Litecoin - Silver to Bitcoin Gold
One of the main alternatives to Bitcoin is Litecoin. Although there have been hundreds and thousands of newer cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects that have been created since Litecoin began in 2011, it may be a good idea to look at why the network has continued to remain among the top 10 coins by market capitalization for so long. Litecoin may often be overlooked for the same reasons people want to jump to the next big thing before fully understanding why Bitcoin is so unique and valuable. Others might believe Litecoin is too similar to Bitcoin much less an exciting investment.
Ethereum - Immutable DeFi
The second most popular cryptocurrency today is Ethereum, a public decentralized application blockchain network (aka smart contract platform.) Decentralized applications replace trusted institutions and intermediaries with software. Software developers can build a variety of decentralized web or mobile applications (dApps) using the Ethereum blockchain network as a database that enables financial value and immutable data to be used in new and innovative ways. The most common use case is to create immutable tokens on the platform.
The EOS network is currently the second largest decentralized application network (aka smart contract platform) by market capitalization after Ethereum. Decentralized applications are created to replace trusted institutions and intermediaries with just software. EOS is a network that is designed for performance, scalability and usability. The principal architect for EOS is Dan Larimer, CTO of Block.One, who has a track record of building innovative high-performance blockchains.