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Lunyr Reaches ICO Milestone, Silences Critics

Lunyr ICO goal

Lunyr has reached its minimum funding goal of 25,000 ETH (around $1.25 million at the time of press) for its ICO. This milestone has marked the minimum amount the Lunyr team needs to go ahead with the project. This means the project will go ahead as planned, without any hiccups in the ICO process. Several critics, especially on the popular forum Bitcointalk were skeptical that Lunyr will reach its ICO goal. However, the project easily met its goal, with more than 2 days to spare before the end.

Unusual ICO Structure

The Lunyr team had adopted a slightly unusual structure for their ICO by refusing to give bonuses for early participation. Everyone in the ICO was treated equally no matter what time the investment was made. This ensured that all investors were on equal footing, with the same ICO price of 44 LUN per ETH invested (LUN is an Ethereum-based ERC20 token on Ethereum that powers the Lunyr system).

The decision was unusual in that many ICOs prefer to have an early-bird bonus for investors that buy in early. This gives predictability to the minimum floor for the project. However, the downside is that people who hear about the project later are penalized, even if they are as enthusiastic about the project. Also, early participation encourages more speculation than uniform distribution.

With the fairer investor ICO distribution, Lunyr was, however, incentivizing people to invest at the last minute, especially the whales. This is because they will have more information about the project as time passes, and they would like to use all the information available to reduce risk and make an investment decision. Therefore, progress seemed slow, although keen observers knew this behavior would take place.

The ICO is still open for 2 more days.

Progress Before the ICO

One of the reasons for hitting the ICO limit today was the team’s release of their frontend interface on how the final product would look, which was well received by the community. Here’s how the UI looks. The progress showed the seriousness of the team behind Lunyr in delivering the project, and showed their commitment.

Check out Lunyr here.

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ETH Address: 0xC059456BB0E2e9A2ACD5a4c8384b29a89E1a3642

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.

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ETH Address: 0xC059456BB0E2e9A2ACD5a4c8384b29a89E1a3642