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A hybrid proof of work / proof of service system offers a unique way to financially incentivise the operation of full nodes. Loki leverages these incentivised nodes to create a secondary network of privacy focused services. Access to these services is limited by cryptographic keys, which represent a commitment to a precomputed proof of work. These keys can be mined or purchased using Loki, the underlying currency. Loki is built from a modified version of the Monero source code, giving all transactions a high degree of privacy.

Rating: 3.8

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Web-resources:   Whitepaper Website
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Product source tracking: https://github.com/Loki-project
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Detailed review

Stage of product development
The Github of the project was created in November 2013, but the activity started around April 2014. MVP is not yet ready. Release of the Mainnet - PoW Cryptonight mining planned for April 2018.
Returns since ICO
USD
0.2x
ETH
0.0x
BTC
0.0x
Market & returns
CS token price
Market Cap
USD
0.19805257 -6.27%
$ 6293763.00
ETH
0.00229893
24h Volume
BTC
0.00005980
$ 12960.96


Token description
Pre-ICO date
-
ICO date
01.03.2018 - 26.03.2018
Token price
N/A
Platform
Own platform
Hard cap
9027000
Soft cap
9027000
Capitalization of token pool
15300000
Blockchain
Own blockchain
Token distribution date
N/A
Consensus method
Proof of Work
Escrow
N/A
ICO currencies
USD , ETH
Bounty camping
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3016125.0
Markets
N/A
Token functions
the Loki tokens shall be used to provide miners and service node runners with incentives as well as for operating a service node; anyone wanting to operate a service node will need to stake Loki tokens based on the block height. Loki tokens will play a major role in the operation of the network’s service nodes in a responsible manner and in the development of more blocks within the Loki system. The Loki tokens are focusing more on creating value for the miners and service node operators on the platform, there is not a lot of information on whether these tokens will also be used in some SNApps based marketplace that the network might provide in the future.
Tokens distribution
Private Sale (59.0%)
Reserve Fund (5.0%)
Advisors (6.0%)
Developers (17.0%)
Seed (13.0%)
Risks
MARKET

Status and Mainframe are two blockchain messaging service projects that provide people with the ability to communicate with one another and carry out transactions in a secure and private manner.

PRODUCT

Many of the solutions that Loki is working on are in fact proposed by the team behind Monero itself, should the Monero Network undergo an upgrade, it might be able to stand next to Loki. There is no information about how will the Loki token’s value be sustained and increased other than using them to incentivize the running of service nodes and mining The project is still in an early state, SNApp prototypes and the SNApp Software development kit will not be introduced before 2019. It is not clear if another messenger will be demanded by the larger audience.

BUSINESS MODEL

Does little to ensure the sustainability of its native currency other than having it play a role in the node operation of the network

FINANCES

Currently, there is not any information available on how funds from the token will be allocated.

TEAM

CEO of the project does not have strong technical background and is majored in Music. CTO of the project is still studying his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. One of the engineers does not mention Loki on his social network pages. No team member with significant token sale structure expertise No team member with significant token economics expertise

Full analysis
Market

The necessity to verify identification across practically all of the major exchanges globally has all but negated the anonymity side of transacting in bitcoin and while it’s still theoretically possible through offline wallets and peer to peer transactions, it’s inconvenient at best. In line with this, a wave of cryptocurrencies has popped up promising to overcome the privacy issues associated with bitcoin and, in turn, to offer users a way to transact anonymously and securely once again – be that across an underground marketplace or otherwise. Of this wave of alternatives, one stands head and shoulders above the rest – Monero (XMR). This kind of cryptocurrencies are in demand, however their complete anonymity makes them vulnerable to possible regulations.

Product

The Github of the project was created in November 2013, but the activity started around April 2014. Loki draws heavily on the Monero source code. Loki integrates a Service Node system similar to the masternode system used by DASH. This means that a percentage of the block reward goes to a network of nodes, economically incentivising them to operate. These Service Nodes have two key functions: they provide greater network resilience, and also act as a secondary network that can perform various functions. Loki uses ring signatures in the same way that Monero does. Loki will enable a system similar to the Dash implementation of masternodes. However, it will slightly differ from the Dash system; Loki proposes to introduce a dynamically adjusting Service Node collateral requirement. The minimum amount of Loki required to run a node will decrease over time, ensuring that as time passes and adoption increases, the financial barrier to running a Service Node is reduced, facilitating the creation of a large network of Service Nodes. Then, Loki aims to build Service Node Applications (SNApps) on top of these SN and use their services to reliably store and serve private messages. The first SNApp to be developed on the Loki network will be a decentralised, end-to-end encrypted private messaging service called Loki Messenger. Loki Messenger is not yet ready and the MVP conditions are not clear.

Business model

Loki’s core objective is privacy. It is built off Monero, a cryptocurrency that has established itself as one of the most secure and private transaction networks to date. Loki does not aim to compete with Monero. Rather, it utilises proven Monero privacy features as the foundation for a network of Service Nodes that enable a second layer of services. These Service Nodes use an architecture similar to other private internet protocols like Tor and I2P to enable private communications on the Loki network.

Finances

Distributions of founders and consultants follow a 12-month blocking schedule: 20% is issued at the time of the launch of Loki tokens, the remaining 80% will be issued quartely, 20% for each quarter. It is not clear how the funds will be spent, this information is not provided by the team. Post-money valuation corresponds to the median value of comparable companies and will be around 15M USD.

Team

The Loki development team is made up of seven individuals who have an ample amount of experience with blockchain development, cryptography and in dealing with cryptocurrencies. The developers have previously worked on other blockchain based projects as well, several team members have had experience working with Monero so they have a solid understanding of how this network works. However, the amount of experience is not that vast. Tom Wignet was one of the core developers of Monero and wrote 120K+ lines of code in it. One of the engineers does not mention Loki on his social network pages. The project has quite strong advisory board, some of them advised successful projects, such as Request Network, before. CEO of the project does not have strong technical background and is majored in Music. CTO of the project is still studying his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. There are no team members with significant token sale structure and token economics expertise.

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