The intoxicating, late 2017 cryptocurrency market run-up fired blockchain technology and digital currencies directly into the nucleus of the global financial ecosystem–demanding the attention of regulators, speculators and innovators. The culmination of the blockchain led to the widespread realization that virtually everything could be decentralized including the creation and funding of blockchain platforms themselves. Thus, the year of the initial coin offering (ICO) was born, catalyzing a gold rush of ICOs that cumulatively generated more than $5.6 billion, an exponential increase over the mere $240 million raised the year prior. A loose regulatory environment paired with quixotic market sentiment led to a frenzy of token sales, spawning more than 900 individual offerings that ranged from highly successful to outright scams. In this three-part series, CryptoSlate will assess the current state of the ICO ecosystem, analyze the regulatory shift that is making the “traditional” ICO model untenable and take a look
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