Wow. It is a solemn day for cryptocurrencies everywhere! According to CoinMarketCap, the market is experiencing a big crash with most coins seeing double-digit losses. I wish I could be bringing a lighter tone to this grey picture, but another fraudulent ICO has been shut down by the SEC earlier today.
In 2017, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) blew up in the cryptocurrency market and raised a total of $5.6 billion dollars. Startups discovered a new way to fundraise and receive capital faster, by holding these coin offerings. Instead of going through the traditional VC route which pinholes their company early to a specific valuation, they decided to just go straight to individual investors to raise capital. They offer digital tokens in exchange for funding for their startup.