Coins for good causes

The Blockchain is in the process of transforming how a lot of business and interaction is done and the advent of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have fundamentally changed the way that new tech can raise money to fund development as sell as democratise (or is that personalise) early phase investment.

These two changes also provide a way for social and ecological enterprises to pursue their goals. So while you are making your ticket to the Moon, there is also a way to maybe put a little into some of these to help out.

Here are a few coins that look to do some good.

 Carbon Coin2 website link Twitter link Exchange
 Now this is an interesting one. It’s been around for a while now (Feb 2014) and aimed to fund the planting of millions of trees. But all is about to change! (another article on this coming soon). Traded on YoBit1
The Root Project2 website link Twitter link start time image
The Root Project aims to “Restructure Capitalism End Extreme Poverty”. It claims to be the World’s first effectively tax-subsidised cryptocurrency. It’s not traded yet, but the ICO starts September 5th 2017 ICO.
Humaniq website link Twitter link Exchange
Empowering 3.5 Billion People in the world economy. A simple and secure mobile app, delivering financial inclusion solutions to the 2.5 billion unbanked / 1 billion underbanked globally. Traded on YoBit1, Bittrex 
 Climate Coin website link Twitter link start time image
 With its ICO launching on October 23rd the aim is to provide a blockchain green eco system and used to invest in companies and projects that create real solutions to mitigate Climate change

1 links which contain affiliate codes    2 I hold coins in these


Crypto Coin Analysis Reports

Two questions seem to go together: where do I find out about Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and how do I know which ones to invest in?

I cover the first one in Finding ICOs.

Which ones to invest in is a harder one to answer. You should of course do a lot of your own research to establish whether you like what the project does and offers to the extent that you are happy to invest some real money into it.

However, there are just so many ICOs kicking off these days that there probably really isn’t time to investigate them all – you probably have a day job to hold down until those coins take you to the moon, right?

So it is good to have some filtering in place. If you want to do all your own research then you can limit it to projects that cover areas you have some knowledge in. Alternatively you can use review sites to narrow your search. Here are the ones I use, make sure you read their process of evaluation so you understand what you are looking at.

 Crush Crypto website link Twitter link
Analysis by Victor Lai of selected ICOs. Provides a simple rating simple for both flipping and long term potential. You can download a do it yourself ICO analysis sheet.
 ICO Bench website link Twitter link  
Well categorised list let’s you select the type of projects you’re interested in. Provides a top line score for each reviewed ICO scaled 1 – 5.
 ICO Rating website link Twitter link
A very straightforward list with links to an ICOs twitter, facebook, website et al. Shows all the top line info you need as well as a simple rating system (high/medium/low) for risk, hype and investment potential. There is an overall rating for ICOs that have been assessed more deeply.
Smith + Crown website link Twitter link
Simple list but contains a quick look at the attributes of the ICO such as whether the raise amount is auditable, it has detailed founder identities, whether it is closed to US citizens and others.
 Unbiased ICO Ratings website link Twitter link
 Provides a score out of 10. Unbiased ICO Reviews is operated by Zirra.


Finding ICOs – a list

One question I keep getting asked is where do I find out about ICOs. Some I hear about them in Telegram and WhatsApp channels I’m subscribed to and from a few Facebook groups I am a member of. These are usually good sources as the person highlighting them is likely to have done some research first.

There are however some lists on line that provide a really good starting point. These are my go to ones to see if anything interesting is coming up.

ICO Alert website link Twitter link
Clean layout in date order – great to see what is coming up
Top ICO List website link Twitter link
this is split between active ICOs, those coming up and the ones that have finished.
Tokenmarket ICO Calendar website link Twitter link
 a simple and easy to scroll listing
ICO Checker website link Twitter link
a good listing but large icons and fancy countdowns make it not so easy for a quick trawl
Smith & Crown website link Twitter link
Simple, easy to use list with a straightforward description, start and end dates, and a key to the attributes of the ICO ( Auditable Raise Amount  Detailed Founder Identities  New Blockchain  Project Code Available  Sale Barred to U.S. Participants)
CoinGecko (beta) website link Twitter link
A straigtforward listing with links straight to supporting info for each ICO such as web, whitepaper, twitter, Slack, Telegram etc.
ICO Index website link Twitter link
This isn’t the largest list, but it has two sections that are both worth checking out suspicious and scam ICOs. Click on ‘Details’ to see the reasoning.