Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) may be headed for a more complicated scenario than the ICOs. ICOs got banned in a number of countries, including China and South Korea for poor regulations. When IEOs were invented, they proved to be the tie-breaker, especially in these countries.

However, the fact that the exchanges offering the IEOs act like brokers by bringing the development team and investors together, these exchanges could be headed for a legal confrontation with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Lately, a senior official indicated that the crypto exchanges that are offering IEOs could be violating the U.S. securities laws. The official argues that if an exchange has a set fee for listing an IEO and either the issuer of the token or any of the investors is from the US, the exchange can best be classified as Security Dealer (better referred to as a broker-dealer) under the US securities laws.

And according to the Law, security dealers engaging in broker-dealer activities should be registered and licensed as broker-dealers, national securities exchanges or alternative trading systems (ATS). But unfortunately, none of the exchanges that have listed IEOs in the past have met with these requirements despite the fact that a significant amount of IEO investors come from the United States.

At the look of things, this could be signaling the wake of a SEC crypto-crackdown targeted towards IEOs. However, we are yet to see if the exchanges interested in offei8rng the IEO and targeting US citizens shall choose to comply with the SEC regulations or choose to leave the US market.

Localcoin, a crypto exchange, has been receiving a backlash from the online community as well as investors for possible whitepaper plagiarism.

It is so embarrassing for a company or startup to be caught up in a plagiarism scandal! It throws the entire ICO project into jeopardy. It becomes extremely difficult to convince investors that it was just a mistake since a whitepaper should be a very original document explaining a project that should be original. Otherwise, any similarity in whitepapers shows that the project could also be a “Copy Paste” or a scam. It becomes extremely hard for investors to believe that the project is real.

This is what is happening to Localcoin exchange. People, especially on Bitcointalk, have concluded that the whole project is a scam.

Localcoin blames the whitepaper author, whom they say they had outsourced, for the misfortunes but it will be hard to persuade investors into buying into this narrative. The back still stopped with them even if they outsourced the author. An author can only write depending on the information he/she gets from the project developers. And further still, the development team out to have gone through the whitepaper before publishing it.

But what could have made the author make such grave mistakes? Was it deliberate?

From a closer look at things, the author could have made deliberate plagiarism possibly from a misunderstanding with the development team. There are allegations that Localcoin owes marketers over $15,000 and this could be the reason behind the plagiarism.

However, all in all, it shows that the team behind the whole project isn’t serious.

Most startups, as well as seasoned companies, fear that ICOs/IEOs could end up not raising enough money as hoped. However, with the current trend in ICOs/IEOs, companies are finding it easier to raise sufficient funds through ICOs and IEOs, which can be attributed to the fact that investors have found it to be a promising way to invest their money.

In Mid-May, Bitfinex, a prominent crypto exchange platform, announced through its project CTO, Paolo Ardoino, that they had raised over $1 Billion both in soft and had commitments. This goes a long way to prove that no amount of money is too much for an ICO/IEO.

Bitfinex IEO token sale involved its own LEO tokens, which have already been listed in a number of exchanges like ZB.COM, a Chinese based crypto exchange, and Delta-Exchange among many others.

The $1 billion funds will go a long way in financing the company as it faces a legal battle concerning the missing $850 million.

According to Ardoino, the investments mainly came from private companies who contributed over $100 million each and Users who invested over $1 million each.

Originally, Bitfinex had planned to do a discretionary public phase of the IEO in case the funds raised within the 10-day private token purchase window did not raise enough funds. But as it stands, this ended up being a record-breaking IEO which pretty much seems it will not go to the public face after raising such a huge amount of money in the private face.

This shows how effective ICOs and IEOs can be when it comes to collecting funds for Silicon Valley startups and companies.

There is information that there is a draft bill named “Banning of Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currencies Bill 2019″ circulating through the various departments of the Indian government. The bill, if adopted could see an end to the adoption of cryptocurrencies in India, which would be a great blow to blockchain developers throughout the world, considering the large population in India that is seen as a great opportunity for cryptocurrency communities.

The government is currently said to be consulting the different ministries on the issues so as to come up with a conclusion on the way forward.

Familiar sources indicate that a committee of comprising of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is supporting the idea to ban any cryptocurrency activities in India including the issuance, sale and purchase of the digital currencies.

The Committee could use the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to ban the cryptocurrencies since it argues out that the digital currencies are a haven for money laundering and other fraudulent schemes. The ministry of Cooperate affairs has previously said that the cryptocurrencies are being used to swindle innocent investors of their money.

This development comes after the Supreme Court of India gave the Indian Authorities 4 weeks to structure regulatory policies for cryptocurrencies so that the court could stop handing cryptocurrency cases including the demand for the reverse of the Reserve Bank of India circular on cryptocurrencies.

There were also concerns from India Economic Affairs Secretary that the digital currencies would greatly impact the Indian currency if they were to be fully adopted as modes of payments.

Ocean, a data marketplace, felt the pinch after missing its Token Sale using CoinList. It is always painful and embarrassing to miss funding targets and it gives a big setback to any project.

Ocean has a vision of becoming the world leader in the data marketplace. However, it requires a significant amount of funds to actualize that dream. It released its Version 1.0 beta network in April this year with big anticipation of succeeding in its quest.

The leaders have opted to change the listing firm and chosen to offer an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) with Bittrex instead. They target to raise $6.77 million.

Their initial Token sale was only able to raise about $24 million falling short of its target by about $7 million.

There is a lot of hope that the company will meet its target this time round despite the fact that Bittrex is currently involved in a dispute with the Department of Financial Services in NY. The issues in New York do not affect Ocean’s ambitious move.

The founder of Ocean Protocol, Bruce Pon, attributed the poor token sale in the first offering to the poor US crowdfunding market.  Though the US market is highly regulated, there lacked investors interested in the project.

With Bittrex, the customer base will widen to capture other regions other than the US.

And better still, Ocean has slashed the price of its token by half to $0.12 down from $0.25.

 

Brave Browser (a web browser just like the likes of Chrome and others) had promised that its registered users shall be paid for viewing online ads. The promise was made during the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and users are can now enjoy the benefits since the promise has now be actualized. According to an announcement made by Brave on 24th April 2019, the users shall start getting a share of the revenue coming from the ads.

So let’s look at what is in for the users:

  • First of all, the program of sharing the revenue will only be available through the new MacOS, Windows and Linux Operating Systems upgrades.
  • The ads will be opt-in ads and they will not replace the normal ads.
  • Once a user clicks on a Brave Browser sponsored ad, they will be directed to a page containing more info about the particular ad related offer.
  • Brave Browser is offering a 70 percent revenue sharing program and it is paid using the Basic Attention Token (BAT) directly to the user’s BAT wallet.
  • Some of the suppliers who users should look out for BAT ads from include: MyCrypto, Home Chef, BuySellAds, ConsenSys, Vice, eToro, TAP Network, Ternio BlockCard, The Giving Block, Fluidity, Uphold and AirSwap.