Despite the introduction of a number of changes and restrictions in the collection of funds such as regulation of the issue of tokens by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and restrictions on security tokens, it will not be out of place to qualify 2018 as the year of the ICO. This is as a result of the extraordinary success from the standpoint of the collection of funds.
Forbes on April 1, 2018, reported that in just three months into the year, $4.8 billion has been raised in ICOs through various token sales. This is way far more than what was realized in the same period of 2017, and even approaching the total of about $6.9 billion that was raised for the whole year.
The stunning performance of ICOs in Q1 of 2018 is an indicator of what to expect in Q2 and beyond and as an investor who may be interested in investing in ICOs, you will surely be more motivated by the prospective return in your investment; and it’s therefore appropriate that you are cautious and wary about some of these ICOs or crowdsale campaigns since scamsters are now using these media to get people’s money remotely.
In order to guide you before making choices as to which of the ICOs to invest in and towards this end, ICOs happening in Q2 of 2018 have been closely scrutinized and these top 7 have been found to be worth investing your resources into for a guaranteed ROI.
- Neon Exchange (NEX)
A lot of modern cryptocurrencies operating now are not decentralized, they do not work on blockchain technology and rather use standard algorithms. This has made it unsavory and attraction for hackers. Those that are decentralized and use the blockchain technology for a higher level of safety have their bandwidths lower than the centralized ones.
The Neon Exchange (NEX) project has been positioned to circumvent this undesirable handicap of both transaction processing speed and platform security. NEX has been carved out on the combination of blockchain and off-chain operations.orders will be processed off-chain and the final operation will be made on the blockchain.
NEX is also introducing a payment service and funds management layer that enables third party (Ethereum) smart-contracts on NEO to send and receive assets. It also has in place a new user-friendly smart wallet Chrome extension to store currencies off the exchange while it will simultaneously allow it for instant trading.
Additionally, there will be a total of 50 million NEX tokens issued out of which 25 million will be available during the crowd sale. NEX intends to launch with a relatively low market cap with a price of $1 per token.
Holders will be given a share of the profits generated by the payment of service and exchange features of Nex. This will afford token holders who stake NEX to benefit directly from the success of the exchange services. When more fees are generated, holders will receive larger rewards.
The team manning NEX has garnered a lot of experience over the years to make a successful project, especially as they are all ex-founding members of the City of Zion. The fact that Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, NEO Council founders are advising the team lends a large credibility to the project as a result of their wealth of experience.
The NEX ICO has projected an astounding step forward in the development of NEO Smart Economy. The introduction of NEO based trading pairs, improved wallet function, ICO launch platform, and decentralized banking all go to show a massive revolution and gigantic upheaval of the crypto ecosystem as a whole.
NEO exchange project has one of the most promising ICOs for Q2 of 2018. Anybody who has at least a faint knowledge of cryptocurrencies will bet on NEX.
- Ternio (TERN)
Ternio has built Lexicon – the highest blockchain solution currently available, capable of delivering more than 1.2 million transactions per second (TPS), fully decentralized and online. Ian Kane, co-founder of Ternio said that their blockchain solution has reached 1.2 million TPS in tests and is capable of scaling to more than 10 million (10x) TPS when required.
Ternio is atop of two industries – blockchain and programmatic advertising. Ternio’s spectacular dabble into the blockchain technology will definitely revolutionize the multibillion-dollar programmatic advertising industry as well as others with the enabling factor of mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.
Programmatic advertising is fraught with a lack of transparency, lengthy payment terms, and advertising fraud and who other should come to the rescue apart from the well-positioned Ternio. By leveraging the blockchain technology, Ternio has set out to solve the problems of approximately 50 percent of every dollar spent on programmatic advertising that finds its way into the coffers of the middlemen, bringing about the question of transparency.
Other problems that will be solved by the technology are the ad fraud angle which accounted to the loss of $18 billion of the $224 billion spent on advertising in 2017 and the 30 to 120 days publishers have to wait before being paid.
The launch of the token sale of the ternio’s utility token is slated to start on April 2nd, 2018 with the crowdsale offering a unique opportunity for the digital media and cryptocurrency community to be part of a revolution in the digital advertising space. The token sale will offer 49 million TERN to be sold at $0.10 per token which represents 49 percent of total TERN being controlled by the market immediately.
Ternio has a bunch of talented and experienced technocrats in charge of the Corporation’s affairs. The C-suite is made up of the executive, development. and advisory teams. The advisers include Patrick Sundberg (former VP Goldman Sachs), Didier Martin ( Head architect at Intel Blockchain), Kyle Wang ( former IBM consultant in Hyperledger), and Matthew Niemerg( security and Blockchain Researcher) among others.
With this gigantic leap and the experienced team at Ternio, it will amount to backstabbing if Ternio is not placed among the top 7 ICOs happening in Q2 of 2018 and investors who decide to put their bet on Ternio will surely smile to the bank.
Metronome is looking to become the first platform that enables value transfer across different blockchains, with the promise to deliver “institutional-class endurance.” By doing this, problems plaguing the cryptocurrency market such as price volatility, a lack of portability between blockchains, and slow transaction speed will be confined to history.
Metronome harps on the core principles of self-governance, reliability, and portability. Metronome intends to launch on Ethereum and eventually Ethereum Classic, Rootstock, and Qtum in place of building a blockchain.
Metronome in its whitepaper tried to let potential investors know what they will be getting into but falls short of releasing essential information which borders on how the idea would be implemented apart from the lack of a prototype.
MTN, the token to be launched by Metronome is Ethereum-complaint. The token supply is set at an initial 10 million, with 80 percent distributed via a reverse auction. Unlike other tokens out there in the crypto world, there is no fixed or limited supply. The token is ERC 827, which is the new superset of ERC 20 complaint.
The ICO launch is slated for May 2018. The launch is intended to be open for a period of one week. The initial price of MTN will be set at 2ETH which is roughly equivalent to $2,000 at January 17, 2018, and the price will then decrease over time in what is termed a descending price auctions, or Dutch auctions
After the auction, new tokens will then be issued daily at a rate of around 2,880 MTN and will continue indefinitely. The cryptocurrency will ensure quick payments with settlement time set to be from 15 to 30 seconds.
The team is of a high profile that boasts of data scientists, principal engineers, community advocate, marketing and partnerships, and skilled professionals. They include Jeff Garzik (CEO and Co-founder, Chief Designer, Co-Founder of Bloq), Matthew Roszak (Chairman and Co-Founder), and Peter Vessens (chief Cryptographer.
The Metronome website listed six advisers, all from the different dynamics of blockchain industry along with a lot of partners that include Jaxx, New Alchemy, Smith+Crown, Delta Strategy Group, Zeppelin solutions, and Perkins Coie.
Despite the questions surrounding the ICO bordering on serious concern as well as in terms of lack of information on technical implementation and the unlimited supply of token, the project offers a legit concept. Its enhanced security features, including the open source community, autonomy, and portability rightly positions Metronome among the top 7 ICOs happening in Q2 of 2018.
All the billions of dollars, running into hundreds that the social networking platforms have been making over the years accrued from the content and interactions internet users have created, with all the money going into the vaults of the networking platforms. Merculet has, however, decided to change the scenario by using the blockchain technology to provide content distribution services and allowing users to monetize their attention.
This is to be done through their Attention Value Network (AVN) and related supporting applications and components. The AVN can be broken down into two component parts – the User attention Value (UAV) and the Attention Incentive System (AIS).
While the UAV is to provide a reasonable valuation of a user’s attention relative to the entrepreneurs’ needs, the AIS will give the entrepreneur the opportunity of creating User Attention Tokens (UATs). The main token for the ecosystem is the MVP.
The UATs will be used to reward users for their attention and they can only be used within the ecosystem or traded for MVP. every single UAT will have a different value relative to MVP. what Merculet has as the key component is that the value of attention is in the hands of the user rather than the social network platform.
Merculet intends to use four protocols to achieve this feat.
- ATP: Attention Tokenization Protocol. The protocol will digitize behavior and evaluate the user’s attention.
- ARP: Attention Reward Protocol. The protocol rewards the users for their attention.
- UCP: Universal Content Protocol. It contains a group of sub-protocols to support the entire content distribution process including content import protocol, content export protocol, content consumption protocol, content distribution protocol evaluation, and billing protocol.
- UIP: Universal ID Protocol. The protocol will identify users. In particular, the protocol will monitor compliance with copyright law.
The public ICO will start on May 4, 2018, and end on May 9, with a total emission of 10 billion MVP. Token type is ERC20. The price of 1 MVP is $0.0059. The token will be distributed in such a way that the Foundation team will get 35 percent, Marketing 15 percent, Team and Advisers 20 percent, and Token sales 30 percent.
The team is made up of 10 experienced members which include Ivan Jiang, CEO, Shen Jun Zhang, CTO, and Jerry Gao, CPO. Their advisers are six in number and are well placed to boost the image of Merculet. They include Shen Bo, founder of Bitshares and Fenbushi Capital, Roger Lim, founder of Neo Capital Group, Iris Yin, founder of Super Hash Capital, and Bin sen Tang, founder of ELEX.
In this digital day and age, coupled with the fact that the project will focus on mobile advertising and with the Statista projecting a revenue of $399.6 billion by 2022, Merculet is on a sound footing.
- Lendingblock (LND)
Lendingblock is a crypto-equivalent to securities lending to meet the needs of the institutional and individual borrower and lenders in the crypto economy. The Lendingblock project aims to create an open exchange for crypto asset loans that matches borrowers and lends in a transparent manner.
Lendingblock is strictly focused on the lending of specific assets in order to perform important market functions. It’s built upon the Ethereum blockchain and designed to provide funds, market makers, investors, and traders who are eager, willing, and capable of lending or borrowing crypto-assets.
Borrowers will be expected to make regular interest payments throughout the duration of the loan. The regular payments are trackable and will be distributed to lenders as and at when due, and whatever collateral that is deposited by the borrower will be returned. Through Lendingblock, multiple lenders can be connected together to provide a single loan that is devoid of a P2P transaction between the lenders and the borrowers.
Lendingblock intends to put all measures in place to enable the collateralization of assets across different blockchains and accept any digital assets on existing protocols. It’s possible on the Lendingblock platform for individuals as well as institutions to lend cryptocurrencies to receive interest on holdings or use them as collateral to secure loans.
Lendingblock is able to track your portfolio of loans and monitor payments through your app, wallet integration, or API. The lending process is secured by personalized smart contracts based on Ethereum network and atomic swaps on other networks, that ensure the terms of the loans are kept and your rights (borrower or lender) are fully guaranteed.
Lendingblock boasts of a minimum of 2,000 transactions per second. There is also a cross-blockchain interoperability in the crypto lending space.
Steve Swain, Co-founder, and CEO of Lendingblock wrapped up the whole project when he said that “We are the first and, so far, only platform to allow lending across multiple blockchains Right now, the options out there are fragmented, and not robust enough for institutional investors, who have demonstrated they want access to these markets, but need the infrastructures in place to do so. That’s what we are providing with Lendingblock.”
The public crowdsale is scheduled for Q2 of 2018, which is actually slated for April 15 and the pre-sale for April 17. The hard cap is $10 million while the soft cap is $5 million. The token is LND and tokens in the Pre-sale is 45 percent, the Main sale is 10 percent, Founders is 15 percent, Growth fund is 15 percent, the Private sale is 5 percent, the Team is 5 percent, and the Supporters is 5 percent.
Total supply will be 1 billion LND and 450 million tokens will be issued during the Pre-sale. The price of a token will be 1LND to $0.02.
The experiences garnered over the years by Steve Swain, Co-founder & CEO, having worked in capital markets technology in the U.K, the U.S., and Australia, his experience as FS Technology partner for Deloitte and Linda Wang, Co-founder, ex-Deloitte, Entrepreneur First alumnus, and founder of peer-to-peer lending business, Lender will positively impact and project Lendingblock.
Lendingblock may not be the only crypto lending platform but its uniqueness is definitely amazing. Being the first to offer cross-blockchain technology and the first to comply with the highest regulatory standards is not a mean feat. Lendingblock is walking its talk and will stunningly impact Q2 ICOs.
- Truegame (TGAME)
The IOT can be felt in all strata of life. With the internet getting more affordable by the day, millions of people dabble in various aspects of life online. One of such ventures is the iGaming. These games which are known as games of chance give partakers around the globe the opportunity to bet their chances at millions of dollars in prize money, reported to be well over $50 billion in 2017 and a projected $60 billion by 2022.
The games in question include poker, blackjack, slot machines, dice games, lottery, lucky prize draws, bingo, etc. However, the games are fraught with problems. Trust issues, both between the players and with the casino owners or managers have bedeviled the games. Cases of fraudulent practices have been reported severally.
Truegame has, however, stepped in to sanitize the gaming sector. Truegame is an operational iGaming project situated on the blockchain and is combining iGaming philosophy and blockchain technology, thereby pioneering the use of smart contracts in games. Truegame is stepping in to provide absolute transparency, undiluted honesty, fair chances to each player, and a vouchsafed distribution of winnings.
The blockchain technology that is being incorporated by Truegame is completely open and verifiable but cannot be manipulated. Game outcomes will be totally random and determined by mathematical probability, with winnings being distributed instantly through the blockchain based on game rules.
Truegame, may not outrightly qualify as a Q2 ICO but the fact that it was started in Q1 and transcended into Q2 still qualifies it. The pre-sale took place in February, while the main sale started in March and was concluded in April. The token is TGAME and is an ERC20 token. The token was exchanged at the rate of 9250 TGAME to 1 ETH. The token distribution was slated as crowdsale 70 percent, Team 15 percent, Reserve 10 percent, Advisors 4 percent, and Bounty 1 percent. The project targeted $9 million with 300 million tokens to be issued and 210 million tokens for sale.
The team is made up of seasoned professionals and divided into the technical and operation sections. The include Dmitry Danilov, CEO, Dmitry Shchuvatov, CMO, Marlin Jelamanov, full stack web developer, and Viktor Petukhov, algorithm developer. They are also backed by an impressive group of advisers who include Mate Tokay, the COO of Bitcoin, formerly CEO of bitconist net and Arvind Upadhyay, past advisor to a few other ICOs.
As a pioneer and in the very lucrative business of gaming, Truegame is a force to reckon with and investors will have their funds in a venture that can easily quadruple returns.
Research and Markets 2017, has it that the global facial recognition market is expected to grow from $4.05 billion in 2017 to $7.76 billion by 2022. Major forces behind this astounding market growth are the surveillance industry and the huge amount of funds sunk into biometric technologies by governments. Kairos an artificial intelligence-driven ETF for blockchain assets is seriously cashing in on this largesse.
Kairos is not just an ICO project since it has garnered experience in the AI and face recognition industry for more than 6 years. With the aid of comprehensive computer vision as well as machine learning, the APIs offered by the company are able to recognize faces in photos, videos, and in the real world.
Kairos is bringing in a technology that is able to read emotions that will measure mood and sentiments, identity to search for and authenticate faces, as well as demographics that will be used to collate data based on age, gender, and ethnicity. This will, in turn, make it relatively easier for businesses to interact with people.
Kairos is set to navigate the difficulties associated with multiple complexities that are inherent in the facial analysis technology. Kairos is making SDKs and APIs available for every single developer for easy integration of functions. Kairos is serving a diverse customer base that includes IBM, BBC, and IKEA. the project has also acquired IMRSV to improve the “Human analytics tools.”
Kairos is banking on two tokens, KAIROS and FACE. KAIROS is a security token and it will provide accredited investors with a stake in the company, while FACE is a utility token that will power the platform. There will be 150 million KAIROS tokens and the project has earmarked $30 million to be raised for the 40.4 percent of the total. The project raised over $10 million during presale. The remaining 59.6 percent tokens will be shared as follows:
- 2.1 percent: Employee stock options.
- 6.9 percent: Series A shareholders.
- 22.7 percent: Series B shareholders.
- 26.9 percent: Common shareholders.
- 1.0 percent: Common stock warrants.
The main ICO is slated to begin on April 15, 2018, and ends May 15, 2018, and the price for the tokens will be 1 KAIROS = 1 FACE = $0.20.
The team includes Brian Brackeen, CEO & Founder, former Senior Project Manager at Apple, former Senior Managing Consultant with IBM, Cole Calistra, CTO, enterprise architect with BJs and Ahold, and Ben Virdee-Chapman, CDO.
As for advisors, the CEO & Founder of Invest Ready, Herwig Konings, is on deck providing guidance to the team.
The experience and the innovation involved in the project Kairos warrants the ICO been among the top 7 happening in Q2 of 2018.
In as much as the top 7 ICOs happening in Q2 of 2018 have been elucidated and gone through with a toothpick, an investor intending to sink funds into any of the ICOs should do so at the advice of a financial or investor expert.