100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less

Nate Murray
Last month San Francisco-based Bitwise Investments announced a passively managed index fund comprised of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.

 This list describes cryptocurrencies.

Each gets four words. There are many.

Some are landmarks. Some are scams.

Hopefully this provides orientation.

Name | Sym. | Description 
----------------|-------|------------------------------------------
Bitcoin | BTC | Digital gold
Ethereum | ETH | Programmable contracts and money
BitcoinCash | BCH | Bitcoin clone
Ripple | XRP | Enterprise payment settlement network
Litecoin | LTC | Faster Bitcoin
Dash | DASH | Privacy-focused Bitcoin clone
NEO | NEO | Chinese-market Ethereum
NEM | XEM | Batteries-included digital assets
Monero | XMR | Private digital cash
EthereumClassic | ETC | Ethereum clone
IOTA | MIOTA | Internet-of-things payments
Qtum | QTUM | Ethereum contracts on Bitcoin
OmiseGO | OMG | Banking, remittance, and exchange
Zcash | ZEC | Private digital cash
BitConnect | BCC | Madoff-like investment fund
Lisk | LSK | Decentralized applications in JavaScript
Cardano | ADA | Layered currency and contracts
Tether | USDT | Price = 1 USD
StellarLumens | XLM | Digital IOUs
EOS | EOS | Decentralized applications on WebAssembly
Hshare | HSR | Blockchain switchboard
Waves | WAVES | Decentralized exchange and crowdfunding
Stratis | STRAT | Decentralized applications in C#
Komodo | KMD | Decentralized ICOs
Ark | ARK | Blockchain switchboard
Electroneum | ETN | Monero clone
Bytecoin | BCN | Privacy-focused cryptocurrency
Steem | STEEM | Reddit with money voting
Ardor | ARDR | Blockchain for spawning blockchains
BinanceCoin | BNB | Pay Binance exchange fees
Augur | REP | Decentralized prediction market
Populous | PPT | Invoice trading futures
Decred | DCR | Bitcoin with alternative governance
TenX | PAY | Cryptocurrency credit card
MaidSafeCoin | MAID | Rent disk space
BitcoinDark | BTCD | Zcoin close
BitShares | BTS | Decentralized exchange
Golem | GNT | Rent other people's computers
PIVX | PIVX | Inflationary Dash clone
Gas | GAS | Pay fees on Neo
TRON | TRX | In-app-purchases
Vertcoin | VTC | Bitcoin clone
MonaCoin | MONA | Japanese Dogecoin
Factom | FCT | Decentralized record keeping
BasicAttention | BAT | Decentralized ad network
SALT | SALT | Cryptocurrency-backed loans
KyberNetwork | KNC | Decentralized exchange
Dogecoin | DOGE | Serious meme bitcoin clone
DigixDAO | DGD | Organisation manages tokenized gold
Veritaseum | VERI | Vaporware
Walton | WTC | IoT Blockchain
SingularDTV | SNGLS | Decentralized Netflix
Bytom | BTM | Physical assets as tokens
ByteballBytes | GBYTE | Decentralized database and currency
GameCredits | GAME | Video game currency
MetaverseETP | ETP | Chinese Ethereum plus identity
GXShares | GXS | Decentralized Chinese Equifax
Syscoin | SYS | Decentralized marketplace
Siacoin | SC | Rent disk space
Status | SNT | Decentralized application browser
0x | ZRX | Decentralized exchange
Verge | XVG | Privacy Dogecoin
Lykke | LKK | Digital asset exchange
Civic | CVC | Identity and Authentication App
Blocknet | BLOCK | Decentralized exchange
Metal | MTL | Payments with rewards program
Iconomi | ICN | Digital asset investment funds
Aeternity | AE | Decentralized apps (prototype)
DigiByte | DGB | Faster Bitcoin
Bancor | BNT | Token Index Funds
RipioCredit | RCN | Co-signed Cryptocurrency Loans
ATMChain | ATM | Advertising network
Gnosis | GNO | Decentralized prediction market
VeChain | VEN | Supply chain item IDs
Pura | PURA | Cryptocurrency
Particl | PART | Privacy marketplace and chat
KuCoinShares | KCS | Profit-sharing exchange fees
Bitquence | BQX | Mint for cryptocurrency investments
FunFair | FUN | Decentralized casino
ChainLink | LINK | External data for contracts
PowerLedger | POWR | Airbnb for electricity
Nxt | NXT | Cryptocurrency and marketplace
Monaco | MCO | Cryptocurrency credit card
Cryptonex | CNX | Zerocoin clone
MCAP | MCAP | Mining investment fund
Storj | STORJ | Rent disk space
ZenCash | ZEN | Privacy-focused Bitcoin clone
Nexus | NXS | Bitcoin clone
Neblio | NEBL | Decentralized application platform
Zeusshield | ZSC | Decentralized insurance
StreamrDATAcoin | DATA | Real-time data marketplace
ZCoin | XZC | Private digital cash
NAVCoin | NAV | Bitcoin with private transactions
AdEx | ADX | Advertising exchange
OpenTrading | OTN | Decentralized exchange
SmartCash | SMART | Zcoin clone with rewards
Bitdeal | BDL | Bitcoin clone
Loopring | LRC | Decentralized exchange
Edgeless | EDG | Decentralized casino
FairCoin | FAIR | Bitcoin that rewards savers

 

 

Coin ranking from coinmarketcap.com.

Inspired by Greg Wilson.

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