Coin Report #20: BitShares

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Welcome to the 20th Coin Report. In today’s report, I will be assessing the fundamental and technical strengths and weaknesses of BitShares. This will comprise of an analysis of a number of significant metrics, an evaluation of the project’s community and development and an overview of its price-history. The report will conclude with a grading out of 10. I hope you enjoy the read!

Introduction

It’s been well over a month since my last Coin Report on Own, and I return to the task with a report on most certainly the largest project featured in these reports: BitShares.

Whilst I have always had some degree of familiarity with the project, given its history within the space and the numerous innovations and developments it has put forth, until the completion of my research I had no idea about the breadth of the BitShares ecosystem.

As such, this report will be rather lengthy.

I hope the report will prove objective where it must be and fair on more subjective matters. For those who’d like to learn a little more about BitShares prior to reading this report, here are some primary links:


Fundamental

General:

Name: BitShares

Ticker: BTS

Algorithm: SHA-512

Consensus Mechanism: Delegated Proof-of-Stake

Sector: Blockchain & Financial Services Ecosystem

Exchanges: Binance, Bittrex, Poloniex, Huobi, LBank, CoinEgg, BitShares Decentralised Exchange, ZB, HitBTC, Gate.io, OpenLedger, Upbit, CoinTiger, IDAX, Livecoin, Rudex, GDEX & CryptoBridge

Launch Overview

BitShares was first launched in July 2014, utilising an open-source Graphene blockchain and operating with the Delegated Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, both invented by Daniel Larimer in December 2013. BTS, the blockchain’s native token, operates using a SHA-512 hashing algorithm. This first version of BitShares was then abandoned in favour of a new launch, which occurred in October 2015, was conducted by its community and reflects the BitShares project of today..

When the most recent version of BitShares came into existence, users opted for the chain to begin with distribution exactly as it was, and thus 2.4bn BTS were minted in the genesis block and distributed to all individual keys. They can still be claimed by anyone with proof of ownership.

Larimer has gone on to be actively involved in EOS and Steemit.

Price-History Overview

Given that BitShares has been around for over 5 years now, there is extensive price-history to be analysed. For now, it is sufficient to note that BTS formed an all-time high against Bitcoin of ~16,000 satoshis in the summer of 2017, and an all-time high against the Dollar of $0.92 in January 2018.

Project Overview

BitShares is a broad blockchain ecosystem, comprising primarily of financial services, such as market-pegged assets, decentralised exchanges and banking services. It operates as a Decentralised Autonomous Corporation (DAC), also referred to as a DAO, and utilises a governance system for its development and future direction.

As stated in its whitepaper:

“The BitShares Blockchain is an industrial-grade decentralized platform built for high-performance financial smart contracts. It represents the first decentralized autonomous community that lets its core token holder decide on its future direction and products.”

Given such competitive services and grand ambitions, let us see how BitShares fares…

Let’s begin with some Metric Analysis:


Metric Analysis:

Below are listed a number of important metrics, all of which are accurate as of 13th May 2019. For anyone reading this who has yet to read a Coin Report, it might be worth reading this section of the first report, where any potentially unfamiliar terms are explained. For any terms or metrics specific to this post, I will provide explanations besides the figures.

Metrics:

General:

Price: $0.057 (779 satoshis)

Exchange Volume: $9,291,564

Circulating Supply: 2,716,950,000 BTS

Total Supply: 3,600,570,502 BTS

Maximum Supply: 3,600,570,502 BTS

% of Max. Supply Minted: 75.46%

Network Value: $204,983,640 (21,165 BTC)

Network Value at Max. Supply: $204,983,640

Category: Largecap

Exchange Volume-to-Network Value: 6.01%

Average Price (30-Day): $0.056

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day): $8,538,038

Average Network Value (30-Day): $152,990,038

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day)-to-Network Value: 5.58%

Volatility* (30-Day): -0.01296

Average Daily On-Chain Transactions (7-Day): 1,161,184 (source)

Average Daily Transactional Value** (30-Day): N/A

NVT*** (30-Day): N/A

% Price Change USD (30-Day): -12%

% Price Change USD (1-Year): -76.6%

USD All-Time High: $0.92

% From USD All-Time High: -94%

Premine % of Max. Supply: N/A

Premine Location: N/A

Liquidity (calculated as the sum of BTC in the buy-side with 10% of current price across all exchanges): 56.05 BTC (CoinPaprika)

Liquidity-to-Network Value %: 0.26%

Supply Available on Exchanges: 40,426,902 BTS

% of Circulating Supply Available on Exchanges: 1.49%

Reserve Balance: 883,618,457 BTS (source)

*Volatility is calculated by taking the average price over the given time-period, calculating the difference between it and the highest price and it and the lowest price over that same time-period, and multiplying those figures together. The closer to 0, the less volatility during that period, and vice-versa. Read this for more on volatility.

Supply Emission & Inflation:

Block Reward Schedule: 1 BTS per block from Reserve Pool. Reserve Pool collects funds from fees, loans and numerous other functions. Maximum and Total Supply are constant – only Circulating Supply changes based on the dynamics of the various mechanisms of the blockchain.

Average Block Time: 3 seconds (1.5 seconds to account for latency)

Current Block Height: 37,404,651

Annual Supply Emission: N/A

Annual Inflation Rate: 0%

Circulating Supply in 365 Days: N/A

Distribution:

Holder Count: 167,355

Supply Held By Top 10 Holders: 45.61%

Supply Held By Top 20 Holders: 52.95%

Supply Held By Top 100 Holders: 65.93%

Inactive Holder Count in Top 20 (30 Days of No Activity): 0

Analysis:

As tends to be the case, there is rather a lot to work through here, with the mountain of metrics lessened only by the lack of masternode functionality on the BitShares blockchain.

To begin, let’s take a look at the most startling and perhaps most impressive piece of data – Average Daily On-Chain Transactions.

BitShares is widely recognised as an active blockchain, but I did not quite realise the extent of its use. The average number of daily on-chain transactions for the past week has amounted to over 1.1 million. Bitcoin did 367,000 transactions yesterday. That really is rather impressive. The maximum recorded daily transactions was over 6 million, as per Blocktivity.

So, we know the BTS blockchain is very much an in-demand product, but what of the value of these transactions. Naturally, a single $1m transaction on the Bitcoin network is of greater value that 1 million transactions of $0.10. However, I was unable to find any data on the average transactional value on the BitShares blockchain, and, given the sheer volume of transactions, it is impossible for me to attempt to manually calculate this figure as I often do with smaller projects.

That said, I would like to note that whilst there is a likelihood that Bitcoin processes a greater value of transactions on a day-to-day basis, BitShares isn’t really a store-of-value cryptocurrency, as we shall come to later. Rather, it is a utility token, and given the brief summary of its core use-cases in the introduction – namely, its decentralised exchange and market-pegged assets – perhaps volume of daily transactions is a better measure for its validity and accomplishments.

Anyway, let us move on to look at the remaining General metrics, before taking a look at Supply Emission and finally Distribution:

Firstly, I’d like to highlight BitShares’ Volatility of 0.01296, which is the 3rd-lowest 30-day volatility of any coin previously reported on and indicates a potential accumulation range in play against the Dollar.

Now, let’s take a look at the buy-and-sell-side Liquidity metrics:

BitShares had buy support of around 56.05 BTC across its listed exchanges, equating to 0.26% of its Network Value. This places it in the middle of the pack relative to other Coin Reports, but it is surprisingly low given its listings on the largest exchanges worldwide, like Binance, Poloniex, Huobi and Bittrex.

With regards to sell-side liquidity, I calculated there to be ~40.4mn BTS available to buy on exchanges, equating to 1.49% of the circulating supply. This places BitShares 7th amongst coins from prior reports, which is impressive given that many of the coins with less available supply offer large incentives to hold, like masternode rewards.

Finally, before we move on from evaluating the General metrics, let’s discuss those related to volume:

BitShares has traded $9.29mn of volume over the past 24 hours, equating to an impressive 6.01% of its Network Value. For those that have been reading the blog for some time, you’ll know that I like to see a figure of 1% or greater Exchange Volume-to-Network Value (ideally Average Exchange Volume-to-Network Value) as an indication of interest).

Further, BitShares has traded $8.5mn on average daily for the past month, equating to 5.58% of its Average Network Value for the same period. This is by the 4th-highest Average EVNV of any coin previously reported on.

Now, let’s move on to the Supply Emission metrics, as this is of great concern to potential investors and speculators:

Unlike the vast majority of coins, including legacy coins from 2013/2014, BitShares is already at its maximum supply of 3.6bn BTS. The only change occurs is the amount of this in circulation, which currently sits at 2.7bn, with the remainder comprising of the reserve fund of 880mn BTS.

1 BTS per block is rewarded to Witnesses from the reserve fund, but the fund collects fees from transactions, loans and other functions. The reserve fund also pays out to Workers who submit proposals for development on the project that is completed to the satisfaction of BTS holders. These are the only means by which circulating supply can inflate.

As such, the annual inflation rate is effectively 0% and all BTS that can come into existence already exist. Wonderful news for speculators, as a lack of supply emission equates to zero headwinds for price growth during a bull cycle.

As no new supply can be minted, declines in price must be a result of either price manipulation by larger holders or selling by smaller holders, rather than the dumping of newly minted supply.

Now, let’s conclude this section with some Distribution analysis:

I was impressed to find that there are 167k holders of BTS; by far the most of any coin previously reported on, and 120k more holders than the second-largest – MonetaryUnit.

Naturally, given the nature of the project and its size, distribution analysis led me to find that 45.61% of the supply is held by the top 10 holders, 52.95% by the top 20 and 65.93% by the top 100. Despite the seemingly centralised concentration of supply, almost all of the top 20 addresses belong to various exchanges. As such, despite there only being ~40m BTS in the orderbooks of most of the listed exchanges, there is over 1bn BTS held with exchanges.

The utility token functionality of BitShares explains this high concentration on exchanges, particularly when the use-case of market-pegged assets is taken into consideration.

And that concludes this section.

Now, let’s take a look at the BitShares Community:


Community:

There are two primary aspects of community analysis: social media presence and Bitcointalk threads. I’ll begin with the former before moving on to the latter.

Social Media:

Concerning social media presence, there are four main platforms to examine: Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and Discord.

BitShares is present on 3 of the 4 platforms; all besides Telegram (though it does have a Telegram channel specifically for its Decentralised Exchange). Having spoken with the BitShares community, I found that all of these platforms are community-run, with no central authority. Whilst admirable, a lack of a cohesive social media marketing campaign often leads to weaker than desirable results. We shall see…

To begin, let’s look at the various social metrics that I calculated from the BitShares Twitter and Facebook accounts:

Twitter Followers: 92,857

Tweets: 2143

Average Twitter Engagement: 0.11%

Facebook Likes: 2079

Facebook Posts (30-Day): 0

Average Facebook Engagement: N/A

As usual, I will be using RivalIQ‘s social benchmark report for evaluation purposes.

Twitter:

Whilst the BitShares Twitter account has a massive audience (twice that of Ubiq, the second-largest of previously reports), its engagement rate is poor relative to other coins. That said, in RivalIQ’s report, we find that the average Twitter engagement rate across all industries is 0.046%, which means that BitShares’ engagement rate is currently 2.39x greater. Further, the average engagement rate for the Media industry (the most relevant in the report) is 0.013%, thus Bitshares’ is 8.46x greater. Disappointingly, BitShares’ engagement rate is the second-lowest of coins from prior reports, placing higher only than MonetaryUnit, and only fractionally higher than Ubiq. There is, of course, a clear trend of declining engagement as a percentage when audience size is far larger than other projects, but 0.11% isn’t particularly great for a project that has been around since the very beginning.

Facebook:

Facebook houses a far smaller audience for BitShares than any of its other social platforms, with only ~2,000 Likes. The reason for this is perhaps explained by the lack of activity here, with 0 posts in the past 30 days, and thus zero engagement. Social presence is not particularly noteworthy, thus far, particularly when the project’s aims of being a worldwide decentralised exchange are taken into consideration. Users want to trust the exchanges they trade on and trust is formed via relationships. For businesses, these relationships are most easily formed on social media. Being vocal and useful on these platforms not only strengthens a community, but grows it, often exponentially.

Discord:

The BitShares Discord has 5633 members, with 25 new members in the past week, equating to 0.44% weekly growth. There are only a few dozen messages per day in General, which is very surprising given scope of the project and the moderate size of the group, though it is quite small relative to their Twitter audience. What was disappointing was that I found that some days have no discussion at all… the reason that I find this disappointing is that there doesn’t seem to be another chat-based hub for
the BTS community, disregarding the Telegram for the DEX itself. How can progress and fruitful conversation be fostered for a community-run project with a strong governance system like BitShares if there are so few platforms with an active community presence? It can get rather insular in such cases.

Regarding content of General, there was some discussion on running a node and opening a Gateway but no guide available. That said, the user’s questions were answered promptly and in great deal of detail. I found out that there is a developer channel on Telegram, where I imagine more fruitful discussion takes place. Only 3 or 4 individuals were found to be talking, representing a fraction of the size of the group.

The Help channel was untouched for over a week. There are individual channels for different Graphene chains like EOS and Steem, as well as for projects like OpenLedger, though these are inactive for the most part.

Development contains Git updates and is very active. Marketing is inactive since December. The group almost feels like a ghost town, which is bizarre for such a large project with so many active users.

BitcoinTalk:

The BitShares BitcoinTalk thread was created on June 5th, 2017, and has since generated 1616 posts spanning 81 pages in 707 days. This equates to 2.29 posts per day, on average. However, in the past 90 days, the thread has had 14 posts via 8 individual posters, giving an average of 0.16 posts per day; a steep decline in engagement.

The ANN itself is not particularly visually appealing but highly detailed and informative for new users. It presents and highlights its numerous features and advantages, such as its super-fast block times, proven transaction capabilities of over 3,400 transactions per second, plus its status as one of the most liquid and active decentralised exchanges currently available. Key information on block rewards and the coin specification is provided, as are all relevant links to documentation and the governance system. Further, there are definitions provided for BitShares-related terminology, and a series of links to all possible wallet downloads and 3rd-party BTS Gateways like OpenLedger and CryptoBridge. Lastly, there is a detailed and extensive FAQ provided.

Overall, it could do with an update and a redesign but it is highly informative for new users seeking to learn about the project.

More recent posts (from the 8 individual posters in the past 90 days) have revolved around the ecosystem of Decentralised Exchanges being built around the BitShares blockchain.

And that concludes this section. Onto Development:


Development:

For the following Development analysis, I will be evaluating project leadership, the website, the roadmap, the whitepaper, the wallets and finally providing a general overview:

Project Leadership:

There is little information on the website relating to the team, though it does mention over 30 active contributors. There are over 100 contibutors across various repositories on Github.

As most know, Dan Larimer was the founder, though he now works actively on EOS.

Given BitShares’ governance system and commitment to being community-led, the vast majority of the development of the project is completed by Workers who submit proposals and are paid from the Reserve Fund. More info on current workers and proposals can be found here. Such is the nature of a Decentralised Autonomous Corporation.

Website:

https://bitshares.org/

The website is well-designed and reasonably well-branded. It is sleek, running smoothly with clean UI/UX.

The homepage promotes the recent upgrade to v3 of the BitShares protocol. Below this, there is an explanation of the function of the Decentralised Autonomous Corporation, presented in concise copy with clear use-cases and features outlined. The advantages of the Graphene blockchain are highlighted, such as the processing speed and proven transaction capabilities. Further, on-chain activity is also viewable, with a table that shows BTS to experience 1.1mn on-chain transactions per day.

I was surprised to find that there is no native blog with regular, detailed updates on the site. The social links are hidden away at the bottom right of the homepage, which is strange… these should be more prominent to facilitate seamless community growth; if a user is drawn to the features and use-cases promoted, the first thing they’d want to do is learn and potentially get involved with the community. This should be made seamless.

The navigation menu is sparse and the link to the BitShares DEX is
obscured within multiple sub-menus, which is one of my few problems with the UI/UX of the site. There is a link to a documentation page, which is very detailed and contains articles on all manner of BTS-related material, including a history of the project.

Overall, the website is clean and informative but not particularly impressive for a project with almost $50mn in its reserve fund. This is often the first point-of-reference for new users – capitalise on it.

Roadmap:

No roadmap available.

Whitepaper:

https://github.com/bitshares-foundation/bitshares.foundation/blob/master/download/articles/BitSharesBlockchain.pdf

It mentions that BitShares in its current form was launched October 13th, 2015, and describes the numerous components of the BitShares blockchain, comprised of: transactions; blockchain; networking; consensus; protocol; extensibility; performance and scalability, and how all of these work together.

Significantly, it highlights the proved transactional capabilities of over 3000 transactions per second, which is far more than Ethereum and Bitcoin combined. In fact, the paper states, “at peak times, Bitcoin and Ethereum jointly process 0.7% of the peak capacity of the Bitshares blockchain.

It is somewhat tech-heavy in its use of jargon but many of the descriptions are clear enough for those with some degree of understanding.

The document references the importance of identity and the use of usernames for wallet addresses on the BTS blockchain, ensuring accessibility and a smooth user experience. BTS is later called the utility token of the BitShares ecosystem.

We then get an explanation of the governance system, wherein Witnesses are elected by votes with 1 BTS = 1 vote. Voters can do so directly or through proxies. Witnesses validate blocks and are rewarded for their services. There is also a Committee, which is an elected board controlling block size, Witness rewards and over 30 other parameters. All elected bodies can be swiftly unelected by voters, who also control project funding.

Lastly, the document reference the initial allocation: the project was created in October 2015 when v0.9 was abandoned and 2.412bn BTS was minted in the Genesis block. All was distributed to individual keys based on the old chain, and these can still be claimed by proving ownership of that key. It also clarifies that there is currently no reward for simply holding BTS, with transaction fees deposited into the reserve fund for project funding; there is no dividend like in the original BitShares whitepaper.

Wallets:

There are Windows, Mac and Linux local wallets, plus Android wallets developed by the community, as well as a web wallet. No hardware wallet storage available.

General:

Here, I’d like to simply point out a few things that draw me to BitShares, as a project.

One thing that struck me during this research project is that around 20 decentralised exchanges are operating within the BitShares ecosystem, including OpenLedger, CryptoBridge and EscoDex. As decentralised exchanges inevitably become more in-demand over time, as regulation mounts on centralised exchanges, being the project at the centre of a web of trusted DEXes is a promising notion.

Secondly, since March 2016, BitShares has been integrated within the Microsoft Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service package, showing that they have strong connections with businesses that will only serve to grow the BitShares userbase over time.

Thirdly, the reserve fund is currently 883mn BitShares, equating to $50mn at the time of writing. That is a vast development budget, ensuring the longevity and consistency of the project moving forward. Where many projects have been swallowed up and spat back out by the bear market due to insufficient and ill-considered funding, BitShares is miles ahead of the pack and will be around indefinitely.


Technical

BTS/BTC

Weekly:

Daily (1):

BTSBTCDaily

Daily (2):

BTSBTCDaily2

BTS/USD

Weekly:

BTSUSDWeekly

Analysis:

BitShares has had two major cycles against BTC in its 5 years of price-history, and multiple mini-cycles within this. It formed an all-time high of 16,142 satoshis in May 2017, as can be seen on the first Weekly chart provided.

Preceding this all-time high, price made an all-time low of ~250 satoshis in Q1 2017; a low which has held to this day. Following the May 2017 euphoria, BTS lost the bulk of its value, as did the rest of the altcoin market, falling to new support at 730 satoshis. Subsequently, the market rallied, and a new cyclical high was formed in January 2018 at 6800 satoshis, after which BTS has experienced a prolonged bear market of successive lower-highs and lower-lows, culminating in today’s price of ~750 satoshis; right by the support that preceded the January 2018 bull cycle.

Now, looking at the first Daily chart provided, we can see the numerous levels of support turned resistance formed throughout this bear market; levels to watch when a new bull cycle begins. More importantly, we can see that price is currently sitting at cyclical lows, having lost range support at 1000 satoshis. RSI is heavily oversold, but there is no indication yet that the bear cycle has ended.

Looking now at the second Daily chart, I have depicted short-term trendline resistance that I would like to see price close above on the Daily timeframe to potentially mark a cyclical low, with the green box highlighting a potentially rewarding entry at just under 800 satoshis.

Finally, from the BTS/USD Weekly chart provided, we can see that volume has been picking up but remains low, but also that old resistance has become support at $.036, with 14-month trendline resistance now broken and price looking as though it wants to retest the 200-week moving average and subsequently support turned resistance at $0.126.


Conclusion

This report is now approaching 5,000 words, and it is time to draw it to a close.

My final grading for BitShares is 8 out of 10.

Here, you can find my grading framework, for reference.

Lastly, here is a link to a Google Sheets file with any significant data from previous reports compiled for cross-comparative purposes. I will keep this updated as I continue to write these reports.

I hope this report has proved insightful and that you’ve enjoyed the read! Please do feel free to leave any questions in the Comments, and I’ll answer them as best I can.


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Coin Report #19: Own

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Welcome to the 19th Coin Report. In today’s report, I will be assessing the fundamental and technical strengths and weaknesses of Own. This will comprise of an analysis of a number of significant metrics, an evaluation of the project’s community and development and an overview of its price-history. The report will conclude with a grading out of 10. I hope you enjoy the read!

Introduction

Unlike every other Coin Report thus far published, this one is the product of a private commission for a research report on Own. An individual investor requested a report to be produced for their own purposes, and then granted consent for the research to be compiled and published as a Coin Report.

As such, this is even lengthier than the usual reports, as I go into more depth across an even broader range of topics relevant to the project, including STOs; a meaty enough topic on its own.

Prior to conducting this research, I had never heard of Own, nor spent any serious thought on the subject of security tokenisation. I am very much glad that this opportunity was presented, as I now have a much firmer grasp of the current ongoings in the world of STOs, and I’m equally glad to have been granted permission to share my findings with you.

I believe this will be one of the more broadly informative Coin Reports you read, and, as there is indeed a lot to get through, I’ll refrain from rambling any longer.

I hope this report will prove objective where it must be and fair on more subjective matters. For those who’d like to learn a little more about Own prior to reading this report, here are some primary links:


Fundamental

General:

Name: Own

Ticker: CHX

Algorithm: N/A

Sector: Equity Tokenisation

Exchanges: HitBTC, Hotbit, IDEX, Bancor & CoinExchange

Launch Overview

Own was founded in July 2017, under the original name of Chainium. The company rebranded to Own in 2018, following their ICO in March 2018, following which CHX – an ERC-20 token – was created and distributed . The ICO concluded on April 4th, 2018, raising 8,990 ETH, with an average price of 0.00017 ETH per CHX. ~69mn CHX were distributed of the 100mn available, with the remainder being burned.

CHX is in its early stages of a token swap to the native Own blockchain, commencing Q2, with an end date of 1st June 2019.

Price-History Overview

With the CHX token only created around 12 months ago, there is less than a year of price-history available to analyse. That said, Own is clearly in the midst of its first bull cycle at the moment, having made an all-time high against Bitcoin of ~9k satoshis in February 2019; simultaneously, it made an all-time high against the Dollar of $0.34.

Project Overview

Perhaps the hottest topic since the ICO boom of 2017/18 is the subsequent development of STOs (Security Token Offerings), with a great deal of anticipation present about the growth of this marketplace over the coming years, with wild estimations of upwards of $24tn (yes, trillion) comprising the value of the tokenised asset market by the end of the next decade.

Own is looking to capitalise on this opportunity by providing an end-to-end financial asset tokenisation platform, facilitating the issuance, regulatory compliance and management of security and equity tokens for businesses.

Given the extreme lucrativeness of such a marketplace, there is fierce competition beginning to appear.

Let us see how Own fares, beginning with some Metric Analysis:


Metric Analysis:

Below are listed a number of important metrics, all of which are accurate as of 9th April 2019. For anyone reading this who has yet to read a Coin Report, it might be worth reading this section of the first report, where any potentially unfamiliar terms are explained. For any terms or metrics specific to this post, I will provide explanations besides the figures.

Metrics:

General:

Price: $0.23 (4378 satoshis)

Exchange Volume: $2,635,217

Circulating Supply: 76,608,117 CHX

Total Supply: 168,956,522 CHX

Maximum Supply: 168,956,522 CHX

% of Max. Supply Minted: 100%

Network Value: $17.463mn (3353.90 BTC)

Network Value at Max. Supply: $38.515mn

Category: Midcap

Exchange Volume-to-Network Value: 15.09%

Average Price (30-Day): $0.21

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day): $1,659,438

Average Network Value (30-Day): $15.798mn

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day)-to-Network Value: 10.5%

Volatility* (30-Day): -0.03848

Average Daily On-Chain Transactions (30-Day): 110

Average Daily Transactional Value** (30-Day): $4.177mn (source)

NVT*** (30-Day): 4.18

Average Daily Active Users (30-Day): 50 (source)

% Price Change USD (30-Day): +10.2%

% Price Change USD (1-Year): N/A

USD All-Time High: $0.34

% From USD All-Time High: -33.7%

Premine % of Max. Supply: N/A

Premine Location: N/A

Liquidity (calculated as the sum of BTC in the buy-side with 10% of current price across all exchanges): 5.29 BTC

Liquidity-to-Network Value %: 0.16%

Supply Available on Exchanges: 1,188,189 CHX

% of Circulating Supply Available on Exchanges:  1.55%

*Volatility is calculated by taking the average price over the given time-period, calculating the difference between it and the highest price and it and the lowest price over that same time-period, and multiplying those figures together. The closer to 0, the less volatility during that period, and vice-versa. Read this for more on volatility.

**Transactional Value in $ is calculated by taking the daily transactional value in CHX and multiplying it by price.

***NVT is calculated by dividing the Network Value by the Average Daily Transactional Value. See here for more on NVT.

Supply Emission & Inflation:

Block Reward Schedule: N/A

Average Block Time: N/A

Current Block Height: N/A

Annual Supply Emission: 0

Annual Inflation Rate: 0%

Circulating Supply in 365 Days: 76,608,117 CHX (excluding the release of vested tokens from ICO)

Staking & Masternodes:

Network Staking Weight: N/A

Staking ROI (Annual): N/A (Until Mainnet launched and stabilised ~June 2019)

Masternode Collateral Size: N/A

Masternode Price: N/A

Masternode Count: N/A

Masternode Count Growth (30-Day): N/A

Supply Locked in Masternodes: N/A

Masternode ROI (Annual): N/A

Masternode Reward / Block Reward: N/A

Masternode Network ValueN/A

MNV / Network Value: N/A

Distribution:

Address Count: 2922

Supply Held By Top 10 Addresses*: 7.33%

Supply Held By Top 20 Addresses: 11.04%

Supply Held By Top 100 Addresses: 22.58%

Inactive Address Count in Top 20 (30 Days of No Activity): 16

*As is often the case, there are some addresses that have been discounted and substituted here, as they are owned by exchanges or the team. In this case, the 1st, 2nd and 6th-richest addresses belong to the team, IDEX and Hotbit, respectively. As such, I have discounted them from calculations, replacing them with the subsequent privately-held addresses in the rich-list. For the sake of clarity, the 1st-richest address, owned by the team, controls 55.26% of the total supply of CHX, comprising of tokens from the ICO. The IDEX address contains 4.26% of the supply and the Hotbit address contains 1.01%.

ICO:

The following details were taken from this source.

ICO Token Sale: 28th March 2018 – 4th April 2018

Total Tokens: 200,000,000 CHX

Tokens Available For Sale: 100,000,000 CHX

ICO Price Per Token: $0.07 (0.00017 ETH)

Total Raised: ~8,990 ETH

Tokens Sold: ~69,000,000 CHX

Tokens Burned: ~31,000,000 CHX

Analysis:

As per usual, there’s quite a lot to get through here, but let us begin with the metrics related to transactions, as there is something very surprising to be found here.

Using the Etherscan explorer, I calculated that there were, on average, 110 daily CHX transfers over the past month. What surprised me, however, is that the average daily transactional value of these amounted to $4.17mn. This gives Own a NVT of 4.18, which is unusually low, and, if accurate, indicative of serious undervaluation. Now, my calculations are all done manually, and, if I use CoinPaprika’s data instead, we find the average daily transactional value to be closer to $750k, which would give Own a NVT of around 23.8; a much more reasonable figure and yet one that still indicates relative cheapness.

I am unsure about the reason for such a disparity between my figures and CoinPaprika’s, as I do not know their methodology. I simply calculate the total value of transactions in CHX for a month, divide it by 30 and multiply the result by the price of the token. This is, of course, a more rudimentary means of calculation than other sources may use. Regardless, it must be said that there is clearly non-speculative use of the CHX token taking place.

Moving through the remaining General metrics, I’d like to first highlight Own’s Volatility of -0.03848; a figure that places Own in the middle of the pack of coins previously reported on. This is roughly the same degree of 30-day volatility as NKN and Cashaa.

Now, let’s take a look at the buy-and-sell-side Liquidity metrics:

Own had buy support of around 5.29 BTC across its listed exchanges, equating to 0.16% of its Network Value. This is actually rather weak, placing Own towards the bottom of the list when compared to the other coins featured in these reports. Of course, buy support is extremely dynamic, particularly around current prices in the orderbook; that said, Own’s Liquidity is weaker than most projects reported on.

And how about its sell-side liquidity? Is the lack of buy support mitigated by an equally low desire to sell? Well, I calculated there to be ~1.18mn CHX available to buy on exchanges, equating to 1.55% of the circulating supply. This, again, places Own around the middle of the pack, with less supply available on exchanges than MonetaryUnit, CloakCoin, Bismuth and Bettex, for example, but more available for purchase than Ubiq, Trittium, Bulwark and Cashaa.

However, unlike the majority of coins thus far featured in these reports, Own does not yet facilitate staking nor does it yet have a masternode network (or its equivalent). As such, there are no real profit incentives to deplete sell-side liquidity, thus this is indicative of a strong desire to hold CHX tokens.

Finally, before we move on from evaluating the General metrics, let’s discuss those related to volume:

Own has traded $2.64mn of volume over the past 24 hours, equating to a whopping 15.09% of its Network Value. For those that have been reading the blog for some time, you’ll know that I like to see a figure of 1% or greater Exchange Volume-to-Network Value (ideally Average Exchange Volume-to-Network Value) as an indication of interest, so 15.09% is insane. Further, it’s not a one off, as Own has traded $1.66mn on average daily for the past month, equating to 10.5% of its Average Network Value for the same period. This is by far the highest Average EVNV of any coin I’ve previously reported on and there is undoubtedly significant interest in Own, at present.

Now, this must taken in consideration with the fact that it is not traded on any of the Real 10 (so calculated by the work from Bitwise); thus there is a strong possibility that a large part of this volume may be a symptom of wash-trading.

Now, moving onto supply emission, as CHX was created via ICO, all available tokens are already minted, with some locked and some in circulation. However, there is zero further supply emission to be had; all that will change with regards to circulating supply is the portion of the total supply that is vested and thus released (or rewarded to the network’s validators once the mainnet is launched, as we shall discuss a little later).

Given the above, the annual inflation rate must be calculated as 0%, providing no headwinds for price growth in the future. With no tokens left to come into existence – and the sustained high volume being traded – I do not doubt that CHX can sustain current prices; in fact,any decrease in price must be a symptom of distribution from a holder (be it a large holder or a small fish). It is the nature of the distribution that tells us whether we should be buying or selling.

And so, let us take a look at the Own rich-list:

There are 2922 holders of CHX currently, with 7.33% of the total supply controlled by the top 10 addresses; 11.04% controlled by the top 20; and 22.58% controlled by the top 100. I have already pointed out the caveats to this earlier in the report, so I shall refrain from going back over them. Suffice to say, for an ICO, this is quite impressive decentralisation of supply.

And what is the current activity amongst the top 20 richest holders?

Well, the 5th-richest (discount the 3 aforementioned publicly-held addresses – thus, in real terms, the 8th-richest) is in active and heavy accumulation, adding ~750k CHX to his position over the past month. That’s around $140,000-worth of Own. Further, 3 of the top 20 addresses added small amounts to their positions over the past month (between 7k CHX and ~100k CHX). Most importantly, there was no distribution from the top 20 addresses in the past 30 days.

As we will see in the Technical section, price has decreased over the past month by around 25% against BTC. Who was selling? Clearly not the largest holders.

That concludes this section on Metric Analysis. Onto the Own Community:


Community:

There are two primary aspects of community analysis: social media presence and Bitcointalk threads. I’ll begin with the former before moving on to the latter.

Social Media:

Concerning social media presence, there are four main platforms to examine: Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and Discord.

Own is present on all platforms except Discord. To begin, let’s look at the various social metrics that I calculated from the Own Twitter and Facebook accounts:

Twitter Followers: 16,103

Tweets: 1,221

Average Twitter Engagement: 0.4%

Facebook Likes: 33,896

Facebook Posts (30-Day)23

Average Facebook Engagement: 0.01%

As usual, I will be using RivalIQ‘s social benchmark report for evaluation purposes.

Twitter:

Whilst the Own Twitter account does have a large audience, its engagement rate is quite poor relative to other coins. That said, in RivalIQ’s report, we find that the average Twitter engagement rate across all industries is 0.046%, which means that Own’s engagement rate is currently 8.69x greater. Further, the average engagement rate for the Media industry (the most relevant in the report) is 0.013%, thus Own’s is 30.77x greater. Unfortunately, Own’s engagement rate is lower than around 10 other coins that have featured in these reports, placing it joint-4th from bottom.

Facebook:

Now, Facebook, unlike for many cryptocurrencies (but a common occurrence amongst ICOs), is Own’s largest audience, with close to 34,000 Likes. This is twice the audience size of Cashaa; the token with the second-largest Facebook audience from previous reports. Very impressive. They also commit to regular updates, with 23 posts in the past month.

However, this is where the positives come to an end, with a measly 0.01% average engagement rate over the past 30 days. Given the vast size of the audience, one might be able to forgive lower engagement rates, but 0.01% is rather pathetic and highly suggestive of a completely disinterested Facebook following.

Own’s average Facebook engagement rate is also lower than the average across all industries of 0.16%, and lower than the Media industry average of 0.08%. This needs some attention.

Telegram:

The (official) Own Telegram group contains ~5500 members. There is also an unofficial group with over 800 members where discussions can be had on more general topics, as well as on price. However, for the purposes of my research, I have mainly stuck to a detail evaluation of the official group.

The group’s pinned message contains all relevant links, alongside the identities of the core team members to prevent fraudulent behaviour. This is is one of the disadvantages of a Telegram group over a Discord, as much of the important, even critical, information can be lost (even with a pinned message), whereas in a Discord group one often finds clearly segmented sections for each topic.

Nonetheless, the Telegram group is of moderate size – small relative to Own’s other platforms – but the conversation is constant between members, with thousands of messages posted over the past week. This is great to see, and a far-cry from the poor engagement found on their other social platforms. I also found that the CEO makes a concerted effort to respond to questions and make himself known amongst the group’s members, which is promising. Much of the current discussion centres on the upcoming token swap, with CHX migrating from ERC-20 to Own’s native blockchain. This is currently in testnet, with the Mainnet set to go live this quarter. The token swap is due to conclude in June, with all network nodes expected to also be transitioned to the native blockchain by that point. Further, new exchanges are expected to be announced for Own in April.

The community and the team seem to push out regular links to relevant blog posts, with there seeming to be a detailed blog post available for all manner of questions. Within the group itself, however, I also found that Own is expected to have a three-pillar products & services gateway for equity tokenisation, with two pillars already released and in use: Registry (via the Decentralised Share Register > Issuance (via the FAST platform) > and a third, unannounced pillar, which is expected to be a secondary market for security tokens.

Regarding CHX’s use-case amongst all these products and services, I found that the token will be used to reward Validator nodes on the network and delegates via DPOS, following the token swap. Also, a lockup in CHX will be required by a business looking to issue an STO, amounting to 1% of the capital to be raised. Further, all transaction fees will be paid in CHX, whilst clients will deal solely in fiat. Validator nodes will amount to 500,000 CHX.

Reading this, I felt as though more use-cases could be constructed for the token, given the context of the project itself.

That said, the Telegram group was highly informative and engaged.

BitcoinTalk:

The (new) Own BitcoinTalk thread was created on 31st January 2019, and has since generated 63 posts spanning 4 pages in 55 days. This equates to 1.15 posts per day, on average.

The old thread, from when the project was named Chainium, was created on November 20th, 2017, and is still the thread linked to on Coinmarketcap. There have been 22 posts on it in the past 90 days.

Regarding the content of the old thread, much like the Telegram group, the discussion is largely focused on the token swap and the launch of Mainnet. There is also a lot of price discussion, and that’s about all there is.

Moving onto the new thread, it is much more active, with good use of branding in the announcement itself and a plethora of useful links for new users. Within this announcement, token sale statistics are linked for full transparency, as are links to blog posts on use-cases of the token and the company itself. Graphics are provided to ensure accessibility, and this is clearly much stronger than the old thread. Emphasis is placed on the imminent move to the native blockchain, as well as on the implementation of DPOS.

More importantly, information regarding Own’s products and services is visible in the announcement, with a series of Medium blog posts, Q&As and interviews linked below each one to provide further insight. Unlike most announcements on BitcoinTalk, the problem is perhaps an overload of information rather than a lack of it (though, of course, this isn’t really much of a problem for those that want to make informed decisions). Not only does this show a commitment to keeping the community in the loop, but it also shows a commitment to onboarding new potential users.

Regarding the rest of the content of the thread, there are 21 active posters, with lots of genuine interest shown in the project. I discovered that the FAST 2.0 platform launched in February, allowing businesses to issue shares and raise capital whilst remaining fully regulated and compliant inside 10 weeks. Impressive stuff.

YouTube:

Unlike most projects, Own has at least made an effort to harness the power of YouTube in a bid to strengthen its brand identity and grow its community. As such, I have made an effort to spend some time going through the material on their channel.

The channel has 840 subscribers – not a large audience but a solid enough foundation. More impressive, however, is that the channel has 332,000 views despite this small audience. They have uploaded 52 videos in total, with regular uploads being the norm (at least two a month). Of these videos, many are long-form AMAs with the CEO, which is great to see, along with promotional/marketing videos for specific products and services. The most popular video is an introduction to Own that has 123,000 views, in which the viewer finds out about Own’s dual-equity blockchain that provides access to the 99% in business that cannot, for whatever reason, access traditional funding. The 2nd-most popular video is more like an advertisement; one that is well-produced and informative and has 108,000 views. All productions are very well-branded, also.

The MyOWn promotional video is particularly great, being concise, informative and engaging, and, importantly, highlighting the UI/UX of the app for potential new users.

The best video on the channel is perhaps the FAST 2.0 promotional that walks the viewer through the process of issuing a new security token through the platform. The process is incredibly simple and the platform looks great. This does a wonderful job of strengthening the Own brand, in my mind, particularly within the STO domain.

I also watched the most recent AMA with the Own CEO, and this was perhaps the most illuminating part of the research process. There is a clear and palpable understanding of the need to address (and progress) both the crypto-based audience and a wider, more mainstream audience given Own’s aspirations. They are focused on simplifying processes and the copy on their platforms and website, whilst also refining the usability and  performance of the products themselves. They are also working on a foundational ebook on the topic of STOs; this is exactly what is needed to onboard more users and grow, as many new users will be unfamiliar with STOs, and so, providing an  educational resource like this rather than relying on outside sources of information is paramount. Significantly, Own already have 9 “proper” clients for STOs, with “proper” meaning clients that are having a prospectus created with full compliance issuance expected – a process that, as I mentioned earlier, takes 10 weeks. It’s very promising to see that there is demand for the service at the earliest stages of it being released.

Overall, very positive.


Development:

For the following Development analysis, I will be evaluating project leadership, the website, the roadmap, the whitepaper, the wallets and finally providing a general overview:

Project Leadership:

There are 14 core team members listed on the website, along with 7 advisors. There are 7 contributors to the Github.

Of the core team, there are 3 co-founders with experience in software engineering, global equities and general technology development. Other roles including a Managing Director, Head of Business Development, Head of Marketing, UX Designer, Blockchain Developer, Web/App Developer, Senior Software Architect, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Content Strategist and a Junior Web Developer.

Overall, there is clear strength, breadth and balance to be found here.

Website:

www.weown.com

The website is very professional, as I would expect from an ICO. It is well-designed and features strong branding. The homepage displays all products and services available, and the company’s aim is clear to all visitors:

“Tokenizing technology for financial services.”

The copy is concise and informative but also engaging, which is great to
see and somewhat rare amongst altcoin websites. The UI/UX is easy-to-navigate and smooth, and the navigation menu, which is often my biggest problem with websites in this space, is very much useful and relevant. There is also another menu available that directs visitors to relevant information by customer type (Market Operators, Business, Investor and Developer), further ensuring accessibility.

The current products and services are highlighted (DSR; FAST; MyOwn; and white-label blockchain services). Further, there is an option to Book A Demo. All social links are available at the bottom of the page.

There is both a native blog and a Medium blog, featuring regular, long-form content across all possible manner of topics to keep users and investors informed. There is also a Day in the Life series focused on individual team members to allow users to get to know the team and their responsibilities, creating more trust and confidence in the company itself.

There is a beginner’s guide that I highly recommend reading.

Our Story contains Own’s roadmap, as well as detailed information on the core team. Overall, the website does a very good job of emphasising the benefits of the Own ecosystem and how its products and services would be of use to different kinds of users. I am very impressed – this is perhaps the best website of any coin previously reported on.

Roadmap:

https://weown.com/our-story

There is a brief visual roadmap provided on this page, featuring a history of Own from July 2017 to March 2019. No future roadmap is provided and there is a serious lack of detail here:

The official launch of the company was in August 2017, under the name of Chainium. The ICO began in March 2018, along with the opening of offices in Liechtenstein, Bosnia and the United Kingdom. In July 2018, the FAST 1.0 platform was released, and in September 2018, the Decentralised Share Register was launched under the Own brand-name. There were hundreds of sign-ups in the first few weeks. In November 2018, Own won the Most Innovative Company at Sarajevo Unlimited, and, in December 2018, the MyOwn app was released. February 2019 saw the launch of FAST 2.0, and March 2019 has seen the establishment of the STO Alliance.

Overall, good for a brief history of the company but gives no sense of vision or direction and lacks detail. Strange, given the quality of the website.

Whitepaper:

https://weown.com/uploads/editor/files/Own%20Platform%20Architecture%20-%20Technical%20Whitepaper.pdf

The whitepaper is 13 pages in length, and, though it states it is a technical whitepaper, it is largely jargon-free and accessible. It introduces the Own platform and the custom-built blockchain, whilst emphasising the disadvantages of the traditional model and how Own seeks to improve upon them; these include trust, efficiency, speed, costs, permanence, and accessibility. Graphics are also included to ensure user comprehension.

The paper also introduces the idea of dual blockchains connected by ‘smart oracles’, allowing communication between private and public data. The three layers to the Own platform are mentioned here: storage on the dual blockchain, services using APIs and SDKs, and the app tier.

There are also two types of nodes in the Own ecosystem: Validator and Client. Validators create new blocks and handle consensus and clients view and submit transactions. The network will use Delegated-Proof-of-Stake for consensus. CHX, as a token, will incentivise node operators and work as a utility token for transaction prioritisation.

In general, the whitepaper is easy to understand, even for those unfamiliar with the technology.

Overall, informative and concise, though it could include more about future plans and the vision, as well as information on the team.

Wallets:

All ERC-20-enabled wallets, until token swap to native blockchain.

General:

“Own is on a mission to change the equity market, giving market operators
and enterprises greater control over the way they raise capital and manage financial assets – cutting out costly, time-consuming intermediaries in the process.”

That pretty much sums up the Own identity and vision. I’d like to add that the project is clearly seeking to create an end-to-end equity issuance and servicing platform to compete with IPOs and private funding, which is where the Financial Asset Security Tokenization (FAST) platform comes into play. This is where businesses will launch and monitor their issuance, create financial assets, manage data via the DSR, facilitate voting and allow for dividend payment; a beautifully simple process on a highly functional platform. The core services and share registration are also free – impressive stuff.

And that concludes my fundamental analysis of Own.


Technical

I have provided charts for both, CHX/BTC, and CHX/USD, as I believe they depict some very interesting things about Own’s price-history.

Most importantly, Own has never experienced a full market cycle; in fact, it recently begun its first bull cycle and it is certainly still experiencing that cycle.

CHX set an all-time high in February at 9000 satoshis and $0.34, having spent 130 days inside an accumulation range above all-time lows below 200 satoshis; a rise of over 5000%. It has since dropped off, now trading above resistance turned support around 5k satoshis. This decline has occurred on declining volume, which is the only reason why I think that this cycle may yet have some steam in it. That said, there is a clear possibility that the current bull cycle has ended and that prices may need to play out the latter stages of the cycle (through depression) before a new cycle can begin.

However, when you look at CHX/USD, we are trading at a very significant level; the initial high set in May 2018 around $0.16. This has become a level of resistance turned support, and there is a likelihood that this indeed the bottom of the bull cycle for CHX, where we may see a period of consolidation above $0.16 before a new bull cycle begins to tackle all-time highs.

A trade opportunity is present, as such, with an entry at current prices, a stop loss at $0.14 and a target of $0.35, giving 2.5 reward-to-risk. In truth, there are more profitable opportunities present for the traders in this market.*

*The above analysis is from 26th March, when I first drafted this report – price has since moved towards the resistance turned support around 4000 satoshis, offering a much more opportune entry.


Conclusion

This report is now over 5,000 words, and it is time to draw it to a close.

My final grading for Own is 9 out of 10.

Own scrapes a 9, despite its lack of engagement on Twitter and Facebook, primarily because of its palpable commitment to transparency and keeping users informed, and, of course, its fantastic array of working products and services in a growing and lucrative space.

Here, you can find my grading framework, for reference.

Lastly, here is a link to a Google Sheets file with any significant data from previous reports compiled for cross-comparative purposes. I will keep this updated as I continue to write these reports.

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Coin Report #18: BitTube

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Welcome to the 18th Coin Report. In today’s report, I will be assessing the fundamental and technical strengths and weaknesses of BitTube. This will comprise of an analysis of a number of significant metrics, an evaluation of the project’s community and development and an overview of its price-history. The report will conclude with a grading out of 10. I hope you enjoy the read!

Introduction

BitTube has been a project on my radar for a long while now, as I found their initial premise both compelling and of great purpose. Given the congestion in my current schedule and the fact that these reports take up to 20 hours to produce, I simply could not find the time to do a deep-dive; that is, until BitTube booked in this Sponsored Post spot. As such, I was very much excited to get cracking and wade into the vast pool of research I knew I’d have to become familiar with – I did not quite anticipate just how much research I’d need to do, and there is likely stuff that I have still missed.

That said, I do believe this report will be comprehensive and provide some insight for those with even a modicum of interest in BitTube. In fact, one of the primary reasons I was interested in doing the research required was to inform myself of whether or not the project is worth investing in, given my aversion to highly inflationary coins (which is the surface-level familiarity I had with the project prior to this report).

I hope the report will prove objective where it must be and fair on more subjective matters. For those who’d like to learn a little more about BitTube prior to reading on, here are some primary links:


Fundamental

General:

Name: BitTube

Ticker: TUBE

Algorithm: CryptoNight Saber (Proof-of-Work/Proof-of-Verification)

Sector: Decentralised Monetization Solutions

Exchanges: Bittrex, Upbit, TradeOgre & Livecoin

Launch Overview

BitTube (TUBE) was launched in January 2018, initially branded Interplanetary Broadcast Coin (IPBC), before rebranding shortly after. TUBE operates on the CryptoNight algorithm, but forked to its own variation (CryptoNight Saber) to remain ASIC-resistant. The coin utilises a dual Proof-of-Work/Proof-of-Verification consensus mechanism, where Proof-of-Verification relates to its AirTime facility, which verifies time spent engaging with a given content creator/publisher and rewards viewers and publishers based on that time. There was no premine or ICO, and TUBE utilises a progressively diminishing block reward.

Price-History Overview

Having only been in existence for a little over a year, there is little price-history for TUBE. That said, it has experienced numerous mini-cycles, all of which we shall analyse in the Technical section. For now, it will suffice to say that TUBE formed its all-time high against BTC at ~6100 satoshis in June 2018, and its all-time high against the Dollar at $0.44 on the same day. It has since lost around 90% of its value against the Dollar, but appears to be beginning a new cycle.

Project Overview

Whilst the project began with a relatively simple concept of providing a peer-to-peer content sharing and streaming platform that was censorship-resistant (to combat the current problems apparent on YouTube), it has since developed with a much broader scope and vision for the future.

As stated in their early whitepaper:

“BitTube is building a worldwide innovative platform, in which performance and reward for copyright are brought to a new level of fair use. In the future, this reward will no longer depend on your living area, advertising companies, data service providers or arbitrary decisions. With BitTube, the owner of the content or the owner of copyright will receive their payment from all over the world, based on how often their content is accessed.”

I am intrigued to see how BitTube is faring with regards to those goals only 15 months on from launch.

Let’s begin our evaluation with some Metric Analysis:


Metric Analysis:

Below are listed a number of important metrics, all of which are accurate as of 8th April 2019. For anyone reading this who has yet to read a Coin Report, it might be worth reading this section of the first report, where any potentially unfamiliar terms are explained. For any terms or metrics specific to this post, I will provide explanations besides the figures.

Metrics:

General:

Price: $0.05 (944 satoshis)

Exchange Volume: $151,118

Circulating Supply: 151,015,095 TUBE

Total Supply: 151,015,095 TUBE

Maximum Supply: 1,000,000,000 TUBE

% of Max. Supply Minted: 15.1%

Network Value: $7.48mn (1425.88 BTC)

Network Value at Max. Supply: $49.531mn

Category: Midcap

Exchange Volume-to-Network Value: 2.02%

Average Price (30-Day): $0.04

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day): $397,221

Average Network Value (30-Day): $5.325mn

Average Exchange Volume (30-Day)-to-Network Value: 7.46%

Volatility* (30-Day): -0.2101

Average Daily On-Chain Transactions (30-Day): N/A

Average Daily Transactional Value (30-Day): N/A

NVT (30-Day): N/A

% Price Change USD (30-Day): 110.57%

% Price Change USD (1-Year): -68%

USD All-Time High: $0.44

% From USD All-Time High: -89.1%

Premine % of Max. Supply: 0%

Premine Location: N/A

Liquidity (calculated as the sum of BTC in the buy-side with 10% of current price across all exchanges): 5.97 BTC

Liquidity-to-Network Value %: 0.42%

Supply Available on Exchanges: 6.73mn TUBE

% of Circulating Supply Available on Exchanges: 4.46%

*Volatility is calculated by taking the average price over the given time-period, calculating the difference between it and the highest price and it and the lowest price over that same time-period, and multiplying those figures together. The closer to 0, the less volatility during that period, and vice-versa. Read this for more on volatility.

Supply Emission & Inflation:

Block Reward Schedule: Current block reward = ~405 TUBE. Progressively diminishing rewards with each block. Average reward per block for the next 365 days = ~375 TUBE. 45% of block reward distributed via AirTime to publishers and viewers with a 75/25 split.

Average Block Time: 2 minutes

Current Block Height: 310,828

Annual Supply Emission: ~98,550,000 TUBE (930.31 BTC at current prices)

Annual Inflation Rate: 65.26%

Circulating Supply in 365 Days: ~249,565,095 TUBE

Analysis:

Given the integrated privacy of CryptoNote-based coins, Distribution analysis is impossible. Further, BitTube does not have a masternode network, and so the pile of metrics is somewhat lessened for this report. That said, there is plenty to get stuck into, especially given the unique case of AirTime, which I shall discuss at the end of this section, in conjunction with Supply Emission & Inflation.

First, however, let’s run through the General metrics:

To begin with, I’d like to discuss the metrics related to buy-side and sell-side Liquidity. I calculated that BitTube had 5.97 BTC of buy support within 10% of current prices, equating to 0.42% of its Network Value. This is the fourth-highest Liquidity of all coins previously reported on, behind only CloakCoin, Altbet and Stakenet. This is quite promising, but how about its sell-side liquidity?

Well, I calculated that, across all listed exchanges, there was around 6.73mn TUBE available in the orderbooks, equating to 4.46% of the circulating supply. This is actually the third-highest percentage of the circulating supply available on exchanges for all coins from prior reports. Thus, it seems that though there is relatively high demand at current prices, there is a clear disincentive to hold, too. Perhaps this shall be explained when we get onto emission…

Next, let’s take a look at Volatility:

TUBE had 30-day Volatility of -0.2101; the highest degree of volatility found in coins from previous reports – twice that of the second-highest, MonetaryUnit. Now, it must be mentioned that these volatility figures are calculated using the $ price of the coin, as this is the form in which historical data is presented on Coinmarketcap and CoinPaprika. As such, the recent extreme volatility of Bitcoin will have played a large part in the extremity of this figure, thus perhaps it is better to wait until we analyse the chart before making any comments on this. However, I will say that I don’t like to enter positions during times of high volatility; low volatility is the optimum environment for accumulation, which is when smart money buys.

There are a couple more individual metrics I’d like to highlight before moving onto those related to volume:

Firstly, it is interesting to see that price has increased over 100% over the past month in Dollar-terms; something that would also put me off entering a position. However, when we look at price from all-time highs, BitTube is still almost 90% off them. This will be something I unpack in more depth in the Technical section, but it’s worth keeping in mind that, despite recent price movements, BitTube may still be relatively cheap.

Secondly, whilst there was no premine, as is mentioned amongst the metrics, BitTube do have a development fund that is taken from each block reward. I’ll dig into this when we get to supply emission…

Now, let’s have a look at the volume-related metrics:

BitTube traded $151,118 of Exchange Volume over the past 24 hours, equating to 2.02% of its Network Value. Pretty impressive, right? Not nearly as impressive as its Average EVNV, which comes out at 7.46%, based on an average of ~$397k of daily volume traded for the past 30 days, with an Average Network Value for that period of $5.325mn. This is the highest figure for any coin of the previous 17 Coin Reports, beating out NKN, which had Average EVNV of 6.71%. What this tells me is that there is significant and sustained interest in BitTube at present.

Now, what about supply emission? This is the sore point for many with regards to BitTube, but how does it really play out?

Well, TUBE’s block reward time of 2 minutes means that 720 new blocks are minted daily. Looking at the block reward curve provided earlier, we can estimate the average block reward for the next year to be roughly 375 TUBE per block, giving an annual supply emission of about 98.55mn TUBE. This equates to 930.31 BTC at current prices, or $4.881mn, giving BitTube an annual inflation rate of 65.26%; the fourth-highest of any coin previously reported on.

Whilst this paints a rather bleak picture with regards to headwinds for price growth, it isn’t necessarily the annual supply emission that is the be-all, end-all, but whether BitTube is trading enough volume to sustain current prices despite emission.

To determine this, we must look at the relationship between Exchange Volume and Supply Emission:

Given an annual supply emission of 98.55mn TUBE, we can work out that the average daily supply emission will be 270,000 TUBE, or $13,373-worth at current prices. This doesn’t seem so devastating, especially when you put it into the context of TUBE’s Exchange Volume of $151k, and even less so relative to its Average Exchange Volume of $397k, which cover the average daily supply emission by 11.3x and 29.7x, respectively. Thus, there is plenty of sustained trading volume for current prices to be maintained and to soak up daily supply emission. Further, BitTube’s Liquidity of 5.97 BTC is 2.34x greater than the average daily supply emission.

In short, decreasing prices in BitTube are likely not a symptom of inflation, but rather selling from current holders, be it weak hands or smart money distribution. Now, since there is no rich-list and CryptoNote coins have integrated privacy, there is no real way to tell the difference, except to analyse volume on the chart, which we shall do a little later…

Finally, to conclude this lengthy section, let’s talk a little about AirTime.

AirTime is BitTube’s novel feature that allows content creators and viewers on their platform (and beyond) to be paid for time accrued. This is facilitated by Proof-of-Verification, and the rewards are distributed from the overall block reward. 40% of the block reward goes to miners, who continue to maintain the network, but, as of January, 45% (up from 30%) of the block rewards now go to AirTime. The split is 75/25 between content creators (or publishers) and viewers.

What does this mean for rewards distribution and earning power?

Using the 45% distribution and the average block reward of 375 TUBE for the next year, we find that there is 33.26mn TUBE available for publishers and 11mn TUBE available for viewers, equating to $1.66mn and $550k at current prices, respectively. That’s over $2mn of rewards available for simply engaging with content or having your content engaged with. As someone who utilises a blog to distribute material, this is an alluring concept…

And that concludes this section on metrics, onto the BitTube Community:


Community:

There are two primary aspects of community analysis: social media presence and Bitcointalk threads. I’ll begin with the former before moving on to the latter.

Social Media:

Concerning social media presence, there are four main platforms to examine: Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and Discord.

BitTube is present on all platforms. To begin, let’s look at the various social metrics that I calculated from the BitTube Twitter and Facebook accounts:

Twitter Followers: 10,838

Tweets: 4,573

Average Twitter Engagement: 0.75%

Facebook Likes: 799

Facebook Posts (30-Day): 45

Average Facebook Engagement: 2.44%

As usual, I will be using RivalIQ‘s social benchmark report for evaluation purposes.

Twitter:

As is expressed in this benchmark report, the average engagement rate on Twitter across all industries is 0.046%; BitTube has an engagement rate that is 16.3x greater. Further, the average engagement rate for the Media industry (the most similar industry in the report) is 0.013%; BitTube’s is 57.7x greater. This is despite BitTube’s fairly large following of almost 11,000, which is the third-largest of all coins previously reported on. However, whilst impressive relative to global benchmarks, BitTube’s Twitter engagement isn’t as impressive against other cryptocurrencies: in fact, it is slap bang in the middle of the pack relative to coins from previous reports.

Facebook:

Concerning Facebook, it is great to see that BitTube do not neglect their page, despite having only a fraction of the following that their Twitter account has. In fact, the team posted 45 times over the past month, showing a commitment to engaging with all platforms in equal measure. More impressively, the engagement rate is 2.44%, which is 15.3x the cross-industry average of 0.16%, and 30.5x the Media industry average of 0.08%. It is also the third-highest engagement rate on Facebook of all coins previously reported on. Good stuff.

Discord:

The BitTube Discord group contains 4264 members; a moderately-sized group.

As is the norm for Discord, there are channels dedicated to all possible relevant (and irrelevant) topics.

Announcements is updated once or twice a week, with progress updates, Medium posts and other useful information. In the past month, there have been announcements on the launch of the AirTime extension on Firefox; the removal of the adult content section of the BitTube platform (voted for by users); significantly, the issuance of a banking license and exchange license for BitTube, allowing for direct exchanges between TUBE, other cryptocurrencies and fiat within the AirTime extension & in time for the debit card release that is upcoming; an update to the Firefox extension; and the AirTime module, which allows publishers to register their domains to receive AirTime rewards from guests and not just visitors that already have the extension installed – a huge step for value generation to the end-user.

Tweets contains all BitTube-related tweets, ensuring the community remain informed, and Dev Updates is yet to be used.

General, being the most used channel, has constant discussion, near enough 24/7. I actually struggled to evaluate this channel, as a stream of messages continued to come through as I attempted to read back and scroll through… no bad thing, mind. There is clearly a strong, engaged community with a genuine interest in the project’s development and growth. Discussion covers all manner of topics, including: AirTime in practice (currently around $0.60 per 1000 views on a 4 and a half minute video for creators); crowd conviction in the product and its advantages over YouTube; YouTubers leaving due to their censorship; the upcoming debit card; the new option for buying TUBE with a credit card directly within the browser extension; price; AirShare, which will allow for peer-to-peer file sharing; and more general conversation.

Support sees community questions and issues answered and resolved promptly; Suggestions has some activity, in which the community do put forth some ideas for the project’s general direction and development (such as a referral link for AirTime traffic); and Community Treasury allows for discussion on what to use the funds distributed from the block reward on.

That pretty much concludes all of the primary aspects of the Discord. Overall, promising stuff. Most significant is the palpable community interest.

Telegram:

There are 11900 members of BitTube Telegram.

The pinned message links to a Telegram channel for BitTube TV – a one-stop hub for all BitTube-related content.

Despite the size of the group, I actually found that it was more inactive than the Discord, with a handful of daily messages but certainly 24/7 discussion. It was great to see Saber (the CEO) active here, however, answering community questions and generally getting involved. A lot of the discussion that does take place reflects that found in the Discord, with much of it centring on the economics of AirTime; some users are dissatisfied with their TUBE payouts, but this is naturally a symptom of low traffic and low viewing time.

Generally, the group is constructive with regards to the development of the project, but I was surprised at the low level of activity. After all, it is almost 3 times the size of the Discord.

BitcoinTalk:

The BitTube BitcoinTalk thread was created on January 31st, 2018, and has since generated 1848 posts spanning 93 pages in 428 days. This equates to 4.37 post per day, on average. However, in the past 90 days, the thread has had 70 posts via 32 individual posters, giving an average of 0.78 posts per day; a significant decline in engagement.

PR material, such as development updates and blog posts, are pushed out here, but much of the recent discussion centres around price. That said, there was some interesting debate on the implications of uploading graphic or inappropriate content, and whether that should be censored… I’ll leave you to make up your minds on that question.

And that concludes this section on the BitTube Community.


Development:

For the following Development analysis, I will be evaluating project leadership, the website, the roadmap, the whitepaper, the wallets and finally providing a general overview:

Project Leadership:

There is no information on the website with regards to the team. However, there are 203 Github contributors, and 20+ employees can be found on LinkedIn.

I did find information on the founders here, but, whilst I am aware of the team’s general transparency, I find it an oversight to not include this information on the website.

Anyway, the CEO (Saber Maram), the CMO and the CFO have cumulative experience of around half a century within technology and marketing, so there is clear strength and balance to be found here. It would make sense to leverage this and emphasise it in the places that new users are most likely to be gained.

Website:

www.bittubeapp.com

The website is clean, well-designed and somewhat well-branded, though it could have a stronger identity by utilising its branding a little more. The copy, however, is not as engaging as I expected it to be, with much of it written in list form but presented in paragraphs, so each sentence is somewhat unrelated to the previous – this can work if the copy is presented differently, but much of it doesn’t flow particularly well. That said, it is concise and informative. Also, the AirTime sub-section does not have this issue, featuring engaging, detailed copy and a Find Out More tab to further inform visitors.

The benefits for end-users and advantages of the platform, however, are very clear and well emphasised on the site, with each sub-section featuring relevant links, useful information and accessible visuals. Further, the site makes the process of onboarding new users seamless by placing the Download Extension button front-and-centre, as well as the option to refer friends.

Wallets are clearly linked, but social channels are hidden away in the footer. There is a glossary at the bottom of the homepage, which is very useful for newer, less familiar users. Further, live support is available. There is also a WooCommerce plugin that is visible to encourage merchant adoption.

In general, the UI/UX is appealing and easy-to-navigate but could be refined – for example, the punctuation at the top of the homepage is inconsistent.

There is also a Knowledge Base full of answers to relevant questions, though it is also hidden away in the footer. The native blog is not even visible, and neither is the Medium blog, despite the fact that both exist and are regularly updated – why is there no clearly accessible link to these?

Overall, the site does what it should to encourage user growth but is in need of a little refinement.

Roadmap:

https://medium.com/@Bit.Tube/weekly-update-17th-of-december-insights-into-2019-40485419818c

Whilst there is no native nor extensive roadmap to be found on the website (or elsewhere), there is a short-term roadmap that can be found via the link above.

In it, users discover that AirTime’s launch within the browser extension occurred in Q1, followed by support for major browsers and a hard fork to change the reward distribution. Q1 was the anticipated period for migration to the new Bittube platform, but this is yet to take place.

In Q2, said migration will occur, followed by platform upgrades to introduce staking and lending of TUBE, a system to determine account reputation and peer-to-peer rewards.  There is also an expectation that mobile support for the new platform will become available.

Overall, this is a little disappointing with regards to presentation and lack of detail, but BitTube’s direction is clear.

Beyond this short-term roadmap for Q1 & Q2 2019, there is also one that depicts the history of the project, which I have printed below:

Whitepaper:

https://www.proofofreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BitTube-WP-171018.pdf

The whitepaper linked above is not to be found anywhere except directly through Proof of Review. I had to search “BitTube Whitepaper” in order to find a link to it, which is bizarre.

Regardless, the document is a 14-page presentation that highlights the main advantages of BitTube; the general purpose of the project; the function of TUBE; and it contains important information on reward distributions and possible future premium features to be integrated to the platform. These include:

  • Transactional Video On Demand – paying for premium content with TUBE.
  • Subscription Services – TUBE is charged on a time basis for certain channels.
  • Viewer retention and optimisation – publishers will pay TUBE to have their content auto-played to viewers following the conclusion of a video.
  • Promotion – publishers pay to advertise their content
  • Music videos and original content – expected this year, and will involve BitTube getting licences for premium and popular content, as well as producing their own.

Overall, the document is outdated with regards to timelines and certain specific details and updates (which is perhaps why it is not linked anywhere). That said, I found it to be highly informative concerning the use-cases it is developing.

Wallets:

The primary means of storing TUBE is the browser extension, but there is  also a desktop wallet for all operating systems, an integrated wallet on the platform, as well as an iOS and Android wallet.

General:

Whilst I feel that I have covered quite a lot already, there is much on the development of BitTube that perhaps doesn’t fit into any one of the above sub-sections and/or that I’d like to discuss at length here, in conclusion of my fundamental analysis. As such, below, I have provided some brief discussion on recent topics of interest related to the project, separated by their central focus.

The OTC Deal:

Firstly, let’s talk about the recent debacle on Bittrex that led to TUBE dumping to around 100 satoshis. I listened to this H4SH48 podcast with Saber that cleared things up. It turned out that an escrow service cheated both parties that were entering into a large OTC deal; one of between 6-10mn TUBE in size. This led to between 35-50 BTC-worth of TUBE being dumped before trading was halted, but the attack was mitigated by the team co-operating with Bittrex and the funds were frozen. Price is now back up above 900 satoshis, and the whole incident seemed to be very well handled by BitTube.

Recent Updates:

There is quite a lot that seems to be going on at the moment with BitTube, so I took to their Medium blog to summarise recent and upcoming developments:

  • The company was granted their banking and exchange licences ahead of their debit card release.
  • The Airtime extension also now allows for TUBE conversion to any currency direct to your bank account. This is huge for TUBE’s value proposition, as it streamlines the process for creators getting paid without the necessity to use exchanges. Seamlessness is key to adoption, and publishers no longer need a familiarity with crypto to benefit from it.
  • A recent fork meant that AirTime rewards increased from 30% of the block reward to 45%, generating more revenue for publishers and viewers. This fork also implemented a 10% development fund from the block reward, up from 3% prior to the fork. This means that BitTube now has just shy of $500k annually at current prices to sustain development, meet the goals of their roadmap and improve their marketing campaign.
  • The AirTime extension had a VPN integrated, which is effectively free to use, as it is subsidised by your AirTime. The extension itself, I found, is currently a little bit buggy, however; Twitter doesn’t seem to enjoy it, for example, and often freezes with it active.
  • The AirTime module release allows publishers to generate income from guests without the need for them to have installed the extension – you register your domain and it tracks traffic and pays in TUBE.
  • Moving forward, the implementation of staking and lending functionality will increase revenue streams.
  • The primary goal of this quarter is to launch the new social video platform, which will be far more feature-rich, with cleaner UI/UX, and that will provide cohesion of the BitTube ecosystem and, most importantly, showcase the benefits of AirTime.

How BitTube Works:

So, given how much I’ve covered thus far, it may be useful to break down what exactly the project is attempting to do and how it works.

BitTube was originally seeking to be a decentralised alternative to YouTube but has since developed far beyond this, with its primary purpose to provide decentralised monetization solutions for all kinds of content; in doing so, also providing censorship resistance for publishers. AirTime allows publishers to get paid for simply creating (via Proof-of-Verification) rather than for having large audiences that ads are later fed to. The current content platform works using the IPFS (Interplanetary File System) protocol, which stores content peer-to-peer and removes the control of centralized storage systems. The platform is native to the web, using browser extensions to facilitate monetization of content. Further, monetization is also integrated for viewers, allowing viewers to be paid for time spent… well, viewing. This opens up the possibility for individuals of low-income backgrounds to supplement their incomes with their leisure time.

And that concludes my fundamental analysis of BitTube. Let’s take a look at the chart:


Technical

The BitTube chart is very messy, and that is often the case with coins that have high levels of supply emission early on in their existence. That said, there are clear levels of historical significance here, and multiple mini market cycles have played out over time.

After TUBE set its all-time high above 6k satoshis in June 2018, it followed suit with the rest of the market and bled out, dumping down to just below 500 satoshis in August. Price rallied over 3x from this low, all the way into prior support turned resistance at 1700 satoshis, forming a double top here and dumping back down to 500 satoshis in March 2019. We then saw price explode up and reclaim support around 8oo satoshis, also closing above the 200-day moving average. Prices peaked out again below 1700 satoshis, setting that level up as significant historical resistance, dropping off to where they now sit – the December 2018 range.

Volume had been low for most of winter in 2018, with the only real significant volume coming during the breakout in March 2019. I’d like to see the 800-satoshi support hold firm, and see a decent swing-trade opportunity for entries around 900 satoshis, with a soft stop-loss on a Daily close below 700 satoshis and a target of 1500 satoshis, offering 3:1 reward-to-risk.


Conclusion

This report is now over 5,000 words, and it is time to draw it to a close.

My final grading for BitTube is 8 out of 10.

Here, you can find my grading framework, for reference.

Lastly, here is a link to a Google Sheets file with any significant data from previous reports compiled for cross-comparative purposes. I will keep this updated as I continue to write these reports.

I hope this report has proved insightful and that you’ve enjoyed the read! Please do feel free to leave any questions in the Comments, and I’ll answer them as best I can.


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