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   707

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.

EOS to Buy $30M Worth Domain For Its Social Network

Earlier, CEO reported that his company will spent about $150M to develop Voice, and looks like "voice.com" purchase for $30M is one of the first steps
19 June 2019   146

The Block.One company, known for developing the EOS blockchain protocol, acquired a domain for its new social network Voice for $ 30 million. This is evidenced by documents published on the website of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Documents were provided by MicroStrategy, an analytical and mobile software provider. It follows the “voice.com” domain, registered in the GoDaddy domain name registry, was transferred to the EOS developer on May 30, 2019. After 2 days, Block.One officially announced preparations for the launch of a social network.

Block.one has made a smart strategic decision in choosing Voice.com to be the internet domain name for its new social media platform. The word ‘voice’ is simple and universally understood. It’s also ubiquitous — as a search term, it returns billions of results on the internet. An ultra-premium domain name like Voice.com can help a company achieve instant brand recognition, ignite a business, and massively accelerate value creation.
 

Marge Breya 

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, MicroStrategy Incorporated. 

The commercial model of MicroStrategy is based, among other things, on the accumulation and sale of such expensive domain names.

According to Block.One, the identification of users and the use of the EOS blockchain in the social network will help to avoid the massive influx of bots, which often affect other members of this niche. Earlier, CEO Block.One Brendan Blamer reported that his company spent about $ 150 million to develop Voice.