The sheer number of blockchain projects is staggering.
CoinMarketCap currently lists 1,634 coins spread across 203 cryptocurrency exchanges. The numbers are endlessly exciting for traders and enthusiasts looking to figure out which will rise to the top. They also showcase the number of developers who are working on blockchain projects and initiatives that have the power to make radical changes with respect to financial services, monetary systems, retail transactions, supply chain logistics, big data management and more.
But when parsing the numbers, the impact of Ethereum on the market is singular and unequivocal.
Of the top 100 coins by market cap on CoinMarketCap, 45 are built on the Ethereum network and represent a combined market cap of $15.3 billion at time of writing. (For our tally, we’ve subtracted EOS and Tron since both are currently launching their own blockchains and shedding their status as ERC20 tokens.) The next largest networks are NEO and Omni, with two tokens each in the top 100.
The overall number of Ethereum-based tokens is tracked by CMC. The same list shows that of the 1,634 coins listed on Coinmarketcap, 690 are Ethereum-based.
The number of coders developing on Ethereum is equally massive. Truffle, a popular development framework for Ethereum, has reached more than 565,000 downloads. That number is up 51% in just the last three months.
The State of the Ethereum Network, a recent article published by ConsenSys, a venture production studio for blockchain projects such as Ujo Music and real-estate initiative Meridio, breaks down some additional numbers worth noting:
- “Since its inception, the network has processed nearly 240 million transactions. At its height on January 4, the network processed 1.3 million transactions in 24 hours.”
- “To date, 35 million unique addresses exist on the Ethereum blockchain. On January 4, 2018, the number of active (i.e. transacting) addresses on Ethereum surpassed 1 million for the first time.”
- “Ethernodes reports just under 17,000 nodes running the Ethereum blockchain across six continents, making it the most decentralized blockchain platform in existence.”
- “A site that tracks dApp development lists 1,552 launched dApps, though more are currently in development.”
Ethereum itself has a market cap of roughly $53 billion.
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