Ethereum Q&A: Ether, ICOs, and securities

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Is ether considered an initial coin offering and/or security token, considering its initial pre-sale and the popular use cases of the ether token on the platform? Does one necessarily imply the other? How strong is the case that it is a utility token? How do you evaluate these projects? What is the short-term versus long-term trend for tokenisation for investment, loyalty points, and product / service accessibility? Note: I am not a lawyer, and there are different perspectives on this subject (including those in the Ethereum community who would describe the ether pre-sale - before it had "usability" - as an ICO: https://blog.ethereum.org/2014/07/22/launching-the-ether-sale/ https://qz.com/1075124/ethereum-founder-vitalik-buterin-discusses-initial-coin-offerings-the-consensus-algorithm-and-the-most-interesting-apps/). This was recorded months prior to the SEC's announcement regarding its interpretation of token sales and security tokens on June 14th. These questions were part of the monthly live Patreon Q&A session on March 31st 2018 and the Capgemini CXO Forum at Pebble Beach on November 1-3rd 2017 in Monterey, California (https://youtu.be/rvwVbRQ5Ysc). If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop RELATED: Ethereum, ICOs, and Rocket Science - https://youtu.be/OWI5-AVndgk Investing in Education Instead of Speculation - https://youtu.be/6uXAbJQoZlE The Lion and the Shark: Divergent Evolution in Cryptocurrency - https://youtu.be/d0x6CtD8iq4 Smart contract platforms - https://youtu.be/XU8Bc5oxneE Impact of smart contracts on law and accounting - https://youtu.be/K-TRzuPwJCc Initial coin offerings (ICOs) - https://youtu.be/Q5R8KuxV4A0 The token ICO explosion - https://youtu.be/vdaW8NtJXuQ ICOs and responsible investment - https://youtu.be/C8UdbvrWyvg ICOs and financial regulation - https://youtu.be/Plu_WX3Gs8E ICOs, disruption, and self-regulation - https://youtu.be/yfjgcI8xX3A ICOs and pyramid schemes - https://youtu.be/8HYWWP1QU7Q Scams, gambling, and regulation - https://youtu.be/fTI88YrN1UE Regulation and the bank boycott - https://youtu.be/8ypH69Cb1l0 Unstoppable code - https://youtu.be/AQx3E3F8Kz4 Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin. Follow on Twitter: @aantonop https://twitter.com/aantonop Website: https://antonopoulos.com/ He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters. THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Money-collection-Andreas-Antonopoulos/dp/1537000454/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 [NEW] THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://www.amazon.com/Internet-Money-Andreas-M-Antonopoulos/dp/194791006X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 MASTERING BITCOIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bitcoin-Unlocking-Digital-Cryptocurrencies/dp/1449374042 [NEW] MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bitcoin-Programming-Open-Blockchain/dp/1491954388 Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN: https://bitcoinbook.info/translations-of-mastering-bitcoin/ Subscribe to the channel to learn more about Bitcoin & open blockchains! Music: "Unbounded" by Orfan (https://www.facebook.com/Orfan/) Outro Graphics: Phneep (http://www.phneep.com/) Outro Art: Rock Barcellos (http://www.rockincomics.com.br/)