Category Archives: Introducing Altcoins

Why Content Creators Should Love Lunyr

Lunyr is a new crypto that has surfaced above from the frothy ICO seas, and for a good reason. We at Crypto Sailor will help you navigate this well. To start off, yes, Lunyr is an ICO that is ongoing. If you want to invest, you can do that now. Obviously, don’t be stupid and invest more than you can afford to lose.

With that caveat out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the issue. What is Lunyr and what problem is it trying to solve? Simply put, Lunyr is creating an entire incentive structure around content creation, which is decentralized. Your work is judged by your peers. The more you contribute, and the better your work, the more you get paid. There is no one ‘manager’ deciding how good you are. Your peers – fellow Lunyr owners and enthusiasts initially, and more later, will accept your works.

Initial Launch – Online Encyclopedia

However, Lunyr isn’t starting off as all-creative-works. In fact, its first main market is an online encyclopedia, like Wikipedia, but with a clever incentive structure. Under this structure, Lunyr will pay content creators i.e. people who contribute to the encyclopedia. This is as opposed to Wikipedia that is completely voluntary.

In addition to paying people who write for the encyclopedia, Lunyr will also have rewards for the editing process – again something that Wikipedia lacks.

So why provide these incentives? Mostly, it is to ensure higher quality of work. Wikipedia, as great it is, suffers from not having enough volunteers. There are Wikipedia hoaxes that have been perpetrated over years. These types of issues are expected in the system. However, Lunyr can help solve these problems because people now have a financial incentive to go look at the new commits being made.

The team is already building out a reader-friendly interface. Check out a sample below:

Lunyr Discovery

So yes, as ambitious as it sounds, Lunyr is trying to build an alternative to Wikipedia, with better curation and more topics because it is in the whole network and system’s best interest for this encyclopedia to be accurate and grow.

Beyond Encyclopedias

Since Lunyr announced the encyclopedia idea, people are hung up only on this. However, they are missing the point. Lunyr is about creating a product which has an incentive system built around it for content creation and content curation/editing. This is the real premise behind the idea. The encyclopedia is just the start. The team mentions VR in passing. That’s actually a huge market. Think about a system that has all manners of VR applications available, which are created and curated by the community.

The market opportunity is huge. We’ll of course need to wait and see how well the Lunyr teams succeeds in their mission and implementation. Which is why people are getting in early, and helping the team with funds through the ICO to realize their vision.

Check out the Lunyr site here.

Photo Credit: zappowbang

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

TaaS: Closed-End Fund ICO to Invest in Other ICOs

TaaS, or Token as a Service, is an ICO, but is different from other ICOs in that its mandate is to invest in other ICOs to give returns to its ICO holders. Confused? Fear not, we’ll explain this project, true sailor style, Ahoy!

So firstly, TaaS is itself an ICO to distribute TaaS tokens. You can see the ICO details here. Just as with any ICO, the people who buy into the ICO will get the tokens, proportional to how much they have invested compared to others. This is a capped ICO. A total of 101 million dollars can be raised, and all other tokens will be destroyed if that limit is not reached (unlikely to reach that limit anyway).

Now for the fun part. TaaS is a closed-end fund. This means they will use the money invested in the ICO to invest in the markets. What types of markets? Well, crypto-markets of course! They will invest in other crypto ICOs and crypto currencies. This is the source of returns for the fund. A part of the profits are used to benefit the token holders, a part of it goes back to the team to manage the fund. Basically, it’s like any other fund, but the owners are crypto-token holders, and profits are distributed to them.

Another interesting feature of TaaS that distinguishes it from other projects is that they are building not just an investment platform, but also a research platform. This is an interesting development, because as crypto sailor readers already know, data is hard to come by in crypto. They are calling this Kepler. Kepler is aimed to be to crypto funds what Bloomberg terminal is to traditional financial funds, i.e. a one stop shop for all data and analytics for the industry.

So what is TaaS? It is a combination of investment and research product. Investment is via a closed-end fund. Research is via a product soon to be launched called Kepler.

So far so good, so why should you invest in TaaS? Firstly, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should quit immediately, i.e. don’t invest any money. It is easy to lose money in crypto if you don’t know what you’re doing. Secondly, never ever invest more than you can afford to lose. If you lose all of your investment, don’t whine on the forums. Move on. Still want to learn more? Read on.

The value proposition is simple – TaaS will help you gain exposure to crypto as an asset class. This is important for more established and institutional investors. These people will not look at the thousand cyrpto coins and hundreds of coins/scams/ICOs to evaluate projects. Instead, they want a one-stop-shop place to gain exposure to this emerging asset class. TaaS offers such a solution.

But even for crypto enthusiasts who live and breathe this space, there is only so much research you can keep up with. Funds like TaaS help you go long crypto without having to worry about missing out the next big thing or going to scores of Reddit threads each day to figure out what ICOs are out and which ones are worth investing in. TaaS will do this for you.

Check out the website and whitepaper on their homepage.

Bitcointalk forum profile.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Augmentors Combines AR and Blockchain Into a Powerful Offering

Augmentors VR
Augmentors is what you get when you combine the two hottest trends in technology at the moment – Augmented Reality (AR) gaming and blockchain. And that deadly combination, says your ship captain, isn’t without merit. The natural combination provides features that have never been available to game fans before. Unique characters, ability to trade and make money, and just being part of what seems like the next tech revolution, are not quantifiable in money. But the ICO definitely is.

But before we get into the ICO, some history. Augmentors is essentially a gaming company. You’ll be playing a game with unique creatures and characters, and augmentors is presenting the in-game token of Databits. The technicals behind this token are quite interesting too. The team has chosen to use Counterparty to issue these tokens. This makes Augmentors the first AR gaming company on Bitcoin, the most dominant crypto and blockchain today, by far. Secondly, there is a precedent for gaming and Counterparty in the form of BitCrystals. Although  not the greatest financial hit, Spells of Genesis is a well known game in the Bitcoin community, what with its mysterious Satoshi card! So there is definitely demand for crypto tokens and gaming.

Augmentor Relics

Augmentors is taking this one step further by making the gaming platform even more exciting, by making it AR-enabled. It plans to make this cross-platform too, for both iOS and Android.

Now the concept behind Augmentors is really interesting because the in-game token that is being sold in the ICO, called databits (DBS) has real in-game value. For one, you can provably assign each ‘creature and relic’ in the game to a unique counterparty token id. This means you really do own the creature, and can trade it to someone else. Instantly, there is a liquid trading market to bootstrap both the game and the players. Just so if the excitement wasn’t enough for you, there are Winner-Take-All battles that are sure to get exciting. Finally, there will be a collection of 50 rare creatures that you can buy. All of this in-game economic activity takes place using the in-game ICO token Databits.

Augmentors ICO Schedule

Now that we know about this really interesting Counterparty token, let’s talk about the ICO. The token has a fixed cap of 100 million, with 70 million being given away during the crowdsale ICO and 30 million reserved for the team and promotional activities. That’s a healthy percentage to motivate the team to perform well, while giving investors the majority stake in the economics to keep the system decentralized.

So there you have it. There is still time to get in on this exciting ICO. Check it out here.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Edgeless Casino: Fair, No Edge, Blockchain-Based Casino

Edgeless Casino
Edgeless casino is a new Ethereum project with the aim to create a decentralized, fair casino with no house edge. That’s right, Edgeless is a provably fair casino with 0% edge. So let’s get the first immediate question answered – how does Edgeless make money? Three sources primarily –

  • Gamblers don’t play a perfect game, they make mistakes. If you don’t play a perfect game, statistically you’ll lose.
  • Games have an inherent advantage. For example, the house always has an edge built into the game of Blackjack (around 0.85% if you want the math).
  • There are limits on how much you can bet. These limits make play away from perfect game. For example, for obvious reasons, you cannot apply the martingale strategy.

If you really want to know more, read the whitepaper. Seriously folks, read the damn whitepaper first to learn about any crypto project, especially because of what I am about to tell you now – yes, it is holding an ICO. Now, don’t be stupid and gamble in ICOs without doing your due diligence, so once again, read the whitepaper before you invest a penny. Oh and did you know, like so many other ICOs now, no US citizens allowed. Seriously.

Non-US Investors, Read on

Ok, so if you’re a non-US investor, what’s the ICO investment thesis for Edgeless? Firstly, you need to believe that the world needs another casino. The unique selling point of Edgeless casino is –

  • It’s decentralized.
  • It’s transparent.
  • There is no house edge.

If you believe there will be demand from gamblers for such a type of casino, only then consider the ICO. Ahoy mates, without a belief in the product and underlying idea, stay away!

Now, given the ways in which Edgeless casino will make money, as described above, how is that given to the investors? It’s important to note this point – not dividends. Unlike many other projects (I am looking at you, ICONOMI), Edgeless has actually done its homework on what types of structures constitute a ‘dividend’ and thus makes the offering a ‘security’. And we all know, security=bad, software presale=good. So, edgeless is choosing the good option.

But, here’s the brilliant legal part of this offering – you can still get money out of the project (i.e. not just through price speculation) through what’s called the Edgeless Lounge. In a nutshell, 40% of the profits go into this pool. It’s a lottery-like system only accessible via the token. So there you have it – it’s a way to play/gamble to get your money out. Clever, eh?

ICO Implementation

If you’re brave enough, here’s the actual contract. In code. It’s an ERC20 token on Ethereum.

The ICO starts 28th February 2017, 3:00 pm GMT, with the following tiers:

  • Power-hour for one hour, where 1 ETH buys you 1200 EDG.
  • 1st week: 1 ETH gets you 1100 EDG.
  • 2nd week: 1 ETH earns you 1050 EDG.
  • 3rd week: 1 ETH brings you 1000 EDG.

So there you have the ICO details, and other information that you need to decide whether you want to contribute to the ICO or not. Remember, these are some hot times in the ICO markets, with recent projects like Dfinity and Melon completing their ICOs respectively in a few hours and a few minutes.

Check out Edgeless here.

Disclaimer: US citizens are not legally allowed to participate in Edgeless Project crowdsale.

 

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

ARK: A New Cryptocurrency With a Mission

ark

In a crowded field of altcoins and ICOs coming up every other day, ARK aims to stand out from the rest through its technology and vision. Yes, it is also going to go through an ICO, but it isn’t one of those copy-paste coins (and if it were, we likely wouldn’t be covering it on our blog anyway). As usual, if you decide to invest in any ICO, do your due diligence and remember not to invest your rent money into any. Also, if you’re interested, here’s the link to its Bitcointalk announcement thread.

Technology

So let’s tackle the technology piece first. ARK is built on the backs of Lisk (and Crypti) and Bitshares. As you might have guessed, it borrows its consensus algorithm from Bitshares, via the delegated proof of stake (DPoS) system.

More interestingly, ARK is building a ‘smartbridge’ technology. It is a custom piece of information embedded in transactions that allow it to transact in a different blockchain. This way, ARK can easily adjust whichever way the wind flows, and borrow from the more successful blockchains even as it grows and expands its services and technology.

The ARK technology gives it a lot of technical flexibility to steer its direction in the future. As the space is really emerging at the moment with no clear winners or a clear sense of which way the ship will turn, ARK provides a framework to capture the best of the cryptocurrency space.

In addition to just cryptocurrency/blockchain technologies, the team has plans to work on implementing smart cards that can allow users to spend their money. We’ll cover more details in the Vision section below.

Vision

In addition to its technology and technological vision, ARK is really positioning itself as a crypto for the long-term. It is trying to build an entire ecosystem that isn’t just geared to do the fancy-word-of-the-day type uses, but plain old cryptocurrency. The currency aspect of cryptocurrency really.

It is also working on technologies for smart cards using NFC that will make it easier to spend ARK at in-person venues and not just online. This should give ARK a good boost in terms of adoption if it is able to convince enough merchants to accept payments and enough users to pay using ARK.

The bridged blockchain technology via smartbridge will also allow the ARK team the flexibility to expand its vision for its customers in the future.

If you believe in its vision and see some utility for it down the road, you can invest in its ICO. Do your research and due diligence as always.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Introducing ReturnBit: Proof of Work with ICO

ReturnbitThere are lots of new ICOs at the moment. This usually happens after a few really successful ICOs and then everyone wants to jump on-board (Lisk and Waves in this case). ReturnBit is a bit different from all other ICOs at the moment, firstly by using proof of work (scrypt algorithm, same as Litecoin). Not many new ICOs are using proof of work, instead opting for proof of stake. Also, the number of coins at ReturnBit will inflate, as opposed to many of the other ICO coins that have a fixed supply (mostly because they don’t need to pay block rewards for proof of work).

Secondly, the coin is creating an “rTrust” which will receive 50 coins per block. This is an opportunistic fund that will selectively return these ReturnBits to holders, but does it differently than proof of stake systems. This way, the money is returned to all holders indirectly (as opposed to direct rewards with proof of stake, which many forego because their coins are sitting on an exchange). So you just send some money to the “rTrust”, wait for about a day, and you get more ReturnBit out of this.

The problem with proof of stake’s ‘dividend’ is not so much that the rich get richer, but that many people hold their coins in an exchange and not in their own wallet, thus becoming ineligible for these ‘dividends’.

It is an interesting experiment. We’ll see how the investor returns now and in the future will be for the investors. Should be an interesting experiment to run though. Quite different from the many other ICOs that are ongoing at the moment.

Here are some details for investors:

Bitcointalk forum thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1596327.0

ICO Website: http://www.returnbit.com/

 

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

deClouds Brings Precious Metals to Crypto

deClouds

deClouds is a new cryptocurrency that aims to bring precious metals to the cryptocurrency space. The goal with deClouds is to create tokenized versions of precious metals that can then be traded in a decentralized manner. At its heart, it is a tokenization network, somewhat similar to Waves and other such networks, with a special focus on precious metals.

deClouds ICO is currency ongoing. You can check the full details at the Bitcointalk ANN thread. deClouds, unlike many other ICOs at the moment, is using a 2-of-3 escrow for funds, and the funds will be released to the team only when the project is launched. There are also ICO bounties, from social media follows/likes to Bitcointalk signature campaign, and even newsletter subscription (really, that’s the easiest one. No excuse not to subscribe there!)

Since deClouds is bringing precious metals trading to the blockchain, it also needs to build a decentralized exchange on the blockchain to facilitate this trading. That’s on the roadmap for the team. This of course needs scalability because blockchains with trading in them can get quite large. To solve this other related problem, deClouds is strongly integrating the ability for ‘blockchain on the cloud’ for the nodes, so that the solution scales better than nodes being hosted on people’s computers. This is an interesting move by the team.

Frankly, a lot will depend on partnerships that the deClouds team can line up for the precious metals trading. After all, a token that is an IOU trading on the blockchain is only as good as the backer behind it. Ultimately it is a hard problem to solve not because of technology but because of such partnerships – the conversion between gold and token and vice versa is the weak point in the link. Also deClouds has competition from some well-funded projects like Waves which are similar platforms to tokenize. Another recent Finnish project HEAT also has tokenization features along with scalability and decentralized exchange, so it is all about good execution at the moment.

Note: The new site ICOCountdown has become popular recently for listing ICOs, but please BE CAREFUL! Here’s the allegations against them asking money to list (Medium link removed by author now), and almost using ‘blackmail’ against new projects if they don’t pay up. They’re asking for $400/week! I refuse to link out to the site, so add .com at the end of their name to visit the website. To be fair though, here is the primary allegation against deClouds by ICOCountdown, so you be the judge.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

ICONOMI: How ICOs Should be Done

Iconomi

Hear it here first forks: For the second half of 2016, here’s how ICOs are done: Model ICONOMI. Let’s introduce ICONOMI here first, and hopefully, the first of many more to come.

Firstly, there is no dearth of ICOs at the moment. This seems like the hottest time of the year, right after the big ICOs of Lisk and Waves, each valued at over $15 million at the moment. The historic pattern is when there is  wave of successful ICOs, there are many that want to raise money while the market is hot. We are in exactly that phase right now.

But ICONOMI is different. Firstly, there is a legitimate idea, which seems like a rarity today in the turbulent crypto seas, ahoy! The project is aimed fair and square at investors. Whatever product or service helps you make more money is something to keep an eye out on. Those are big winners in the economy. ICONOMI definitely checks off that box. Basically, the idea is to bring financial services and products on to the blockchain. It is built on Ethereum.

So there’s the idea (yes, it is built on Ethereum which isn’t as hot as it was earlier. Thanks Stephen Tual and the DAO team) that is interesting not just as a stand-alone but as a way to make/earn money. The next step is, who cares? Well, if you run a great ICO campaign, you already have your earliest adopters. That’s a smart move that lots of ICO teams get wrong. If you are good with rewards and running good campaigns, you can generate a ton of more value than just the coins that you give out as bounties. So ICONOMI checks that box off very well too – great bounty programs, and good social campaigns like Twitter and Bitcointalk signatures.

And the market is reacting appropriately. Even though there are like a dozen ICOs ongoing at the moment, investors are taking note. There are the three-day stats: over $300,000 raised in just 3 days. And the ICO is ongoing for another month. Good luck to the team and the investors. Exciting project to check out for sure.

ICONOMI 3 day stats

Here’s the ICO website.

And here’s the ANN thread in Bitcointalk.

Bounty claim code: ICO3T68g7bnfDVOnqbjlk7ZqdXYnP7fPYNHICONOMI

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Decentralized Exchange with Tokenized Fiat and Great Scalability = HEAT

Heat Crypto

What does it take for a cryptocurrency to get noticed in 2016? There have been thousands of cryptocurrencies since Bitcoin, so what can you bring new to the table? Well, how about some good ‘ol fashioned tokenized fiat, mixed with a decentralized exchange on the blockchain, garnished with a scalability solution that will allow significant scalability. Well, that’s HEAT in a nutshell.

The ICO is currently ongoing. You can buy some HEAT tokens here before launch. I cannot comment on how successful the project will be, but the Finnish project looks quite promising, and definitely seems to have a better thought-out product than most of the pumps-and-dumps infecting this space.

Oh, and did I mention the 32 page whitepaper is also out (surprisingly, they released the whitepaper while the ICO was ongoing instead of before. That may have made some people gloss over this one). You can read it here.

The Bitcointalk thread is not too exciting in terms of numbers. Much less discussion than Lisk and Waves, but the discussion quality is much higher. No whiny “when is the price going to rise? this is a scam” type of post from ignorant newbies. They didn’t do a signature spamming campaign, which gets an A+ from this Crypto Captain for not spamming Bitcointalk.

All in all, promising ICO for sure. Raised a fair amount of money, but nowhere close to Waves for example. It remains to be seen how successful this will be in the marketplace.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

MorCoin Launches as Pure PoS with Interesting Distribution Model

MorCoin

MorCoin just launched today as a pure proof of stake coin (PoS) – see the official MorCoin ANN thread. The distribution model is interesting – everyone can get a free share, but people can purchase additional shares of 5, 15 or 40, by sending Bitcoin to the dev team, which will then use the money to further improve the coin. It’s an interesting distribution model, being a hybrid of free giveaways and IPO type of distribution to raise funds for future development. Since there are always free stakes available, if you don’t want to take your chances, you can just apply for one of these, and no harm done.

On the technical side, MorCoin has a total cap of just 5 million total, which should give each unit of MorCoin a high value. The PoS interest is 15% annual and stakes mature after a coin-age of 4 hours. The number of coins is interesting, as MorCoin is bucking away from the trend of having billions of coins, and instead focusing on the value of each coin by liming the numbers. This might prove to be a good move, since many coins that trade in the range of single-digit Satoshi usually end up dying.

The launch is on June 29, 2014. The IPO closes on June 28, 2014, so if you want to buy your stakes through the IPO as opposed to free distribution (to get more MorCoin), do it now.

With the coin launches cooling off in June compared to May, there aren’t that many new ideas around, and launches try to differentiate themselves from the crowd through other methods such as strong dev team, community, merchant acceptance, etc. MorCoin is one of the few coin launches this month, and it would be interesting to follow its progress.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS