Follow ICOindex Blog on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook


As you have probably realized, crypto is one of the most rapidly evolving industry.

Here is the most important news from the blockchain space from last week which we caught for you:

ICO market recovery?

Projects raised in August 25% or 100M $ more than a month before. Apart from the raw data, the article shows the unpleasant trend of doing buybacks of tokens to raise confidence. Dear projects, we would like to see the growth of price by providing utility, not manipulation.

Did you hear about the most important changes of Ethereum due to their Proof of Stake transition?

Rewards for the miners will be reduced from 3 ETH to 2 ETH raising concerns about the sustainability of current security. On the other hand, big Ethereum holders thanks to the possible can benefit from the reduction of inflation.

Do you still have any doubt about the real need of cryptocurrencies?

Google secretly tracks what you buy offline using Mastercard data. Google has paid Mastercard millions of dollars in exchange to access this information. Shame on them.

Bitcoin transferred more value  than PayPal

According to the New York-based analyst, Bitcoin’s $1.3 trillion transacted value seen in 2018 is only “an order of magnitude” away from that of leading processor – Visa. Lighting network can be the game changer and the last step for Bitcoin to overcome them.

ABRA is now supporting Euro and SEPA payments

One of the most interesting crypto wallet with the exchange – ABRA, where you can hedge your funds, is now supporting shitcoin Euro. Euro is the latest fiat currency among the other 51 and 28 cryptocurrencies.

How to make a sustainable stable coin?

This blog is showing the fundamental flaws of algorithmic pegged stable coins and the need for underlying asset backing.

The explosion of stable coins

Last months we saw a lot of stable coins raising privately from tens to hundreds of millions $.
Biggest exchanges with famous VCs funded another new stable coin Terra with 32M $.

EOS dapps surpassed Ethereums in transactions volume

Despite Ethereum first mover advantage, a lot of bugs and controversy around EOS, their dapps are getting bigger traction

Bear market? Dfinity raised in second private round 102M$

Dfinity, one of the most promising blockchain 3.0 raised $102M in the latest round from leading crypto VCs. Do you need more info about it? Here is the nice explanation of Dfinity. They are coming with a novel and consistent consensus mechanism. Comparison with other PoS algorithms here.

HODL will be finally (more) profitable

Many blockchain protocols are transitioning from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS), leading to a fundamental change in the economic incentives and behavioral dynamics for token holders, or ‘stakeholders’. $60 BN worth of network value, or ~ 25% of the total cryptocurrency market value, is expected to be secured by PoS by the end of 2019, and staking rewards are expected to be in excess of $4.5 BN annually. This change in security and participation model has a profound implication for the role of stakeholders in decentralized networks.

Are you afraid of your private keys?

If you are extremely paranoid and scared of hackers you should generate your private keys in a special “faraday” tent  as they regularly do at Coinbase.

Do you want to be a crypto genius?

If our blogs are not enough for you, here is the great list of the knowledge base which you can’t miss.

Did we miss something? Feel free to add it for others in a comment section, or contact us at info@icoindex.com.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As you have probably realized, crypto is one of the most rapidly evolving industry.

Here is the most important news from the blockchain space from last week which we caught for you:

We could see an explosion of new exchanges and the evolution of the old one’s last months. In the race to the top, a lot of them were faking their numbers

This analyzes had a look at every exchange and found massive manipulations. Some of them adjusted their numbers from 12 to more than 6000x or even higher.

Did you lose your faith in crypto exchanges?

Guys from Hacken made for you real-time exchange rating.

Binance incubator program

Do you need funding for your early-stage project? In short, Binance Labs Incubation Program is a 10-Week On-Site program designed to help top early-stage teams to deliver a product/service with a Product/Market fit. You should also take a look at this deep review of Binance. Their token is getting far more utility than just sale on fees. Binance is building the biggest crypto ecosystem around their prominent exchange. Be a part of it would really push you forward.

Layer 1 innovation dilemma from Vitalik

Founder of Ethereum explained his point of view on the innovation tempo and governance in his last blog. It’s really worth reading with a lot of new features like reversible Ethereum.

How to protect a price in the current bear market?

It’s quite painful to see your portfolio down for 50 and more %. Some projects started to “burn” part of their token / coin supply. The most famous Korean blockchain startup – ICON announced a few weeks earlier the buyback 5 million $ scheme.

More central banks are playing with blockchain

The central bank of Singapore in cooperation with NASDAQ and Delloite will deploy blockchain technology to efficiently link up funds transfer and securities transfer.

Altcoins volatility

Most of the altcoins and tokens are more volatile than their reserve currency – Bitcoin. But not everyone. Find out the project with the most stable price in this great research on digital assets volatility.

Deep dive in Dfinity

Dfinity is one of the most promising alternative to not just Golem but to the Ethereum and other smart contract platforms. If you are looking for a good explanation we highly recommend this podcast explaining its fundamentals.

Another serious bug in EOS

Every new software has some issues, but in the case of well-funded EOS, it is raising questions about the quality of whole architecture. Read more about the last bug here.

Crypto as a Store of Value

What are the essential properties for crypto to be a real Store of Value?

AI and Blockchain are not just buzzwords

These 7 potential projects are merging the latest technologies to improve our work with a fuel of 21st century – data.

Be aware of “experts”

Do you know that if you do the exact opposite as so-called experts in the TV you get 95% accuracy?

 First fair rock scissors paper on the blockchain

Now you can solve every fight fairly

The most wipe out projects

If you bought some of them on ATH, well good luck. But as Warren Buffet said: “Buy when there’s blood in the streets.”

Did we miss something? Feel free to add it for others in a comment section, or contact us at info@icoindex.com.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As you could realize, crypto is one of the most rapidly evolving industry.

Here is the most important news from the blockchain space last week which we caught for you:

Did you see our interview with CTO of Civic?

We asked him how to use Civic, where they are heading and many more. 

Augur, one of the oldest and most expected ICO, is finally live!

They surpassed Cryptokitties in daily users and also in the amount of used Ethereum in their first day. The Team is working hard on fixing bugs, so most of them were solved.

EOS struggles

After controversy start of EOS, mainnet turn into a nightmare and there are still raising problems. The last problem is with RAM of their “Block producers”. 

Oasis Labs raised 45 millions $ for solving privacy and scalability

A dream team of investors (a16crypto, Binance, Metastable, Polychain,etc.) are backing impressive team of top security researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and MIT. They raised $45 million in the presale for crazy, but a real plan – squeezing the blockchain state to just a few kilobytes. If you have doubts how can they accomplish this, you can also listen to the great podcast on Epicenter about their Coda protocol.

How to hack “decentralized exchange”?

After one year, this blog came true, due to the infamous Bancor hack.

Unexpected Ethereum miner and supporter

Sergei Brin, co-founder of Google, is mining an Ethereum

Are you working on your own dapp?

Security experts from Nethemba wrote a great list of mistakes you should avoid in the process of coding your own smart contract. Be aware of these vulnerabilities!

Do you have an unused bandwidth?

Help the Noia network build the decentralized CDN(content delivery network). Support them in their efforts to make the internet more decentralized and in meantime earn some tokens. If you need to know more about them check their profile.

Banks banning crypto?

Litecoin foundation and Tokenpay bought 10% stake in German WEGBank! Imagine this 2 years ago.

Binance is still missing support for fiat currencies, so:

Binance Backs Plan to Create Bank in Malta.

More projects for scaling an Ethereum

Liquidity network is not the same approach to scale Ethereum as a Plasma! This blog should be helpful to realize differences. If you need to know more about them check their profile.

New Internet

Do you know parts of new, decentralized Web 3.0? If not, here is the great overview of the most important parts essential for the new internet without middlemen. Don’t miss any from mentioned projects!

How to break an investment dilemma

How to think about investing in utility tokens? Check this and read twice.

Endless problems with IOTA

Every single node on IOTA’s network went down on July the 6th according to Sarah Lewis, a researcher. Read more in her report.

Insightful blog about ICO investors and ownership centralization

In this post, we dive into the historical data of 8 projects that conducted a public sale in 2017, followed by a broader look at token ownership today.

Coinbase is considering to add more assets

Most famous US exchange start research about the possibility of adding Cardano, Stellar Lumens, 0x, ZCash and Basic Attention Token.

Have you ever tried Brave browser?

Privacy and performance oriented browser, utilizing Basic Attention Token, passes 3 million monthly active users!

Opera is adding native support for Ethereum wallet

The story continues with Bitmain acquiring controlling stake for 50 millions $. Do you wonder why? This twitter thread shows you unexpected connections between Bitmain Africa and Opera.

Did we miss something? Feel free to add it for others in a comment section, or contact us at info@icoindex.com.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

We have some great news! ICOindex team is proud to announce that we are launching a new version of our website.

We have redesigned the https://icoindex.com/ platform with our users in mind, simplifying navigation, building a responsive
layout for all platforms and providing more information on our products and services.

The new version of ICOindex should be more intuitive, easier to use and will allow better data collection and visualization.
We encourage everyone to visit and explore the site. If you miss something, have good ideas or want to give us feedback, send us a message to info@icoindex.com, on FB page or Twitter @icoindex.

So what’s new? New logo

We redesigned our logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand.

The new logo expresses our focus on providing great analytical tools and services to crypto-asset investors and helping them throughout all market cycles. The new redesigned logo has more fresh and modern look and fits better our platform design.

On homepage

  • Trending section, so you can see at the first glance  what is worth your attention
  • Slice of selected ICOs directly on the homepage
  • Better optimization for mobile devices.
Extended information on ICO profiles

Each ICO profile page gets more information about Industry, Project type and Total funded amount. There are also new sections in Token Metrics. Now you can get info on Circulating supply and Total supply of tokens. Through the Similar section, you can explore other projects having same Project Type, coming from the same Industry, or having the same Project status.

Added new feature – Filtering of ICOs

When browsing individual ICOs you can also use new extended filters:

  • verified/unverified status
  • project industry
  • a country in which the project is incorporated
  • ICO status – whether it is upcoming/ongoing/finished
  • start/end date of the sale

You can also filter ICOs by clicking on any of the tags which are on the ICO card on the listing page or the ICO profile at the top.

Video is now embedded.

All YouTube and Vimeo content now plays directly on the page without redirecting to other sites.

What is coming next?

In the near future, we have plans to implement additional real-time information such as:

  • actual ROI (+ a function to use it for filtering)
  • funding, with timeline, average funded amount and escrow/smart contract status
  • Twitter and Telegram followers overview
  • Alexa rating overview
  • User feedback widget
Extended ICO profile information
  • start/end date, soft/hard cap for all sales (private-sale, pre-sale, public-sale)
  • Accepted currencies
  • Minimum and maximum investments
  • Fund distribution between sales
  • Number of participants of public sales

At the moment, we are also building our data sourcing team to provide you the freshest information. If you want to help us let us know on team@icoindex.com.

If you miss something, have good ideas or want to give us feedback, send us a message on FB page @icoindex or Twitter @icoindex or our Slack.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 


Pre-sale: 20.6.2018

Public sale: 20.7.2018

Hard cap: 20 000 000 USD

Total supply:  550 000 000

Token allocation: 54% +3% airdrop

Underlying platform: Ethereum

Ticker: COG

Accepted currencies: ETH, BTC, USD


  • Experienced team and interesting advisory board
  • An interesting project that could find a lot of clients, but good sales force will be needed due to focus on enterprises
  • Reasonable hard cap


  • The token does not have a much unique use case and incentivization
  • Very small community and activity so far
  • Nobody with blockchain development experience in the team


Team: 4/5

Project: 3/5

Token use case: 2/5

Token Metrics: 2/4

Roadmap: 1/3

Community and marketing: 1/5

Hype: 1/3


Cognida delivers trusted blockchain solutions that address the increasingly complex information sharing challenges that enterprises face by allowing them to incorporate decentralized blockchain security features into their existing Infrastructure. Enterprises can leverage Cognida’s Service Network Interface to connect to trusted service networks where they can administer third-party cloud services from a single interface, enabling administrators to manage privacy, access, and security of their data on remote systems through a unified platform. As enterprises adopt new distributed technologies, the data landscape is evolving away from centralized services maintained behind corporate firewalls to a complex distributed landscape. This trend has corporate data scattered across devices and services outside the enterprises’ administrative control.

The Cognida Platform, which has been developed by Windmill Enterprise, solves these disconnects by enabling enterprises to benefit from the advantages of existing blockchain technology to address their growing security and privacy challenges. The Cognida Platform will be released to an open-source foundation at the launch of the Cognida Service Network.

It seems that the team is describing some kind of escrow or multisig service, but the way they describe it seems unnecessarily complicated and vague.


Executive team:

Michael Hathaway – Co-Founder, Technology and Managing Director

  • He worked with pioneers in electronic music and digital audio. After developing a line of affordable digital audio products at Lexicon (acquired by Harmon Industries), he transitioned to the networking sector.
  • He was a technical contributor during the early days of Ethernet and ATM network switches, culminating in developing the first gigabit capable Internet packet forwarding engine for a DARPA project while working at BBN. He was a founder and executive at the pioneering terabit Internet router startup, Ironbridge Networks, and CTO at network processor startup Agere (acquired by Lucent Micro).
  • he founded Information Xchange (IX) and developed the Tensor-Connect platform based on his architectural principles.


Bing Byington – Co-Founder, Strategy, and Operations Director

  • A serial entrepreneur creating businesses in the Mobile Wireless Digital Imaging, and Healthcare sectors.
  • He was a CEO and a principal of a consortium of seven Mobile/Cellular licenses in the US and two internationally and sold his business to George Soros and the predecessor companies to Verizon and AT&T Mobile.
  • He built industry leading digital imaging software for early generation digital cameras. The business was sold to Kodak.
  • Currently Executive Chairman of CareConnex, integrating patient data from hospital ICUs and emergency wards, beyond the hospital walls into EMRs, lowering re-admissions and supporting “aging in place.”

Frank Fernandez – Partner, Director of Finance

  • Has been managing and advising multi-billion dollar institutional private equity portfolios for more than 20 years.
  • he has been utilizing this experience to serve as an advisor to Blockchain projects such as Cognida, Hatch Crypto and Vault Wallet.
  • He founded Gateway Private Capital (“GPC”) in 2004 to advise large institutional investors and assist with the management of their private equity portfolios.
  • Since 2008, he also has served on the Investment Committee for Keystone National Group, a private equity and private credit fund manager with over $1 billion under management.
  • Previously was the founding member and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Alternative Investments Asset Class at the $100 billion Florida State Board of Administration. During his six years at the Board, he managed a private equity portfolio with over $6 billion.
  • MBA in finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and a BS in engineering from Tulane’s School of Engineering


Lead Developers:

Jon Saperia – Enterprise Architect

  • Formally a Harvard Enterprise and Software Architect who has a system architecture background in network management and enterprise platforms
  • also has experience in encryption and authentication technologies for large commercial networks and enterprise networks.
  • Experience in managing software development teams on large scale projects
  • He has held architect positions at Digital Equipment Corp, IronBridge Networks, Ohia Networks, Ambient University, and Harvard University.


Michael Anderson – Software Architect

  • His career includes roles as Senior Software Engineer, Technology Consultant, and Business Analyst for Commercial and Industrial Customers, System integrators, OEMs and Software Application Developers.
  • He was an early architect and platform developer and CTO at EnergyIX (now IXOT) where he co-architected the core software which enables Operational Technologies (OT), emerging Machine to Machine (M2M) and IoT technologies to share information and connectivity with Cloud and Enterprise applications while addressing security and data privacy challenges facing commercial and industrial customers.

Nick Etson – Enterprise Development and Integration and Software Architect

  • Experience in working in multiple sectors of business over the past ten years, most recently integrating API’s into multiple blockchains.
  • Beginning his career in the aerospace industry – systems administrator, network administrator, and software developer for Swales Aerospace.
  • During this time, he architected crucial enterprise infrastructure such as e-mail, HTTP, and DNS servers. His software related projects at Swales Aerospace ranged from developing accounting and task planning applications to niche subjects such as finite element analysis engineering software, 3D graphics programming and electrical engineering/embedded systems development for spacecraft ground support equipment.
  • Currently, he is a lead software developer for a start-up company focused on streamlining conferencing and collaboration solutions.


Development team:

JP Maxwell

  • has been specializing in Software Development Project Teams since 1996 when JP set out to build teams that not only mastered the technical aspects of the Internet but also understood that aesthetics and usability were paramount.
  • BA in Communications from Trinity University
  • Over the past twenty years, he has lived in both New York and Austin, managing development teams for multiple local, regional, and national clients based in both markets.
  • His Linkedin profile does not mention a connection with the project


Manuel Razzari

  • has been designing and building websites since 1996, and working with XHTML and CSS layouts since 2002. He is proficient in JavaScript, PHP, and Python (Django).
  • holds a Bachelor of Multimedia Technology degree and is an active Working Group member of IxDA.org’s Buenos Aires branch.
  • also a member of the UK-based Guild for Accessible Web Designers
  • Also, his Linkedin does not mention a connection with the project


Fernando Aramendi

  • graduated from UTN, Argentina, Fernando
  • has worked on web applications for 10 years, ranging from startups to large companies
  • expert in Python and related Python frameworks, he now works as a senior lead in product development and software architecture.
  • His profile does not mention connection with the project


Advisory board of the project:


The main pain point that Cognita is trying to solve can be summarized like this:

Cognida solution could be summarized as:

  • Blockchain Agnostic – Cognida delivers standardized security APIs for interaction with multiple blockchains
  • Distributed Permissions – Allows multiple stakeholders the capability of interacting and retrieving data
  • Trusted relationships – Ledger data is anonymized and unreadable outside trusted stakeholders
  • Secure Interaction with Service Providers – Single-payment interface across multiple vendors and services
  • Familiar Administration Functionality – Enables enterprise to manage permissions on remote and cloud systems

The Cognida Platform secures enterprise assets and provides a Service Interface

into a network of trusted vendors. This reverses the conventional “terms of services”

contracts that vendors require customers to sign. This approach enables enterprise

administrators to enforce their service policies with Cognida Service Network

Vendors including managing access to subscription data, enterprise assets and

enforcing data persistence/deletion policies.

Token use case

Cognida Foundation will issue the COG cryptocurrency to provide a single

cryptocurrency payment method for enterprise customers to utilize to pay for

settlement services.

The token is basically only a utility token with added centralized collateral insurance.
“Utilization of COG cryptocurrency to a fund paid into by Settlement

Providers provide the Foundation with tools to trigger a release of these funds

to customer accounts if a service provider fails to deliver on contractual

Agreements.”; WP, page 12

Token metrics

The Cognida token is an ERC20 token with a maximum supply of 550 million.


The only Roadmap that could be find now is only in Telegram groups pinned post.


6/12 – Marketing Launch

6/20 – Private Sale

7/15 – Ethereum Based API (Wanchain) & Third Party Key Signing

7/20 – Network Launch

–Token Generation Event & ethereum based apis

–Blockchain Authorization Services

–Blockchain Data Integrity Services

–Python Scripting Environment

–Secure Private Data & Messaging


– Clinical Trial App Beta Launch

– IIoT Admin & Security

– Enterprise Apps

–Incentivised Community Development

–Cognida Foundation Governance

–Trusted Network Identity Services

Community and marketing

Most community activity they have is going on in their Telegram group https://t.me/cognida, 8620 members. The rest of their social media is with little activity and almost no members or subscribers. Their blog https://medium.com/@cognida has 3 subscribers and no posts. On Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/CognidaNetwork/ they have 4 posts and 35 readers. Their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cognida account has 35 subscribers. On Twitter https://twitter.com/cognidanetwork they are followed by 161 people. And on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/cognida/ they have empty profile with 1 follower.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Pre-sale: June, 250 million Tokens offered

Public sale: 38 million Tokens

Whitelist: yes + KYC

Hard Cap: 30 000 000 USD

Total supply: 435 000 000

Token allocation: 67%

Token base price: 1 SPARK = 0.15 USD

Accepted currency: ETH

Underlying platform: Ethereum


  • Professionally skilled team with interesting advisors
  • Allowing creation of simple dApps/smart contracts and other software applications even for non-programmers
  • Working MVP
  • Aim to achieve 10 mil.+ TPS through sharding without sharing the global state of the network
  • Reasonable token metrics compared to some other projects


  • Claim that their platform can build a totally bug-free software
  • Decreased security of the individual data due to sharding without sharing the global state


Team: 4/5

Project: 4/5

Token use case: 4/5

Token Metrics: 3/4

Roadmap: 2/3

Community and marketing: 4/5

Hype: 3/3


The Sparkster Decentralized Cloud facilitates the ‘decentralized execution of Smart Software’, an evolution on Smart Contracts, across a network of cell phones, notebooks, laptops or other personal devices held by our network of miners.

These miners are rewarded in SPARK tokens for contributing spare capacity on their personal devices to the Sparkster Decentralized Cloud.

The team envisions a future in which decentralized networks can be far cheaper than traditional cloud computing from the likes of Amazon®, Microsoft®, Google® and IBM®. Given that cloud providers pay for: rack space, cooling, dedicated hardware, networking infrastructure, backup power, and support personnel; personal devices have near zero marginal cost per operation relative to cloud providers.


Sajjad Daya – CEO

  • SVP Enterprise Technology at Syncoms USA – 3 years and 4 months – Syncoms is a global software development company, specifically focused on E-commerce webstore technology and SaaS ERP
  • Technical Support Engineer at Cisco –  2,5 years
  • CEO at Printerpix.com – 2 years and 3 months
  • CIO at Synchronized Communications (Syncoms) – 10 years


Amit Kumar – VP, Technology

  • Sr. Development Manager at Syncoms India – 7 years and 3 months
  • Sr. Database Manager at Wipro Ltd. India – almost 5 years – Wipro is a leading provider of IT services in India and Middle East region. Part of Wipro Ltd, the $6.98 billion conglomerate and global leader in technology-enabled solutions,
  • Sr. Project Manager at Ankh Software – 3 years and 2 months – He was managing the team and building an ERP Software for a Manufacturing business with end-2-end solutions.


Shabeer Kirmani – VP, Evangelism

  • Director, Data Science at United States Department of Defense – 4 years and 3 months – Conducted a formal research and apply evaluation standards, descriptive statistics, and data management principles to translate complex data into meaningful content and present findings using verbal, written, and graphic communication, for Top Tier US Federal Governmental Institutions.
  • Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Technology Manager at Accenture – 2 years and 10 months – Consulted for the Top Global Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences firms directly, including firms such as Pfizer and Fortune 50 Consumer Products Companies.
  • Engineering Manager, RF (LTE) at AT&T – 2 years and 3 months – Involved in Network optimization for LTE, 4G, and 3G


Dayanie Rajeev – VP, Human Resource

  • HR Manager at Syncoms India – 4 years
  • HR Manager at IBM – 3 years and 3 months
  • Manager at Accenture India – 1 year and two months
  • HR Executive at Citibank India – 2 years and 4 months


The team consists also of a marketing person and 16 software engineers.


The Sparkster Platform enables you to build software without writing any code, by simply dragging and dropping blocks that are in plain English.

The Sparkster Decentralized Cloud will facilitate the execution of Smart Software using the Sparkster No-Code Platform, in a decentralized fashion. A miner can install the Sparkster “mining” app on their cell phone that will provide user-generated Smart Software with a local “Sparkster Runtime Environment (SRE).” The SRE would localize the architecture necessary for the execution and decentralized coordination of functions, workflows etc.

Main characteristics of their product are:

  1. Privacy – all data stored and accessed is deconstructed into transaction fragments, encrypted and disseminated across a network of nodes such that it cannot be of any meaningful value when viewed on a public ledger.
  2. Security – any devices operating on the network and interacting with client data are hardened such that any form of tampering to access data, while it is being processed, prevents the device from accessing the network.
  3. Performance – transaction latency must be comparable with traditional centralized cloud computing, but transaction throughput must exceed Tens of Millions of Transactions per Second.
  4. Material Cost Savings – Cost savings must be sufficient to justify the efforts involved in redesigning software.
  5. Architecture Transparent – Software designed in such environment must easily and automatically operate in a Decentralized environment, without requiring any knowledge or architectural design considerations for Decentralized environments by the software author.
  6. Blockchain Agnostic – Users must have the freedom to build software that can interact with any existing blockchain of their choice – all in plain English. Today, we have existing integrations with Ethereum and IOTA, but others such as NEO, Cardano, and Stellar are on our roadmap.
  7. True Decentralized Oracles – Integrate anything, whether it’s AI, IOT or your favorite API. Most importantly, integrate anything without any code – in plain English.

So far, the team has signed official partnerships with ARM® (one of the worlds largest computer chip designers) and Libelium® (an industrial sensor and gateway distributor).

The analysis of their current competition in the field:

To achieve scale, Sparkster will make its Platform free to use in a personal capacity. While this will be limited to a certain number of transactions per month, in a personal capacity, this limit can be lifted by referring other users. The use of our Platform in a commercial capacity will be subject to ongoing fees in the form of user licenses, transaction fees, device fees, storage fees etc.

Smart Contracts enable the platform to build, execute and adjudicate transactions that have financial consequences in the real world. They currently support two versions of Smart Contracts: Ethereum Smart Contracts and IOTA Smart Transactions via IOTA Flash Channels.

Given that clients desire to keep their company’s data private, they eliminate the necessity of maintaining Global State. This is significant because it allows to shard the Distributed Hash Tables by client groups. Most importantly, one shard never needs to have any awareness of any other shard. Although this may lead to higher centralization, or more probably, less security of the state of the individual shard, cause it will not be stored on as many nodes as it would be if each node would store the global state.

Technology layering of the network:

For consensus algorithm the team has chosen: The Federated Byzantine Agreement System (FBAS) proposed by the Stellar Network(Mazieres, 2016). It has proven to easily perform 1,000 transactions per second with a latency of just 2-5 seconds per confirmation.

Token use case

Companies wishing to run the software will pay for the execution of software on the Sparkster Decentralized Cloud in SPARK tokens. The tokens would then be issued to the “miners” for the use of their cell phone or desktop processing power. In addition, to Compute Nodes, Storage Nodes can join our network. These nodes would be responsible for decentralized data persistence (documents), and for maintaining a repository of the components designed by our community of users.

Miners, both Compute and Storage, stake tokens as collateral to ensure they operate honestly. Verification nodes validate transactions generated by Compute nodes and persisted by Storage nodes. If these verification nodes detect any illicit activity, they cease the stake advanced by these miners as a bounty for detecting illicit behavior.

When publishing to the platforms Marketplace, authors can opt to charge for the use of their contribution. While the author is free to choose the amount to charge, the payment will be made with Spark tokens.

Token metrics
  • 1% of total token supply will be distributed to their own charitable organization: The Dreamers Foundation. The mission of this organization is to promote education and technological innovation amongst the world’s poorest people and to create technology that promotes their growth, independence and enhances their sense of self-determination.
  • 10% of all tokens will be reserved to support the current and future team.
  • 20% of all tokens will be reserved for shareholders of Sparkster as compensation for their investment over many years to build the Sparkster platform. Team and Initial Investor tokens will be vested for a period of 2 years.
  • 2% of tokens will be retained to facilitate liquidity for an exchange listing.
  • 67% of all tokens will eventually be sold via token sales in phases

More details about the token sale can be found in this blog post:



The roadmap shows mostly the past achievements and history of the project.
As for future goals, the Cloud should be operational before the end of 2018 and most important goals for 2019 are the integration with other blockchains and focusing on Enterprise customers.

Community and marketing

Their Telegram https://t.me/SparksterICO has more than 55k members. Their Steemit blog https://steemit.com/@sparkster has 3 posts. On Twitter https://twitter.com/sparkster_me/ they have more than 12,6k followers. Their Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAkXXoN7cFSEN-4SFtLFmHQ has 6,6k subscribers.

There is also strong interest in their Reddit account https://www.reddit.com/r/Sparkster/, about 5800 readers.  Their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sparkster.me/ is followed by almost 7500 people and their Linkedin profile https://www.linkedin.com/company/sparkster_me/ has about 3000 followers.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Total supply: 100 000 000 000

Token allocation:  30%

Accepted currency: ETH

Underlying platform: EOS

Ticker: ETU


  • An ambitious project with demanded use case
  • Vesting periods on tokens allocated for the team and marketing purposes
  • Quite detailed roadmap


  • Very optimistic assumptions about the revenues of the platform in the future (360k USD per an hour – calculating with a usage of 10k transactions per second)
  • A strong competition which will most probably be only growing in the future
  • Not the best token metrics (the team keeps most of the tokens for various reasons)
  • Not very engaged community, numbers show that most of the community are “flippers”
  • Team members links to Linkedin profiles are not working.


Team: 2/5

Project: 4/5

Token use case: 2/5

Token Metrics: 2/4

Roadmap: 3/3

Community and marketing: 2/5

Hype: 1/3


Ether Universe provides cross-chain services to EOS, Ethereum, Bitcoin and other mainstream networks. Industry, commerce, real estate, finance and other organizations and corporations can also build their own blockchain platforms. Different industries can form their own alliance chains and enjoy the cross-chain services provided by Ether Universe. In the ecosystem of Ether Universe, the team encourages and support third-party developers to develop high-quality applications including: DApp, protocol, smart contract, etc. They also encourage third-party developers to join us to work on the cross-chain platform of Ether Universe and drive the landing of blockchain technology.


Many links for Linkedin profiles are not working or are linking to the official Linkedin profile of the ETU and not to individuals person profile.

vast zhao

(according to their website)

  • Senior Blockchain & Software Engineer
  • Early Pioneer of Blockchain Technology
  • Authored 10 theses about robots
  • Robotics algorithm specialist


Eavean Yu – Software Engineer

  • A former security researcher at Orion Labs Former
  • Software Engineer at China Railways


Somiar Zhang – Blockchain engineer

(according to their website)

  • Blockchain engineer, cryptocurrency specialist
  • Experienced in the distributed systems and data science
  • Former Software Engineer at Baidu

Gump Lee – Blockchain developer

(according to their website)

  • Ethereum and smart contract specialist
  • Former Data Scientist at Baidu M.S., CS at UESTC

Ether Universe applies the mixed technology of “notary scheme + sidechain/relays” to cross chains.

One of its important commercial functions is to allow the exchange of digital assets among different chains directly instead of through centralized digital currency exchanges. Similarly, more and more traditional industries may transform their productions into token and record them on the blockchain. Ether Universe will build a strong and competent infrastructure for blockchain networks. It shall provide a series of external services including flexible status channels and service APIs. Any applications based on Ethereum, EOS and etc. can make use of the service provided by Ether Universe and implement inter-blockchain information exchange functionalities. Be it a public blockchain, a private blockchain, an alliance blockchain, or an application based on a blockchain, it may integrate with Ether Universe seamlessly to allow high-speed and secure cross- chain connection and asset exchange at an extremely low cost.

ETU allows all accounts to use an exclusive, human-readable name as an index with the length between 2-32 characters. Account users can choose their own account names. ETU virtualizes ETH or other blockchain accounts and designates a key for each account. The users can use the keys to access subchain logic on different blockchains to exchange information.

Ether Universe is structured over the high-performance third-generation public blockchain which allows 10,000 transactions per second. Ether Universe adopts DpoS consensus mechanism and is equipped with 48 service node. Verification takes only 2-30 seconds which means a transaction can be completed within 30 seconds. ETUChain uses a light-weight Merkle proof (LCV), independent of the trust of other block producers to ensure a minimum expense for any block producers to sync with other blockchains.

ETUChain is the base chain of Ether Universe, a public blockchain based on EOI.IO whose cross-chain functions are developed over EOS. The performance of EOS chain allows ETUChain to provide data services with high throughput and processing capability and low latency. It also supports multiple functions of EOS including accounts, the certainty of applications, concurrent execution, Token model, resource usage and management, script, virtual machine and cross-chain communication.

ETUChain shares computing resources with EOS chain or other EOS side chains. ETUChain has its own committee, witnesses, and computing resources. The computing resource sharing mechanism of ETUChain allows providers of computing resource to share their resource with multiple chains.

Notaries, guarantors, and miners

Notaries and guarantors are introduced in ETU. At the early stages, there are only a very few miners to participate in the verification process which reduces the security of the entire system if verifications only depend on miners. Therefore, notaries will vote with the miners to decide the unlocking of tokens. Different notaries have a different weight which is decided by the system construction schedule and guarantors. The guarantors are a community with weight. They trust the security deposit to the notaries, elect notaries or groups to represent them in the voting.

ETU doesn’t want to use all the miners to vote and generate verification information even though it is a relatively secure plan, it dramatically increases system latency. Therefore, ETU will randomly choose a proportion of the miners from its system to vote. The proportion is dynamic. When the base number of miners is small, all miners will be chosen to vote while the base number is huge, only some will be chosen. All miners have reputation value which is linked with random seed to ensure miners with extremely low reputation value will never get to vote so that the system security is guaranteed.

The security is also strengthened by the 48 supernodes Ether Universe set up around the globe. Even under a hacker attack, as long as the majority of the nodes are functioning normally, the whole network would remain unaffected.

The Latency of the network

While communicating with EOS blockchains, the average time is around 45 seconds relying on the appointment interest proof and 21 miners. If miners on a certain chain don’t wait for the transaction confirmation, the transaction would be seen as accepted and then revoked which will affect the effectiveness of chain consensus. The time needed to communicate with other types of blockchains depend on the confirmation time of the notaries and miners. While communicating with EOS blockchains, the average time is around 45 seconds relying on the appointment interest proof and 21 miners. If miners on a certain chain don’t wait for the transaction confirmation, the transaction would be seen as accepted and then revoked which will affect the effectiveness of chain consensus. The time needed to communicate with other types of blockchains depend on the confirmation time of the notaries and miners

Token use case

Ether Universe consists of a base chain and subchains based on different blockchains. The base chain is the most essential part of the entire ecosystem which bears the interchange logic of the whole platform and records all exchanged information. The tokens generated from the base chain will be used to pay for the GAS cost for each cross-chain service. The subchains assist the base chain to make two-way anchoring towards other blockchains. Users play the role of consumers in the ecosystem. They purchase GAS using ETU tokens to get cross-chain services.

ETU bears the function of payment, circulation, and exchange on the platform. As both the need for inter-blockchain transactions and the number of platform users increases, plus the sustainable development of eco-economy, the need for ETU will also increase which could result in the rise of ETU value. ETU can be also used as a payment to purchase Ether Universe cross-chain cold wallet or third-party application services.

Ether Universe locks ETU position to motivate the users without short-term transaction needs and reduces circulation volume may also cause inflation.

Token metrics

In order to motivate all participants in Ether Universe ecosystem, promote a healthy development of the platform, Ether Universe releases 100 billion platform token ETU as the “fuel” of the ecosystem which can be used for payment in cross-chain transactions.

As seen above only 30% of the whole supply will be offered in pre-sale.

Ether Universe reserves 20% of its tokens as an eco-fund that will be used to incubate or support high-quality application in the ecosystem and motivate the top contributors.

25% of the tokens are used for operation and marketing of which 5% are used to motivate early stage community users. As for the remaining 20%, 50% of the total amount will be released every year and will be fully released in the fifth year.

15% of the tokens will be used as a reward for the core team. Ether Universe promises that no more than 10% of the entire proportion will be unlocked each season

Management Foundation: This part of the tokens will be used to motivate the excellent contributors in the ecosystem as well as maintain the daily management of the foundation.


A three-phase promotion strategy is adopted:

In Phase One, Ether Universe will reach cooperation with different subchains in order to reach the purpose of using their nodes to help verify transactions for Ether Universe.

Ether Universe will rely mainly on notaries and guarantors for transaction verification in Phase Two. Trust nodes accumulated in the previous stages can act as guarantors. In this phase, miners on various blockchain platforms start to join in the verification

In the third phase, miners, notaries, and guarantors will all participate in the verification with the purpose of guaranteeing the steady and iterative development of Ether Universe.

  • Jan 2018, complete the market research of cross-chain value transfer over EOS, Ethereum, and other main blockchains.
  • Jan 2018, completed technology research and confirmed system framework.
  • Jan 2018, the official launch of the project. Official website 1.0 went online.
  • Feb 2018, research is completed. Platform product format is confirmed. Mar 2018, complete overseas community construction. Reach more than 180K overseas community users.
  • Apr 2018, Angel round funding started. Apr 2018, initial cross-chain technology framework built on EOS test network.
  • Jun 2018, Funding started in countries where digital currency investment is illegitimate.
  • Jul 2018, ETU listing on one of the top 15 global digital currency exchanges.
  • 23 Sep 2018, published first on-chain asset exchange platform. Sep 2018, set up supernodes.
  • Oct 2018, test subchain compatibility of EOS main chain.
  • Dec 2018, test cross-chain interaction between EOS and Ethereum network.
  • Feb 2019, release Beta 1.0 version. Open source code at Github.
  • Mar 2019, officially launch cross-chain API and relative documents.
  • Apr 2019, release Beta 1.0 cross-chain wallet.
  • May 2019, carry out multi-center cross-chain node network security protocol using independent nodes.
  • Jun 2019, test and optimize the main network.
  • Aug 2019, build Ether Universe eco platform and accept third-party developer.
  • Oct 2019, launch the first series of third-party applications.
  • Nov 2019, build developer communities and optimize the entire platform with developers.
  • Jan 2020, digital assets from traditional industries begin to integrate into Ether Universe.
Community and marketing

Their Github https://github.com/EtherUniverse is not very active, they only forked few repositories they needed, but their only coding contribution so far is for token distribution and Telegram bot. On Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/ether-universe-labs/ they have 23 followers.

Their Twitter https://twitter.com/ETU_Official has about 1700 followers. On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EtherUniverse/ they have almost 2000 followers. Their Telegram https://t.me/ETU_Official channel has about 5300 members. They also have another bigger channel – for a community – on Telegram https://t.me/EtherUniverse and that has more than 72 000 members.
Although they have a misleading information on their website:

The differences between the number of people who are following their social media and who are just following Telegram, lack of Discord or Slack channel and most importantly lack of any discussion on Reddit, shows that the community is just building hype and there is not really a strong engagement in the long-term success of the project. They also have no official blog. Also, most of the members on Telegram seem to have come just because of the airdrop, there is not that much activity in the channel compared to how many people are there.

On the website, they claim to have a lot of partnerships, but it is questionable which of those are real partnerships. For example, they claim to have a partnership with Yahoo Finance, but it seems that it only included that they wrote a small and unengaging article about them.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As you could realize, crypto is one of the most rapidly evolving industry.

Here are the most important news from the blockchain space last week we caught for you:

Did we miss something? Feel free to add it for others in a comment, or contact us at info@icoindex.com.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The team has strong experience in the positions that they hold in the project. There was a good opportunity to jump into the project with a discount because of the recent bad news, but the price quickly recovered. Liquidity is average and the initial supply distribution was not as fair as it could be compared with other projects. The revenue model is good but as for perspective for the future, they already have competition both on-chain and off-chain. What is unfortunate is that there is no MVP available yet. What we also see as negative for the long term is that the token is not providing any holding incentive or passive income, therefore the investors only bet on the success of the platform and that it will be used in the future by many participants.


The core team consists of 11 members and the project has 14 advisors.

JOHN MONARCH – Chief Executive Officer

  • CEO at Direct Outbound Services LLC for 6 and a half year – Direct Outbound is a leading BPO provider, specializing in Call Center and Fulfillment services.  Handling thousands of customer service calls daily, and thousands of packages shipped daily
  • CEO at Connexus Inc. –  for more than 6 years – A Direct Response Marketing launchpad. Connexus Inc develops full direct response offers for our clients from end to end, handling all services in-house.



LEE BAILEY Chief Technology Officer

  • Co-Founder of Net Prophet Technologies – 2 years
  • Founder of Annex Tracker – 5 years – High volume cloud-based campaign optimization utility for affiliate marketers.
  • President of Leeward Bound Corp – almost 10 years – IT Business Consulting



SAM RUSANI Chief Revenue Officer

  • Founder of Pure Rock Media Group – more than 6 years – manage talent and create digital campaigns for brands.
  • Co-Founder – now advisor of Professional Noisemakers – Professional Noisemakers is a PR/Branding agency specializing in “professional noisemaking.” Unlike traditional agencies, we do not just write press releases and hope for the best. In fact, we prefer not writing them at all. Instead, we create unique stories that appeal to the platforms we work with.
  • Board Member of Swedish-American Chamber Of Commerce – Los Angeles – more than 7 years



BRIAN D. EVANS Chief Marketing Officer

  • Founder, CEO of BDE Ventures – more than 13 years – A diversified advertising and marketing consultancy that offers guidance on acquiring users and traffic, generating sales, raising money, building start-ups.
  • Founder of Influencive – Influencive is an online publication that publishes unconventional business, motivational and entrepreneurial wisdom.



ROGER CROOK Chief Strategy Officer

  • CEO of Capital Springboard – 2 years – a Singapore based largest peer-to-peer invoice financing platform which allows accredited investors to purchase short-term outstanding invoices, with the ability to realize annualized returns of 11-25%, during a 90-day investment window with low risk.
  • Board Advisor at Everoad, ex-Convargo – 2 years – a start-up LogiTech peer-to-peer marketplace app company based in France. The business matches customers with road freight shipments with transportation companies that have a capacity for utilization throughout France.
  • Chairman & Advisory Board Member at Innova Capital – 2 years – a private equity company with European wide portfolio of companies. He is chairman and board advisor to one of the held companies.
  • He is also Advisor in many other projects


MAGNUS DUFWA Lead Developer, EU

  • ICO / Smart Contract Auditor, Smart contract developer, ICO Advisor at BlockPro AB – 8 months
  • IT Specialist at Zinzino – almost 4 years – Zinzino AB (publ.) is a direct sales company which operates throughout Europe and North America.


Trend (TA)

Currently, the price of Shipchain dropped due to the recent news:
The securities division of the South Carolina’s Office of the Attorney General has ordered blockchain startup ShipChain to stop operating in the state. The securities commissioner sent a cease-and-desist order to the company for allegedly violating securities laws.” https://www.ccn.com/operation-cryptosweep-shipchain-ordered-to-cease-and-desist-in-south-carolina/

But since then it rose again to about 50% of the drop caused by the bad news.
It may be connected with the statement from the project:
“The startup emphasized that it only sold its tokens to accredited investors, adding “that none of the purchasers of SHIPs in that initial sale are South Carolina citizens or businesses.” Further, the company claimed that “ShipChain is not aware that SHIPs were even offered in South Carolina or to any South Carolinian during the private sale.”

ShipChain chief executive John Monarch repeated these claims, telling CoinDesk that “ShipChain did not conduct a public sale, nor sell to South Carolina residents/businesses, and has no plans to in the foreseeable future.” “


We can also see a dropping volume currently but it is still not a very significant drop.


The security and scaling of the project are dependant on Ethereum and the success and evolving on Ethereum. Currently, it is not ready for a mass usage when it comes to scaling.

NvT ratio is not available, but currently, there is active transferring of the tokens, but it is very probably caused by the speculators.

The roadmap is ending on Q1 2020 when they want to start focusing on community open source projects are sponsored to accelerate app development on the ShipChain blockchain. Something on the roadmap will be most probably delayed or rescheduled due to the last news that hit this project badly. For example, they planned this to be finished on Q4 2019 – Relationships are established with government regulators to cement ShipChain as the favored tracking technology vendor. Due to the current problem they have with regulators, they should focus on this part of the roadmap as a priority.

Social media

On Twitter https://twitter.com/shipchain they have about 9k followers, on Telegram https://t.me/shipchain they have almost 31k members. On Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/shipchain/ they are followed by 867 followers. Their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ship.chain/ has more than 7800 followers. More than 11k followers are subscribed to their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shipchain feed.

On the negative side, there is no official link to their blog or Reddit on their website.
Their Medium blog https://medium.com/@shipchain has less than 100 followers and no content. Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/shipchain/ has 1200 readers but it may be unofficial, most of the activity seems to be there recently because of the negative news.


On their Github https://github.com/shipchain there is only repository for the token and no activity at all. There is no community developers participating on this project right now.
When it comes to developers support there is also not much to say, their activity is focused mostly on social media, notably Twitter and Telegram.

Business model

From ICO they got budget of 30 mil. USD.
They already have some partners, notably Perdue Farms – the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, based in Salisbury, Maryland. Perdue Foods is a major chicken, turkey, and pork processing company in the United States. Perdue AgriBusiness ranks among the top United States grain companies. Annual sales exceed $6 billion. ShipChain and Perdue Farms will work on a pilot project to implement blockchain technology through key parts of Perdue Farms’ supply chain.

And also Direct Outbound Services LLC, is a full-service warehousing and fulfillment center headquartered in Greenville, SC. Direct Outbound has grown into several hundred thousand square feet of warehousing space, ships hundreds of thousands of e-commerce and retail packages per month, and assists numerous government agencies with their shipping and bulk mail needs.

The team described vaguely how they will use the funds from the ICO.

As for the revenue model.

ShipChain will employ a two-fold revenue model, focusing on both the Small and Mid-size Business market (SMB), as well as Enterprise platform development. This includes the following:

  • ShipChain Web – web platform will enable shippers to connect directly to carriers, without the traditional brokerage model. Fees will be a low percentage of the cost of shipping, and ShipChain will avoid having to hire typical telemarketing brokers, keeping the cost of selling at a minimum.
  • ShipChain Enterprise –  custom sidechain solutions for large enterprises that need to utilize different data sources and information. ShipChain will do this as a development contractor, with all new sidechains still tying into the main blockchain.

So far there is no product out for the public to try. According to roadmap they should be already testing freight-tracking pilot program with Perdue Farms.

Liquidity and supply

Current daily volume is 32,40 BTC with a total market cap of 1971 BTC. This is not very big liquidity and a fairly small order in tens of thousands of dollars would clean a significant portion of the order book and cause a large slippage.


Only 45% of the tokens were offered to the public (including pre-sale).
12% seems a bit high portion for bounties and advisors.

Total supply is 500 mil. tokens, 170 657 181 are now in circulation.

Income incentives

A utility token that is used for on-platform purchases and incentivization of the participants. But no income incentive for holding or buying the token apart from speculation on price movement.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As you could realize, crypto is one of the most rapidly evolving industry.

Here are the most important news from the blockchain space last week we caught for you:

Did we miss something? Feel free to add it for others in a comment, or contact us at info@icoindex.com.

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview