Iconiq Lab, based in Germany, is a global token sale accelerator and initial coin offering program. According to a recent announcement by Iconiq Lab, it has decided to launch two new branches in the US and Asia. This announcement was made public by Patrick Lowry, CEO of Iconiq Lab. The US branch is expected to be launched in New York in May, while the Singapore branch will be launched in July 2018.with the first batch scheduled to begin in Nov. 2018.
When asked about the reason for that launch, Patrick Lowry stated that due to the terrific success rate of German accelerator program and the unexpected feedback from the target community are the main reasons behind that launch.
Why was Iconic Lab launched?
Reason behind the launch of Iconiq Lab was to compensate the needs of both crypto investors and efforts leading to the completion of their own initial coin offerings. Iconiq Lab also launched a global ico accelerator program which was further made possible through the launch of their own token, the ICNQ Club Membership Token.
Basically the Iconiq Lab refers to a German based initial coin offering program which is also acting as a token sale accelerator program at the moment. Edge of that company is that it funds, develops and accelerates the most promising crypto-startups leading to their own token sale. Their speciality is that they help launch tokens supported by real-world business demands and sustainable solutions.
Financial cooperation with EOS and FinLab
FinLab AG is a public trade based German FinTech company builder. In Nov. 2017 it placed a an investment into Iconiq Lab which no doubt was a minor one but had strategic importance. This mutual cooperation led to the successful launch of an accelerator program on behalf of Iconiq Lab. the result and feedback was quiet amazing as Iconiq Lab received almost 200 applications for the first batch of that program in late 2017. Due to several reason, it shortlisted the applications and eventually selected just five applicants to enter the program. That program was properly launched in Feb. 2018 in Germany.
These five selected companies are propelling towards their own initial coin offering and are at the moment in the middle of a digital roadshow. These companies are also giving rise to innovative Blockchain solutions.
Iconiq Lab’s mission behind all these efforts is to allow the flow of characterized creativity by using tokens as financial instruments. According to some crypto experts it will also facilitate crypto investors with dependable data in case they are trying to judge new token investment opportunities and their future impact.
Bitcoin’s price has been soaring sky high the past few months. It takes everyone by surprise how well the cryptocurrency has been doing.
On April 24th, Erik Voorhees had made a prediction of $300 billion market capitalization on Twitter: “Tokens as an asset class have surpassed $30 billion. I predict over $300 billion within 4 years.”
So, what could be the factors contributing to driving Bitcoin up to new heights?
Through estimates and statistics, it still shows that 85% of the Global Bitcoin trading comes from China. Remaining countries have had a lesser impact. Obviously, due to a large amount of data flowing in from all sides, it’s hard to keep track of the accuracy of everything.
Economists, market analysts and financial experts, like CFA Prableen Bajpaiare, report current fears in China and Asia that the yuan could deflate due to the increased investments in bitcoin.
Other analysts have agreed to this as well: “Signs indicate Bitcoin’s price has become linked to a number of macroeconomic factors in China,” said Vijay Michalik, a research analyst for digital transformation at consultancy Frost & Sullivan.
“It highlights growing concerns about yuan currency deflation, as bitcoin’s appeal has grown as an alternative asset class for a population deprived of many investment choices.”
“The most likely explanation appears to be linked to market confidence in the Asia region, with low confidence in local currencies providing a major boost to bitcoin demand,” said James Lynn, U.K. managing director at investment company Billon Group, in a 2016 CNBC interview.
There has also been a big devaluation of currencies in other emerging markets such as India and Russia. For example, the Indian Rupee had gone down by 20 percent in 2017 compared to the US Dollar.
Even if the USD is rising compared to other currencies, people around the world are still looking for alternatives to it and Bitcoin has seemed to won that competition.
In 2016, Russians were exchanging their depreciating rubles to bitcoins by a large number. Due to tumbling of the ruble, the Russian Ministry of Finance came up with statements regarding money laundering and the possibility of taxing and regulating Bitcoin as an asset. Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev told Bloomberg in an interview in April 2017. He also added that “The state needs to know who at every moment of time stands on both sides of the financial chain”.
Blockchain companies funding
Bitcoin start-ups that attracted large investments in Bitcoin and blockchain companies, with total funding of $550 million are now increasing the demand for bitcoin in 2017. This had a huge impact on the Bitcoin’s value, causing it to shoot up.
Back to China
Due to the deflation of the yuan currency, Bitcoin value has been very appealing to Monetary policies, Chinese companies, and rich individuals. Also, several big investors are being tempted by Bitcoin. They are all demanding for Bitcoin in China since it is much more stable right now.
Japan, important growth
Things have started to get very interesting in Japan as well. In the last 6 months, what happened to be just 0.91 percent of the total bitcoin trading volume has surprisingly risen to 6 percent in just 30 days. Based on unofficial estimates and data provided by coinmarketcap.com and data.bitcoinity.org. There has been a sudden increase in the demand of Bitcoin in Japan.
Can anything wreck the path Bitcoin is on?
Anything, such as the increase in the price of gold would cause a drop in the value of bitcoin, but this won’t be happening anytime soon. Gold is down 4.58 percent in the last 30 days, which is in favor of Bitcoin.
Also, the altcoins have been grabbing a lot of attention the past few months, but they’re still risky and unstable investments. Whereas, Bitcoin is in a much better shape than most and will be reaching new heights in the near future.
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The price of Bitcoin has dropped by 11% today, on January 31, and once again, the cryptocurrency market is struggling to recuperate from its preceding corrections. Other major cryptocurrencies like Ripple, Ethereum and Cardano have also dropped by 8 to 13 percent and have triggered the cryptocurrency market crash.
Performance of Bitcoin:
In December, the valuation of the cryptocurrency market fell by more than 30%, and since the cryptocurrency market crash, most of the cryptocurrencies have struggled to record hefty gains in the cryptocurrency market. So, we can say that the crash in the performance of bitcoin is not exclusive to bitcoin.
Bitcoin is among one of those few major cryptocurrencies (excluding Ethereum), that hasn’t recorded a 50% drop from its all-time high. Whereas, other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Cash and Ripple, have dropped by almost 60% from their all-time highs. Apparently, the current price trend of bitcoin shows that the cryptocurrency isn’t performing well in terms of adoption and user activity.
Robinhood is a US-based financial services company that allows individual investors to invest in publicly traded companies and the stock market. Robinhood recently announced that it is going to launch a cryptocurrency exchange and a bitcoin, also, it will allow traditional finance market investors to trade in the cryptocurrency sector.
It is expected that the Robinhood’s cryptocurrency trading platform will launch in February. Above 998,000 users have already signed up to get the early access to Robinhood’s cryptocurrency trading platform and that is almost 10% of the user base of Coinbase.
Multiple hedge funds have expressed their sanguinity this week towards the short-term trend of bitcoin. There have been many rumours in the market that the institutional investors in the finance sector have sold huge amounts of bitcoin in an attempt to lower the price of bitcoin purposely.
Acceptance by Retailers & Other Financial Sectors:
South Korea’s one of the largest e-commerce platforms “WeMakePrice” have started to adjust twelve cryptocurrencies into their present system in partnership with Bithumb. Soon, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Qtum, Ethereum, Litecoin and EOS will be accepted by WeMakePrice, which will make it South Korea’s first retailer to accept cryptocurrencies.
Right now, the cryptocurrency market is endeavouring to reflect this speedy adoption of cryptocurrencies by retailers and large-scale companies, which bitcoin sceptic, Howard Schultz (Starbucks chairman), has labelled as the only essential feature for the progress of cryptocurrency market.
As the major cryptocurrencies in the market such as; Bitcoin and Ethereum, continue to be adopted by retailers and other major financial sectors, within few weeks, the valuation of the market would certainly upsurge.
Here are some suggested best Altcoins you might consider to invest in 2017:
Vatalik Buterin stated in late 2013, this blockchain based, public, and open source distributed computing platform is the great rival of Bitcoin. The Ethereum’s main target was to program required agreement into the blockchain that led to the introduction of a new smart contract hallmark. It has gone from $8 to $130 1st of January to 17th of June and its worth is $235.91 at the time of writing which is impressive.
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer virtual currency which allows flash and almost zero cost subsidies to anyone who is producing it. This digital currency is a global remittance and an open source channel which is totally decentralized without any major credit. Math defends the arrangement and offers the people to regulate their own investment. The main features of Litecoin include advanced storage capacity and high-speed transaction verification times than the other digital currencies.
Dash is the first decentralized and independent system which offer their users all that Bitcoin has to offer. It also presents their users some advanced capacities which include private transaction, instant transactions, decentralized governance. Dash offers the users the solutions for applying increased time to confirm a transaction, double spending dilemma, and secrecy concerns etc.
Ripple is a technology which allows the banks to send real-time payment worldwide across the network. It’s also a solution which exclusively relates to securing real-time payment among the banks at low cost, low risk, and a great speed. Some international banks such as Mizuho Financial Group, Siam Commercial Bank, UBS, and Fidor Bank have joined hands with the Ripple which show the remarkable potential of Ripple.
Primecoin is an altcoin, produced by Sunny King. It finds the prime chains composed of Cunningham and the Bi-twin chain for proof-of-work, which may drive to some useful byproducts. These prime number chains consider being very important for the mathematical investigation.
This digital currency does not have an inflexible limit on the possible coins like Bitcoin and Litecoin. Peercoin has designed to grow an annual inflation rate of 1 percent. If you have got a device which works for Bitcoin network then the same device will also work with Peercoin.
Dogecoin introduced on December 8, 2013. It made its online community rapidly and lead at a capitalization of 60 million USD in January 2014. Dogecoin project has a large number of the coin which is lower in value and suitable for transferring out the small transactions. It provides faster transaction and it’s also extremely cheap.
Feathercoin offers borderless transactions by using an end to end technology. It has enough uniqueness to bypass banking and it is one of the best features of Feathercoin. Conflicting to other digital currencies, it revives on regular basis to combine additional features and developments and providing a safeguard for the fork.
Different from other digital currencies which are challenging to Bitcoin, Monero base on the CryptoNote protocol. It occupies basic algorithm irregularities and restating to the blockchain complications. It offers the characters with the Ring Signatures and Stealth Addresses. Monero has also a discreetly fleet production arcs. Monero with a smaller inflammation of 12% per year is already acceptable and it’ll surely a risk for the Bitcoin rank in DarkNet markets.
Antshares is the newest platform to make a call on the market with a shouting cap of more than $7 million at the issuing time. It has produced some serious partnership with different chief multinational companies in the world as Alibaba.
Tor is an open network and a free software which allows people to enjoy maximum level of security and privacy on the internet. Nothing comes close to Tor when it comes to hiding your identity while surfing the internet.
Tor hides your personal identity by routing your system’s internet traffic over several places on the internet. However, there are still some loopholes that you may want to eradicate in order to steer clear from any monitoring agencies.
In this article, we have discussed 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts to enhance your online safety.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Tor
Do’s To Increase Your Online Safety:
Anyone who is skeptical of the online privacy should never put his trust into people at the back of the internet such as ISPs, web service providers, government agencies, etc. Tor is the best browser for online anonymity and that’s the biggest reason why we recommend using it.
Update Your System:
Tor is just another software which runs on top of your OS. Meaning that it is only as safe and secure as the system it runs on. We advise you to daily update your OS, Tor client, browser, email clients, instant messaging clients, etc.
If somehow, a hacker is able to get hold of your OS, then even Tor can’t protect your online privacy.
Encrypt Your Data Storage:
Although Tor anonymizes your location, it does nothing to secure the digital data on your computer. Data protection on your system can only be achieved if you keep the data in encrypted form. So, make sure you use a strong encryption algorithm such as LUKS to keep your system from various threats.
Using Tor with Java, Flash, and JavaSript leaves your data vulnerable to attackers. This is because these applications run with user account’s privileges which allow them to access/share your data.
Delete Cookies And Local Data Of Site:
Tor browser hides your real identity using network packets and routes your traffic through numerous relays to protect you from traffic analysis. However, some websites may still be able to track your activities using cookies and data storage. In order to go complete anonymous, make sure your cookies and site’s local data is disabled.
5 Don’ts To Increase Your Online Safety:
Do not use windows:
Windows is simply not best of the choices to improve your online privacy. The OS comes with several bugs and the loopholes that are present in the system and may leave you vulnerable to security issues. Rather use a Linux system for better Tor experience.
Avoid Using HTTP Websites:
The onion router is only a traffic router and does not encrypt the network traffic through the internet. This means that the origin of your network traffic is only anonymized inside the tor network and not outside of it; which results in exit nodes of Tor reading your internet traffic in the form of unencrypted data. The best way to avoid this is using end-to-end encryption such as TLS or SSL while on Tor.
Do Not Use Tor Browser Bundle:
Do not use Tor browser bundle for online privacy under any circumstances. A recent FBI breakdown of freedom hosting (a hidden web hosting service running on Tor network) was only possible due to vulnerabilities of Tor browser bundle. So, make sure you are not using this bundle.
Do Not Use P2P:
Tor network is not built for P2P file sharing as the exit nodes of the network are specifically meant to block file sharing. Plus, downloading torrents is considered abuse to the Tor network as it slows down the speed for other users browsing on the network and increases the threat to your online privacy. So it’s better to not use P2P on Tor.
Do Not Use Google:
If you care about your privacy, do not use Google at all. Google is infamous for collecting user information and browsing data to aid the growth of its ads revenue. The best alternatives to Google for Tor are DuckDuckGo and StartPage.
It’s not easy to steer clear when everyone is after your privacy. Despite all its vulnerabilities and weakness, Tor is still the best privacy tool we have for our online security. However, in order to bypass all these security threats, just follow the Do’s and Don’ts discussed above and you will be good to go.