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Riding The Blockchain Train: These Companies Changed Their Name, And Their Stock Price Soared

Many others had done it, but nobody quite as blatantly as beverage maker Long Island Iced Tea Corp, which on Thursday became the latest to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon, bizarrely but profitably changing its name to Long Blockchain Corp, which sent its shares soaring by 500%. In an ironic twist, we previewed LTEA’s hilarious […]


Finra Issues Warning On Crypto-Related Stock Scams

Yesterday morning we explained the latest and greatest get rich quick scheme in the stock market as follows: Now that it is abundantly clear that for a stock to explode higher, all that is necessary – and sufficient – is a press release mentioning the company’s name and throwing in the word “blockchain” in the […]


Overstock Belatedly Launches $250 Million ICO After Unspecified Technical Issues

Nearly two months after CEO Patrick Byrne first announced that it would hold an ICO of its own to help build out its blockchain infrastructure, Overstock – the e-commerce-company-turned-wannabe-blockchain pioneer – was expected to launch at midnight Monday to significant fanfare… …After a series of delay's due to unspecified technical issues, the offering finally began […]


Stunning Visualization Of The Explosion Of ICO Activity In The Last Four Years

Via Elementus.io, This graphic shows every token sale that successfully raised at least $100k, from the beginning of 2014 through the end of last month, November 2017. The bar chart at the bottom displays the total dollar amount raised in each month (details below). How big is the ICO (aka token sale) market really? It […]


SEC Wins Injunction Against ICO Organized By Financial Fraudster

The Securities and Exchange Commission is stepping up its long-overdue crackdown on shady initial coin offerings that are churning out suckers at a record clip with one simple promise: Invest in our coin and you, too, can receive an astronomical IRR just like your savvy cousin who bought a handful of bitcoins back in 2011 […]


Can A 16 Year Old Math Genius And Semi-Naked Women Sell The First Ever ICO Tranche

As a product, we may have just encountered the most brilliant Initial Coin Offering ever. As a marketing ploy meant to reach the broadest number of financially astute investors who are just dying to see a quadruple-digit IRR on their prudent investment, this is certainly the pinnacle of genius. We are still in awe of […]


Frustrated Investors File Lawsuits Against World’s Largest ICO

Here's the latest sign that the massively fraudulent ICO market is headed for a collapse. Tezos’s investors are still waiting to learn when they can expect to receive the digital tokens that they paid a premium for during the company’s record-setting crowdsale. But as reports of abuse, internal strife and outright embezzlement have surfaced in […]


PwC Becomes First “Big Four” Firm To Accept Payment In Bitcoin

Regulators may be skeptical of the burgeoning ICO market, where outright fraud isn’t uncommon, but that isn’t stopping some of the world’s largest audit and consulting firms from trying to win their business. PWC revealed that it will begin accepting payment for its consulting services in bitcoin because it is increasingly working with startups in […]


Blockchain-Based Platform Spurs Confidence In ‘Sketchy’ ICO Investment Opportunities

If it were a competition, BnkToTheFuture would be a shoo-in for “most meta business plan” of 2017. To wit, the company is building a blockchain-based trading system for selling and trading stakes in blockchain companies in a play to capture a subset of investors who are growing increasingly wary of the sketchy ICO market. A […]


Meet The World’s Most Powerful Bitcoin Backers

Authored by James Stafford via OilPrice.com, Cryptocurrency may be one of the biggest threats to governments, security and the entire financial system that we’ve ever seen. It can help fund terrorism and its anonymity makes it almost impossible to track. Most importantly, it is poised to revolutionize global finance and banking. But our new Enemy […]


Visualizing The Journey To $10,000 Bitcoin

It has been a breakthrough year for the world’s original cryptocurrency. At time of publication, the bitcoin price is at $9,650 – about 10X higher than how the cryptocurrency started the year. Further, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, bitcoins are now on the brink of passing the important psychological barrier of $10,000, and it […]


World Largest Reseller Of Virtual ‘Skins’ Raises $40M With An ICO

ICO Investors are about to experience something that’s almost never happened in the brief history of the $3 billion market: An offering by a company with an actual product. Bloomberg Businessweek has managed to find the one ICO being launched to solve the rare problem that could actually benefit from decentralized, monetized tokens. The company […]


Ethereum’s Creator Mulls Limiting Supply In Novel Ways

While the ICO craze has got out of control in 2017, the two leading cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin and Ethereum – have gone from strength to strength. We’ve seen frequent gut-wrenching (for bulls) drawdowns, wallet freezings (Ethereum several days ago – see here), exchange closures (China) and high-profile criticism from speakers engaging forked-tongues (Jamie Dimon's famous […]


Ethereum Proposes ‘Guidelines’ To Stop ICO-Related Fraud

It looks like Ethereum’s developers and entrepreneurs have finally recognized the perils of being associated with the massively fraudulent ICO market. ICOs have exploded since the beginning of the year as companies equipped with little more than a white paper sketching out some grandiose (and often highly improbable) killer app that somehow incorporates a monetized […]


ICOs VS. Venture Capital and Banks

Traditionally, if you have a great business idea but lack the finances to get the project started, you would pursue funding through a venture capital outlet. There are hundreds of venture capital firms that spend tens of billions of dollars helping businesses get off the ground. However, not all startups attain venture capital funding, and […]