The curious case of ICO whitelists

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The TokenData Take: Following last week’s newsletter, we confirmed a number of additional ICOs that successfully raised capital in September. This brings the total amount of capital raised through ICOs to $731M in September and $2.7B year-to-date. With 15 ICOs raising $105M in the first week of October, the ICO market is on track to easily hit $3B in 2017 and we currently follow a total of 150 ICOs that are still active and scheduled to close in October alone..

One of the observations from updating our database in the past weeks is an increasing amount of sales that opt for a mandatory ‘whitelist’ registration process – pioneered by Civic and 0x – for both the pre- and main-sale stage. For example: The Airswap (p2p trading protocol) token sale had to close whitelist registrations within hours – instead of days – after receiving more than 18k registrations for a ~$12.5M sale which will take place this week.

NEW on 

  • Q&A with Radar Relay – One of the biggest questions that pops up amidst the ICO hype is where new tokens will be traded. Decentralized trading protocols and exchanges such as 0x and Kyber are being developed as an alternative and/or complement to centralized liquidity providers. We talked to the Radar Relay team about launching an order book on top of the 0x protocol, and the opportunities and challenges in decentralized trading.
  • Token Jobs ( – We’ve launched a free and crowdsourced job posting board focused on crypto projects. Whether you’re a dev looking to move into the space, or you’re a project looking to attract the best talent after completing an ICO – look no further!

Weekly Token Data:

  • Nr of completed ICO’s (wk/mo/ytd): 15 / 15 / 296
  • USD Raised (wk/mo/ytd): $105M / $105M / $2.8B
  • Calendar: 45 ICOs this week
  • Crypto Celebrity of the week: Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan) announces a crypto fund called ‘Cream Capital’


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