Swiss Cheese is Full of Holes: Past-ICO Review

  • Eric Eissler
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    The Swiss are known to be masters of finance and all Delikatessen, but don’t be fooled, there are some struggling projects in the land of cheese and chocolate

Swiss Cheese is Full of Holes: Past-ICO Review
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The cryptosphere is growing larger and larger and with its growth comes a swell of companies that offer to manage crypto assets and make you more money when you use their services. These companies are now a dime a dozen. While they may claim that they have a new and innovative way  to manage your funds, the details are obscure at best. For example, “Swissborg’s objective is to create a democratic, decentralized and professional ecosystem to manage your portfolio of crypto assets,” according to the white paper.

Swiss clocks are expensive, these tokens...not so much

While Swissborg’s ICO raised $50 mln between Dec. 7, 2017 and Jan. 10, 2018, its market cap is only at $5.9 mln, and the token price has lost 98.9 percent of its value starting at $0.91 per token and shooting straight down to $0.01 per token at the time of writing. It has not been very impressive. CoinMarketCap has it ranked at 496. Remember that not all that glitters is gold.

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Cyrus Fazel- CEO & Founder

Fazel has a formal background in business and finance and has held senior and executive roles within various wealth management institutions before starting Swissborg in June 2015.

Anthony Lesoismier- CSE & Co-founder

Lesoismier has a background in fintech and finance. He has held various positions within this industry in several countries.

Micha Roon- Smart Contract Expert

On first glance, it seems he is part of the core team, however, when looking at the LinkedIn site, he is really just an advisor: “My role at Swissborg is to make sure the Blockchain is used securely and efficiently.” His main role is a senior Blockchain developer at Sweetbridge.

Tomas Hanak- IT Operations

Has more than 15 plus years experience in IT and IT operations management. He is leading the IT charge at Swissborg.

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One hand, too many cookie jars

There are many various projects that Swissborg is tackling. The major difference is in the scope.

A focused company is likely to have a product built more quickly than one that is looking at everything. Swissborg is too spread out and that might make them slow to develop a working platform.

The roadmap on the website has three major milestones, but no expected completion dates. There is a second link that takes visitors to a Trello page with a so-called timeline, but that just happens to be a mess of weeds.

Not really sure what they are trying to communicate on the Trello platform.

Another major roadblock Swissborg faces are that banks are highly regulated and it will be very difficult for Swissborg to operate internationally across multiple jurisdictions. There is nothing in the whitepaper to describe how they will solve this challenge.

Consider alternatives

Yodling, cheese or chocolate making these are all very focused endeavors. Swissborg is all over the place on how it intends to manage wealth and grow. It faces a highly regulated industry with not much direction. There is not much else to say, but “Good luck!”

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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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