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What in heck is a Markethive ILP?

 

It is important you understand the nature and differences of an ICO and Markethive’s ILP. The ILP is being used to drive our pre-launch and full launch crowdfunding and is far superior, more profitable and stable than the ICO being used today.

What is an ICO? It is similar to an initial stock offering but applies to the virtual digital sphere of online business often integrated with the new phenomena called the “blockchain” . ICO stands for “Initial Coin Offering” and sells the future value of their crypto coin as a token. The promise of the ICO is totally speculation that in the near future the token will be open to trade in the “exchanges” and the value will grow, thus appealing to the investor, but alerting the authorities because of the nature of such an investment is often scurrilous. Case in point, over 90% of the ICOS launched in 2017 – 2018 have never produced anything at all, and the unknown anonymise founders of these ICOs, raising literally millions even billions of $s worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum, just run off into obscurity to later be known as “whales” selling their ill begotten coins on the exchanges, causing huge market shifts, further damaging the small guy and gal who buy these coins legitimately investing in the future.

ICOs have become dark and looked down upon by governments, institutions and the average person. There is a far better option!

The ILP defined: The solution is offering a share of the company revenue via an assumable note. This means you are not buying tokens, nor engaging in speculation. What it means is you are lending Markethive money and in return, you receive a debt note. The agreement is you will receive 1 share of about 1000 shares may be a few more, or a few less, paid from 20% of Markethive's revenue for a period of 20 years. The note is assumable, transferable and renewable. In 20 years you will have the option to renew it with a small administration fee.

The ILP is not exclusive to Markethive, another blockchain enterprise, not related to Markethive headquartered in Estonia called BlockHive coined the term and have built a turnkey solution for new blockchains to utilize the ILP via their service.

Unlike buying an ICOs token and hoping (speculating) the coin gains value, the ILP is based upon the company’s performance and viable services. Services that are competitive and purposed to produce revenue. This is exactly what sets Markethive apart from 99% of today's ICOs. Not only are we planning to have viable services and subscriptions, we already do with our Entrepreneur upgrade (more about that later)

The following video will help you to understand the ILP and why it is poised to become the standard used by viable Blockchain Crowd Funding offerings.

Also check the calendar for our many live meetings, some of which we go into ILP details and open up for your questions. To be informed is very important in today’s world of scams, ponzis, and deceptions.

Thomas Prendergast
CEO
Markethive

Is Markethive potential going to eclipse even the greatest expectations?

Is Markethive potential going to eclipse even the greatest expectations?

Consider this

Marketo, Inc. is a software company focused on account-based marketing, including email, mobile, social, digital ads, web management, and analytics.

Marketo is an Inbound Marketing platform similar to ours, but lacking social network integration, lacking commerce portals and built upon a central database system not decentralized as a our blockchain does,  just sold to Adobe for 4.75 Billion dollars.

FOUR BILLION and SEVEN  HUNDRED and FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS ($4.75 BILLION)  let that sink in.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/adobe-confirms-its-buying-marketo-for-4point75-billion.html

Marketo is a high-end system in that they charge upwards of $25,000 per month per subscriber depending upon the magnitude of data (read email addresses and contacts) you acquire within the system.

Markethive does not charge for the same thing, it is always free and built to empower you to achieve individual sovereignty. Rather Markethive is built upon the blockchain, has its own economic environment with its own coin and by the nature of what we do, our economic velocity produces valuable revenue. This transformation allows our subscribers to achieve financial autonomy within the system by the very nature of our crypto assets.

The fact that Markethive has growing revenue puts us in the top 5% of all the other Altcoin block chains (many of them in one stage or another in an ICO). The fact our Alexa ranking is under 55,000 ranks us number 6 in CoinMarketcap’s 100 top coin systems like Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRO, EOS, Stellar, Monero, etc. The fact we already have a growing and active community puts us in the top 10%

And we have not even launched our Crowd Funding Campaign (like an ICO) yet. Ours will be a little different called an ILP similar to the BOD we did years ago. But with all of this advantage, it is easily understood, Markethive’s crypto blockchain crowdfunding launch will probably break records:


Like EOS (https://eos.io/) a smart contracts ICO altcoin that raised $4.1 billion for a smart contracts blockchain. They have an Alexa ranking of 65,089 and just launching their first Toolkit online after a year from their initial launch. They do have big names behind them, point is, they are still mostly promise.


Like Telegram (https://telegram.org/)  who raised $1.7 billion for encrypted messaging and blockchain ecosystem which they have launched and have grown to over 900 million in less than a year because they delivered. They have an impressive Alexa ranking of 336. They have virtually killed Skype and came out of nowhere.


Like Dragon (https://drgtoken.io/) a decentralized currency for casinos raised $320 million and to date are partnering with major casinos to develop but have yet to deliver. Alexa ranking of 763,015



I use these examples to illustrate the unbelievable potential that has materialized for
Markethive primarily because of the advent of the blockchain.

Markethive is a Market Network (next generation social network)

https://techcrunch.com/2015/06/27/from-social-to-market-networks/

We are a blockchain next-generation social network now being identified as a Market Network. We own our code. Our blockchain has just recently been completed and we are now developing our wallet. We are yet to launch our ICO (actually we are launching a better alternative called an ILP) but we are doing it right.

Our plan has been to build into our wallet app into an advanced secure communications platform, a chat and messaging but more of a webinar conferencing platform, similar to Zoom but secure and private running on the blockchain.

Then to our total astonishment, the only peer to peer advanced webinar platform, which runs on all systems, Windows, Apple, IOS, Droid and Linux on all browsers in HTML5 fell into our laps we were franklin shocked and amazed. We are buying the company and this acquisition will catapult Markethive beyond all expectations crushing any competition that even comes close to our ecosystem, an ecosystem for the 5 billion entrepreneurs in the world.

We want to open up this acquisition to 10 of you to partner in this deal with us. Want to know more? Come to our webinar rally this weekend. See the calendar here: http://markethive.com

I am building Markethive to be as much yours like the rest of us. This is what the Entrepreneurs upgrade represents. If you have an Alpha or BOD system you will also participate in this member ownership as well. I highly suggest all of you start attending as the gears are beginning to turn faster and faster and you do not want to miss the ride of your life.

Markethive’s potential, considering what I have just shown you will be greater than you can imagine. Do not miss this.

 

Thomas Prendergast
CEO FOUNDER

Douglas Yates
CTO FOUNDER

Martkethive Inc.

Markethive Tour De Force Number 01


Markethive "Tour De Force" vblog broadcast number one

Welcome to our Monthly “Tour De Force”. Exactly as the definition reveals, Markethive operates under the rules of transparency, integrity and peak performance.

Always focused on delivering the very best we can produce, the results are starting to manifest, and this is why our monthly “Tour De Force” Vblog and live webinar has been established.

In the Crypto sphere of 2018, there has been much disappointment, but in this crucible of FUD, Markethive launched, has persevered and even prospered as we prepare to launch a new generation of crowd funding. Our crowd funding campaign is not dependent upon hype, speculation and pump and dump, but dependent upon skilled professionals, transparency, delivery and performance.

Even more so, we have rejected the traditional speculative pump and dump campaigns of the recently failed 90% of the ICOs and have released a debt based, profit driven credible and legitimate option originally called the BOD and now referred to as the ILP.

Join us, follow us and attend our many live broadcasts as we venture forth to build the next monolithic system, but this time, to profit the “entrepreneur” not the “elite”.

Our calendar is found on our main domain @ http://markethive.com for attending our webinars, broadcasts and tutorials.

I am the creator/Founder and CEO of an upcoming next generation social network called a Market Network. Its primary purpose is to build a collaborative environment of critical thinkers building profitable enterprises.

The network has a powerful portfolio of marketing tools, a social network and commerce platforms. You need to join it and experience how this is going to be the next generation of your Internet experience.

We are all entrepreneurs, and Markethive is your home.

Membership is free. So please accept my invitation to join me as we pursue making the worlds a better place for all. Let freedom ring.

https://markethive.com/

 

Thomas Prendergast
CEO and Founder
Markethive

Markethive Report pre launch update

Less than a week since our major upgrade to the Markethive Dashboard and all is settling down nicely.

This is all for preparation of transferring into the blockchain, so we can deliver even better privacy, security, power and a Universal Income based on Entrepreneurial pursuits, not some government theft and giveaway all the other options seem to have become.

This process has eliminated all the affiliate type levels that used to exist in Markethive. Gone are the Alpha Legacy levels, gone are the Voyager, Navigator and Commanders levels.

Alpha Legacy is now 1/10th of an ILP, the new crowdfunding share we are in pre-launch with. We are gearing up to convert to the blockchain, so we have our own financial systems. We are gearing up to deliver 3+ commerce platforms. We are gearing up to deliver a legitimate Godly Universal Income. We are gearing up to insure you have total privacy and security at Markethive.

We are about to officially launch our ICO (ILP actually) crowdfunding campaign and sharing that effort with you, the people that make Markethive run.

Come to our Sunday meetings as we continue to reveal what this means, and how it benefits you in so many ways.

I hold 2 meetings on Sunday because it is the 1st day of the week, look at your calendar, it is the first day.

Central Time (That is USA central time) Check the World Clock if you are confused

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html

Sunday @ 10am and 5pm

The calendar can be found at http://markethive.com along with the link to the conference room (found within the calendar)

https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive

 

New Back Linking Tool (Blows SEO away)

This Saturday (check the calendar) @ 2 pm (USA Central)

 

I am going to show you how to use the new backlinking tool. It has become incredibly organized and can literally produce and manage 100s even 1000s of legitimate backlinks, manage them, sort them and will even have the option to have them listed in your profile page for even greater robotic indexing.

 

There is nothing even close to this elsewhere for free or fee.

Saturday @ 2pm (USA central)

 

Attention Journalist

I still need journalists. This is a well-paying job. Please register here for an interview and job benefits.

https://t.me/markethive_marketing_group

 

Markethive is sailing ahead to become the leading Market Network, the champion of the Entrepreneur, delivering a real legitimate Universal Income, with a huge and free platform that pays you to build your future.

 

See you soon.

Thomas Prendergast
Founder

 

P.S. Pay Attention!

MarketHive is a Market Network a hybrid mixture of a full suite of inbound marketing tools and people

MarketHive is a hybrid mixture of a full suite of inbound marketing tools and people
 

 

and a dynamic integrated social network designed for entrepreneurs.

Since 1996, I have been building and developing inbound marketing systems. Inbound Marketing has become the most effective marketing method for doing business online. Instead of the old outbound marketing methods of developing traditional “come do business with us and here is why hype” type ads, sending fear of loss and hard pitched ads via email lists, paying for disconnected non responsive leads, subscribing to lead development systems that produce names, emails and phone numbers to people who really don’t know you or care to talk to you, MarketHive inbound marketing focuses on creating quality results, via quality content and systems that pulls people toward your company and product, where they naturally want to be and want to do business with you. By aligning the content you publish with your customer’s interests, you naturally attract inbound traffic that you can then convert, close, and engage over time.

Teaching, sharing, educating, revealing, collaborating, with the world is at the core of the MarketHive inbound marketing matrix. By creating content, offering beneficial wisdom, and delivering stability with integrity in the method and the message, you will find yourself attracting your dream customers. MarketHive’s inbound marketing systems attract qualified prospects to your business and keep them coming back for a life time.

From the outside in, build a Social Neural Network by attracting cognitive leads. MarketHive offers the most comprehensive suite of inbound marketing tools far superior and much more inclusive than anywhere else (at any price), and all of this for free (A $3000+ per month value).

You have the option to offer this service, as an advertising upgrade, to build a huge cognitive lead database. Let me explain.

Traditional lead development (the life blood of any company or venture) produces a disconnected lead database, where as a simple process by either buying leads, or subscribing to a lead system requires an additional process of calling or connecting with that lead, who may recall subscribing to some news report, video presentation, requesting more information in that regard, etc. (the long honored traditional lead type process). But the moment you vary from that message, 99% of the time, the lead is alienated by your message, has no connection to you, other than they vaguely recall giving you a name, email and maybe phone number. The result is a clear rejection of any further attempt to do business.

In contrast to this traditional option to building leads is the MarketHive inbound marketing alternative to build a cognitive lead database. By attracting likeminded, interactive respondents that not only are seeking what you offer, but are instantly integrated into your social neural network, plugged into your group(s) and also are set up to receive your automated messages as well as your published and current messages from your platform. This type of lead is what we call Cognitive Lead production.

So what is a Cognitive Lead? Dissecting the term, Cognitive means (relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning) A lead in the traditional sense, is someone we have contact information on that we want to do something, buy, respond, engage or act according to our agenda.

The cognitive lead is a person who has elected to join you through your MarketHive system, that is attracted to your offer, the system, becomes integrated within your social neural network, is able to respond within your network to your stimuli as well as others stimuli in your network and in turn offer and cause stimuli, integrate in the greater cause of the network. This makes for a lead system that has never been accomplished before.

Case study number 1: Emailing a sales letter to 25 million recipients. The typical results of sending a series of emails to a list of 25 million promoting an mlm offer is dismal at best, even with a strong active emailing list. Say you get 500 to sign up. Sounds good right? Let’s do the math. That is .0002% which is a statistical ZERO. Now imagine sending a series of emails to that same database offering a free for life inbound marketing system worth $3000 per month. Even if only 5% respond and sign up, that is 1.24 million subscribers. These will also become Cognitive Leads as part of your Social Neural Network and overtime will become your huge responsive sphere of influence for the rest of your life.

Case study number 2: This is a common sense exercise. But bear with me as it makes total sense. You create a Facebook advertisement to drive prospects to your capture page to promote an opportunity to sell a popular and branded facial product to build your distributorship business. You get a reach of 20,000 for $200 per week and receive around 300 prospects (.02%) signing up into the lead capture page. You still need to email them auto responders pitching the deal and make attempts to call them up on the phone. Out of the campaign of 30 days, you accomplish 1200 signups in your capture page, manage to talk to 100 of them from that 100 you recruit 3 people into your business. You are pretty proud of yourself. You spent $800 for 3 distributors that purchased $500 to come into your deal and you received a $500 bonus for doing so. You know that the odds are 2 of that 3 will be gone within 3 months, but by then you have managed to make a few hundred in profit, so you justify the same process month after month.

Now let’s shift the campaign to attract entrepreneurs by advertising MarketHive in place of the capture page. Same reach of 20,000 per week for $200. But instead of the small percentage of candidates signing up, let’s assume we get 20% of the reach (4,000) to join MarketHive through our Alpha program, thereby, they are integrated into the MarketHive system with a portfolio of valuable inbound marketing tools and connected to you through the various social neural network functions of the system. These entrepreneurs are now returning and staying within your sphere of influence as you offer assistance to integrate them into the platform and slowly building friendships and exposing them to your primary business. People like to do business with people they know and trust. This does make sense right?

Summary: When you develop a proprietary suite of advanced, effective inbound marketing tools, and integrate the entire system into a FaceBook like social network and interface, you have the world’s first entrepreneur business person’s social network. Then offer the entire system for free to the entire worldwide market of entrepreneurs. That includes, small businesses, local businesses, regional businesses, global businesses, cottage industries, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, affiliate marketers, software innovators, musicians, churches, political platforms, political candidates, distributors, network marketers, innovators, and dreamers!

 



inbound marketing explained and compared

Veretekk invented Automated Marketing (in 1996), later to become known as Inbound Marketing (MarketHive). Veretekk’s traffic portal offers, auto responders, Broadcasting technology (The Hammer), Conference rooms and sales funnel process became the foundation that today is known as Inbound Marketing.

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But let us digress some. Before the Internet; advertising and marketing were for the most part driven by Outbound Marketing:


Outbound marketing is buying attention, cold- calling,
Direct paper mail, radio, TV, sales flyers, spam,
telemarketing and other forms of traditional advertising.

 

 

 

Inbound marketing is the most effective marketing method for doing business online. Inbound marketing focuses on creating quality content that pulls people toward your company and product, where they naturally want to be. By aligning the content you publish with your customer’s interests, you naturally attract inbound traffic that you can then convert, close, and delight over time.

 

 


Simply concept really, execution is the challenge. (Just ask a few of your friends how often they blog) vs posting to Facebook newsfeeds, Skyping or texting back and forth.  With a little understanding, some instruction and determination, any entrepreneurial motivated person can make a success with the right tools.

This is why it is important to know your “WHY” as that is what will drive your market base. What you love to do will attract others that share the same passion. And that is the “secret”.

Sharing is caring and inbound is about creating and sharing content with the world. By creating content specifically designed to appeal to your dream customers, inbound attracts qualified prospects to your business and keeps them coming back for more.

By publishing the right content in the right place at the right time, your marketing becomes relevant and helpful to your customers, not interruptive. Now that’s marketing people can love.

Major themes:

Create targeted content that answers prospects' and customers' basic questions and needs, then share that content far and wide.  (Broadcasting)

Promoters don’t just materialize out of thin air: they start off as strangers, visitors, contacts, and customers. Specific marketing actions and tools help to transform those strangers into promoters. (Share the revenue “AFFILIATE”)

Tailor your content to the wants and needs of the people who are viewing it. As you learn more about your leads over time, you can better personalize your messages to their specific needs. (Build your sphere of influence)

Inbound marketing is multi-channel by nature because it approaches people where they are, in the channel where they want to interact with you. (Social Network connections)

Content creation, publishing and analytics tools all work together like a well-oiled machine – allowing you to focus on publishing the right content in the right place at the right time. (Tracking and measuring traffic, comments, responsive interaction)

The Four Marketing Actions

Attract

We don’t want just any traffic to our site, we want the right traffic. We want the people who are most likely to become leads, and, ultimately, happy customers. Who are the “right” people? Our ideal customers, also known as our buyer personas. Buyer personas are holistic ideals of what your customers are really like, inside and out. Personas encompass the goals, challenges, pain points, common objections to products and services, as well as personal and demographic information shared among all members of that particular customer type. Your personas are the people around whom your whole business is built.

Some of the most important tools to attract the right users to your site are:

Blogging– Inbound marketing starts with blogging. A blog is the single best way to attract new visitors to your website. In order to get found by the right prospective customers, you must create educational content that speaks to them and answers their questions.

SEO– Your customers begin their buying process online, usually by using a search engine to find something they have questions about. So, you need to make sure you’re appearing prominently when and where they search. To do that, you need to carefully, analytically pick keywords, optimize your pages, create content, and build links around the terms your ideal buyers are searching for.

Pages– Your website pages are your digital storefront. So put your best face forward! Optimize your website to appeal to your ideal buyers and transform your website into a beacon of helpful content to entice the right strangers to visit your pages.

Social Publishing– Successful inbound strategies are all about remarkable content – and social publishing allows you to share that valuable information on the social web, engage with your prospects, and put a human face on your brand. Interact on the networks where your ideal buyers spend their time.

Convert

Once you’ve attracted website visitors, the next step is to convert those visitors into leads by gathering their contact information. At the very least, you’ll need their email addresses. Contact information is the most valuable currency there is to the online marketer. So in order for your visitors to offer up that currency willingly, you need to offer them something in return! That “payment” comes in the form of content, like eBooks, whitepapers, or tip sheets – whatever information would be interesting and valuable to each of your personas.

Some of the most important tools in converting visitors to leads include:

Forms- In order for visitors to become leads, they must fill out a form and submit their information. Optimize your form to make this step of the conversion process as easy as possible.

Calls-to-action are buttons or links that encourage your visitors to take action, like “Download a Whitepaper” or “Attend a Webinar.” If you don’t have enough calls-to-action or your calls-to-action aren’t enticing enough, you won’t generate leads.

Landing Pages– When a website visitor clicks on a call-to-action, they should then be sent to a landing page. A landing page is where the offer in the call-to-action is fulfilled, and where the prospect submits information that your sales team can use to begin a conversation with them. When website visitors fill out a form on a landing page for the first time, that visitor becomes a contact.

Contacts– Keep track of the leads you're converting in a centralized marketing database. Having all your data in one place helps you make sense out of every interaction you’ve had with your contacts – be it through email, a landing page, social media, or otherwise – and how to optimize your future interactions to more effectively attract, convert, close, and delight your buyer personas.

Close

You’re on the right track. You’ve attracted the right visitors and converted the right leads, but now you need to transform those leads into customers. How can you most effectively accomplish this feat? Certain marketing tools can be used at this stage to make sure you’re closing the right leads at the right times.

Closing tools include:

CRM– Keep track of the details about all the contacts, companies, and deals in your pipeline, and easily get in touch with the right prospects at the right time. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems facilitate sales by making sure you have the right information at your fingertips to better engage with prospects across every channel.

Closed-loop Reporting– How do you know which marketing efforts are bringing in the best leads? Is your sales system effectively closing those best leads into customers? Integration with your CRM system allows you to analyze just how well your marketing and sales teams are playing together.

Email– What do you do if a visitor clicks on your call-to-action, fills out a landing page, or downloads your whitepaper, but still isn’t ready to become a customer? A series of emails focused on useful, relevant content can build trust with a prospect and help them become more ready to buy.

Marketing Automation– This process involves creating email marketing and lead nurturing tailored to the needs and lifecycle stage of each lead. For example, if a visitor downloaded a whitepaper on a certain topic from you in the past, you might want to send that lead a series of related emails. But if they follow you on Twitter and visited certain pages on your website, you might want to change the messaging to reflect those different interests.

Delight

The Inbound way is all about providing remarkable content to our users, whether they be visitors, leads, or existing customers. Just because someone has already written you a check doesn’t mean you can forget about them! Inbound companies continue to engage with, delight, and (hopefully) upsell their current customer base into happy promoters of the organizations and products they love.

Tools used to delight customers include:

Surveys– The best way to figure out what your users want is by asking them. Use feedback and surveys to ensure you’re providing customers with what they’re looking for.

Smart Calls-to-Action– These present different users with offers that change based on buyer persona and lifecycle stage.

Smart Text– Provide your existing customers with remarkable content tailored to their interests and challenges. Help them achieve their own goals, as well as introduce new products and features that might be of interest to them.

Social Monitoring- Keep track of the social conversations that matter to you most. Listen out for your customers’ questions, comments, likes, and dislikes – and reach out to them with relevant content.

The New Methodology

The Inbound Methodology covers each and every step taken, tool used, and lifecycle stage traveled through on the road from stranger to customer. It empowers marketers to attract visitors, convert leads, close customers, and delight promoters. The new methodology acknowledges that inbound marketing doesn’t just happen, you do it. And you do it using tools and applications that help you create and deliver content that will appeal to precisely the right people (your buyer personas) in the right places (channels) at just the right times (lifecycle stages).

Want to learn more about inbound marketing?

An Entrepreneurial Social Network integrated with an advanced Inbound Marketing platform is genius on steroids. Sharing up to 50% of the potential revenue with you is very generous and the potential of this combination is atomic!

 

Thomas Prendergast
CMO Markethive, Inc.

 

Blockhive Introduce The ILP Markethive is implementing it

The Next Generation of ICO Is Here? Blockhive Introduce The ILP

We’re entering into a new world of finance and transfer of value, one that could have large implications for many current intermediaries and many individuals all across the globe.

In this era we have a trustless system where exchanges are to happen peer to peer in a seamless manner, this is facilitated by the blockchain and interesting features such as smart contracts. These features have contributed to interesting mechanisms that institutions are using to raise capital to fund operations while using that same capital to form an economy where that specific form of capital, that issued token, is what’s used as the currency of trade.

This mechanism is called the Initial Coin Offering and it has been a mechanism that has grown rapidly in the past, yet, there have been forms of abuse in this direct to market offering sort of mechanism and governments have looked into regulating it, while some, such as China and South Korea have went as far as banning this new sort of funding vehicle.

This state of uncertainty has caused some organizations to act and provide their unique solution to this new market need.

The introduction of the ILP

The Initial Loan Procurement (ILP) is introduced to serve as an alternative to the Initial Coin Offering, providing for global financing using cryptocurrency.

ILP’s were introduced to alleviate the current issues that were surrounding ICO’s. These issues stem primarily around the aspects of legal and taxation, both, serving as major concerns for any reasonable and sophisticated investor.

Another issue that is continuously brought up around the idea of ICO’s is the question of, can this business truly create an economy that sustains its native token? Sometimes, the answer comes up as no, going further into the matter, at times, one might even find that setting up an economy through the ICO funding vehicle could contribute to a worse experience for the user.

How does ILP solve these issues?

Through the future loan access token (Flat). This a mechanism formed to overcome issues of taxation and regulation. It works through a simple process and also acts a token model, one issues these through Ethereum using an EIP20 standard. This essentially enables a token agreement with the token issuer as well as the transfer of agreement to others. Those who hold FLAT tokens are able to digitally sign a loan agreement, become a creditor and receive interests through the feature of  Agrello smart contracts.

A key feature of the ILP structure is that creditors are able to transfer rights to a new creditor if they wish to do so.

Initial Deployment and the Future

The organization behind this new structure, Blockhive, in conjunction with Agrello, will be issuing the first ILP from January 26th through the end of February 9th.

After they use and deploy this initial funding vehicle, it is expected that others too, will start to use it as a solution to their regulatory and taxation struggles. Interested parties will be able to access and use this new form of financing through the joint venture platform, tokennote.io.

What are the highlights of the Initial Loan Procurement Vehicle?

  • Accessible Globally
  • Legally Binding, recorded on the blockchain, thus providing security for creditors
  • ILP is structured in the format of loans, thus allowing for it to not be subject to taxes, a necessity when raising funds for a new venture
  • No need for a new and unnecessary and purposeless token

The ILP is regulation-friendly, blockhive has conformed to regulatory frameworks, making certain that issuers comply with anti-money laundering laws

We’re entering into a new world of finance and transfer of value, one that could have large implications for many current intermediaries and many individuals all across the globe.

In this era we have a trustless system where exchanges are to happen peer to peer in a seamless manner, this is facilitated by the blockchain and interesting features such as smart contracts. These features have contributed to interesting mechanisms that institutions are using to raise capital to fund operations while using that same capital to form an economy where that specific form of capital, that issued token, is what’s used as the currency of trade.

This mechanism is called the Initial Coin Offering and it has been a mechanism that has grown rapidly in the past, yet, there have been forms of abuse in this direct to market offering sort of mechanism and governments have looked into regulating it, while some, such as China and South Korea have went as far as banning this new sort of funding vehicle.

This state of uncertainty has caused some organizations to act and provide their unique solution to this new market need.

The introduction of the ILP

The Initial Loan Procurement (ILP) is introduced to serve as an alternative to the Initial Coin Offering, providing for global financing using cryptocurrency.

ILP’s were introduced to alleviate the current issues that were surrounding ICO’s. These issues stem primarily around the aspects of legal and taxation, both, serving as major concerns for any reasonable and sophisticated investor.

Another issue that is continuously brought up around the idea of ICO’s is the question of, can this business truly create an economy that sustains its native token? Sometimes, the answer comes up as no, going further into the matter, at times, one might even find that setting up an economy through the ICO funding vehicle could contribute to a worse experience for the user.

How does ILP solve these issues?

Through the future loan access token (Flat). This a mechanism formed to overcome issues of taxation and regulation. It works through a simple process and also acts a token model, one issues these through Ethereum using an EIP20 standard. This essentially enables a token agreement with the token issuer as well as the transfer of agreement to others. Those who hold FLAT tokens are able to digitally sign a loan agreement, become a creditor and receive interests through the feature of  Agrello smart contracts.

A key feature of the ILP structure is that creditors are able to transfer rights to a new creditor if they wish to do so.

Initial Deployment and the Future

The organization behind this new structure, Blockhive, in conjunction with Agrello, will be issuing the first ILP from January 26th through the end of February 9th.

After they use and deploy this initial funding vehicle, it is expected that others too, will start to use it as solution to their regulatory and taxation struggles. Interested parties will be able to access and use this new form of financing through the joint venture platform, tokennote.io.

What are the highlights of the Initial Loan Procurement Vehicle?

  • Accessible Globally
  • Legally Binding, recorded on the blockchain, thus providing security for creditors
  • ILP is structured in the format of loans, thus allowing for it to not be subject to taxes, a necessity when raising funds for a new venture
  • No need for a new and unnecessary and purposeless token

The ILP is regulation-friendly, blockhive has conformed to regulatory frameworks, making certain that issuers comply with anti-money laundering laws

Markethive isw utilizing this loan based crowd funding option.

Russian Institutions to Trial Central Bank ICO Platform

Russian Institutions to Trial Central Bank ICO Platform

Two Russian financial institutions are set to test a regulatory platform

that aims to make domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs) more transparent and secure for traditional investors. Russia's National Settlement Depository (NSD) announced on Thursday that it is working with Sberbank CIB, the bank's corporate and investment banking arm, to test an ICO issuance platform launched by the Bank of Russia – the country's central bank – in April.

According to an announcement, in the testing environment, a company named Level One will launch a token sale, for which Sberbank will act as the "issuance coordinator and anchor investor." The NSD, on the other hand, will serve as the custodian, recording and settling transactions, as well as safeguarding the assets. The firms say the platform will ultimately provide transparency that would reduce risks for traditional investors in the token issuance process. It's hoped the test, along with feedback from the central bank, will help improve the platform before it can be scaled up for real-world use.

Igor Bulantsev, senior vice president of Sberbank and head of Sberbank CIB, said:

"Sberbank CIB considers the Russian ICO market to be very promising. Many Sberbank clients are interested in this type of investment, and we plan to promote this service proactively once the appropriate legislative framework comes into effect; we will be one of the drivers to institutionalize and popularize this type of transaction."

As previously reported by CoinDesk, the Bank of Russia and the Ministry of Finance have already resolved a disagreement over one draft bill covering ICOs, and the country has now slated in a summer deadline for introducing two relevant pieces of legislation. Eddie Astanin, chairman of the executive board at the NSD, said the end goal of the project is to allow "the emergence of a new type of asset for investors" and the circulation of digital assets on the secondary market.

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Look No More: 3 ICOs to Watch in Q2 2018

Look No More:
3 ICOs to Watch in Q2 2018

The explosion in ICO projects has made choosing

which ones to participate in a very complicated task, and the competition between them extremely fierce. Back in 2015, the Lisk founders raised 14,000 bitcoin with a team of just 2 people! Doing that today seems impossible: teams are paying thousands just to get famous industry advisors, and all the noise while very little fundamental substance exists. Furthermore, it’s thought that perhaps 75% of projects offering token sales have ideas that are too convoluted to ever become tangible or real. Nor would their teams have the ability or means to implement such ideas into real-world use realistically either. To help you out in this mess, here are a few ICOs that are raising their heads above the rest, and likely to deliver spectacular gains in 2018.

GoNetwork

This project could be a total game changer. The team is tackling one of the most crucial and interesting problems in the industry: scaling the Ethereum platform. Despite not having a background in crypto, the team won the ETHWaterloo, the World’s Largest Ethereum Hackathon, a 36-hour event where participants worked alongside founders Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Lubin.

Essentially, the GoNetwork is a fast, low-cost and scalable network that connects the Ethereum blockchain to other mobile, desktop and web platforms. It will be mobile-focused and uses a technology called state channels to minimize on-chain transactions by accumulating transactions off-chain before any output is given. This solution is particularly favorable to mobile, due to architecture and programming language, where the majority of internet traffic is taking place nowadays.

Now here is the deal: on top of this solution, the developers will build a decentralized marketplace for games and digital goods. Given that the CEO, Rashid Kahn, is also the founder of one of Canada’s largest game studios, their track record in this market works in their favor. If they use their scalable, mobile Ethereum network to create some real-world adoption, the possibilities are huge! ICO is open to accredited investors only and more info can be found at GoNetwork.co.

Neon Exchange

Despite the evolution of crypto in the last few years, it is still an industry in its infancy. A key part of it becoming mature is developing fully functional, state of the art decentralized exchanges to replace the centralized, non-secure gatekeepers that exist nowadays. There are many contenders for this position, but we would like to highlight one that is keeping out of the media spotlight while developing a very interesting solution.

NEX is cryptographic trade and payment service platform built on the NEO blockchain. It will offer a technical off chain matching verification for trading and will allow more complex trading such as limit orders, something that existing DEX’s cannot do. Another interesting idea is the development of a Chrome extension that will act as a wallet and still be connected to the exchange, effectively making it a Metamask for all NEP-5 tokens.

In general, the project has extremely solid foundations: the team is chocked full of talented programmers with a track record, who have literally not even opened a Telegram account in order to stay focused on delivering. The roadmap is very comprehensive and includes every detail needed in such a grand vision, including entry points for fiat purchases of NEP-5 tokens. What is most interesting, however, is the role such a project will play in the development of the NEO Smart Economy, the amazing vision that sets NEO apart from the rest of the industry. It’s no surprise that NEO founders and core developers, Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, both sit on the advisory board.

OptiToken

One of the most interesting projects in terms of possible ROI versus complexity is Optitoken, which has just recently come into the spotlight. It is the first ever actual hyper-deflationary currency, whose value is supported by an automated portfolio that uses professional trading techniques, AI, and machine learning. The portfolio will be bought with funds from their ICO, giving it serious value early on.

Their CEO Sean Donato is an old-school crypto trader and who was also one of the founders of BitHalo which was an early pioneer start-up in crypto and of which is a free software still active and available for smart contracting. His strategies tweaked in depth by the team are being coded into the “OptiX” which is an algorithmic swing trading engine. The project has a transparent portfolio demonstrating OptiX live on their website OptiToken.io which serves an MVP as it’s been active and also managed to outpace Bitcoin since November of 2017.

The gains made by the algorithmic trading will be used in part to buy back their own tokens on exchanges, creating constant upward price pressure and nurturing a market that has very strong buy support this is the function that seeks to massively drive the currencies value upwards continually. The rest of profits from buy cycles is reinvested to grow the initial holdings. OptiToken Interestingly also solves a common problem of new ICO’s, that can’t find any volume early on. CEO Sean Donato said, “Trading is perhaps 90% psychology and so often times people find themselves following trends after the fact as opposed to using solid fundamentals and then selling overbought and buying oversold based on traditional price fluctuations of the asset or perhaps  RSI’s.” After the buybacks, 100% of the tokens purchased are sent to a transparent and verified unspendable address and thus destroyed forever in order to create value through scarcity. This combination is very innovative in the space and should attract serious organic buys on exchanges to partake in the price action.

What is great about this project is that can be immediately profitable. The technology is relatively straightforward to build, as the team is not promising a perhaps working product for a fantastic idea in Q3 of 2019 AKA “vaporware”. Rather, the product, already in Beta, will be in alpha in a few months, trading the proceeds from the ICO, and will hit exchanges just before or after this time frame according to projection. The ICO is open to Non-US and Non-China citizens now at OptiToken.io and is filling up fast.

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Move ‘Em Out: ICOs Don’t Seem So Scary Outside the US

Move 'Em Out:
ICOs Don't Seem So Scary
Outside the US

ICO issuers are starting to look to jurisdictions outside the U.S. to set up shop.

In an environment of regulatory uncertainty, where the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun investigating ICOs and the industry surrounding the capital raising technology but has yet to make a formal decision of how it will regulate crypto tokens, issuers and other stakeholders are finding other jurisdictions a better bet for launching their projects.

And no other place during Blockchain Week was the topic hotter than at Token Summit III (the original event took place a year ago) on May 27 in New York City. Both on stage and off, startup founders, attorneys and investors had strong opinions about how far to go in an environment where enforcement agencies know how easy the market boom for the tokens makes it for malicious actors to spin up a fake company and bilk millions of dollars out of unwitting buyers.

That boom packed venues in New York City throughout Blockchain Week. "The reason there's a thousand people here, it's not blockchain technology," Jason Fang of Sora Ventures told CoinDesk, saying he's been going to blockchain events for years and it was all the same faces until the initial coin offering (ICO) boom. "The difference is money. The difference is speculation."

But not everyone felt that hype meant rushing headlong would be the right approach. For instance, Paypal's original chief operating officer and now an investor in Craft Ventures, which incubated and backed the security token platform Harbor, David Sacks spoke to how getting compliance right led cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to be "the first really successful company in the space."

He wasn't the only one. Throughout the day, different speakers returned to the question of regulation, and from the stage it began to become clear that the rest of the world isn't nearly as complicated as the U.S. This is perhaps unsurprising – as the world's biggest economy it also has the most rules. Regulators in the U.S. would much rather err on the side of caution, even if that means curtailing some of the excitement. Laws in the U.S. are based around the Roaring '20s, which led to the Great Depression, Lowell Ness of Perkins Coie explained during a panel on regulation,

saying:

"Literally the securities law is intended to exclude the moms and pops from too risky investment."

But other parts of the world take a more open-minded, if not lax, approach and that's luring some ICO issuers overseas.

'ICO tourism'

For instance, representatives from Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Gibraltar spoke to the crowd, both assuring listeners that their nations took an extremely responsible approach without quite the aggressive fretting of U.S. rule-makers.

Speaking for his home country of Switzerland, Andreas Glarner of MME said:

"It's not our task as a regulator to tell people which way they want to lose their money."

Yet judging investments is one thing and willfully manipulating people is another. He added, "If the project is fraudulent we're going to prosecute it." Representatives from Lichtenstein argued that the small country has a large enough regulatory staff to work with companies it hosts and help them build businesses that are still within its regulatory framework. Meanwhile, representatives from Gibraltar said that its regulators have done the work to build rules from the ground up that specifically fit the new world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Meanwhile, attorneys in the U.S. sound frustrated, but hopeful. Several who have been working with the SEC spoke on a panel about where the country is at in terms of defining rules for the industry. "What we're doing primarily is educating the SEC on what blockchain is," Nancy Wojtas, a former SEC staffer now with Cooley LLP, said. "I think there was just a misunderstanding by them to what cryptocurrency is all about. They hear 'cryptocurrency' and they think 'fraud.'"

Ness from Perkins Coie was more hopeful, forecasting forthcoming clarity. "Now we have a position where there's going to be bright lines," he said. "Full functionality [of a platform] is a very hard bright line to draw. Full decentralization is a bit easier." Bloq's Matthew Roszak has also been working through Token Alliance, a Washington DC-based initiative of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, to guide the SEC so that they make decisions that will allow the technology to thrive in the States.

"The last thing I want to do is spend time with regulators, three-letter agencies. I want to build, invest and innovate," he said, noting that he's doing it, though, because he believes it's important. Wojtas cut through the optimism, again though, stating that entrepreneurs in the space will likely have an uphill battle for some time.

She said:

"Being involved in an investigation is like living in hell without dying."

She continued, warning founders about the price of hiring attorneys to answer questions and respond to regulator requests, "You will be spending between $100,000 and $300,000 per month." As such, Sebastian Bürgel of Switzerland's Validity Labs said of companies visiting countries trying to figure out where to domicile

(even if its staff doesn't actually work from the country):

"I see what I would call ICO tourism."

Startups' thoughts

At Token Summit III, the room was filled with about two-thirds startups and one-third investors. The startups, including those domiciled in places like Hong Kong and Singapore – attractive places after China's central bank banned crypto token sales – spoke to how they viewed the regulatory environment throughout the world.

Lea Bauer, director of operations at Centrifuge, a startup building a decentralized enterprise resource planning platform, told CoinDesk that her firm is talking to lots of lawyers in the U.S. or Europe before it decides where to land. Centrifuge envisions a token for services on the platform. And while it wants to execute a good legal plan, it won't wait for absolute certainty.

Bauer explained:

"If we wait too long, that gives us complications on the product side, whereas if we move too early that gives us trouble on the legal side."

Kain Warwick, with the Australia-based stablecoin project, Havven, told CoinDesk, "I genuinely don't believe the regulators want to impede what's happening." But he also added that risk in his home country "is far less than it is from the SEC," he said. While geographies seemed a main concern for many ICO issuers, it isn't the only kind of distance that could lower risk. Time could also serve an issuer. Founder of crypto loanmaking platform, ETHLend, Stani Kulechov, told CoinDesk that it did its sale last fall. "Back then, when we did the ICO, the regulatory uncertainty was pretty vague," he said.

However, his company is based in Switzerland, where the rules are clear enough that the company isn't concerned. Additionally, the fact that it had a working app before doing any fundraising adds to Kulechov's confidence. Just to be sure, though, "We don't accept US customers," he said. Jae Kwon of Cosmos said similar things of stage, telling the crowd he's glad the company did its token fundraiser before all the ICO hype started. "There's too much money piling in," he said. And if you bring in too much money, "they can always sue you, especially in the United States."

Leonard Frankel, CEO of ClanPlay, an existing gaming company, which is building the Good Game token, in order for gamers to earn money for playing, has a very complicated plan to get both the tax and legal structures he desires. An Israeli company, Frankel plans to actually launch his tokens out of Gibraltar but then transfer them to Israel and sell them from his home country, so that the company will pay its taxes there.

Erik Buschbaum, CMO of Rlay, a protocol to validate information, said his company is based in Berlin but domiciled in Gibraltar, which works for them by and large. Still, he said, "We have investors right now, Kryptonite1, and they advised us not to do a public sale because of regulatory risk." All this said, it's clear the ICO industry is reeling somewhat from both the unclear guidelines throughout the world and the thought that regulators could create rules that make their businesses illegal at some point. Speaking to the fear many have of U.S. regulators, MME's

Thomas Linder said:

"The U.S. needs to learn that in a globalized, decentralized economy, they are not the center of the universe anymore."

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Brady Dale is a reporter who has previously written for Fortune, Technical.ly Brooklyn, Next City and Motherboard, among others. He grew up in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.

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