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Whitepapers of the Most Successful ICOs

If you want to learn about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology, what problems they can solve, and the potential they have - not only in the business world, but also in every aspect of our live - start with ICOs' whitepapers. These disruptive and innovative crypto startups published whitepapers, which can be solid resources to learn about the problems crypto and blockchain can solve. Here's a list of whitepapers of the most successful ICOs of all time.


Ethereum Whitepaper / Wiki

What Ethereum intends to provide is a blockchain with a built-in fully fledged Turing-complete programming language that can be used to create "contracts" that can be used to encode arbitrary state transition functions, allowing users to create any of the systems described above, as well as many others that we have not yet imagined, simply by writing up the logic in a few lines of code.

NEO Whitepaper

NEO is the use of blockchain technology and digital identity to digitize assets, the use of smart contracts for digital assets to be self-managed, to achieve "smart economy" with a distributed network.

Stratis is a powerful and flexible blockchain Development Platform designed for the needs of real - world financial services businesses and other organisations that want to develop, test and deploy applications on the blockchain

ARK is NOT just a cryptocurrency - it is an ecosystem meant for cryptocurrency mass adoption. By building the ARK platform on top of a highly secure core blockchain, integrating key decentralized technologies, and developing use cases to show off the abilities of the ARK network, ARK Crew provides a user-friendly platform to increase user adoption of blockchain technology as a whole.

The Komodo project focuses on empowering users with Freedom through blockchain
technology. Komodo provides a unique and innovative form of security that is as strong as the Bitcoin network, yet does not require the incredible cost.

Nxt is a 100% proof-of-stake cryptocurrency, constructed from scratch in open-source Java.

The Filecoin ICO has raised over $257 million during its September 2017 token offering after already having raised $52 million from leading venture capital firms such as Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Digital Currency Group prior to the token sale. Filecoin aims to build a decentralized cloud storage network using the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to securely record and store data on a peer-to-peer basis.

The Tezos project raised over $232 million during its ICO in July 2017. The Tezos team is developing a self-amending distributed ledger that allows for the creation of smart contracts. Tezos stands out from other blockchain projects since it allows token holders to approve and fund new protocol updates and, therefore, pre-emptively mitigate scaling or development disputes that may arise for the network in the future.

EOS Whitepaper

The EOS.IO software introduces a new blockchain architecture designed to enable vertical and horizontal scaling of decentralized applications. This is achieved by creating an operating system-like construct upon which applications can be built. The software provides accounts, authentication, databases, asynchronous communication and the scheduling of applications across hundreds of CPU cores or clusters. The resulting technology is a blockchain architecture that scales to millions of transactions per second, eliminates user fees, and allows for quick and easy deployment of decentralized applications.

The Bancor Protocol enables automatic price determination and an autonomous liquidity mechanism for tokens on smart contract blockchains. These Smart Tokens have one or more connectors to a network, that hold balances of other tokens, and enable any party to instantly purchase or liquidate the Smart Token for any of its connected tokens, directly through the Smart Token’s contract, at a continuously calculated price, according to a formula which balances buy and sell volumes.