According to RBC magazine, 100 of the biggest ICO raised almost $2,7bn and nearly a half of this money — the first 10 of them. Under the biggest ICO we assume projects that raised the biggest amount of money. All projects that gained the planned sum of money or even more, may be considered successful, especially if they did that in a short period of time.
Ethereum — $18m
A payment system, the first platform for ICO launching. The majority of companies issue tokens on it. It’s cryptocurrency — ether — became so popular that now is selling on exchange markets along with bitcoin. ICO of the platform itself went for 42 days and attracted 32 000 BTC.
The DAO — $150m
The first startup foundation on the Ethereum platform. By the end of the crowdsale in 28 of May, 2016 the project raised more than 12m ETH. But on 17 of June the website was hacked. Due to the weakness in the code, attackers have stolen more than 3m tokens. Token’s and ether’s price began to fall rapidly. In order to return money the hard fork was performed — this is a change in the code that had frozen the funds and sent them to their new address. Ethereum Classic appeared as a result.
MobileGO — $53m
A cryptocurrency of the mobile game platform GameCredits on Ethereum and Waves. The goal of tokens issue — attraction of players. The token’s owner gets access to tournaments and game market. Within April-May, 2017 the project managed to raise $53m. However they spent only $2m on the development, the rest of the money became developers’ remuneration, which caused discontent among investors.
Storj — $30m
A data storage service that based on computers of users. In May, 2017 it raised $30m in less than a week, with more than half of it — during the first day. From 500m tokens issued, 70m was sold. The sale of the remaining tokens was postponed for six months to ensure that the uncertainty in terms and details of the project will not affect the stock price.
Brave — $73m
The first browser on blockchain with a built-in adblock and possibility of anonymous payments. The browser was created in 2016, ICO was held in May, 2017. The crowdsale brought the project $73m, 35 of which were transferred in the first 30 seconds. A half of BAT-tokens on the basis of Ethereum was obtained by 5 buyers from total 130. One of the participants transferred 20 000 ETH.
Bancor protocol — $140m
A protocol for the exchange of ERC20 standard tokens to any other cryptocurrency on more beneficial terms than those that offered by exchange markets and boards. 12 June, 2017 the project team raised 397 thousand of ethers during first 3 hours and set a new record. During ICO the website and web itself were mulpitlously attacked but despite this the project managed to reach its target.
Status — $95m
A mobile platform for Ethereum with wallet, browser and messenger. The project went on ICO on 20 of June, 2017 with a ready product — not for funds raising, but for creation of the community. And even the major buyers dropped out, the planned 300 000 ETH were gathered in 24 hours. The hype caused a failure in the Ethereum web, and transactions couldn’t be completed right away.
SONM — $42m
A supercomputer based on the technology of fog computing, compatible with the existing platforms of distributed computing. Tokens will be possible to use for buying processing power. During 3 days in June, 2017 the project gathered $42m despite the hacking attacks.
EOS — $700m
The first blockchain operating system. Among other promised advantages — invincibility against DDoS attacks, bandwidth proportional to the number of purchased tokens and contract protocol update without changes in the code. For the first period of ICO from 26 of June to 1 of July, 2017, which means just for 5 days, they managed to attract 653 000 ETH or $170m. By October, 2017 they reached $700m. But this is not the end — the crowdfunding will last till 1 of June, 2018.
Tezos — $232m
A platform based on Ethereum. Its creators have promised to avoid legal and political problems of Ethereum and Blockchain. The project went to ICO with a ready product in July, 2017 and only for 5 first day obtained 53 000 BTC and 271 000 ETH. Tezos attracted 66 000 BTC and 361 000 ETH in total, but by the beginning of 2018 the product still wasn’t launched. On the 1st of November they received the first lawsuit from investors.
Filecoin — $257m
A blockchain database: users provide their computers for rent and get rewards for that. Tokens were sold on August, 2017 on the CoinList platform according the rules of The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 30 minutes after the start the project attracted the record sum — $200m. The total sum, including presale, amounted to $257m.
KIN — $100m
An ERC20 standard cryptocurrency of the Kik messenger. Users will pay it for video, games and other digital products in Kin Ecosystem. More than 300m accounts registered in Kik, with 15m of active users per month. The project’s ICO in September, 2017 attracted 168 000 ETH but this is only a half. More money were raised during a closed presale to cryptocurrency foundations. 60% of issued tokens are reserved as future rewards for system members.
TenX — $83m
A cryptocurrency wallet on the base of Ethereum. Its owners can convert currency, pay for purchases and get bonuses for that. The wallet is connected to the debit card which is accepted in terminals and ATM. Pre-ICO held on 14 of June, 2017 attracted 100 000 ETH, ICO 10 days after — 246 000 ETH. Pay tokens were sold out in 7 minutes. ERC20 tokens were accepted as means of payment.
SALT — $48,5m
A credit platform on Ethereum for loans in national currencies. When applying, matters the amount of cryptocurrency the user has and not its credit history. One need to buy tokens to secure a loan. The available sum depends on the amount of tokens spent — the owner of 10 tokens can expect to get $10 000 loan. The platform was launched in summer 2016. In a year ICO was held and its creators raised $48,5m. Depending on the stage, one token cost 3, 5 or 7 dollars. Large foundations became the main sponsors.