In this article, we follow up with the percentage gains from our April top picks (since our April 4th article Moonshot Picks up to this point). We have also added new picks for the month of May that we feel could be due for huge gains. Remember, cryptocurrency investing isn’t for everyone, always do your due diligence and consult with a professional before making any investment decisions.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have become incredibly popular amongst individual and institutional investors across the globe. Many have been leaning more towards investing in hedge funds relating to the cryptocurrency industry instead of the individual cryptocurrencies.
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#15 Mercury Protocol (GMT) Up 20.67% Since April 4th
I’m sure you’ve thought someone would create a messaging app using blockchain. And someone has! The Mercury Protocol (GMT) is currently deployed in a messaging app called Dust. The project has Mark Cuban as one of their advisors.
In a cryptocurrency market predicated on hype, that gives GMT an edge over its competitors. Messaging using Mercury Protocol is supposed to be more secure and more private. It also allows for cross-platform integration of both services are using the protocol – if WhatsApp ever decides to use it, for example, you’d be able to use WhatsApp to send a message to someone on their Telegram.
- First blockchain based messaging token (GMT stands for Global Messaging Token)
- Mark Cuban being associated with this project generates hype, which is very important for the price of cryptocurrencies.
Where to buy GMT: Etherdelta
#14 SONM (SNM) Up 134.75% Since April 4th
SONM (SNM) is a decentralised Amazon Web Services. The name stands for Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining. With a partnership with HP in the bag and already being listed on major exchanges, SONM has the capability to be the cryptocurrency that eats into AWS’s market.
What they call “fog computing” in their whitepaper is essentially decentralised cloud computing. This means anyone can host websites, develop applications, produce machine learning and perform calculations using SONM architecture.
Their whitepaper makes so much sense that DADI, a hyped up pre-ICO, was found to have copied it word for word.
#13 Blockport (BPT) Up 11% Since April 4th
Blockport, is another exchange. Though we think this exchange really stands out because it focusses on being a social exchange. We have seen tokens that support the exchanges do really well (in our January pick- KuCoin shares did 3500% in a month.) We think Blockport has a really solid team, it is also one of the first ICO’s from the Netherlands.
They successfully funded the project in their ICO with support of the AFM (Authority financial markets, sort of SEC for the US). So we think it is a good pick for the potential to see a big return. The token trades with discounted fees.
At the moment the token is trade-able on KuCoin. Blockport is planning to release their beta platform in March.
- Social exchange
- Supported by AFM
- Good team
- Beta in March 2018
- Good communication
- Another exchange
Where To Buy BPT: Kucoin
#12 TokenPay (TPAY) **New Recommendation**
TokenPay is Fully Integrated with the Tor Network for MAXIMUM Coin Security, Anonymity and Privacy.
The TPAY coin is the ONLY token that contains ALL of the most vital anonymity features. It has Stealth Addresses, Ring Signatures, Zero Knowledge Proofs and is Untraceable, End to End Anonymous and Unlinkable.
It also has a Secure P2P and Group Chat function that is built directly in to the custom configured wallets. All of this is wrapped in a complete root level Tor Network Integration.
Out of all the other so-called “Privacy Coins” only Monero boasts many of the features similar to TPAY but it falls well short. Monero does not support Tor Network Integration or have a Secure Chat Interface. Zcash, while heralded for its privacy features, does not support End to End Anonymity and is linkable and has no Secure Chat or Tor Network integration while Dash basically has nothing in terms of true privacy coin attributes.
Only Verge’s technology is comparable when used in “Stealth mode.” Verge Developer Justin Sunerok is actually an Advisor for TPAY, and TPAY boasts that the project has been thoroughly audited by him.
We love the potential of both projects (Verge & TokenPay) Both have excellent features that make teach of them attractive for different reasons and both have impressive technology behind them. Sky’s the limit for TokenPay.
#11 Cardano (ADA) Up 126.6% Since April 4th
Cardano; Short Term Gains and Long-Term Potential
Cardano is one of our Top 5 Picks for 2018 and should be (in our opinion) a staple in any crypto portfolio. As the bull market is back in place, we could see Cardano (currently trading at
A strong governance system is only one of Cardano’s benefits. They are also ready, willing and able to comply with new government regulations through their soft fork ability. The addition of the control layer protocol will make them into a viable Ethereum alternative. As they roll out the platform upon which decentralized applications can be created, their market share will increase. While Cardano’s ADA token has stagnated in price since December, it is primed to rise – and effectively available at a discount.
At the same time, Cardano is a long-term project that has plans to truly use their infinite scalability. As technology increases, so too can the blockchain. They will switch out modules and implement soft forks to keep the platform relevant and performing at a high level. The staying power that this produces should keep Cardano in the top 10, and their control layer will help them seize more of the emerging cryptocurrency market.
#10 Vibe (VIBE) Up 99.12% Since April 4th
Vibe Coin is a platform designed to combine the benefits of blockchain with the emerging trend of virtual reality. The developers want to create new virtual spaces, which, among other things, make it possible to hold business meetings, attend live events, take part in sporting events and meet new people. Vibe is at the forefront and already today builds a platform that can be used for the upcoming virtual universe, the Vibehub.
Vibe Coin is based on the Ethereum blockchain and is an ERC20 token. The token is used in the context of payment transactions on the platform, so that artists and teachers have the opportunity to reach millions of users via virtual reality. Monetizing virtual augmented and virtual reality content plays a particularly important role here. In order to give users a good chance of success, they have the freedom to become active in unique marketplaces within the framework of the Vibehubs. In addition, all Vibe payments and transactions are completed through Vibehub.
Performers are ranked based on their online popularity. Tokens can be used to purchase merchandise or get access to music industry contacts. Eventually, they are expected to be accepted for ticket purchases.
Vibe’s initial coin offering (ICO) made history by selling out in less than 5 minutes, raising $10 million in the process. Among its backers is Charlie Shrem, one of the most visible members of the Bitcoin community.
#9 VeChain (VEN) Up 94.24% Since April 4th
VeChain is the very fast blockchain based application to grace the crypto-world with an innovative way of providing tamper free information around products. This is a future business distributed model that will create a reference point for all players in the supply chain management.
The VeChain Foundation in Singapore started off as a supply chain company but has recently announced its plans to move into the decentralized platform and hence evolving to become Enterprise DApp (decentralized application) solutions similar to Ethereum.
VeChain’s operations are similar to IBM’s crypto-anchors technology. VeChain functions as a mix of blockchain technology and their in-house built smart chip (tiny piece of code) to track items throughout their lifecycle and also to guarantee you’re receiving the same intended product at every node. VeChain’s strategy is beneficial in many ways and most importantly:
- By implementing the smart chip technology it helps remove the need for trust at every stage the item takes to reach the end user
- It offers counterfeit protection by re-verifying items at every node
- It improves logistics systems through simplified product tracking
- Smart chip scan assists businesses to acquire current and accurate information on each item. It also helps with quality control
- The upgraded platform will use twin tokens such as VeChain Tokens [VET] and THOR power
- Businesses who hold more VET are given high priority and more rights on the new VeChain THOR blockchain
- Rebranding does not mean re-launching of the main chain, but it will be upgraded to use THOR power and also for the creation of Dapps to do business on the VeChain platform
- VeChain THOR mainly relies on nodes in the blockchain system. Nodes are rewarded with THOR for maintaining the network
- Nodes are differentiated by their maturity, date and amount of VET they hold. They are named Strength, Thunder, Mjolnir, and Thrudheim
- VEN tokens will become obsolete once these are fully converted to VET tokens
The VeChain Foundation names this new big change as Apothesis.
With VeChain Thor set to launch in June as per VeChian CEO Sunny Lu, the organization is accommodating new tie-ups to add to their already impressive list of partnerships.
#8 Bread (BRD) **New Recommendation**
The Bread Token (BRD) provides discounts and additional services when using the popular Bread wallet app. Bread is the first cryptocurrency wallet to provide a loyalty and customer rewards program. In the competitive cryptocurrency wallet market, Bread has acquired over 650,000 customers in over 150 countries. The next step is incentivizing people to stay inside the Bread ecosystem.
The Bread wallet is a free iOS or Android download and easy to set up. There is no registration or personal information collected during the setup process. Upon downloading the app you can import a Bitcoin wallet or create a new one. If you create a new wallet, you’ll be provided with a paper key, “a list of 12 words that can be used to restore access to your wallet if you ever lose or upgrade your phone.”
If you decide to later use a different wallet, the 12 words can be used to generate your private key and you’ll still be able to recover your Bitcoins. The keys are only accessible from your device so you won’t have to worry about Bread getting hacked.
The simple user interface has options for sending and receiving Bitcoins. In the menu option, for certain countries, there is the ability to buy Bitcoin directly from the Bread app.
The ultimate goal of Bread is to build a decentralized bank. Just as AirBnB doesn’t own any hotels and Uber doesn’t own any cars, Bread doesn’t actually hold any of your money. They are simply facilitating the sending and receiving of your money. The company is headquartered in Zurich but provides services for users all around the world.
Bread will partner with a variety of financial services institutions to allow for the “buying and selling of Bitcoin, direct deposit of wages into Bitcoin, payment of bills, buying and selling of tokens, tracking ROI of crypto assets, etc. Bread is aiming to reduce customer’s dependence on traditional fiat based banks and move them to the world of decentralized banking.”
Rather than try and set up in each country and become legally compliant, Bread simply partners with established third parties in different countries. “If you open your Bread in Japan, you will be given access to local exchanges and services that are legally compliant and serve customers in Japan. If you travel to Germany and open your Bread there, you will see the services that are available for use in that region.”
#7 0x (ZRX) **New Recommendation**
0x is a protocol for decentralized exchange (DEX) of ERC20 tokens. ZRX is the native token of the protocol. At its core, 0x is a system of smart contracts that can be used by anyone—it is open-source and completely free to use. Developers can use the 0x protocol as infrastructure to build user-facing decentralized exchange applications. 0x is one of the early examples of a protocol using the franchising go-to-market strategy.
Of the many technical approaches to building DEXs, we believe that 0x’s is the best. 0x utilizes off-chain matching of orders and on-chain execution of trades. This allows for a large number of individual trades to take place quickly without bloating the blockchain with unfilled/cancelled orders.
0x accomplishes this through a novel form of private key-signed messages. Users who wish to conduct a trade create a message that includes specific parameters about the trade—which tokens they’d like to trade, the price, and the order expiry. This message is signed by the user as authorization and broadcast to the network. Once broadcast, this order is open and can be filled by counterparties. Alternatively, the user can name a specific counterparty and send the order directly to that party to fill. The order can only be filled according to the parameters set by the user that generated the order. When the taker signs the order, it is submitted to the Ethereum blockchain, where the trade is executed trustlessly by the 0x smart contract. This means that the smart contract simultaneously takes balances from both the maker and the taker and sends them to the counterparty at the exact same time. No third party must be trusted.
0x is an open source protocol for order discovery and execution. The 0x team aims to provide a real exchange with order books and liquidity. As such, the protocol incentivizes third parties to create channels, called “relayers,” for users to generate and broadcast these messages. 0x allows relayers to charge a fee, denominated in ZRX, for their services. While 0x offers the back-end infrastructure for decentralized exchange, relayers will provide the front-end services that allow 0x to compete with existing centralized services.
In addition to facilitating exchanges within existing DApps, the 0x protocol also makes it possible for any third party to run a dedicated decentralized exchange built directly on top of 0x. These parties are called relayers; they run their own order books and user interfaces but conduct trades using the 0x contracts. Radar Relay, The 0cean, Kin Alpha, Paradex, and EthFinex are all independent companies that are building 0x relayers. Other projects such as dYdX, Dharma, and Market are building derivatives and other financial products using 0x.
0x has an extremely talented team that is tackling one of the most pressing needs in the crypto ecosystem using the best technical approach (off-chain relay with on-chain settlement) coupled with strong market validation. The ecosystem that has emerged around 0x is incredible– not only are relayers building traditional exchanges on 0x, but others are using the protocol to offer other financial instruments, and many of the biggest projects in the Ethereum ecosystem are integrating 0x directly.
0x is fueling up for launch.
#6 ICON (ICX) Up 99.95% Since April 4th
ICON team has released an official wallet, ICONex. It is still only a desktop version, introduced by Chrome extension, but it will be expanded to mobile Android & iOS in the near future. According to the official announcement, ICONex supports not only native ICX coins of ICON Mainnet, but also ETH and ethereum-based ERC20 tokens.
Currently there are only ethereum-based ERC20 ICX tokens in circulation, distributed to ICON ICO participants at the end of 2017 as a temporary substitution for native ICX coins. Once ICON Mainnet is launched officially, there will be a swap of ERC20 ICX tokens to native ICX coins. ICON Mainnet, functioning now in a test mode, was launched in January 2018.
The official launch will be announced soon (presumably in March-April, 2018), as well as information about the swap of ERC20 ICX tokens to native ICX coins. After several months after publish numerous announcements about the token swap, the ERC20 ICX tokens will be burned. ICON is at an absolute value down at these levels.
In addition, Pantera Capital Management, one of the first and largest crypto hedge funds announced last week that ICON (ICX) is their largest bet for the upcoming year, a pick that they are so confident in that their portfolio holds a larger % of ICON than Bitcoin. Now that’s a vote of confidence.
#5 Kyber Network (KNC) Up 173% Since April 4
This is simply a case of a quality project being severely undervalued.
Kyber Network (KNC) is a decentralized exchange built on a system of reserves. The project, which held its ICO in late 2017, is one of two projects formally advised and backed by Vitalik Buterin (Buterin has announced his support and advisement publicly for Kyber Network and OmiseGo).
Kyber’s decentralized exchange model is unlike anything we have seen before because it provides guaranteed liquidity at all times.
At its core, Kyber is also deflationary. The reserves must hold and spend KNC to execute these transactions, and a portion of the spent KNC is burned following every trade. As users and reserves increase on the Kyber Network, so will the demand for KNC. However, the supply of KNC will simultaneously decrease. High demand plus low supply equals positive price action.
If you look across the market, you can see how exchange tokens have been bullish over the past few months. Tokens such as BNB, ZRX, KCS, and KMD have all found their way into the top 50 cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap. However, Kyber is currently sitting in the 70s, and it seems to have stabilized in that range. Based on the success of the other utility tokens in its field, KNC seems to be extremely undervalueD.
#4 Simple Token (OST) Up 101% Since April 4th
It’s basically used to power and link niche token economies from mainstream consumer apps and build a network of Branded Tokens with OpenST protocol, which businesses can use to launch Branded Tokens without doing blockchain development of their own.
Until now crypto has only been powering upcoming DAPPs and very few tokens have been looking to integrate the current app infra to blockchain.
So in a way the OpenST protocol could be used to build things like Steem, MobileGo, Cryptokitty, DNT etc. Even one consumer app like Cryptokitty clogged the Ethereum network. ST can be a good solution to add scalability to the Ethereum blockchain with its sidechain solution.
OST is to ETH what ARDR is to NXT. Soon people will realize that sidechains are the solution to scale mainchains like ETH and NXT and sidechain projects coulds blow up.
#3 DragonChain (DRGN) Up 93% Since April 4th
The US based company, Dragon Chain has been gaining quite a bit of attention from both newcomers and veteran crypto investors. Dragon Chainoffers blockchain as-a-service, which allows businesses to implement blockchain technology to secure their databases and execute smart contracts – all without any technical expertise. All business data is retained by the owning company and with a server-less scalable platform, any further development can be done with ease.
In addition to real world use case, Dragon Chain also serves as a platform for exclusive ICOs that can only be participated in by holding the DRGN token. The ICO function of Dragon Chain is projected to be a crucial element as over 200 projects are planned to launch an initial coin offering exclusively through Dragon Chain. To make things better, any upcoming Dragon Chain ICO will accept United States investors and only one KYC (know your customer) is required.
To bring this all together, an incredibly talented team was formed that consists of some very accomplished individuals. The list of team accreditations is too long to include in this article but a noteworthy detail to note, is that the founder of Dragon Chain, Joe Roets – has 20 years experience in software architecture and has been involved with companies such as Overstock, Coinbase, and Walt Disney. Being a United States based company with infrastructure that is completely scalable, an incentivized HODL program, and exclusive ICOs being launched on the platform – Dragon Chain is gearing up to be a promising project.
With launch of the AWS server-less platform right at the end of March, we feel that when the market turns, DRGN is going to fly (or will it rise?)
Usually announcements like this are already priced in, but with the market in its current state, people don’t seem to have jumped on the Dragon’s back with quite as much enthusiasm as they may over the next few weeks.
Dragon is perhaps one of the best long-term hold of these picks as well, so now might be one of the best entry-points you’ll ever get.
Where To Buy DRGN: Kucoin
#2 Deep Brain Chain (DBC) Up 187.28% Since April 4th
Deep Brain Chain (DBC) Out of all the undervalued cryptocurrencies listed here, this one is the most likely to be big if you’re reading this article a few months from this being published. DBC is a smart contract token based on NEO that’s already listed on KuCoin and soon to be listed on Houbi, a popular Korean exchange. It solves a huge problem in the artificial intelligence space, the training of new computers, and that’s one of the reasons DBC could be so valuable.
What DBC does is create a blockchain based neural network training platform that connects computers across the world. It’s essentially a distributed AI creation network that may or may not be used in the next Skynet.
- Invested in by NEO
- First mover in the artificial intelligence space in cryptocurrencies.
- Team of top scientists and a whitepaper that actually makes sense.
- Constantly shilled on reddit and /biz/
Where to buy DBC: Kucoin
#1 Dignity (DIG) ***New Recommendation***
Recently Cryptobontix became the new owners of the token known as Unity Ingot. They have a few ideas on what they want to do with the formerly rolled out tokens and a new direction for this asset. In order for us to explain exactly what will happen to Unity Ingot (UNY) token, we must first explain what they represent and what were the original goals set in motion by the developers of UNY.
What Is Unity Ingot UNY?
Unity Ingot launched on May 11th of 2017. The token was created under an Ethereum contract format. The talk amount of fully issued tokens was established at 10 billion. The idea for this token seems pretty simple at first. Legacy asset is the name of the game. Unity Ingot was designed to be a valuable asset which could be handed down to your future generations or good friends as it continued to gain value over time.
The token’s value was designed to come from mining alternate coins, such as Ethereum, Lite Coin, Zcash, and other well-known coins. Afterward, the mined assets are to be sold and converted into gold bullion and Bitcoin to store the value of the coin.
Cryptobontix has a slightly different vision for Unity Ingot. While they are still attempting to continue maintaining the whole legacy asset idea in play for UNY, they have also converted the token into a new token named Dignity (DIG). The amount of smart contract is also being reduced from the huge 10 billion tokens to a bit more acceptable 3 billion. Their main focus is also to ensure that each token is being backed by $1 of Gold.
In addition to the token conversion, Cryptobontix is also planning to roll out 3 additional tokens on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018. The final token breakdown is as follows: one token representing $1 USD in Gold, assumed to be the new DIG token, $2 USD in Silver for the second new token, $3 USD in Platinum for the third new token, and $4 in Palladium for the fourth new token. This is a very interesting idea because now these token will have multiple ways to back their value through the rare metals market.
While the original success of UNY was somewhat stifled by the decline of Bitcoin value, at the same time it introduced a rather interesting way to ensure tokens retain their value and can be passed down to future generations.
Reducing the amount of token from the original 10 billion to 3 billion should make a huge difference in the ability of this token to retain its value; we think Cryptobontix is making an excellent decision here. Adding additional token to diversify the value profile is also a great move.
Overall, the new management of UNY and conversion to 4 new tokens is a very interesting way to keep this exceptional token idea alive and valuable to the consumer. This is a great token to keep your eye on and should be a superb way to ensure long-term profitability.
Dignity (DIG) has already been up over 200% in the past week alone. This one’s not for the risk averse. But with some of the upcoming partnerships and news expected over the next couple of months (according to industry insiders) Dignity (DIG) could do another 500% without breaking a sweat. Making Dignity (DIG) our #1 pick with the highest upside % upside.
Where To Buy: LiveCoin
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