Idea & Token
Polymath Blockchain is an open source decentralized platform that allows young companies to raise funds using initial offers.
For the most part, ICO projects come with two types of tokens: utility and security. Utility allows an investor to purchase products or services of an organization, whereas security tokens have functions similar to shares and grant the right to a portion of business income.
The Polymath platform focuses on ICO-projects offering security tokens. On the one hand – the potential of this market is evaluated by the company to reach around $10 trillion as opposed to the $400 billion for utility tokens, while on the other hand security tokens are associated with much more strict regulation, with certain countries forbidding such ICOs altogether.
Polymath, a Canadian company, came forth with an elegant solution – a marketplace of independent partners, with knowledge of all regulation requirements and the understanding of how to “package” a project for a civilized initial offer. Other partners take over the entire hassle of KYC and investor data storage. All that’s left for the ICO-project itself is to register and pick a partner with suitable reputation for a suitable price. All transactions utilize POLY, an ERC20 token.
This system proposes a win-win. Young ICO startups have the opportunity of raising funds with minimal risks tied to lack of experience. Investors go through a one-time KYC procedure and gain access to the entire startup range on the platform. Partners earn money by offering qualified services in their field. Regulators control partners and through them minimize the level of fraud.
Project founder Trevor Koverko is an experienced entrepreneur (eProf, Polymath Labs). The team has several developers with blockchain-technology experience. Advisors include Anthony Di Iorio (co-founder of Ethereum/Jaxx), Steve Dakh (Kryptokit), Bruce Fenton (Bitcoin Foundation) and others.
Early fund raising for startups is a challenge. The ICO financing model is able to breathe life into many innovative ideas. On the other hand, legal blind spots and fraud undermine trust and end up damaging all participants of this ecosystem. We are glad it’s not only governmental bureaucrats offering solutions, but also innovative groups such as Polymath.
The project’s strong points include the general hype over ICO, a qualified team, a clear roadmap and active work with the community.
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A form of blockchain fundraising called an Initial Coin O ering (ICO) has existed since July 2013. Over the last two years, the ICO model has been used by hundreds of organizations to raise more than $3 billion USD. Government agencies are now analyzing the securities implications of this non-traditional form of nancing, with potential consequences for ICOs that violate securities laws.
In this paper we present Polymath, a system to facilitate the primary issuance and secondary trading of blockchain securities tokens. Polymath uses a blockchain-based system to coordinate and incentivize participants to collaborate and launch nancial products on the blockchain.
By creating a standard token protocol which embeds de ned require- ments into the tokens themselves, these tokens can only be purchased and traded among veri ed participants.