Ripio raised $31M during private tokensale

Argentinian blockchain based start-up raised big money in a private tokensale
12 October 2017   1988

The Argentinean start-up Ripio attracted $ 31 million during the private sale of RCN tokens. This is reported by CoinDesk.

The founders of the project attract investments to create a network of Ripio Credit Network, which unites borrowers, creditors and guarantors. Borrowers and lenders interact through Ethereum-based RCN tokens, and the guarantor undertakes to provide sufficient volume of lending operations to predict return on investment, debt management in the borrower's country of residence and to receive money on the debt obligation in case of default.

During the pre-sale in Ripio, FBG Capital, Maple Ventures and Blacktower Capital invested. According to the developers, investors from all over the world showed interest in the project, including Russia, South Korea and Canada.

We are extremely excited, that our pre-sale campaign was supported by both leaders of the blockchain industry and individual investors from all over the world. Our goal is to widen financial inclusion by extending credit lending globally, and for implementing it we have to have supporters worldwide.
 

Sebastian Serrano
Co-founder and CEO, Ripio

The launch of Ripio Credit Network was announced in September this year. In January, the Argentine start-up, previously working under the name BitPagos, attracted $ 1.9 million in investment and get rebranded. Venture funds Huiyin Blockchain Venture, Boost VC, Digital Currency Group and Draper VC invested in the project.

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   145

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.