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Bitcoin (BTC)

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The first cryptocurrency, created 2008. Lets you send and receive money without any middlemen like banks. It is community managed, without a central authority or control.

Ethereum (ETH)

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A platform for creating and running smart contracts. These are programmable applications that run exactly as promised - without downtime, censorship, or interference.

Ripple (XRP)

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A Blockchain payment system for banks, payment providers, digital asset exchanges, and other companies. Designed to move large amounts of money more quickly and reliably.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

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A fork of Bitcoin that focuses on processing high volumes of transactions differently. Created because of disagreements about how to best grow digital currency.

Cardano (ADA)

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A security-focused Blockchain based on peer-reviewed research. A platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts which allows for formal code verification.

Litecoin (LTC)

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An offshoot of Bitcoin with very similar features. However, this cryptocurrency is designed for very cheap and fast transaction. Same goal as Bitcoin - to become digital money.

Stellar Lumens (XLM)

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A nonprofit organization that’s building an open system where people of all income levels can access financial services. Working with banks to enable text message money transfer.

EOS (EOS)

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Developing an operating-system like platform upon which decentralized applications can be built. Provides a scalable, plug-and-play toolkit for smart contract developers.

NEM (XEM)

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A platform for businesses and developers that want to build smart contract applications and connect them to the Blockchain. Offers pre-made tools and functionality for this.

Bitcoin Gold (BTG)

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A clone (AKA “fork”) of Bitcoin that focuses on handling high volumes of transactions differently. Similar to Bitcoin Cash and also created because of community disagreements.

ICON (ICX)

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Decentralized application platform that's building communities in partnership with banks,  insurance providers, hospitals, and universities. Focused on ID verification and payments.

Dash (DASH)

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Digital money system designed for fast and secure transactions with optional privacy. Dash is trying to become the default digital cash for the internet, hence the name.

IOTA (IOT)

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Third-generation cryptocurrency offering free, real-time microtransactions between Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Allows future technology to transact without humans.

NEO (NEO)

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Formerly known as Antshares, NEO is China’s first Blockchain platform. It’s inspired by Ethereum, also focuses on smart contracts, but adds digital identity features.

RaiBlocks (XRB)

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Designed for very fast, zero-fee transactions. Allows for unlimited scaling and no-fee micro-transactions by using a block-lattice architecture (each user has their own blockchain).

Monero (XMR)

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A secure, private, and untraceable cryptocurrency. Monero is focused on being anonymous internet money, hiding your accounts and transactions from anybody but you.

Ethereum Classic (ETC)

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A clone of Ethereum created because of ideological differences in the community. After a 2016 hack, Ethereum Classic split off to maintain the technology’s status quo.

Lisk (LSK)

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Based on a modified version of the Crypti code. Lisk is an early-stage platform for developers to create their own Blockchains and Javascript smart contract applications.

Qtum (QTUM)

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Qtum is building a hybrid version of Bitcoin and Ethereum, designed for business smart contracts. It’s competing with Ethereum to become a platform for decentralized apps.

Hshare (HSR)

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Hshare (AKA HCash) is being developed to send both value (money) and data (information) between Blockchain systems. It allows for transactions across Blockchains.

OmiseGO (OMG)

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Omise is designed to enable financial services for people without bank accounts. It works worldwide and with both traditional money and cryptocurrencies.

Zcash (ZEC)

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A decentralized and open-source cryptocurrency that hide the sender, recipient, and value of transactions. Offers users the option to make transactions public later for auditing.

Tether (USDT)

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Designed to offer digital currency exchanges a never-changing 1-to-1 exchange rate with U.S. dollars. Allegedly, all Tether coins in circulation are backed by real money.

BitConnect (BCC)

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Now defunct platform that let users lend out Bitcoin to a trading bot to earn interest. Allegedly, participants earn daily returns. Used multi-level affiliate marketing promotion.

Populous (PPT)

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A platform that connects business owners and invoice buyers without middlemen. Invoice sellers get cash flow to fund their business and invoice buyers earn interest.

Stratis (STRAT)

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Development platform for creating business smart contract applications written in the C# language. Also offers Blockchain management and consulting services.

Ark (ARK)

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Plans on connecting all existing cryptocurrencies, like a switchboard. The goal is to create a linked ecosystem that shares applications across Blockchains for quicker mass adoption.

Bitshares (BTS)

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A decentralized exchange that offers financial services, including banking. Planning features that allow anyone to create custom digital assets on the Blockchain.

Golem (GNT)

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Decentralized supercomputer system that anybody can use. People worldwide can rent out their computers to the network and get paid for that service with Golem tokens.

Ardor (ARDR)

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Offers companies and governments Blockchain-as-a-service. The Ardor Blockchain system can be used to create additional sub-Blockchains with custom features.

Bytecoin (BCN)

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First privacy-focused cryptocurrency with anonymous transactions. Bytecoin’s code was later adapted to create Monero, the more well-known anonymous cryptocurrency.

Decred (DCR)

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Similar to Bitcoin but with built-in community voting for decisions. Decentralized decision-making and self-funding are used to stay independent of third-party influence.

Salt (SALT)

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Plans to offer cash loans in traditional currencies, backed by your cryptocurrency assets. Allows lenders worldwide to skip credit checks for easier access to affordable loans.

MaidSafeCoin (MAID)

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Rent out hard drive disk space with a Blockchain-based storage solutions. It’s an autonomous network that automatically sets prices and distributes data.

Factom (FCT)

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Secure recordkeeping system that allows companies to store their data directly on the Blockchain. The goal is to make records more transparent and trustworthy.

Vertcoin (VTC)

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Bitcoin clone designed to decentralize the community more by making the Blockchain verification process (called “Proof of Work” mining) easier and therefore more spread out.

PIVX (PIVX)

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Based on DASH but with a different vision. Designed to be completely private with instant transactions. Designed with a controlled but constant new supply of coins.

TenX (PAY)

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Offers cryptocurrency-linked credit cards that let you spend virtual money in real life. Developing a series of payment platforms to make spending cryptocurrency easier.

Veritaseum (VERI)

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Allegedly will allow people to trade stocks and other investments without banks and brokerages. The Veritaseum token would be used to reflect the value of these assets.

Gas (GAS)

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GAS is the currency used for the NEO Blockchain system and represents an ownership share of NEO. NEO is China’s first Blockchain platform, focused on smart contracts.

MonaCoin (MONA)

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The first Japanese cryptocurrency. Focused on microtransactions and based on a popular internet meme of a type-written cat. This makes it similar to Dogecoin.

Byteball (GBYTE)

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Platform for smart contracts that can be used to create conditional payments. For example, if an event happens the payee receives money, otherwise there is a refund.

Dogecoin (DOGE)

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Litecoin clone that’s both a decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency and based on the popular internet meme dog. Used for "tipping" fellow internet-users.

Bitcoin Dark (BTCD)

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Cryptocurrency that offers a decentralized digital asset exchange. The project is focused on privacy and financial freedom as well as the open flow of information.

Gamecredits (GAME)

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A digital currency designed for video game players and developers. Lets people buy and sell in-game items and other virtual goods with privacy protection.

Siacoin (SC)

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Decentralized cloud file storage that removes middlemen like Dropbox. Distributes encrypted files to thousands of private users who get paid for renting out their disk space.

Walton (WTC)

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Blockchain system designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) in business supply chains. Similar to IOTA, but uses Blockchain and real-world RFID tags to monitor inventory.

Syscoin (SYS)

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A cryptocurrency with a decentralized marketplace that lets people buy and sell products directly without third parties. Trying to remove middlemen like eBay and Amazon.

Exchange Union (XUC)

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Platform to enable digital asset transfers between professional cryptocurrency exchanges. Exchange Union is working on providing exchange companies more liquidity.

Digix DAO (DGD)

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Users can purchase physical gold bullion. Purchases are recorded and audited using Blockchain. Aims to create more transparency for precious metal ownership.

Power Ledger (POWR)

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Building an open electricity-trading systems for houses with solar panels and future smart homes. The platform aims to offer automated energy buying and selling in the future.

Raiden (RDN)

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Raiden is a technology designed to improve the speed of Ethereum transactions. It offers faster, cheaper, and more scalable transfers for Ethereum and Ethereum-based coins.

Binance Coin (BNB)

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Chinese digital asset exchange - short for Binary Finance. The exchange focuses on trading speed and liquidity. Users that pay fees in Binance coins get discounts.

NXT (NXT)

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Open source blockchain platform that offers built-in features such as a decentralized digital asset exchange, a marketplace, and a community voting system.

Kyber (KNC)

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Platform for digital asset exchange and transfer. Features automatic coin conversions for payments. Also offers payment tools for developers and a cryptocurrency wallet.

ZCoin (XZC)

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ZCoin is a cryptocurrency that is focused on private money transactions. It claims to offer an auditable supply of coins to prevent developers from endlessly creating new coins.

Aeternity (AE)

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Smart contract platform that processes transactions “off” the Blockchain. For disputes, the Blockchain is used to choose a winner. The goal is to solve Blockchain speed and governance issues.

FunFair (FUN)

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A platform that allows anyone to run their own online smart contract casino. Uses Ethereum Blockchain technology to create transparent game code that protects players.

Bytom (BTM)

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Building a system to let digital data, smart contracts, and digital assets interact with each other, using Blockchain technology. The Bytom token is used for these interactions.

DigiByte (DGB)

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A Blockchain designed to securely store digital assets like cryptocurrency, information, and data. The goal is to forever store information without the possibility of change.

Bancor (BNT)

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Bancor is trying to solve liquidity issues for people and companies that are exchanging different digital tokens. Makes it possible to trade any two digital currencies.

Blocknet (BLOCK)

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Creating a service that enables different Blockchains to communicate with each other over Blocknet. Plans to become the inter-Blockchain system for all decentralized applications.

Cryptonex (CNX)

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Building a system to exchange any of the world's currencies for any cryptocurrencies. Working on services to pay with cryptocurrencies using phones and payment cards.

Civic (CVC)

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Uses Blocklchain technology combined with smartphone biometrics to build a secure, digital identity. Tries to become the replacement for traditional passwords and IDs.

0x (ZRX)

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Decentralized digital asset exchange, built in the Ethereum Blockchain. The system is free to use and doesn’t require any signup or permission. Also plans to offer P2P lending.

Pura (PURA)

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Cryptocurrency that financially incentivizes people to use their computers to process transactions. Participants are called “Master Nodes” and are paid interest. 10% goes to charity.

Metal (MTL)

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Digital currency and wallet that lets you send money using your phone number. Connects directly with traditional bank accounts and uses loyalty points to incentivize participation.

Einsteinium (EMC2)

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Smart contract crowdfunding platform designed to support research, education, and technology projects. The system generates a pool of money that’s used as grants.

Lykke (LKK)

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Digital asset exchange app with zero commission trading and immediate settlement. Supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, and traditional currencies. Offers a digital wallet and ICO platform.

Verge (XVG)

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Privacy-focused cryptocurrency for both individuals and businesses. The platform features tools to support larger-scale commercial transactions with fast transfers.

Peercoin (PPC)

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Cryptocurrency that allows for decentralized decision-making and voting based on coin ownership (“Proof of Stake”). Users of Peercoin can earn a one percent yearly interest rate.

Streamr (DATA)

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Building a way for future smart devices to buy and sell streaming data with each other. For example, smart cars can automatically get data like real-time traffic and weather.

Storj (STORJ)

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Decentralized cloud storage that removes middlemen like Dropbox. Similar to Siacoin, it puts encrypted files on private computers, whose owners get paid for their disk space.

VeChain (VEN)

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Singapore-based project that’s building a business enterprise platform and inventory tracking system. Examples are verifying genuine luxury goods and food supply chains.

Nexus (NXS)

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A cryptocurrency that is trying to build next-level decentralization by creating a network of satellites to live-stream Blockchain data globally, even where there is no internet.

MinexCoin (MNX)

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Creating a global payments system that’s based on a stable exchange rate between the Minex cryptocurrency and traditional fiat currencies. Also offers a digital wallet and marketplace.

Quantstamp (QSP)

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Security-audit system for smart contracts. The goal is to check all smart contracts and put verified results on the Blockchain so that nobody can manipulate them.

Substratum (SUB)

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Decentralized internet hosting system. Uses a global network of private computers to create the free and open internet of the future. Participants earn cryptocurrency.

Counterparty (XCP)

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Cryptocurrency that is extending the functionality of Bitcoin. Allows anybody to create smart contracts and cryptocurrency tokens and run them on the Bitcoin blockchain.

NAV Coin (NAV)

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Based on Bitcoin, NAV is a decentralized cryptocurrency that adds optional privacy protection to transfers. It also offers “Proof of Stake” which allows users to earn interest.

PotCoin (POT)

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A cryptocurrency, payment network, and banking platform designed for the global legal marijuana industry. Cannabis sellers can use the digital currency, instead of cash.

AdEx (ADX)

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Blockchain-based advertising exchange that’s trying to disrupt the online ad industry. Aims to increase privacy, reduced ad fraud, and manage consent for sponsored messages.

Ubiq (UBQ)

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Ethereum-based platform for running decentralized enterprise applications and smart contracts. Forms a peer-to-peer network of computers that act as a global supercomputer.

Aragon (ANT)

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System for managing the governance of decentralized organizations on the Ethereum Blockchain. Acts as a digital jurisdiction and a decentralized court system across countries.

ATMChain (ATM)

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Asian ad platform that removes traditional advertising networks as middlemen. Offers deeper ad data, better targeting, and content hosting. Somewhat similar to SingularDTV.

Edgeless (EDG)

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An online casıno platform that uses no “house edge” (the casino’s statıstıcal advantage). Edgeless plans to make money only from player mistakes and from sports bettıng.

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