FriendsFingers
Abstract

FriendsFingers is an open-source Decentralized Application (DApp) built on Smart Contracts running on Ethereum Blockchain.
FriendsFingers will help startups and small businesses to start a trustworthy Crowdsale based on Ethereum with no setup costs and zero lines of code required.

Furthermore, Shaka (HAK), an ERC20 Token issued by FriendsFingers, will give holders rights to be active part on platform key decisions like in a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).



A lot of people may have already ideas that they want to develop but they need help and some funds to bring them to life.
But who would lend money to someone they don’t trust?
A solution may be starting a classical crowdfunding or an IPO, but they require a lot of paperwork to fill out and many other complications to be covered.
Blockchain will solve many of these problems allowing everyone to build their crypto-based crowdsale.
The public ledger is the strength everyone can use to ensure investors not to be fraud.



Using FriendsFingers, people can easily deploy a Smart Contract that will hold contributor's money until any given date or goal is reached. Depending on the outcome, the funds will either be released to the project owners or safely returned back to the contributors.
All of this is possible without requiring a centralized arbitrator, clearing house or having to trust anyone.
People can even use the token they create to keep track of the distribution of rewards.



Have a great project?

Discover how to bring it to life with FriendsFingers.

What is Ethereum

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property.
This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.

On traditional server architectures, every application has to set up its own servers that run their own code in isolated silos, making sharing of data hard. If a single app is compromised or goes offline, many users and other apps are affected.

On a blockchain, anyone can set up a node that replicates the necessary data for all nodes to reach an agreement and be compensated by users and app developers. This allows user data to remain private and apps to be decentralized like the Internet was supposed to work.

Problem

ICOs can be compared to IPOs and crowdfunding. However, while IPOs deal with investors, ICOs deal with supporters that are keen to invest in a new project much like a crowdfunding event. But ICOs are different from crowdfunding in that the supporters of the former are motivated by a prospective return in their investments, while the funds raised in the latter campaign are basically donations. For these reasons, ICOs are referred to as crowdsales.
Although there are successful ICO transactions on record and ICOs are emerging successfully within the digital era, investors are cautioned to be wary as some ICO or crowdsale campaigns are actually fraudulent. Because these fund-raising operatives are not regulated by financial authorities such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), funds that are lost due to fraudulent initiatives may never be recovered.

Crowdfunding is the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture.
Crowdfunding has created the opportunity for entrepreneurs to raise hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars from anyone with money to invest. Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo attract thousands of people hoping to invest in the next big thing. Many crowdfunding projects are rewards-based; investors may get to participate in the launch of a new product or receive a gift for their investment.

There are many limitations beyond every new IPO. First, traditional crowdfunding platforms do not accept projects from countries where they have no presence. Second, they charge high commissions (15-20%), as do the payment systems people must use to contribute with. Third, they are overwhelmed with "failed" projects that let down the backers and the platform itself. Fourth, the larger crowdfunding platforms became all about big companies with strong marketing, rather than about creators with bright ideas, but no marketing budget.
Launching a crowdfunding campaign or an IPO requires a resident to be present in one of the countries of official work, and there is also a lot of paperwork to fill out. As a result, many creators have no access to large crowdfunding platforms, limiting their fundraising opportunities, and narrowing the reach and diversity of the platforms.

The recent diffusion of cryptocurrencies may change this situation, making fundraising easy and potentially accessible everyone. Decentralization, crypto-currency, and smart contracts are the new solutions for a project to raise funds. Obviously according any applicable laws, regulatory requirements, or rules in your residence country.

So Smart Contracts can solve all of these problems but, to deploy a Smart Contract, it requires a lot of technical competencies or to pay (lot of Bitcoins) in advance to a company to do it for you.

Solution
Fund a project with a trustworthy crowdsale.

Many people or startups already have ideas that they want to develop on Ethereum or simply they need to raise funds for their projects. Who would send money to someone they don’t trust?

Sometimes a good idea takes a lot of funds and collective effort. You could ask for donations, but donors prefer to give to projects they are more certain will get traction and proper funding.

FriendsFingers helps you to start a crowdfunding that would be ideal for investors: you set up a goal and a deadline for reaching it. If you miss your goal, the donations are returned, reducing the risk for donors. Since the code is open and auditable, there is no need for a centralized, trusted platform. Therefore, the only fees paid will be the Gas fees.
You don't need to have any technical skill or to pay nothing in advance.

By using Ethereum, you can create a contract that will hold a contributor's money until any given date or goal is reached. Depending on the outcome, the funds will either be released to the project owners or safely returned back to the contributors. That is all possible without requiring a centralized arbitrator, clearing house or having to trust anyone.
You can even use the token you created earlier to keep track of the distribution of rewards.

Rewards in crowdfundings are usually handled by a central unchangeable database that keeps track of all donors: anyone who missed the deadline for the campaign cannot get in anymore. Instead we are going to do this the decentralized way and just create a token to keep track of rewards, anyone who contributes gets a token that they can trade, sell or keep for later.
Donors get to keep their tokens, even if the project doesn't achieve its goals, as a souvenir.

How FriendsFingers works

The crowdsales started on FriendsFingers and the corresponding tokens creation processes will be organized around Smart Contracts running on Ethereum Network. All the source code of both Smart Contracts and platform will be verified on Etherscan and published on GitHub, where you can read and analyze any line of the code you will use. Our platform itself will be a DApp (Decentralized Application) hosted on GitHub pages. We have no servers and no databases, we don’t store any datas in places you can’t see them. All will be public on the Blockchain and open-sourced on GitHub to have a strong and trustworthy crowdsale.

Furthermore, Shaka (HAK), our token, will give holders rights to be active part on platform key decisions like in a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).

If you trust us, your investors will trust you the same way. We want to give you the better solution to make your crowdfund trustworthy and disruptive.

FriendsFingers
FriendsFingers

Starting Crowdsale

Users that want to start a crowdsale on FriendsFingers must only fill a form with all informations needed to start it like the project name, the crowdsale goal and target, the crowdsale deadlines, the name of the token to issue, the tokens rate per ETH, the Ethereum wallet address where funds will be collected and some others informations regarding crowdsale official links and Whitepaper.
They can also choose an amount of tokens to be issued for crowdsale creators at the beginning of the crowdsale.
After the crowdsale end no more tokens can be issued.

The unique requirement users must have to start their crowdsale is an Ethereum wallet address with a small ETH balance to pay the Gas fee (Note that Gas fee, as explained in our FAQ section, is not for FriendsFingers but it serves only to pay miners that will include your transaction in the blockchain).

After the creation process creators will receive a public link for their crowdsale so they can share it on their promotion channels.

In order to avoid any fraudulent attempt, our team reserves the right to review both already started crowdsales content and crowdsales team members, eventually stopping the crowdsale. The right to approve or disapprove crowdsales which show an unclear project or team will be also exercised by our token holders within the near future. Stopped campaigns might be restarted if team members of those will present a reasonable documentation supporting the genuinity of their project, which will be always evaluated by our team and our tokens holders.

FriendsFingers does never ask to send money or crypto or to share password or keystore of any digital assets.

Entering the Crowdsale

To enter the crowdsale, investors should go in previous generated page where they will find any informations regarding the project as inserted before.

Participants willing to support crowdsale can do so by sending Ether currency through FriendsFingers platform or by sending Ether to the designated address using their preferred Ethereum wallet. By doing so, they will receive crowdsale's token at the rate creator has chosen before which are sent instantly to their wallet.

Token will be transferable only when the crowdsale is over to avoid to see them on secondary market before than crowdsale end.

Everyone can even verify his transaction and see the received tokens exploring the blockchain (for instance using Etherscan) or through FriendsFingers platform itself.

Closing the Crowdsale

At the end of the crowdsale, creators can choose to restart another round with lower rate per ETH for a max of 5 times, or they can decide to close the crowdsale.

The later rounds will have a goal of 0 (zero) ETH because of we suppose that they reached their goal in the first round and they are only issuing other tokens at a lower rate (they can't set a rate greater than previous rounds as written in the Smart Contract).

When creators close the crowdsale the token ownership will be transferred to them, so they will have any rights to make actions on it.

When each round of the crowdsale ends, if it reaches the goal, funds will be immediately transferred to the creator designed wallet except a little fee of the raised amount which will go to FriendsFingers wallet. FriendsFingers will also take a percent of each round max token supply to help creators with token distribution. Starting fee is 5% and it should be only decreased in time according to the Smart Contract. Creators can also receive discount on fees as expressed below in Shaka Token description.

If crowdsale doesn’t reach the goal, investors can easily claim their funds back and creators don’t have to pay any fee to FriendsFingers. Creators can't be able to restart a crowdsale if it ended under the goal.

According to the Smart Contract, if some investors don’t claim their refunds a year after the crowdsale end, these can be transferred to FriendsFingers wallet and used for platform development or for any other purpose decided by a public vote as expressed below in Token description.

Some details about the tokens

Technically the token creators are issuing is a "mintable", "burnable" ERC20 token and at the end of the crowdsale the finish minting function will be called by the Smart Contract by blocking the total circulating supply. It means that tokens can be created only during the crowdsale and nobody can create an additional amount of tokens after the crowdsale end. This increases the confidence of investors ensuring them that creators can't be malicious or undervalue token price by generating more tokens than they have declared before.

Start your Crowdsale

Use our Crowdsale Builder or try the Crowdsale Builder Demo.

ICO List

We also provide ICO list service and the ability to use our DApp to interact with third-party Contracts.

In these cases you won't find the FF Deployed badge but the 3rd Party Deployed instead.

It means that these contracts could not work as ours and we cannot guarantee that all will work as described in our Whitepaper. You are enforced to read thier Whitepaper, documents and any type of informations before invest in any type of project.

Anycase, we do not accept contract with no public and verified code on Etherscan and this is labelled by the Verified Contract badge. You can check 3rd Party contracts' code on Etherscan.

Remember that FriendsFingers does not offer solicitations for investments in any jurisdiction. Contributors are advised to read this document carefully in full, and perform due diligence.

Shaka Token Details

Each token offers the following rights to its holder:

  • Right to vote on platform key decisions.
    Each token grants its holder one vote which may be used at token holder’s discretion participating in platform proposal. The more tokens one has the more votes one can cast with a max of 100 votes per user. Only whole HAK tokens grant votes - if a token holder owns a fraction of HAK token, such fractional HAK token does not grant any voting rights.
    Proposals on platform may interest for instance:
    • propose or decide to block a fraudulent Crowdsale
    • propose or decide how to spend our Crowdsale token fee
    • propose or decide how to spend funds not claimed one year after the Crowdsale closes
    • decide how to invest unclaimed tokens after the Incentive program ends
  • Right to have a discount on platform fee when start a Crowdsale
  • Right to rate Crowdsales started on FriendsFingers
  • Possibility to promote Crowdsale on FriendsFingers social and media channels

We may always add rights for token holders, in that case we will communicate them on our official channels.

Roadmap
  • Q1 2018

    Any user will be able to start a Crowdsale using FriendsFingers.

  • Q2 2018

    Platform improvements. Partnership with external projects.

  • Q3 2018

    Crowdsale and Token Smart Contracts redesign and improvements.

  • Q4 2018

    Voting, Incentive and Rating Smart Contracts released. Token Distribution.

  • Q1 2019

    More and different types of Crowdsales and Smart Contracts creation released.

  • Q2 2019

    Adding Swarm and/or IPFS to store any additional datas. Landing page generator.

  • Q3/Q4 2019

    Introducing DAICO (ICO controlled by Decentralized Autonomous Organizations)

Team
Vittorio Minacori

DApp and Smart Contracts Developer

Claudio Mammana

Product
Designer

Vincenzo Petrucci

Social Media
Manager

Francesco Spampinato

Communication
Manager

Fatima Petrucci

Social
Marketing

Amalia Mancuso

Legal
Consultant

Risk Factors

The purchase of tokens involves a high degree of risk. Before acquiring tokens, it is recommended that each participant carefully weighs all the information and risks detailed in this Whitepaper, and, specifically, the following risk factors.

  • Dependence on infrastructure: Ethereum and the Internet implies that FriendsFingers can offer no assurances that a system failure would not adversely affect our software. Break-ins, network delays or other disruptions caused by third parties may result in interruption, delay or suspension of services, which would limit the use of the tokens.
  • Smart contract limitations: Smart contract technology is still in its early stages of development, and its application is of experimental nature. This may carry significant operational, technological, regulatory, reputational and financial risks. FriendsFingers cannot serve as any form of warranty, including any expressed or implied warranty that the FriendsFingers Smart Contract is fit for purpose or that it contains no flaws, vulnerabilities or issues which could cause technical problems or the complete loss of tokens or funds.
  • Regulatory risks: Blockchain technology, including but not limited to the issue of tokens, may be a new concept in some jurisdictions, which may then apply existing laws or introduce new regulations regarding Blockchain technology-based applications, and such regulations may conflict with the current FriendsFingers smart contracts and token concept. This may result in the need to make substantial modifications to our smart contract, including but not limited to its termination, the loss of tokens, and the suspension or termination of all token functions.
  • Taxes: Token holders may be required to pay taxes associated with the transactions contemplated herein in their home countries. It will be a sole responsibility of token holders to comply with the tax laws of their jurisdictions applicable to them and pay all relevant taxes.
  • Force Majeure: FriendsFingers’ performance may be interrupted, suspended or delayed due to force majeure circumstances. For the purposes of this Whitepaper, force majeure shall mean extraordinary events and circumstances which could not be prevented by us and shall include: acts of nature, wars, armed conflicts, mass civil disorders, industrial actions, epidemics, lockouts, slowdowns, prolonged shortage or other failures of energy supplies or communication service, acts of municipal, state or federal governmental agencies, other circumstances beyond our control, which were not in existence at the time of Whitepaper release. If such circumstances occur prior to the issue of tokens and FriendsFingers is unable to issue tokens within one month from the projected date, the escrow agent may issue a refund at the request of the token purchasers. The refund will be issued in the original amount and form of payment to the same digital wallet where the funds were transferred from.
  • Disclosure of information: Personal information received from token holders, the information about the number of tokens owned, the wallet addresses used, and any other relevant information may be disclosed to law enforcement, government officials, and other third parties when FriendsFingers is required to disclose such information by law ,subpoena, or court order (also if all informations are already public due the nature of the blockchain and our use of it). FriendsFingers shall at no time be held responsible for such information disclosure.
  • Value of token: Once purchased, the value of the token may significantly fluctuate due to various reasons. FriendsFingers does not guarantee any specific value of the token over any specific period of time. FriendsFingers shall not be held responsible for any change in the value of the token.
  • Started Crowdsale: Except all regarding its own crowdsale and explicitly expressed in this Whitepaper, FriendsFingers does not guarantee any responsibility on crowdsale started by third party. FriendsFingers offers only technology and development tools, so projects seeking to conduct their own crowdsale. FriendsFingers has no control over the actions of the projects’ teams. FriendsFingers will provide its tools to any project, however, FriendsFingers shall not be responsible for the completion or success of any crowdsale if such failure resulted from the actions of the projects’ teams or third parties. Responsibility of any third party crowdsale is to be accomplished by crowdsale creator and any other information on third party crowdsale shall be inferred by their own Whitepaper and official links.
  • Ethereum volatility: FriendsFingers’ services are priced in Ethereum. The Ethereum exchange rate volatility may impact the company's ability to provide services at the indicated prices.

Assumptions with respect to the foregoing involve, among other things, judgments about the future economic, competitive and market conditions and business decisions, most of which are beyond the control of the FriendsFingers team and therefore difficult or impossible to accurately predict. Although the FriendsFingers team believes that its assumptions underlying its forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of these may prove to be inaccurate. As a result, the FriendsFingers team can offer no assurances that the forward-looking statements contained in this Whitepaper will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements contained herein, the inclusion of such information may not be interpreted as a warranty on the part of FriendsFingers or any other entity that the objectives and plans of the FriendsFingers project will be successfully achieved. Please note that the FriendsFingers project may be subject to other risks not foreseen by its team at this time.