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When you are in the crypto business knowing all the related technology and functionalities always gives you the upper hand. You know that organizations need capital to function smoothly and Crypto businesses find different ways to find one, and ICO is one of them.

 Let us know about ICO in detail. 

What is an Initial Coin Offering?

In the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, a type of capital-raising activity is known as an initial coin offering (ICO). The initial coin offering (ICO) is a cryptocurrency-based initial public offering (IPO). It is not, however, the most accurate comparison because there are some significant distinctions between the two fundraising strategies. An ICO is primarily used by startups to raise money.

The primary benefit of ICOs is the elimination of middlemen from the capital-raising process and the establishment of direct relationships between the company and investors. Additionally, both parties interests are congruent. However, it doesn’t need to go through auditing and regulation processes. 

How do ICOs work?

Startups can raise capital using the ICO fundraising model by issuing tokens on a blockchain, which are then distributed in exchange for monetary contributions. These tokens, which can be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges and transferred across the network, can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from giving the holder access to a specific service to giving them the right to company dividends. Tokens can be utility or security tokens, depending on their purpose.

Let’s learn What is a Utility Token and Security Token: 

Utility Token: The future access to the company’s product or service is represented by utility tokens, also known as “user tokens” or “app coins.” In exchange for future access to the service, utility tokens allow ICO startups to raise money to support the development of their blockchain projects. Because they are not intended to be used as a standard investment for company shares, utility tokens are exempt from federal securities laws if they are correctly structured.

Security Token: In contrast to utility tokens, a token may be categorized as a security token and fall under federal securities laws if its value is derived from an outside, tradable asset or if it can rise in value as a result of the efforts of others. Failure to follow these rules could result in expensive fines and possibly endanger a project. As a result, a company must fulfill all of its legal requirements. The ability to issue tokens that represent shares of company stock is the most promising use case once the token is properly classified, which opens the door to a wide range of applications.

Understand the Types of Initial Coin Offerings:

Private ICO

Only a small number of investors can participate in private initial coin offerings. Private ICOs typically limit participation to accredited investors (financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals), though a business may choose to impose a minimum investment threshold.

Public ICO

A type of crowdfunding that caters to the general public is public initial coin offerings. Since almost anyone can participate in a public offering, investing has become more accessible. Public offerings are still a viable option, but due to regulatory worries, private ICOs are starting to look more appealing.

The popularity of ICOs is increasing as cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are gaining popularity. Through ICOs, more than $7 billion was raised in 2017. The number nearly doubled in 2018. An instant messaging service provider called Telegram ran the largest ICO to date. The UK-based company raised more than $1.7 billion through a private ICO.

Advantages and Disadvantages of ICOs


  • It is a great method for investing, securing, and saving your cryptocurrency.
  • Tokens are available for purchase and sale everywhere.
  • Liquidity premiums with high returns are possible.
  • Between buyers and sellers of coins, there are no middlemen.


  • The success rate of many ICO projects is low.
  • The token will lose value and become worthless if the ICO project is unsuccessful.
  • There aren’t enough regulatory tools available for ICOs.
  • It is simple for malicious businesses to use it to disrupt ICOs.


Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a popular way to raise funds for goods and services that are typically related to cryptocurrencies. In short, ICO is the best platform and a great way to invest, protect, and save your cryptocurrency.

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