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The first and largest cryptocurrency by market cap
Created in 2009 by an unknown inventor using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto
Bitcoin is considered to be the first wide-scale implementation of blockchain technology
From just a few cents in 2009, BTC’s value skyrocketed to close to $20,000 in 2017
Released in 2012 by Ripple Labs, a company founded by American programmer, Jed McCaleb
XRP enables real-time payments and settlements with greater transaction speeds and lower costs
Aiming to provide solutions for financial institutions, XRP is already in use by many well-known brands, such as the Bank of America and UBS
Created by Russian programmer, Vitalik Buterin, and launched in 2015
Ethereum has received international recognition and support from technology giants such as Microsoft and Intel
In addition to payments, Ethereum also supports ''smart contracts''
Created in August 2017, when Bitcoin underwent a ''hard fork''
Designed to be a solution to the backlog of transactions Bitcoin was experiencing
Bitcoin Cash’s larger block size (eight times that of Bitcoin) and improved hash rate enable faster transaction speeds at a lower cost
Created in 2016, when Ethereum underwent a ''hard fork''
After Ethereum’s founders switched to a new blockchain, the original Ethereum platform became Ethereum Classic
Ethereum Classic has a significantly lower market cap than its namesake, but is still a popular cryptocurrency
Released in 2011 by former Google engineer, Charles Lee
Litecoin is based on Bitcoin’s technology, but offers quicker processing times and a larger number of tokens
The first cryptocurrency to implement SegWit, a method of speeding up transaction times without compromising the underlying blockchain technology
Developed by software programmer, Evan Duffield
Originally launched in 2014 as XCoin, rebranded as Dash in 2015
Based on Bitcoin’s technology, Dash’s additional infrastructure enables faster transactions and higher liquidity
Unlike other cryptoassets, Dash is a decentralised autonomous organization (DAO)
Launched in 2014 and cofounded by Jed McCaleb, the creator of Ripple
Operates on a unique consensus algorithm rather than mining
Average confirmation time for a Stellar transaction is extremely fast — a mere few seconds to complete — at an extremely low cost
Stellar can facilitate transactions between multiple currencies, whether fiat or digital
Created in 2014 by Da Hongfei
NEO was modeled after ETH, and is also known as the ‘Chinese Ethereum’
Designed to be easily modified and to have no forking ability, NEO faces fewer challenges in the Chinese market than other cryptoassets
Overall supply of NEO is hard-capped at 100 million tokens, to be released gradually into circulation
Released in early 2018, EOS quickly became one of the top ten cryptos
Similar to Ethereum in function, EOS was designed for faster transactions and extreme scalability
EOS’s powerful open-source infrastructure could potentially support thousands of commercial scale decentralised applications (DApps)
EOS uses a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS), rather than a mining-based blockchain
Launched in September 2017, Cardano quickly reached a multibillion dollar market cap
Inspired by Ethereum, Cardano aims to utilise blockchain technology for far more than just payments
Enables developers to create their own blockchain apps using the platform
Cardano’s dual-layer structure runs each layer separately, as opposed to Ethereum, where both layers are intertwined
Launched in 2015
IOTA is based on a proprietary ''blockless'' blockchain called Tangle
Has secured strategic partnerships with well-known brands such as Volkswagen
IOTA is paving the way for a decentralised network to power the Internet of Things (IoT)
Released in 2016
Zcash encrypts the contents of shielded transactions, using a novel form of zero-knowledge cryptography called zk-SNARKs to verify their validity
Ensures that the sender, recipient, and amount transferred are all kept private
Zcash has a fixed total supply of 21 million units, similar to Bitcoin
Originally founded in Shanghai in 2017, Binance now operates out of Taiwan
BNB is a utility cryptocurrency used to pay transaction exchange fees
Gives traders a discount on the nominal 0.1% of the transaction’s value and supports transactions of over 150 cryptoassets