Datawallet ICO Review – Take Back Control of Your Data While Earning Extra Income
Currently, third party companies collect our data and sell it on. It’s our data so why aren’t we the ones who decide which data to sell and how much to sell it for?
Datawallet is an ambitious project who wants to put users back in control of their own data. In this article and video, we will be carrying out our review of Datawallet.
YOU WILL LEARN:
What Is Data Wallet?
What Are Data Brokers?
How Can You Sell Your Data For Money?
Should You Invest In Datawallet?
- What Is Datawallet?
- How Will Datawallet Work?
- What Problems Will Datawallet Solve?
- Will Datawallet Token Prices Increase?
- The Team
- Barriers to Success
- Extra Points
- Datawallet ICO Details
- Follow Future Posts
1. WHAT IS DATAWALLET?
In Their Words:
- A blockchain-powered data exchange that puts people in charge of their data and empowers developers to bring the next generation of world-class applications to life.
In Our Words:
- Datawallet is a project that will allow us to take ownership of our personal data and, in turn, allow us to make extra income IF we choose to sell our data to advertisers.
2. HOW WILL DATAWALLET WORK?
There are two perspectives to consider when discussing Datawallet; Data Providers (regular people like you and me) and Data Requesters (companies who want to use our data). Let’s begin with Data Provider.
Data Providers (Regular People):
First, we will first download the Datawallet App. From here, the Datawallet app presents the user with a data inventory overview.
This will show us a list of all the data available, split into categories such as social media or commerce and this is where we decide which data we wish for the app to collect.
We are then presented with an overview of any interested firms and we will select the parties we are willing to share data with, while also excluding any data we don’t wish to share. For example, we may be willing to share our Facebook data but not our Amazon or Uber data.
Once we’ve shared the data with our chosen firms, we’ll receive DXT tokens in return.
The data is held in escrow until payment is received in order to guarantee security and that privacy is maintained. We can then spend their DXT tokens on AI driven services in the Datawallet App Store, or cash the tokens in for fiat currency.
Data Requesters (Companies):
Firms will first purchase DXT from an exchange, they will then be able to list themselves as a data requester with Datawallet and petition for user’s data.
Each firm must present users with a small pitch that includes details such as: the data they require, what the data will be used for and the amount of DXT they are willing to pay for it.
Once selected by a user, the transaction is completed as above.
How Much Will Datawallet Pay Users?
We weren’t able to find specific values for how much users will get paid for selling their data – most likely, Datawallet probably don’t even know themselves.
However, we did find an article from 2015 when Datawallet were attempting to create a centralised platform before (more on that later) which describes users as receiving $3-$5 per data sale BUT this value can add up to hundreds as users will be able to sell the same data to many different companies.
Is this value accurate?
We’ve included the article link to give you guys as much information as possible but you should be aware that Datawallet are the ones providing this value of $3-$5 and they have obvious incentive to give an exaggerated value.
3. WHAT PROBLEMS WILL DATAWALLET SOLVE?
We say this time and again yet so many people we speak to seem to forget this important point:
Businesses are created for one purpose; to solve market problems
If a business does not solve a real problem, it is unlikely to succeed.
When it comes to Datawallet, the industry seems to suffer from three problem areas:
- Data Ownership
- Data Accuracy
- Data Quality
All three of these areas relate to Data Brokers; companies which collect consumer information, from a mixture of resources and sell it to organisations who use it for marketing purposes.
1. Data Ownership
Every day, users create a vast amount of data without even knowing it. Our user data is an incredibly valuable resource for companies already – so why don’t own our own data and get paid for it?
The problem with the current system is that data brokers are collecting our information and selling it without our consent. Worst of all, they don’t even pass any of their profits onto us.
2. Data Accuracy
It is incredibly rare that data brokers are able to obtain a complete profile of you and your personal data in one go; your data is usually stored across multiple platforms and data brokers do not have a reliable way of connecting the two.
It is because of this that they will use probabilistic models to approximate how likely it is that two datasets belong to the same person, often without success.
3. Data Quality
This lack of accuracy then leads to a lack of quality data; firms are spending money on this data and spending millions on targeted ad campaigns based on the data.
When the data is low quality, these campaigns are much less likely to be successful, wasting valuable company resources in the process.
By presenting users with a self-owning wallet, we will become the sole holders of our personal data; even Datawallet are unable to access our data because of the nature of the blockchain and the split-key system implemented.
As the holders of our own data, we will then be able to choose whether we want to sell it or not, along the price if we do wish to sell it to companies.
It’s our information, why shouldn’t we be the ones that benefit from it?
With the Datawallet system, companies are receiving 100% accurate information. Who’s better to provide information about you, than you?
This 100% accurate data is instantly of higher quality than any information a data broker could produce, especially with the additional ability to track offline data for users that Datawallet can offer.
As such, companies should be willing to spend even more to get user data from us than they will pay to a 3rd party company – why would they choose to pay for somewhat accurate data from them when they can pay us for data which is 100% accurate?
Datawallet are not going to be able to stop other firms from collecting customer data from other sources – after all, there will be many users who don’t wish to sell data or not sell enough data to satisfy the data needs of companies.
However, Datawallet’s idea could provide a truly disruptive to the current system – with users getting paid to give away data and companies receiving 100% accurate data, the middlemen data collectors could be in for a shock.
On top of this, data collection is an ever-growing marketplace meaning that Datawallet are entering into an expanding market.
Even writing this article, we are aware of the incredible potential that the Datawallet project could hold BUT we’ve read through hundreds of whitepapers and many projects sound groundbreaking – this is to be expected due to the incredible potential that the blockchain holds. In reality, around 95% of these projects will most likely fail.
It’s for this reason that we love the phrase ‘The Devil is in the details‘. We recommend that you NEVER invest without delving into the details of a project – this is the difference between a great project in Cryptocurrencies and a dead one.
So, before you get too excited about this project, let’s have a look into more details first and we’ll move onto the topic of whether the token prices are actually linked to the success of the platform or not.
4. WILL THE TOKENS INCREASE IN VALUE?
This is another incredibly important point that people often overlook when investing in Cryptocurrencies – is the token price truly linked to the platform usage?
Investing in Cryptos is not the same as traditional investing – when you buy shares in a company, you’re buying ownership. As the company makes increased profits, the share price will increase and your investment value will rise also.
With the majority of Cryptocurrencies, the tokens don’t represent shares.
Therefore, it’s possible for the company to be successful (i.e the CEO and employees get rich) and yet the token prices may actually fall if they aren’t correctly linked to platform usage.
The ONLY factors determining token price are supply and demand on exchanges.
Obviously, supply and demand are affected by many factors but the price all comes down to the combination of these two. Because of this, it is essential to ask yourself the following two questions:
Demand – Will there be token demand on the exchanges?
Supply – Will there be excessive inflation hindering prices?
Let’s first look at demand:
What Are the Sources of Demand?
In order for a company to obtain consumer data, they will have to pay in DXT tokens which they must buy from the exchanges.
If more companies begin using Datawallet’s platform to obtain consumer data, more companies will have to buy tokens from exchanges. As a result of the higher demand, token prices will increase.
As such, the DXT token price has been tied to the success of the Datawallet project.
What Is The Likely Inflation Rate?
Datawallet will be creating a fixed supply of tokens mening there will be a zero-inflation rate. However, that does not mean new tokens won’t be entering onto exchanges; only 33.33% of the total tokens will be sold in the ICO, meaning that the other 66.67% will enter the market at some point but how will they be distributed?
- 16.66% – Developer Growth Pool
- 16.66% – User Growth Pool
- 33.33% – Datawallet
Datawallet provide no details beyond this; there is no mention if any minimum holding period exists for the team, so it is impossible to tell when these tokens will hit the exchanges.
$30 Million Team?!
In the ICO, Datawallet are attempting to collect a maximum of $30 Million. While it may be less than this as this is their max raise, it’s possible that they could collect $30 Million in return for 33.33% of tokens.
With another 33.33% of tokens going to the Datawallet team, they are potentially valuing their own contributions as being $30 Million from day one.
This is a concern for investors – what if the team decide to sell 10% of the total tokens over the course of a few weeks? Due to their incredibly high shares in the platform, the owners are essentially going to be whales and this is a concern because it can lead to market manipulation.
This is something that smart investors should consider before making their decision about investing.
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5. THE TEAM
The Datawallet website lists only the two founding members (Serafin Lion Engel & Daniel Hawthorne) and two investors (Tim Draper & Marc Benioff).
Engel is a graduate of Draper University, founded by one of the projects investors Tim Draper, a successful venture capitalist with investments in Skype, Tesla and SpaceX among others.
Some of you may recognise Draper as the man who purchased 30,000 bitcoins at public auction back in 2014. It was at this time that he predicted bitcoins price to surpass $10,000 by the end of 2017 and he was, as we know, absolutely correct.
While not much is known about it’s members, we do know that the team have been together working on this project for over two and a half years; and have previously built original centralized version of Datawallet (more on this later).
Is The Team Size A Concern?
You may be thinking: ‘with a team of just two, they have no chance’.
We would agree with this except they won’t be a team of two in the future; in their ICO, they are raising a maximum of $30 Million – with 65% of this dedicated towards development, we can be pretty confident that they will be bringing in future team members.
As such, it’s impossible to judge the full team at this stage. However, the two founding members are clearly committed to this project and it is not some overnight creation. Also, the association with Tim Draper is surely guaranteed to be positive for the project.
6. BARRIERS TO SUCCESS
Data Collation and Summation
One potential barrier we have identified could be an unwillingness by companies to invest in extra workload; with data brokers, they often pool together large amounts of data and summarize it for a company before presenting a final findings report.
With the Datawallet system, it seems companies would receive individual consumer data and have to do this themselves. This may be fine for small campaigns focusing on one postcode for example, but would a company be willing to do this for a national or worldwide campaign?
New Crypto Economy
To us, this highlights the new Cryptocurrency economy that is emerging. What do we mean by this?
Datawallet are attempting to create a revolutionary solution to an existing problem in the marketplace, but they may encounter issues such as putting data together.
As a result, we can expect to see new companies appear in the future with this exact role – to put Datawallet’s data together in a form that companies require (assuming that Datawallet aren’t able to do this themselves).
In other words, Cryptocurrencies invented today are creating the need for entirely new businesses as the next generation economy is being created.
7. THE ROADMAP
Another case where we face a significant lack of detail; there is no sign of a roadmap on the Datawallet website and in the whitepaper, the only mention comes in the appendix.
Making reference to a figure XYZ (which doesn’t exist) for a time-scale is not helpful but we do know that the system will be developed in line with three major milestones: v.10, v20. and v.3.0.
This could simply be an oversight for the team – having already created a centralised version of the application, we would expect that the timeframe for the production of their next app shouldn’t be too far away. Without a proper roadmap though, who really knows?
8. EXTRA POINTS TO CONSIDER
Is This Datawallet’s 2nd Attempt?
Through our background research, we found that Datawallet have already attempted to create a Datawallet application – they already launched it in 2016 on the App store.
We attempted to download the app but weren’t able to as it has been removed from the app store. We did, however, find this review.
Is This A Concern?
Is it a concern that Datawallet have attempted this once already and not succeeded?
Of course it is a consideration that investors will have to factor in when making their decision. You could argue in favour of Datawallet for this:
- Datawallet is perfectly suited to the blockchain solutions – personally, we wouldn’t want to hand over our data to a non-crypto and centralised platform – so they should be more successful this time around with this addition
- They should have learnt from their mistakes from the first time
- The founding members are clearly dedicated to making the project a success as they’re still working on it
- The application development shouldn’t be too far as they already have a solid base to build upon
9. ICO/TOKEN SALE DETAILS + WHERE TO BUY
- ICO/Token Sale Link – https://tokensale.datawallet.com
- Referral/Affiliate Code – N/A
- Pre-ICO Start Date – November 21st 2017
- Minimum Pre-ICO Investment – $50,000
- ICO Start Date – December 21st 2017
- ICO End Date – January 20th 2018
- Token Price – 1 DXT = $0.18
- Bonuses Available – No mention of any at this moment in time
- Token Supply – 750,000,000 (250,000,000 available during the ICO)
- ICO Soft Cap – Hidden
- ICO Hard Cap – $30 Million (with only 1/3rd of tokens sold in the ICO, this would put the total valuation of Datawallet at $90 Million)
- Accepted Currencies – BTC, BCH & ETH
- How to Participate – Click this link and follow the instructions
The minimum pre-ICO investment of $50,000 should be noted for readers – if you have fewer funds than this to commit to the project, you will be forced to wait for the main token sale.
ICO Soft Cap – Any amount of money raised below the soft cap means that the project will be cancelled cancelled
ICO Hard Cap – The maximum amount that the ICO can raise. Once the hard cap is reached, the ICO is closed
Very Important Point:
Token price is irrelevant when investing. Hard cap is all that matters for judging whether an ICO is cheap or expensive and market cap is all that matters once the Crypto hits the exchanges.
If you want to learn more about this fundamentally important aspect of investing, make sure to have a read of our brief explainer article.
10. THE CRYPTOGURUS CONCLUSION
The Datawallet concept is an incredible one; data brokers have been scraping our data for too long with users seeing nothing in return, it is for that reason that we believe there will be no shortage of data providers when the system launches.
When it comes to data requesters (companies requiring data), the uptake may be a little slower; larger companies may be reluctant to collate the data themselves as previously mentioned but also there is currently no mention of costs.
Barriers To Success
Will the costs be the same as data brokers? Will it be higher because of its guaranteed accuracy? Or will it be lower to try to encourage adoption? At this point, we just don’t know.
While the lack of some details is potentially worrying – no roadmap etc – the sheer level technical detail in the whitepaper is astounding.
Add in the fact that the team have been together working on the project for nearly three years, having already released a centralized prototype and you have another positive (or a negative depending on how you view it); it does a lot to convince that this is serious project.
With the team keeping 33.33% of tokens for themselves, they will be whales in the market and could decide to create market manipulation if they chose to.
With investment from Tim Draper, a very knowledgeable and successful venture capitalist, this could lead to great exposure for the project and assist with their ICO raise.
To conclude, Datawallet are attempting to build a truly revolutionary solution to the problems seen in data collection today. The project could be huge if they are successful but it is a HUGE risk as far as investments go – all ICOs are.
Overall, the idea behind Datawallet is incredible but the devil is in the details is. We aren’t going to tell you guys whether to invest or not – we like to highlight all of the necessary information you should consider so you can make your own decision.
Remember that one of the keys to building a strong portfolio is to never invest too heavily in risky projects.
As such, if were to add Datawallet to our portfolios, we would ensure to remain well diversified and only invest an amount of money that we’re willing to lose.
Datawallet Website – https://tokensale.datawallet.com/
As a side note before we go, you can find a very useful interview with CEO Serafin Lion Engel below where he succinctly discusses the project (beginning at 5:50)
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