technology contact the nearest healthcare facility and pinpoints the exact location of the individual and provides the identity, thereby maximizing the chances of survival. Loomia have introduced a device called the data tile which facilitates valuable clothing data for businesses as one of the applications of blockchain technology. This can further be sold by the individuals in exchange for tokens.  

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts

The Loomia products will be registered on a blockchain which will provide data authenticity and accurate information thereby eliminating the use of phone calls, high alerts, and other procedures being carried out during emergency cases. Not only Lumia products and IoT devices, the information can be read by other technologies and therefore the wearable can be integrated with third-party applications like anti-theft device etc. Loomia ensures that the personal data belongs to you and establishes a ‘belief that ‘Physical You Is Digital You’.

4.ZIPPER

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Overview
A decentralized application runtime environment that provides blockchain powered mobile experiences to mobile users seeking data security and transparency. It gives the power to individuals with smartphone devices to engage in value and ownership exchange without middlemen.

Product
Zipper has the vision to upgrade smartphones to blockchain powered devices so as to inherit trust, transparency along with low-cost transactions. The technology used blockchain integration that keeps data and wallet secure through blockchain whilst providing ease of access to all. The main objective here is to make the use of cryptocurrencies and dapps easy and secure to use for everyday smartphone users. Zipper specialized in creating an open source operating system for mobile devices and have a major contribution in building MeeGo for Nokia which is now licensed by many industry players.

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
Ever since Ethereum and other blockchains have contributed to a new decentralized economy, the millions of smartphone users need technology that can be trusted. By simply using an iPhone or Android device; the users can download the app and simply start earing, without worrying about data security. Zipper platform is based on several open source technologies and is already in the process of developing Android and Sailfish OS powered Sony Xperia device. The Zipper platform brings easy of using cryptocurrencies where the users get to choose which data to share and with whom. Moreover, they can monetize storage and get paid to share the data thereby making Zipper one of the most promising entries in the 2018 cryptomarket.

5.KYBER NETWORK

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Overview
Kyber Network is all about trustless decentralized exchange and payment service. This new system facilitates the exchange and conversion of digital assets by allowing anyone to seamlessly receive payments from any token. What makes KyberNetwork different is that it is compatible with existing smart contracts and no deposits are required and users can instantly get token when they trade.

Product
A blockchain powered platform that empowers merchants and users to instantly concert token and eliminate extra charges excluding the gas fees. Here, users can send existing token A, by converting it to a different type of token, suppose B, the receiver on the other end only accepts payment in all in one transaction. KyberNetwork has introduced a new standard contract wallet that allows existing contracts which accept only a few tokens, thereby enabling merchants to address a wider class of users and receives payments and contributions in form of tokens that KyberNetwork supports.

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
The KyberNetwork exchange platform is first to provide on-chain, transparent and instant trades with high liquidity and its roadmap throws a light on supporting cross-chain trades between different cryptocurrencies using future protocols like Polkadot and Cosmos. At present Kyber’s ICO Drops score is very high, looking at which we can forecast its amplified market value in 2018 cryptomarket.  Moreover, here the users can mitigate risks of price fluctuations in the cryptomarket with derivative trading, the platform facilitates payment APIs that allow Ethereum accounts to seamlessly receive payments from any crypto tokens.

6.DATAWALLET

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Overview
Datawallet is the project that aims to solve the ethical, economic and quality problems of day-to-day data brokerage. By making use of the Datawallet application, organizations are able to fetch high-quality information whereas the users receive remuneration in form of tokens. Here users monetize the data collected from social networks by simply linking with this application and then choose which information to sell to which organizations.

Product
DataWallet is a decentralized C2B data exchange application that allows data producers to reclaim the data they primarily own. The app provides users with a self-sovereign wallet that allows them to monetize and utilize an asset that is rightfully theirs. DataWallet provides organizations with insights that solve existing problems like collating datasets in an intelligent way and overcoming silo problems etc. The Datawallet is helpful not only for the data producers but also for the data consumers. Since the data is deterministically linked to each user profile, the information is ethically transferred with the user’s consent, which makes DataWallet a trustworthy information sharing platform.

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
Datawallet aims at disrupting information industry, which is 4th most valuable product on Earth. Sharing ethical and approved data is perhaps the future of precise application development. Data brokers supply information such as what are the products you wish to buy online? Who is the best social media star this month? Etc.  This critical information is being sold to the organizations in exchange for finances. However, you can manage your own data and earn tokens using DataWallet by providing high-quality ethical information.

7.STK Token

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Overview
STK token is an end-to-end blockchain powered technology solution that allows retail businesses to gain access to previously inaccessible data through its real-time sensor technology. The vision is to enable real-time POS transactions directly from private cryptocurrency wallets.


Product
STK Tokens provide the ability to make crypto-payments in-store in order to introduce a faster and efficient payment method. STK tokens are implemented on the public Ethereum blockchain and adhere to the ERC20 protocol and automatically opens a state channel between different users and STK wallet. STK will allow you to store your money safely anywhere and gives you instant access using your smartphone using STACK app thereby eliminating the traditional card solution.  


ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
Being a contributor to promoting borderless transactions, the STK model of instant global payments is likely to be widely accepted. STACK makes use of industry-leading safeguards to protect your hard-earned money along with minimizing the risk of data breach and privacy, so accounts are highly secure. The platform gives you personalized tools to help you reach your goals faster by being smart with your money spending.

8. BABB (Bank Account Based Blockchain)

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Overview
A decentralized bank that caters to provide anyone in the world with access to a bank account for P2P financial services. With built-in access to crowdsourced financial services, people at BABB wants to offer bank accounts to anyone throughout the globe.

Product
BABB harness blockchain technology to that enables anybody in the world can obtain a UK bank account for international payments. The idea behind the obtaining local physical Fiat currencies is to eliminate the waiting time and extended working days when it comes to complicated bank transactions, the local merchants (those accepting cards) can trade physical cash in exchange of any digital equivalent.

ICO Details

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Our Thoughts
BABB will work around the existing local and international fiscal and monetary policies and is most likely to work directly with the central banks. The next decade will see a crypto boom as many central banks have planned to execute CBDCs which makes BABB an integrated part of the global financial platform.

9.DADI

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Overview
DADI is a new era of cloud computing services, powered by blockchain technology which focuses on scaling and expanding your digital products outreach. Exclusively built for everyday users who can rent Dadi’s computing power to transform their web presence into extremely efficient, business-specific workplace. DADI provides database storage, content delivery and variety of digital products which can effectively refurbish a dysfunctional website into a vibrant hub.

Product
With DADI, retailers gain the much-needed flexibility to manage their content by effortlessly managing product detail and inventory along with enhanced analytics required for achieving business targets. With Dadi, businesses that rely on content management can seamlessly connect with myriad third-party providers which includes using advanced level POS technology and payment gateways.

 

ICO Details

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10.FABRIC
Our Thoughts
DADI’s one-size-fits-all approach towards providing an all-new content management ecosystem looks promising in 2018. The user experience with DADI helps retailers to make real-time decisions and market their content in the most effective manner. Those who are finding ways for customer retention can make the best use of DADI in order to maximize conversions and leads by acting as an umbrella store for user data across multiple products in their respective digital portfolio.

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Overview
The Fabric Token ecosystem bundle of user-friendly software to individuals and businesses so as to empower them to access to blockchain technology and smart contracts with an ease. The primary focus of Fabric is to motivate the people with minimum programming and blockchain knowledge to create and deploy their own Dapp.

Product
The fabric token can be used as a digital asset which can be exchanged between third-party developers and users on the Fabric Store. The entire ecosystem will depend on performance and growth, it is all set to have for components which are Fabric Token itself, itself, TokenGen, DApp Workbench, and the Fabric Store. Fabric’s innovative solutions have the tendency to create lucrative markets, at the backend, it gives a room for developers to create and sell components within a drag and drop ecosystem.

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EndNote
 

There is an overall optimism surrounding the underlying power of a number of applications of the blockchain. The investors and Silicon Valley venture capitalists continue to aggressively pour money into blockchain technology. There is an opportunity for investors to consider such blockchain powered business models and realize that there is a potential market for digital-first brands in almost every business category.

*The above information and analysis are based on our personal interpretation and research.

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