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机遇还是泡沫?新加坡ICO发展概况解析

首次公开募币(ICO),即代币销售正越发成为世界各地区块链和加密货币创企偏爱的融资方式。去年,初期创企通过ICO共募得10亿多美元。ICO就是通过创造并销售自己的加密币和代币来获得具有即时流动价值的加密货币如比特币或以太币,以此方式募集资金。尚未有相关监管条例涉及这种做法,而且创企能够绕过中间的银行或风投公司。一个ICO项目一般有一固定期间,在此期间内早期支持者可以支持该项目。这些投资者早期投资的原因通常是希望在该项目或者企业推出并获得成功后,其购买的特定的加密币将会升值。

新加坡ICO

去年,好几项ICO在新加坡进行,有的在几天内有的甚至几小时内就筹集到几百万美元。

去年,以太坊区块链上的黄金追踪资产Digix不到12小时内就达成其550万美元的众售目标。Digix为黄金支持的代币交易提供了平台。该公司每一在以太坊上发行的代币都有实体黄金作为支持。

去年6月,新加坡公司cofound.it 打破最大预售记录,募得1480万美元并取消了原计划的ICO。

Cofound.it是一个基于区块链的平台,对接需要融资和建议的投资者与专家。该平台服务于区块链领域中想要创建自己的加密货币并出售给投资者的创企。

区块链创企TenX最近筹得8000万美元,用以开发支持跨区块链的安全快速交易。

新加坡注册的SPV Cross Coin目前正进行ICO募集150万—500万美元以发展21家由Starta加速器选择并支持的科技创企。该公司说其目的是利用加密资产民主化风险投资。

新加坡未来的ICO

未来几个月,新加坡还会有好几个ICO。值得注意的是,新加坡本土创企Cross将在一个月内开始起众售以筹得开发其平台的资金。

Cross希望打造一个更直白更用户友善的使用基于加密货币和区块链的服务和产品的环境,普及加密货币。测试版本与四月推出,有着线上线下商店的支付入口/销售点,商户可以接受不同加密货币的支付。

另一家即将进行ICO的新加坡团体是HelloGold Foundation。其幕后团队正是此前打造了马来西亚创企HelloGold的团队,该公司致力于加快向大众市场普及区块链技术。

HelloGold创建了世上首个符合伊斯兰教法的黄金的数字应用。用户可以更便捷更低成本地使用该应用在线买卖或持有黄金。

ICO泡沫?

ICO热潮让一些批评人士将之与90年代的互联网泡沫相提并论。许多人警告说ICO泡沫即将破灭。

加密货币市场价值超过700亿美元,其中比特币和以太币为首,分别拥有市值330亿美元和150亿美元。

Token Advisors CEO Daniel Santos说:“确实有泡沫意思,而且随着市场成熟并经历自然的贪婪、恐惧和风险评估差的循环,许多人会遭受损失。”

而且加密货币极速发展的市场和欠缺监管导致骗局不断出现。

专利搜索引擎Loci CEO John Wise说:“像“玩笑币”和“无用币”仍然吸引着几十万美元的投资。”

Harbour共同创始人兼首席策略官 Dylan Dewdney补充道:“骗局虽然不猖獗,但存在。这些骗局败坏了ICO的整体名誉。”

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), or token sales, are becoming an increasingly popular method for blockchain and cryptocurrency startups from around the world to raise funding. In the past year, ICOs have raised over a billion dollars for early stage startups.

An ICO is a method through which a project or venture raises funding by creating and selling its own cryptocoins and tokens in exchange for cryptocurrencies of immediate, liquid value such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. The practice is unregulated and enables startups to skip banks or venture capital firms as intermediaries.

An ICO campaign runs for a defined period during which early backers can support the project. These investors are usually motivated to buy a certain cryptocoin in the hope that the project or venture becomes successful after it launches, which could translate to a rise of the value cryptocoin.

ICOs in Singapore

In Singapore, several ICOs have taken place in the past year, raising millions of dollars in just a just a few days and some in a few hours.

Last year, Digix, a gold-tracking asset on the Ethereum blockchain, raised its crowdsale goal of US$5.5 million in under 12 hours. Digix provides a platform for trading gold-backed tokens. The company stores physical gold for each token issued on Ethereum.

In June, Singapore-based Cofound.it broke the record for the largest presale ever, raising US$14.8 million and subsequently canceling its planned ICO.

Cofound.it is a building a blockchain-based platform to connect startups with investors and experts for funding and advice. The platform is designed for startups in the blockchain space seeking to create their own cryptocurrency and token and sell it to investors.

Blockchain startup TenX recently raised close to US$80 million to support the development of a protocol enabling quick and secure transactions across different blockchains.

Cross Coin, a Singapore-incorporated SPV, is currently running an ICO to raise between US$1.5 million and US$5 million to develop a pool of 21 tech startups selected and accelerated by Starta Accelerator. The company said that the purpose of Cross Coin was to democratize venture investments by using crypto assets.

Upcoming ICOs in Singapore

ICOs are taken off in Singapore with several campaigns set to take place in the coming months. In particular, local startup Coss will begin its crowdsale in less than a month to raise capital to develop its platform.

Coss seeks to bring cryptocurrencies to the[] masses by adopting and facilitating crypto and blockchain-based services and products into a user-friendly and intuitive environment. It was launched in beta in April with a payment gateway/point-of-sale for online and offline stores, allowing merchants to accept payments in various cryptocurrencies.

Another organization in Singapore that is preparing for its crowdsale is the HelloGold Foundation, an organization launched by the team behind Malaysian startup HelloGold that is dedicated to accelerate the use of blockchain technology for use by the mass market.

HelloGold is known for having built the world’s first Shariah-compliant gold digital application that enables investors to buy, sell and hold gold online more conveniently and at a lower cost.

ICO bubble?

The craze surrounding ICOs has led critics to compare the phenomenon to the dotcom bubble in the 1990s. Many have warned of the risk of an imminent burst.

The cryptocurrency market amounts to over US$70 billion with Bitcoin and Ethereum dominating with market capitalizations of US$33 billion and US$15 billion respectively.

“There is a bubble factor and there will be many tears along the way as the market matures and go through the natural cycle of greed, fear, and poor risk assessment,” Daniel Santos, CEO of Token Advisors, told Inc.

Furthermore, the soaring cryptocurrency market combined with the lack of regulation has fueled the rise of ryptocurrency scams.

“ICOs like ‘jokecoin’ and ‘uselesscoin’ are still seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars invested,” John Wise, CEO of Loci, a patent search engine, told Inc.

“Scams, while not rampant, are out there, and they tarnish the image of all ICOs,” added Harbour co-founder and chief strategy officer Dylan Dewdney.


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