Top 10 Cryptocurrencies in 2017 At the time of writing this article (August 30, 2017), the cryptocurrency assets below have the largest market cap in the world. The following crypto definitions, taken from what they trade themselves on their website. Bitcoin (BTC) - Bitcoin is the first blockchain experiment created by Satoshi Nakamoto (an alias of a person or a group). Bitcoin is an innovative payment and a new type of money. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology and can operate without centralized authority or bank. Ethereum (ETH) - Ethereum is a decentralized platform that can run smart contracts, ie applications that run programmatically without the possibility of downtime, sensors, fraud or interference from third parties. Bitcoin Cash (BCH / BCC) - Bitcoin Cash is a peer-to-peer electronic money created from hard-fork Bitcoin. Ripple (XRP) - Ripple is a corporate class blockchain solution for global payments. Litecoin (LTC) - Litecoin is a global decentralized currency created based on blockchain technology, essentially the light and fast version of Bitcoin. Dash (DASH) - Dash is a digital money for instant online payments or purchases, using a secure, open-source platform hosted by thousands of users around the world. NEM (XEM) - NEM is a smart blockchain asset created for performance. IOTA (MIOTA) - IOTA was created to be the backbone of the Internet of Things, and bridge technology between companies and services, so it can be marketed in real-time at no cost. Monero (XMR) - Monero is a safe, personal and untraceable currency. Monero uses an open-source system and is available to users. NEO (NEO) - NEO, formerly named Antshares, is China's first open-source blockchain. NEO is also often referred to as a smart economy that will load digital assets.