ICO’s or initial coin offerings have always been infamous for the high risks associated with their success. Many ICO’s fail despite raising a good amount. According to a survey by Tokendata, in 2017, about 46% of ICO’s did not reach fruition stage despite raising about $104 million. Many ICO’s are categorized as semi-failed as there aren’t any updates related to them either on their website or on social media channels.

Factors attributing to death of ICO’s are multiple, increased risk of investing in cryptocurrency, stringent regulations in making, tough competition and diminishing returns are some of them.

The volatile nature of cryptocurrency is also one of the biggest reason for ICO fail. Especially in Q1 the staggering losses of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin has made VC’s hesitant to invest in crypto.

 

Promotion of crypto on Facebook and Google is difficult. Since January 2018, Facebook stopped the promotion of crypto-related advertisements and soon Google followed its lead. Twitter also selectively banned few crypto accounts which were suspected to be scams. These bans are a limiting factor in the growth of the crypto community. Even MailChimp is planning to stop mass email campaigns related to cryptocurrencies and ICO’s.

 

China banned ICO’s last year and the Russian government has laid down a new set of rules for ICO’s with the guarantee that investors can sell back their tokens.

 

Despite a hostile growth environment, ICO’s and crypto have shown resilience. Though, it may have to resort to other sources for publicity and fundraising. ICO’s are going the extra mile to prove their credibility. Initiatives like SAFT and inclusion of legal disclaimers in whitepapers prove that ICO’s believe in the transparency that they boast of. It would be interesting to see ICO’s deal with the stringent regulations and limited sources of publicity. Blockchain is here to stay but ICO’s have to go a long way before they make an indelible mark in the financial ecosystem.

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This is a guest post/opinion piece and should not be construed as financial advice. 

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What does it take for Bitcoin to achieve mass-adoption?

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What does it take for Bitcoin to achieve Mass-Adoption?

The biggest obstacle for Bitcoin right now is, that so few people use Bitcoin. But why do so few people actually use Bitcoin from a day-to-day basis? Well, the answer is, because so few people use Bitcoin. That might sound a bit confusing right away, but I will explain myself.

Bitcoin has the obstacle to overcome, same as Facebook. Facebook became so valuable, because literally every friend of yours, and their parents where using it. If no one used Facebook, then I really doubt it would be nearly as valuable to humanity as it is today.

The same exact thing also applies to Bitcoin. What makes money valuable, is the fact that you can pay anybody for anything with it. Good luck paying your local supermarket in Bitcoins. It just doesn’t make sense to do so.

This is also called the network effect. It sates, that a system is only so valuable, as the number of people using that system.

So, let’s dive into the 3 deciding factors, that must happen for Bitcoin to fully achieve mass adoption.

First, of course, is the support by a big corporation or even country. For example, if a big company like McDonalds starts to accept Bitcoin, then people would be more inclined to make purchases with Bitcoin. This makes total sense, because why would anybody adopt the usage of Bitcoin, if you couldn’t make any real-world purchases with it? Exactly, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

The first point was pretty obvious, so let’s look at the other deciding factors, that are crucial for Bitcoin to be mass-adopted.

Did you actually know, that a third of the world’s population, 2,5 million adults to be precise, do not have access to the banking system? Yeah, what people in the first-world countries take completely for granted, isn’t all that common all around the world: A bank account. On the other side, many more people in these third-world countries do have mobile phones, but no bank accounts. So, what if all those people start using Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, for their online and day-to-day transactions? They could skip the traditional banking system and directly buy and sell Bitcoin from their smartphones. If one third (or even less) of the world population starts to use Bitcoin, it will gain world-wide recognition and overtake any other currency.

The third scenario that could happen, is that a major economic collapse or abuse occurs. When this happens, lots of people will want to transfer their wealth to something that isn’t dependent on any country or government, but is universally accepted in every country of the world. There aren’t many options for such things. One of these things is, gold. And the other could be Bitcoin, which I see as the digital version of Gold.

I hope we will never have to experience such a catastrophic event in our lifetime, but it sure is a positive thing for Bitcoin, since lots of people will adopt it.

These are all the point I could think of. Thanks a lot for reading and have an awesome day! Visit me at flashipcrypto.com for more Crypto-article?