Top 5 Most Exciting Upcoming ICOs to Look Forward to

in #ico5 years ago

Steemit was my first step into cryptocurrency & since then, I’ve fallen victim to crypto-fever! The abundance of knowledge & information available to us here has inspired me to diversify & delve headfirst into ICOs, to which I must say I’ve been very fortunate with (past picks include XRL, MSP, & SALT to name a few) thanks to the feedback that other Steemians have provided to our priceless community.


As such, I’d like to give back by providing my own personal picks based on the research I’ve done thus far. I hope this post proves beneficial to those who come across it!

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor & therefore absolve myself of all responsibility (directly or indirectly) for any damage, loss caused, alleged to be caused by, or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article. As usual, DYOR.

5. Mercury Protocol

In today’s day & age, how wrong can you go with an incentive-based social media platform in which it’s forensically impossible to recover a deleted message? Add to that the fact that Shark Tank billionaire Mark Cuban is an investor and my interest has been piqued!

Similar to Steemit (yet late in the game compared to our beloved platform here) Mercury Protocol places heavy emphasis on user privacy & secure encryption procedures in order to protect data as much as possible.

A secure, private messaging app (such as Telegram) is nothing new, and neither is an incentive-based social media platform (such as Steemit). But combining the two effectively brings its users a truly unique product.

Mercury Protocol’s social media platform seeks to tokenize engagement & user activity (i.e., being rewarded for reading ___ number of posts per day) by rewarding them with Global Messaging Tokens (GMT). Unlike other social media platforms, they aim to prevent harassment and feeding you repetitive (oftentimes fake) information from reinforced communication, aka “social echo chambers.” The expected launch date for this platform is just around the corner: end of 2017.

Mercury Protocol already has a working product in place too! It’s a messaging service called Dust that, as of today, already has tens of thousands of daily active users who send an average of 200,000 messages per day. These numbers may seem merely like a drop in the bucket compared to other messaging apps, but it’s a working product nonetheless, unlike other ICOs that plan on breaking ground on development only after initial public funds have already been raised. Those who watch Shark Tank know that you not only need a quality product, but a product that offers massive scaling potential as well. Dust comfortably fits those requirements in the eyes of billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who’s known for his heavy critique & strict guidelines when investing. Cuban may not have the same technical expertise as Vitalik Buterin, and Cuban being an advisor isn’t the only selling point in my mind, but it is a pretty comfortable thought knowing you have a billionaire who doesn’t like to lose in your corner.

To recap: not only are we presented with 2 great synergetic products developed without raising public funds, but we’re also looking at a famous ambassador in Mark Cuban, who will provide enough hype value to the masses.

4. Quantstamp

Just like Mercury Protocol, Quantstamp is trying to meet a huge demand right now. The same way Mercury Protocol is entering the wide open market of secure messaging & social media, Quantstamp is trying to solve a problem while serving a market that will explode even further in the coming months and years: crypto-security. Some say that hackers have been the biggest winners in the cryptomarkets until now, and Quantstamp’s goal is to change all that; a definite prerequisite if the crypto world hopes to win over big companies like Amazon, Ebay, and even entire governments.

Since its inception, the cryptocurrency industry has seen over $88 million in stolen funds due to hacks & security breaches; the most notable of which was the DAO hack in June of 2016. Enter Quantstamp.

Quantstamp’s is an automated, decentralized service that performs security audit protocols in order to improve the security behind Ethereum-based smart contracts; thus protecting investor funds...YOUR funds!


Current centralized security audits involve high costs due to 1) high computational capacity required to perform them, and 2) very intelligent & very tech-savvy individuals required to execute these audits. Quantstamp’s decentralized nature decreases their vulnerability to insider attacks, rendering potential threats incapable of altering audit results. Additionally, automating these services makes them both cost-effective AND scalable, as it reduces the need for human audits (although Quantstamp is making the latter option available as well, but at a premium cost). This serves as a secondary function by eliminating the possibility of human errors from occurring.

Another aspect worth mentioning is that Quantstamp already has a working prototype. Historically, 90% of the most successful ICOs had a working prototype or product to present by the time their public token sale went live!

As I stated above, premium costs for human audits will be also an offered option for customers. Demand for such services ultimately incentivizes the brightest of hackers to test--from multiple angles--the vulnerability (or lack thereof) of a customer’s smart contract coding in exchange for QSP tokens. This bounty-based system was designed to reward those who are skilled/proficient in financial & cyber security.

It’d be safe to say that in an ideal world, a blockchain company’s smart contract auditing & security testing would be performed BEFORE using their products/services to garner funding from the public. But unfortunately (more often than not), this isn’t the case. Doing so puts millions of people’s money at risk while at the same time carrying the potential to tarnish the public’s trust & credibility in blockchain as whole, which is already fighting an uphill battle to win over governments & businesses alike. Fortunately, Quanstamp may be our saving grace!

3. Gladius

This might start sounding like the same old riddle, but Gladius too is trying to enter and satisfy demand for a rapidly growing market: preventing and limiting the damage of hacks and cyber attacks. In the last year alone, damages incurred as a result of cyber attacks reached nearly $150 say that there is a market for this product is a MASSIVE understatement!!!

I like to think of the Gladius project as an AIRBNB for bandwidth: if you’re a property owner who is not using his apartment for the time being, why not rent it out and make a quick buck? On the other hand, if you’re trying to find a hotel for your next getaway, then why not rent an AIRBNB instead where it’s cheaper, nicer, and better suited for your needs?!


Gladius is a project that really intrigues me, as it allows you to rent out your extra/unused bandwidth to the blockchain (essentially making your computer a mini-node within the system) that, in turn, allocates it to websites facing DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. In return for your bandwidth, you’re rewarded GLA tokens, which can then be liquidated into fiat currency.

This concept is groundbreaking, not only as a DDoS protection service, but also a CDN (Content Delivery Network). Gladius’s basis on the blockchain makes it encryptable, allows for virtually limitless bandwidth allocation towards a specific site, and helps deliver content from your favorite websites at faster rates than before by being turning every computer (mini-node) into another data distribution center.

The Gladius pricing & revenue model is extremely unique too! Traditional DDoS protection & CDN services cost a lot, while also subjecting their customers to monthly subscriptions. In most cases, customers subscribing to these plans don’t end up using the entire amount of bandwidth they’re allocated every month. Gladius will instead charge only for what the customers uses. On top of that, regular people will easily be able to fire up the Gladius desktop client on their computers to allow the program to rent out their extra bandwidth during times when it’s just sitting idle (i.e., sleeping, out to work, etc.) in return for some tokens; thus providing them with an extra source of passive income!

I’m really excited to see this project come into fruition as both an effective way of fighting cybercrime AND a means of putting idle resources to good use, all the while allowing others to create an alternate revenue stream for themselves!

2. Universa

I had my eye on Universa for the longest time, but got so deeply involved in other coins that I completely forgot about it up until recently. Upon first glance, they make seemingly profound claims like: 1) they’re able to process 22,000 operations/second, whereas ETH processes 150 operations/second & BTC does 3-6 operations/second, 2) their transaction costs are 10 times cheaper than Ethereum’s, which is already dirt cheap as is, and 3) their product offers the ability to build “smarter” smart contracts than what’s already on the market.

But it wasn’t until recently that Universa caught my attention when it suddenly appeared out of nowhere on ICO trackers all across the board. Further investigation into their whitepaper piqued my interest quite a bit, but it wasn’t until I dug up more information about their CEO, Alexander Borodich, that I became a firm believer.

To give you a quick rundown, Alexander Borodich has a very impressive track record. Russia has only three prominent business angel networks: he founded one of them AND was named Russia’s business angel of the year. Along with being invited to speak at the country’s Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), I confirmed Borodich to be associated and directly involved with many different, successful ventures and businesses. I was also happy with the announcement that he’ll be speaking at the Blockchain World Conference this December in Bangkok (this is definitely not something to be overlooked considering the fact that NEO’s founder Da Hongfei will be speaking there too)!

Along with Borodich, adding to the ranks of Universa’s advisor team is programming genius John McAfee (founder of the McAfee antivirus software products), who recently tweeted his plans to launch his own McAfee Coin on the Universa blockchain.


Universa itself is a protocol that--in my mind--is bringing some groundbreaking innovations to the crypto-world & revolutionizing the industry as a whole by providing a protocol that’s astonishingly faster than BTC, ETH, etc. while also enabling the creation of “smarter” smart contracts, making them more customizable & easier to implement (unlike its competing predecessor Ethereum, which developers are quickly realizing has severe limitations). I have to admit that the technological specs are way over my head, but all I know is that they’re able to achieve this by making sure there’s no mining involved.

The icing on the cake was when I came across this article about ApexFree Platform Services, which plans to invest $7 million into Universa. Overall, Universa seems to have a solid team led by a very capable CEO + a quality product that has John McAfee’s stamp of approval + a promising seven-figure investment. I feel very confident going big on this upcoming ICO, and I’m very surprised there hasn’t been much more hype around it a lot sooner!


BLOCKv is an innovating way for companies to raise brand awareness; think Pokemon + marketing. A lot of people waste A LOT of time playing meaningless games online with no returns (in the same way people outside of Steemit use social media with no returns). BLOCKv turns marketing into a game by offering business a means of engaging with potential customers by incentivizing them to “play this game” with their family, friends, coworkers, etc.

Here’s an example from this video:

A customer scans a billboard with their phone & receives an empty digital Coca-Cola bottle. They can slowly “fill up” their bottle by sharing it with their loved ones (via email, Twitter, messenging apps, etc.). After 10 shares, the bottles is completely filled & it can be redeemed for a free Coke! It can also be traded for another item of similar value (i.e., a Starbucks, a slice of pizza, heck you might even be able to trade it for a Pepsi!).

Shops can also lure customers in the same way kids leave the house to catch Pokemon. Say you’re a bakery owner. With this app, you have the ability to drop a virtual key where you so choose (such as high-traffic pedestrian areas throughout the city). The key by itself does nothing, but it also has a map whose endpoint gives you access to a virtual treasure chest located in your bakery. The key + treasure chest can be combined to give the customer a voucher redeemable for a free croissant. Not only is this a fun way for people to discover your business, but these same people wouldn’t have even been customers had it not been for the discoverability made possible by this app.

The team is also stacked with a long list of executives who are very experienced in the cryptocurrency/blockchain world. I don’t want to bore you by getting into details about their successful backgrounds & therefore use this opportunity to remind you to DYOR for more info!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this & I hope the information I've provided is of value to whoever comes across it! Happy Steeming to all :)


Thank you for your time in putting together this amazing informative post @theywillkillyou - will run through with @deimus today. This crypto world is exciting indeed.

Yeah, thanks @theywillkillyou, there are some really intriguing prospects here, I'm definitely going to look into them.

Thanks for putting me in touch with Jack @pandamama! @world5list & I had a great Skype convo w/ him the other day; he's a really nice guy & it's easy to tell he's got a solid work ethic (plus some great 3D animations to back it all up). It was also awesome to finally put a face to the name :) seems like a truly promising project & I'm looking forward to talking to the amazing minds behind the project!

You're so welcome @theywillkillyou - it's what I do best - I love to connect people with 'like' minds. Also so enjoying my connection with @offoodandart - we have become such good friends on Steemit. Hopefully Jack and I will meet you both face to face sometime in the not too distant future. Our home in Cyprus is always open to you. Come and visit -
Also looking forward to your connection with @furion and the other developers of Viewly. I have such strong feelings that they will take over the video sharing world

Awesome valuable post. Can tell you put a lot of effort into this!

Thanks, I'm very glad you found it valuable!

Wow, these are great ICOs that I’ve not heard of. Also do you know Electroneum? If you do what is your opinion on it?

I've heard of it but honestly haven't looked into it much. After visiting their page just now, it's crazy to see that their token sale closed early due to already reaching their $40 million hard cap...WOW that's impressive! It must be a really promising project & I'm disappointed for not doing any further digging sooner :( Were you able to purchase any tokens for yourself?

Yes I got in early, it has the most registered users ever as a ICO. It's going to be pretty big! (I hope) :)

thank you @theywillkillyou,very useful post!

@kouloumos check out 2,3 and 5 ;-)

Thank you for reading it! I'm very glad you found it useful :)

#3 Gladius's ICO starts in 3 days, so gear up for that!

ICO's for #5 Mercury Protocol and #2 Universa are currently ongoing. Mercury Protocol isn't displaying how much they've already raised, but Universa's page shows that they've raised a whopping $12 million already (with plenty more room to buy in)...unbelievable! Try not to miss out ;)

Wow, so informative! I’ll be looking into these tonight. Would love to know how I can stay current on all the new ones.

I like these tracking sites to keep up! They may be of help to you too as they list not only ongoing ICOs, but also upcoming & recently-ended ICOs :)

Great post keep up the great work.... BTC to the moon baby lol

Thanks! Spacesuit is ready & waiting for launch :)

Just like you, steemit has been my first venture into the crypto space and it too has sparked my interest in expanding my diversifaction of investments into other cryptos. Looks a if you've researched more than I have. But light coin and Etherium I've heard are some of the safest places with still great upward potential to leave some money for the long term. Bit coin, I feel as if I missed the boat, maybe on a good pull back I'll get in on that. These companies that you mention, ICOs are just out of the gate. high risk high reward I suppose...I still have so much more to learn.

Thank for sharing buddy.

By the way I'm in Chiang Mai for another week, then Pai for about a week, then I'll be swinging through Bangkok.

Yeah LTC & ETH are definitely very safe & very stable, with lots of promise/room for upwards growth. ETH's founder Vitalik Buterin is, well...let's just say calling him a genius would do him a massive injustice as its QUITE an understatement. Check this out this quick 4-min. vid to have your mind blown:

As a fellow investor/entrepreneur, I'm glad to hear you've diversified into crypto as its both an exciting & lucrative space :)

Regarding BTC, there's a lot of financial analysts predicting its growth to hit $10,000 in the coming months while some even claim it can easily hit the $250,000 mark at some point! I remember back in 2013 when it peaked at $1,200 a lot of people were saying it's probably to expensive to get in at the point, but these days people would KILL to buy at that price haha! Definitely buy in on a pullback because in my mind, Bitcoin is also still very promising as well (just like LTC & ETH)!!!

Safe travels, and definitely ping me when you reach BKK once again :)

Thank you @theywillkillyou for this brilliant post, I'm actually new to investing in ICOs, I'll look into Unversa it got my attention. Cheers.

Yeah I'm super excited about getting into Universa, they're going to be the biggest thing since sliced bread hahah! If you check out their page, you'll see they've already raised close to $12 million!!!

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