Mr. Ivan Karadzhov says Bitcomo will create a smart contract-based advertising and performance-based digital marketing model that is ideal for the advertising industry and is the first decentralized platform in the CPA-partner network based on Blockchain technology with the use of smart contract algorithms. He plans on using Initial Coin Offerings(ICOs) to raise funds for his project. But, what is Initial Coin Offerings(ICOs)?
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Initial Coin Offerings(ICOs) are very high risk and speculative investments, are scams in some cases, and often offer no protection for investors. Even in cases of legitimate ICOs, funded projects are typically in an early and therefore high-risk stage of development. ICOs can be used for a wide range of activities, ranging from corporate finance to charitable fundraising to outright fraud. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned investors to beware of scammers using ICOs to execute "pump and dump" schemes, in which the scammers talk up the value of an ICO in order to generate interest and drive up the value of the coins, and then quickly "dumps" the coins for a profit. However, the SEC has also acknowledged that ICOs may provide fair and lawful investment opportunities.
What is Initial Coin Offerings(ICOs)?
Initial Coin Offerings(ICOs) is an unregulated and controversial means of crowdfunding via the use of cryptocurrency, which can be a source of capital for startup companies. In an ICO a percentage of the newly issued cryptocurrency is sold to investors in exchange for legal tender or other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The term may be analogous with 'token sale' or crowdsale, which refers to a method of selling participation in an economy, giving investors access to the features of a particular project starting at a later date.
ICOs may sell a right of ownership or royalties to a project. The coin in an ICO is a symbol of ownership interest in an enterprise - a digital stock certificate if you will. In contrast to initial public offerings (IPOs), where investors gain shares in the ownership of the company, for ICOs the investors buy coins of the company, which can appreciate in value if the business is successful.
Crackdown on Fundraising by Token-based Digital Currencies
There has been a crackdown on fundraising through launches of token-based digital currencies. China has banned initial coin offerings (ICO) which has caused chaos among start-ups looking to raise money through the novel fund-raising scheme, prompting halts, about-turns, and re-thinks. So, is this like the dotcom bubble of 2000?
The dot-com bubble was a historic economic bubble and period of excessive speculation that occurred roughly from 1997 to 2001, a period of extreme growth in the usage and adaptation of the Internet by businesses and consumers. During this period, many Internet-based companies, commonly referred to as dot-coms, were founded, many of which failed completely and shut down. Others stock declined by 86% and lost a large portion of their market capitalization.