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What’s Wrong With ICOs?

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As the blockchain community works hard to gain more mainstream appeal, there’s still one main hurdle that they’ve yet to overcome: its Wild West reputation.

This reckless reputation has scared off more conservative investors, and for good reason. The last wave of ICOs was riddled with empty promises and misinformation with nearly 80% of the ICOs in 2017 were outright scams. What’s more, too many of the legitimate projects weren’t practical in that they weren’t designed to solve problems, but rather force blockchain technology into an app which only a handful of users would find useful.

Blockchain Attracts the Wrong People

Barring the obvious scams, there has been too much focus on up-front money. Let’s think about this for a moment. Does a 28-year-old CEO of a blockchain project, with no experience in investing or running a business, really need $20 million in investments to greenlight a project? Quite simply, the answer is no. Unfortunately, this scenario happens time and again promoting, and perhaps even encouraging the Wild West subculture which believes ICOs lead to “Lambos” and five-star hotels.

Naturally, this type of mentality is being heavily associated with ICOs and crypto investing which can drive away traditional investors; the folks who actually have the capital to take blockchain technology to the next level.

Focusing on all the Wrong Things

The blockchain community has been struggling to find direction for some time now. Instead of focusing on creating innovative solutions which solve real-world problems, many start-ups have been trying to attract whales interested in sinking big investments as part of their get-rich-quick strategy.

This leads to a number of problems, including:

    • No real support. Investors are looking to get in on the ground floor and sell when there’s an opportunity to make money.
    • Increased speculation on the strength of the project and its tokens. It’s hard to tell which investors actually believe in the project versus which ones want to make a quick million.
    • No real long-term strategy. Instead of planning a project roadmap, many startups focus on launching their ICOs as quickly as possible to maximize money coming in.

We Need a Better Solution

At the moment, many blockchain projects are struggling to get mainstream support because of the community’s lawless image. We must build credibility to reverse this negative image within the blockchain and crypto communities. Here’s how:

    • Rather than focus on whales looking to buy low and sell high, startups need to attract investors who are interested in the actual technology.
    • There needs to be a greater push to identify and remove scammers from the blockchain community.
    • Projects need to focus on solving real-world problems that average people experience in their day-to-day lives.

One of the biggest barriers blockchain startups face is practicality. Too many projects are providing services which an average person has no use for. Mainstream blockchain adoption needs more projects like SuchApp, which uses the power of blockchain technology to enhance popular applications like messenger services and e-commerce.

Want to see how we can take blockchain from the Wild West to the modern era? Stick around for our next blog post! In the meantime, have a look at the ICOSuccess website to learn more about creating an ICO campaign that’s perfect for you and your project.

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

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Blockchain technology outshines Bitcoin and Gold during global pandemic

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As the popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin begins to level up with investments made in metals such as Gold, together they have both made significant advantages for investors who have taken a leap to invest in them.

However, thanks to the pandemic and the dynamic shift in investing and the economy, many investors have seen fluctuating losses and gains thanks to the uncertainty of the current business world. 

Many investors that backed companies who have exposure to blockchain technology have seen an approximate amount of 54% return on investments over the past year. This is even after considering how hard the global tech market and companies have been hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

What is blockchain technology?

Blockchain technology was first introduced as a supportive technology for Bitcoin. A blockchain is a simple, unchangeable and un-hackable digital ledger that holds transactions in little blocks attached to a chain. The transaction is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of systems on the blockchain, making it available for everyone on the network to see. 

Each block in the chain contains various transactions which are recorded on the participant ledger every time a transaction takes place. The database is decentralised and is managed by multiple participants known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Although blockchain technology was birthed from Bitcoin and was widely adopted for the use of cryptocurrencies, the way it works and its security has made…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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