ICO

Visualizing the ICO explosion

The ICO market exploded in 2017. We saw Billions of dollars pour into crypto through this new crowdsourcing vehicle. For the first time ever retail investors had opportunity to invest in early stage startups, while hedge funds looked for ways to get in earlier and cheaper during private sales. Everyone was living their best life as the market went parabolic. 2018 hasn’t been so nice to trader, but the ICO market has continued to explode. Take a look at the infographics below from the crew at howmuch.net.

Above we can see ALL of the ICOs for 2018. Telegram leads the way with a fundraising round of $1.7B mostly to wealthy private investors and institutions. The graphic below shows the cumulative money invested into ICOs during the past five years. As you can see, we’re still going parabolic and showing no signs of slowing down…yet.

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The top 15 ICOs in terms of funds raised….and ROI

The ICO craze of 2017 was just that…crazy. We saw projects raise tens of millions of dollars in seconds, sometimes hundreds of millions in under an hour. This year we saw the first Billion dollar raises come from EOS and Telegram. EOS did this before they even had a functioning product and ran their public ICO for over a year, while Telegram reached their goal mostly through private sales to accredited investors and institutions. Regardless of which method they chose, these companies want to get your money, and as investors the only thing that should matter is return on investment (ROI).

Below we can take a look at the top 15 biggest ICOs in terms of funds raised, the type of project they are and what ROI they have given investors up to this point.

visual from @ico_analytics. *Tezos price has been extremely volatile lately so ROI may differ.

From looking at this chart we can see that relative to smaller ICOs, large fundraising sums hasn’t necessarily correlated with great returns. Don’t get me wrong, even these ROIs make the risk/reward heavily weighted towards reward, you can only lose 100%, but make many multiples of that. That said, it will be interesting to see how these tokens and protocol coins hold up over time if the liquidity crunch continues in the crypto markets. Stay safe out there.

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