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Ripple chief cryptographer David Schwartz (center). Created in 2014, XRP is the native asset of the XRP ledger, developed by San Francisco startup Ripple. Ripple aims to use blockchain technology and XRP to improve cross-border payments.  Ripple’s products include xCurrent (a software that banks can use for cross-border payments), xRapid (for financial institutions to manage
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Fede Molina, head of marketing at Decentraland Decentraland is an ethereum-based blockchain platform where users can purchase, build and monetize virtual reality applications. Users can purchase virtual land in the platform’s world which gives them ownership and control over the environment and applications they create within their land. Created in 2015 by Ari Meilich and
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0x is an open-source protocol built on the ethereum blockchain that enables the peer-to-peer exchange of ethereum-based tokens. It is also referred to as a decentralized exchange (DEX). The 0x platform provides a means of exchanging a variety of tokenized assets such as stocks, gold, real estate, video game items, etc. and seeks to promote
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Cardano creator Charles Hoskinson. Cardano is a public blockchain that hosts ADA, a cryptocurrency designed to function as digital cash. The platform seeks to protect the privacy of users while being regulator-friendly. Based on peer-reviewed academic research, this self described “third-generation blockchain”  claims to be created from ‘scientific philosophy.’ Unlike most other blockchains, Cardano is
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Zilliqa is a public blockchain platform best known for its early implementation of sharding, a scaling solution which breaks transaction validating nodes in blockchain networks into smaller components or ‘shards.’ These shards validate ‘microblocks’ simultaneously with other shards, and the microblocks are subsequently combined to create a single block on the blockchain. This is intended
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Bitcoin developer Andrew Poelstra, an early advocate for GRIN. Launched on Jan. 15, 2019, grin is a censorship-resistant, privacy-focused cryptocurrency native to the mimblewimble blockchain, named for a curse in the “Harry Potter” book series. Grin’s system purports to be designed for usability by everyone, regardless of borders, culture, skill or access. On July 16
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EOS creator Dan Larimer. EOS is the native cryptocurrency of the EOS blockchain, developed with the aim of facilitating efficient and scalable decentralized applications (dapps). The blockchain includes an operating-system like set of services and functions that works similarly to the ethereum platform. EOS was announced in 2017 by the private company Block.One and released
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Filecoin creator Juan Benet Filecoin aims to become a decentralized storage network that allows users to buy and sell unused storage on an open market. The filecoin protocol is an incentive layer on top of peer-to-peer file system IPFS, built with a native token and distributed ledger. Filecoin is a project started by Protocol Labs
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Stellar founder Jed McCaleb. Stellar is a blockchain-based payment protocol launched in 2014 by Jed Mccaleb – founder of Mr. Gox and co-founder of Ripple – and lawyer Joyce Kim. Originally, stellar aimed to create a network of microfinance institutions in developing nations and to serve the unbanked. It later shifted toward focusing on connecting
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Visual representation of dash cryptocurrency via Shutterstock Dash, previously called darkcoin, is a cryptocurrency designed specifically for payments. It also has a two-tier network structure. Dash is most notably known for the first implementation of Masternodes. Dash was built in 2014 by developer and creator Evan Duffield. Duffield forked the bitcoin blockchain with the intention
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