Understanding Initial Coin Offerings

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Understanding Initial Coin Offerings

A New Era of Decentralized Finance

9781803921570 Edward Elgar Publishing
Dmitri Boreiko, Assistant Professor of Corporate Finance, Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Publication Date: March 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 157 0 Extent: 274 pp
Delving into the comprehensive evolution of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), this innovative book traces their origins and transition into modern forms such as Security Token Offerings, Initial Exchange Offerings, Initial DEX Offerings, and Non-Fungible Tokens. It provides an in-depth analysis of the factors behind the appeal of ICOs, the complex ecosystem surrounding them, and the key developments within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.

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Delving into the comprehensive evolution of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), this innovative book traces their origins and transition into modern forms such as Security Token Offerings, Initial Exchange Offerings, Initial DEX Offerings and Non-Fungible Tokens. It provides an in-depth analysis of the factors behind the appeal of ICOs, the complex ecosystem surrounding them, and the key developments within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.

Countering common misconceptions such as equating ICOs with fraud, Dmitri Boreiko emphasizes the need for robust regulation in the field. Chapters explore the economics of ICOs, offer practical research guidance and navigate the complexities of ICO regulation. The book concludes by highlighting emerging mechanisms in blockchain fundraising, focusing on the increased security, transparency, and flexibility of newer mechanisms.

Concise and incisive, this is a timely read for economics students focusing on ICOs and blockchain applications, as well as fintech more broadly. Written in an accessible style, blockchain practitioners, investors and entrepreneurs, and start-ups in tech will also find this to be an interesting read.
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‘An essential read that demystifies ICOs, providing a comprehensive exploration of their place in entrepreneurial finance. This book aligns technology, practice, and research illustrating the vibrant evolution and dynamic complexities of this novel funding approach. The insights are critical for better understanding current and future developments in entrepreneurial finance.’
– Christian Fisch, University of Luxembourg (SnT), Luxembourg

‘Boreiko‘s book is the book on ICOs.’
– Paul P. Momtaz, Technical University of Munich, Germany
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