Cryptocurrency Cheatsheet: April 2017
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SymbolLaunch DatePercent IssuedAnnual InflationDaily Trans VolAvg Trans Value ($)Wealth of Top 1000Block Time (mins)Blocksize (mb)Prior HistorySecurityFundingStakingGovernanceCreatorsFeaturesNotesCriticisms
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*everything listed below is in my portfolio or about to be; the losers and bad investments I don't include here but you can ask me for a list
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BTCJanuary 200977.1%4%300,000$8,49235.1%101Proof of WorkThird PartyNoConsensusSatoshi NakamotoPseudonymous21M by ~2140
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ETHJuly 2015unknown
ETC supply is 210-230M max
ETH probably close to 100M (see comment)
6%80,000$6,5440.25none, instead there is a self-adjusting limit on gas (like a transaction fee for network operations)October 2016 hard fork into ETH and ETFProof of Work (with goal of transition to Proof of Stake)Ethereum Foundation which held in Sept 2015:
200,000 CHF
1,800 BTC
2,700,000 ETH
As of Apr 2017: 900K ETH left
No for now, but goal is transition to PoSConsensus that is led by Ethereum Foundation (eg, 4 hard forks)Vitalik Buterin, Gavin Wood, Jeffrey WilckePseudonymousFinal supply unknown, currently 15.6M new coins annually, issuance rate may decrease with implementation of PoS (transition likely late 2017 to 2018)ETC hard fork and HF culture
Overreliance on Vitalik
Unproven switch to PoS
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DASHJanuary 201437.9%2017: 13%
2018: 11%
5500
Q4 2016 payment vol was $77M USD
$4,95132.9%2.52Originally called XCoin, then DarkCoinProof of Work10% of block rewardsYes, Masternodes (10K Dash min)DAO
Masternodes vote on funding proposals
Evan DuffieldPrivateSend (inspired by CoinJoin)Instamine controls ~27% of total supply
Block reward decreases 7% annually
Evan has stated he now only has 256K coins and no Masternodes
Instamine was controversial
Riccardo (Monero) thinks X11 is bad cryptographic practice
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XMRApril 201476.6%2017: 13.6%
2018: 7.3%
4,0002self-adjusting based on median of last 100 blocksFork of Bytecoin
Inspired by CryptoNote
Proof of WorkThird PartyNoConsensusRiccardo Spagni, aka FluffyPony
many are anonymous
Anonymous by default
Ring signatures for sender
Stealth addresses for receiver
~18.1M by 2022, then <1% annual inflation
Hard forks scheduled ~every 4-6 months (non-upgraded nodes kicked off network)
Transactions linkable (research from a Zcash team member): https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmWYTeggKeL8xBitA8uQWAaNDWfFrUHXAxBXkvmnisdDw7
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ZECOctober 20164.3%almost 300% (7200 new ZEC every day; first halving in 2021)4,2002.52Improvement of ZerocoinProof of Work10% Founders Reward
Third Party
NoZECC (Zerocoin Electric Coin Company)Zooko Wilcox
https://z.cash/team.html
Zero-knowledge proofs2.1M coins (10% of total supply) is a Founders Reward, investors paid $15/coin
30% of transactions are shielded
200K known accounts
https://explorer.zcha.in/network - top countries are US, Germany, France, then China
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DCRFebruary 201623.3%51Creators of btcsuitePoW (60%) / PoS (30%)10% of block rewards to development org
Subsidy table: https://dcrstats.com/subsidy
YesPoW / PoS miners can voteJacob Yocom-PiattPseudonymous42% of available supply locked in PoS voting: https://dcrstats.com/
4% airdrop to community participants
4% dev premine
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NEMMarch 2015100%0%5,000Top 100: 56%
Top 500: 71%
Total of 6000 accounts with at least 5 xem
1Influenced by NXT, some community overlapProof of Importance (combination of a user's supply and transaction activity), no block rewards$6M venture round for Tech Bureau (creator of NEM and Mijin), and 25% of Genesis block
Initial resources allocated to 8 core members, also a Community Fund
Yes, Harvesters (10K XEM) and Supernodes (3M XEM)
15% staked at 5% PA
Tech Bureau (same company behind Mijin)Developers are pseudonymous (eg, Makoto who designed PoI)
NEM Foundation is public
First private/public blockchain (with Mijin)
Japan presence / focus
Multi-sig
Encrypted messaging
Genesis block was 9B XEM coins; 75% distributed to 3000 people, 25% to NEM stakeholders; 300M to community projects fund
30% of trading volume is CNY...
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XRPOctober 2012Technically 67% is still available for distribution at Ripple Labs' discretionUnknown800,0003.5s validation time, but no blocksNo blocksRipplepay by Ryan Fugger in 2004Validator nodes$93M in 7 rounds, including a16z, Santander, SBINoRipple Labs controlledRyan Fugger, Jed Caleb, Chris Larsen100B created initially, 20% to founders and 80% to Ripple Labs for distribution
April 2017: Ripple Labs still retains ~62% of total supply
250K Ripple accounts
List of Ripple customers: https://www.xrpchat.com/topic/38-list-of-ripples-current-partners-and-rumors/#comment-38
Holds a NY BitLicense
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EMCDecember 20134.0%6% (double check)10 seconds to 10 minutesPoW / PoSYes, 6% per annumFaucet for miners who support Folding @ Home projectNameCoin + Peercoin hybrid
SHA-256
no premine
merge mined
corporate partnerships with Deloitte, Red Hat, others
little to no Github activity
not listed on Poloniex
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