Blockchain-based financing with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): Financial industry disruption or evolution?
Universitas Studiorum, 30 apr 2019 - 182 pagine
The great and fastening strides of the Fintech revolution continuously transform once-static traditional financial industry and provision of credit in particular. Blockchain innovation has led to creation of new industry of raising funds without the need for financial intermediaries such as venture capital or banks. In this book we build up a holistic picture of the token sales or initial coin offerings (ICOs) from their inception in 2013 to our days. We analyze the initial phases of the industry’s development, collecting information on all campaigns or ICO attempts in this period, providing a thorough quantitative analysis of the phenomenon. We also provide a detailed account of token sales mechanics and overview all the main actors in this new ecosystem of blockchain-based financing. By leveraging the open data on token sales contributions, we study the behavior of token sales investors and find out that recurrent investors do not succeed in selecting better ICO projects but bigger investors do. In the last part of the book, we study crypto tokens as investments and overview their functionality and risks involved, as well as look at the alternative methods of creating and distributing tokens and compare them to token sales.