How To Increase Your Success With ICOs

  • With basically everyone threatened by cyber attacks, password breaches, identity theft and IoT security risks, the Authoreon solutions are of great importance to those, who want to protect themselves, their families and businesses against enormous security risks and, in the end, massive financial losses.
  • Authoreon aims to reduce those numbers dramatically by introducing its unique and proprietary Synapse and Access Lock layers on top of the Ethereum blockchain which enables its customers to secure their privacy, identity and ownership against any cyber crimes.
  • Now you’ll want to give a taste test to their business model and the way they’ll be using their tokens and if there is any validity in what they’re doing.
  • Fourth, you’ll want to consider whether the value of the token at the time of ICO is worth it.
  • But they’ve just duct-taped the concept of a token onto the side of their business model and it doesn’t make much sense.

I’m not sure if you saw the news recently, but ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings have surpassed VC funding for the past two months. Which is kind of …
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The Summer of ICOs

The Summer of #ICOs 

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  • Instead I will make a few observations about how an investor might think about the impact of ICOs / token launches on the venture capital industry, in particular, and some of the downstream ramifications that need to wrestled with.
  • The ICO generates excitement and valuable incentives to contribute to the ecosystem which accelerates its growth and, as the ecosystem grows, the company has a cash flow formula that allows value to accrue to the equity holders of the corporation not just the tokens.
  • If a portfolio company can raise money in an ICO and retain tokens that then rise in value, it dramatically reduces the company’s incentive to seek an exit.
  • If the management team and employees receive tokens as part of their compensation plan and those tokens are highly liquid — as they should be after an ICO thanks to the meteoric rise of exchanges and crypto hedge funds — then the value of their compensation may be more through token value than equity value.
  • Are investors and management as aligned as they are in a company that does not raise money in an ICO or do token sales create more opportunities for misalignment—which gets back to the issue of governance.

Goldman Sachs and CB Insights recently reported that startups have raised over $1 billion in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) this summer — more than the to…
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New Ethereum-based Platform VOISE promises more freedom to independent artists

  • With this scenario in mind, Isaac Rodriguez, Ivan Rossetti and Ying Hao Chen designed VOISE, a decentralized music streaming and downloading platform that aims to monetize independent artists.
  • “In order to promote the VOISE platform between artists and users that are not very familiar with cryptocurrency we would like to make it easier for them to pay and get paid with their country’s currency if they want to.
  • We plan to give benefits to artists and users who use VOISE tokens to promote the usage of cryptocurrency but both artists and users will be free to use their currency.”
  • Although most of the artists are unfamiliar with crypto currency they liked the idea to be featured on the platform and they just asked to receive credit for their music.
  • Built around Ethereum’s smart contract technology, the users can store the tokens on their personal desktop wallets or on the VOISE platform, send them to their friends or trade on the cryptocurrency exchanges, just like any other ETH token.

It is not a big secret there are a lot of money in the music industry, specially for the music labels, and now in the digital age, for the few dominant download platforms as well. Although in the last decade a lot of things changed in the distributions model, not very much changed in the pockets of independent artists.
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How a razor revolutionised the way we pay for stuff

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    The man who founded the Gillette corporation, King Camp Gillette, had some surprising philosophical ideas.

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    King Camp Gillette realised he could charge people a premium for the blades for his razor

    Two-part pricing is also known as the “razor and blades” model, because that’s where it first drew attention – draw people in with an attractively priced razor, then repeatedly charge them for expensive replacement blades.

  • The model of cheap razors and expensive blades evolved only later, as Gillette’s patents expired and competitors got in on the act.
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    Nespresso makes more money from selling its coffee pods than the coffee machines

    Two-part pricing models work by imposing what economists call “switching costs”.

  • Either they don’t realise they will be exploited later, or they do realise but find it hard to think ahead and pick out the best deal.The irony is that the razors-and-blades model – charging customers a premium for basics such as ink and coffee – is about as far as you can get from King Camp Gillette’s vision of a single United Company producing life’s necessities as cheaply as possible.

King Camp Gillette invented the disposable razor blade and a novel pricing model, still used today.
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Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

  • We all know that certification has huge problems.
  • I wasn’t proposing THE solution, THE system to replace certification.
  • New approaches are already emerging and much more rapidly than the silly tinkering we get with certification schemes trying to make themselves effective and meaningful.
  • Not all of the criticisms apply to all certification schemes, and all sectors.
  • Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

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Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

  • We all know that certification has huge problems.
  • I wasn’t proposing THE solution, THE system to replace certification.
  • New approaches are already emerging and much more rapidly than the silly tinkering we get with certification schemes trying to make themselves effective and meaningful.
  • Not all of the criticisms apply to all certification schemes, and all sectors.
  • Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

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Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years

  • Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years
  • I outline many of these in Beyond Certification and most people who speak to me, including folk from the certification industry, tell me they think that’s the best part of the book.
  • People are tired with all the froth and bubble of certification.
  • You’ll not be surprised, I think, to hear that my answer to this question is a very simple resounding NO. I don’t believe that certification will be with us in 10 years.
  • One of the fundamental pillars that keeps certification going is the idea of Independent Third Party audits.

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