ICO

  • Of course China’s forgotten social network is doing an ICO

    Of course China’s forgotten social network is doing an ICO

    ICOs were one of the breakthroughs in the tech industry in 2017. Initially it was just those in the blockchain space who were aware, but as the year went on a number of existing business grew attracted to the idea of raising money without the usual route of VCs and lost equity. The year ended with more than $4 billion raised via ICOs. It’s fair to say that the concept is widely-known… Read More

  • A hard look at token sale mania by a true insider

    A hard look at token sale mania by a true insider

    Moshe Hogeg is a fixture in the Valley mythos. This Israeli founder of Yo (yes, that Yo) and Mobli, he recently became one of the most prolific ICO investors in the world with a thesis that, in short, that states he will put small amounts of money into every sane token sale. Hogeg (whose company advertises on a weekly ICO newsletter that I started but do not write) recently posted some… Read More

  • 6 red flags of an ICO scam Crunch Network

    6 red flags of an ICO scam

    With exponential growth in public interest, esoteric terminology and a lax regulatory framework, it is no surprise that some ICOs have been used to fund scams and cheat investors of their money. While nothing can compete with quality due diligence, knowing which red flags to look for in order to steer clear of scams or bad ICOs can be helpful. Read More

  • Hope grows that a larger SEC crackdown on ICOs is coming — and soon

    Hope grows that a larger SEC crackdown on ICOs is coming — and soon

    More than $3 billion has been raised through so-called initial coin offerings so far in 2017. Yet while numerous of these have already proven to be good old-fashioned scams, regulators in Washington have remained relatively quiet. Read More

  • SEC’s new cyber unit takes its first action to halt an initial coin offering ‘scam’

    SEC’s new cyber unit takes its first action to halt an initial coin offering ‘scam’

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Canadian crypto company PlexCorp with violating securities laws by selling up to $15 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). ICOs have seen explosive growth over the past year as fledgling companies have used them to raise more than $3 billion in capital through various cryptocurrencies. Read More

  • Find your red-eyed fans

    Find your red-eyed fans

    I’ve been thinking about token sale marketing lately mostly because it’s been so bad. I’ve gotten hundreds of emails asking me to be an ICO advisor or evangelist or influencer primarily because the ICO marketing techniques come to us straight out of the spammiest corners of affiliate marketing. I’ve gotten emails from founders who have been promised “posts on… Read More

  • Uber data breach includes UK users — but it’s still not clear how many

    Uber data breach includes UK users — but it’s still not clear how many

    The UK’s digital minister has said the October 2016 data breach that Uber disclosed this week does affect UK users — though it’s still unclear how many are impacted at this stage. Read More

  • Uber data breach “raises huge concerns”, says UK watchdog

    Uber data breach “raises huge concerns”, says UK watchdog

    The fallout from Uber’s disclosure yesterday of a massive data breach affecting 57 million users and drivers that it concealed for a year continues: The UK’s data protection watchdog has put out a strongly worded statement saying the company’s announcement “raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics”.  Read More

  • Coin offerings using celebrity glitter may not be golden, SEC warns

    Coin offerings using celebrity glitter may not be golden, SEC warns

    A slew of media stars have hitched their stars to various virtual currencies, lending their social media outreach and luster to projects that have seemed less than golden. Now the SEC is warning celebrities that their endorsements “may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for… Read More

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