Initial Coin Offering in full letters, an ICO is a practice of seeking funds for blockchain projects.
An ICO is more like a digital version of an IPO (Initial Public Offering). Cryptocurrencies’ experts referred to it as an IPO taking place within the Blockchain environment.
ICOs are a way to raise funds for a new cryptocurrency or digital money. There are thousands of cryptocurrencies on the financial market, but only a few are known to the public. Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, developers around the world are coming up with new cryptocurrencies to solve existing problems and improve people’s lives. Cryptocurrencies are a decentralized money system, which means that no entities can regulate their cash flow. They are a pure function of demand; the higher the number of its users, the higher the value.
Launched in 2014 by developer Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, NEO is an open-source blockchain-based platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts. The same duo founded the Onchain, a Shanghai-based blockchain company. The technology company offers blockchain solutions to various businesses.
Formerly named Antshares (ANS), the cryptocurrency later rebranded to NEO in June 2017.The NEO platform enables the development of smart contracts and Dapps.They aim to build a Smart Economy system using digital assets, digital identity, plus Smart Contracts. The NEO network envisions its Smart Economy System as follows: digital asset+ digital identity+ smart contract= smart economy.
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ClickBank is an affiliate marketing network that connects product owners to affiliates or publishers. The platform allows product providers to list their goods and services for sale, and interested affiliates will help them sell the products in exchange for a commission.
Launched in September 2017, Cardano is an open-source, decentralized public blockchain .Cardano is still a young project under development that aims to develop a smart contract platform where businesses will be able to build and run decentralized apps. Cardano is also a decentralized payment system planning to provide fast, safe, and secure transactions around the world.
Cardano defines itself as the third generation blockchain, the first generation being Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the firstborn of all cryptocurrencies worldwide. The decentralized currency was created in 2009 to facilitate financial transactions between individuals without any interference and at low transaction fees. However, Bitcoin only allows for monetary transactions. Later in 2015 came Ethereum, the second generation blockchain, a cryptocurrency that aims to decentralize the Internet. Ethereum offers developers a platform where they can build decentralized applications without worrying about shutdown or censorship.
Officially launched on June 1st, 2018 by block.one company, EOS (E-OS) is a new blockchain-based platform that aims to become a decentralized operating system capable of supporting commercial-scale decentralized apps. EOS founders claim to have solved the issue of scalability and promise a network able to process one million transactions per second at no cost.
Block.one is a Cayman Island-based company that offers high-performance blockchain solutions to businesses. The company is owned by two blockchain experts Brendon Blamer (CEO) and Daniel Larimer (CTO). Dan Larimer is the brain behind DPoS, the EOS unique system set to solve the scalability problem. Before building EOS, Larimer co-founded Steemit (decentralized social media platform) and Bitshares (decentralized exchange).
Launched in July 2017 through an ICO , Binance Coin is the native token issued by Binance Exchange . Binance Coin is the cryptocurrency that fuels operations on the Binance platform. Binance is a popular cryptocurrency exchange founded in China in 2017 by Changpeng Zhao (CZ). The Chinese company relocated to Malta, Southern Europe, following the Chinese government ban on cryptocurrencies.
Binance crypto-coin trades under the symbol BNB on various exchanges. BNB tokens were pre-mined by the Binance founding team before launching the ICO on the Ethereum network. The token was issued as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain.
In today’s society, most of our personal information is held by huge companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and more. Also, when you want to create a website or even an app, your data will be stored and controlled by a private's firm on its servers. On top of that, you have to pay for their hosting services. Moreover, the financial system and the currencies we use to pay for goods and services are controlled by single entities like the government or central bank.
It is in 2009 that the world was introduced to the first virtual currency, Bitcoin . Bitcoin is an electronic peer-to-peer payment system and the first-ever cryptocurrency. Before Bitcoin, the only way people could use money digitally was through bank transfers, electronic cards, or other online payment systems like PayPal, Google, and Apple Pay, etc. Even then, the money used was issued and controlled by governments or banks, which caused constant inflation of the fiat currencies. Further, thefinancial services would then charge you high transaction fees, and the transactions could take days for the money to reach the receiver.
As the name suggests, the word altcoin is a union of two different terms: alt and coin. Alt signifies alternatives while coin stands for cryptocurrency. Altcoins then are all the cryptocurrencies alternative to Bitcoin, the first-ever digital currency. The successful launch of Bitcoin paved the way to other competitive versions trying to discover and improve any of the original cryptocurrency limitations.
Before we move to a more in-depth explanation of altcoins, here is a brief definition of Bitcoin. Bitcoin was initiated in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, a man whose real identity remains mysterious. It is a user-to-user virtual cash system that allows users to send each other transactions without the involvement of a third party like a government or any financial institution. Dubbed the internet money, many people, especially the young generation, are starting to use bitcoins to purchase products or services on the Internet.
Plus500 is an international online broker specialized in Forex and Contracts for Difference (CFDs) financial markets.CFD is a form of trading that allows people to buy and sell financial assets without actually owning them. The platform enables investors to trade multiple assets, including stocks, forex, commodities, ETFs, options, and cryptocurrencies. Users can trade more than 2000 instruments from their computers, smartphones, or Apple's wearables. What more, Plus500’s customers can access around 50 markets to trade.
The trading platform doesn’t charge commissions on any of its trades and makes money from Bid/Ask spreads. Spreads constitute the difference between the best buy and the best sell price. However, Plus500 still offers some of the lowest spreads on the market.
Cryptocurrency, also known as digital money, is a virtual currency designed as a mean of exchange between private individuals or groups, without interference from the government or any other financial institution. Cryptocurrency is a decentralized money system meaning that it has no administration or bank controlling the cash flow.
Cryptocurrency's network runs on cryptographic protocols which are complex mathematical codes developed on computers by engineers. The protocols help to transfer data and to secure the system that produces the currencies from eventual hackers trying to break the network, duplicate or counterfeit the coins. The records of a cryptocurrency’s transactions are kept on a master ledger called “Blockchain."
Binance is a leading cryptocurrency exchanging platform which allows you to trade more than a 100 crypto. Upon its creation in 2017, Binance quickly became a popular cryptocurrency exchange. In less than one year, the company had a market capitalization of $1.3 billion. Binance currently has its headquarter in Malta, a small country in Southern Europe.
The company was created by Changpeng Zhao (CZ), in China. Binance’s CEO is also the founder of Fusion Systems, a Shanghai-based company that provides IT solutions in the financial industry. He previously worked for Blockchain.info as a member of their cryptocurrency wallet's team in 2013 and is a former OKCoin’s CTO.
TikTok is a short-video oriented application developed by ByteDance in 2016. The app was introduced to the international market after the success of Douyin in China. The app is available for Android and iOS. The short-videos are usually 3 to 15 seconds long with the short loop of 3 to 60 seconds.
The platform is available in more than 150 countries around the world and 75 languages. However, the app is curiously unavailable in mainland China, where it originated. Currently, TikTok has more than 544 million users all over the world. Famous TikTok musers include twins Lisa and Lena, Baby Ariel, Loren Gray, and Jacob Sartorius.
ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017, one year after the launch of the sister app Douyin. The two apps use the same software, but each has its own network to comply with China's censorship restrictions. TikTok was launched on the international market in 2017 and became an instant hit as it was ranked the number one free mobile app on app stores in many countries.
In 2017, ByteDance purchased short videos-oriented app musical.ly for 1 billion USD. ByteDance merged TikTok with musical.ly to attract the U.S. teenage market. In 2018, the two apps merged into one app to form one larger video platform. The users could still use the existing accounts, and the data fused into one app.
In 2018, the platform had more than 104 million downloads on Apple’s App Store and was the most downloaded app in the United States in October of the same year.
Skype is a telecommunication app that allows users to place voice and video calls. The platform was created in 2003 by Janus Friis, Niklas Zennstrom, Ahti Heinla, Jaan Tallinn, and Priit Kasesalu.
Skype registered users can make voice and video calls to other users. They can also send text messages, videos, links, gifs, and emoticons. Users can also chat in groups. The platform also allows conference calls with a limit of 25 people. Skype is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox One and on many other game consoles.
In 2005, eBay bought the application for the amount of US$2.6 billion. Three years later, Silver Lake, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Andreessen Horowitz acquired 65% of the application for 1.9 billion USD; the acquisition gave the platform a market value of US$2.92 billion. In 2011, Microsoft purchased Skype for US$8.5 billion.
Twitch is a video game live streaming platform created in 2011 by Emmett Shear and Justin Kan. The platform is owned by Amazon which purchased it for $970 million. The site mostly focuses on game streaming and other programs such as eSports events, music concert, charity events, creative content, and many more. The platform currently has more than 150 million monthly users; among them are over 15 million daily users and 2.2 million monthly streamers.
Twitch was created by Emmett Shear and Justin Kan in 2011. Twitch was a spin-off of Justin.tv, also a video-sharing website. Justin.tv was founded by Shear, Kan, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt in 2007. As Justin.tv was an all-video broadcast, Twitch.tv was launched to separate the gaming section from the website.
Originally named "Picaboo," Snapchat is a messaging app founded by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown in 2011. Similar to the WhatsApp "Status" feature, Snapchat has a "Stories" feature where users can upload and view videos and pictures for a short time. Even chats are only available for a small amount of time. Snapchat has more than 255 million users around the globe.
The app is available on iOS and Android devices, and in 22 languages.