The crypto world is evolving and changing on a daily basis. More and more coins are popping up, blockchain technology continues to change the world, and new fundraising methods are entering the crypto scene.
If we can say that 2017 was the year of ICOs, then 2018 and 2019 are the years of STO and IEO domination. Why? Simply put: they turned out to be more reliable and secure options for crypto fundraising. STOs and IEOs made quite a hype in 2019, and in this blog post we’ll take a look at STO and IEO development in 2019. So, let’s get started.
The fall of ICO, and rise of STO and IEO
In 2017, Bitcoin hits an all-time high of nearly 19,000 USD, and following that ICO boomed. Thousands of projects joined the ICO bandwagon, and millions of dollars were raised in minutes. Some of these projects worked, others failed, and some of them were scams. Also, ICOs turned out not to be an ideal fundraising mechanism. Yes, they were a great alternative for IPOs, but they had their flaws.
So the crypto community started to work on new, improved fundraising mechanisms. And this is how STO and IEO were born.
Is 2019 the year of STOs?
This year was great for STOs. Several exchanges, such as Malta Stock Exchange, have already launched STO platforms, and others are expected to launch in the future. Moreover, according to the recent report by inwara, STOs experienced a surge in the first quarter of 2019, with an increase of 130%.
And when it comes to raising funds, STOs proved to be no less effective than ICOs. For example, Blockchain Capital, a company helping entrepreneurs to build projects on blockchain, raised $10 million through an STO. Not bad.
IEOs: making boom in cooperation with exchanges
This year, over 50 IEOs were launched. They attracted attention after some notable exchanges such as Binance, Huobi, KuCoin, and others launched IEO platforms. Further, in 2019, Binance successfully launched three IEOs, all selling out in couple of minutes. After that, IEOs attracted massive attention from the crypto world.
With more and more exchanges adding the option for conducting an IEO, we can say that there is a bright future ahead of them.
Although 2017 was the year of ICO, 2018 and 2019 witnessed the rise of STO and IEO. They showed the world that raising funds through cryptocurrencies can be safe and regulated, and still raise a great amount of money. And that is exactly what the crypto community needs.
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