9 Websites You Can Use To Find ICOs 0

9 Websites You Can Use To Find ICOs

Websites You Can Use To Find and Research Initial Coin Offerings

There are many ICOs happening in the Crypto world, here are some websites you can use to find and start researching new and upcoming ICOS.

Bitcoin Talk

To find ICOs first, you will generally want to troll the BitcoinTalk Altcoin Announcement page as you’ll be able to find ICOs first, as most projects announce their ICO here before anywhere else, You’ll have to navigate through all the other stuff in the forum, this is good to be early, but not as simple as the other ICO listing sites in this list. Head over here and look for new projects: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=159.0

Coin Schedule

This site has great UI and shows you a list of ongoing ICOs once you land on their website. Visit Coin Schedule here: https://www.coinschedule.com/

ICO Alert

ICO Alert has clean and simple design, breaking the main page down into three columns of Active ICOs, Ongoing ICOs, and Recent ICOs. Visit ICO Alert here: https://www.icoalert.com/

Token Market

Another site with ongoing, upcoming and recent ICOs, very clean layout and easy to use. Visit their ICO Calendar here: https://tokenmarket.net/ico-calendar

ICO Baazar

Yet another website to look at ICOs on. Visit their ICO list here: https://icobazaar.com/list

ICO Tracker

I think you get the point by now, another list of ICOs. Visit the site here: https://icotracker.net/

ICO Daily

Simple and clean UI, another place to start your ICO research: https://icodaily.net/

Coin Hills

Another well designed and easy to use website to find you next ICO investment on: https://www.coinhills.com/ico/list/

Kasoutuka Navi

Ending the list with a Japanese cryptocurrency site, this site seems to list some good ICO projects and is relatively easy to use for English natives with Translate. Visit their ICO list here: http://kasoutuka-navi.com/icoschedule/

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trade.io Partners with Civic to Provide Identity Verification via the Blockchain 0

18 December 2017, Zug, Switzerlandtrade.io, a next-generation cryptocurrency exchange, has announced a partnership with blockchain-based identity verification pioneer, Civic. The agreement allows trade.io the ability to provide Civic’s revolutionary identity verification services for the convenience of future users in the trade.io ecosystem. Civic’s verification service reduces the overall cost of know your client (KYC), removes inefficiencies, enhances security and privacy, and greatly improves the user experience. 

trade.io, which also provides the industry’s first liquidity pool, which distributes up to 50% of daily revenue to liquidity pool participants, intends to utilize Civic’s identity verification services to qualify clients for the liquidity pool and trade.io exchange. By offering Civic’s services, it will be able to cut down the time to onboard clients in an AML-compliant manner significantly.

Commenting on the partnership, CEO Jim Preissler commented, In the world of finance there is a delicate balance between being AML compliant, but also providing your customer an efficient, scalable solution to make sure they’re accessing our platform, and trading in a short amount of time. After extensive vetting, we were happy settling upon Civic who is without question the leader in this field.”

 Civic CTO, Jonathan Smith remarked, “We were intrigued with trade.io’s experience in the industry and approach to ensuring compliance and adhering to regulatory matters. We are looking forward to a long mutually beneficial relationship with trade.io.” 

trade.io is currently in the midst of its ICO and has raised over $18.2M thus far from over 7,000 participants. In October, Civic made headlines by raising over $30M which at the time was the largest ICO raise of 2017. 

Spectre: Eliminating Fraud With Decentralized Liquidity Pool 0

Cookeville, TN- Speculative Tokenised Trading Exchange, otherwise known as SPECTRE, is a new and innovative platform designed to rid the financial market of the ethical issues it faces. SPECTRE was first developed in the fourth quarter of 2016 by Karan Khemani and Zisis Skoulouds of Neuchatel Ltd. Both of these men have strong backgrounds in the financial world. Khemani once held executive positions at companies such as J.P Morgan and Goldman Saches. He is a blockchain enthusiast who received his BSc and MSc in Decisions Sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE). Khenamani is responsible for the design, architecture, and expansion of SPECTRE into the marketplace. Skoulouds is an electrical engineer who has previously worked at INO SA & Siemens where he designed and implemented their ERP software. Skoulouds received his MSc in Decisions Sciences from the LSE and is responsible for the financial forecasting and risk management of SPECTRE’s liquidity pool. These two men, with the creation of SPECTRE, seek to rid the financial marketplace of the ethical issues of the traditional methodology.

The traditional financial trading model is rife with unethicality. The current industry loss ratio is 70-90% and this is in large part due to the manner in which traders are taken advantage of by brokers. These middlemen, whose job it is to look out for the interests of their clients, have been known to practice less than ethical methods of increasing their commission. They can prevent or hinder withdrawals, manipulate trades by dishonestly reporting market prices, trade on behalf of the trader without their explicit permission, and otherwise taking advantage of both experienced and inexperienced traders alike.

The lack of transparency within the traditional market is due in large part to the practices of brokers. Brokers, in the traditional system, make the majority of their commission off of the loss of traders. This gives them the motivation to use a combination of unethical tactics in order to maximize their profits.

The brokers who use these unethical tactics often offer bonuses to new traders without alerting them to an important detail. Their money is now tied in with the bonus within the brokers’ account and, until they make a certain percentage of a profit above the bonus, their money cannot be withdrawn. Others are more forthcoming but still seek to prevent withdrawals and will overwhelm their traders with new paperwork and enthusiastic urges to place more money into their trading account. There have even been reports of traders withdrawing their money only for it to never materialize into their bank account.

Brokers also have been known to dishonestly report current marketplace prices. The feeds from which they receive their prices are not readily available to traders which allow brokers to manipulate the numbers until a trader’s win turns into a loss. This allows the broker to further manipulate the trade by hedging against the trader’s bet.

SPECTRE seeks to disrupt this by eliminating the roots of the problem; the brokers and the lack of transparency they foster. Oto Suvary, Director of R&D at SPECTRE writes:

“Because we remove B-Book brokerages and replace them with immutable smart contracts, we are addressing a major need with our prediction market platform by preventing many forms of global financial fraud.”

SPECTRE is built upon Ethereum blockchain technology to foster transparency by removing the broker from the system entirely. Ethereum allows traders to use crypto-wallets to invest in the liquidity pool, rather than investing directly into a broker account, which makes human intervention by SPECTRE within trader accounts impossible.

The liquidity pool, along with not having a direct access to trader accounts, is directly funded by token purchases. Each trader that invests in the liquidity pool, irregardless of the token they invest in, has a share in it.

SPECTRE has two distinct token types for their investors to buy. Their Dividend Token, also known as D-SPECTRE coin or D-Token, is the base token investors can buy. It pays out a 2% dividend, allocated monthly, to all D-token holders for each time that a trader makes a trade. SPECTRE also gets a 2% cut, allocated in the form of a technology fee, with each trade. This allows profits to be made off of volume rather than solely from win/loss ratios. The second token type is their Utility Token. This token is a premium token, known as U-SPECTRE coins or U-Tokens, that do not get the typical 2% dividend payout. Traders who buy this token instead receive a 1-5% higher trade out pay in comparison to the d-tokens. They also get access to more sophisticated smart contract options such as exotic trade types, knock-in-knock-outs, barriers, ladders, and other options. 3% of SPECTRE’s profits from fees are additionally devoted to buying back U-tokens through their buyback program. This allows the dynamics of the liquidity pool to be changed according to the daily needs of the platform. This, coupled with their adaptive trading program, increases transparency within the financial marketplace.

Their adaptive trading program uses a variety of algorithms to protect traders and promote transparency.  Processes as emotion control, risk management, and trade opportunity recognition are managed by these algorithms. These processes assist in keeping track of traders strengths, weaknesses, and other statistics which are useful to the improvement of the trading experience. SPECTRE keeps track of these and alerts the trader if they’re about to make a costly mistake. Traders are also allowed to monitor the live value and fluctuations of the liquidity pool along with the dividend payouts made. This, unlike traditional models where this is not possible, allows the trader to be completely certain no fraud has occurred. With SPECTRE’s transparency, traders can have complete faith in the fact that their tokens are being used as intended. This increases transparency and protects the trader from fraud and unethical behavior.

SPECTRE’s token sale starts on the 17th of November 2017 at 12:00 PM GMT and ends on the 10th of December 2017 at 11:59 AM GMT. The public alpha went live in September 2017 and the connection to the live Ethereum main net environment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Access will be made available on www.spectre.ai.

Media Contact:

Cheryl Buckingham
team@spectre.ai
www.spectre.ai

trade.io Funds Cutting-Edge Distributed Ledger Technology Research At The University of Nicosia 0

29 November 2017, Zug Switzerland trade.io is delighted to announce that it is funding two post-doctoral seats at the University of Nicosia to focus on advanced research in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).  Specifically, trade.io will be supporting post-doctoral research at the University of Nicosia in the areas of 1) Distributed Ledger Technology, with a specific focus on side-chains and cross-chain interoperability, and 2) smart token corporate governance best practices and implementation.

With this important initiative, trade.io demonstrates its commitment to improving the state-of-the-art in the DLT field by supporting high caliber academic staff to pursue topics that will improve the functionality, interoperability, and  governance of blockchain technologies.

trade.io CEO, Jim Preissler said of the agreement, “Without a doubt, this is a major development for us, in that it provides trade.io with access to some of the brightest and most innovative minds in blockchain and digital currency.  The University of Nicosia has embraced blockchain technology since 2013, being the first to accept bitcoin for tuition and to publish academic certificates on the blockchain”. Preissler continued: “They were also the first university in the world to offer coursework and an accredited academic degree program in this field (MSc in Digital Currency) and are considered a global leader in academia in this area.”

Antonis Polemitis, CEO of University of Nicosia, remarked on the collaboration, “We very much welcome and commend trade.io’s willingness to fund and support technical research in some of the most interesting (and difficult) topics in Distributed Ledger Technology.  We are deeply interested in further research and development in these areas that will benefit the whole community and field at large.  Given the rapid growth of value being transacted globally on blockchains, it is critical that firms in this field contribute, both financially and technically, to basic academic research in the technologies that underpin this new field.”

The call for post-doctoral researchers under this program will be open on December 4th at:

www.digitalcurrency.unic.ac.cy

trade.io is building a blockchain-based trading platform for cryptocurrency and traditional financial assets.   More information about trade.io can be found at: www.trade.io

Trade.io

Bahnhofstrasse 21

6300 Zug, Switzerland

www.trade.io

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is one of the leading comprehensive universities in southern Europe with over 12,000 students.  More information about the University of Nicosia can be found at: www.unic.ac.cy

SPECTRE Disrupts Financial Trading With the Removal of Brokers 0

Cookeville, TN-The traditional belief within the financial market is that brokers are an integral aspect of it. They arrange sales between trader and stock seller for a small commission. That commission was their due for filling a role that only they could fulfill. The ethical issues that arose from this system, though known to traders, were an unavoidable risk that had to be taken. Traders had no way to fulfill the role of a broker effectively unless they wished to take on both roles at once. This, coupled with the power of the broker, prevented the broker’s place in the financial trading system to remain undisrupted for nearly the entirety of financial trading history.

The ethical issues involved in this system are numerous and costly. Brokers take advantage of their traders through various deceitful tactics. A common first tactic is designed to draw in and entice traders. Brokers will offer a promo incentive or bonus to any who open a new account with them. These incentives are far larger than the amount invested and, in many cases, are given with the agreement that the trader cannot withdraw their profits until they match or exceed it. This gives the broker complete control over the account of their traders so that they may prevent, hinder, or at the very least make withdrawal difficult. These unethical practices allow dishonest brokers to manipulate prices by dishonestly reporting them along with hedging bets against their traders in order to increase their commission. The practices outlined above have resulted in a 70-90% industry loss ratio. These practices, along with their result, are common knowledge but there was little that could be done in the past to disrupt this cycle.

SPECTRE, the shortened form of Speculative Tokenized Trading Exchange, is an innovative platform that has disrupted this facet of the financial market. SPECTRE is built upon Ethereum blockchain technology. This is important as it allows traders to use crypto wallets, rather than an account controlled by a broker, to invest. Ethereum takes the place of the broker and automates all the processes associated with the role. Brokers, in the traditional model, make profits off of the loss of traders; the Etherum technology makes no such profit from the deposit of funds from cryptocurrencies into SPECTRE’s liquidity pool. This reduces the motivation and core reasons that broker fraud occurs within the financial market. The broker, within SPECTRE’s business model, is no longer necessary.

The liquidity pool, along with the Etherum blockchain, takes the place of the broker in SPECTRE’s online platform. The liquidity pool is owned by the traders who invest in it, their ‘share’ measured by how many tokens they purchased, and is therefore far more decentralized than the traditional financial model’s liquidity pool. The ethereum blockchain technology, when combined with the liquidity pool, is what makes this system so innovative. Ethereum blockchain works by allowing traders to convert currency into ‘ether’. The conversion of currency to ether, along with the overall management of the currency, is completely automated. This allows the ether to be transferred to any cryptocurrency or, in the case of SPECTRE, withdrawn from the platform without hindrance from a third party such as a broker.

Ether can be used to purchase two types of tokens within SPECTRE. These tokens, known as Dividend and Utility tokens, are used to promote trading and growth within the platform. The base token that most users will utilize is the Dividend token. It pays out a 2% dividend to all token holders each time a trader initiates a trade. SPECTRE get a 2% cut of the overall trade in the form of a technology fee each time this occurs. The second is their Utility Token. These tokens, shortened to U-Token, do not pay a financial dividend with each trade but have 1-5% higher pay trade outs in comparison to the D-Token. U-tokens also allow access to exotic trade types such as knock-in-knock-outs, barriers, ladders, and other open smart contract options. These tokens, additionally, can be bought back by SPECTRE through their buyback program. This is made possible by their utilization of 3% of fees generated on their platform to fund the program. These tokens will each be utilized upon different sections of the platform so there is complete transparency and no concern over the preferential treatment of the token types.

These tokens are protected by an adaptive trading program that utilizes a variety of algorithms. Emotion control, risk management, and trade opportunity recognition are managed by a series of algorithms that assist in keeping track of various statistics. The strengths, weaknesses, and habits of the trader are analyzed by the system so that a report can be built based on these factors. This report will then be used to let the trader know when they are about to make a potentially loss-inducing mistake. The trader is, additionally, given the right to monitor the live fluctuation in the value of the liquidity pool so that they may always be assured that there is complete transparency upon the platform. SPECTRE allows the trader to rest assured that their investments are being protected and that their projected value has been reportedly honestly.

SPECTRE aims to do more than disrupt the financial trading market via the removal of the broker. It also seeks to better educate traders on the proper techniques and strategies to be used in trading. The platform, for this purpose, will also be home to the Spectre Financial Education Academy. This, known as SpecEd for short, has been created in partnership with the
Blue Sky Binary Blockchain Academy. Material from the BBA will be included upon SPECTRE’s platform with the aim of better educating incoming traders.

SPECTRE’s token sale starts on the 17th of November 2017 at 12:00 PM GMT and ends on the 10th of December 2017 at 11:59 AM GMT. The public alpha went live in September 2017 and the connection to the live Ethereum main net environment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Access will be made available on www.spectre.ai.

Media Contact:
Cheryl Buckingham
team@spectre.ai
www.spectre.ai

Spectre Eliminates Fraud With First Broker-less Platform 0

Cookeville, TN-

Speculative Tokenized Trading Exchange, shortened to SPECTRE, is different from the other ICO’s that claim to be disrupting the financial market. The platform was created by Neuchatel Ltd whose founders, SPECTRE CEO Karan “Kay” Khemani and COO Zisis Skoulouds, explicitly designed the platform to be disruptive and innovative. It’s two innovative features, Tokenized Balance Sheets and Dividends along with an adaptive trade platform, are their most disruptive ones. Both features aim to reduce broker fraud by removing the perpetrator of fraud-the broker-,protecting the trader through algorithms, and promoting transparency within the platform.

The main perpetrators of fraud within the financial trading market are brokers. They have complete control over the investments, and therefore capita, of the trader from the moment they invest. Brokers make money off of the losses of their traders which results in a broker-trader dynamic that encourages such practices as dishonestly reporting market prices, providing hyped strategies designed to burn accounts intro the ground, trading without permission upon the behalf of the trader, and hindering withdrawals. This unhealthy dynamic encourages a 70-90% industry loss ratio that creates distrust in the financial market.

SPECTRE seeks to disrupt this pattern by removing brokers from the equation entirely. The tokenized and decentralized liquidity pool, governed by smart contracts, takes their place. This pool is owned directly by traders. The liquidity pool, whose foundation is the Ethereum block chain, is initially funded by ICO investors who receive tokens in exchange. Both the SPECTRE management team and these ICO investors receive a percentage of each trade. This creates a system upon which profit is not made purely from trader losses but rather by the sheer volume of trades made upon the platform. These profits, and the trades from which they resulted, are monitored by smart contracts to ensure all trades are fair. SPECTRE additionally uses OANDA price feeds to monitor these trades and encourage transparency.

Their adaptive trading program uses a range of algorithms to protect traders and promote transparency. These algorithms help with such processes as emotion control, risk management, and trade opportunity recognition. These are used to keep track of traders strengths, weaknesses, and other stats. SPECTRE keeps track of these and alerts the trader if they’re about to make a costly mistake. Traders are also allowed to monitor the live value and fluctuations of the liquidity pool along with the dividend pay outs made. This, unlike traditional models where this is not possible, allows the trader to be completely certain no fraud has occurred. With SPECTRE’s transparency traders can have complete faith in the fact that their tokens are being used as intended.

SPECTRE uses two different tokens to promote trading and growth within their platform. The first is their Dividend Token, also known as a D-Token, which is the standard token used upon the platform. It pays out a 2% dividend to all token holders each time a trader initiates a trade. SPECTRE gets a 2% cut of the overall trade in the form of a technology fee each time this occurs. The second is their Utility Token. These tokens, shortened to U-Token, do not pay a financial dividend with each trade but have 1-5% higher pay trade outs in comparison to the D-Token. U-tokens also allow access to exotic trade types such as knock-in-knock-outs, barriers, ladders, and other open smart contract options. These tokens, additionally, can be bought back by SPECTRE through their buyback program. This is made possible by their utilization of 3% of fees generated on their platform to fund
the program.

These tokens, contained within the liquidity pool, are protected by a bug and security bounty program. The program is run by Mike Boutwell from CryptoAdvisors and ex Morgan Stanely executive director Adam Dossa will also be called in to run audits as needed. This program will protect SPECTRE’s liquidity pool from short and long term threats such as bots attached to trading accounts, DDOS attacks, site and liquidity pool hacks, and other attacks such as Trojan strategies. Mike Boutwell and his team will be auditing the SPECTRE platform to eliminate any security issues that may arise after December 15th of 2017. SPECTRE will additionally allows non-team members to participate in the Bug Bounty program along with a hackathon event. Participants of the bug program will be given a demo version of the platform and will additionally be given 0.1 BTC per qualifying bug found. The hackathon will be structured similarly. Participants will be allowed to attempt to hack the liquidity pool while it is connected to Testnet. O.2-0.3 BTC will be given to any who find a flaw but a large prize of 1-10 BTC will be given to any who successfully rigs the system. This, SPECTRE hopes, will incentivize keeping the platform bug and security flaw free.

SPECTRE, with these innovations, promises to be a disruptive platform that will change the way digital trading is carried out. They have thrown the old financial trading model out and replaced it with a modern platform far more fitting for the digital age.

SPECTRE’s token sale starts on the 17th of November 2017 at 12:00 PM GMT and ends on the 10th of December 2017 at 11:59 AM GMT. The public alpha went live in September 2017 and the connection to the live Ethereum mainnet environment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Access will be made available on www.spectre.ai.

Media Contact:
Cheryl Buckingham
team@spectre.ai
www.spectre.ai

 

Why I Am Mining $ELLA Instead of $ETH 2

Ellaism($ELLA) is an Ethereum forked cryptocurrency that launched on September 11th, 2017. This coin has some good miner support, the community is growing fast and development work is constantly in progress.

Currently ELLA is more profitable than ETH and with a less than $500 K market cap, this coin has room to grow so I switched my ETH miners to ELLA.