1. PIVX (PIVX):
Founders: Coin Server and s3v3n h4cks
Introduced: February 1, 2016
PIVX, which stands for Private Instant Verified Transactions, is a cryptocurrency managed by a global community. Based on bitcoin, PIVX uses an energy-efficient Proof of Stake protocol – as well as a 2nd tier Masternode network. This blockchain technology ensures its sustainability via a self-funding treasury system. PIVX can be purchased at AnyCoin Direct. This coin has grown by about 31% in value over the past three months.
2. Decred (DCR):
Founder: Jake Yocom-Piatt
Introduced: April 25, 2017
This coin has jumped 4,458.30% in the past year. Decred was crafted by some of the original Bitcoin developers, who had a vision of a decentralized cryptocurrency network that gives all miners and users the same amount of influence. Even a new developer can propose a new implementation, and Decred encourages members to make the system better. DCR can be purchased at BleuTrade.
3. IOTA (MIOTA):
Founder: David Sønstebø
Introduced: June 13, 2017
When IOTA coins first became available on Bitfinex, it had a record-breaking launch – and it’s market cap soared to $1.5 billion in one day. The team behind IOTA worked on it for two years before the launch, and invented full Proof of Stake through Nxt which was the first Blockchain 2.0 too. IOTA coins can be purchased on Bitfinex.
4. NEM (XEM):
Founder: Lon Wong
Introduced: March 31, 2015
Standing for “New Economic Movement,” NEM is powered by its cryptocurrency called Nemcoin. The idea behind the inception of this digital currency was not so much to beat Bitcoin, but rather to develop (from scratch) a new economy based on principles of decentralization, equality, freedom and solidarity – out of the realm of the current global power brokers. Nemcoins can be purchased via Poloniex.
5. Ark (ARK):
Founders: Matthew Grexx, Velislav Valkov, Chin Song, Khanh Vuong, Stefan Neagu
Introduced: November 7, 2016
Ark claims that it is one of the fastest in the industry when it comes to waiting for transactions to clear and enter your wallet – boasting just 8 second block times. The ARK teamkeeps the blockchain “lean and fast” by off-loading non-essential functions into hundreds of side-chains. ARK has grown in value by a whopping 198.4% in the past 90 days. It can be purchased on Bittrex.
6. Lisk (LSK):
Founders: Max Kordek and Olivier Beddows
Introduced: May 25, 2016
This cryptocurrency was forked from Crypti last year, and the Lisk system provides decentralized blockchain apps. At the time of its ICO, when it raised $5.8 million, it was the second most successful cryptocurrency that had been crowdfunded – only to be beaten by WAVES and The DAO later the same month. Lisk, which has more than doubled in value over the last three months, can be bought on Poloniex.
7. DigiByte (DGB):
Founder: Jared Tate
Introduced: January 20, 2014
This digital coin operates on the DigiByte Blockchain, and DigiBytes (the name of the cryptocurrency units) can be loaded onto a debit card by using WirexApp.com. This blockchain was the first to ever fork from a single proof-of-work algorithm to multi-algorithm mining. DigiBytes can be purchased through ShapeShift.
8. Verge (XVG):
Introduced: September 10, 2014
Verge used to be called Dogecoin Dark (DOGED) when it was created by a user named Dogedarkdev in 2014. DOGED was one of the very first completely anonymous cryptocurrencies on the market. Dogecoin Dark rebranded as Verge in 2016, with XVG serving as its tokens. It can be bought on a number of exchanges, including NovaExchange, and has jumped by 32% in value over the past 7 days.
9. OmiseGo (OMG):
Founders: Jun Hasegawa (CEO) and Donnie Harinsut (COO)
Introduced: June 27, 2017
This cryptocurrency has its beginnings in an existing financial product (pre-cryptocurrency) called Omise – which is a very popular payment management solution in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand. OmiseGo builds on that – it’s an e-wallet and payment platform that works across assets and currencies (including fiat currencies and digital ones). OMG tokens can be purchased through Coinbase.
10. Ripple (XRP)
Founders: Arthur Britto and Chris Larsen
Ripple is an open peer-to-peer payment network, but it also has its own digital currency – called Ripple XRP. It positions itself as more of a complement to Bitcoin than a rival cryptocurrency. The site even has a “Ripple for Bitcoiners” section – and the Ripple network allows for the transfer of any type of currency – from euros to Litecoin. You first need to buy Bitcoin, then you can exchange for Ripple using Changelly.