VeriME ICO Review & VME Token Analysis
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VeriME ICO Overview
The VeriME ICO and VME Token offer a new way to conduct KYC based on blockchain technology. KYC compliance is a rapidly emerging challenge for enterprises, with an average onboarding period of 26 days for financial institutions.
Anyone who has participated in an ICO is already familiar with how frustrating and time consuming this process can be. Manual KYC processing incurs high costs due to the human resources required, and leaves institutions more vulnerable to data leaks and fraud. This issue is encountered consistently by consumers across sectors- applying for insurance, credit cards, and even making purchases from eCommerce sites, all require identity verification of some sort.
VeriME ICO Value Proposition
The VeriME ICO is offering a blockchain based “Verification as a Service” [VaaS] product to address inefficiencies of current KYC solutions. The VeriME platform facilitates a streamlined KYC process for customers and merchants, which in turn, will lead to a faster, more cost-efficient sales cycle. The platform consists of two major components – D-KYC and D-Secure.
D-KYC is a digital identity verification platform that facilitates the KYC process remotely and completely online without requiring customers to meet, fill out forms and submit documents. This is made possible through the VeriME App.
The VeriME App allows a customer to simply take a photo of his or her identity document along with a selfie. VeriME automatically uses facial-recognition software to match the face on the identity document with the selfie, and then pulls all required data from the document itself. Users then scan their fingerprint, and an immutable, digital identity is created, secured on the blockchain.
D-Secure allows for instantaneous authentication of VeriME users. For enterprises, this solution has the added benefit of providing full chargeback/dispute protection. Merchants can make requests via their websites or directly to the VeriME App itself. Web requests for authentication simply require scanning a QR code with the VeriME App. Authentication requests can also be sent to the app directly and verified via fingerprint.
Not only is the process of customer onboarding made simpler and more efficient, but additional costs can be avoided by the reduced risk of data leaks, identity theft and fraud.
The VME Token (ERC-20) is the underlying means of value transaction within the VeriME ecosystem. Enterprise users will use VME to conduct KYC procedures via the platform. VeriME will offer a Basic and Advanced service, depending on the scenario, which differ in price. VeriME have incorporated several incentive mechanisms for both the D-KYC and D-SECURE systems to encourage adoption and sustainability of the ecosystem.
The first 2,000 Partners to integrate VeriME for D-KYC will be awarded enough VME to conduct 10,000 Basic D-KYC transactions. The tokens will be non-transferable until the partner organization has reached this threshold so as to discourage abuse of the incentive system.
As another incentive for customers to adopt the system, a usage fee equivalent of 1/2 or 1/3 of the service fee per D-KYC transaction will be rewarded to each customer for using VeriME for identity verification.
VeriME ICO Team
Nguyen Hoa Binh is the Founder of VeriME. He currently serves as Group CEO and Founder of NextTech Group, a multinational conglomerate of 40+ companies in commerce, logistics and fintech with an annual revenue over $90 million. Prior to NextTech, he became well known in Vietnam for founding PeaceSoft, a leading group in the e-Commerce and e-Payment industry.
Sanjeev Kumar is Co-founder of VeriME. Sanjeev has 20 years of experience in the digital payments industry. Prior to VeriME, Sanjeev served as Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Omise, the Thai payments start-up that spawned OmiseGo. Sanjeev also held various senior leadership positions in the payments sector, including 6 years as a Senior Manager with Visa.
Nguyen Phu is CEO of VeriME. He formerly worked with NextTech Group, designing and developing ERP systems for corporate governance and has spent the last three years researching blockchain applications for such use cases.
According the the VeriME Whitepaper, CTO Le Van Luong has 9 years of experience in fintech, biometrics and telecom, in addition to more recent work with payment systems and cryptocurrency. He also previously served as Head of the Research and Development wing of the Vietnam Science Academy. His LinkedIn page, however, has not been updated to reflect his work experience.
On the adviser end, entrepreneur and blockchain consultant Nathan Christian is lending his hand. He is also serving in an advisory capacity with other projects such as Friendz and Omnitude.
Stuart Thornton is also serving in an advisory capacity to the VeriME ICO. He has previously advised ICOs such as TenX and is an experienced business mentor. He has experience in various leadership capacities with companies such as Vodaphone and World Pay.
The complete list of the team can be found here.
VeriME ICO Strengths and Opportunities
VeriME already have an offchain product which is available on Google Play and the App Store. Their offchain app has been utilized by more than 30,000 users in a number of pilot projects with 15 companies in Vietnam. Among the most impressive partner companies are WeShop, one of Southeast Asia’s largest eCommerce sites, and NganLuang.vn, Vietnam’s largest online payment gateway.
Besides these pilot projects, VeriME has already solidified a number of other strategic partnerships. Vietnam Military Bank recently joined with VeriME as a verification partner, with CEO Vu Thanh Trung emphasizing the need for improved identity verification and authentication solutions. This is a positive indicator from a regulatory angle, as the Vietnamese government stance toward cryptocurrency is currently being debated by top financial officials.
Beyond Vietnam, VeriME also secured a partnership with Moin, a South Korean blockchain based cross-border remittance service provider. The VeriME ICO has made tremendous progress securing large-scale partnerships for the product.
VeriME ICO Weaknesses and Threats
KYC is one area in particular where blockchain has the potential to drastically improve current practices. As with any area where both tech and timing are perfect, there’s bound to be a lot of contenders in the market. Thomson Reuters have launched their own Ethereum based digital identity product, with KYC onboarding being one of many use cases set for trials.
In the ICO space, Traceto.io has also garnered attention for their own KYC onboarding solution. While a couple of emerging contenders may not seem much of an issue, the market valuation of the entire anti-money laundering software market (KYC being a part) is predicted to reach $1.4 billion by 2023.
With such a small market valuation, the success of VeriME will rely heavily on capturing the regional Asian market where they already have developed relationships with governments and enterprises. VeriME have posted a comparison of the platform to other KYC providers on Medium.
The Verdict on VeriME ICO
The VeriME ICO is run by a highly capable team who have already demonstrated their ability to deliver through a working offchain product and myriad of partnerships. That said, targeting a market with a relatively low valuation places a limit on long-term growth prospects, especially with the threat of competition from established tech players introducing their own solutions.
As a Top 10% rated ICO, we will be placing a small bet on VeriME.
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VERIME ICO REVIEW SCORES
The VeriME ICO is a strong solution to an emerging challenge. Know Your Customer requirements are likely to continue and possibly even become more stringent, both in the ICO world and in the wider financial markets. However, even with strong market penetration the company will be limited by the scope of the opportunity, and threats from established players may limit their total market possibilities further.
Progress To Date……………………8.8
Community Support & Hype…..7.9
Price & Token Distribution……..5.4
- Promising number of quality partnerships with enterprises and government
- Lead team members highly experienced in fields of FinTech and eCommerce
- Immediate use utility for blockchain product
- Relatively low market valuation for AML/KYC products
- High risk of competition from established tech companies
- Little progress on blockchain integration
Today’s Date: 2/27/18
Project Name: VeriME
Token Symbol: VME
White Paper: https://www.verime.mobi/static/dl/whitepaper.pdf
Crowdsale Hard Cap: $30 million
Total Supply: 1 billion
Token Distribution: 30% to crowdsale, 21% to partner incentives, 18% to token reserve, 15% to VeriMe team, 10% to bonuses, 3% for bounties, 3% for advisors
Price per Token: 1 VME = 0.000333333 ETH or 1 ETH = 3000 VME Tokens
Maximum Market Cap (at crowdsale price): $100 million
Accepted Payments: ETH, BTC, LTC, USDT, NEO, XRP, SGD, USD
Bonus Structure: March 1st – 8th (20%), 9th – 15th (15%), 16th – 22nd (10%), 23rd – 31st (5%)
Presale Terms: N/A
Important Dates: March 1st Crowdsale
Expected Token Release: TBA
Additional Info: https://www.verime.mobi/ico
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Progress To Date
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Community Support & Hype
Having a strong community is one of the fundamental building blocks of any strong blockchain project. It is important that the project demonstrates early on that it is able to generate and build a strong and empowered support base.
The ICO marketplace is becoming more crowded and more competitive. While in the past it was enough to merely announce an offering, today’s successful ICO’s work hard to build awareness and excitement around their offering.
Price & Token Distribution
One of the biggest factors weighing any analysis is price. The lower the price the more there is to gain. But too low of a price may result in an under capitalized project. It is therefore important to evaluate price relative to the individual project, its maturity and the market it is going after.
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Things don’t always go as planned but addressing issues and keeping the community and investors in the loop can make or break a project.