Morning Report: The ICO Craze May Be Slowing

Morning Report: Despite rollicking hype, the ICO market may be slowing.

The Filecoin ICO has yet to close, hosts of smaller coins are raising funds, and big banks are looking into the market.

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But that doesn’t mean that it’s all up and to the right in the land of initial coin offerings.

In fact, even as the funding mechanism becomes better known, CoinSchedule’s chart of ICO proceeds points down, though there are a few caveats we’ll discuss.

ICO volume set a record in June after rising sharply from Spring 2017 levels. Volume fell in July and appears set to fall even further in August. Here’s the CoinSchedule chart:

That’s not a very bullish trend.

Notably, Filecoin, a simply massive ICO that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars, is not included in the above. As the text following the chart states, sums are added when ICOs close. Filecoin won’t close until September. That means September will put several hundred million on the board from the storage-focused coin offering. In fact, it should put September over August by itself.

But it will be a long road back to June’s heights for ICOs in aggregate, though not an impossibility. Crunchbase News has long thought that paper ethereum profits from the early-2017 appreciation of that asset drove the early ICO boom. As we’ve reported, ethereum is a critical component of many ICOs. It’s possible as ethereum works its way back to the $400 mark we’ll see a re-inflation of the ICO market.

If not, that was a pretty small bump for a pretty small subset of startups to have scared so many putatively big VCs.

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