"Market Trends" TAG

Q3 2019 Security Token Update
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Introduction The multiple promises of security tokens have been widely described by a variety of commentators in a series of articles extending back even prior to the so-called ICO boom of late 2017. As Smith + Crown has explored elsewhere, the ensemble of arguments in favor of the promise of a security token future, one...
Interpretations of Crypto’s Early 2019
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Introduction Like most market periods, the first half of 2019 can be characterized in various ways. It may, for instance, be considered as an extension of 2018’s precipitous declines in the market valuations of most crypto assets, or, equally, as the period that saw the final capitulation and bottoming that was generally seen as marking...
2018 in Review: A Year in Numbers or in Narratives?
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For the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries, 2018 was a year of diverse and conflicting seasons, numbers, and narratives. Given the diversity of themes within each of those categories, fully characterizing the year can take many forms. Accordingly, the conclusions and implications an industry observer draws will vary depending upon which aspects of the broader story...
Smith + Crown CEO Shares Crypto Market Trends on OSTLive Video Podcast
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Our very own CEO, Brian Lio, joined the Simple Token team for Episode 51 of their OST Live Video Podcast to discuss trends in crypto markets. In it, Brian reflects on the drivers behind the bear market of 2018, and what clues the current environment can give us as to where the market is headed...
Q1 2018: A Winter of Crosscurrents in a Developing Market
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Introduction A casual glance at the amounts raised totals for Q1 2018 suggests an uncomplicated progression for the industry, as the rate of growth in amount raised via token sales continues to accelerate. Q1 2018 saw $6.57 billion raised via 217 sales, another new fundraising record and an increase of more than 50% from Q4...
2017 Token Sales in Review, Part IV: The Geography of Token Sales
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Introduction Another revealing manner of considering 2017’s token sales is through the lens of geography, particularly the national and spatial distribution of project launches and fundraisings. On the broadest level, a simple global map of token sales and amounts raised provides an intriguing portrait of the industry. One can also move considerably beyond a mere...
2017 Token Sales in Review: Part III
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Introduction As noted in Part II of our 2017 Year in Review series, 2017’s ICO activity was marked by trends both well-known and more obscure. In an effort to peer behind those trends we became increasingly attracted to the idea of ‘raise bands’ as a useful way to think about the token sale market after...
2017 Token Sales in Review: Part II
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Introduction Part I of the 2017 Year End Review looked at the overall token sale market, and the phenomenal growth in both sales and amounts raised that defined 2017. In Part II, we look more closely at some of the key trends and explore the year through the lens of ICOs’ sectors and industries. Taking...
2017 Token Sales in Review: Part I
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Introduction It is unoriginal to say 2017 was a wild year for ICOs. However, it is largely unconventional to say ICOs were a significant and mostly positive trend in the development of the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. It is rather tedious to read yet another mainstream press article mocking ICOs and their participants, all too...
State of the Token Sale Market, Part 1: Signs for Concern?
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Introduction The controversial Gnosis reverse dutch auction concluded on Monday and sent shivers through the emerging token sale market. The sale gave the token an effective valuation of over $300 million, more than three times what Augur, its closest competitor, is currently worth. The mechanics of the reverse dutch auction meant that the development team...