Cryptocurrenices are not all made Equally!
We are capable of distinguishing between Corn and Soy or Gold and Silver, but struggle in distinguishing between Ethereum and EOS, or Tron and NEO
A crypto’s Archetype is its general Classification as it relates to socio-economic function.
In order to create concrete identities as to what a crypto asset is, Crypfo employs an Identification framework known as A.I.M. (Asset Identification Matrix). This framework extrapolates the fundamental truths across disparate, yet correlated dimensions within the crypto Industry and results in an Archetype. (More on A.I.M. Here)
As of this moment, Crypfo employs 4 distinct Crypto Asset Archetypes.
While there is an argument to be made as to the further granularity of Archetypes for a more accurate interpretation. As we will show, a matrix consistent of 4 distinctions serves the entirety of the crypto space. Other segments fit into (or are made out of) these General / Universal molds. Moreover, The complications added with more granularity at a base identification layer will do a disservice to those whom utilize A.I.M.
Cryptocurrency is the most “Pure” asset class that exists in the crypto industry. Intended as a monetary alternative, assets that fall into this category: Store Value, act as a Medium of Exchange, and serve to become a universal unit of account.
Assets in this Archetypical category imply the greatest long term potential as well as the greatest intrinsic value propositions.
Examples of Cryptocurrencies would be:
— Bitcoin — DeCred — DigiByte
— Litecoin — IOTA — PIVX
— Monero — Stellar — Verge
— Ethereum — Raven — BEAM
Security assets. This category groups together the crypto assets that are extremely similar (if not identical) to legacy assets. Crypto’s in this category are assets that act like equity or stocks. They can be assets are resemble underlying ownership in something like gold. More likely then not, assets that end up identified as a security are those that pass the H.OW.E.Y. test.
This category of assets is extensively specific and applied to high centralized solutions.
Examples of Security tokens are difficult to find, however some ideas of how they might present themselves:
— Exchange Tokens
— Commodity backed Tokens
— Real-Estate Tokens
— Tokens Representing entitlement to future reimbursement for ownership.
Utility tokens are the most common design structure for crypto assets. As in the name, what makes this archetype of crypto token special is its innate design to belong to a specific process. At a high level every asset by definition falls into a “Utility” category, however, assets that are utility status are absent from or severely outweigh adjacent classification factors.
Utility tokens are digital assets that allow its owner the right to access some service that can only be denominated in, or depends on, the token to function. Utility tokens designs are the most tricky to identity and attribute value to because of intrinsic network:asset dependence.
The most popular archetype of a crypto asset.
This archetype is by far the least valuable and most misleading. Sometimes people refer to the Bitcoin that are newly mined as “rewards”; this is an issue of semantics; while bitcoins can be rewarded, Bitcoin is not a reward archetype. Assets that reserve function is to act as a form of rewards are absent of any intrinsic value beyond that of the promising company willingness to trade it.
Rewards tokens have no “tech-onomic” function, they are assets that merely act as acknowledgment for interaction and are distributed as are coupons in a legacy company. If somebody has a $10 food coupon from Walmart, the likelyhood of finding somebody to buy that coupon for even $9 is almost 0.
Examples of Rewards tokens would be:
— Dapp Tokens
— Tokens that have no influence on a networks function
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