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Digital assets

An address is an account number that is used in different decentralized transactions.

An address is the transfer destination on which you will either receive or send digital assets. The address can be either a user-owned one of her/his wallet, or it can be a smart-contract address. An address is a long alphanumeric string, which is public. The transactions that take place on a public address are visible on the blockchain by other participating nodes.

This was the first cryptocurrency to gain mainstream momentum.

Being a digital asset and a complete payment system, Bitcoin was created by an anonymous programmer or a team of programmers under the moniker of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin (BTC) is one of the strongest cryptocoins available today, and its market cap is robust. However, because of its anonymous background, this cryptocoin does not enjoy the support of a well-recognized trade union or organization.

The digital asset trading is done using a BTC trading pair only. That is why any fluctuations in the price of Bitcoins may affect digital tradable assets.

DAO is an acronym that stands for decentralized autonomous organization and is based and functions on smart contracts.

This organization runs through a set of rules that are encoded as full-fledged computer programs called smart contracts. The financial transaction records of a DAO are maintained over a blockchain. However, the exact legal status of such an organization is still unclear.

These assets are converted into a digital (binary) format.

In essence, a digital asset is everything that is present in a binary form and that comes with the complete right to use. All the files that do not enjoy such a right are not regarded as assets. Digital assets range from images to textual content and multimedia files.

This is a digital asset that has value and other functional properties.

This token is a form of cryptocurrency that is used within the crypto project developed and is managed by the token issuer. The contributors in this app/service/crypto project are paid for their contributions and efforts in app coins or tokens. These tokens are easily converted to any other cryptocurrency or even traditional fiat currencies on crypto exchanges.

This is a decentralized program that functions on a set of defined rules. These rules are developed using scripting languages, which can be dynamically created or integrated within a protocol.

A smart contract is a computer protocol facilitating, verifying, or enforcing the performance or negotiation of a contract or logic. When a smart contract is executed, no form of contractual abuse is possible. Smart contracts have a user interface and even emulate the underlying logic found in a traditional contract. The proponents of a smart contract may claim that a number of contractual clauses should be fully or partially self-enforced or self-executed. With smart contracts, the users will enjoy unmatched security that is not found in any traditional contract law. In addition, for smart contracts, the associated transactional costs are very low.


Follow these instructions to participate in an Ethereum-based token’s crowd sale.

Three steps of participating in the token sale
  • First, buy Ether coins from a cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Transfer the Ether currency to any of the compatible wallets.
  • Last, send a predefined deposit to the token sale address with accurate gas limit values and correct data.

Incorrect gas limit

If your set gas limit value is very low, then your transactions will be automatically rejected and refunded. These rejected and refunded transactions may not be reflected in the blockchain’s explorer.

No data field set

If you forget to give a correct data value to your transactions, then your transactions will be automatically rejected and refunded. In such cases, the transaction appears within the blockchain explorer with an error code such as “Invalid jump”.

Sending the transaction too early

The transaction will be rejected if the token sale has been assigned a specific start time and you send the joining fee too early.

A list of different Ethereum wallets that you may use for storing the tokens and participating in the ICO token sale is given below. To join an ICO token sale, you need either a wallet app or a wallet website where you can hold all the private keys. These keys are important for correctly interacting with different smart contract functions such as transferring tokens.

You should never participate in a token sale directly from the address of your cryptocurrency exchange account. In any case, you will need an Ethereum wallet that is capable of storing the tokens based on the ERC20 standard.

Compatible wallets
  • MyEtherWallet (no download needed)
  • Parity (Desktop)
  • Mist (Desktop)
  • MetaMask (Firefox and Chrome browser add-on)
  • imToken (Android)
  • imToken (iPhone)
  • Cipher (Android)
  • Cipher (iPhone)
  • Trust (iPhone)
  • Trust (Android)

Instructions for buying tokens from compatible wallets

The top four wallets used for buying and selling tokens are MyEtherWallet, Cipher, imToken, and Parity. Other than these, a few other trustable wallets in the same category include Mist, MetaMask, and Trust.

Here is the list of instructions that you should follow for participating in an ICO campaign using your MyEtherWallet.

  • Sign in to your MyEtherWallet account.
  • Click the tab Send Ether & Tokens from the main menu.
  • Afterwards, you will need to copy and paste the crowd sale address to the Address field (the address will belong to the receiver to whom you are sending the Ether coins).
  • Enter the total amount of the ETH coins for which you would like to buy the tokens.
  • Fill in the complete Gas Limit.
  • Click on the button +Advanced: Add Data that is located right below the Gas Limit button.
  • Copy and paste the complete data present in your crowd sale account to the main Data Field.
  • Once all fields are filled, you need to cross-check the Data and Address fields.
  • Click Generate Transactions and record the Txhash for future reference.

Follow each of the instructions mentioned below to participate in a crowd sale of Ethereum-based tokens using Cipher.

  • Sign up on the Cipher Wallet using your smartphone.
  • In the wallet page, you need to click on the Send button.
  • The sender address will be chosen by default. Afterward, just copy and paste the address present on the crowd sale account—the same one where you are supposed to send the ETH coins (the Recipient Address field).
  • Fill the amount of ETH coins that you need for buying the tokens within the field of Amount to Send.
  • Copy and paste all the data from the crowd sale account to the field, Transaction Data.
  • Then, click on Continue.
  • The gas price will be filled as default in the Total Amount section that includes the fee field of Estimated Gas. (You can manage the field’s value if it is high after analyzing the Gas Price.)
  • Double-check the field of Data and Address.
  • Finally, click on Approve and record the Txhash for future reference. 

Log in to the imToken wallet through your smartphone’s app.

  • Select ETH from the available cryptocurrency names visible in your app-based wallet.
  • Once you have selected Ether, you need to click the Send button located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Within the ETH Send screen, go to the Advanced tab; there, you will see Data and Custom Gas field.
  • Copy and paste the crowdsale account’s address to the Account field. This field will carry the Receiver’s address.
  • Key in the total amount of ETH coins for which you will buy the tokens in the Amount field.
  • Enter the Gas Price along with Custom Gas.
  • Afterward, copy and paste the data present in the crowd sale Account field to the Data field.
  • Cross-check the values present in the Data and Address fields.
  • Finally, click Next to confirm the requested payments.

Here is a step-by-step instructional guide to participating in an Ethereum-based token crowd sale through the Parity wallet.

  • Log in to the Parity wallet from your computer system.
  • Click Transfer to create a new transaction.
  • Select Ethereum as the currency type that you will be using to buy tokens.
  • Copy and paste the crowd sale account’s address; this will be the address where you need to send your ETH coins for buying tokens.
  • Enter the amount of Ether coins for which you will buy tokens; enter the amount in the Transfer field.
  • Click Next.
  • Afterwards, you will need to copy and paste the data of the crowd sale account in the Transaction Data Field.
  • Select No Conditions in Condition After Transaction Activates.
  • The value in the Gas field will be set by default; you may change the value in case you want to process the transactions quickly.
  • Once everything is done, you should double-check the values present in the Data and Address fields.
  • Finally, you need to click Send and jot down the Txhash for future reference.


Also known as CMF, Coin Managed Fund is a digital asset that is equivalent to actively managed funds.

Abbreviated to CTF, Coin Traded Fund is a digital asset that is similar to an exchange traded fund.

Also known as ICO, this is a campaign that is all about kick-starting the crowdfunding of a digital asset.


This is a renowned crypto exchange.

BitTrex is a large crypto exchange that offers a range of trading pairs with Bitcoin. These trading pairs are made with key cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin and DarkCoin. This exchange even offers Ethereum and NeuCoin. The crypto exchange includes coins that have a high turnover, and the security provided by BitTrex is top-class.

This platform offers services to trade digital assets and cryptocoins for fiat currencies or other digital assets.

These platforms can be market makers that take the ask/bid spreads as proper transactional commissions for the services; as a matching platform, they can also charge fees. These exchange platforms can be either digital outlets or brick-and-mortar businesses.

This is a popular open-source software development repository hosting service.

GitHub is a hosting service that is based on the Git repository present on the web. This platform offers different functionalities including source code management and distributed version control. Also, the users can add their own features on this platform. It even offers several collaboration features and access controls such as feature requests, bug tracking, wikis, and task management for a variety of crypto projects.

This platform has emerged as a very popular digital asset trading service.

Also known as Polo, Poloniex is a crypto-to-crypto exchange that is located in the US. The site has a range of features offering an immersive trading experience. With the capabilities to analyze trade charts, provide the latest newsfeed, and offer a live chat service, this platform has made crypto-to-crypto trading simple, streamlined, and profitable. As an exchange entirely dedicated to cryptocurrencies, Poloniex provides exceptional security.

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This is a dedicated chat app for the crypto community.

Telegram is a cloud-enabled instant messaging service. Clients use this chat app on either desktop systems (OS X, Windows, or Linux) or mobile platforms (iOS, Android, or Ubuntu Touch). Through this app, the users will find it simple to send messages and do a lot of other activities such as exchanging photos, videos, files, and stickers.


Often described as a purely decentralized ledger, a blockchain may have a number of other functionalities such as user scripting.

A blockchain is a distributed database maintaining a growing list of different records that are immutable and that cannot be tampered with. Every block includes a timestamp and a clear link to the previously mined block.

Conceived in 2008, a blockchain is the key technical innovation on which Bitcoin was built.

A codebase is the origin of a project’s source code.

A codebase is a collection of source codes that can be used for building a simple software component, a specific software application or an entire system. In general, a codebase comprises only those source-code files that are written and executed by humans. That is why a source code will never include binary library files or those files that are generated using different tools. Nevertheless, a source code may include property and configuration files. A codebase is generally stored in repositories such as GitHub.

Consensus is an agreement that has taken place on a decentralized network to make significant changes. The difficulty of achieving consensus may vary depending on a project’s scope.

The word consensus is a problematic, ambiguous word that may mean a number of things in the world of Bitcoin. In the world of cryptocoins, such as Bitcoins, the word consensus is used in a variety of ways. As it may cause confusion, the use of consensus should be avoided.

The consensus algorithm plays a big role in managing and maintaining a blockchain’s efficiency and safety.

In short, a consensus algorithm in blockchain is used to manage the decentralized ecosystem’s security. Through this algorithm, all the different nodes managing a blockchain will reach an agreement on the value of a single data set that is distributed across the network.

This is the method of action adopted by a blockchain and its projects to decide what changes need to be introduced within the decentralized system.

This is a process by which the protocol designates a number of entities that are based on several factors that will secure all the transactions happening on the network.

This is a mathematical way of analyzing and verifying all the transactions taking place in a blockchain. Mining is done in a completely decentralized, secure manner. The participants in mining are rewarded if they process a transaction and add it to a block in the chain.

Mining is a process of recording different transactions on a blockchain. The network nodes present on a blockchain work to successfully process a transaction on a block. The main objective of mining is to achieve a consensus between all the network nodes; that is when a transaction will be considered legitimate.

Pre-mining is a simple process through which the creators of a completely decentralized token earmark a specific portion of the currency for themselves.

Pre-mining can be done by allocating the funds before the currency’s launch or before officially releasing the coin’s information publicly to other miners. Also known as instamine, this process has to be done in a fair manner to ensure that the coin’s value is not distorted in the near future.

This is a mechanism to secure the entire decentralized network by honoring all the entities that hold the system’s funds.

A few systems use delegates whereby a few entities on the network are rewarded handsomely for ensuring that the network’s positivity is maintained. Put simply, this is the method for making sure that a distributed consensus is achieved across the entire blockchain.

Also known as shard, this is the process of doing a horizontal partition of the data present on the database such as a blockchain or a search engine.

Every single partition happening on a blockchain or a centralized database is referred to as a shard. An individual database shard is contained within a separate instance located on a database server; this activity is performed for spreading the load within the network.

This is a testing network for a decentralized blockchain-based project. In this phase, the users test all the experimental features of a crypto project.

As an alternative Ethererum or Bitcoin blockchain, a testnet is simply used for testing the decentralized project. All the testnet coins are separate from the actual coins and do not have any real value. Because of this phase, the Bitcoin testers or application developers are allowed to test all the different features of the project.

A token is a value issued by a company that is developing a crypto-based project.

A token is sold through a crowd sale by the company that is behind the crypto project. (The company is often referred to as the token issuer.) These crowd sale events are known as an ICO, and the value that is sold in this phase is known as a token.


This is an organization that takes part in the decentralized project with a purpose that can be anything except making a profit.

As a nonprofit organization, these companies are dedicated to taking a specific social cause a step further and an NPO does so by advocating a specific point of view. In trying economic times, an NPO will use its own surplus revenues to achieve a specific mission or purpose.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has given a statement for all the firms that are launching their ICO campaigns. According to this statement, every firm involved in ICOs should carry out regulated investment activities. These firms need to conform to a number of relevant legislations such as:

  • Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive
  • Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)
  • Prospectus Directive
  • Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is responsible for regulating the financial markets within the US. This government agency has jurisdiction over every new ICO campaign that is selling tokens to American consumers. While it is easily possible to develop a legal ICO campaign in the US, the SEC follows a distinct set of rules for checking the tradability of an ICO campaign, and this test is referred to as the Howey Test. The ICOs failing the Howey Test are subject to every single regulation that is applicable for public stocks. The companies rolling out their ICOs should also be registered with FTC and should comply with strict securities law.


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