Almost without noticing, after the last 12 months, I ended up with a micro portfolio of cryptos. By portfolio I mean a collection of crypto assets on various blockchains, and by micro I mean really, really small. But as small as it is, it does consume a significant amount of my time, resources and attention.
Some of these cryptos are just interesting concepts, consumed for a few minutes while I read their white paper or some news about them, while others, like Steemit, or RUNCOIN, are full fledged projects to which I'm allocating time, resources and skills.
Crushed by the information overload which is plaguing the crypto universe (it seems that literally every minute a new project is launched) and a bit confused about what exactly am I doing every day (I go to sleep feeling that no more than 10 minutes passed from the moment I woke up), I decided it's time to put some order in my activities here. As a long time sufferer of the "look, something shiny" syndrome, I know how easily detracted I can be, if I'm not enforcing some discipline.
So, here I am, with a list of the most interesting projects / coins that I'm following or supporting. The list is divided in 3 categories:
- created / owning
- watching / played with it at some point
Let's take them one at a time.
created / owning
It means that I actually created that coin and I'm actively devoting time. These are long term projects, with roadmaps longer than one year. Also, they are very "edgy" in technological terms, meaning I can change the underlying technology very fast. You'll see what I mean by that when reading about each project.
Hubcoin - this is a very close project to me and one that I'm really, really involved in. I don't get to talk too much abut it on Steemit (or in any other circle, for what matters) but it's probably the one to which I dedicate the most resources. I tested many approaches and, as of now, I'm very close to the MVP. I'm actively working on a backend in a Tendermint blockchain and the app logic is close to an initial, working model. I did wrote a series of articles about Hubcoin on Steemit when I launched it, a few months ago, but you can always check the official website (you'll also find a white paper, there).
RUNCOIN - it's a project started mostly like a game. I'm an ultra-runner, and I just wanted to see how a coin created for runners will actually do. As of now, the coin is created and trading live on OpenLedger. There will be 10 distribution rounds (sorta like the faucets used in the initial stages of a crypto launch, just done manually) and after that I will launch the corresponding app logic. I didn't necessarily plan to launch this coin and it's half play, half business. Usually, this is the best combination.
These are projects which are not started by me, but in which I'm regularly contributing time, assets (servers, bandwidth) or skills. They don't have necessarily a roadmap, but I'm in for the long haul, hoping to get the best ROI for my investment.
Steem - as you may already know, I'm a Steemit witness (meaning that some of your posts, comments or votes may be validated by yours truly, among other stuff that a witness does) and I'm building a couple of projects on the Steem blockchain. One of them is steem.supply, which tends to be quite popular lately, and the other one is steem.city, which is in closed alpha right now. Apart from being a witness and building stuff on the blockchain, I also write regularly on Steemit.
Slimcoin - this is a project I've been writing about for a few months now. It was initially launched in 2014, then it was abandoned and almost collapsed, but during the last 6 months there has been a fantastic reversal on the activity and the latest version of the wallet is stable and functional. The coin has been recently re-listed on Coinmarketcap and it's doing surprisingly well. I'm not only following the Bitcointalk thread very closely, but recently I also started to play with the code base, hoping to contribute a bit of code too (a tiny virtual machine could be embedded at some point, which will have very interesting results for a coin with 3 minting methods: PoW, PoB and PoS). I admit I've been attracted by the discussions on that thread, which are a strange combination of anthropology, economics and psychology.
watching / played with it at some time
It means that, at some point, I went as far as even installing the client or downloading the blockchain, or I experimented with it in some way, but right now that coin is in a frozen or abandoned state.
- AKASHA - it's a social network built on top of Ethereum, I even interviewed the founder, Mihai Alisie, on Steemit. I watch the project not only because the team is Romanian, but also because I really like their core values (and their UX skills, to be honest)
- Storj / IPFS - at some point, "mining with your hdd" seemed like an interesting idea, so I installed and played with these blockchains (even with Sia, at some point). After a couple of months of playing with it, I decided it's not yet the time for me to get involved more
- LBRY - it started like an interesting concept, but then I was really turned off by the noisy Slack room and the apparently chaotic development. I'm still keeping an eye on LBRY, but I'm not holding my breath for it.
- Boscoin - it's an ongoing project based in South Korea and I've been successfully participating in their ICO. Still not trading yet, the expected date to see the token in exchanges is late September. That blockchain came with a very interesting time frame: a distribution for more than 100 years. Long term project, I like that.
- BitShares - I entertained the idea to become a witness on the BitShares blockchain (and I still think it's a good idea) but a combination of lack of resources and lack of time prevented me from doing it. It may happen at some point.
- PeerPlays - same as above (it's worth noting, if you don't know that yet, that both BitShares and PeerPlays are based on Graphene, the same blockchain technology that powers Steemit, created by @dan)
- Magicoin - a colored coin on top of the Bitcoin code base, with a neat interface. Briefly played with it, now it's way under my radar.
- Bytecoin - same as above
So, these are my crypto projects - more or less. Since I'm a firm believing in the "sharing is caring" principle, I'mv very curious to know your projects. Do you have such a list? Are you involved in a crypto project like now, as a contributor? If yes, in what projects?
I'm a serial entrepreneur, blogger and ultrarunner. You can find me mainly on my blog at Dragos Roua where I write about productivity, business, relationships and running. Here on Steemit you may stay updated by following me @dragosroua.
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