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The BitLicense Hurts New York, Not Bitcoin

A Solution To Bitcoin’s Governance Problem (Decentralized & Open Source)
| techcrunch.com
Controlling your own wealth as a basic human right
| blog.coinbase.com
Bitcoin Price Soars, Fueled by Speculation and Global Currency Turmoil
| www.nytimes.com
Coinbase CoFounder Brian Armstrong: Completing our transition to becoming a digital currency company (not just a Bitcoin company)
| blog.coinbase.com
Bitcoin Has Trounced the Dow This Year, 124% to 14%
| www.wsj.com
Forget about Dow 20K: Bitcoin's about to hit $1,000
| www.cnbc.com
Bitcoin Investors Should Send A Thank You Note To India's Modi And Venezuela's Maduro
| www.forbes.com
Bitcoin And The Cashless Future
| www.forbes.com
BitGo instant, the on-chain solution for instant bitcoin commerce surpasses 10,000 BTC transacted per week, equivalent to $7M USD
| blog.bitgo.com
Bitcoin predicted to rise 165% to $2,000 in 2017 driven by Trump’s ‘spending binge’ and dollar rally
| www.cnbc.com
You have $1M to invest across bitcoin and ether. You cannot touch your investment for the next 5 years. How much of that $1M do you invest in each?
| blog.kraken.com
Someone Accessed Silk Road Operator’s Account While Ross Ulbricht Was in Jail
| motherboard.vice.com
IRS Requests Bitcoin Buyer Records in Broad Tax Evasion Case
| fortune.com
ZCash: The Untrusted Setup
| weuse.cash
ZCash is fundamentally insecure due to 'trusted setup'
| blog.okturtles.com
An American Fraudster : The Dirge of Christopher David, CEO of Arcade City
| medium.com
Five Reasons the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF Should Be Approved
| www.bloomberg.com
Tuur Demeester: The Big Ethereum Short
| cointimes.tech
Winklevoss Brothers Choose State Street to Help Launch Bitcoin ETF
| www.wsj.com
LenderBot by Deloitte and Stratumn to bring insurance to the sharing economy using Bitcoin’s block chain
| bravenewcoin.com
A new NYSE-traded Bitcoin ETF is about to give the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust a run for its money.
| coincenter.org
Ethereum's DAO Soft Fork is a Potential DoS Vector
| hackingdistributed.com
Ethereum is Doomed
| nakamotoinstitute.org
Bitcoin Surges to Two-Year High as Supply Seen Shrinking in July
| www.bloomberg.com
VIDEO: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin is Better Than Gold as Hedge
| www.bloomberg.com
Blockchain open sources Thunder network, paving the way for instant bitcoin transactions
| techcrunch.com
The Cryptographically Provable Con Man (Craig Wright is not Satoshi)
| dankaminsky.com
Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist
| www.nytimes.com
Craig Wright revealed as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
| www.bbc.com
BitStamp Receives License to Operate in 28 EU Countries
| www.wired.com
Looting of the Fox: The Story of Sabotage at ShapeShift
| news.bitcoin.com

What are Altcoins?

Most altcoins are very similar to Bitcoin when it comes to their key components. They have a blockchain and allow for decentralized peer to peer transactions. Most of the characteristics of Bitcoin, highlighted in our What is Bitcoin? guide, are true for altcoins as well. This is because most altcoins are based on small changes to the bitcoin software. Bitcoin's code is open source which means that anyone can take the code, change it slightly, and release their own coin. These changes are heralded as improvements by the supporters of each specific coin or are done to serve a certain purpose intended for the coin.



Some Bitcoin supporters feel threatened by the altcoins, but they shouldn't. Altcoins are essentially the free market at work, with developers improving and tweaking Bitcoin's code in an attempt to make their coin the best cryptocurrency. Changes that work out well for an altcoin can then be rolled into Bitcoin's code in an update, essentially making altcoins a dynamic test bed for future Bitcoin innovation. They also make cryptocurrency, in general, more resilient and robust. If Bitcoin's developers or stakeholders fail to innovate or if a fatal flaw is found in the Bitcoin protocol, then a different altcoin will rise and take its place. Bitcoin may not be the currency that ends up on top, but I have little doubt that cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology are going to be huge.

There are currently over 150 traditional currencies in use throughout the world, so there is plenty of room for more than one cryptocurrency to succeed. I foresee a future where Bitcoin is used as a store of value and for large transactions because its network is extremely powerful and it is deflationary. At the same time, there will be many other cryptocurrencies filling specific niches. It is already relatively easy to trade between Bitcoin and the altcoins, and over time it will become even easier: allowing for an individual to move from one to the other dynamically and with little resistance or cost.


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New altcoins are being launched everyday, and it can be quite overwhelming to the average user, that's why we are here to guide you through them. Some sites have listed every altcoin that exists, that isn't our desire. There are plenty of useless coins out there and others that are purely scams. We intend to provide a carefully curated list of cryptocurrencies that we feel offer the most potential to our users and to society as a whole.

The Rise of the Altcoins

The website Map of Coins provides an interactive map showing the evolution of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Below we have provided some screenshots to show you just how quickly new coins are being introduced into the global marketplace.

January 2012

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March 2013

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June 2013

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January 2014

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Present Day (April 2014)

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Disclaimer: This post is intended solely to provide information. As I have no knowledge of individual circumstances and technical level, readers are expected to complete their own due diligence before proceeding with anything mentioned in this article. The topics discussed in this post are advanced and readers proceed at their own risk.