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Vyacheslav Khmelkov

ICO Promotion: TOP 9 Ways to Find Investors for Your ICO Project

Blockchain startups appear regularly and most of them try to make themselves known through ICOs. Nonetheless, ICO specialists know that investors have become more exacting, and it is more difficult mpw for startups to win their attention. Consequently, the ICO promotion and all related topics are developing faster than ever. What methods of ICO promotion are popular today? Will they work in the future? Let’s check it out and learn how to launch an ICO and promote it effectively! (more…)

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Mary Thibodeau

5 Easy Ways to Earn Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies

With all the talk about buying, selling, trading and mining cryptocurrencies, along with the accompanying regulatory hoopla, isn’t it time to just kick back and earn Bitcoin?  Let’s talk about ways to bring in some free BTC, passively or actively. We’ll show you 5 ways to earn bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. (more…)

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Vyacheslav Khmelkov

The TruDex ICO Checklist

The TruDex ICO Checklist was initially created in September of 2017 as a way to help investors and ICO start ups identify the keys to a successful ICO project. Our research team used this original set of guidelines to create in-depth reports on 50 ICOs in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018. As a service to the crypto community, we offer free access to this research database of ICO projects, in the hopes that it may serve as a useful point of reference for ICOs and cryptocurrencies.

Since it’s first application in evaluating ICOs, the scoring system continued to be tweaked and adjusted by the TruDex team to develop a working set of guidelines for ICOs trying to make their mark in a crowded, noisy and confusing ecosystem.

Who is the ICO Checklist For?

The TruDex ICO Checklist is  available as a shareable Google Spreadsheet so ICOs can easily use it as a set of development guidelines. Investors and influencers are also free to use it in any way that helps them identify solid ICO projects for investment opportunities, as well as for helping educate the large numbers of brand new cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

Drop your comments below and let us know what you think!

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Mary Thibodeau
  • 25 May 18
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What Do These Top 5 ICOs Have in Common? TruDex ICO Scoring System has all the Details

To date, 94 ICOs have been fully profiled by the experts at TruDex. What does this mean? It means that each ICO project was put through our ICO scoring system by our research department after a thorough review of the ICO’s white paper, team credentials, website, press, and social media channels.


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Mary Thibodeau
  • 16 May 18
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Best ICO Marketing Strategies for 2018

More than six major ad bans took place in the last few months barring any crypto-related projects from advertising, and more are sure to follow. ICO start up teams and the many supporting businesses – that’s right, legitimate tech start ups with real teams, goals and solid servicing companies – are not waiting around for the Googles to right themselves and begin addressing their massively generalizing and vaguely self serving proclamations. The efficacy of using centralized platforms for ICO marketing  services has waned. Simply put, it’s on to bigger and better things. (more…)

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Vyacheslav Khmelkov
  • 27 Apr 18
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ICO Regulation: Possible Solutions and Consequences

The ICO regulation climate causes confusion amongst participants of the entire cryptomarket. Some are unhappy with the intervention of legislative bodies, from which blockchain technologies have tried to fence themselves off. Others consider attempts at ICO control as a step towards recognizing cryptocurrencies. In any case, the consequences concern all those involved in the regulation process. Let’s try to understand the goals and means of regulators and the possible implications of their work. (more…)

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Vyacheslav Khmelkov
  • 23 Apr 18
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What are the REAL Consequences of Russia’s Telegram Ban?

Telegram is the fastest and safest messenger. This project of well-known Russian developer Pavel Durov will soon be blocked in Russia, Durov’s native country. How will Telegram ban affect the sensational Telegram ICO and the success of the messenger as a whole?

The lawsuits between Telegram and the Russian authorities have been going on for more than a year. A few days ago they came to their logical conclusion. On August 30, 2017, Pavel Durov refused to provide personal information of users to the Federal Security Service (FSS) arguing that “Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.” The FSS sued and won the court case. Pavel Durov was forced to pay 800 thousand rubles fine (about 13 thousand dollars).

On March 20, 2018, Federal Service for Russian Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (or simpler Roskomnadzor) warned Durov that if he did not agree to cooperate with the authorities, his messenger would be banned across Russia. Durov, in his characteristic manner, ignored this warning. Roskomnadzor appealed to the court, which decided to ban the messenger immediately.

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However, back in 2017, Durov foresaw a possible Telegram ban by authorities. He added the ability to switch the proxy into the messenger, and even now Russian users can bypass the ban just in two clicks. Telegram regularly sends users proxy updates, which makes the ban simply useless.

Pavel Durov is also the creator of Vkontakte (now VK), the most popular social network in Europe. In 2014, the Russian authorities demanded from Vkontakte personal data of users who organized the protests of 2014 in Ukraine. Aldeady then, Durov refused to cooperate with the authorities. Being under pressure from the authorities, the board of directors of the social media decided to dismiss Pavel Durov from his CEO position. After his dismissal from Vkontakte, Durov began to develop Telegram.

What are the Implications for the Telegram ICO?

Telegram’s ICO is still at the fundraising stage, and crypto-enthusiasts are wondering how the Telegram ban will affect the success of the ICO. So, the whole situation with the ban can actually cause a favorable outcome for both ICO and Pavel Durov in particular. Theoretically, Durov could lose 15 million Russian users, but at the same time he will gain fame and reputation as a person who never will cooperate with the authorities even under the threat of ban, defending the right of users to confidentiality. Now all the world’s media are teeming with news about the Telegram ban and its reasons, which attracts more and more attention from investors and increases Durov’s reputation.

The Telegram ban in Russia may be the primary source for a powerful ICO advertising campaign and Pavel Durov already benefits from this. In fact, we are witnessing two very important events. First, one of the largest advertising campaigns of a digital product. Secondly, the struggle between the power authorities and human rights activists.

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Telegram Ban: What’s Next?

Roskomnadzor asked App Store and Google Play to remove the Telegram app from the list of applications available for download in Russia. If both services satisfy the request, it will be very bad. New potential users will not be able to find the messenger and download it.

The Russian authorities did the same when they banned Linkedin. The mobile app is not available for downloading from App Store and Google Play. The website is not available as well.

All this is incredibly sad. But the Telegram ban will definitely bring significant benefits for the ICO and the further development of the messenger. We predict that in about a week, Pavel Durov will raise another round of investment on his TON token.

What is your opinion about this? Feel free to express your thoughts in the comments below!

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Mary Thibodeau

The ICO Bounty Explained

The ICO Bounty program is becoming an essential element for blockchain start ups. This is especially true now that all crypto businesses must use alternative marketing techniques in the face of pervasive mainstream social media bans. Like everything else in the crypto industry, it pays to do your research before participating in a bounty. Whether you are an ICO preparing your launch and thinking about offering a bounty, or you’re an investor ready to dig in, here’s what you need to know.

What is an ICO Bounty?

In the simplest of terms, bounties create a way for ICO start-up projects to create buzz around their project. They do this by offering token rewards for the completion of social media or referral tasks. For example, an ICO’s bounty program might offer a certain amount of tokens, to be later airdropped. In return, participants must perform a number of tasks, such as tweets and retweets or joining and inviting friends to social media platforms. They may have to join an email list or comment on certain pages in a specific way.

A bounty helps ICO projects build up their social media following. Additionally, they are getting their tokens into the hands of many people pre-ico. It’s a good way to build excitement for the project because these token holders become engaged in the social media platforms of these ICOs. They are also now waiting for the token to go live on an exchange. So there is anticipation, which often translates into a greater buzz level.

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Usually, a set schedule is made available, oftentimes on Reddit or You can also find the information on the ICO’s website. Many projects use Telegram to help manage the community that builds around the bounty and subsequent airdrop. First time bounty hunters often have a lot of questions about how to participate. Normally, Telegram is the standard place where they can go and get answers.

Should Investors Participate in a Bounty?

It’s similar to asking the question,  “Should I invest in this ICO?” Thus the answer is the same: do your research on the project. The ICO website makes the white paper readily available so you can read all about the project and make your own determinations. You can also find reporting and scoring on ICOs in places like Token Market and TruDex to help give you an idea of how industry experts view these projects.

One consideration to make is time. Some ICO Bounty programs require weekly tasks that may seem like a lot to handle. Look for ICOs whose bounty process is simple and easy to understand. You don’t need this turning out to be like a part time job. It may seem tedious, especially if you are involved with multiple bounties at once. If you involve yourself in high quality ICO projects, remember:  you are getting some free tokens for your engagement.

Helpful Hint:  Some bounties will offer a lot of tokens while other projects offer very few. This is relative to the quality of the project and the abilities of the team to follow through and make a success of it. So, closely study the prototypes, user case scenarios, as well as the team’s history of blockchain and tech project execution. Don’t be disappointed if one project offers only 10 tokens. It may well be that those 10 cryptocoins will be worth far more than the 1000 shitcoins you just shilled yourself for.

Can’t I Just Get Some Free Tokens?

Sometimes ICO companies will just do a quick airdrop to many wallets at once for those that signed up, without getting the social media tasks completed and without deep participant engagement. This is considered a straight airdrop and not a bounty program. Sunny Oseao, who is overseeing the Potentiam Bounty program which runs until April 23, 2018, had this to say:

I do not like airdrops, I think bounty programs are much better. People in cryptocurrency have literally become entitled and instead of companies trying to come up with a legitimate, genuine bounty program, they are looking for ways to make airdrops easier. That is why so many chats are filled with ‘when is my airdrop.’ I think it promotes ignorance for the most part. I would rather have 500 people who truly want to see something succeed than 10k waiting for free coins.

If you’re considering participating in a bounty, you can also check out this helpful video by Bitcoin for Beginners:

What Do I Do With My Bounty?

You will see in the Telegram chats for a project’s ICO Bounty and airdrop that many investors, usually the newest entrants to the cryptomarket, just want to cash in their tokens as soon as possible. But the best policy is to hodl. If you have been given free tokens, the value can only go up. If you’ve done your research and then fully participated in the bounty, you’ll have a much better idea of your token’s worth.

Some people are disappointed to learn they cannot trade their tokens as soon as they wished. An ICO that gradually allows tiered levels of token trades will have a better chance of lasting and growing. Other times, ICOs have promised tokens that cannot be exchanged for a seemingly endless amount of time (in crypto that’s a month). Still more will never make it to an exchange. So again, do your research and save your self some time. If you need helpful techniques for ICO research, we’ve got you covered. Simply download our free ebook over at Amazon.

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Creative ICO Bounty Ideas for an Evolving Market

As our industry develops, ICO Bounty campaigns are also innovating and for the better., for example, offers a multi-faceted ICO Bounty program including choices. In other words, you can choose from many options for what type of task you want to take on to receive your token rewards. Choices include posting a video, and creating content; even a bug bounty is available with an affiliate bounty under development. All this in addition to the traditional, social media follows, likes and shares.

Bounties allow ICOs to build up their social media followings and create buzz and excitement for their start-up projects.  They also give investors a chance to really get to know what they’re investing in. In the decentralized world, it’s a perfect match.



atomic swaps
Vyacheslav Khmelkov

What are Atomic Swaps and How Do They Work?

The blockchain world does not cease to amaze us with its constant stream of technological innovations, which somehow simplify and improve the functionality of the entire industry. Today we get into the nitty gritty of one such innovation, called Atomic Swaps. (more…)