Aragon to Lauch Mainnet

In May 2017, Aragon spent a super fast ICO, in just 15 minutes, collecting the planned 275,000 ETH (about $25M at the time)
01 November 2018   649

Positioning itself as the “first blockchain tool aimed at helping to create and manage companies around the world,” the Aragon project is now available on the main Ethereum network.

Version Aragon 0.6 was named Alba, and as they say in the project's blog, it marks a “new era of human interaction”.

The proposed solution allows users to create decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO) for their communities or enterprises with the possibility of voting. Aragon 0.6 also allows you to use your own tokens for solving management tasks.

The developers of Aragon do not recommend using Alba for storing large amounts, as the team is working on finding and fixing vulnerabilities.

Representatives of the project also note that since the launch of the Aragon network, more than 15,000 organizations have been created - more than new enterprises are created annually in Austria, Malta and Luxembourg combined.

In May 2017, Aragon spent a super fast ICO, in just 15 minutes, collecting the planned 275,000 ETH (about $25M at the time).

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   146

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.