The Basic Attention Token (BAT) ICO just raised 30 million dollars in 24 seconds. VC’s didn’t even have time to put on a sweater vest.
— briantobal (@briantobal) May 31, 2017
Clearly there is a lot of attention on this space right now – it’s no secret that there’s something going here. In this case, the reason the sale went so quickly is that there was a very small number of very large buyers — as of right now, the top 100 holders of BAT own 98.8% of the float:
Which raises the question, is this the right way to do things? In the idealized version of an open, public token sale, the idea would be to spread the ownership as much as possible — since tokens are really meant to be about use rather than simply speculation.
I suspect that we will see variations in the model that attempt to correct for this. Nick Tomaino suggests doing something akin to a private sale to large investors in advance of the public pre-sale:
best idea I’ve heard is from @ljxie: take indications from all, then raise a fixed amount giving % allocations based on those indications.
— Nick Tomaino (@NTmoney) May 31, 2017
While this doesn’t completely solve the problem, it does feel like an improvement over the BAT process — where large investors can participate without crowding out smaller investors and individual users.