BitTorrent Token Is Already Nearly 6 Times Its ICO Price

The price of BitTorrent Token (BTT) is closing in on six times the price of its initial coin offering (ICO), which occurred just one week ago. 59.8 billion BTT tokens were sold through Binance’s token sale platform on Jan. 28 at a price of $0.00012 per token, according to sale information provided by the exchange. Up nearly 40 percent today alone, BTT is now trading at a considerably higher price of $0.000798 – representing a 565 percent increase from its ICO price, Coinmarketcap data reveals. That sale sold out in…

South Korea Will Maintain ICO Ban After Finding Token Projects Broke Rules

South Korea’s top financial regulator has said it will not lift the ban on domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs) after finding that some projects have been violating rules.As ICO investment is a “high risk” activity, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) said, calling on the public to exercise caution when investing in token projects, according to a report from CoinDesk Korea. The FSC decision was informed by the results of a survey conducted by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), indicating that some ICOs purportedly conducted abroad had also illegally raised money…

From Mar-a-Lago to Coinbase, Dubious Claims Follow Doc.com Token Sales

A health startup tied to a public cryptocurrency is using overstated language about some of its industry relationships and its affiliation with crypto exchange Coinbase as it seeks to sell tokens to investors, a CoinDesk investigation has found. Mexico City-based Doc.com, which offers an app that provides healthcare and psychology consulting to underprivileged communities, also features a built-in wallet for the startup’s cryptocurrency, MTC. The venture-backed startup raised over $1.8 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2018, then integrated MTC into its app in July of that year…

Chat App Kik Says It Will Fight SEC Over Possible ICO Action

Canada-based messaging app company Kik is planning to fight a likely U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action over its 2017 initial coin offering (ICO). According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Kik founder and CEO Ted Livingston said that the firm’s token, kin, works like a currency and is not “an unregistered security” as believed by the SEC. Kik raised almost $100 million via a sale of the token last September. With ICOs having diminished in number, in part due to the threat of regulatory…

Don’t Throw the Crypto Tokens Out With the Bathwater

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. ___________ A year into the crypto market meltdown, we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. Where investors and commentators were once consumed with the naïve belief that ICO-funded startups would quickly usher in a new token-driven decentralized economy and unlock untold wealth, we’re now at a point where any idea…

Blockchain Predictions Market Stox and Founder Sued for $4.6 Million

Israel-based blockchain prediction market platform Stox and its founder Moshe Hogeg are reportedly being sued by a Chinese investor for over $4.6 million over alleged fraud. As reported in The Times of Israel on Friday, investor Zhewen Hu claims in a lawsuit, filed in the Tel Aviv District Court on Jan. 24, that Hogeg had misappropriated some of the crypto millions invested in the firm. The filing also names Yaron Shalem, former CFO at Hogeg’s venture capital firm Singulariteam Ltd. as a defendant, says CTech. Hu said in the filing that he had invested ether…

Blockchain Project Polkadot Plans ICO to Raise Another $60 Million: Report

Blockchain project Polkadot is reportedly seeking to raise up to $60 million through another initial coin offering (ICO). According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Thursday citing “people familiar with the matter,” the startup’s latest token fundraising effort would bring the value of all its tokens to $1.2 billion, when those not in circulation are included. Polkadot previously raised more than $145 million via a token sale in October 2017. Soon after, though, it had ether tokens to the value of $98 million frozen due to a bug…

50 Cut as $60 Million Blockchain Project Nebulas Lays Off 60% of Staff

The company behind the Nebulas blockchain project has gone from a team of 80 people to just 30, CoinDesk has learned. After gaining attention in August for its decision to delay its token distribution, including holding onto founder tokens for a period of 10 years, the company has undergone a series of layoffs that have seen peripheral elements of its roadmap shelved, at least pending a recovery in the market for Nebulas’ NAS token. “One of the reasons was the market price kept going down,” Becky Lu, a spokesperson for…

Aion Token Project Estimates 18-Month Runway After Bitcoin and Ether Sales

Cash is king – especially during a crypto winter. That’s the takeaway from a report out Wednesday from the Aion Foundation, which raised $23 million worth of bitcoin and ether through a token sale in October 2017. Compiled with the help of Deloitte, though not formally audited by the Big Four accounting firm, the report details how Aion has been managing its crypto war chest. According to Aion Foundation CEO Matt Spoke, the foundation has sold off half of the bitcoin and ether it raised for fiat. The sales were…

Kik Selects Stellar Over Ethereum for Token Launch

Messenger app maker Kik is quitting ethereum for good as it continues to develop its cryptocurrency, dubbed kin. Launched on ethereum early in the ICO boom, Kik has now announced that it will close kin’s atomic swap with ethereum. Without specifying a date, the Kin Ecosystem Foundation said Wednesday that it would soon release a tool for kin holdings off of ethereum. Kik’s token has had several homes in its short life. The company raised just shy of $100 million in crypto during a September 2017 initial coin offering. By November,…