Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency that that started it all. It was created and released in 2009 by an anonymous figure, known as Satoshi Nakamoto. This currency has the biggest market cap to date around $10billion. With this value it overshadows all other cryptocurrencies from this list, combined.
The introduction into cryptocurrencies is actually the introduction to Bitcoin for the most of the people. Because of Bitcoin’s big reputation, all other cryptocurrencies are referred to as “altcoins”, meaning they are alternatives to Bitcoin. This cryptocurrency is known for the widest acceptance, being the first and easiest to get.
Bitcoin – https://bitcoin.org/en/
Ether is the cryptocurrency for Ethereum, which is a decentralised platform that can execute peer-to-peer “smart contacts”. Since late 2016 and as a result of an attack to The DAO, Ethereum was split into two: Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC). It was created by Vitalik Buterin and launched in mid-2015. After a successful launch to the market, this platform was considered to be the “next generation cryptocurrency and decentralised application platform”. It has a market cap of around $1.1 billion.
Peer-to-peer smart contracts are what Ethereum is known for, aside from the mentioned cryptocurrency. It enables users to code and enact contracts without any third party. Ether is known for being the first alternative to Bitcoin and smart contracts.
Ehter – https://www.ethereum.org/
Litecoin was launched in late 2011 by a former Google employee Charles Lee, as an alternative to Bitcoin. In general, Litecoin is quite similar to Bitcoin, as it can be mined, used as currency and transacted for goods and services. It has a market cap of around $180 million. Its highest peak was around $1.2 billion in 2013. It is known for being most similar to bitcoin and alternative to Bitcoin.
Litecoin – https://litecoin.org/
As Bitcoin was often wrongly labeled as an “anonymous” currency, Monero, on the other hand, is a cryptocurrency that focuses mainly on privacy, using the ring signature technology, in order to be “secure, private and untraceable”. Monero has around $138 million in market cap and it’s mostly used by individuals who wish to remain incognito on the network. It is known for being a privacy-centric cryptocurrency.
Monero – https://getmonero.org/
Ripple is actually a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange and remittance network. This cryptocurrency was released in 2012 and with a market cap of around $243 million, the Ripple system has been even integrated into a few banks and payment networks to reduce costs. It is known for a strong focus on banking market and real-time settlement.
Ripple – https://ripple.com/
Dogecoin was at first created as a “joke currency”, but later developed into a significant cryptocurrency. As it was modeled after the dog in famous “doge” memes, this cryptocurrency, which was released in late 2013 by programmer Billy Markus, is now frequently used to tip users in various forums. It is also frequently sent as donations in fundraising efforts. The Doge4Water fundraising campaign raised thousands of dollars to date. Dogecoin is valued at about $25 million dollars and it is known mostly for its “joke currency” beginning, tips and donations.
Dogecoin – http://dogecoin.com/
Dash, which is short for “digital cash”, is a cryptocurrency with a strong focus on privacy, using anonymization technology, and speed of transaction. It was rebranded from Darkcoin in order to avoid being associated with the “dark web” all the time. It has a market cap of around $77 million. It is currently the main part of Dash Evolution, which is an attempt to make the cryptocurrency more user-friendly. Dash can be spent at various merchants who accept it. It is known for being anonymous and quite fast.
Dash – https://www.dash.org/
MaidSafeCoin, also known as Safecoin, is the cryptocurrency for the “SAFE” (Secure Access For Everyone) network. SAFE is a security-centric data platform. You can even provide space in your own computer in exchange for these coins. There is a significant number of decentralized applications that use the SAFE network to store data securely these days. The market cap for MaidSafeCoin is about $39 million. It is mostly known for being a security-centric data platform.
MaidSafeCoin – https://www.maidsafe.net/safecoin.html
Lisk – https://lisk.io/
Storj released the Storjcoin X in mid-2014. Storj is a decentralized, open-sourced and encrypted cloud data storage which uses Storjcoin tokens to gain access and usage in the Storj network. The market cap is around $8 million. It is mostly known for decentralized cloud storage.
Storjoin X – https://storj.io/
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