Cryptocurrency · Financial analysis

Are ICO's a legitimate way to raise capital?

Diane Bernard Chief Digital Marketing & Growth Officer For Hire, CEO, Virtual CMO for Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Consumer

June 8th, 2018

I am considering doing an ICO for an entertainment company. What would you say are the biggest risk?

Fred Cohen Helping startups and growth companies succeed

June 8th, 2018

I think the biggest risk, like in so many things, comes from not having the right team and knowledge in place to do it right. Folks who do this particular thing for a living and have for some time are critical to getting this right. We work with a team from Australia that runs a VC firm and has done ICOs for several years now, including getting past all the related hurdles. It's a very specific set of knowledge and not well suited for first timers at this time.

Jonathan C. Dunsmoor Founder of Law Office of Jonathan C. Dunsmoor

June 8th, 2018

The biggest risk for any initial coing offering (ICO) or initial token offering (ITO) is not using the proper regulatory mechanism to raise money. Regulation D 506(b) and (c), Regulation A+, and Regulation S are all being utilized to legally raise capital through an ICO/ITO. Now, this may change as the SEC and other federal regulatory bodies make decisions and cases are litigated (Ethereum and Ripple, etc.) but right now, with the information we have, these are the tools people in this industry use.


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David M

June 10th, 2018

What type of entertainment?

Ashit Vora Software Engineer, Working as a consultant for past 9 years, Interested in solving real problems

June 13th, 2018

They are. But they are not the ideal way to invest.

You invest in something when you know how the company is performing and how the management is.


In case of ICOs, people invest before there's any product. It's nothing like IPO but everything like a Kickstarter project. Atleast in Kickstart project you have lesser amount to loose whereas in case of ICO, you may end up loosing a lot.


Only people who make money in ICOs is the company doing ICOs.


I have been involved as a developer in few of them and I advice everyone to stay away from Crypto or atleast ICOs.

Diane Bernard Chief Digital Marketing & Growth Officer For Hire, CEO, Virtual CMO for Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Consumer

June 9th, 2018

Fred, Thank you. I would appreciate an intro if you can. Diane