ICO Analysis: Emotiq (EMTQ)Emotiq is a new blockchain seeking to separate themselves from the pack of blockchains. Building from scratch with programming language Lisp, Emotiq looks to combine several proven cryptographic innovations to address three core primary issues faced in blockchain technology: Scalability, Privacy and Overall Accessibility. Scalability is the number one goal almost all blockchains are seeking to solve however not have taken into account how privacy features may be enabled, or how they can make blockchain technology more easily accessible and adoptable. Emotiq addresses these three primary issues with sharding (for scalability), zero-knowledge proofs (for privacy) and user friendly and accessible smart contracts with the implementation of Ring; a smart contract language that will enable anyone to write smart contracts in simple plain English without requiring any technical knowledge or coding expertise. The team has the technical prowess and experience to pull off this feat however the question remains as to whether there’s a genuine need, desire, and market for plain English smart contracts for the public.UtilityTeam, Advisors, Partners and InvestorsRoadmap and DistributionValue and Transparency (Tokenomics)Social AwarenessStrengths/OpportunitiesExtremely strong and proficient technical team using Common Lisp programming language, which allows for faster development and greater flexibilityBuilt on OmniLedger, a blockchain ledger tested to scale up to 13,000 TPS with 1800 nodesPrivacy enabled by bullet proofs and overall smaller blockchain size due to MimbleWimbleWeaknesses/ThreatsWebsite displays outdated informationSeed round investors with large bonus, however tokens are lockedNo ICO or public crowdsale to build their community and generate interest in the project2018-06-234.0Overall ScoreEmotiq aims to be the most accessible and friendliest blockchain of them all — the Apple to other blockchains’ Android and Windows.” – Joel Reymont, Emotiq CEO Emotiq ICO Analysis (EMTQ) Emotiq (EMTQ) ICO Fast Facts ICO Crowdsale Start Date: N/A. Mainnet released is scheduled for Q4 2018. Maximum Discount: Seed Round @ 0.013c versus Last Private Round Sale 4 @ 0.1524c Platform: Emotiq Mainnet Blockchain with EMTQ Native Token (No interim ERC20 token will be issued) Amount Raised (Valuation): $39M USD for 51.25% of token supply. Website: www.emotiq.ch Whitepaper: https://emotiq.ch/whitepaper.pdf Yellowpaper: https://emotiq.ch/yellowpaper.pdf Emotiq (EMTQ) Utility Emotiq is a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain using a Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerant (pBFT) consensus protocol with strong consistency. This combination means there is a negligible chance of forks occurring in the blockchain allowing for quick finality and confirmation of transactions within seconds. The weighted proof of stake model requires validators (aka nodes) to stake EMTQ tokens with the chances of them being selected as a “lead” validator for a new block weighted by the percentage of tokens staked relative to the total amount of tokens staked by all validators. Cryptographic sortition takes this percentage chance into account to randomly select a “lead” validator for each new block in an unbiased manner with each leader of a block rewarded in EMTQ tokens that is collected from transaction fees associated from the transactions included in the block. Emotiq proposes to solve the following three primary core challenges present in blockchains: 1) Scalability Emotiq builds on top of OmniLedger technology to achieve greater scalability and transaction throughput. With the combination of Proof-of-Stake and sharding technology, Emotiq can practically achieve thousands of transactions per second with potential for even more. It incorporates MimbleWimble to prune old and spent transactions from their blockchain, resulting in a small blockchain size that allows new nodes of the network to efficiently validate the blockchain without having to download and store old transactions. This will ensure greater levels of scalability at lower levels of centralization of nodes within the network as storage requirements for the blockchain will be much lower. 2) Privacy Our bank accounts and personal financial transactions aren’t publicly available for everyone to see however most major public blockchains today offer minimal privacy features. The implementation of zero knowledge bullet proofs in Emotiq for privacy of financial transactions will hide financial value amounts transacted throughout their blockchain. The integrity of the network can still be maintained under this cloaking as the validity of transactions can be verified by users without having to reveal any sensitive financial information – such as actual values transacted – thanks to the use of zero knowledge proofs. 3) Accessibility and Usability One of the biggest factors differentiating EMTQ from other blockchains is the introduction of Ring, a natural smart contract language that aims to allow everyday users to create smart contracts in simple plain English. Users won’t have to engage programmers or developers to create smart contracts as Ring will allow them to independently create their own smart contracts, which can then be tested in the “Ring Virtual Machine Sandbox” before they are deployed live on Emotiq’s blockchain. The EMTQ token is a utility token that will be used to pay for computing power and resources consumed, it is similar to Ether being used on Ethereum to pay for “gas” that is used throughout the Ethereum network. Emotiq’s smart contract system also offers machine language translation of any Solidity (EVM) smart contracts into Ring so that all EVM smart contracts can be easily ported over into Emotiq’s blockchain network. Emotiq (EMTQ) Team, Advisors, Partners and Investors Joel Reymont, Founder and CEO of Emotiq, was previously the CTO of Aeternity and has 25 years of versatile programming and management experience working with different programming languages and under different application settings. The rest of the team boasts an equally strong technical pedigree and programming experience: Vladimir Lebedev – Decades of tech management experience in Fintech, Telecom, and media companies with executive roles at VEON, Sberbank, and Mail.Ru. Previous CTO of Russian stock exchange and created the first remote banking application using asymmetric key cryptography in Russia. David McClain, PHD – Rocket scientist trained in theoretical and observational astrophysics with over five decades of programming expertise, with particular emphasis on programming language Common Lisp. Shannon Spires – Technical research engineer for 25 years at Sandia National Laboratories and Chief Developer of several technologies including robotic teleoperation controls. Expertise lies in machine learning, Common Lisp programming, cyber security, and data mining. Paul Tarvydas – 30 years’ experience in microprocessor electronics, compiler and operating systems design. Previously worked on projects with companies such as IBM Canada, Mitel Corp, and Cognos. Mark David – Over 25 years of professional Common Lisp programming experience. Software developer, architect and technology leader with expertise in advanced software and product development. Mark Evenson – Experienced software developer with expertise in large-scale distributed systems. As you can see, the team boasts a very strong technical background and expertise with cumulative programming experience exceeding 100 years. Emotiq have not released further details as to their current advisors, investors, or partners to the project. The only public announcement of investors includes Thomas Capital, a Chinese crypto investment firm based out of Marshall Island. Emotiq (EMTQ) Roadmap and Distribution Emotiq has been in development since January 1, 2018 with their roadmap spanning throughout 2018. The launch of their mainnet is scheduled for Q4 2018 and the following is a quarterly breakdown of their goals: Q1 2018 – Blockchain Prototype Q2 2018 – Testnet and Prototype Applications: Ring Virtual Machine, Lisp Smart contract, User Interface Console Q3 2018 – Testnet improvements (sharding capability, cross-shard commits, blockchain checkpointing for state blocks) – Applications: Ring smart contract language, UI console with interactive contract simulator Q4 2018 – Mainnet with MimbleWimble and user friendly UI for Ring and Emotiq development tools The Emotiq testnet is slated to be released in late June or early July. Emotiq (EMTQ) Value and Transparency (Tokenomics) Value Emotiq is privately raising $39m USD for 51.25% of total tokens, a fully diluted market cap will value Emotiq at ~$76.5m. $39m raise is in the medium to high range however does not come close to some larger raises that are being made by similar blockchain projects aiming for $100m to even $200m raises. The EMTQ token will follow a deflationary schedule with a fixed percentage of yearly transaction fees being burnt. Further details of how the deflationary schedule will work has not been released. 51.25% of tokens are being sold to private investors with 13.75% to be held in a foundation reserve, the remaining 35% will be distributed to the team, advisors, and partners. 35% allocated to the team, advisors, and partners is on the high side however it is unclear whether a portion of that will be allocated to marketing efforts or bringing onboard partners and further developers to build out the blockchain network and ecosystem. Transparency Emotiq is highly transparent and has publicly disclosed details of their private raise including token distribution and the price of tokens for seed round investors as well as subsequent private rounds. The community has taken note of seed round investors being given a ~10x bonus over the last private round of sales raised. It is unclear what the current lockup for seed round tokens is as it is still being decided. Emotiq’s whitepaper provides a high level overview of the primary features they seek to incorporate and is accompanied by a yellowpaper providing further technical details and a comprehensive breakdown of their consensus protocol and cryptographic algorithms used. Their github is completely open sourced and does not have any private repositories. The Emotiq repo, as of writing, has over 1,500 commits. Andre Cronje has performed a code review on Emotiq and was impressed with what he saw reinforcing the teams technical strength and capability. The Emotiq website is in need of an update as it displays outdated information. Most of the information used in writing this report was found via Telegram and in direct messages with the team. Emotiq (EMTQ) Social Awareness As there is no crowdsale scheduled (due to regulatory risks and concerns), social awareness and interest surrounding Emotiq is fairly moderate. A well planned bounty campaign, airdrop, or other community building effort to get EMTQ tokens into as many user’s hands as possible would greatly help with the adoption of Emotiq. As Emotiq is catered toward everyday users with Ring’s natural smart contracting language, they will need to put forth greater effort in building out their community. To participate in Emotiq’s private sale a minimum investment of $100,000 USD is required and this severely limits smaller investors from being able to acquire a stake. This barrier may result in limited diversity of Emotiq token holders and potentially stunting community growth. Emotiq (EMTQ) Summary Emotiq is extremely interesting from a technical development standpoint as they have taken some of the latest research in distributed ledger technology and are attempting to combine them to build a new, robust, scalable, and privacy-enabled blockchain with the potential to bring blockchain into mass market adoption. The implementation of Ring as a natural smart contracting language could see the crypto community witness a monumental shift in the adoption and use of blockchain technology, considering that natural language smart contracts does indeed take off. And that is a big if. The potential for non-programmers and programmers alike to unleash their full creativity to unlock the potential of blockchain technology is yet to be seen, however Emotiq is definitely a project to keep an eye on moving forward. Crypto Coin Disclosure The author has no affiliation with the above token or with the promotion/marketing thereof. 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