Atoms can be used for transaction fees on the main Cosmos hub; however, zones will be allowed to collect fees in any currency or combination of currencies of their choosing. The hidden cap of $17 million was reached in just 30 minutes from only 1090 donations. The fundraiser had a cap of 1M USD per person, despite this one large investor contributed $1.812 Million. They were later refunded the difference minus an admin fee.
Cosmos committed to a hedging strategy of 50% fiat, 25% Bitcoin, 25% Ether, denominated in USD. They have liquidated 50% of the cryptocurrency tokens however they say they reserve the right to change this hedging strategy at any time. The Atoms available in the crowdsale will not immediately be liquid: once created, they will vest at a constant rate per hour over the course of two years.
The Cosmos Network is the first project by the Interchain Foundation. Its development is being led primarily by All In Bits, Inc., the team that created Tendermint. 5% of the Atoms go to its initial donors, 10% go to the Interchain Foundation, 10% go to the company developing most of the software, and the remaining 75% to be distributed according to the results of the private and public fundraisers.