An open-source network that allows anyone to allocate their spare computing resources to make the internet a free and fair place for the entire world.
Ethos is a people-powered cryptocurrency platform. We’re harnessing the power of design, technology and social intelligence to create a breakthrough solution to enable everyone to participate in the New Economy – putting the power back in the hands of the people, where it belongs. We bring the future of finance to you.
Bloom brings credit scoring to the blockchain. Founded Stanford engineers, Bloom makes credit global and inclusive. Bloom allows both traditional and digital currency lenders to serve billions of people who currently cannot obtain a bank account or credit score. Joey Krug (Augur / Pantera) and Joe Urgo (District0x) serve as advisors.
In it’s mission statement, Lisk’s goal is blockchain technology for everyone. But what does this really mean? Let’s dive in.
One analogy to understanding Lisk is understanding the foundation of what made Microsoft successful. While technology inside computers was revolutionary even before Microsoft existed, it was not until Bill Gates built a way for the average person to utilize this technology did the internet truly take off. The internet needed a way to interact with. With its innovation of the operating system, people could now build things on top of their tools at a much faster pace.
You may have heard the buzz word “blockchain” get thrown around a lot. While there are plenty other resources to help you understand this concept, for now we will simply define blockchain as a super-groovy, next-level technology (much like computers in the 90’s).
In the same way computers needed an operating system like Windows to have your grandma jump on AOL messenger, blockchain needs an operating system of itself. A way for the average person/company to harness it’s power and create things on top of it. This, is where Lisk comes in.
One of the hardest things for a technical team to do is describe their technical product in a non-technical manner. As Lisk describes this struggle, we have to describe it at a “Mom’s level”. While challenging, Lisk gives one of the best visual examples I have ever seen using a simple diagram of a town/city. Let’s take a look.
In the town, you can see a house built on a street. This house represents Lisk and all their technological glory. They have a pool, pantry full of snacks, and a mighty cool media room. Currently, other people have no idea how to build a house of their own. Think of them like cavemen, still trying to figure out fire. How we solve this problem? We teach them.
To help reach the cavemen, from their house, Lisk builds out a road that extends across the city. This road represents the super-cool, groovy blockchain we mentioned earlier. Cavemen now have the ability to flintstone their way to the Lisk house and begin learning the basics of building a house. Maybe how to build a bunk beds. Maybe just how to get Netflix to show on their new 60 inch monitor. The application does not matter. What matters is the Lisk is giving others the tools and applications necessary to build.
Let’s fast forward 4000 Lisk years and Liskville is booming. So much so, the highways are congested with 5pm traffic. This is actually a very common problem of some other cities like Ethereumburg and Bitcointopia. To solve this problem, Lisk has created something called a “side chain”. Let’s think of a side chain as that back alley path to your house that only you know about. Now, even if the super groovy, next-level block chain gets clogged, you have a path to your destination.
Kuddos to the marketing and graphic design team on this one.
So what are some things you can build with Lisk? Here are some examples directly from their website.
“Possibilities are endless, like developing platform independent social networks, messengers, games and so on. All on your own blockchain network including corresponding token, fully decentralised, and all this without the hassle of complicated consensus algorithms or peer-to-peer networking protocols.”
Almost as impressive as the technology is the team behind Lisk. An all-star bunch
Although the team was hard to locate (have to scroll all the way to to the bottom), they are definitely an impressive bunch. All sporting the classic startup t-shirt with a logo on it, they currently have 28 team members and look to be growing (open positions). Additionally, they have brand ambassadors from China, Romania, Russia, Australia, France, Italy, and the USA. Strange side note, it was quite interesting to me that the co-founders were not listed above everyone else like I normally see. Not sure if this was intentional, but I thought it was quite refreshing and showed true humility. Here are some of the core members:
Currently sitting at #20 on the CMC rankings, Lisk is somehow still flying under the radar to many of the new crypto enthusiast. With an SDK that has yet to be released and a logo that looks like it was made in Minecraft (sorry Max), many potential investors are still overlooking the impact this company could make on the entire blockchain ecosystem. All of that is about to change on February 20th.
Many of us still remember the hype and hysteria surrounding the early Microsoft launches and the occasional wacky moments of Steve Ballmer going crazy on stage. While it’s easy to look back at with eye-rolling cringe, these moments in time were truly indicative of the passion so many had for new technology and innovation.
On February 20th, Lisk is hosting a globally streamed relaunch of their company at the Westhafen Event & Convention Center. Probably the coolest entrance I have ever seen since Walter White on Breaking Bad. It is here, in Berlin Germany, that the team finally plans to unveil the new brand and the technology they have been working so hard on for the last few years.
To give us more insight on what this re-launch could mean to price fluctuation, we can take a look at an eerily similar example just six months ago. On June 22, Ant Shares (“Chinese Ethereum”), announced it would be re-branding to the company we all now know as NEO. On August 14th, just six days after their relaunch was official and finalized, the NEO price jumped 667% to sit at $50 (up from $7.50). The company has continued to rise and now sits at $120 and #12 on CMC.
Since the time of the Lisk re-rebrand announcement on November 22nd, the price has already tripled in price. If you believe in the Lisk team, technology, and marketing abilities; sitting at $60 in Q1 does not seem too out of reach.
About: Blockchain Technology for Everyone
Exchanges: Binance, Bittrex, Poloniex
For any revolution to occur, three things must be present:
Without each of these, at the same moment in time, a revolution is simply an afterthought of potential. The best recipe in the book is only as good if people know how to cook and have access to the ingredients. When all three are able to come together, truly amazing things happen that change the course of history.
Agriculture Revolution (10,000 B.C.)
Nearly 10,000 years ago, the innovation of farming and domestication of plants led to the first known revolution in human history. Although we previously lived as hunters and gatherers, the Agricultural Revolution gave birth to a new era of food production and efficiency. This fundamental understanding of new farming methods gave millions of new people access to healthier lifestyles.
- Innovation: Domestication of Plants
- Understanding: Farming Methods
- Accessibility: Food and Health
Industrial Revolution (1760’s)
With the innovation of the steam engine, the industrial revolution in England quickly set forward a worldwide adoption of factories and production. Machines were produced at a staggering rate that prompted new ideas of creation and engineering.
- Innovation: Steam Engine
- Understanding: Production Techniques
- Accessibility: Goods and Tools
Informational Revolution (1950’s)
While it’s hard for some to remember life before the internet, this innovation has accelerated the spread of information at an astronomical pace. With the ability to connect, interact, and communicate with anyone across the world, the internet at its core is a transfer of information.
- Innovation: Internet Protocol
- Understanding: Computer Navigation
- Accessibility: Information and Connection
Economical Revolution (2018)
Moving into 2018, we are headed into stage two of the Economical Revolution and Ethos is leading the way.
Ethos is a people-powered crypto currency platform. The mission is to make the daunting cryptocurrency market accessible to everyone, accelerate adoption of blockchain technology and democratize ownership of cryptocurrencies.
The technology making all this possible is already here: blockchain. However, the blockchain is still a mystery box to most. To help make sense of this technology, Ethos has made important connections along the way including a recent partnership with BitDegree that will pave the way to an introductory course on “Crypto and Cryptocurrencies”. As people begin to understand the core concepts and opportunity of crypto currency, Ethos can continue to build on the final and most important step: Accessibility.
The Ethos Universal Wallet makes it easy and safe to store and transfer value of any form – anywhere, anytime, anyplace, instantly – for free. In a new world of confusing tech, this innovation will bridge the gap between technical experts and average daily users.
- Innovation: Blockchain Technology
- Understanding: Crypto Currency
- Accessibility: Financial Freedom
The modern combustion engine was created in 1859, but it was not until Henry Ford’s invention of the Model T in 1908 did people truly have access to cars and transportation. The internet was invented in the mid 1900’s, but it was not until Steve Jobs and Bill Gates paved the way for personal computers did people truly have access to information. Blockchain needs a pioneer to bring the blockchain technology to the masses; Shingo Lavine and the Ethos team are doing just that.
The future is for everyone.
In short, Bloom is a universal, decentralized credit score system. Acting as an end-to-end protocol for identity attestation, risk assessment and credit scoring, entirely on the blockchain, they are able to help traditional and digital currency lenders to serve billions of people who currently cannot obtain a bank account or credit score. Let’s break this down a bit.
I think this company has flown under the radar because it isn’t in a sexy industry. Not everyone sits down at dinner with friends and immediately discuss how they can better their credit score. But if you truly think about it, our current credit system is incredibly broken. Here are a few examples how:
- Restricted: If I travel to another country, let’s say Mexico just a few miles south, my entire life’s credit score doesn’t follow me. In the world of crypto that aspires to become a truly universal currency, the current credit scoring system just doesn’t work cross-borders.
- Centralized: If you didn’t hear about the Equifax hack a few months ago, it was big. Millions of people’s personal information was compromised that could lead to identify theft and loss of assets. There is currently a monopoly on the industry from three major credit scoring systems with all our information. This isn’t safe.
- Scoring: I didn’t truly start building credit until I was 23 years old. Even though I never missed a payment on anything. Even though I did everything in my power to stay away from having debt, I was penalized for not having debt. How backwards is this?
These issues are true for millions across the world. To counter these problems, here are the three things Bloom is doing to fix the issues:
- BloomID: BloomID lets users establish a global, federated identity with independent third parties who publicly vouch for their identity information and legal status.
- BloomIQ: BloomIQ is a system for reporting and tracking current and historical debt obligations that are tied to a user’s BloomID.
- BloomScore: BloomScore is a dynamic and inclusive indicator of an individual’s likelihood to pay debts that adapts to the maturity of a user’s credit history.
Full disclaimer, I participated in the ICO so I could be somewhat biased on my positions here. That being said, I believe this is truly under the radar coin. Here are some interesting stats I found thanks to their reddit channel.
- Bloom’s 24 Hour Trading Volume is 101 ETH ($131,249 USD). This is the highest daily trading volume yet.
- Despite the ups and downs of the market, Bloom has held strong and kept up the pace of Ethereum.
- At the time of writing, buy orders are at $1.76 USD. The ICO opened at $0.67. The ending of the ICO was $1.15.
While Bloom is on CoinMarketCap.com, it has not been publicly listed on the “Recently Added” yet. I think this is an extremely sneaky coin to get before it hits the big markets.
Hold Time: 6+ Months
About: Universal, Decentralized Credit Scoring
Okay, I’ll say it: Substratum is still my favorite coin of 2018. One of those visions that make you think, “Man, if they can actually pull this off, it is going to change the world”. While I have been a fan of Substratum for months, we just experienced a perfect storm of opportunity that makes this a crucial time to invest. Here are the three reasons:
1) Crypto Correction
The last few days has caused mass hysteria around the crypto community, mainly by new investors who have never seen a correction. While nobody likes to see their portfolio value cut in half, these types of corrections do offer new opportunity to re-evaluate your positions, and pick up coins at a lower price than you were previously able to.
Before the correction, SUB made its way all the way up to $3.21, an absolutely insane growth rate since starting the year at $1.08. However, after the correction, SUB has dropped down and his hovering around the $1.25-$1.50 range. A perfect opportunity to snag.
2) Beta Release
When other coins get so much hype despite having an actual product out, I usually roll my eyes a bit. It’s like that little kid at recess who claims to be the best basketball player you’ve ever seen, but you have yet to see him get on the court yet. Seeing 10B+ market caps without a working product is always a red flag. To make me feel a little better about Substratum and their work so far, Justin Tabb and the team do an awesome job of making videos to learn about the concerns; about the product; and about the vision moving forward.
While they have not released the public product just yet, they are currently doing private beta tests. If you would like to be involved with these tests, you can fill out this form to get an early peek at at the action. It is expected that the public beta will be released in the coming weeks. Once this hits, the ease of use in running a node is set for mass adoption at an incredible rate.
3) TV Rumors
I usually don’t like to pump up unconfirmed buzz before it is made official, but this information is just too juicy to pass up. According to a screenshot from the founder himself, Substratum will be showcased on a “major TV spot” with an estimated audience of 60M people. This is exciting news, not just for Substratum, but the entire crypto industry as a whole.
“Buy the rumors, sell the news.” A very common phrase in the crypto world, but what if the rumor is about being on the news? As appreciation for your involvement with Altcoin Insider, I love the opportunity to break information like this to you. Hopefully you can jump on the train before this rumor spreads too far.
For those not from America, there is an ongoing nationwide debate involving the ability of Internet Service Providers to slow down and censor certain parts of the web. For many of those not from America, you may already be dealing with censored news outlets and information while online. No matter your location, we are all connected by the internet, and any intermediary that tries to take that away from us is slowing down society. To attempt to fix this issue, the United States passed Net Neutrality in 2015 that reclassified broadband access as a telecommunications service, thus applying common carrier protections under Title II of the Communications Act. However, in November of 2017, the FCC chairman Ajit Pai unveiled plans to repeal the United States’ net neutrality policy.
I sometimes like to think of Substratum as Net Neutrality’s Backup Ninja. Despite the attempts of the third parties to control our internet access, blockchain technology allows us to do is forgo intermediaries and create true decentralization. We control our own destiny, not Comcast. Substratum is an open-source network that allows anyone to allocate spare computing resources to make the internet a free and fair place for the entire world. Anyone, at anytime, can become a node on the network and begin helping the internet to true decentralization. Oh, and you also get paid for this. Crazy, I know.
The only thing that excites more more about getting paid to help others, is the ease of use Substratum has created. Its awesome to have the best technology in the world, but if nobody knows how to use it, what is the point? Currently, ‘mining’ for crypto seems to be an elite underground society where only the technical people are rewarded. Substratum changes all that, checkout how easy it is to use.
Much like Ether being necessary to access the power of Ethereum’s blockchain platform, Substrate will be a necessity for all the companies who want host their website on the power of the decentralized web. For companies to host their websites on this uncensored internet, they must pay using Substrate, the SUB token. Many other crypto companies have no real use for their coins/tokens. Substratum does.
- Substratum Founded
- Roll out MVP
Introduce the Company
- Website V1 Launched
- Whitepaper Launched
- ICO Token Sale
- Raised over $12MM USD
- Website V2 Launched
- SUB Tokens Hits the Exchanges
- Substratum lists on Coss.io, Tidex, and Etherdelta
- SUB Lists on Binance
- Ohio Office Established
- SUB Lists on KuCoin
- Private Alpha Test I
- Completes with 100% successful results globally
- Website V3 Launched
- Private Alpha Test II
- Public Beta Launch
I usually don’t put my neck out behind a company so much. There are so many uncontrollable factors that lead to the success or failure of a company. When I look back at the history of companies who eventually become giants, the one thing that stood out to me most was timing. Google came in a time when the internet needed organizing. Now, the internet needs to be disorganized, and a decentralized foundation is the only way to accomplish that. If, and it is a big if, the team can execute on their vision in the coming months, Substratum is set for a massive disruption.
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One month ago, I launched Altcoin Atlas, a cryptocurrency platform that focused on providing others with up-and-coming altcoin information. In the days that followed, I was met with overwhelming support and appreciation for the research I published on a daily basis. Within two days of the launch, we had a staggering 2500 people subscribe to the Altcoin Insider, along with 1000+ follow on Telegram on Twitter. I cannot thank you enough for this response.
While I was excited for the growth, there were many obstacles that started to push me in a direction I was not comfortable with.
Although I am an active investor in cryptocurrencies, many of the initial readers and followers took these articles as financial advice. While it is not possible for me to stop someone else from spending money, I could have done a better job of communicating my vision with Altcoin Atlas. The articles I release are meant to focus on helping others understand the companies behind the coins. Not which coins to buy next. With this, I hope to provide enough insight to digest this information on your own and making investing decisions on your beliefs.
The next biggest obstacle was underestimating the funding necessary to send out daily text blasts. While I was aware beforehand this could become an issue, I assumed by the time I reached growth, I would have outside funding coming in to help offset these expenses. As I began reaching out to companies, I soon learned that paid promotions and sponsored articles were one of the only ways that I would be able to gain early capital. Although there were many companies who wanted to be featured and willing to pay for your attention, this was simply something I was not, and am not comfortable doing.
To counter these issues, moving forward my content will only be published in two areas.
Steemit: For those not familiar with this website, Steemit is a social media platform where anyone can get paid for creating content. In addition, users who are active on the platform (upvoting, commenting) are compensated as well. With this switch, I can now focus on the companies who are making the biggest impact on the world, not the most companies that are willing to pay for attention.
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Ill be honest, this article was extremely difficult to write. Not only was scrounging through 1000+ coins time consuming, but the amount of pure garbage coins on the internet is amazing. If I have to see the word “blockchain” one more time, I might go crazy. Most of these coins have no reason to exist, and serve no purpose. All of this being said, I did come across a handful that showed potential.
To attack this scavenger hunt of opportunistic altcoins, I had to give myself some parameters:
- The coin can’t be in the current top ten in total market cap
- The coin must be tradable on a trusted market or exchange
- The coin can’t be related to a ponzi scheme or multi-level marketing (I am looking at you BitConnect)
The next step was truly shifting my mindset on this problem. Rather than asking, “Is it possible for a coin to go 1000x in one year?”, I shifted my question to, “If it were possible, what would the coin need to have?”. Here were the top three characteristics I was looking for when deciding:
- Team: Do they have a solid team or just Randy from Idaho in his basement?
- Technology: Is their technology solid, or atleast, could their future technology be unique?
- Timeline: Is this company going to take 5 years to launch, or is it in the near future?
Without further ado, here are the top ten altcoins that could 1000x in 2018.
Before you go calling me crazy, I need to make it clear I understand how long of a shot this coin would have to 1000x. Already at $19.72 in futures trading, it would need to hit the level that Bitcoin is now to achieve this feat. All that being said, it has all of the right things going for it with worldwide implications.
Filecoin is a decentralized storage solution. The same way you use Amazon or Google Drive to store your files, Filecoin allows for anyone, anywhere to get paid for storage. While there are some competitors out there already in the market (Storj, SiaCoin), Filecoin is built on-top of IPFS, a new peer-to-peer protocol.
More than being built on really cool technology, Filecoin broke a record while rasing $257 million dollars at their ICO. While this does not necessarily mean they will be successful, it certainly gives them a lot of runway to not fail. To add to this, they are backed by Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and many other big name people.
The total market size of cloud computing is currently at 25B and expects to reach 75B by 2021.
Always like to give disclaimers of my positions. Ethos, previously Biquence, holds roughly 15% of my overall portfolio, so do your own research to make sure I am not just pumping it up.
People have started dubbing Ethos the “Coinbase Killer”. To be honest, with the road map and aspirations of this project, that might actually be underestimating the company.
Ethos claims to be the people-powered cryptocurrency platform. But what does this really mean? Ethos solves the very real of juggling your coins and liquidating them in a non-scary manner.
The Ethos Universal Wallet makes it easy and safe to store and transfer value of any form – anywhere, anytime, anyplace, instantly – for free. In a new world of confusing tech, this innovation will bridge the gap between technical experts and average daily users.
While there have been some attempts at mobile wallets, nobody has made it easy enough for your grandma to get into crytpo. If Ethos can break this barrier to the mainstream public, we will see an absolute monster in 2018.
I have been in an on and off again relationship with this coin for a month now. When I first stumbled upon it’s web page, I was absolutely amazed. Nimiq has somehow found a way to make the technical task of “mininig” easy enough for your grandma to do it. You simply click on the “testnet”, and boom, you are mining.
There is one main reason I haven’t invested more, despite the amazing technology. They will be going through a fork in the coming months that transitions their current coins (NET) to another name called (NIM). While forking isn’t always bad, the new coin (NIM) will be traded in at a 10-1 ration. This means, if you currently own 1000 NET, you will only own 100 NIM. If you are seeing the price of $1.98 NET right now, keep in mind, this is the same as investing in NIM at a $19.80 rate.
They are so super focused on tech (which is great), that they do not have any core team members with a marketing background or experience. I kind of actually like and respect this approach Whenever someone catches wind of this project with a decent twitter following, I think its going to explode. Timing that is the hard part.
While they don’t have the best marketing push currently, they do have an absolutely amazing, documentary style youtube channel. Check it out!
To be honest this coin made the list out of default because of its connection (who knows how close) to Disney. To be clear, this is by no means a “Disney Coin”, nor do they claim to be. That said they are probably the closest thing to crypto that Disney currently has. Trading at $0.95, a LOT of things would need to happen to get this up into the four digit range. Since there are so many coins in circulation, the total market cap of this coin would have to reach $425+ billion. To put that into perspective, the current market cap of bitcoin is only at $275 billion.
If you invest in this coin, it will be because you expect a 10-100x boom in the crypto industry, and a Disney related crypto could hold a large portion of the entire market.
When creating this list, I also wanted to keep in mind current world issues that might affect future behavior. In the news a lot lately has been the attempted repeal of Net Neutrality. No matter what your stance is on the subject, a law of this size could impact millions of users around the world. Substratum is here to counter-act this.
Substratum is trying to be the foundation of the decentralized web. On here, anyone can allocate spare computing resources to make the internet “a free and fair place for the entire world”. I love the idea, it has a solid team and a very small but passionate following. Keep an eye on this.
Not sure how I came across this coin, or why, but it is fixing a very unique problem. While many people agree that blockchain is the future of technology, there is still a very human aspect needed in terms of eCommerce. Did the package get there? What if I need a refund? This human aspect creates a middle-man that Verify could possibly get rid of, or at least reduce. By focusing on “reputation”, we can slowly automate these transactions and cut down costs.
Nobody needs to convince you how big the eCommerce industry is. Verify could, if they run really fast, be the crypto bridge of reliability and trust.
If you are one of those believers that Ethereum could be work 10k next year, you might want to look into Quantstamp. With a focus specifically on securing smart contracts, Quantstamp seems like a small niche company. But, this is a growing market and they are currently leading the pack.
Add onto this that they are backed and originally funded by Y Combinator, the company that originally backed Coinbase, we know this has already passed the sniff test of some really smart people
I’ll be honest. I really, really don’t like this coin. Something about it smells fishy, but millions of people are buying into the marketing. Maybe I am upset that they are putting buzz out in front of actual technology. Maybe its because the naming is too close to Ethereum, and that’s my home boy. Whatever the reason for my misplaced anger, the coin unfortunately has potential.
Just like Nimiq, they are close to fixing the problem of scale abiliy and mass adoption. Through a mobile app, you can (in theory) start earning Electroneum by mining. If crypto takes off, look for this coin to attack the mobile space.
I saw one comment on YouTube calling this coin a scam. I dove into google trying to find any evidence to this claim and came up empty. Probably just a 16 year old who invested in the ICO and is impatient. Who knows.
Opus is focused on being a decentralized music platform. Similar to iTunes, but rewarding artists in coins and hopefully cutting down the middleman. The branding is absolutely amazing. The team looks to be strong. I really don’t know why this coin is still so undervalued, but not being listed on any major exchanges is creating no trade volume. In a recent Q&A, they said the reason was:
We came to the conclusion that it would be more beneficial to devote our time and resources into development and relocating… Our internal goal is to get listed in Q2 of 2018, though this could also happen considerably earlier, depending on how the development is going. Getting listed is a community effort and with our present volume, it would be difficult to find an exchange that would agree to get us listed.
If and when this coin gets listed, expect a breakout.
This coin has two things going for it. One, it is the adopted coin of the popular messaging app Kik. Having a community already in place to roll out a coin is a huge advantage. The next advantage is the extremely low price point at under a tenth of a penny. The reason for this is because there are 10 TRILLION coins in existence, so the coin has almost zero scarcity. All that being said, its worth a flyer.
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Which coins am I missing?