To ICO or to IDO? That is the question

To ICO or to IDO? That is the question


Initial DEX offerings are the new initial coin offerings. So, what’s the difference between an IDO and an ICO, other than that one letter? 

A lot actually. 

In some ways, ICOs and IDOs have more in common with each other than they do with initial exchange offerings, which have more than a few features of the traditional initial public offering of stock markets.

While IDOs and IEOs are both listed directly on exchanges — decentralized exchanges, or DEXs, in the case of the former and centralized exchanges for the latter — IDOs are very much a do-it-yourself process like ICOs. 

One big difference between IDOs and ICOs is the amount of money raised. No one sees a 10-figure IDO matching Block.one’s $4 billion ICO or Telegram’s $1.7 billion raise anytime soon. 

Those ICOs also showed the power of the SEC, which generally went easy on companies willing to pay fines and issue mea culpas. Block.one‚ which raised $4 billion, paid a comparatively paltry $24

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