28 April 2021
Token economy is one of the hot topics for decentralized projects. In this article, we look at how some of the top projects decided to allocate the initial tokens. Whether you're looking to start your own project, or are looking to invest in a new one, this article will show you everything you need to know 😉.
From our analysis we can see most projects reward between 10% and 50% of the total token supply to the team and investors. The numbers vary between projects and not all projects report how tokens are distributed between team, shareholders, and investors. All projects in this report allocate the majority of tokens to the network and community.
Projects can decide to assign a vesting period before founders and investors can dispose of their tokens, this is done to ensure that the team has an interest in the health of the project in the medium and long term. Unlike traditional vesting, many Ethereum projects adopt a continuous vesting model, where tokens are awarded at a constant rate at every block.
A common vesting duration is 4 years, which is used by 4 of the 11 projects in this article. Other projects use a shorter vesting schedule (1 to 2 years).
Fair launches are a different way to distribute the token, where community participation is rewarded. Under this model, the token is not pre-mined and distributed to the teams and shareholders, instead tokens are awarded to user that are active member of the community or provide services like liquidity.
1inch announced the initial details about the 1INCH token and supply in August of 2020, the initial supply is 1.6B 1INCH tokens distributed as follows:
848M (53%) tokens to the community and the network:
752M (47%) tokens to the team and investors:
The total supply of the BAL token is capped at 100M CAP, distributed as follows:
5.00M (50%) to the community.
4.99M (50%) to founders, investors, and the team:
Cream finance started with no token pre-mine, the supply of CREAM is 9M CREAM tokens, distributed as follows:
Curve token officially launched in August 2020, the total supply is 3.03B CRV distributed as follows:
Instadapp will release 100M INST, details to be defined.
UMA released their token on Uniswap with a total supply of 100M UMA, distributed as follows:
Uniswap surprised everyone when they airdropped their token to everyone that interacted with the app. The initial supply is 1B UNI, distributed as follows:
At launch, Vesper has a total supply of 10M VSP, distributed as follows:
Yearn Finance decided to have a "fair launch" model for their token distribution, with all 30k YFI tokens going to the community.