AION to Unveil Future Plans

Foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year
06 December 2018   488

The Aion Foundation, which is responsible for the development of the protocol of the same name and collected $ 23 million in Bitcoin and Ethereum on ICO in October last year, published a report in which it shared information about its financial operations. The report was prepared with the support of Deloitte, however, it cannot formally be considered an audit.

According to the Aion Foundation CEO Matthew Spoke, the foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year. Having spent $ 10 million on launching its blockchain platform and opening offices in Canada, China and Barbados, the fund had assets of $ 14 million as of October 31 of this year, $ 5.8 million of which was placed in Fiat.

We’ve liquidated a decent amount of our bitcoin and eth that we raised as proceeds to make sure that we are stable in this type of period. As we continue to spend in our operations we’ll end up liquidating more bitcoin and eth over the course of the next few months.
 

Matt Spoke

CEO, Aion Foundation

The Aion protocol has already attracted active users, including the video game start-up ClanPlay, but Spoke claims that his company will continue to rely on hard currency.

The foundation has roughly 18 months of runway, Spock estimates, while developing his system to a level at which it can compete with centralized counterparts, such as Amazon Web Services, will take about five years. Aion expects to launch its first Java-based virtual  machine, thanks to which developers can use decentralized tools, by the second quarter of next year.

Spoke suggests that at this time his company will have to attract additional funding from cryptocurrency funds and accredited investors in exchange for their own tokens. His goal is to prevent the reduction of the team, which currently includes 61 people, and the operation of the Ethereum model of ConsenSys, a company sponsoring projects in its own ecosystem.

In the future, Aion intends to publish such reports on a quarterly basis and transfer data to the Messari network in order to increase the confidence of its tokens holders.

ICOs May Allocate $24B Tokens to Themself

As reported, price of tokens, "left to cover the operating costs", reached $80B at the peak
17 January 2019   238

The total cost of the tokens that the organizers of well-known ICO projects have left to cover the operating costs and remuneration of developers at the time of release was $ 24.2 billion. At the peak, their price reached almost $ 80 billion. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by BitMEX together with the TokenAnalyst.

At the current illiquid rate, the assets of ICO-projects in their own tokens amount to about $ 5 billion, having depreciated by more than $ 70 billion.

However, the researchers note, this value is rather arbitrary, since the liquidity of tokens at peak levels was low. It is also incorrect to classify changes of this amount as losses because the organizers of the ICO transferred tokens into their wallets in accordance with the crowdsale conditions.

Having studied the archive of token transfers from ICO-team wallets, BitMEX and TokenAnalyst came to the conclusion that the realized profit from the sale of such tokens could be $ 1.5 billion, with the proviso that some of the tokens might not have been sold or left the wallets for other reasons .

The largest amounts of tokens in their wallets were credited by the Veritaseum and Noah project teams, which, as analysts say, looks “almost comical” against the background of real trading volumes.

Token data up to Dec 2018, data based on prices at the time(s) of issuance
Token data up to Dec 2018, data based on prices at the time(s) of issuance

This analysis highlights the lack of standards and transparency in the ICO market, especially when it comes to the allocation of tokens to the founding team’s wallet. Teams were often able to mint, burn, buy, and sell (their own) tokens at will, without analysts being able to easily track what is occurring. We would often see tokens in exchange clusters, and it was hard to tell whether the token project “paid” the exchange to list tokens or the token project just transferred their treasury to the exchange to cash out.
 

BitMEX Researchers' Report

In November 2018, BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes said that the tokens of the largest ICO projects would collapse after entering the secondary market.