The future of IPOs is blockchain

Is it possible to improve the traditional ICO by adding best parts of IPO? Let's figure it out
03 November   2339

Nowadays, ICOs became very popular fundraising method. In 2017 amount of funds, raised via Initial Coin Offering is already more than $3B.

Bigger part of modern ICOs has little in common with Initial Public Offerings, or IPOs. Nevertheless, one company believes that ICOs with their innovative use of blockchain technology can replace IPOs, that have unchanged for decades.

The pioneer of online trading, Binary.com decided to perform and ICO instead of IPO as a  more advanced substitute. Binary.com ICO is scheduled for the end of 2017 and it will issue  securities-backed smart tokens tied to the company’s shares.

Binary.com
Binary.com

Let's take a better look at main parts of every traditional IPO an compare them to what  Binary.com is hoping to create through its “IPO on the blockchain.”

Company development stage

The bigger part of tokensales are considered as high-risk investment due to the people running them - young startup projects that need money to put their idea into practice or even individuals with questionable business plans. But an IPO is typically being held by the more mature company with business model, that works for decades and generate profits.

Binary.com is a firm latter camp member. It is a profitable and debt-free company that's been working since 2000. Its financial history and key financial milestones are fully available in the Information Memorandum for its ICO. In the near future, we may see more companies with similar track records to consider ICOs of their own.

Binary.com gross and net profit
Binary.com gross and net profit

Regulations and investor profile

Almost all ICOs are not regulated by a governmental regulator. They rely on self-regulation,  and the onus falls on the company conducting the ICO to decide on the extent of transparency and protection it wishes to provide to prospective investors.

Binary.com ICO advantages
Binary.com ICO advantages

Binary.com has designed its ICO to protect investors by adhering to best practices in corporate governance, investor disclosure, and transparency.

Listing requirements

The IPO performing companies must list its shares on a traditional stock exchanges after the IPO to sell them and provide liquidity to its shareholders.

Ordinary tokensales are not required to list on any exchange to provide liquidity to its shareholders. Nevertheless, Binary.com made an agreement with Lykke.com cryptoasset exchange to list its tokens after the end of ICO. This will allow investors to buy and sell Binary.com tokens, and, as a result, to increase their value. Lykke is a fintech company that’s building a global blockchain-powered marketplace for securities-linked tokens.

Lykke exchange
Lykke exchange

Beneficiaries and transaction costs

ICO gives no fees to beneficiaries, presented in any IPO, such as underwriter and the stock exchange itself. Additionally, when participating in traditional IPO, you will have the trading costs. Even buying a share is not cheap. Typical broker fee is $10 - $50 or a % of the purchase price. If you want to buy a share listed on the oversea exchange, local broker service is very expensive

No middleman
No middleman

And let's compare it to a cost of cryptocurrency transactions –– practically free when you’re trading directly with another person. If you are using the centralized cryptocurrency exchange,  you can expect to 0.1% - 0.3% fees.

Are ICOs are better for investors?

A blockchain-based IPO offers many more advantages, including round-the-clock trading, faster settlement times, international reach, plus an immutable and public audit trail. These cannot be replicated by traditional stock exchanges easily and we may see that Binary.com’s “IPO on the blockchain” is a new wave of financial market development on the blockchain.

Tokenized Bank Simplifying Use of Cryptocurrency

From this article you will learn how Hush is developing a tokenized neobank offering simplified services for placing and using cryptocurrency via blockchain technology
22 January   78

The banks existing nowadays do not fully resond to all modern consumers' demands as they are the tools for depositing users' money, having a means of payment, saving or financing for future projects. Users can check the latest transactions, scrutinize bank charges, anticipate future expenses and check the available balance, but in reality they want more, for instance, a tool that takes into account the future, such as the rise of cryptocurrencies. Hush has the ambition to go much further, and to provide services that respond to societal changes in recent years.

What is Hush?

Hush is developing a project of a regulated, participative and tokenized neobank that offers users simplified services for placing and using the money in currencies or cryptocurrencies. Hush’s ambition is to create the first regulated, participative and tokenized model for simplified services so that users cans use their money in fiat and/or crypto-currencies. Hush is a neobank that has been created by Éric Charpentier, ex-fonder of Morning which is also a neobank.

Hush ICO
Hush ICO

The aim of Hush is to federate an active community of users, offering them a regulated model in order to develop a daily utilization of crypto-currencies/euro, and opening new perspectives to the inexperienced users about the crypto-currencies sector as well as enjoying an innovating mobile bank service using fiat.

The increased usage of crypto-currencies, especially the Initial Coin Offerings (raising money through tokens), opens new perspectives in order to transform the traditional banking model, supported by users’ community which will allow to innovate as well as ensure a longlasting economical independence.
 

Éric Charpentier

CEO, Hush

Hush Strategy

Hush will propose several functionalities in accordance with users’ expectations with the Premium model, and particularly:

  • Opening accounts by invitation or sponsoring programs with the users’ initiative
  • A Premium payment card including a reinforced security and an innovating usage
  • A crypto wallet in order to safely manage user’s investments
  • An instantaneous conversion service of crypto-currencies with the possibility for the users to spend their money whenever they want
  • Proposition of proactive insurances
  • An account project for users so that they can finance and realize their project and fix objectives for themselves

Hush advantagesHush Advantages

Hush Ambassador Program

Hush Ambassador program tends to reward the participation of users holders of USH Token through a badge mechanism qualifying different levels of engagement. Those badges will be distributed monthly on the activity base related to:

  • The loyalty use of Hush services overtime which will bring to their users the first rewards
  • The engagement in recommendation, the referral system or other marketing actions
  • The participation of the users in the ongoing amelioration of services or the proposition of innovative ideas
  • The functional contributions in the technical development through bug bounty program
  • The challenges in the community animation, with variable contents ensuring a maximal participation

Hush rewards programHush Rewards Program

USH Token

USH tokens are created to provide several services to the holders:

  • A participative and contributive voice in Hush project
  • A payment method proposed by Hush, in which paying a Hush service with USH Token brings a 50% reduction on commissions
  • A reward tool thanks to a loyalty and engagement program Hush Ambassador
  • A reward of the contributive activity and the use of Hush services in order to redistribute USH Tokens to the most active users in Hush’s Ambassador program.

Hush Token Sale Information

Ticker. USH
Sales dates. Pre-sale. from Jan 22, 2018 to Feb 11, 2018
ICO. from Feb 12, 2018 to Mar 4, 2018
Token price. €0.70
Accepted currencies. ETH, BTC
Hard cap. €10M
Bonus. 20%

Hush Token AllocationHush Token Allocation

Hush Advisors

  • Kazem Tabrizi - a partner of Tenzing, a consulting firm in operational strategy
  • Pierre Storrer - a specialist in banking law and in payment services law, who assists national and international operators, banking and alternative institutions
  • Nazim Morera - co-Founder of BitConseil, expert in digital, marketing and distributed registry protocols
  • Denys Chalumeau - entrepreneur of the French Internet, foundee of bdnet.com, billetreduc.com, promovacances.com, and SeLoger.com
  • Sébastien Bourguignon - a manager in an IT consulting firm and is an expert in digitization and blockchain, author of the white paper "#80PortraitDeStartuper" and the book "Portraits of startupers - 2017 edition" published by Maxima

Documentation

  • Whitepaper
  • Executive Summary
  • Terms of USH Sale

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