Reddit and BitcoinTalk are flooded with the announcements of new and upcoming ICOs. The market keeps growing, but investors are becoming wary. With approximately 46% of ICOs ending in failure, how do you make sure that you’re investing in one of the 54% destined for success?
An ongoing and upcoming ICO list should be your first stop for finding information about ICO projects. Choose a site that has a robust rating system in addition to an up-to-date list, and you’ll find it easy to narrow your search down to promising projects while leaving the half-baked ideas behind.
How Do ICO Listing Sites Help Investors?
Researching an ICO is a time-consuming and often tedious process. The fact that not every member of an ICO’s team is on LinkedIn can make it difficult to do things like confirm their work history or whether they are even actually attached to the project. This can be even more frustrating if they have a common name and you have to sift through a list of similarly-named people, only to discover that none of them is the guy you’re looking for.
The research team at an ongoing and upcoming ICO listing site will do a lot of this detective work for you. It’s their job to do things like track down team members, read whitepapers, and explore GitHub repositories. They then present this useful information in an easy-to-digest form that can serve as a springboard for your own investigations.
When an ICO listing site gives a project a low rating, it should give you pause. Look over their research carefully, and see if you agree with the red flags they spotted. If there are enough warning signs, you should pass that project by and look for a more well-developed Initial Coin Offering instead.
Are These Sites Only for Investors?
Would-be ICO investors aren’t the only ones who can benefit from an ongoing and upcoming ICO list. Anyone who is curious about the crypto world can learn a lot by paying attention to the sorts of ICO projects that are being proposed. Read a few ICO listings and you start to get a picture of what the blockchain can do, or what people think it can do.
There’s a lot more to the crypto sphere than bitcoin, and nothing demonstrates that better than the world of ICOs. There are a lot of brilliantly creative ideas out there, and even if almost half of them are bound to fail, it’s worth seeing the possibilities presented by the blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
Are you a teacher whose students have questions about the blockchain? The next generation is definitely the future of this new technology. Whereas many adults are still struggling to understand it, today’s kids and teenagers will be as comfortable with it as Gen-Xers and Millennials are with using the internet.
Turn your students loose on an ongoing and upcoming ICO listing site. Assign them to choose an ICO and review it. Or better yet, ask them to design their own ICO. How would they apply the blockchain to the real-life problems found in their school or neighborhood?
These sites are a great way for anyone, young or old, to deepen their understanding of cryptocurrency.
Scope Out the Competition
Investors and the crypto-curious aren’t the only beneficiaries of the knowledge held in an ICO listing site. Anyone who wants to start their own blockchain project should first have a look at the playing field and see who their competition is.
Has someone else already had the same idea as you? If so, can you do it better? Faster? Will you present a more robust whitepaper and achieve more community engagement than they have?
A big mistake that a lot of ICO creators make is failing to consider and acknowledge their competition. You don’t have to be the first or only person to have an idea. Any industry benefits from diversity in offerings. But diversity implies difference. You have to convince would-be investors and early adopters of your technology that you’re not just offering a solution, you’re offering the best solution. And to do that, you have to know what’s already being offered.
Many ICO list sites let you sort by industry, which makes it easy to make an initial investigation into your competition. Of course, don’t forget to also consider established companies providing non-blockchain-based solutions!
More Information is Always a Good Thing
The internet is an amazing repository of information, and ICO listing and rating sites are just one new facet of it. That’s really the amazing thing about the internet: whenever something new and exciting comes on the scene, there are people ready to create websites dedicated to it. Whether it’s a fan site for a new television show or a list of ICO ratings, someone, somewhere, is ready to create the website you need.
ICOs have a reputation of having something of a wild west frontier town mentality. So consider the listing and rating sites to be your map to this unfamiliar territory. They can’t warn you of all the potential dangers, but they can help you plot a safe and scenic route through this beautiful new land.
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