Coins & tokens
|1World Online||Service-backed||Data Collection|
|2B4T||Service-backed||Digital Rights Management|
|8 Circuit Studios||Service-backed||Digital Rights Management|
|ABR||Asset-backed||Bionic Limb Market|
|ACT DAO||Asset-backed||Venture Capital|
|Acuitty Global Services Exchange||Service-backed||Exchange|
Aelf is a decentralized network for cloud computing. The Aelf token gives users a vote in governance on the platform and can be purchased on Bitfinex, Binance, Huobi, CEX.io, and gate.io. 25% of the tokens were distributed in a token sale with another 25% going to the Aelf Foundation, 16% to the team, 12% for marketing and airdrops, 12% to mining rewards, and 10% for advisers and partnerships.
The Aelf team includes Founder Ma Haobo, Consultant Chen Zhuling, Software Enginner Fu Li, and Yang Yalong. Advisers include Liam Robertson, Zhou Shuoji, Kenneth Oh, and J. Michael Arrington. Investors include FBG Capital, AlphaBit, Galaxy Digital Assets, Blockchain Ventures, Node Capital, Blocktower, Hyperchain Capital, JLAB, and Signum Capital.
Aidas Kuneen is an open-source privacy token with no fees targeting incorporation into the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The network operates on a Directed Acrylic Graph (DAG) called IMesh instead of a blockchain for improved speed and scalability.
Founded by CEO Ricardo Badoer, also the CEO and founder of Badoer Invest, with an Executive and Chief Programmer mysteriously listed as Norman, Aidas Kuneen has been around since July 2016. The Aidas Foundation was launched in August 2017.
Aion offers a federated blockchain platform enabling the deployment of customizable blockchains, scalability, and interoperability between various blockchain networks. Aion raised $27 million in their token sale in the fall of 2017 and is currently under development.
The Aion team includes CEO Matthew Spoke, CFO Jason Burke, CTO Jinius Tu, COO Kesem Frank, Product Manager Jason Zaluski, and Community Manager Jay Cleary. Engineers include Alexandra Roatis, Ali Sharif, Anakha Palissery, Chris Lin, Erik Iglikov, Kimberly Luu, Jay Tseng, Ross Kitsis, Yao Sun, Yulong Wu, and Gurdeepak Joshi with Dipesh Pradhan, Karim Zeine, and Duncan Cameron on Business Development.
|Aira||Service-backed||Bot Communication Protocol|
|AKM Global||Service-backed||Food Data|
|Antshares (now NEO)||
Antshares is China's first open-source, public blockchain project serving as an asset-creation platform for smart contracts. Antshares allows people to digitize assets or shares and conduct financial business through its peer-to-peer network. Similar to Ethereum, the platform also supports smart contracts that can be used to enhance and enrich the functions of assets or be entirely unrelated.
Development is supported by the Shanghai-based blockchain startup Onchain. Onchain was founded in 2014 and their overarching goal is to be the marketing and consulting entity for Antshares without centralizing the technology. Although China makes up the majority of the volume behind Bitcoin - as much as 75% of Bitcoin trades in a given day are for Yuan - most companies that deal with blockchain technology conduct business in English. This means a large population of non-English speaking Chinese are closed off to new projects in this ecosystem, an issue that Antshares hopes to change.
Antshares held its first ICO in October, 2015, which lasted ten days and raised 2,100 BTC, valuing the project at roughly $3.1 million. 17.5 millions ANS were distributed in the inital ICO with 22.5 million distributed in their 2017 ICO. 10 million were given to early adopters, including the development team. Another 50 million are being held in reserve for bounties and other investments, and can only be distributed after one year at a max rate of 15mm/year. This brings the grand total to 100 million ANS tokens that will ever be created.
Aragon is a platform for decentralized business or organizational management with features for governance, capitalization, fundraising, payroll, accounting, and bylaws. By offering a comprehensive set of organizational tools, Aragon hopes to encourage the proliferation of decentralized organizations.
Founded by CEO Luis Cuende in October 2016, Aragon is headquartered in Derental, Niedersachsen. The roadmap includes upgrades for ease of use and contract upgradeability, a decentralized arbitration system, and steps toward standardization.
The Aragon ICO held on May 17, 2017 raised $25 million in under 15 minutes and in the same month the company announced a partnership with Status to allow mobile access to the Aragon platform
Ardor is a blockchain service platform that allows users to create their own blockchain using a child chain that gives users access to features of the Nxt blockchain and compatibility with other blockchains on the Ardor network.
The core developers come from Jelurida BV, the same group that launched Nxt in 2013. Instead of an ICO, Ardor tokens were initially distributed based on snapshots of the Nxt blockchain taken from July 14 to October 13.
Ardor released a beta testnet in February 2017 and is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2017 with IGNIS as the first child chain. Features will include asset exchange, voting and governance systems, conditional transactions, and a manageable blockchain size.
Ark is a platform for consumer adoption of blockchain technologies. Ark uses a system called ‘Smart Bridges’ to link existing blockchains technologies. It is a fast and secure decentralized platform created to provide services needed by consumers and developers. The Ark token will act as a medium between different blockchains.
Founded by 27 individuals across the world, the Ark team consists of 13 core members. The Ark core consists of founding members, advisors, and a development crew. The Ark crowdsale ended in December, 2016 without reaching it’s 2000 BTC goal. However, the team continued work on the road map and will continue development of the project.
The Ark website has an actively updated roadmap, with progress updates available. These progress updates show completion of tasks, for new features of the project. Currently the team is working to provide a better experience on the mobile wallet.
Asch is a decentralized application (dApp) platform based in China offering a blockchain referred to as the “main chain” and a Software Development Kit (SDK) to allow users to issue their own tokens. The network uses side chains to allow for flexible blockchain parameters and scalability, a decentralized voting system to generate witnesses for block production, and a dApp store.
This year, Asch gained membership in the Zhejiang Block Chain Technology Application Association, Guiyang City Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox, and the Beijing Blockchain Technology Application Association. Asch also recently participated in China's second-annual Blockchain Technology Innovation and Application Competition in October 2017.
|Asset Token ERC20||Service-backed||Credit Card Rewards|
|ATBcoin||Currency||Credit Card Rewards|
|ATLANT||Asset-backed||Real Estate and P2P Rental|
ATMChain bills itself as a smart medium platform providing an ecosystem for media advertising through an API allowing users to create media applications. Built on the Decent platform, ATMChain rewards websites and viewers for posting advertising content while improving the payment transactions and exchange of user metrics between viewers and advertisers.
Key team members include Foundation Chairman Usama, Vice Chairwoman Yan Chang, and Senior Technicals Consultant Antonio and Luis. The nonprofit ATMChain Foundation based in Switzerland promotes the development of ATMChain through advocacy and promotion of transparent governance.
The ATMChain ICO began on August 8, 2017
ATMChain has access to over 7,000 smart media screens across China
|Augmentors / Databits||Service-backed||Entertainment|
Augur is a decentralized prediction market aiming to create a democratic, low-fee financial system. The system combines blockchain technology with game theory in a unique exploration of collective consciousness that will allow users to create their own financial derivatives and receive rewards for accurate predictions.
Founded by Jack Peterson and Joey Krug in 2014, the open source project has launched an alpha version on the Ethereum network in June 2015 and a beta in March 2016 with live release projected for late summer 2017.
Augur’s ICO raised $5.2 million in funding in 2015 and the project has received support from Vitalik Buterin, the Thiel Foundation, and Ron Bernstein. Augur’s development has deep roots in economic theory, most notably Friedrich Hayek's The Use of Knowledge in Society.
|Avalon Loans (scam?)||Service-backed||Lending Platform|
|Back to Earth||Service-backed||Entertainment|
|BANER||Service-backed||Business Social Network and Trading Platform|
|Basic Attention Token||
Basic Attention Token is a digital advertising currency used to pay for services on the Brave browser. The ERC20 token built on Ethereum is based on the power of user attention and allows for more efficient interactions between users, publishers, and advertisers. Users do not receive digital ads unless they opt-in and can choose how much to contribute.
Brave was founded on May 28, 2015 by Brendan Eich and Brian Bondy, both formerly members of Mozilla, and the Basic Attention Token white paper was published on May 29, 2017.
The Basic Attention Token ICO on May 31, 2017 raised $36 million in approximately 30 seconds. Brave currently measures user engagement at the browser level and the 1.0 release will integrate a wallet and a system acor measuring ad inventory and transaction calculation based on Basic Attention Metric data.
|Beth (Scam)||Service-backed||Venture Capital|
|Beyond the Void||Service-backed||Entertainment|
|Bidlend||Asset-backed||One Belt One Road Lending|
|BIG Foundation||Currency||Unconditional Basic Income|
Binance Coin is the native token of the Binance exchange, a decentralized digital asset exchange that can be found at https://www.binance.com/. Holding Binance Coins allows users to receive 50% off of the trading fees incurred while using the Binance exchange for the first year with the rebate halving each year until it reaches 0% in year five. Binance has also committed to investing 20% of their quarterly profits to the purchase and destruction of BNB tokens until 50% of the tokens have been repurchased.
|Binary.com||Currency||Unconditional Basic Income|
Bitcoin is the world's first successful cryptocurrency; a peer-to-peer, open-source network incorporating a central ledger maintained by a consensus algorithm operating on each node of the network enabling electronic payments to be made without financial institutions or centralized intermediaries. Transactions are verified by individual nodes that secure the network by solving a proof-of-work algorithm that generates Bitcoins in a process called mining.
An individual or individuals using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin white paper on October 31, 2008 and the software itself in 2009. Development of the Bitcoin Core occurs according to Bitcoin Improvement Proposals and work has been led by two organizations: Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin Classic.
The Bitcoin network currently faces a scaling problem resulting in slow transactions with high mining fees. Solutions will allow larger blocks to be mined. Bitcoin Unlimited has suggested a hard fork that would replace the Core reference client and Classic wants to maintain the client while working toward a more decentralized governance system. A new proposal called Segwit2x is due for release on July 21, 2017 and will require 95% of miners to signal their support for the proposal to be incorporated into the network as a soft fork.
Bitcoin Cash is a fork of the Bitcoin ledger with updated consensus rules that improve its ability to scale.
Bitcoin Cash launched as a fork on the bitcoin ledger, August 1, 2017. This fork occurred due to a split in the Bitcoin community. As Bitcoin continues to face scalability issues, members of the community disagree on the steps that should be taken. Bitcoin Cash was created by members who wanted to update the protocol and allow for scalability on a larger domain.
Just like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash is not ran by a central team of developers. Bitcoin Cash is updated and worked on by multiple independent development teams. Bitcoin Cash is traded on many popular exchanges including Bittrex and Kraken.
|Bitcoin Growth Fund (MCAP)||
MCAP is the native digital token of Bitcoin Growth Fund exchange used to fund MCAP Labs, a project focused on ICO research, analysis, and mining operations. The goal of Bitcoin Growth Fund is to democratize investment in growth-stage investment markets.
Founded in November, 2016, the project has offices in Dubai and India but a surprising lack of information regarding the team available on the web. The token operates on Ethereum's ERC-20 protocol and uses counter-party protocol for peer-to-peer transactions.
The MCAP ICO began on April 27, 2017 and closed on June 1 raising $14.5 million.
Bitconnect is an open-source cryptocurrency ecosystem enabling exchange and lending between Bitcoin and Bitconnect coin (BCC). Built on a hybrid proof-of-work/proof-of-stake consensus algorithm, users can exchange Bitcoin for BCC for 0.25% per transaction and investments in the lending platform generate profits from the Bitconnect trading bot.
The Bitconnect coin ICO concluded in January, 2017 with over 1 million BCC tokens sold and an 18x increase as of June, 2017. The website currently advertises that anyone investing $20,000 or more between June 1 and July 31, 2017 will receive an opportunity to join Bitconnect at an annual ceremony in Thailand.
Bitcore (BTX) is a payment coin featuring a 6% weekly airdrop for any address with at least one BTX. Launched on April 24, 2017, anyone holding Bitcoin on November 2, 2017 can claim airdropped BTX as well. The Bitcore platform includes SegWit and Bloom and features the Timetravel 10 mining algorithm supporting GPU mining.
The Bitcore team includes Core Developer Chris, Brand Ambassador and Social Media Expert Steve, Graphic Designer David.
Bitdeal is an open-source digital currency, allowing transactions based on a contract-mechanism. Bitdeal allows users to safely and privately transact with another party.
The Bitdeal ICO began in May 2017 and BTDL is available for purchase on the Bitdeal website.
The Bitdeal roadmap includes an app, wallet, then Bitdeal exchange this December 2017.
Bitshares is a blockchain service platform featuring value-pegged digital Smart Coins, user-issued digital assets, a decentralized exchange, transferable named accounts, and an affiliate rewards program operating on a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm.
Social and business communication blockchain Crypviser recently announced they will be moving from the Ethereum blockchain to Bitshares and the OpenLedger exchange launched on the Bitshares platform in October, 2015.
|Blackmoon Crypto||Service-backed||Financial Services|
|Blockchain Board of Derivatives||Asset-backed||Derivatives Market|
|Blockchain Capital||Asset-backed||Venture Capital|
Blocknet is an open-source decentralised platform connecting blockchains through their XBridge protocol to form an “Internet of Blockchains”, as well as forming a decentralized exchange. XBridge is currently being developed and when finished, will communicate between blockchains and support development of decentralized applications. Blocknet will implement three core features to improve blockchain: interoperability, mobility, and modularity.
The Blocknet ICO launched in October 2014. ICO funds are supporting the development of the Blocknet project. Ismail Malik, Blockchain R&D and ICO strategist, recently joined to Blocknet team and will be involved in business aspects of the project.
Blocknet is now gearing up to launch a decentralised exchange. Testing began April 2017, and developers have successfully traded on the exchange.
|Bondkick Syndicate||Asset-backed||Hedge Fund|
|Bread ICO||Service-backed||Digital Wallet|
Byteball is a cryptocurrency platform featuring smart payments, in-chat payment, prediction markets, p2p insurance, betting, chatbots, and a bot store. The platform also incorporates an untraceable currency called Blackbytes and provides free distributions of Bytes to Bitcoin and Byte holders.
Based in Russia, Byteball was founded by Anton Churyumov in September 2016. Instead of a blockchain, data is stored using a directed acrylic graph so the platform does not have miners and Bytes are used to add data to the database.
In June 2017 Byteball launched a Grants Program to fund proposals to improve the Byteball ecosystem, their online bot store and p2p insurance. Byteball can be purchased in-wallet using a trading bot or on Bittrex, Cryptox, Cryptopia, Changelly, and Bitsquare.
Bytecoin was released in July 2012 as a private, untraceable cryptocurrency with enhanced security and faster transaction times than Bitcoin. Their developers do not use full names; the project manager is known as Pacific_Skyline and the tech lead is Amjuarez.
Bytecoin protects the money of its users with modern cryptographic techniques based on CryptoNote technology. The team claims it is “impossible to hack”, as any hacking attempt would require immense amounts of electricity and the power of a supercomputer. Any attempt to gain access to another's wallet is almost impossible.
Unlike Bitcoin, which has a public ledger allowing anyone to track the transfer of Bitcoin between wallets, Bytecoin ensures anonymity regarding financial transactions and wallet balances unless intentionally revealed. In this sense, it is more similar to Monero than Bitcoin.
Bytom offers an interactive protocol allowing users to issue their own digital assets. The platform consists of layers for data, contracts, and assets to provide support for multiple currencies, key, addresses, and accounts. An ASIC-friendly proof-of-work algorithm is used to achieve consensus on the network.
Cofounded by Chang Jia and Duan Xingxing, the Bytom team includes Lang Yu, Qu ZhaoXiang, Li Zongcheng, Guo Guanghua, and Zhu Yiqi.
Cardano is an open source, decentralized, public blockchain with a smart contract platform under development that will allow for secure, scalable, and programmable transfers of value. Cardano operates on a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and is one of the first blockchains programmed using the Haskell language. Cardano’s native currency (ADA) can be held in the Daedalus wallet and purchased from Bittrex, Binance, Upbit, and Coinnest with plans for listing on HitBTC, Bitt, and Cryptopia. Updates to Cardano and the roadmap for future development can be tracked at https://cardanoroadmap.com/.
Launched on September 29, 2017, the development of Cardano is led by the Cardano Foundation, Input|Output (IOHK), and Emurg. The Cardano Foundation operates as an independent standards body supporting regulatory compliance and commercial development of the Cardano blockchain. IOHK is a cryptocurrency research and development company contracted to develop the Cardano platform until 2020, and Emurg invests in start-ups and assists commercial ventures making use of the Cardano blockchain.
|Cash Poker Pro||Service-backed||Gambling|
|Chain of Points||Service-backed||Reward Programs|
Chainlink provides a platform for connecting smart contracts with apps and data. The network enables users to access API’s, payment processing networks, and other blockchains with smart contracts. Chainlink has been contracted by SWIFT to develop their Smart Oracle; other partnerships include Gartner, Cornell, and the World Economic Forum. The Chainlink crowdsale concluded in September 2017 and raised $32 million.
|Platform||Smart Contract Development Exchange|
|Christ Coin||Service-backed||Social Media|
Cindicator aims to provide a platform for asset management based on artificial intelligence. The Cindicator Bot 1.0 uses predictive analytics, data, and market indicators to provide trading indicators while Bot 2.0 provides real-time arbitrage opportunities, asset ranking, and alerts for price drops and surges.
Founded by CEO Mike Brusov, CTO Yuri Lobyntsev, and COO Artem Baranov, Cindicator has a diverse team of data scientists, developers, trader/analysts, and community supporters. Advisors include Charlie Shrem, Anthony Diiorio, Marcus Killick, Evan Cheng, Reese Jones, Andrej Rusakov, Vivian Cheng, and Simone Giacomelli. Partners include Microsoft BizSpark, Moscow Exchange, BitFin Capital, and The Token Fund.
Civic offers a low-cost, on-demand, blockchain-based identity verification system that aims to make redundant background checks a thing of the past. The platform uses Civic Tokens to enable verification services and verification can be provably recorded on the blockchain.
Founded by CEO Vinny Lingham and CTO Jonathan Smith in 2016, Civic is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The system uses multiple identity verification services to verify user identities and centralized services can use the platform to maintain authenticated data.
Civic raised $2.75 million in seed funding in January, 2016 and the Civic ICO ran from June 26-27, 2017 and raised $33 million.
|Contingency (Scam?)||Service-backed||Supply Chain|
|CPROP||Service-backed||Property Investment Management|
|Crypto 20||Asset-backed||Crypto Index Fund|
|Crypto Improvement Fund||Service-backed||Cryptocurrency Marketing|
|CryptoCoin (dead project)||Service-backed||Ticket Systems|
Cryptonex offers a payment token with the goal of being tradeable for any fiat or digital currency and enabling a mobile and card-based payment system requiring minimal commission. The network uses a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm yielding a 12% annual dividend plus commissions to maximize transaction speed and features a bounty program to improve security.
The Cryptonex team includes Founder and Managing Director Pavel Kalinin, PR Director Lina Kai, Executive Director Andre y Ershov, Technical Director Max Tennant, Team Leader Igor Litvenenko, and C++ Programmer Dmitry Palaguta.
Dash (DASH) or Digital Cash is a cryptocurrency focused on user-friendliness, privacy, and transaction speed featuring the world's first Decentralized Autonomous Organization.
Dash was created by Evan Duffield on January 18, 2014, with the goal of being as close to a form of digital cash as possible. Since then the core team has grown to 50 paid employees and a large group of volunteers. In June, 2017, the market capitalization of Dash passed $1 billion.
Dash uses a treasury system to fund itself. The masternodes and miners each receive 45% of the block reward and the remaining 10% funds the treasury. May, 2017, the treasury was providing $650,000 in funding per month. The treasury is used to pay for services that are beneficial for Dash, like the Dash core development team. The Dash team is currently working on Dash Evolution, which will integrate Dash into online markets, in a way that is consumer and merchant friendly.
|Datum||Service-backed||Personal Data Exchange|
Decent is a decentralized digital network allowing users to publish content or applications, set pricing, and distribute through the network. Decent provides a quicker and more efficient method for the development and distribution of digital content.
The whitepaper was published November 2015, by Matej Michalko, CEO and founder, and Josef Sevcik, Chief Architect. The Swiss-based team is composed of 31 core members, with a range of experience. Decent’s founders, Matej Michalko, Matej Boda, and Wayman Kwan, have much experience working with businesses internationally. The Decent ICO ended September 2016, raising 5,881 BTC.
Decent is working to launch an app store and mobile client to allow for easier distribution of content through the system. After launch of an app store and supporting structure, the Decent team plans to manufacture Decent streaming HW devices. Connecting Smart TVs to the Decent network will allow for decentralized streaming and TV use. The launch of Decent streaming devices is planned for 2018.
|Decentralized Escrow (ANTISCAM)||Service-backed||ICO Escrow|
Decred is a decentralized cryptocurrency combining proof-of-work and proof-of-stake into a hybridized consensus system with layered governance. Development is backed by Company Zero in Golang and governed by the Decred Constitution.
Founded by John Vernaleo, David Hill, Dave Collins, Jake Yocom-Piatt, Alex Yocom-Piatt, and Josh Rickmar on February 8, 2016, Decred Holdings Group, LLC is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Instead of holding an ICO, Decred chose to airdrop the first 840,000 DCR to 3,244 pre-registered recipients.
26.8% of the 21 million possible coins have been mined as of June, 2017. Upcoming developments include support for lightning network, payment integration, a decentralized voting process for changes to the blockchain protocol, decentralized control of development funds, and other steps toward a fully decentralized autonomous organization.
Dent provides a mobile data marketplace allowing users to buy and sell data packages for mobile devices. The platform aims to lower the cost of mobile data and international roaming and enable users of mobile devices to only use the data they need.
Cofounded by CEO Tero Katajainen, Miko Linnamaki, and Andee Vollmer, the Dent team includes SVP of Telco Operations Ramon Greep, Director of Payment Systems and GM of UK and Ireland Michael Wirth, Smart Contract and Blockchain Specialist Ville Sundell, Country Manager for Japan and China Mark Xu, and Country Manager for Korea Minho Kang.
Dentacoin is a blockchain platform for the dental industry featuring a database for medical records and applications for aftercare, customer feedback, and the exchange of dental products and equipment. Launched on February 14, 2017, the Dentacoin ICO held in October 2017 raised $1.9 million and the testnet launch of the platform is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. Dentacoin is currently available on Cryptopia, Mercatox, EtherDelta, HitBTC, Shapeshift, CoinExchange.io, and IDAX.
Founded by Professor Doctor Dimitar Dimitrakiev, Business Developer Philipp Grenzebach, and Core Developer Jeremias Grenzebach, the Dentalcoin team includes Front-end and Solidity Developer Sergey Ushakov, Web Developer Alexander Atanasov, Graphic Designer and Web Developer Daniel Kolarov, and CFO Hristo Gradechliev. Dentacoin also has partnerships with over fifteen dental practices across the globe.
DigiByte is a digital currency focused on cyber security, payments, and secure communications. Their goal is to connect merchants, consumers, and mainstream society with a secure, decentralized digital currency.
DigiByte was developed in 2013 by Jared Tate and released on January 10, 2014. Platforms include Digibyte Gaming, an e-sports gaming platform that has been down since a DDoS attack in May 2017, DiguSign, a blockchain-based document verification service, DigiByte Tip, DigiByte Market, and the DigiHash developer mining pool.
During 2016 Microsoft included DigiByte templates on the Azure platform and nominated DigiByte Holdings for inclusion in their Biz Spark Plus program and in April 2017 DigiByte became the first blockchain to incorporate Segregated Witness. They are currently looking into starting a DigiByte Foundation.
|Digital Developer's Fund||Asset-backed||Venture Capital|
DigixDAO (DGD) is a token supporting the Digix Global project to tokenize physical gold on the Ethereum blockchain. When users buy Digix Gold Tokens (DGX), they are buying gold in a tokenized form; every DGX is backed by 1 gram of stored gold. It was created with the goal of providing a stable token that can be used to hold value long term.
Founded in 2014 with headquarters in Singapore, DigixDAO was created with the goal of providing a stable token that can be used to hold value long term.
In March, 2016 DigixDAO held the first crowdsale on the Ethereum blockchain and surpassed it’s goal by raising 5.5 million USD within 12 hours. Those who bought DGD during the crowdsale receive payments from transactions of DGX. DGX uses a proof-of-asset protocol to prove the existence and ownership of assets.
|DNX Community||Service-backed||Digital Nomads|
Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency based on the “Doge” meme popularized on the internet featuring a Shiba Inu dog. The coin was originally intended as a joke and to help cryptocurrency distance itself from bitcoin's association with the dark market known as the Silk Road.
Created by Billy Markus from Portland, Oregon in coordination with Jackson Palmer of Sydney, Australia, and released on December 8, 2013, the cryptocurrency is promoted by the Dogecoin Foundation.
In spite of a lack of commercial applications, Dogecoin has gained traction as a tool for tipping others on the internet and fundraising. In 2014, Dogecoin raised $30,000 to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics and a trip has been coordinated to send a physical representation of Dogecoin to the moon in 2019.
|Dome Platform||Service-backed||WIFI Sharing|
Dragonchain aims to be the most “secure, flexible, and business ready blockchain platform and ecosystem.” The project began in 2014 as Disney’s private blockchain platform and was released under an open-source license. Based in Seattle, Washington, the platform focuses on allowing users to retain control over how data associated with transactions on the blockchain is displayed.
The Dragonchain team includes Cofounder and CEO Joe Roets, Cofounder and VP of Strategic Partnerships Eileen Quenin, Cofounder and CBO George Sarhanis, CTO Paul Sonier, CFO Catherine Lenihan, Director of Human Resources Shirly Roets, and Marketing Director Jonel Cordero. Eileen Quenin also serves as Founder and President of the Dragonchain Foundation. Advisers include Maria Smith, Ed Fries, Tom Bush, Collin Lahay, Jeff Garzik, and Matthew Roszak.
|Smart Contract Platform||Smart Contracts|
|Ecobit||Asset-backed||Sustainable Venture Capital|
Edgeless is a provably-fair, Ethereum-based casino offering 0% edge online gambling with blackjack, dice, poker, and sports betting. The platform offers a monthly profit-sharing lottery to token holders with a prize fund equal to 40% of casino profits. According to their math, a 0% house edge in games of skill and luck like blackjack and poker practically translates to a 0.83% edge for the house due to player error; in addition, Edgeless will collect 4% of all money wagered in sports betting.
The Edgeless team includes Blockchain Systems Developer Ignas Mangevicius, Operations and Businses Manager Tomas Lukosaitis, Professional Gambler Tomas Draksas, and Smart Contract/dApp Developers Julia Altenreid and Stefan Holler. Advisors include Blockchain Investor and Analyst Paolo Rebuffo, and CEO of Revoltra.com and TokenMarket.net Ransu Salovaara.
The Edgeless ICO raised over $2,000,000 during March 2017 and the company recently announced 1600 users registered to play over 76,000 games during the first two weeks of the Edgeless 0.1 release.
|Eggs Datacenter||Service-backed||Remote Workspace|
Elastic is an open-source project, working to develop a decentralized supercomputer. The supercomputer will become an available resource to those who own Elastic coins (XEL).
The Elastic supercomputer has been under development and a large group of anonymous contributors communicate via Github. The XEL ICO was launched to raise funding for the supercomputer.
Elastic XEL is currently traded on bittrex and heatwallet. The value of the coin will be determined by the amount of computation power the network can offer. Providing computation power at a lower cost than traditional methods of renting, will allow for a more widespread use of supercomputers.
Emercoin is a digital currency and blockchain service platform launched in December 2013 featuring a Secure Shell (SSH) management system, Domain Name System (DNS), a pay-per-click advertising network, proof of ownership, timestamps, electronic business cards, passwordless authentication, and a torrent-based file-sharing service. The network uses a hybridized proof-of-work/proof-of-stake consensus algorithm with SHA-256 for mining hashes.
Founded by CEO Eugene Shumilov, key members include Cryptography and Financial Expert Oleg Khovayko, Blockchain Implementation Specialist Stan Polozov, Chief Communications Officer Christopher Lovell, Senior Programmer Eugene Merenkov, Chief Information Officer Sergii Vakula, Emercoin China Executive Director Lin Wan, and Integration Architect and Business Consultant Yury Kirilchev.
Emercoin recently made headlines as one of the platforms offered in a sandbox environment as part of the Microsoft Azure blockchain-as-a-service suite included in Azure Government Secret, a cloud-computing service designed specifically for government agencies.
|Enledger||Service-backed||Renewable Energy Market Index|
EOS, launched by the company Block.one, is a decentralized operating system that allows for a simpler way of designing blockchain applications, and serves as a communication platform between the application and the blockchain itself. At heart, the platform itself seeks to have similar characteristics to Etherium, except allow for much greater scalability, and is one of the few ICOs that is not an Ethereum based project. From their Consensus presentation, a deeper explanation is, “EOS is a consensus blockchain operating system that provides databases, account permissions, scheduling, authentication, and internet-application communication to massively improve the efficiency of smart business development that uses parallelization to make possible blockchain scalability to millions of users and millions of transactions per second.”
Earlier this year, EOS closed its first funding round, raising approximately $180MM, setting a new record for most raised during an ICO as of July, 2017 through the promise of faster transactions with no fees. In context, the previous record was set by Bancor, which raised nearly $150MM.
Although new, we are closely watching for developments in the underlying technology, and will provide further updates as new releases are announced.
|Ether for the Rest of the World||Service-backed||Gambling|
Ethereum is a distributed computing platform for running smart contracts. The open-source, blockchain-based project is incentivized and secured by the Ether token and the current version of the network is known as “Homestead.” A hard fork planned for late summer 2017 will switch Ethereum from a proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and that version will be called “Metropolis.”
Proposed by Vitalik Buterin in a white paper published in late 2013 and co-founded with Mihai Alisie, Anthony Diiorio, Gavin Wood, and Charles Hoskinson, development is led by the nonprofit Ethereum Foundation based in Switzerland using the Solidity programming language.
The pre-sale of 60 million Ether in August, 2014 raised 25,000 BTC worth approximately $12.5-$15 million at the time. In 2016, Ethereum hard forked into two blockchains as a result of the collapse of the DAO project: Ethereum and Ethereum Classic.
Ethereum Classic is an open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing platform based on transaction finality and decentralized governance. Developers who disagree with Ethereum Foundation's decision to alter the Ethereum blockchain support Ethereum Classic as a continuation of a hard fork in the Ethereum blockchain dedicated to immutable code.
Development has been led by three groups: the ETC Dev Team led by Igor Artamonov, the Grothendieck team led by former Ethereum CEO Charles Hoskinson with funding from Barry Silbert's Digital Currency Group, and the EthCore team led by former Ethereum CTO Gavin Wood.
Grayscale Investments launched the Ethereum Classic Investment Trust with $10 million in development funding in April, 2017. A hard fork in early 2017 diffused the "difficulty bomb" included in the original Ethereum code to phase out the profitability of mining and one is planned for later this year to create a fixed-cap monetary policy with a hard cap at approximately 210 million tokens.
Etheroll is a provably-fair, Ethereum-based dice game featuring a 1% house edge and no sign-ups or deposits required. Users choose their odds and place bets in Ether (ETH) on a 100-sided virtual dice roll, or purchase DICE tokens to bet on the house and collect profits generated by users betting against the house advantage every twelve weeks.
Etheroll held an ICO in June 2016 that raised 2,326 ETH in five days but refunded the money after learning of the DAO hack and performing internal security audits. A new ICO in February 2017 raised $175,000 and in August the company announced 145,000 ETH wagered on approximately 90,000 rolls over a fourteen-week soft-launch. Future plans include higher bankrolls, lower gas costs, a three-dimensional user interface, and increased advertising efforts.
Ethos offers a blockchain platform aimed at encouraging adoption through a mobile universal wallet incorporating a social network, a liquidity network, one-click diversification, and a reward system for ratings, reviews, and predictions. The platform will offer tax reports, customized baskets for diversifying investments, and no setup fees or hidden costs.
Founded by CEO Shingo Lavine, Ethos team members include Strategy and Compliance Officer Stephen Corliss, CTO Adam Meghji, Engineering and Development Lead Tim Simmons, Product Manager Kevin Dean Pettit, Business Operations Manager Adam Lavine, Creative/Ux Director Ryan Paterson, Senior Designer Christine Mangosing, Controller and Head of Corporate Finance Aiko Nomura, and Director of Portfolio Management Dan Caley.
Factom is a distributed, decentralized protocol for a data layer on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. Intended for businesses and governments to create and store records in real-time on the blockchain, users can document their information in such a way that it cannot be modified, deleted or backdated. Factom’s technology decentralizes record keeping by ensuring that the integrity of stored data remains intact, providing complete transparency while maintaining user privacy in an increasingly digital world.
Founded by Abhi Dobhal, Paul Snow, Tiana Laurence, David Johnston, Brian Deery, Peter Kirby on April 2, 2015 with headquarters in Austin, Texas, Factom raised over $8MM in an extended series A funding round earlier this year in addition to $4.2MM raised in October, 2016. One of its key investors is Tim Draper, billionaire and American venture capitalist investor, and recent partnerships include iSoftStone, a Chinese urban energy development company, and Intrinio, a financial markets data firm.
Factom’s most recent launch is “Factom Harmony”, which uses the Factom blockchain to reduce compliance, litigation, and documentation expenses for the mortgage industry. Factom has its own currency called Factoid that allows holders to purchase 'Entry Credits' representing fixed amounts of data on the Factom network. According to their website:
“Decentralized systems need a reward mechanism to incentivize participants. Having a closed system requires cooperation, and builds the long term network value creation. The overarching goal is to move transactions off the Bitcoin blockchain. Requiring Bitcoin transactions defeats this goal. The token creates artificial scarcity to reduce spam.”
Filecoin is a decentralized digital storage network that allows users to earn Filecoin for hosting files, exchange Filecoin for other tokens, and store files at a competitive price. Instead of a typical mining system, those providing storage capacity act as the miners and stored files get replicated throughout the system to protect against the loss of files.
Founded by Juan Benet, the original White Paper was published on July 15, 2014 and the most recent version is dated August 14, 2017.
The Filecoin ICO raised $257 million, breaking the previous record for ICO funding held by Tezos at $232 million.
FirstBlood is a decentralized application, running on the Ethereum Virtual Machine, that enables users to bet on eSports. FirstBlood will allow users to bet without traditional regulations and fees.
The whitepaper was published in August, 2016 by Marco Cuesta, Zack Coburn, Anik Dang, and Joe Zhou. The Boston-based team consists of the original founders and 9 other members.
Firstcoin is a digital currency to be supported by a crowdsharing economy, ATM’s, educational materials, and a membership club. The network operates on a hybridized proof-of-work/proof-of-stake consensus algorithm with 109.9 of 110 total possible tokens premined.
Partners include the Firstcoin Club, LiveCoin, YoBit.net, Cointed, Cex.io, and CoinMama.
|FundRequest||Service-backed||Open Source Market|
FunFair is a gaming platform operating on Ethereum smart-contracts. The goal of FunFair is to provide a secure and transparent platform, where anybody can create casinos. This will allow for lower costs and a better user experience.
FunFair was found by Jez San, the founder of ARC, Argonaut, PKR, Origin8, Ninja Theory. The FunFair team has a strong background in software development and the gaming industry. The token event began June 22, 2016 and raised $26 million USD in the first 4 hours of launch. A second phase of the token sale will occur Q3 2017.
After the second token sale, FunFair will present a demo of the platform at Devcon3 and begin alpha testing Q4 2017. The beta release is scheduled for Q1 2018.
|Galactikka||Service-backed||Social Content Marketplace|
Gamecredits (GAME) is the transactional currency of the GameCredits mobile gaming store and a cryptocurrency based on a Proof-of-Work (POW) consensus algorithm. The goal of the Gamecredits team is to make GAME the digital currency of the gaming world, not only for accessing online games but also for purchasing in game content or trading with other gamers.
The Gamecredits team has built a proprietary payment system with an advanced fraud protection and data analyzation system equivalent to current enterprise-level payment processing solutions in order to protect users from possible fraud in the mobile store - an important aspect when dealing with a large proportion of younger users.
The Gamecredits store is potentially far more lucrative than mainstream equivalents (Android Play or iStore) as the revenue share for the game owner is much higher and payouts are extremely fast - a huge advantage over the current 60-day standard payout period. This has led to a large number of games being listed on the Gamecredits store from launch.
Headquartered in Sisek, Croatia, the Gamecredits team is doing a significant amount of marketing in China and India, which they see as the major growth markets for online gaming. Gamers are considered among the fastest adopters of credit-based currency, as many different in-game credit systems have existed previously (eg, World of Warcraft's gold, Eve's ISK, and SecondLife's Lindens). Gamecredits improves on many of the downfalls of these previous systems and is being integrated into various different games already available on the store.
GAME is also linked to MobileGo, another currency used in the Gamecredits ecosystem for decentralised gaming based on Smart Contracts - See MobileGo for info on that currency.
GAS powers the NEO platform by allowing users to deploy and run smart contracts. NEO holders receive dividends of GAS, which is generated at a rate of eight GAS per block with a maximum of one hundred million tokens projected to be reached in 2039.
The GAS/NEO team includes Founder Da Hongfei, Cofounder and Core Developer Erik Zhang, Secretary-General Tony Tao, Core Developer Li Jianying, Front-End Developer Yan Mingxia, and Global Marketing Manager Caterina Zhang.
|Gladius Network||Service-backed||DDoS Protection|
|Global Crypto Bank||Service-backed||Bank|
|Global Jobcoin||Service-backed||Job Market|
|GlobeTrotter Cryptocurrency Ecosystem||Platform||Accessibility|
|Globus System||Service-backed||Supply Chain|
Gnosis is a decentralized prediction market on the Ethereum blockchain that allows anyone to speculate on anything. The platform will act as a forecasting tool, a search engine for custom information, and a source of predictive assets.
An alpha was launched in August 2015 as the first major DApp on the Ethereum blockchain and Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin serves as an adviser to the project. On April 24, 2017 the Gnosis ICO raised $12.5 million in approximately ten minutes at a $300 valuation.
Golem is a decentralized global supercomputer billed as "Air-bnb for computers." The network is made of user’s machines, from personal laptops to full-fledged data centers, meaning that anyone can contribute to the network or receive decentralized computing services ranging from web hosting to research, to image rendering.
Golem was founded by Julian Zawistowski in 2016 with a detailed white paper describing their plans and the team is based out of Poland. They are creating a decentralized and less expensive way to accomplish tasks requiring large amounts of computational power using blockchain technology. The first use case will be computer graphics rendering; after this may come impacts in the fields of business, machine learning, cryptography, and science.
Their Ethereum-powered token, called Golem Network Tokens (GNT), has a total supply capped at 1,000,000,000 and a circulating supply of 829,252,000. The Golem team owns 6% of all Golem. When people contribute their computing power to the network they are paid in GNT and using that power requires payment in GNT. This facilitates transactions and provides incentive for people to contribute their unused power.
|Greeneum Smart Energy Platform||Service-backed||Energy Market|
|Guaranteed Entrance Token||Service-backed||Event Ticketing|
|GuideCTF||Service-backed||Index Fund Management|
GXS offers information services on the blockchain and with products for data transaction and credit verification. Proposed applications include insurance, lending, job recruitment, housing rentals, consumer loans, and banking. The first dApp will be Gongxinbao, enabling blockchain-based identity and data management.
Cofounded by CEO Huang Minqiang and Vice President Tu Guojun, the GXShares team includes CTO Wang Cheng, CMO Xu Ruosong, Operations Director Xu Xiaopeng, Product Manager Wu Li, Community Manager Cai Xin, Blockchain Development Engineers include Blue Hao Xiang, Tu Jiahua, Xu Lei, Zhu court, and Zhang Junjie with Ye Diwu, Yao Jun, and Shen Dongming acting as Server Engineers.
|HomeToken||Asset-backed||Real Estate Fund|
|Honestis Network||Service-backed||Identity Management|
Hcash is an open-source, decentralized, cross-platform cryptocurrency designed as a side chain for block-based and blockless blockchains. The platform operates on both a hybridized proof-of-work/proof-of-stake blockchain and blockless Directed Acylic Graph (DAG) systems with open governance available to Hcash holders through a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).
The Australia-based team includes CEO Dallas Brooks, CTO Khal Achkar, and Business Development Manager Andrew Wasylewicz. Research partners include Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Monash University of Australia. The Hcash foundation recently boasted over fifty million hits from publication in more than three hundred media outlets and and announced its participation in the Power Ledger ICO, another Australian blockchain project aiming to create a p2p market for solar energy trading.
|iBuildApp Network||Service-backed||Digital Advertising|
|Ice Rock Mining||Asset-backed||Mining|
ICOcoin is a trading platform to support ICOs. The platform is supported by the ICOtoken. The goal of ICOcoin is to provide a transparent and honest trading platform for ICOs.
ICO was founded by Linke Yang and Xiaoyu Huang, who both have experience introducing innovative concepts in cryptocurrency. The team has a strong background is digital assets and blockchain trading platforms, and is currently working to have a stronger role in all ICOs.
Moving forward, ICOcoin is working to develop a crowdfunding platform and cooperate with other programs to become the widely used platform for ICOs. As the ICOcoin platform is used for ICOs, ICOtoken will be valued as a supporting structure.
Iconomi is a digital asset management platform featuring Digital Asset Arrays that consist of portfolios of digital assets created by managers who collect fees when their array is purchased by fellow investors.
The Iconomi ICO in September 2016 raised $8.9 million. A beta version was released on March 1, 2017 and registration for the alpha began on August 1.
Ignis is the first child chain of Ardor and includes the features of NXT with improvements specific to the Ardor blockchain. The platform features an asset exchange, marketplace, voting, alias, and monetary systems, messaging, account leasing and monitoring, coin shuffling, and plugins. Proposed use cases for Ignis include co-ownership of property, crowdfunding, venture capital, fintech, and retail.
The Ignis team includes cofounders Legal Expert Kristina Kalcheva, Senior Developer Lior Yaffe, and Core Developer Petko Petkov with Tomislav Gountchev as Lead Software Architect.
|INS Ecosystem||Asset-backed||Grocery Market|
|Internet of Coins||Service-backed||Exchange|
IOStoken is using Efficient Distributed Sharding (EDS) technology to build a scalable blockchain for the Internet-of-Things. The platform uses a unique proof-of-believability (POB) consensus algorithm that eliminates the need for energy-consuming miners and features data storage services, a feedback system, and a platform for developing smart contracts using mainstream programming languages.
The IOStoken team includes Terrence Wang, Jimmy Zhong, Kelvin Tan, Ray Xiao, Samantha Wang, Bosch Lee, Shangyan Li, Ray Zhu, Will Zhao, Chung Teng, Richard Werbe, Michael Xufu Huang, Daniel Zhang, Sheldon Mei, and Kaijian Gao with Yusen Dai, Ryan Bubinski, Bman Lee, and Jia Tian acting as advisors. Investors and Partnerships include ZhenFund, Sequoia, Huobi, Nirvana Capital, FBG Capital, Genesis, AlphaCoin Fund, ChainFunder, and Consensus Capital.
IOTA is a digital token aimed at powering the Internet-of-Things by creating an open market for technological resources. The platform acts as an oracle for smart contract platforms and will enable Internet-of-Things devices to communicate with each other.
Founded by David Sonstebo, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dr. Serguei Popov, and Dominik Schiener in 2015, IOTA launched on July 11, 2016 and uses Tangle technology incorporating a distributed ledger without blocks to increase scaling potential and enable transaction settling without fees and therefore microtransactions. The platform also incorporates quantum-computing resistant cryptography.
The IOTA ICO from November to December 2015 raised 1,337 Bitcoin and the introduction of ICO trading on Bitfinex launched IOTA to a $1.5 billion market cap on June 13, 2017. The IOTA Foundation began raising funds in March of 2016.
|Kicking Off Movie||Service-backed||Movie Investment|
Kin aims to create a decentralized ecosystem of digital services for daily life. Developed by the team behind the popular chat app Kik, Kin was announced on May 25, 2017. The Kin token sale concluded on September 26, 2017, raising nearly $100 million with launch of the Kin rewards engine scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.
The Kin platform will consist of a cryptocurrency, a rewards engine, and an ecosystem for digital services with open governance with plans to integrate the Kin wallet into the Kik app. Users will be able to earn Kin rewards and use them to purchase items or services. The Kin Foundation will support the development of the ecosystem.
|Komodo (formerly BitcoinDark)||
Komodo is a privacy-centered token and the native currency of the SuperNET ecosystem. Komodo coins operate on a delayed-Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm and can currently be exchanged for thirty-two different fiat-pegged Komodo Currencies and will incorporate a platform for smart contracts and blockchain solutions.
Development is led by BitcoinDark developer and SuperNET founder jl777. The project was announced on Bitcointalk on September 1, 2016.
The Komodo ICO lasted from October 15 to November 14 and raised $1,983,781.
KuCoin Shares is the native token of the KuCoin exchange. Holding KuCoin Shares entitles holders to a daily dividend from 50% of the trading fees accrued on the platform. The Hong Kong-based exchange was launched on September 15, 2017.
The KuCoin team includes CEO Michael Gan, COO Eric Don, CTO Top Lan, President of Business Operations Group John Li, Marketing Director Jack Zhu, Operations Director Kent Li, Product Designer Remy Ran, and Art Designer D.K..
Kyber Network is a smart contract platform that allows users to send tokens to a recipient who can specify the denomination of token they would like to receive, allowing for the seamless exchange and conversion of digital assets using proxy or cross-chain payments. Token prices will be determined by reserve managers approved by the operator rather than a fixed formula and trades will be instantly processed on-chain.
Co-founders include CEO Loi Luu, CTO Yaron Velner, and Lead Engineer Victor Tran, with Wong Lee Hong as Executive Advisor and Vitalik Buterin, Leng Hoe Lon, Choinh Chye Kit, Kenneth Oh, Prateek Saxena, and Pandia Jiang as Advisors.
The Kyber Network ICO raised its goal of $60 million in slightly more than a day with mainnet launch scheduled for Q1 2018 to support trading between tokens and ETH, with arbitrary pair exchange planned for Q2 2018, advanced financial trading instruments in Q3 2018, and cross-chain payments by Q1 2019.
|Legends Room (cancelled)||Service-backed||Entertainment|
LEOcoin is an open-source digital currency started in 2014 as a fork of Litecoin. Supported by the LEOcoin Foundation, the platform aims to be a business-friendly blockchain ecosystem. The LEOxChange (www.leoxchange.com) launched in April 2015 with the network switching to a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm in July 2016 and the X11 hashing algorithm in 2017.
The LEOcoin white paper was released in July 2016 and the Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of Chairman Dan Anderson, Secretariat Bernard Landi, and Executive Director Mihir Magudia.
According to the white paper, at the time of publication 33,000 merchants already offered goods or services priced in LEOcoin to 206,000 token holders.
|LevelNet||Service-backed||Cyber Security Platform|
Lisk is a platform for decentralized applications seeking to be the first successful form of modular cryptocurrency, meaning each app on the Lisk network serves at its own blockchain. Lisk provides a platform for decentralized applications, similar to Ethereum with several key differences, foremost being that Lisk stores applications on a sidechain to help with scalability while Ethereum stores them on the main chain.
Lisk was released in May, 2016, becoming the second most successful ICO ($5.8MM) at the time. It uses the DPoS (Delegated Proof of Stake) algorithm, in which only the top 101 delegates (by LSK ownership) are actively forging and securing the network. It has been compared to Ethereum in the recent months and Lisk has drawn several of Ethereum’s key former members: Charles Hoskinson (ex-CEO) and Steven Nerayoff (ex-advisor).
Lisk’s roadmap consists of 5 stages: Inception, Resillience, Expansion, Ascent, and Eternity. The development team is currently in their first stage, which focuses on stability and basic groundwork. Lisk released version 0.6.0 to the main network in February, 2017, updating the Lisk platform to run on the LTS Node.JS 6.9 release tree to progress the development of the Lisk SDK. The application directory user interface has been removed, which also severs ties to the legacy application code educe confusion regarding the application’s platform itself. Moving forward, Lisk will continue to renovate and optimize its Core to prepare for continued releases of its SDK.
Litecoin is an advanced-featured variation of Bitcoin capable of providing faster transactions. Its mining mechanism is designed to work better with consumer-grade computers and GPUs, allowing more people to participate in mining.
The open-source project was founded in 2011 by Charlie Lee and uses decentralized governance. Litecoin development has been steady and the project reached a $1 billion market cap in November 2013.
In May 2017, Litecoin has become first top-5 cryptocurrency to implement SegWit, giving developers the ability to further scale the network while reducing computational time and providing faster transaction confirmations. The same month saw the first Lightning Network transaction completed on the Litecoin network.
|Loci Coin||Service-backed||Patent Management|
Loopring offers a decentralized exchange and open protocol allowing users to trade digital assets while retaining custody of their tokens and integrate any blockchain with support for smart contracts. Initially available to ERC20 tokens, the protocol allows anyone to deploy an exchange using Loopring’s order matching system and generate exchange service fees.
The Loopring team includes Founder Daniel Wang, CMO Jay Zhou, and COO Johnston Chen.
Partners include the NEO Council, Fintech Blockchain Group, ChainFunder, ICO Race, ICO365, SequoiaDB, Token Capital, and the QTUM Foundation. Advisers include Xuefeng Li, Da Hongfei, and Hitters Xu.
MaidSafe is a network of individual users who contribute storage, computing power, and bandwidth to a global, decentralized, autonomous server. MaidSafe will enable users to to store files, run system applications or provide a centrally secure access point for a network in a decentralized manner such that there is network redundancy and absolute security over files and applications.
MaidSafe was founded by engineer David Irvine in 2006 with headquarters located in Scotland. Their vision is to allow security and privacy for everyone, through their MaidSafe Network. The project is currently focusing on decentralized storage as their first product offering, allowing users to store files securely at a lower cost than traditional services providers such as Amazon.
The SAFE (Secure Access for Everyone) network relies on digital tokens called Safecoins, which are used to reimburse those who contribute resources to the network like storage space or access to network applications. There is no set distribution time for Safecoins as the distribution is directly related to the amount of resources provided to the network, known as Proof-of-Resource. Safecoins are recycled when users exchange them for network services, ensuring there is always a supply for users to earn.
MaidSafe has similar industry goals to the following cryptocurrencies:
|Make It Viral||Service-backed||Content Distribution|
Maker (MKR) is a utility token entitling holders a vote in the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) overseeing the Maker system. The Maker platform offers a decentralized stablecoin called Dai (DAI) pegged to the value of the U.S. dollar and requiring MKR to generate, govern, and recapitalize the system. Dai can be purchased from the Maker DAI explorer available at https://dai.makerdao.com/.
The Maker team includes CEO Rune Christensen, CTO Andy Milenius, President Matt Richards, Chief Scientist Nikolai Mushegian, Head of Product Soren Peter Nielsen, Business Development Lead Greg Diprisco, General Counsel Jacek Czarnecki, and Product Architect David Currin.
|Mass coin||Service-backed||Digital Advertising|
|Mastercoin (later OMNI, MaidSafe)||Platform||Exchange|
|Merchant Wealth Limited||Service-backed||Merchant Network|
Metal is a cryptocurrency using a proof of processed payments, to reward users. Similar to Venmo, Metal was developed to provide users with a quick and secure method to pay others, using only a phone number.
The whitepaper was published in 2017, by Marshall Hayner. The team includes 7 members, with experience at credit card companies, Apple, and other cryptocurrencies.
The initial distribution of Metal ended July 8, 2017. 66,588,888 MTL was distributed. Metal is currently working to be available on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. As a long term goal, the Metal team wants to work as a payment method for in-store purchases.
Metaverse is a project developed by a Chinese Blockchain technology company, ViewFin. Entropy (ETP), the operational token of the Metaverse system, is used to issue and transfer digital identities.
The Entropy crowdsale began mid-summer 2016. Viewfin was founded by CEO Eric Gu. Eric Gu has a background in digital assets and is well-known in the blockchain community. ViewFin’s other core members include VP Jen Lee, VP of R&D Michael Jiang, and CTO Chen Hao, who all have experience in blockchain technology and financial services.
Since launch, the Metaverse platform has achieved adoption by many and continues to grow. Other platforms, including ZenGold have put Entropy to use. ZenGold, much like DigixDao, aims to back digital assets with gold.
MobileGo is a decentralized mobile gaming platform, that allows users to purchase in-game content. Users can use Gamecredits to make quick purchases online. The MobileGo platform will allow for transactions to occur more efficiently, in the quickly growing gaming industry.
The crowdsale began April 25, raised $4.5 million USD within the first 4 hours and $26 million USD by mid-May. Making MobileGo the second largest ICO, after DAO. The funds raised will be used to market Gamecredits and add gaming features to the platform through Ethereum smart-contracts.
Over 300 games are signed up for the MobileGo platform. The store with launch in 2017. Moving forward, MobileGo works to provide a decentralized marketplace, gaming tournaments, and gamer matchmaking.
|Modex||Service-backed||Smart Contract Development Exchange|
Launched in December 2013, Monacoin is the first Japanese cryptocurrency. Featuring the Lyra2RE(v2) hashing algorithm with no premine and a 1.5 minute blocktime, Monacoin is available on Zaif, Bittrex, Livecoin, Bleutrade, Fisco, and Shapeshift. Several retailers accept Monacoin as well, including https://monappy.jp/, http://www.digiket.com/, and http://ilab.cc/.
Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency developed with a focus on privacy and security. While Bitcoin is auditable, Monero’s blockchain intentionally obfuscates sending and receiving addresses as well as the amount sent in order to secure user’s identities and financial data.
Created in April 2014, Monero was introduced under the name bitMonero but changed to Monero five days later due to a community outcry. Since 2014 the Monero community has been actively fixing poor quality code, upgrading security, optimizing mining software, and developing an offline wallet. The developers include Riccardo ‘fluffypony’ Spagni, Francisco ‘ArticMine’ Cabanas, and others, who mainly work to upgrade Monero’s security measures, although other projects such as anonymous voting are in development. Ongoing projects such as RingCT, OpenAlias, and Kovri implement improved confidentiality, simpler addresses, and integration with the i2p network.
Monero is the most traded private cryptocurrency as of June 2017 (https://coinmarketcap.com/). It has gained this success due in part to its continued use on the popular darknet market, Alphabay, and a highly active community. Many currencies are intentionally developed to broadcast user’s transactions in order hold people accountable for their financial decisions. While currencies like this may be more appealing for large scale use, Monero fills a niche by maintaining user’s privacy.
Nano is the rebranded version of RaiBlocks, a project aiming to provide a fast, free, scalable way to make payments. The most recent white paper was released in November, 2018 and the rebrand was announced in January, 2018.
The Nano team includes Creator and Lead Developer Colin LeMahieu and developers Mica Busch, James Coxon, Devin Alexander Torres, Russel Waters, Brian Pugh, Community and Public Relations lead Troy Retzer, Designer Tito Vecchione, Legal Council Josh Kleiman, George Coxon on Operations and Partnerships, and iOS developer Zack Shapiro.
Neblio is a blockchain platform for enterprise applications and services offering open-source solutions for businesses using the Neblio token (NEBL). The network operates on a proof-of-stake (POS) consensus algorithm with proposed use cases including record management, regulatory compliance, internet-of-things (IoT) and data management.
Nebulas is a decentralized search framework making it easier to find information on the blockchain. Founded in June 2017, the platform features search functions for multiple data types, an open-source value-ranking algorithm, and support for high-level programming languages.
Cofounded by CEO Hitters Xu, Robin Zhong, and Aero Wang, the Nebulas team includes Head of Engineering Duran Liu, Head of Investment Hannah Yang, Ux Director Iris Li, Business Development Director Jackie Lim, and Product Manager Yipei Li. Core Developers include Qi Zhu, Shu Shang, and Yang Li.
NEM (formerly known as New Economic Movement) seeks to establish a new digital economy outside the current framework of brokers and dealers. It develops this new ecosystem using a Proof-of-Importance consensus algorithm, which is fundamentally different from the traditional Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake concepts.
NEM was created in January, 2014 by UtopianFuture, the pseudonym for a BitcoinTalk forum user who wanted to improve on xt. Although the initial plan was to fork from the original currency, the team ultimately decided to pursue an alternative route by starting the codebase from scratch. Soon after inception, it was discovered that UtopianFuture used multiple BitcoinTalk accounts to attack other altcoins. His digital presence disappeared shortly after the revelation, which did little to impede the community from supporting the idea, which quickly reorganized and continued forward.
The white paper was published in May, 2015. In late 2015, NEM developers began working with Tech Bureau Corp. on Mijin, a private blockchain project. In 2016, several large Japanese banks began experimenting with the NEM platform, achieving 1,500 transactions per second with 2.5 million virtual bank accounts. Given the success garnered so far and the potential of more developments to come, NEM announced they would be launching a legal entity to help promote and provide education on NEM.
Nexus is a blockchain project, composed of a network of connected projects. Nexus works business and other organizations to grow finance and technology through enhanced, decentralized blockchain systems. The goal of Nexus is to provide a more secure and unregulated financial system for users.
Nexus was founded by Colin Cantrell, an experienced software engineer. The Nexus core team consists of two other key members: Keith Smith and Preston Smith. The Nexus community communicates via Slack and the group now has over 2,000 members.
Nexus is working with aerospace companies, to eventually broadcast the Nexus network from space. They have been gathering data from shuttle launches, as early steps in the process of sending Nexus hardware/software to space.
|Nousplatform||Service-backed||Investment Fund Management|
NXT is a blockchain application platform and second-generation cryptocurrency coded in Java featuring a peer-to-peer exchange, data storage, support for aliases, voting, plugins, and the creation of new currencies on the NXT blockchain.
Launched on November 24, 2013, NXT bills itself as the first currency to rely on a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and features approximately one-minute block times. NXT has an unchanging coin supply so transaction fees are distributed to staked nodes instead of block rewards.
The NXT ICO began with its announcement on Bitcointalk on September 28, 2013 and ended on November 18 raising twenty-one Bitcoin. One billion tokens were distributed among seventy-three stakeholders upon launch and the source code was released on March 1, 2014.
OmiseGo is a public blockchain application based on Ethereum enabling decentralized financial services including payment transactions, remittances, loyalty programs, asset management and trading.
Founded by CEO Jun Hasegawa and COO Donnie Harinsut in 2013, Omise operates in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia. Advisors include Lightning Network co-author Joseph Poon, Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum co-founder Dr. Gavin Wood, and Golem founder Julian Zawistowski.
The OmiseGo ICO presale opened on June 7, 2017 and was intended to run until June 27 but 450 individuals contributed $60 million toward the sale originally capped at $19 million. Omise was featured in Forbes magazine in November 2016.
|Open Longevity Project||Service-backed||Healthcare|
Particl is a decentralised, open-source cryptocurrency platform. Particl allows for person to person and person to business transactions with enhanced privacy features.
The 12 member Particl team is lead by founder and core developer, Ryan Mathee. Ryan Mathee is the owner of Lunatech, a software development and tech solutions company. The Particl seed round began March 17, 2017 and ended April 7, 2017. During the seed round Shadowcash owners exchanged SDC for Particl’s cryptocurrency (PART). After launch of the Particl marketplace, PART will be available for purchase.
The Particl blockchain has been successfully launched, allowing for confidential transactions and decentralized voting. Particl is currently traded on Bittrex and LiteBit.eu. The Particl roadmap, through the end of 2017, includes: third party integrations, a Particl electron wallet app, cold staking, and an alpha marketplace. Early 2018, will include a primary funding round and a beta stage in the marketplace development.
Peercoin is a cryptocurrency based on Bitcoin's source code incorporating a hybridized proof-of-work/proof-of-stake consensus algorithm aimed at steady inflation, low transaction fees, and low energy use. Billing itself as the world's first proof-of-stake coin with approximately 1% inflation and no pre-sale or pre-mine, Peercoin has fixed transaction fees that are destroyed instead of sent to miners.
Founded by Scott Nadal and Sunny King on August 12, 2012, Nadal's involvement diminished within a year leaving development in the hands of King. Sunny King is the pseudonym of an unknown individual who also led the development of Primecoin.
Pillar is a London-based platform that aims to provide users ownership of their personal data and help companies reduce the impact of compliance with E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) using a wallet interface incorporating the tools of a digital assistant. The project offers contests with prizes of digital currency for tasks relating to the development of the platform.
Founded by David Siegel, Tomer Sofinzon, Michael Messelehe team includes COO/CFO Robert Gaskell, CTO Vitor Py, Business Developer Andre Rafnsson, Web Designer Thais Santos, Software Developer Jude Ben, Systems Admin Shashi Rajagobal, UX Developer Franky Aguilar, and CCO Aldin Ademovic.
|Pindex Token Sale||Service-backed||Content Distribution|
|PIVX (formerly Darknet)||
PIVX is an open-source, privacy-focused coin operating on a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm with a sixty-second block time. A hybridized reward system splits fixed and variable block rewards among masternodes and staked nodes; based on estimates running from May 2017 to April 2018 staked coins should yield approximately 4.8% annually.
Formerly known as Darknet, PIVX was released on January 30, 2015 and rebranded on January 1, 2017. The coin has no pre-mine or ICO and was co-founded by two individuals known as s3v3n h4cks and Coin Server.
Polymath has created the open-source ST20 token standard for creating and investing in security tokens. The platform incorporates data collection satisfying know-your-customer (KYC) standards and hosts PolyCon, a conference for security tokens. Polymath will not conduct an ICO but POLY tokens were distributed on January 30, 2018.
The Polymath team includes CEO Trevor Koverko, Cofounder Chris Housser, Lead Application Developer Boris Shevchenko, Chief People Officer Angela Mouton Ph.D, and Managing Director Kalman Gabriel. Advisers include Andrew Yashchuk, Toni Lane Casserly, and Deven Soni.
Populous is an invoice and trade finance platform enabling users to buy and sell invoices for money owed by customers. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, the platform aims to provide businesses with a less expensive alternative to business loans or other means of attaining short-term infusions of cash.
Founded by CEO Steve Nico Williams in November 2016, Populous incorporates XBRL data with the Altman Z-Score formula, smart contracts, and fiat-pegged tokens called 'Pokens' to create an international trading environment for invoices.
The Populous ICO lasted from June 8th to 24th and raised $10,842,332.
Power Ledger is a peer-to-peer marketplace for renewable energy enabling energy trading, payment processing for wholesale and retail markets, and management tools for microgrids and energy markets. The Ethereum-based platform will consist of a core layer with layers for services and applications on top to include support for carbon trading and electric vehicles.
Founded by Chair Jemma Green, Directors Dr. Govert Van Ek and Jenni Conroy, Managing Director David Martin, Technical Director John Bulich, and the Power Ledger team includes COO Marc van Hoof, CTO Marc Griffiths, Ambassador Sebastian Quinn-Watson, Board Advisor Bill Tai, Analyst Meagan Cojocar, and Program Manager Carmen Grant. Power Ledger’s partnerships include Yolk Property Group, Vector Advanced Metering Services, Indra, Sunseap, NestEnergy, Access Housing, Curtin University, and LISD.
|Privatix||Service-backed||Internet Bandwidth Marketplace|
|Prosume Energy||Asset-backed||Energy Market|
|Prosume Energy||Asset-backed||Energy Market|
Qtum is a hybrid blockchain platform built on the UTXO transaction model. Qtum uses an “Account abstract layer” to bridge between EVM (Ethereum’s) and the UTXO model. It was developed as an application for improving smart contracts and with the goal of being functional for ‘real world’ business.
The Qtum Foundation was founded by Patrick Dai. The team includes software developers, cryptocurrency experts, and members with experience in traditional companies. Angel backers include many well-known entrepreneurs involved in cryptocurrency, including Anthony Di lorio (Ethereum Founder), Bo Shen, and Chen Weixing.
The token crowdsale launched in late March, 2017, and raised $15 million USD in 5 days. The Qtum team is working to revamp smart contracts and bring cryptocurrency communities together. They are currently working on the GUI and will integrate applications. Through 2018, they will develop new smart contract features and user supporting applications.
Quantstamp provides a cost-effective, scalable protocol for auditing the security of smart contracts.
Cofounded by CEO Richard Ma and CTO Steven Stewart, the Quantstamp team includes VP of Engineering Evan Henshaw-Plath, Senior Research Engineer Kacper Bąk, Senior Operations and Security Engineer Lee Azzarello. Other team members include Software Engineers Micaela Neus and Shane Becker, Staff Writer Julian Martinez, Business Developer Don Ho, and Community Developer Jared Harrill.
Advisors include Evan Cheng, David Park, Dr. Vijay Ganesh, Dr. Derek Rayside, Chris Miess, Tom Graham, Min Kim, and Legal Counsel Steve Parr. Partners include YCombinator, Blockfolio, Request Network, Quoine, Block Asset, TLDR, Luna Capital, Iconic Partners, Team In Residence, Science Blockchain, and Kenetic Capital.
|Quantum Resistant Ledger||Currency||Encryption|
|Quoine Qash / LIQUID||QASH||
Qash offers a payment token for the financial services sector developed by Quoine that will be used on the Liquid platform, a globally-sourced trading platform that aims to solve the problem of low liquidity on digital exchanges. Of the tokens created, 35% were offered in the public sale with 30% reinvested in the ecosystem, 20% reserved for management and Quoine shareholders, and 15% for strategic partners and institutional buyers.
The Qash team includes Cofounder and CEO Mike Kayamori, Cofounder, President and CEO Mario Gomez Lozada, CFO Katsuya Konno, Chief Strategy Officer Ray Hennessey, Chief Trading Officer Andre Pemmelaar, Chief Compliance and Information Security Officer Ken Mazzio, Senior Vice President of Operations Seth Melamed, Head of Marketing Katherine Ng, and Creative Director Pavel Pekanov. Quoine’s Board of Directors includes Masaaki Tanaka, Atsushi Taira, and Shozo Isaka. Partnerships include SBI Investment, JAFCO, B Dash Ventures, Mistletoe, Digital Garage, and ULS Group.
|Raiden Network||Service-backed||Scaling Solution|
RChain aims to create an industrial-scale platform for smart contracts. The platform is powered by the Rho Virtual Machine (RhoVM), a turing-complete, byzantine fault-tolerant, replicated system that creates an independent blockchain for every new project deployed on the platform. More platforms trigger nodes on the network to run more copies of the RhoVM.
The RChain team includes President Greg Meredith, CFO and Treasurer Lisa Rice, Secretary Evan Jensen, COO Kenny Rowe, Marketing Lead Lawrence Lerner and Community Lead Patrick Maguire. The Board of Directors consists of Greg Meredith, Kenny Rowe, Evan Jensen, Aleksandr Bulkin, Ian Bloom, David Currin, Vlad Zamfir, Hendrick J. Hillbolling, and Navneet Suman. Strategic partners include RChain Holdings, Inc., tasked with promoting the use of RChain and Pyrofex, who leads the development program. Advisors include RChain Holdings, Inc. CEO Ed Eykholt and Strategic Advisor Lauren Selig.
|Red Pulse||Service-backed||Research Content Ecosystem|
|RefToken||Service-backed||Marketing Service Exchange|
|REGA Risk Sharing||Service-backed||Insurance|
|Render Payment||Service-backed||Payment Processing|
|Reporter Community||Service-backed||Content Distribution|
Request Network offers a decentralized network for payment requests enabling online payments, invoicing, audit and accounting, and systems for transparency. The Ethereum-based platform will integrate a system for governing trade laws and support for devices on the internet-of-things and all global currencies.
Founded by CFO Christophe Lassuyt and CTO Etienne Tatur, the Request Network team includes Lead Engineer Vincent Rolland, Data Analyst Laura Girod, CMO Julien Devoir, Full Stack Engineer Elliott Denis. Advisors include iEx.ec Cofounder Gilles Fedak and 1kx Partners Christopher Heymann and Lasse Clausen.
Revain is a review platform that rewards authors for leaving reviews and prevents review suppression using the Revain (RVN) token and a second R token used to make RVN a stablecoin. The project aims to promote market research, social regulation, and authentic feedback. Current products include reviews of ICO’s, digital exchanges, e-commerce websites, and the restaurants, shops, and markets around you. Revain is available on a number of exchanges, including KuCoin, HitBTC, Cryptopia, Mercatox, EtherDelta, and CCEX.
The Revain team includes CEO Rinat Arslanov, CTO Maksim Voronin, COO Alexey Belashenko, Head of Development Alexey Abramov, Product Designer Katya Katana, Lead Marketing Manager Roman Ochnev with Resume Games CEO Dmitry Fedotov acting as adviser to the project. Launch of the RVN token is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.
|Ril Coin||Service-backed||Asset Management|
|Ripio Credit Network||Service-backed||Credit Network|
|Robot Vera||Service-backed||Robot Recruiter|
|Rocket ICO||Service-backed||DAO Incubator|
Safe Exchange Coin (Safex) powers the Safex marketplace called Chille, a blockchain application incorporating escrow and rating systems to allow for anonymous exchange across the globe. A total of 2,147,483,647 tokens were created on November 22, 2015; Safex coin holders can vote on the governance of the marketplace and earn money from the fees collected from each transaction on the network.
Founded in 2016 with headquarters in Belgrade, key members include Chief Architect Daniel Dabek, Graphic Designer Marija Blesic, UX/UI Designer Pavle Aleksic, and Graphic Design Lead Nikola Popovic.
Safex recently announced the creation of an affiliate program, an overhaul of the website, and progress on the Alpha version of the Chille exchange.
SALT offers a blockchain-based lending platform allowing users to obtain and offer loans with digital assets held as collateral. The system uses tools for identity verification and reputation management to maintain credit history and streamline the lending process.
The SALT team includes CEO Shawn Owen, Head of Operations Gregg Bell, Head of Strategy Ben Yablon, Business Developer Blake Cohen, Chief Creative Officer Caleb Slade, CIO Joshua Berlin, Senior Advisor Kevin O’Hara, Compliance Officer Marc McCain, and Finance Officer David Lechner. The technical team is led by CTO Phil Cowan with Product Lead Jeff Vier, System Architect Chris Johnson, Core Developer Patrick Medaugh, Application Developer Dave Daniel, UI/UX Lead Justin Ellis, Mobile and Web Developer Chris Ellis, and Blockchain Developer Sean Luther.
Salt Coin is a Russia-based digital commodity coin backed by the largest salt manufacturing operation in Europe operating on the Ethereum blockchain. The Belbazhskoye rock salt deposit has been estimated to hold 2.5 billion tons of salt reserves with a capacity to produce 600 thousand tons a year at 30% of the market share.
Partners include PwC, an international auditing firm, and Alfa-Bank as a financial consultant.
The project will require approximately $90 million in funding with revenue in 2021 projected at $200 million. SALT received a BBB+ credit rating from the National Rating Agency.
|Santiment||Service-backed||Market Intelligence and Exchange|