Why Do Businesses Go Crypto? An Empirical Analysis of Initial Coin Offerings
36 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2017 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018
Date Written: January 6, 2018
In this work, we provide the first comprehensive description of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) phenomenon, which by the end of 2017 allowed startups around the world to raise more than $5.3 billion, according to market observers. We analyze the determinants of the success of these token offerings by considering a sample of 253 campaigns. We find that the probability of an ICO’s success is higher if the code source is available when a token presale is organized, and when tokens allow contributors to access a specific service (or to share profits). Our results provide valuable insights into this new source of capital for businesses and the key determinants of fundraising success.
Keywords: Initial Coin Offerings, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain
JEL Classification: G32, G38
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