Ex-SEC Official to Criticize IEO

John Reed Stark, 11 served as the headed the Internet law enforcement department believes IEO is "unregulated crypto-casino fundraising mutations"
07 June 2019   538

John Reed Stark, who served 20 years in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 11 of whom he headed Internet Enforcement department, being retired, is closely following the latest trends in the cryptocurrency industry.

In a recent publication for the Law360 portal, Stark decided to crush the phenomenon of initial stock exchange offerings (IEO), calling them "predators" and promising that the SEC would cover this "unregulated crypto-casino fundraising mutations".

They are an enticing medium for fraud, manipulation, insider trading, hacking and a broad range of chicanery. IEOs represent yet another blatant attempt to hijack a similar-sounding acronym — IPO — in an effort to lure investors seeking to get rich quick. However, just like ICOs, the IEO has not a single element in common with the IPO (other than the first and last letters of its acronym).
 

John Stark

Ex Head of Internet Enforcement Office, SEC

Stark is a longtime opponent of cryptocurrency and supports Warren Buffett in his opinion that Bitcoin is "akin to rat poison".

Much of bitcoin’s value, outside of mere speculation, is derived solely from its ability to facilitate criminal activity. Need a fake ID, bottle of opiates, a cache of credit card numbers, or a thousand Social Security numbers? Need a way to collect a ransomware payment? Need to fund terrorist-related activities? Need to hire a hitman? Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have become the payment of choice for these, and a slew of other, criminal enterprises.
 

John Stark

Ex Head of Internet Enforcement Office, SEC

Some time ago another SEC official had criticize own agency for "smothering ETFs with personalized attention as if they were infants".

Algorand to Raise $60M in 4 Hour Tokensale

The project was founded by a MIT professor and a Turing Award winner Silvio Micali and is designed to solve the problems of scalability and consensus in the DLT
20 June 2019   797

The blockchain-project Algorand, aimed at creating an “borderless economy ”, announced the successful completion of the  ALGO tokensale, during which it raised over $ 60 million, CoinDesk reports.

The campaign was held on the CoinList platform and was conducted in the format of the so-called “Dutch auction”, in which the highest price is first announced, after which it gradually decreases.

Simultaneously with the completion of the tokensale, it was announced the launch of the main network of the Algorand. The platform processes 1000 transactions per second with a delay time of less than 5 seconds, which, as noted, puts it on par with such major payment networks as Visa and Mastercard.

In his work entitled The Monetary Experiment: Algorand A Thesis For Algo Currency Markets, the head of Arrington XRP Capital, Michael Arrington writes that Algorand is a project where macroeconomics meets cryptocurrencies. He also notes that Algorand, as a blockchain-resistant Proc-of-Stake algorithm, is distinguished by a combination of advanced cryptography and a smart economic model.

The Algorand project was founded by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Turing Award winner Silvio Micali. The main task of Algorand is to solve the problems of scalability and consensus in the blockchain.

As noted, the exact number of buyers who participated in the auction remains unknown, but because of high demand, the campaign lasted less than four hours. In total, 25 million ALGO tokens were distributed with a starting price of $ 10 and a closing price of $ 2.40.

Representatives of the project also stated that since tokens are distributed to customers' wallets and are not available on stock exchanges, there is no need to talk about any value of Algorand market capitalization.

Algos are being dispersed to wallet right now (for successful bids).  Therefore – there are non on exchanges. [Therefore, no market capitalization is available for Algorand, though some have speculated it sits around $6 billion.] Which is still a top 10.
 

Algorand Team

Earlier, the project announced plans to auction 600 million ALGO tokens per year, and in the first five years it is planned to release 10 billion tokens.

Also note that over the last year, Algorand raised $ 66 million in venture capital from investors such as Union Square Ventures and Pillar Venture Capital.