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How a Distributed ICO Smart Contract Works

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One of the biggest advantages of Distributed ICOs is its added security. By integrating smart contracts into the ICO process, Distributed ICOs successfully curb scammers while keeping projects aligned with the needs and expectations of their investors. But how does it all work?

A major difference between traditional and Distributed ICOs is how the project is governed. Distributed ICOs involve extra guidelines that protect the investor and maintain the integrity of the project. This is achieved with a token contract that controls the entire ICO process, from start to finish. More than just a means of distributing tokens to investors, token contracts determine:

    • Token prices and the number of tokens distributed during each investment period.
    • The amount of money the startup can raise.
    • The minimum and maximum investment amount.

In other words, the smart contract works to ensure that projects raise enough money to complete their tasks, without giving the project leaders all the money upfront. This doesn’t only prevent startups from using investments as a way to turn a large profit, controlling token prices also effectively eliminates any manipulation techniques used to capitalize on volatility.

How the Distributed ICO Is Structured

First and foremost, there needs to be a funding plan that’s based on the project’s roadmap. That way, the team can look at the goals and expectations of the project and determine how much money they need to reach each milestone.

From there, the funding plan is partitioned as follows:

    • The entire funding plan is broken up into several periods.
    • Each period is divided into rounds.

The total number of tokens available, the price for each token, and the number of rounds that make up a period are all determined at the beginning of that period. This information informs how each round will be managed.

Every round has a set number of tokens available, and that number of tokens can’t exceed the number of tokens available for the whole period. Each round has its own predetermined minimum and maximum investment amount as well.

There’s also a special situation known as Round 0. This happens when the project has no token holders yet, so investors receive their tokens immediately upon investing rather than at the end of a period. The same applies for projects; during Round 0, they also immediately receive the funds from investors.

Finally, there’s the end-of-round procedure. This is when investors get to vote (proportionally based on the number of tokens they have) on the continuation of the project at the end of each round.

    • If the investors vote yes, the startup receives their funds and the investors receive their tokens.
    • If the investors vote no, the smart contract automatically returns the money collected in this round to the investors and the ICO is terminated.

Bringing a Better Solution to ICOs

As you can see, the distributed ICO adds some much-needed structure and accountability to blockchain projects. As such, startups integrate traditional project management principles into their company roadmap. The end result is a blockchain project that has the scope, financial management, and transparency needed to attract traditional investors.

Learn more about how you can use distributed ICOs to grow your platform by visiting the ICO Success website today.

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As Global Tensions Grow, Bitcoin Price May Go Higher

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BTC Surged Again as A Safe Haven Asset During Global Tensions

  • India – China Border Conflict

After weeks of squabbling and brawling along their long-disputed border, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in a deadly clash Monday in a river valley that’s part of the region of Ladakh last week. Troops had massed on both sides of the border in recent months in the northern India region of Ladakh and the southwestern Chinese region of Aksai Chin, causing global concerns of a potential escalation between the two.

  • North and South Korea Clash

Last Tuesday, North Korea destroyed the liaison office it jointly operates with South Korea in the city of Kaesong, just north of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. 

North Korea also said it would send troops to now-shuttered joint cooperation sites on its territory, reinstall guard posts and resume military drills at front-line areas in a violation of separate 2018 deals with South Korea. Jeong said South Korea will take “immediate, swift and corresponding” steps to any North Korean provocation.

The tensions grown in Asia and the potential “second wave” of coronavirus in the United States may add more difficulties to the global economic recovery. Thus, Bitcoin, as a safe haven asset, attracts more investors to…

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CoinFlip Continues to Dominate the U.S. Cryptocurrency ATM Market

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Although cryptocurrency has brought in a lot of traders seeking the dream of overnight wealth, cryptocurrency is a lot more than just striking it rich.  Cryptocurrency is about creating a new market with companies that are building cutting edge technology in an effort to continue elevating our way of life.  As the crypto market continues to expand, several companies are involved in creating ways for more people to participate.  One such company that appears to be making all the right moves is CoinFlip.

CoinFlip is the world’s leading cryptocurrency ATM operator that currently allows users to buy and sell 10 different cryptocurrencies including BTC, ETH, LTC, DASH, TRX, KMD, LINK, BNB, XLM, and USDC.  Due to the company’s quick growth, CoinFlip has quickly gained a reputation of being the place to go for all crypto ATM transactions.  In addition to its massive geographic coverage, there are four advantages that CoinFlip currently offers over its competitors:

  • Lowest fees of any cryptocurrency ATM in the world
  • Lightning-fast transactions that are typically completed between 10 and 30 minutes
  • Extremely easy customer verification
  • 24/7 customer support through phone, text, and chat

Given the global pandemic currently facing us, many companies have been struggling just to survive.  CoinFlip, on the other hand, is not only surviving but thriving.  The company has had an exciting few months and has even bigger plans…

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Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving; Bitcoin ATMs Mitigate Risk 

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In one of the more overlooked aspects of the crypto ecosystem, it appears that the bulk of illicit activities are shifting from hacks and thefts to cryptocurrency fraud and scams.

CipherTrace, the crypto-surveillance, and analysis firm released a report at the end of Q4 2019 that revealed hacks and thefts had decreased by 66 percent in 2019 while fraud and misappropriation of funds surged by 533 percent. And beneath the COVID-19 hysteria of 2020, hacks in the crypto sector have been eerily isolated. 

Outside of a few exploited flaws in P2P exchanges and DeFi flash loan vulnerabilities, the headline-grabbing hacks of exchanges for hundreds of millions of dollars have been absent so far this year. Is the industry due for another massive hack, or are stringent KYC/AML processes, regulatory crackdowns, better security practices, and blockchain surveillance working? 

KYC/AML Improvements Are Reducing the Appeal of Crypto Exchange Laundering 

2020 is far removed from the no-KYC wild west days of the early-mid 2010s where anonymous altcoin casinos preponderated and the Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets thrived. 

Today, bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem is becoming institutionalized with a surfeit of derivatives (e.g., options, futures, perp swaps, etc.) available on…

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