Solana price is pushing toward new highs as an increasing number of DApps, DeFi projects and stablecoins build platforms on the network.
An initial coin offering, or ICO, is a controversial fundraising method for launching blockchain and cryptocurrency networks that involves the sale and distribution of a new crypto asset in exchange for other tokens, commonly Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).
During the “ICO mania” of 2017 to 2018, projects collectively raised billions of dollars in capital, largely through nonaccredited investors.
This funding method has since lost most of its legitimacy, both inside and outside the industry. Many ICOs were clearly frauds or, at best, operating in regulatory gray areas. Over the past few years, regulatory agencies such as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission,or SEC, have brought legal action to past and present ICOs, slowly creating legal precedent and guidelines for future ventures.
While the ICO is now a precarious fundraising method for projects and investors alike, it did showcase a powerful use case of blockchain in permissionless fundraising at incredible scale. Over time, the launch methods of cryptocurrency networks will become more sophisticated, safe and, perhaps, regulatorily sound.
An ICO fraudster spent more than $7 million in fraudulently obtained COVID relief on luxury personal expenses, including a Rolex, a luxury apartment and a new Mercedes.10414
The new BOSON token will enable users to access the decentralized commerce ecosystem. The project has so far raised $36 million through public and private sales.11415
As Ripple fends off SEC lawyers, XRP enjoys an explosive weekend pump.70572
A Polkadot project says the crypto world is too reliant on humans having to trust other humans and has built a transparent, trustless model for distributing tokens.10145
Hat voucher tokens are now going for as much as $3,700 in a joke sale that got out of hand.5042
The Ethereum ecosystem and some outside power players are banding together to give Flow a run for its money.9591
Liquidity mining is a marked and significant improvement over the investment mechanisms of ICOs, but is it here to stay?15495
The final Law Decoded moves away from specific news to reflect on the biggest legal issues facing crypto.43324
Meanwhile, the anti-virus mogul is still imprisoned in Spain.10054
A co-founder of the fraudulent 2017 ICO Centra Tech has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the scheme.23887
NFTs are taking over from where DeFi left off, and data suggests asset tokenization will dominate 2021.21484
The Senate held its first hearing on Gary Gensler's nomination to chair the SEC today.8411
Litecoin creator Charlie Lee continues to criticize the NFT industry, seeing the hallmarks of a mania similar to 2017 and even 2013.12154
A U.S. federal judge ruled to dismiss a case against crypto firm Bancor, citing lack of personal jurisdiction and the plaintiff’s failure to prove losses.6817