Awesome Token Sale
Curated list of token sale / ICO resources
This list is to help navigate the token sale landscape and provide resources to help in the process of launching a successful ICO / token sale.
- Related Services
- Legal / Regulatory
- Smart Contracts
- Bounty Campaigns
Argon Group - Full service token sale advisory - (Blockchain Cap, Civic)
TokenMarket - Full service token sale advisory - (FirstBlood)
NewAlchemy - ICO strategy and investments
ICO Hub - ICO Consulting from the Waves team
Cryptonomos - An innovative platform for conducting Token Launches and servicing tokens
Sutton Stone - ICO consulting associated with Mauritius
MME - One of the first firms to offer token sales - (Ethereum)
- US / International
Perkins Coie - Have helped with mutliple token sales - (Civic)
Cooley - Has helped multiple token sales, funds, and exchanges
Bitcoin Suisse AG - Financial services - Switzerland - (Status, Ethereum, Tezos)
Ambisafe - Offer various services around token sales - (TAAS)
Boost VC - (SF) A family of founders making Sci-Fi a Reality.
Cofoundit - Distributed VC - (Cofoundit, Musiconomi)
- Starta ICO
Coinsilium - (London) - An accelerator that finances and manages the development of early-stage blockchain technology companies.
Digital Currency Group - Digital Currency Group is an venture capital company focusing on the digital currency market. It is located in New York City.
Winklevoss Capital - Winklevoss Capital is a family office founded in 2012 by Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss. The firm invests across many asset classes with an emphasis on providing seed funding and infrastructure to early-stage startups.
Blockchain Capital - Blockchain Capital is a venture capital company that invests in blockchain related companies. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
DFJ - Draper Fisher Jurvetson is a California-based venture capital firm that funds companies in seed, early, and growth stages.
Union Square Ventures - Thesis-driven venture capital firm. It invest in networks, infrastructure for the new economy, and enablers of open, decentralized data.
Andreessen Horowitz - Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology.
Pantera - Pantera Capital is an investment firm focused exclusively on ventures related to blockchain tech and digital currency.
BlueYard - BlueYard invests in founders with transforming ideas that decentralise markets, empower users and liberate data.
Kryptonite1 - UK based publicly listed investment company
Outlier Ventures - Outlier Ventures invests at the convergence of decentralisation and other deep technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, 3D printing, and mixed reality.
Fenbushi VC - First China-based venture capital firm that exclusively invests in Blockchain-enabled companies
Polychain Capital - (US) Polychain Capital manages a hedge fund committed to exceptional returns for investors through an actively managed portfolio of these blockchain assets.
- BKCM - (US) BKCM LLC is a global investment management firm specializing in Global Macro and Currency investing.
The Token Fund - (RU) The Token Fund provides an opportunity for investors looking for the simplest way to get into the decentralised economy.
MetaStable - (US) Founded by Lucas Ryan, Joshua Seims and Naval Ravikant. It offers a concentrated portfolio of crypto assets that have the strongest chance of emerging as long-term winners across a wide basket of use cases (store of value, smart contracts, stable coin, prediction markets, anonymity, storage, new approaches to governance and consensus, etc.).
Exagon Fund - (US) Exagon’s vision is to create investment strategies that provide potentially high-yielding, uncorrelated returns in a world of low-yielding, correlated assets.
Solidus Capital - (MX) We are a Hedge Fund specialized in Cryptocurrencies Investments focused in Latam’s Family Offices, VC and High Net Worth Individuals as investors.
GABI - (UK/JERSEY) Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited has created the first institutional-grade Bitcoin investment strategy (“GABI”).
CoinFund - (US) A blockchain technology research company and proprietary cryptoasset investment vehicle.
FBG Capital - (China) - Hedge fund that invests in emerging blockchain technologies and digital assets. FBG is designed to bridge the biggest innovations in the blockchain space with Chinese capital market.
Hyperchain Capital - (Singapore) Digital assets hedge fund in the new economy
DistributedLab - A crypto & decentralized technology expertise center, consisting of 30 experts — researchers, developers, analysts.
EtherionLab - Smart contract development - (Humaniq)
Smart Contract Solutions - Authors of OpenZeppelin - (Golem, Storj, Blockchain Capital, etc)
LightCurve - Blockchain-based software solutions for corporations of any kind. - (Lisk)
Applied Blockchain - Application, Blockchain, etc development
Wachsman PR - PR team with extensive token sale experience - (Lisk, Aragon, etc)
Legal / Regulatory
IRS Virtual Currency Guidance - IRC
Ponzi schemes Using virtual Currencies - SEC
- Regulating ICOs: Striking a Balance in 2017
The Bank Secrecy Act, Cryptocurrencies, and New Tokens: What is Known and What Remains Ambiguous - Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center (May 20, 2017)
SEC Charges Bitcoin Entrepreneur With Offering Unregistered Securities - SEC
Why Cryptoequity May Not Be Securities - Lawbitrage (Nov. 12, 2014) In this piece, NUY Law Professor Houman B. Shadab discusses a number of factors that would make certain tokens less likely to constitute securities.
How are Cryptocurrency Investments Different than securities Investments? - Jason Somensatto - Coin Center (Feb. 11, 2015) Distinguishes tokens sold primarily for an “consumption motive” from tokens likely to be considered securities.
Stanford Cyber Initiative About Blockchain Tokens - Josh Boehm, Dax Hansen and Josh Boehm Speak - Virtual Currency Report (Apr. 12, 2017) Linking to a slide deck featuring analysis of token sales under securities and other laws.
Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications: Digital Asset Sales and Capital Markets, Supply Chain Management, Land Registries, Government Records and Smart Cities, and Self-Sovereign Identity - J. Dax Hansen & Carla L. Reyes - (May 2017) Discusses the application of the Howey test to digital asset sales.
A Securities Law Primer - SELC e-resource library, CoummunityEnterpriseLaw.Org. Discusses in detail the United Housing Foundation v. Forman case, which held “when a purchaser is motivated by a desire to use or consume the item purchased . . . the securities laws do not apply.”
Bitcoin Financial Regulation: Securities, Derivatives, Prediction Markets, and Gambling - Brito, Jerry and Shadab, Houman B. and Castillo, Andrea - (January 15, 2015). Columbia Science and Technology (2014). Proposes that certain bitcoin denominated instruments that may otherwise fall within the Howey test for investment contract be excluded if they are “bitcoin economy transactions” – transactions in which the entire use of the instrument is within the blockchain ecosystem in which the token was created.
Could your decentralized token project run afoul of securities laws? - Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coincenter (Sept. 20, 2016) Describes a number of elements that will make a token less likely to fit the Howey test, including building “tokens that have a use-value and are not mere speculative investments.”
OpenZeppelin - An open framework of reusable and secure smart contracts in the Solidity language.
It's common to use bounty programs as a way to incentivize people in the community to help out with smaller tasks in exchange for tokens during or before the token sale.
- Bitcointalk Signatures
- Whitepaper Translations
- Articles and Blog Posts
- Twitter Posts or Follows
- Facebook Posts or Likes
Token Summit - Conference on the emerging token-based economy - NYC, NY
Consensus - Blockchain technology conference - NYC, NY
Devcon - Devcon (Ethereum Foundation) - Cancun, MX
EDCON - European Ethereum Development Conference - Paris, France
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