ICO, initial coin offering

Initial coin offering (ICO, initial coin offering) is financing, cloud funding by the publication of the coin (digital token, code currency).

■General structure

A variation is possible to structure of ICO, but agreement sympathizes with the business concerned after the publication body of the coin (digital token) showed a business plan and purpose for funds or performs financing from the investors for the investment, and it is standard structure that publish a coin for the value. An offer is carried out in digital space such as the Internet, and the payment of the value of the coin is often performed by a code currency. It being possible for financing by a quick procedure simpler than the offer of the traditional stock market flotation and fund investment depending on the property of an aim and the right that is often done, but the yet opaque part is wide how an existing legal system is applied, and the maintainer of the coin has with the financing using securities; watch it and may be done.

For one typical scene where ICO is performed, it is carried out before a code currency as a fundraising method to develop a new code currency concerned is released. But I publish a digital token as a method of the financing for the constant business that a publisher plans and receive payment of the value if ICO is not necessarily a thing limited to financing for development of the code currency to publish and generalizes it more. It is usual that the digital token is a code currency, and it is common that the payment of the digital token is accomplished for a code currency.

In the case of stock market flotation (IPO), stocks and an owner share are distributed for value including the payments of the investments, but the offer of the token by ICO is not the thing which necessarily gives the right (right of Equity) of a stockholder, the owner to the publisher. When I give Equity right, the regulation about traditional securities often extends and often conflicts with an intention with ICO.

When I give a right (priority, use credit) about the use of the service about the target business with the digital token which does not have a right of Equity, it may be referred to “a utility token”.


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