A new indictment came down in the case involving three Canadians behind the alleged PlexCoin ICO scam which raised $8M in 2017.
The definition of an ICO is an unregulated method of fundraising to support a new project via cryptocurrency. An Initial Coin Offering is used by startups to avoid the strict and over-regulated capital-raising process required by venture capitalists or banks. In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the cryptocurrency is sold to enthusiasts of the project in return for governmental means of payment or other cryptocurrencies, often Bitcoin.
ICOs shares features of both IPOs and crowdfunding. Like IPOs, a stake of the startup or company is sold to raise money for the entity’s operations during an ICO operation. However, while IPOs deal with investors, ICOs deal with supporters, just like a crowdfunding campaign the only difference is that the backers of the ICO project are motivated by a future return of their investments, while the funds raised during crowdfunding are just gratuitous contributions.
The Polkadot project appears to be launching its second token sale after a “building with Polkadot” page is published.5977
The CEO of a crypto firm that recently settled with the SEC over its 2017 ICO is suing T-Mobile over a series of SIM-swaps that resulted in the loss of $8.7 million worth of crypto.15484
Blockchain project Avalanche raises $42 million in a public sale, with the mainnet launch now being expected to come by the end of August.6315
Commissioner Hester Peirce clearly doesn’t see the SEC’s courtroom win against Telegram as a victory for the regulator or innovation in the U.S.3625
Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud relating to his promotion of the 2018 AML BitCoin ICO.3983
Faculty at the Rotterdam School of Management argue that STOs are better for financing startups than ICOs.3471
Sohrab Sharma would be the 2nd co-founder behind the Centra Tech ICO scam to face prison following the conviction of Robert Farkas in June.6358
Former Swiss President and new board member of CV VC talks the unique attitudes towards law that make Switzerland a hub for crypto.4698
The consolidated class-action lawsuit against the Tezos Foundation appears likely to end in a $25M settlement which might forestall further SEC action.11689
The DeFi sector is seeing rapid growth in use and volume. Some appear concerned about a bursting bubble, but could it be natural growth?7635
Abramoff and the founder of AML Bitcoin face charges for fraud in misrepresenting the token’s compliance, with the founder himself facing jail time for money laundering.2000
Paragon Coin will face federal claims from a class-action lawsuit alleging that the firm’s $70 million ICO from 2017 violated securities laws.5551
An SEC suit against the operators of a $30 million allegedly fraudulent ICO has been stayed pending the conclusion of parallel criminal proceedings.2460
Waves Association founder Sasha Ivanov warns that decentralized finance's surge might have negative consequences.6325