Blockchain Companies

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Blockchain Companies - Rows 9-18

Of the 10 companies in rows 9-18 of the attached spreadsheet, 9 had an ICO date in 2018, while Gnosis was the outlying company with an ICO on April 4, 2017. The companies are headquartered in diverse locations, including France, Gibraltar, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Taiwan, Czech Republic, and the USA. The companies were small, employing as few as 5 in the case of Sandblock, to Coti and Gnosis tied at 30 employees.
Below you will find a discussion of our results on the 10 blockchain companies listed in rows 9-18.

10 Blockchain Companies

Of the companies we are about to discuss, we were able to locate the requested information for all but Bills, the company located on row 13. Despite an extensive search of the suggested resources as well as an expanded search into additional databases, news venues, industry blogs and other resources, we were unable to find their ICO Rating, the location of their headquarters, or the number of people they employ within the time allowed.
Gnosis
ICO Date: April 4, 2017
ICO Rating: 4.5/5
HQ: Alexandria, Virginia
Employees: 30
Description: Gnosis works with CrowdWiz by generating CrowdWiz tokens to "pay platform fees, subsidize fees of other participants, provide initial subsidies for markets, or for market trading."
Coti
ICO Date: April 30, 2018
ICO Rating: 4.1/5
HQ: Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Employees:30
Description: Offers an efficient payment system by combining the best traditional payment systems with blockchain technologies. The goal of Coti is the development of the first digital currency to be adopted on a broad basis in consumer transactions.
Repux
ICO Date: March 6, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.6/5
HQ: Krakow, Malopolskie, Poland
Employees: 21
Description: A protocol level framework in which corporate and user data can be monetized and exchanged. It provides the ability to create a decentralized marketplace.
Neurochain
ICO Date: March 19, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.8/5
HQ: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Employees: 6
Description: An evolution of blockchain designed to carry intelligent applications, a seemingly limitless technology. Neurochain values quality over quantity and is a faster technology than most blockchains.
Bills
ICO Date: March 8, 2018
ICO Rating: N/A
HQ: N/A
Employees: N/A
Description: Attempting to keep blockchain open and accessible with easy advertising.
Sandblock
ICO Date:March 21, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.7/5
HQ: Paris, France
Employees:5
Description: Sandblock utilizes Smart Contracts to connect brands and customers and allows businesses to obtain data about their customers. Token can be traded or converted to SAT. Sandblock is also developing a mobile app.

RxEAL
ICO Date: February 18, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.8/5
HQ: Riga, Latvia
Employees: 6
Description: RxEAL was designed to provide security deposit storage on the Ethereum Blockchain. This company focuses on the real estate and automotive rental markets and settles disputes through three arbitrators.
Signals Network
ICO Date: March 12, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.9/5
HQ: Prague, Czech Republic
Employees: 18
Description: Signals Network was created in an effort to demonetize machine intelligence in the cryptotrading industry. It provides traders the tools they require to make faster tradind decisions and to maximize their trading profit.
Morpheus
ICO Date: March 5, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.9/5
HQ: Taichung, Beitun, Taiwan
Employees: 15
Description: Morpheus simplifies the complex logistical networks of international shipments. The employees in this company come from a range of backgrounds that enhance this ability, including shipping, customs, banking, and accounting. They use their combined knowledge to optimize their customer's experience.
TV-Two
ICO Date: April 24, 2018
ICO Rating: 3.6/5
HQ: Berlin, Germany
Employees: 12
Description: TV-Two seeks to improve the television experience of it customers by offering an application for Connected TVs and a Token for Television. Their goal is to eliminate TV broadcasting in the future of personalized TV.

Conclusion

The 10 blockchain companies found in rows 9-18 of the attached spreadsheet mostly have 2018 ICO dates, with Gnosis alone in 2017. They range from countries around the world are generally small organizations.

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Blockchain Companies - Rows 19-28

SPREADSHEET: Blockchain Companies (Rows 19-28)

On the attached spreadsheet, we have compiled the data regarding the following blockchain companies: Equitoken, GeekzCode, Kosher Factor, Thor Token, 300 Cubits, Moviechain, Shopin, Repux, Safein, and Auctus Project. For each of the company, we have included the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) date, ICO rating, headquarter location, number of employees and description of the company.

First, we researched the ICO start date, ICO end date and rating of each of the company using the ICORating and Cyrptocompare websites. In cases where the information was not available on these websites, we referred to other credible and reliable ICO rating websites like ICO Tracker, ICO Bench, and ICO Holder. We ensured that the ratings of the companies were consistent on each of the websites and were out of a perfect rating of 5.0. Then, we researched the number of employees, headquarters and description of the companies using LinkedIn. In cases where the information was not available on LinkedIn, we researched the information using the company website. Finally, we compiled all the data in the spreadsheet.

Even after extensively researching through ICORating, Cryptocompare, ICO Bench and other websites, the data regarding the ICO rating and the number of employees of Kosher Factor was unavailable. Even the company profile of Kosher Factor is not available on these websites. We also researched the Kosher Factor company website and trusted media sites, but the data was not available on these websites.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 29-38

For most of the companies, the complete data about ICO start date and rating was not available on websites mentioned by the client. I extract the ICO information for most of the companies from ICObench.com. They provide an overall rating for the ICO based on ratings from various analysts and ICO rating experts and their ICO analyzer. The information about block chain companies is provided in rows 29-38 of the attached spreadsheet as requested. Please note, no data was available on any of the ICO databases for Mint Health. I have included an article about Mint Health"s ICO that provides information on its start date.

SUMMARY AND FINDINGS

ICO DATES
The ICO dates were provided in column D. Most of the above-mentioned block chain companies does not have current open ICO and some of them have already completed their ICOs ans some are not started yet. For Mint Health, it is stated that the company will launch an ICO for Vidamint tokens in January or February 2018. No further information is provided about ICO of Mint Health. RCN (Ripio Credit Network) and Shift.cash do not have a profile in the preferred sources, thus, I've given information taken from other ICO sites, icobench.com, icorating.com and cyptocompare.com.
ICO RATING
ICO rating is provided in column E for all provided companies except Zupply, Wave and Mint Health. After an extensive research, I could not find the rating information for these three companies. The ICO rating for all other companies ranges from 3.3 to 4.4. Propy has the highest ICO rating of 4.4.
HEADQUARTERS, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, AND DESCRIPTION
Headquarters location, number of employees, and company description were provided in column F, G, and H respectively. All of this information were extracted from each company's LinkedIn profile, Facebook profile and/or Company website.

BLOCKCHAIN COMPANIES (ROWS 29-38)

TopiaCoin: Tacoma, Washington
Mint health: San Diego, California

Conclusion

The detailed information which includes ICO date, ICO rating, company headquarters, employees and description of each these blockchain companies is provided in rows 29-38 of the attached spreadsheet.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 39-48

Rows 39 to 48, columns D to H of the attached spreadsheet have been completed. Only Sightline (Lucyd), Rivetz, Sonm, and Ledger (Power Ledger) have conducted Initial Coin Offerings. Below, I will present the results of the research.

TRANSMUTE (TRANSMUTE INDUSTRIES)

An examination of Austin, Texas-based Transmute Industries’ corporate website, ICORating, and CryptoCompare revealed that the company had not conducted any ICO. There are three employees listed on its LinkedIn profile and corporate website. Transmute Industries is an Ethereum development consultancy that “leverages our open source framework to enable javascript developers to build blockchain dApps.” The company provides consulting services such as blockchain-based audit trail and Initial Coin Offerings.

THINKTIV

An examination of Austin, Texas-based Thinktiv’s corporate website, ICORating, and CryptoCompare revealed that the company had not conducted any ICO. There are 24 employees listed on its LinkedIn profile. Thinktiv focused on helping companies build their businesses. Their recent work included providing “alternative funding models, cryptocurrency issuance and trade, and hard technology commercialization.”

FACTBASE

An examination of Tokyo, Japan-based Factbase’s corporate website, ICORating, and CryptoCompare revealed that the company had not conducted any ICO. The company has no LinkedIn account, but there are 11 employees listed on its corporate website. Factbase’s mission is to “create the most used cryptocurrency information resource in the world by analyzing cryptocurrency Big Data.” The company planned to leverage on Artificial Intelligence to fulfill its goal.

SIGHTLINE (LUCYD)

An extensive search did not reveal any blockchain company called “Sightline.” A search for “Sightline” led to an article on a company called Lucyd. Singapore-based Lucyd’s ICO closed on February 26, 2018. Its rating is not listed on ICORating and CryptoCompare. ICOBench has provided a 4.1 expert rating. The company has 15 employees listed on LinkedIn. Lucyd is an augmented reality company that created Lucyd Lens, the “world's first smartglasses that look and feel like normal glasses.” The company is planning to launch Lucyd Lab, a blockchain-based reward system for its users and content developers.

RIVETZ

Richmond, Massachusetts-based Rivetz’s ICO closed on September 8, 2017. Its rating is not listed on ICORating and CryptoCompare. ICOBench has provided a 3.5 expert rating. The company has 27 employees listed on its corporate website (23 employees listed on LinkedIn). Rivetz is part of the decentralized and hardware-based cybersecurity ecosystem. The company provides the “core infrastructure for cybersecurity and seeks to fully enable the hundreds of millions of devices that have security already built-in.”

SONM

Moscow, Russia-based Sonm’s ICO closed on June 16, 2017. It has received a stable+ rating on ICORating. The company has 36 employees listed on LinkedIn. SONM is a “decentralized worldwide fog supercomputer.” Its supercomputer is capable of providing general purpose computing such as site hosting and also scientific calculations.

KINGUIN

Hong Kong, China-based Kinguin planned to start its ICO on March 30, 2018. The company has 246 employees listed on LinkedIn. Kinguin is a global e-commerce platform for video games and virtual in-game items. The company also works with the most successful players and biggest teams in the e-Sport industry.

MOECO

An examination of Berlin, Germany-based Moeco’s corporate website, ICORating, and CryptoCompare revealed that the company had not conducted any ICO. There are 17 employees listed on its corporate website (10 employees listed on LinkedIn). Moeco is a “blockchain-powered platform to make all things connected.” The company utilizes crowdsourcing to gain coverage and help businesses adopt IoT technology in a cost-effective way.

ALPHAPOINT

An examination of New York City, New York-based AlphaPoint’s corporate website, ICORating, and CryptoCompare revealed that the company had not conducted any ICO. There are 44 employees listed on its LinkedIn profile. AlphaPoint is a “financial technology company helping make illiquid assets liquid.” Its distributed ledger platform provides tools to develop and deploy a range of financial solutions.

LEDGER (POWER LEDGER)

A search for “Ledger” on ICORating and CryptoCompare revealed more than one coin with “Ledger” in its name. Power Ledger was examined as it is the only coin that is listed on both databases. Perth, Australia-based Power Ledger’s ICO closed on September 25, 2017. Its rating is not listed on ICORating and CryptoCompare. ICOBench has provided a 3.9 expert rating. There are 28 employees listed on its corporate website (24 employees listed on LinkedIn). Power Ledger's P2P solar energy trading blockchain technology allows “renewable energy asset owners to decide who they want to sell their surplus energy to and at what price.” Its technology connects sellers of surplus renewable energy to existing electricity distribution networks or within micro-grids.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, rows 39 to 48, columns D to H of the attached spreadsheet have been completed. Only Sightline (Lucyd), Rivetz, Sonm, and Ledger (Power Ledger) have conducted Initial Coin Offerings.

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Blockchain Companies - Rows 49-58

The names, ICO dates and ratings, headquarters, number of employees, and short descriptions for blockchain companies are provided in the attached spreadsheet. While ICO ratings could not be identified despite exhaustive research for many of the ten blockchain companies in rows 49-58 of this spreadsheet, we have included ICO ratings, when available. It is noted that two companies, Changelly and Shapeshift, are exchange services and do not have ICO dates or ratings. The number of employees in each company range from 2 to 781, and a majority are headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, or in California.

Notes

1. EToro, headquartered in London, is a social investment network that makes the stock market easier for everyone to invest in by crowdsourcing investment decisions. The company "encourages people to connect with each other to discuss, trade, invest, learn, and share knowledge across the network." With 781 employees, it is the largest company in this section.

2. VeChain, headquartered in Shanghai, traces products and addresses counterfeiting using Blockchain for "Luxury Goods, Wines, Agriculture, Automobile, Transportation, Pharmaceuticals, Logistics, and Audit Services." With 51 to 200 employees, it is second in size to EToro for this section.

3. NEM, headquartered in Singapore, is a "Smart Asset blockchain" that provides a simple and secure platform to manage many types of assets, including "currencies, supply chains, notarizations, ownership records, and more."

4. Streamr, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, offers a platform to build real-time data apps that can "[travel] through a decentralised peer-to-peer network ... incentivized by the DATAcoin token."

5. ICON, headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota, offers marketing services to cryptocurrency start-ups. The company focuses on "reach[ing] selected audiences pre-crowd sale, during crowd sale, and post crowd sale of your project."

6. Lisk, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, provides a blockchain network and token LSK for developers to use in building fully customized applications and deploying side-chains that are scalable and flexible.

7. Changelly, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, allows users to exchange cryptocurrency. It "supports fiat money payment for any listed crypto [and] has an API and instant exchange widget for any crypto business." As Changelly is an exchange service, it does not have an ICO rating or date.

8. Created by the makers of Tendermint, Cosmos (headquartered in Berkeley, California) uses BFT consensus algorithms to power a permissionless, decentralized network of parallel blockchains, such as the Cosmos Hub. Although some data is available about Cosmos, ICO ratings are not yet published.

9. Nebulas, headquartered in San Francisco, is a global blockchain search engine that solves the "value rank of blockchains, the positive feedback ecosystem, and the self-evolving blockchain system" using Nebulas Rank (a value measurement) and Nebulas Force (a self-evolving mechanism).

10. Shapeshift, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, is a blockchain asset exchange service that boasts "protection by design." As Shapeshift is an exchange service, it does not have an ICO rating or date.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 59-68

The companies listed in rows 59 to 68 of the attached spreadsheet have been researched and all publicly available information has been provided in columns D to H. A number of the companies are not blockchain companies and are either technology developers or platforms, so N/A has been entered into columns D and E and further information has been provided in the summary below.

Summary

Ambisafe
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Employees: 51-200
Ambisafe is a platform for managing blockchain digital assets and therefore does not have an ICO date or rating. Blockchain-based assets issued via the company's platform can be added to global cryptocurrency exchanges. The company was established in 2015 and was founded by a team working in cryptocurrency development since 2010.
ANX
ICO Date: June 22, 2017
ICO Rating: 4.2
Headquarters: Wanchai, Hong Kong
Employees: 51-200
ANX has developed an open-sourced decentralized exchange platform that is transparently governed called openANX. It is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 with a focus on promoting openANX as a real-world application.
Atonomi
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
Employees: 11-50
Atonomi is a security solution for blockchain-based assets with a focus on secure device-to-device transfers and protection of Internet of Things devices and therefore does not have an ICO date or rating. Their product, Atonomi Security Protocol, tracks device reputation, validates the identity of devices and provides blockchain ledgering.
Aurora
ICO Date: March 12, 2017
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: San Francisco, Panama
Employees: 2-10
Aurora specializes in Ethereum protocols and applications that combine to create a decentralized finance and banking platform. The company has developed its own currency, the boreal, and aims to improve the existing decentralized financial ecosystem. Aurora was founded in 2016 and is privately-held. According to ICO Rating, the company's ICO date spans March 12, 2017, to March 1, 2018, so there is no current ICO rating available.

ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
Employees: 11-50
BigchainDB is a blockchain-based database and therefore does not have an ICO date or rating. It's system features immutability and decentralized control which allows the transfer and creation of assets. The company serves a wide range of industries including the energy sector and intellectual property industry and was founded in 2014.

Bitsane
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: Dublin, Ireland
Employees: Not publicly available
Bitsane is the fastest growing Bitcoin trading platform and is a European trusted crypto exchange and therefore, does not have an ICO date or rating. The platform provides flexible payment options, fast trade execution, professional support, safety and security and an easy-to-use format. There is no LinkedIn profile listed for Bitsane and after further research, the only information provided on current employees is that the company's CEO is Aidas Rupsys.

ICO Date: October 8, 2017
ICO Rating: 3.5
Headquarters: Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Employees: 11-50
Blockmason is a Blockchain developer specializing in world-class decentralized programs. The company has developed the Credit Protocol which permanently records obligations and debt by democratizing credit creation. Blockmason was founded in 2016 and is privately-held.

Blockmedx
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: Lexington, KY
Employees: 2-10
Blockmedx is an end-to-end solution for the transfer of prescription drugs and therefore, does not have an ICO date or rating. The company specializes in drugs such as opoids, and their transfer between pharmacies and physicians via the Etherum blockchain. Their system is cryptographically secure and closed-end to ensure ultimate security. The platform aims to prevent over-prescribing, forgeries and prescription duplicates.
Blox
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: Toronto, Canada
Employees: 2-10
Blox develops new blockchain technology for use in emerging sectors and therefore, does not have an ICO date or rating. The company creates software solutions and apps focusing on decentralized application, smart contracts and blockchain technologies. Blox products improve as technology advances and aim to engage with and retain users by providing unique experiences.
Bodhi
ICO Date: N/A
ICO Rating: N/A
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Employees: 13
Bodhi has developed a prediction market that combines blockchain technology with the internet and therefore does not have an ICO date and rating. The system makes use of the Qtum blockchain and the company hopes to be one of the first to develop an app on this platform. Company partners include INBlockchain and Fintech Blockchain Group and the founder is Xiahong Lin. There is no LinkedIn page listed for Bodhi and after a search for employment figures, we found that the company's official website lists 13 employees.

CONCLUSION

In closing, we have research the ten companies listed in rows 59 to 68 and all publicly available information has been entered into columns D to H of the attached spreadsheet.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 69-78

We have researched and presented in the project spreadsheet the ICO date and rating, headquarters, known number of employees, and a brief summary of the following blockchain companies: Cardstack, ChartIQ, Codex, Coinigy, Crypto KABN, Crypto Valley, Decred, Dominode, Etherparty, and Exchange Union. Of these, only Decred, Etherparty, and Exchange Union had ICO dates and ratings publicly available. Due to multiple companies having the names Codex and Crypto Valley, we were unable to determine which was the subject of the inquiry.
Below you will find a recap of the findings presented in the project spreadsheet with inline citations for your convenience.

CARDSTACK

Cardstack is headquartered in New York City and has 8 employees with LinkedIn profiles. We were unable to locate Cardstack's ICO base and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare. This is because Cardstack has only just concluded its pre-allocation (Batch B) as of March 6, 2018. The date of its Token Generation Event (TGE) has not yet been announced, but is expected to be in Q1 2018.

CHARTIQ

ChartIQ is located in Charlottesville, VA and has 40 employees with LinkedIn accounts. We were unable to locate ChartIQ's ICO base and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare, nor any information in a public source indicating that ChartIQ has entered the cryptocurrency market or intends to do so. However, we located an announcement that Bitstap's "trading platform uses HTML5 technology from ChartIQ, a charting provider for the financial industry."

CODEX

Despite a thorough search, we were unable to locate a blockchain or cryptocurrency company named Codex. Several variants of the name appear on CryptoCompare and LinkedIn has 445 companies under that name, mostly software companies which do not seem directly involved in blockchain. We found several reviews of a software package called CryptoCurrency Codex, a tool for tracking and investing in cryptocurrencies, but this did not seem to be in-scope for the question. Given how common the company name is, we would require further clarification to proceed.

COINIGY

According to its LinkedIn page, "Coinigy provides a unified, all-encompassing access point for cryptocurrency-related data. With real-time feeds of market metrics and blockchain data, it’s a one-stop-shop for any developer to build his or her own platform." It is based in Milwaukee, WI and has 14 employees. We were unable to locate Coinigy's ICO base and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare, nor any evidence that Coinigy itself has entered the cryptocurrency market.

CRYPTO KABN

This company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia and has only 1 employee listed on LinkedIn, but seven team members (including the Board of Directors) listed on its homepage. While Crypto KABN is known as "an innovator in financial services, technologies and products for the blockchain industry," having recently announced the launch of "a revolutionary Blockchain-enabled biometric validation platform, called ID KABN," we find no evidence that they have launched their own cryptocurrency; e.g., we were unable to locate Crypto KABN or ID KABN's ICO base and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare, nor any reference to a cryptocurrency released by the company under another name.

CRYPTO VALLEY

LinkedIn has four companies and a conference listed under the name "Crypto Valley," all of which are involved in the blockchain sector. We were unable to locate Crypto Valley's ICO date and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare, so this provided no clarification, neither could we find a reference to any cryptocurrency being released by any company called Crypto Valley in any other public source. Without further information, we cannot determine which Crypto Valley company is intended.

DECRED

Decred is a digital currency company with 11 employees on LinkedIn, but with no headquarters listed either there or on its homepage. Decred's ICO date was August 2, 2016. Track ICO, which describes Decred as "an open and progressive cryptocurrency with a system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain," gives it a rating of 2.4.

DOMINODE

This Boca Raton, FL based company has 6 employees on LinkedIn, where it claims to build "trusted professional identity solutions leveraging blockchain, smart contracts, and crypto technologies to accelerate business in a highly-connected world." We were unable to locate Dominode's ICO base and rating on ICO Rating or CryptoCompare, nor could we find any public source indicating that Dominode has released or intends to release a cryptocurrency.

ETHERPARTY

Etherparty's blockchain technology "allows users with zero knowledge of smart contract programming to create an enforceable, self-executing digital agreement for all types of transactions," with a "fully managed solution that handles everything from creating Smart Contracts, to security testing, launching them on the blockchain, managing the transaction fees, and monitoring tools throughout the entire process." Its ICO date was September 13, 2017, and it currently has a hype score of 3.4 and a risk score of 2.9. Etherparty is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and has 6 employees on LinkedIn.

EXCHANGE UNION

According to ICO Rating, "Exchange Union makes strategic investments in digital currency exchanges. With the synergy in the union, XUC," the name of its cryptocurrency, "will be listed on the markets of every exchange. Shortly after launch, Exchange Union will build a union chain." Its ICO date is August 5, 2017. It has a hype score of 3.3 and a risk score of 2.7. It is headquartered in Shanghai, China and has 8 employees according to LinkedIn.

CONCLUSION

With the exception of Codex and Crypto Valley, both of which proved to be overly-common names in the blockchain sector, we have provided the requested information for each of these ten companies in the project spreadsheet. As previously noted, only three--Decred, Etherparty, and Exchange Union--had ICO dates and ratings available.

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Blockchain Companies - Rows 79-88

Seven out of the ten assigned companies, between rows 79 and 88, have not issued any tokens through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The three companies that have issued ICOs are Iconomi, Indorse and ICO Box. I provided a detailed description of my methodology as well as an overview of the key findings from the collected data.

METHODOLOGY

I started my research by reviewing the two provided sources for information on ICO issuances. Many of the ten companies did not feature in the databases held by Crypto Compare and ICO Rating. I went on to review the ICO database provided by CoinDesk, CoinMarketCap, ICOBench, the corporate websites of the relevant companies, trusted media sites and other corporate websites. Based on a thorough review of information from all these sources, I established that only three companies had issued ICOs. As a result, I populated the spreadsheet with the term, N/A, in the relevant cells that sought data on ICO issuance by the seven companies.

I gathered information on ICO ratings from two different sources. I used ICO Rating as the primary source and obtained rating information on ICO issuances by Indorse and ICO Box, two out of the three ICO issuers. The website did not have rating information on the Iconomi issuance. As a result, I looked for an alternative information source and settled on ICOBench. Due to the difference in the rating methodologies and manner of reporting, there is a variability in how the rating data has been reported.

FINDINGS

The section below provides a brief on the findings of each of the ten assigned companies. The information only relates to the description of the company and ICO token, where applicable.

1. Foxbit

Foxbit is the largest bitcoin exchange market in Brazil. The exchange market has over 400,000 registered customers and transacts over R$ 3 billion. Foxbit has not issued any ICO.

2. Genesis Mining

Genesis Mining is the "world’s first large-scale multi-algorithm cloud mining service for cryptocurrency, bitcoin and altcoins". The company was founded in 2013 and offers mining contracts for Bitcoin, Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Zcash. Genesis Mining has not issued any ICO.

3. Grayscale Investments

Grayscale Investments is an investment company that provides exposure to digital assets through one diversified fund and seven other single-asset trusts. The seven investment trusts provide exposure to the following cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, XRP and Zcash. The company was founded in 2013. Grayscale has not issued any ICO.

4. Harbor

Harbor is a technology company that is "powering the future of crypto-securities by building a decentralized compliance protocol that standardizes the way securities are issued and traded on blockchain." The company's proprietary protocol, Regulated Token (R-Token), allows both investors and issuers comply with existing regulations when trading token securities. The company was founded in 2017 and is backed by Venture Capital. Harbor has not issued any ICO.

5. ICO Box

ICO Box is a technology platform that automates the issuance of tokens at lower costs. The company is "the first and the biggest new generation Blockchain Growth Promoter and Business Facilitator for companies seeking to sell their products via ICO crowd sales." ICO Box launched its ICO, ICOS tokens, in August 2017.

6. IConomi

The ICONOMI Digital Assets Management Platform is "a new and unique technical service that allows anyone from beginners to blockchain experts to invest in and manage digital assets". Iconomi (ICN) tokens allow buyers to vote on the platform's development and in turn receive dividend payouts from the profits generated by the Iconomi OFM platform. The ICO was launched in August 2016.

7. Ideas By Nature

Ideas By Nature is a solutions' provider for blockchain innovators that provides services in ideation & scoping, user experience design, expertise in branding and blockchain applications development. The company offers blockchain consulting to other actors within the blockchain technology space. The company was founded in 2011. Ideas By Nature has not issued any ICO.

8. Indorse

Indorse is a revolutionary, ethereum-based platform that uses "new models of tokenization and decentralization to change the shape of professional social networking." The company uses a reward system, based on its tokens, to incentivize users to endorse others and update accomplishments on their profiles. The Singapore-based company launched its ICO in August 2017.

9. Interbit

Interbit is the "enterprise-grade blockchain development platform for developers". The platform allows users to seamlessly encrypt and scale blockchain applications to enterprise products. Interbit is a product of BTL Group and does not operate as a separate legal entity. BTL Group launched the platform in 2015. The company has not issued any ICO.

10. Invest HK

I searched extensively for a company with the name, Invest HK, operating within the blockchain technological space but was unsuccessful. I tried different variations of the organization name but nothing related to blockchain or cryptocurrency popped up. The only result I came across was that Invest HK is a department of the Government of Hong Kong responsible for overseas and foreign direct investments. This organization has not issued any ICO.

CONcLUSION

Iconomi, Indorse and ICO Box are the only companies, out of ten captured between rows 79 and 88 of the shared spreadsheet, that have issued ICOs. The other seven companies namely: Foxbit, Genesis Mining, Grayscale, Harbor, Ideas By Nature, Interbit and Invest HK, have not issued any ICOs. All ICO issuers made their token offerings between 2016 and 2017.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 89-98

Six out of the ten assigned companies, between rows 89 and 98, have not issued any tokens through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The four companies that have issued ICOs are Libra Coin, Metaverse, Neurogress, and Plutus. I provided a detailed description of my methodology as well as an overview of the key findings from the collected data.

METHODOLOGY

I started my research by reviewing the two provided sources for information on ICO issuances. Many of the ten companies did not feature in the databases held by Crypto Compare and ICO Rating. I went on to review the ICO database provided by ICO-Check, CoinMarketCap, LendingCoin ICO, ICOBench, the corporate websites of the relevant companies, trusted media sites and other corporate websites. Based on a thorough review of information from all these sources, I established that only four companies had issued ICOs. As a result, I populated the spreadsheet with the term, N/A, in the relevant cells that sought data on ICO issuance by the seven companies. I have also entered N/A, in the relevant cells of companies where their headquarters and number of employees were not available.

FINDINGS

The section below provides a brief on the findings of each of the ten assigned companies. The information only relates to the description of the company and ICO token, where applicable.

1. itBit

itBit is a first regulated bitcoin exchange in the United States. They "offer powerful bitcoin trading services built for institutions and trading professionals." It was launched in 2013 and their offerings include bitcoin exchange, OTC agency trading desk, and crypto asset custody services. itBit has not issued any ICO.

2. Kadena LLC

Kadena develops a smart contract language and their blockchain is powered by Chainweb. "Chainweb is a massively-parallel protocol to bring efficiency to Proof-of-Work: now mining pays for throughput and provisioning, not just hash difficulty." Kadena has not issued any ICO.

3. KeepKey

"KeepKey is a hardware wallet that secures bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, dogecoin, dash, and namecoin." KeepKey takes over the management of "private key generation, private key storage, and transaction signing" by working with the wallet software on your personal computer. KeepKey has not issued any ICO.

4. Kowala

Kowala has eliminated the volatile and unpredictable nature of traditional cryptocurrencies by delivering a stable cryptocurrency. "kUSD relies on the Kowala protocol to use advanced stability algorithms, which ensure that it is always pegged to the USD value by creating and destroying coins as necessary to maintain the same dollar value." Kowala has mentioned that they will conduct a public ICO for their token in December 2017 in the FAQ section of their website; however, there is no publicly available information about its completed ICO. Therefore, we are considering that Kowala has not issued any public ICO yet.

5. Libra Coin

Libra coin is controlled by its worldwide users, as it is a cryptocurrency with a "peer to peer mode of exchanging value." Their ICO was launched on 11 December 2017 and ended on 11 January 2018.

6. Metaverse

Based in China, Metaverse is "designed to facilitate low-cost, convenient transfer of digitized personal data and assets with unprecedented security and privacy." They are aiming to revolutionize the processing of financial services and transactions. Their ICO was launched on 5th September 2016.

7. Netki

Netki is a blockchain startup based in California. They help blockchain companies in meeting their identification and compliance requirement. Netki has not issued any ICO.

8. Neurogress

"Neurogress develops the software for neurocontrol of electronics and machinery, and also creates prostheses and robots that are controlled by human thoughts." There is infinite scope for neuro-controlled devices as all the developments are designed for maintaining and improving human capabilities. Their ICO was launched on 28th February 2018 and ended on 25th March 2018.

9. PeerNova

PeerNova is a technology company, based in Silicon Valley. Their key product offering includes "the first immutable ledger with built-in audit, scale, and other capabilities necessary to help the world’s most trusted organizations store, secure, and validate data while maintaining the enterprise-class controls they require." PeerNova has not issued any ICO.

10. Plutus

The major offering of Plutus is their app which "connects you with traders on a Decentralized Exchange Network (DEX)." They have solved the universal problem of weak merchant adoption of Bitcoin by connecting blockchain technology, and smart contracts with the existing NFC payment infrastructure. Their ICO was launched on 30 June 2016 and ended on 8 July 2016.

CONCLUSION

Libra Coin, Metaverse, Neurogress, and Plutus are the only companies, out of ten captured between rows 89 and 98 of the shared spreadsheet, that have issued ICOs. The other seven companies namely: ItBit, Kadena, KeepKey, Kowala, Netki, and PeerNova have not issued any ICOs. All ICO issuers made their token offerings between 2016 and 2018.
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Blockchain Companies - Rows 99-108

Details of the following blockchain companies — Polymath, Propy, Cubebucks (QB), RCN Global Lending (Ripio Credit Network), RSK Labs (Rootstock), SaltCoin, Santiment, Shift.cash, Shopin, and Swarm Fund were provided in rows 99-108 of the attached spreadsheet. Details include Initial Coin Offering (ICO) date and rating, headquarters location, number of employees, and the company's description.

In order to determine the required information, we first utilized the given source links (or preferred sources), and in the event that the information was not available in these sources, we endeavored to use other reliable sources, or other ICO sites. Please refer to below findings.

SUMMARY AND FINDINGS


ICO DATES

The ICO dates were provided in column D. Most of the above-mentioned block chain companies does not have current open ICO and some of them have already completed their ICOs. RCN (Ripio Credit Network) and Shift.cash do not have a profile in the preferred sources, thus, I've given information taken from other ICO sites, Token Market.

ICO RATING

ICO rating was categorized into three: investment rating, hype score, and risk score. Whenever available, the three ratings/score was given in column E.

HEADQUARTERS, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, AND DESCRIPTION

Headquarters location, number of employees, and company description were provided in column F, G, and H respectively. These pieces of information were pulled out from each company's LinkedIn profile and/or website.

BLOCKCHAIN COMPANIES (ROWS 99-108)


Polymath : ‎St. Michael, Barbados
Cubebucks (QB): Isleworth, United Kingdom
RCN (Ripio Credit Network): Cricket Square, Grand Cayman
RSK Labs (Rootstock): Buenos Aires, Argentina
SaltCoin: Moscow, Russia
Santiment: Switzerland
Shift.cash: Vienna, Austria
Swarm Fund: CA, United States

Details of the above-mentioned blockchain companies were provided in rows 99-108, column D-H of the attached spreadsheet.




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From Part 04