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Past-ICO Review: Mobius

  • Eric Eissler
    ⭐ Features

    Stellar Lumens powered DApps that can integrate Blockchain ecosystems, is an anomaly and similar among many other projects out there


Past-ICO Review: Mobius
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ERC20, ERC20, ERC20, that’s pretty much all you hear these days when you are looking at altcoins. It seems as if 90 percent of all new altcoins are built on Ethereum. It makes sense when you get down to the bottom of it; smart contracts are the way to go, you can do so much with them, why would you build on anything else? Right? Well, Mobius is taking a different approach: it is built on Stellar Lumens, the “non-profit” rival to Ripple also known as XRP.  The overall goal of Mobius is to integrate the Blockchain ecosystem into DApps and has three major product offerings: DApps, Oracles, and Smart Markets. Let’s dive into the financials before going deeper.

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Financials

Mobius raised $39 mln in 24 hours between Jan. 18 and 19, 2018 with a token price of $0.16 USD per MOBI. MOBI entered the public market at $0.38 on Jan. 19, 2018. It hit it’s all-time high of $0.45 two days later before entering into a slide down the current all-time-low of $0.03. The market cap has sunk down to $11.8 mln and daily trade volumes are around $105,000. It has a circulating supply of more than 330 mln with a total supply of 887 mln tokens.

Team

Cyrus S. Khajvandi- COO & Founder

Khajvandi has a background in development and working with data via Python. He briefly worked at Oracle on Middleware before setting his sights on opening his own companies Incentru and then Mobius.

David S. Gobaud

A developer at heart, Gobaud has more than 15 years of experience working at many high-profile companies such as Google. His formal education spans computer science, business and law.

Monis Rahman-  Head Research Scientist

Rahman is also a developer with much academic experience at Stanford. He has a PhD in Computational Mathematics from Stanford and spends much of his work time in research and development.

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Tech talk

The Mobius API provides a universal interface for accepting any Blockchain token. The Mobius API simplifies the current token developer process by providing a modern and easy to use REST API that returns JSON and uses secure webhooks to alert developers of incoming token transfers.

Risks and concerns

At first glance, it appears as if Mobius is trying to do everything all at one time. The roadmap includes an off-chain token scaling solution, proof of stake Oracle protocol, DApp store, and cross chain connectivity. Each of these projects is a huge undertaking and there are projects that deal specifically in that one area. The lack of focus on one particular element is going to divert the team’s attention. Another odd bit is that the project runs on the Stellar Blockchain, which is an anomaly among altcoins.

Since Mobius has a rather very broad scope, it competes with many other Blockchain projects in some way, such as Status, Decentraland, and District0x for the DApp store; Chainlink and Gnosis and others on the Oracle side. As mentioned before, competition is growing and it’s fierce to compete with others and competing for token holders money.  

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Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?

  • Yuri Molchan
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    Stablecoins show hardly any volatility compared to Bitcoin and altcoins, many are hoping that they will be able to bridge new crypto economy and regular fiat money


Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?
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Bitcoin, the father cryptocurrency, emerged in hope that it will remove all intermediaries in electronic commerce that cut off their share of payments. BTC was perceived as a P2P way to replace fiat cash in an electronic format, which would enable one party to pay another without any financial institution or payment platform which would demand its share of a transaction as a reward for its services.

What is wrong with Bitcoin

For quite a while Bitcoin was performing the way the crypto community expected. But the situation changed later – BTC rate became weaker, thus bringing down its financial and economic reliability, when it gets to be used as a regular means of payment.


You cannot have a currency that would cost like a British castle today, a gram of gold – tomorrow and a pack of French fries the day after.

At that point practical fintech minds came up with an idea of creating something which would become a breakthrough in the universe of crypto – a so-called stablecoin.

Will stablecoins solve the volatility problem?

Technically, stablecoins are protected from the volatility roller-coaster that Bitcoin and other cryptos love to ride. They are programmed to keep their prices stable and investors now are largely attracted to this new type of digital assets.

Stablecoin does not show any volatility in its monetary value, since it has a fixed connection to an asset it is pegged to. The major goal of using stablecoins is taking the best from decentralized crypto coins and combining it with a constant value. Thanks to it, stablecoins can be used as a reliable means of trade.

Asset-pegged stablecoins

Asset-backed ones get their value from an asset as can be understood from the name. An asset provides the necessary value to a coin, as well as the necessary legitimacy.

A great example of an asset-pegged stablecoin is Tether (USDT). In spite of a series of scandals at the end of last year, it remains the most popular stablecoin in the crypto market.

Recently, it has partnered with the Tron Foundation to launch a Tron-based stablecoin.

Other examples are TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), the Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and the Paxos Standard (PAX). They are all pegged to the USD.

Crypto-backed stablecoins

Some digital coins work in a similar way to fiat-backed ones, however, they are pegged to collateral crypto. That means that crypto assets that ensure the value of such stablecoins are stored in a wallet similar to escrow.

A good example of a crypto-pegged token is Maker, which is ranked 16 on CMC.

Algorithmic stablecoins

Even though, stablecoin can be interesting at first thought but the way they are built goes against the principle of decentralization that crypto coins have as a foundation. Thus, many crypto fans and evangelists are positive that stablecoins must be linked towards not a centralized asset but a computer algorithm which takes value from a balance between supply and demand.

Basis is now considered the most promising algorithmic stablecoin of all.

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Can stablecoin ensure smooth future for the crypto industry?

The primary goal of all crypto assets was and remains to come up with virtual asset that would be liquid enough and not vulnerable to market volatility. From this point of view, stablecoins are a dream of all crypto fans and evangelists of a decentralized economy.

Apart from the potential to conduct crypto transactions smoothly, experts believe it can bridge the two worlds – fiat and crypto, bringing them a mutually beneficial coexistence. However, that may take time.

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