It has been eighteen months since Storiqa’s ICO closed, and the company has now completely given up on their investors. They never had anything real to show to their investors, and soaked up almost 25m USD in funds, to no real end. Today, their websites are unresponsive, their social media is abandoned and rife with attacks by disgruntled investors, and there is no trace of the company behind the ICO or its founders. This project threw up red flags from the inception and to this day remains completely unregulated and deceitful.
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The team behind Storiqa promised a revolutionary crypto-powered storefront, that would enable anybody in the world to run their own online store, using the “platform’s wide range of features”, but at no point was this made a reality. Storiqa were never in possession of any kind of concept or prototype, and their main website has been offline for some time now, effectively proving that the project has long been shut down.
This goal was never truly feasible, as the level of competition in this industry is simply too high. The e-commerce market is enormous, and any attempt to disrupt that set-up wouldn’t ever work, owing to giants such as eBay and Amazon. First and foremost, this could be the reason explaining the apparant closure of this project: it simply wasn’t viable.
Strangely, the founders behind this project – Evgeny Gavrilin and Ruslan Tugushev – ran an ICO in late 2018 for a project called Boomstarter Network, which is allegedly the ‘largest crowdfunding platform in Russia’, and has been established for some years. This is an immediate red flag: if the founders of Storiqa run the biggest crowdfunding platform in Russia, why would they need to run one ICO, let alone two?
Boomstarter’s ICO raised almost 4m USD and again, has nothing to show for it. Their website ranks low on Alexa, is poorly built and seems almost inactive. Again, when comparing this project with the likes of Kickstarter, it isn’t a feasible premise.
Boomstarter – and more importantly, Storiqa, portray clear indications of an exit scam having taken place.
In their whitepaper, the Storiqa team claimed that the STQ token would be used as follows:
- Make purchases in the Storiqa store (in essence, the tokens go straight back into their pockets)
- Pay for the sale and promotion of your own goods
- Transaction fees
- Gain tokens for referral programs and bonus events
This is one of the too-common examples of how a token and its respective platform can fail hand-in-hand. If the token becomes worthless, then the platform becomes worthless, and vice-versa. In this case, the platform was never launched, subsequently causing the token to rapidly and exponential plummet in value. At present, there is a -97% ROI for the STQ token. In the ICO, this token sold for 0.003 USD, and is now worth just 0.0001 USD per token.
To put it directly: there is no trace whatsoever of the funds raised in this ICO. The company have absorbed 25m USD in funding and cut all ties with the project. The project was unaudited and unregulated from the start, and the team never declared how funds would be supervised or managed.
In a retail aspect, if this project were ever to go ahead, it would require blockchain implementation, as users of the platform buy and sell goods and services. However, owing to the sheer disregard for any real working product, this isn’t a viable aspect of discussion. The team at Storiqa never would have had any intention of pushing out the development of this platform to their investors, and therefore nothing was ever planned for blockchain integration.
No, the STQ token is merely an industry-standard ERC20 token.
Every point that can be raised regarding Storiqa’s ICO takes the form of a red flag. The online opinions of Storiqa claim outright that this was a cash grab or an exit scam, and the evidence found in our investigation does support those allegations. In the opening days of this project, the company admitted that they weren’t interested in KYC, and then backtracked when suspicions were raised.
With this project, even the initial conception is dubious. Evgeny Gavrilin (Co-founder) was listed in the whitepaper as an ‘early investor’, but he’d go on to lead talks and presentations, and be later named the Co-founder of the project.
As highlighted above, Evgeny is also present at Boomstarter and Tugush.com. These placements are near-identical to CEO of Storiqa, Ruslan Tugushev: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rt001/. Both men are currently listed on LinkedIn as working with a list of companies. Further, all companies named are Russian, yet the ICOs for Boomstarter and Storiqa were registered in Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively.
In fact, Storiqa was registered with Hong Kong authorities mere months before their ICO would go ahead. The company had nothing before the ICO, and they have nothing to show after it.
If you have been impacted financially by Storiqa’s ICO, please join this class action with confidence.
MR. EVGENY GAVRILIN
MR. RUSLAN TUGUSHEV
MR. SERGEY FEDORINOV
MS. ELINA SIDORENKO
MR. MAXIM TADEVOSYAN
MR. MIKE RAITSYN
Inception Date: November 2017
Approx. funds raised: USD 25m
About this ICO:
– 97% value loss
– No working product
– Team vanished
– Heavy competition
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