Despite a recent market rally, crypto prices are very much depressed compared to what they were a year ago. 2018 was a terrible year for cryptocurrencies by most value metrics. This has led numerous crypto pundits to make statements like "Ethereum is dead". If you Google that search term, you'll have no end of results. So, is Ethereum really dead? We understand this perspective, although we don't agree. To explain, let's remind ourselves of what Ethereum is. First of all, the Ether token is a currency. It's primarily used as money that's used to fund transactions on the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereum is also a technology platform, one which can be used to create all kinds of smart contracts and digital applications. Finally, Ethereum is a fundraising platform, and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) launched on Ethereum were one of the great stories of 2017. This latter point is the one that Ethereum's critics are always harping on. It's true, ICOs have declined in number and in funds raised in 2018. By some measures, the ICO crash has been more than 95%. ICOs have stopped for one main reason: The United States regulatory agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, has started to prosecute ICOs. Most of the ICOs currently being punished were launched on the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereum itself isn't being litigated (the SEC ruled that Ether itself is not a security), but many of the ICOs that used Ethereum are now seen as naked cash grabs, ones which took advantage of investors and provided none of their promised products and returns.