Crypto Rankings

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We are in the process of reviewing and ranking the top 100 projects in crypto. Check back often for updates!


5-Star Crypto Projects

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There are currently only 5 crypto projects that receive our 5-star rating – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, Ethereum Classic, and ICON.  These ratings are based on technology, adoption, and our overall investment philosophy.


BTC – Bitcoin

Review of Bitcoin

We couldn’t be more excited about Bitcoin and its future. Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency, the longest-lasting, the largest market cap, and has withstood the most attacks, so it has proven its resiliency. Bitcoin is also the only way to purchase many altcoins. The best time to buy Bitcoin was anytime before late 2017; the second best time is now. Click To Tweet

The best time to buy Bitcoin was anytime before late 2017; the second best time is now.

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ETH – Ethereum

Review of Ethereum

Ethereum is one of the most exciting projects in crypto. It is a platform, which means other projects such as smart contracts and decentralized apps can built on it. In fact, dozens of the top 100 crypto projects have been built on the Ethereum platform. Ethereum has a lot of competitors, and although some of them are arguably as good as or possibly even more advanced on technology, no other platform comes close to the number of developers and projects that Ethereum has attracted.

We at White Paper Pagoda are very bullish on the platform sector in general and Ethereum is the current market leader.

Other platforms may be faster or more scalable, but as of yet, no other platform can touch the size of the Ethereum network nor the number of projects building on it. $ETH Click To Tweet

Other platforms may be faster or more scalable, but as of yet, no other platform can touch the size of the Ethereum network nor the number of projects building on it.

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ADA – Cardano

Review of Cardano

Cardano is one the projects we are most excited about. It’s an Ethereum competitor, a platform capable of hosting smart contracts and decentralized apps.

It’s claim to fame is the fact that the science behind their blockchain has been peer-reviewed. Cardano is taking the extra time and effort to make sure that everything it does is verifiable, accurate, and science-based. This may give it a huge advantage when institutional money arrives in crytpo en masse.Institutional investors will likely favor projects like Cardano whose peer-review process will make them safer bets. $ADA Click To TweetInstitutional investors will likely favor projects like Cardano whose peer-review process will make them safer bets.

Cardano is called a third generation blockchain because it’s technically more advanced than Bitcoin (first generation) and Ethereum (second generation). Cardano makes use of proof of stake rather than proof of work, and has two layers, one that works as a currency and another as the platform for smart contracts and decentralized apps.

In short, this is a project to watch with huge potential and it is one of the few that earns a 5-star rating from us at White Paper Pagoda.

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ETC – Ethereum Classic

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ICX – ICON

Review of ICON


4-Star Crypto Projects

4 Stars


XRP – Ripple

Review of Ripple

Ripple aims to be the currency that banks use for international settlements. This is a huge market, so if Ripple were to succeed, it would be worth far more than it is today.Ripple made a lot of people rich when it shot all the way up to #3 in market cap. If Ripple becomes the currency for global payments, its biggest gains are still ahead. $XRP Click To TweetRipple made a lot of people rich when it shot all the way up to #3 in market cap. If Ripple becomes the currency for global payments, its biggest gains are still ahead. The technology is great and adoption is strong, with several major banks trying out the technology.

Why then does it not receive a 5-star rating for us? If we look at technology and adoption alone, then it absolutely would. Two concerns exist though. First, banks may use the tech behind Ripple but not use the Ripple currency. Second, Ripple controls a majority of the tokens, so this project is not nearly as decentralized as we prefer to see. But otherwise, this a great project and we are very interested to see how it unfolds.


EOS – EOS

Review of EOS

EOS is a controversial project, so let’s cut right to the chase. First the good points. The tech behind it is impressive. It’s much faster than Ethereum and can scale well for future growth. It’s a 3rd generation blockchain that has attracted a ton of investment and attention. And by ton, we mean it’s raised billions of dollars already.

The speed and scalability that EOS is working on sets it up well to be a platform for decentralized apps and smart contracts. Becoming the top project for those is pretty much the holy grail in crypto right now.

The team also impresses people. Dan Larimer successfully launched Steem and BitShares, two other successful crypto projects. Proven success in the past is a great predictor of future success.

You may then wonder, if the tech is great, tons of money has been raised, and the team has a proven track record of success, why isn’t this project rated 5 stars?

It’s a philosophy issue for us. We prefer projects that are decentralized and resistant to censorship. We see those points as part of the true genius of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original white paper. However, EOS recently banned 27 wallet addresses and ordered everyone to abide by that ban. While it was well-intentioned (those addressed seemed to be being used by scammers), we feel that demonstrates a risk for future users. If people can find their wallets frozen, this project is not so different from the traditional finance system. Our concerns over censorship prevent us from rating this as a 5-start project.EOS is fast, scalable, and has a fantastic team. It has tons of hype to live up to and several questions about centralization and censorship to handle, but this is a major project with huge aspirations for the future. $EOS Click To TweetEOS is fast, scalable, and has a fantastic team. It has tons of hype to live up to and several questions about centralization and censorship to handle, but this is a major project with huge aspirations for the future.


LTC – Litecoin

Review of Litecoin

Litecoin is like Bitcoin, only with some tech upgrades. Litecoin transactions are faster and cheaper than Bitcoin, and that’s by design. This makes Litecoin a great option for payments. Litecoin has been working hard to become accepted in more and more locations.Litecoin's vision is to be the coin you use for daily transactions while Bitcoin is the coin you hold your long-term wealth in. $LTC Click To TweetLitecoin’s vision is to be the coin you use for daily transactions while Bitcoin is the coin you hold your long-term wealth in.

You may ask then, why is Litecoin still in Bitcoin’s shadow? The biggest issue is network size. The larger the network, the more secure it is from outside attack. Bitcoin is still the stronger, safer, older brother to Litecoin, and that explains the gap in their price and market cap.


XLM – Stellar

Review of Stellar

Stellar is a competitor with Ripple for cross-border payments. Their goal is to make it faster and easier to send money internationally. This is a huge industry, so if they were to succeed, the currency could become very valuable in the future. The cool thing about Stellar is the fact that it is more decentralized than Ripple and it focuses on being the global payment choice of the people, rather than for the big banks.If you believe in decentralization and power to the people, then Stellar can be a great choice for cross-border payments. $XLM Click To TweetIf you believe in decentralization and power to the people, then Stellar can be a great choice for cross-border payments.


MIOTA – IOTA

Review of IOTA

IOTA is a currency that is aiming to be the go-to choice for micro-transactions. Soon, devices and machinery will communicate with themselves even more and empowering them to carry out micro-transactions will allow an entirely new level of efficiency and commerce.75 billion devices are projected to be connected to each other by 2025, so a transaction-less currency like IOTA could serve as a go-between, sharing data and value along the way. $MIOTA Click To Tweet75 billion devices are projected to be connected to each other by 2025, so a transaction-less currency like IOTA could serve as a go-between, sharing data and value along the way.


TRX – TRON

Review of TRON


BNB – Binance Coin

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Binance Coin has come through the recent bear market stronger than most. Binance has made several smart moves. Using the coin saves you fees on the Binance exchange. You can trade dust (tiny fractions of coins) from other coins for Binance Coins as well. These moves have kept demand for Binance Coin and has pushed it into the top 20 projects in crypto. Of course, the fact that the Binance Exchange is one of the most popular exchanges in crypto hasn’t hurt either.If you trade on Binance, using Binance Coin slashes your trading fees by 50%. Here's one of the few crypto projects that actually has a major use case already. $BNB Click To TweetIf you trade on Binance, using Binance Coin slashes your trading fees by 50%. Here’s one of the few crypto projects that actually has a major use case already.

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DOGE – Dogecoin

Review of Dogecoin

Dogecoin is the original meme currency. It carved out a unique use – tipping content creators online. The power of Dogecoin is its community. Perhaps no other project in crypto has generated such an enthusiastic, positive, and fun community as Dogecoin.If you want your decentralized, peer-to-peer internet money with healthy side of fun and community, then Dogecoin is the project for you. $DOGE Click To TweetIf you want your decentralized, peer-to-peer internet money with healthy side of fun and community, then Dogecoin is the project for you.

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3-Star Crypto Projects

3 Stars


BCH – Bitcoin Cash

Review of Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash was born out of a contentious debate within the Bitcoin community about the future of the Bitcoin Project. Bitcoin Cash focuses on the original vision of Satoshi Nakamoto laid out in the original Bitcoin white paper – creating a peer-to-peer electronic cash. It does this by having larger block sizes than Bitcoin, allowing more transactions to be carried out and reducing congestion of the network.What we like most about Bitcoin Cash is the enthusiasm of its supporters and its aim to fulfill Satoshi Nakamoto's original idea. $BCH Click To TweetWhat we like most about Bitcoin Cash is the enthusiasm of its supporters and its aim to fulfill Satoshi Nakamoto’s original idea.

In the future, larger blocks alone may not fully solve the issues of scalability.


USDT – Tether

Review of Tether


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