mistergrin’s profile 102
Just your everyday cryptocurrency lover. Here to help build a great community on CC! Fan of privacy coins as you can imagine...
Member since: April 27, 2019
Review Date: June 10, 2020 18:53:57
I used Uniswap v2 exchange for the first time today to swap an ERC20 token for ETH! It worked seamlessly except for 1 very confusing part of their UI/UX experience. Apparently we need to send a transaction 1st from our MetaMask to let Uniswap's smart contract to interact with our token contract on behalf of us. Then we need to press the "Swap" button AGAIN to actually initiate our transaction. After I figured that out, it was instantaneous and smooth. Fees were quite high though and slippage wasn't that great, but that's not really the fault of Uniswap.
Review Date: April 22, 2020 20:29:31
SCAM ALERT! Not to mention their website is inaccessible currently to me (exit scam already?). But they promise 1% or so profit per day from staking using their wallet. They say they work based on "Proof of Stake" but they let you deposit Bitcoin and other Proof of Work coins. Originally I was like ok they lend out the "staked" coins at high interest and give the Yield back to the wallet users. But no, even if that was the case those are at most 7% or so ANNUALLY and StakedWallet is promising 1% DAILY which is ridiculous and Bitconnect levels. STEER CLEAR!
Review Date: April 05, 2020 11:35:38
I haven't personally used Yobit but I did do some research into it after someone reached out to me to cover this exchange (I'm a blogger). There were a LOT of red flags during my due diligence. Many people online were complaining about poor customer service, basic functions not working, them being worried about their funds, etc. With so many exchange out there in the world I definitely would not try this one out. I would guess that at best it would be a Cryptopia (shutting down eventually).
Review Date: March 23, 2020 15:10:20
Was a great source of deep project analysis back in the day. They called great ICOs or other coins/tokens before their boom. Since like they closed shop mid-2019 though, their latest article/tweet was sent out in mid-2019. Can pour one out to yet another one that fell to the crypto bear market. What a shame, these guys were top notch and Victoria was great on their YouTube channel.
Review Date: February 11, 2020 01:13:13
I listen to this podcast because of one of their hosts - Nick. He is great at asking the interesting/tough questions and getting to the bottom of product/design decisions. FTP has super interesting guests from the crypto/blockchain space and they give us a deep look into their journeys when building projects and making decisions. If you're a techie and want a deeper understanding of how other notable builders are operating and how they are thinking through various decisions, then this podcast is a MUST LISTEN.
Review Date: May 01, 2020 23:30:13
Booked a hotel room using Bitcoin and it worked super smoothly. At first I was worried that I would be stranded with no hotel room but I didn't experience any problems whatsoever. Remember when Expedia used to accept Bitcoin but then it stopped because not enough people were using it? That's why we need to fight for every inch of merchant adoption and actually SPEND some Bitcoin every once in a while to foster adoption. Travala is at the forefront of this charge and I applaud their efforts to drive adoption for Bitcoin! I'll start using this site more often in the future as opposed to just using Expedia/Priceline.
Review Date: December 26, 2019 13:28:22
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the Coinmine One at home crypto miner. One one hand, they have a super gorgeous out of box experience and set up is super fast and seamless. They really make it easy for everyone to participate in the crypto ecosystem, even as a small miner or with integration to Dapps/Lightning apps. But also the profitability is going to be negative for a long time when you factor in upfront cost and electricity costs. It will only get to profitability when the coins that you mine rise in price quite a bit. Though if and when the next bull market comes, that could really be the case after all. I only recommend people who want to own one as a hobby to get this - don't get this if you want to maximize your ROI.
Review Date: December 26, 2019 13:25:21
I'm a huge fan of Pepo. I've made about 10 videos so far on their platform. The team is really good at rolling out new features as well after they talk to users and make sure that the new features are hitting at the core of what we desire. There are a handful of content creators on Pepo that I really like and follow. Several of the other creators put out pretty spammy content... but I know that is subjective haha. I think that just requires a little bit of an algo tweak for the newsfeed and better categorization/tagging for videos and it would be perfect! Also it would be awesome if some of the big names in the crypto world would make Pepo videos too!
Review Date: December 31, 2019 12:02:26
Love my MCO visa debit card, can use it to spend my coins at any merchant that accepts Visa... which is everywhere. Also, their customer support is amazing. Super fast response times AND when someone stole my card info and charged it without my permission, Crypto.com reversed it and gave me back my entire balance. Love this card and their support team!
Review Date: December 08, 2019 17:15:00
People are enriching Richard Heart's pockets by falling into greed. This is just like the ppl who knew Bitconnect was a ponzi but participated anyways... we all know what happened there. If you invest into this ponzi coin, you're part of the problem. So far Richard has gotten >$3 million in ETH sent to the token address he likely controls. Also, I don't care what kind of logical gymnastics he uses to claim that HEX isn't a security. I'd be willing to bet my Bitcoin that HEX is an illegal security and will get chased down by the SEC for such. Not sure if Richard plans to never step foot in the U.S. again or maybe he'll just retire in a non-extradition country with his millions. HEX literally does not besides be a fancy sounding ponzi - "certificate of deposit on the blockchain", lol Richard is an amazing marketer and very eloquent debater. Doesn't mean that he's right that this isn't a security at the end of the day like the lawyers on Tone Vay's live stream explained.
Review Date: December 03, 2019 17:23:05
Looks like the scammers are back.... this project is a joke but I am 100% certain it is a scam as well. How do I know? Just look at their Team list. They include Tone Vays and Ian Balina on there, 2 famous crypto influencers but they've both come out and said that they have nothing to do with that project and their identities are being used for a FALSE endorsement. *Sigh* not even bull market yet and so many scams still being launched.
Review Date: December 03, 2019 01:02:23
CRO is like the sibling of the older MCO token. MCO you can use to stake for the Crypto.com debit card, but now they are rapidly adding more and more use cases for the CRO token. Particularly, on their new Crypto.com exchange, you can stake CRO to get discounts on your trading fees just like BNB. Additionally, they are launching the Syndicate or their IEO platform and CRO token holders can get priority allocations and large discounts on projects that list on that platform. I'm a huge fan of their IEO platform model since they don't charge projects huge fees to list. It's free to list, they just have to give large discounts to all CRO holders who also want to buy their project's coins. This is a win-win model, much more reasonable compared to Binance's model of charging tens of thousands for projects to list. Finally all coins that will be added on the Crypto.com exchange will have trading pairs with CRO. This is adding huge liquidity to that coin. I own a little bit of CRO currently but now I'm even more bullish for it in the future!
Review Date: November 17, 2019 23:45:40
(Disclosure: I do not hold any LINK at time of writing) Chainlink or their token LINK has been one of the best performing projects, price-wise, in all of 2019. On the highest level, their project enables the use of "oracles" with smart contracts. Basically if you want to integrate your smart contracts with accurate real-world data then you need oracles. That's why Chainlink is so important for the crypto space. They also have built a technique called Threshold Signatures where a decentralized network of oracles talk to each other and then come to consensus before broadcasting their final result to the network. This is a brilliant approach imo and requires great technical expertise to be able to build such a system. They have a solid team that has made numerous public appearances at major conferences around the world. They've also built great tech that enables provably secure connections to external data. Definitely a project to follow as they've always exuded an aura of professionalism and is doing important work in the crypto space. One thing that I wish they would do is put out a detailed and public roadmap so that we can track their progress and see if they are shipping promptly. (This may change in the future but for now it is not available) If they did that and delivered on their milestones then I would bump their Track Record up to 5 stars.
Review Date: October 26, 2019 12:40:56
I am not a CELR token holder so I won't speak on its performance, but I met the team in person yesterday at a hackathon in San Francisco and I have to say, I'm a big fan of their professionalism and what they've built so far. If you don't know Celer Network, they are a Layer 2 scaling platform but what I'm really excited about is that they are making it easier for game developers to monetize their games with crypto. For example, you can deposit coins, bet an adjustable amount on a game and then play that game against someone else. Whoever wins, gets the total amount bet - a fee (which goes to the game developer). Super interesting model and I hope more and more indie game developers use their platform alongside the other ways they are monetizing their games. I even tried out some of the games already on the CelerX android app and the whole process worked smoothly so yall should definitely try it out!
Review Date: October 25, 2019 12:24:40
Not a fan of this project. It was a bailout that Bitfinex created and I was shocked that they were able to raise $1 billion from this. They were brought back from the dead after governments seized $850 million of theirs (which was held by Crypto Capital https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/44591/ceo-of-crypto-capital-arrested-in-alleged-money-laundering-operation) Anyways this is an exchange token for lower fees and they do token burns, pretty much just like BNB. Early on they were shilled a lot by YouTubers and crypto Twitter. But it's been largely un-inspiring since then. The price rose 2x (or close to 2x) and then now it sank below its $1 original price. Yawn. I'd rather just buy BNB (and yes, disclosure, I do hold BNB)
Review Date: October 16, 2019 12:08:29
Yes I know they are slow at shipping and could benefit from a more structured approach when it comes to the Ethereum Foundation. But alas this is a decentralized project and Vitalik is not CEO. Yet they are pretty damn genius, the leaders behind Ethereum - Vitalik, Vlad, Joe Lubin, etc. I've watched their talks before and they are so damn smart when it comes to the technical side of blockchain and cryptography. Vitalik has heard the critics that say that they have to ship faster so they are working hard on launching ETH 2.0 soon -- which has quite an impressive architecture for scalability improvements (sharding, moving towards Proof of Stake). Not to mention adoption is impressive, DeFi has a record amount of $ locked into its various protocols like MakerDAO, Compound Finance, Augur, etc. I really love this project and the network effects it has created. I think all other smart contract platforms are way behind and even if their tech is "better" they have almost an insurmountable challenge of overtaking Ethereum's current lead.
Review Date: October 11, 2019 12:25:06
Great fan of the team especially Heidi/Chen whom I met in San Jose at a conference a couple years ago. I like their mission in terms of bringing power back to the content creators and their fans. Their website is quality and they've certainly put a lot of thought into their project. BST, their token, also recently was released and launched at Binance's DEX after a short stint trying to do an IEO. My only qualm about this project is that they are focused on their other business much more than trying to get adoption for their Boosto project. If they had more funding, or was able to raise a full token sale, then they might have been able to expand their team and focus fully on the Boosto vision. Unfortunately that seems to have been tabled for now since the crypto markets are still not as popping as it was a couple years ago.
Review Date: October 02, 2019 15:38:51
Zcash and Monero are the 2 best privacy/anonymity coins in my opinion and every other project in this niche pales in comparison. I know a lot of people criticize Zcash because of their more corporate and public approach to development, governance, etc., but I don't think that's a huge deal imho. Zcash is able to attract the worlds' TOP cryptographers to work on their protocol and broader cryptographic ecosystem. I once dove down the rabbit hole on Twitter and discovered that these cryptographers have their own little world on Twitter full of deeply technical discussions of protocols, techniques, and more. Sure they aren't anonymous like a lot of the developers behind Monero but that doesn't mean their research and engineering aren't just as good (if not better). This project pioneered zk-snarks (a zero knowledge approach to cryptography). This and other related approaches let you verify that blockchain transactions are valid without giving out information like how much was in the transaction. Ethereum is even looking to adopt this tech in its protocol to increase its privacy features (I believe on an optional basis). The only criticism I semi-agree with is about the large (10%) Founder's Reward. This is quite a bit and I understand why it's needed - just preferably it was less or wasn't there at all and could take a purely donation approach like GRIN. Anyways, TLDR: This project is 1 of the 2 best privacy projects out there. Period.
Review Date: October 02, 2019 15:27:04
Review Date: October 01, 2019 13:28:39
Disclosure: I do not own any VET. VeChain is a project that many people in the crypto world used to love a ton (especially on Reddit). But during the bear market there was pointed criticism that came out about "deceptive" marketing tactics, unconfirmed partnerships, and so forth. Personally I'm with BitBoy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdRGtZaZG-U) -- while VeChain may not have been the most professional that they could have been, it's hardly fair to call them an outright scam. They have a really public team (with strong experience and a strong network in Asia), have launched their mainnet and executed their token swaps, and also announced partnerships with large companies around the world like BMW, Walmart China, DNVGL, etc. Personally, I will increase my Track Record rating if and when their partnerships really come to fruition and products are launched and real adoption happens. I realize that takes time and so I will be patient and come back and update this review when that happens. In the meantime the VeChain network is pretty dormant with less than 10k transactions happening daily: https://explore.veforge.com/. They are more like a blockchain for enterprises so I don't get the comparisons to Ethereum which is much more open/decentralized and has a much larger network effect. I think the VeChain Thor would be more accurately compared to platforms like Hyperledger or even the newly launched Hedera Hashgraph in terms of their target use cases and target market.
Review Date: September 30, 2019 20:34:23
Tokoin is a very promising project aimed at targeting SMBs (small & medium businesses) in the South East Asia region (starting in Indonesia). Basically their blockchain platform helps SMBs build up their digital identity and reputation so they can access the credit/financing they need in order to grow their business. I've taken a look at their team and they have solid experience both as technologists and as serial entrepreneurs. They also come from Indonesia so they have close personal proximity to their target market. Their TOKO token is used by various entities around their ecosystem as incentives and it also enables access to data and services. The 4 entities are Buyers, Sellers, Service Providers, and Financial Intermediaries. TOKO basically sits in the middle between all of these parties' interactions. Their coin is/was an IEO on Kucoin. They have an abundance of information that you can find on their site but you can also watch this great review video for more information about Tokoin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zWS9uXx-Hk
Review Date: September 27, 2019 19:24:34
WBTC is a great idea since it enables effectively using Bitcoin in and around the Ethereum ecosystem. That means Dapps, DEXs, exchanges, and wallets can all stick with Ethereum nodes but also draw from the liquidity and demand of Bitcoin. A fully verifiable and transparent process governs the minting, burning, and transfer of these WBTC ERC20 tokens for BTC. This is a community-led project from some of the biggest names in the DeFi space: BitGo, Kyber, Ren, Maker, and many more. They've been in operation since early 2019 and have been running smoothly and getting quite a bit of usage so far in terms of volume (around 600 BTC in custody at time of writing). You can get a lot more information from their website here: https://www.wbtc.network/
Review Date: September 23, 2019 14:27:15
Hashgraph is a project that I have followed since their initial announcement in 2018. They use DAG-technology, much like IOTA/Nano. Specifically they utilize Proof of Stake, gossip about gossip, and other techniques to get super fast transaction speeds (10,000+ TPS) for their network. They are not a "blockchain" per-se. They also have a top notch technical team with people like Leemon Baird and more. 2 major things that make me dock some points about this project though: 1) Their code/tech is patented and closed source. This goes against the ethos of crypto in my opinion. I understand why they chose that route but I'm still not a fan. 2) Their pre-sale investors got a HEAVY discount. That's why the price dumped quite a bit when it hit the open market. I don't recommend anyone buying it until it at least touches the pre-sale price first... This video is a great one to watch for more information about Hedera Hasgraph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qf0u_tOEe4
Review Date: August 16, 2019 15:21:05
ETC is still stuck on their high and mighty immutability anti-DAO stance. Besides that they seem to have pretty low interest from the community as seen by their subreddit and forum (https://forum.ethereumclassic.org/) activity. They do however still have developers working on it and are planning to execute a new upgrade fork (Atlantis) soon. I guess another benefit(?) of ETC is that they'll always stay Proof of Work and wont tinker with Proof of Stake scalability solutions like Ethereum (ETH) is. Finally, some lead devs are toying around with the idea of changing their name and removing "Ethereum" from it altogether.
Review Date: August 16, 2019 13:23:37
Originally I was skeptical about this project and thought they should have just integrated TRX instead of made a whole separate token with their own token sale (money grab? *sigh*) But beyond that, Tron was able to acquire a widely used product and bake in a new token ecosystem aimed to improve user experience, so I am hopeful about that. Seems like BitTorrent Speed was released a couple months ago and is working (though limited so far). The marketing language says that this new system will greatly increase download speeds but an article written by TorrentFreak said that, while there was noticeable improvements, the speed increase wasn't *that much*. https://torrentfreak.com/magnificent-bittorrent-speed-or-half-baked-magic-beans-190714/ I guess we'll have to wait and see what else they come up with but hopefully this project will be proof that a token-economy will be useful for a product used by the mainstream public.
Review Date: September 09, 2019 15:21:32
So I did some of my own research into this company after I heard about it in some of my crypto communities. I really recommend this video btw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUahsBHO8j4 Anyways, my opinion of KBC or Karatbars in general is that it is full of hype and un-kept promises. Also many regulators around the world have called it a pyramid scheme (which is obviously unsustainable if not for newbies getting roped in). Now the difference between this scheme and a pure Ponzi is that you actually get small gold pieces if you join their system. However, the true value of those gold cards is a very small percentage of your payment. Most of it goes to "the right to recruit people". Anyways I'd just stay far far away. Go buy just gold or real crypto coins. Not something that's trying to be both and make you recruit people to really make money from your investment...
Review Date: August 04, 2019 23:39:52
OK Upstake Token is definitely a sophisticated looking scam. Here's a post on BitcoinTalk outlining why: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5124000.0 But in short, it's a High Yield Investment Program (HYIP). They GUARANTEE the price of their coin increasing hourly (quoted from their site) --- this is a HUGE red flag. Besides that, it includes so much language about "profits" when that's the furthest thing that you can guarantee to an investor in the crypto space (or just in the regular financial space in general). Finally just read this sentence on their site about their Edge product: "UpStake edge is a secure, safe and easy way to invest with a guaranteed return on your crypto investment." --- they paint the Edge as a network investing product (aka basically a Ponzi scheme) They're also connected to a yet to be opened gambling site called Moolah.bet. Finally no public team as well, pretty sure its 100% anonymous and their founders will exit one day.
Review Date: July 12, 2019 11:04:05
Welp, NovaChain completed their exit scam as of a few days ago. Many smaller YouTubers lost a ton of "money" that they were promised in Novachains "trading bot". Please please PLEASE follow your gut. Most trading bots that seem too good to be true, ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Don't believe people like CryptoPafi below that try to sell you snake oil. Just invest in more legit projects like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Review Date: July 10, 2019 11:50:14
Yet another privacy focused coin. Fun as a side project for 2 anonymous developers... but is it *really* needed? We already have so many great privacy focused coins in this space --- Monero, Zcash, Grin, etc. These devs should just go work on those ecosystems instead. :)
Review Date: July 10, 2019 11:39:28
Oh come on, I just took a look and why do we need YET another Bitcoin fork? Not to mention this one is Proof of Stake and has a lot of features that other Bitcoin fork / similar privacy coins offer. It looks like an amalgamation of different tech out there - masternodes, PoS, privacy tech, etc. No need for this one, so many other more established coins out there that fill their stated purposes.
Review Date: June 21, 2019 08:56:43
Libra isn't as shady as I originally thought. Here are some reasons why: 1) They are led by an independent association for which Facebook is only 1 member out of eventually 100. 2) They want to move to eventually a permission-less blockchain (though we'll see if that ever happens). 3) They wont be vetting developers so people can build whatever they want on top of the platform. (this may not be a good thing though) 4) Anyone can build wallets and other apps for Libra 5) Financial data will be siloed from Facebook's social media data so they can't use your transactions to target you with ads. That said this is still in the very early stages and Facebook is making a huge industry shattering move which is causing many regulators and also competitors to shake in their boots. So I will rate neutral for now and just wait and see.
Review Date: June 17, 2019 13:05:03
Disclosure: I'm not a lawyer. That said, I read very indepth the SEC's action against KIN's parent company Kik and it looks like they are in a world of hurt. I don't care that Kik was able to spin this favorably from a marketing point of view with their Defend Crypto fund. Point is, they pretty much broke ALL the rules that the SEC outlined... AND went ahead with their token sale even though the SEC pretty much warned them not to. They might screw this up for most of the ICOs that launched in 2017 and early 2018. Though I guess I do like them to stand up to the SEC even though it will most likely result in a losing battle and KIN their token getting wrecked pricewise (it already dropped 30% shortly after the news came out)
Review Date: June 13, 2019 11:21:32
This project was shady from the beginning. People in my group were shilling it to me but after taking a look I immediately decided to stay away. They have big name investor backings but my qualms with this project is with its CEO, Max Wong. They misled the public about being part of Facebook's crypto group when they were an employee at Facebook for a year or so. Also on Max's instagram they are constantly using the crypto riches they got from Bgogo to go travel the world, hit up Vegas, party and what not. Definitely seems like a huge money grab and I hate them for doing it.
Review Date: June 06, 2019 20:24:47
Looks like a legit oil and gas company in Russia. They can use blockchain in their business for their stated reasons -- that's totally fine. But their token is pretty useless - just to get investment pretty much. They can use blockchain in their business without a publicly traded token. This is a money grab unfortunately.
Review Date: May 31, 2019 12:10:47
Definitely do not see any need for this project at all.... dentistry on the blockchain? What a joke! Definitely one of the most laughable projects to come out of the 2017 bull market. At least they are still active on social media and haven't exit scammed even after almost 2 years so I can't give them the shadiest review but still I think this project has no reason to exist and no reason to use their token. Just find a dentist that accepts Bitcoin instead!
Review Date: May 15, 2019 22:54:01
Why is this project getting brigaded and shilled by so many people? Definitely not a professional look especially when their reviews are so devoid of any information. Anyways their supposed goal of saving animals is noble for sure but they don't need their own token for this. They can just raise Bitcoin or what not. This is likely a way for the founders to print their own money. I'll just leave it at that. So.... Brigading + No real Token Utility = STAY AWAY!
Review Date: May 15, 2019 17:36:18
In late April 2019, Bitfinex and Tether's parent company iFinex got "outed" by New York financial regulators for "losing" $750 million of Tether funds in late 2018. At that point, their USDT/Tethers were no longer backed 1-to-1 with US dollars anymore. Many crypto influencers are saying this may cause a "bank run" with everyone trying to withdraw funds from Bitfinex - much like Mt. Gox 2.0. Twitter analyst @Bitfinexed especially has been calling out all the shady stuff regarding Bitfinex for years and this recent event has given him a lot more ammo. Personally I don't care if Tether stays or dies since there are a lot more stablecoin options in the marketplace these days. I'd stay away from Tether and definitely do not HODL Tether for long periods of time. Update (May 2019): Bitfinex raised $1billion from Chinese investors to fully recoup their Tether imbalance. Still a lot of shadiness and lack of info surrounding that debacle but for now I won't rate it the worst rating.
Review Date: April 30, 2019 17:33:31
Really not a fan of Tron since its inception all the way to present day. They plagiarized a bunch of stuff for the project and their marketing is incredibly disingenuous. Their CEO Justin Sun is the scum of crypto with his hype/buzz filled marketing. That's the LAST thing we need in crypto after the long crypto winter. Recently Justin Sun tweeted about a "Liverpool partnership" and it turned out to just be some generic sales pitch that the Liverpool execs sent to a bunch of companies. The media and Crypto social media fell for it and then instantly people roasted Justin (deservedly so) when it was turned out to be way overhyped and not even a real partnership. Screw Justin, he will never become Vitalik (who he wishes he was). More info: https://cointelegraph.com/news/tron-ceo-justin-sun-hints-at-partnership-with-liverpool-fc