Brand Tokenization and Monetization Through Cryptocurrencies

14 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2017

Date Written: October 18, 2017


A Company's Brand image is an intangible asset. Though Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) try to capture Brand Value, a company's share value is a result of several factors like performance, initial capital, investor identity etc. Moreover, time needed for a company to be listed runs into several months. Therefore, immediate capitalization of Brand Value is not possible. Initial Coin Offerings on the other hand deliver a wide range of possibilities not provided by IPOs. Most important among them is Brand Tokenization and Monetization.

This paper explores Brand Tokenization and Monetization through ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). Firstly, the concept of Brands and cryptocurrencies are explained. Then the concept of ICOs is discussed. I envisage a scenario where a company tokenizes its Brand and attempts to monetize it. We then evaluate the advantages that can accrue from such a venture. The paper concludes as to how Brand Tokenization and monetization can be realized through cryptocurrencies and its impact on future businesses.

Keywords: ICO, IPO, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum, Ether, Brand

JEL Classification: D86, F23, G32, L1, O16, O33

Suggested Citation

Hegadekatti, Kartik, Brand Tokenization and Monetization Through Cryptocurrencies (October 18, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Kartik Hegadekatti (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

New Delhi, 110003

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