A. Firstly, we are not giving the money just because they pitched and received one of the top 3 scores. The presenter provides tokens at pre-ICO terms to our investors who are judging with their own money once or twice per month at our d10e events. As of February, it will be two per month. I envision the cryptocurrency market capitalization to surpass $1 Trillion in the next 6-12 months and I envision one edition of d103 per week for the second part of next year. So, we will close the year with 8 editions (14 over the past 3 years). Next year I predict 25-35 editions. And yes, we are hiring additional staff and preparing for such craziness where Brock Pierce and I will be giving our welcoming speeches via holograms. Q. What does winning a pitch contest do for the winners? A. Winners receive huge PR and the ability to say that they secured an investor from these well-known crypto funds. And the money is well-received as well, of course. BlockV, for example, had 224 media mentions with a potential viewership of 85 million eye balls as a result of the press release announcing that they won. Out of $22 million they raised over their 90-day campaign (pre-ICO and ICO), close to $2 million was raised as a result of this PR. Now, that's powerful. Q. How much money has been raised by people who pitched at your events? A. Over $750 million Q. What do the best pitches have in common? Steve Covey wrote a book entitled the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you replace "people" in that title with "ICO pitchers", what would those seven habits be? 1. Great CEO and team 2. Solving a big societal problem 3. Being original 4. Having first-mover advantage 5. Having the right advisors 6. Having enough personal capital or angel money raised to get the engines revving (it always takes money to raise money) 7. Timing is everything
Yes, of course you may reprint it. I have already made it public on my social media profiles. I am generous because I went to a Pepperdine University where we have a beautiful quote from the Bible (disclaimer: I respect all religions but don't practice any beside my own, which can be summarized in one word found in the dictionary: Karma) on the wall of the cafeteria high up in the mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean: "Freely you received...freely give!" Also, I am the president of Karma, a 12-year old business which did $32 million in sales from 400 events (tickets and sponsorship) and from the annual dues ($3,000) from approved members. We built a community of folks in 9 chapters around the world (planning to reach 50 chapters with at least 100 members each over the next few years). So, when you are part of a for-profit company, called Karma, you better live by the name of your firm. Q. You are doing your own TGE for Karma. What can you tell us about it? How is it going? What are you going to do with the proceeds? A. We originally planned a $5 million pre-ICO over a 10-day period and although the entire amount was committed in writing within this short period of time, three major things happen which made our team decide to postpone the $20 million ICO, which we had planned for 10 days only:
Karma's 300 members from 30+ counties needed more time to learn about ICOs, tokens and the whole blockchain space prior to understanding what they are investing in. The handful of investors who were the biggest part of the $5 million were 100% planning to dump their discounted tokens as soon as the ICO was over and we had liquidity on various exchanges. BTH increased so much lately that many investors chose to sit on the fence and enjoy the appreciation of their coin rather than risk it in new ICOs.
Q. Who should not do an ICO? A. ICOs are not for the light hearted
Q. What is TaaS? How's it going? Anything unusual that TaaS does? A. Token-as-a-Service (TaaS) is the first tokenized closed-end dedicated to investing in digital assets. TaaS is domiciled in Singapore while the operational office is in Kyiv, Ukraine where 24 of the hardest people in crypto create value each day by: - Daily trading the top 50 cryptocurrencies - Investing in the most promising ICOs ($4 million into 20 so far)
A. Sharing is caring. Period and without joking. 14
TaaS sold 8,146,000 tokens between March 27 and April 27, 2017 to 3,942 contributors and took on $7,569,373. Tokens started at $0.80 on the first day of the ICO and went up to $1 by the 30th day. The first fully-operational quarter (May 1 Aug 1) finished with earnings of 4,723,111 UST(D)and paid 50% to its token holders, which comes out to 0.28 UST(D) per token. This equated to a 61% ROA. The team took in 25% of the earnings while 25% were added back into the fund so that it grows in perpetuity.
Well, people come to pitch at conferences to find investors, but before that materializes, pitching is a great way to fine tune one’s business model from all the feedback received.
Q. Who should do an ICO? A. Anyone who wants the ride of their lives while raising capital through the most innovate financial instrument ever invented.
Q. May I reprint your KrowdMentor checklist? If so, can you tell us about it? It's very generous of you and your colleagues to make this available. Why are you so generous?
- Incubating ventures which bring efficiency to the crypto trading space
The second fully-operational quarter (Aug 1 - Nov 1) finished with earnings of 5,470,785 UST(D) and paid out 50% to its token holders, which comes out to 0.33 UST(D) per token or 73% ROA. This provides a cumulative ROI of 133% for those who contributed to TaaS ICO.
Q. Beside co-founding your investment banking & advisory firm (KrowdMentor) alongside your college friend, Brad Yasar, and co-owning / co-chairing d10e alongside Brock Pierce, what other organizations did you found to help the blockchain space prevail? A. Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) - launched officially on Sept 16 at the 9th edition of d10e which was hosted in Kyiv Blockchain Exchanges Consortium (BXC) - to be officially launched on Dec 14 at the 14th edition of d10e hosted in Bucharest Blockchain Events Consortium (BEC) launched officially at the 13th edition of d10e in Ljubljana Blockchain Advisors Consortium (BAC) - to be launched officially on Jan 23 at the 15th edition of d10e in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Q. What is the Blockchain Investors Consortium? A. It is a private network of the top crypto hedge fund managers and individual investors in blockchain. We meet twice per month at the various d10e conferences where we have a private dinner the night before the event starts. Minimum requirements to join are $3 million in digital assets for structured funds and $1 million or more for individuals. Anything else you would like our readers at ICO Show to know? LOVE! Create Value! Pass on the Wealth!
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