The crypto world goes beyond the Bitcoin. Since the day Satoshi Nakamoto created the most valuable cryptocurrency to date and set the fundation for the blockchain technology that many other crypto projects have emerged. Many of them in a form of a token sale or crowdsale, which refers to a method of selling participation in an economy, giving investors access to the features or rewards of a particular blockchain related project.

The market for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) experienced a massive boom in 2017. Blockchain projects raised over $1 billion by issuing their own digital tokens to investors who wanted to back their idea, product, or service. Many of these new digital tokens increased in value when they started trading on digital currency exchanges like Binance, Bitrex, and others.

In this article we want to mention the top digital currencies that were launched through initial coin offerings and managed to become tremendous outperformers in the digital currency space with huge return of investment for their investors.

NXT (NXT)

Nxt is an advanced blockchain platform which builds on and improves the basic functionality of pioneering cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency and financial systems are the first widely used applications of blockchain technology, but the blockchain and its associated technology can be used for so much more.

Nxt revolutionises the financial technology, crowdfunding and governance industries by providing not only the groundbreaking NXT crypto-currency, but also a powerful, modular toolset to build with in any way Nxt users can imagine. Nxt gives users complete freedom to create their own applications.

ICO Date: 09/28/13
USD Raised: $16,800
Tokens sold: 1,000,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,0000168 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +2808126%

IOTA (MIOTA)

As the Internet-of-Things keep expanding, the need for interoperability and sharing of resources become a necessity. IOTA enables companies to explore new business-2-business models by making every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees.

In this new autonomous Machine Economy IOTA will be the backbone. The Tangle ledger is able to settle transactions with zero fees so devices can trade exact amounts of resources on-demand, as well as store data from sensors and dataloggers securely and verified on the ledger.

The main innovation behind IOTA is the Tangle, a revolutionary new blockless distributed ledger which is scalable, lightweight and for the first time ever makes it possible to transfer value without any fees. Contrary to today’s Blockchains, consensus is no-longer decoupled but instead an intrinsic part of the system, leading to decentralized and self-regulating peer-to-peer network.

ICO Date: 25/11/15
USD Raised: $434,511.63
Tokens sold: 999,999,999
ICO Token Price: 0,0004345 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +908996%

Spectrecoin (XSPEC)

The premier privacy focused cryptocurrency that preserves network privacy and protects users against surveillance, by keeping traffic within the Tor network at all times. OBFS4 Bridge Support facilitates undetected use in countries that block Tor, such as China & Iran. Ring Signatures for complete transactional anonymity, making it impossible to determine the true source of funds for a transaction. Confirmation within 30-60 seconds and low transaction fees, making Spectrecoin perfect for small remittances. And 5% yearly rewards from low power staking ensures a stable inflation rate while rewarding those who support the network by keeping their wallets open for staking.

ICO Date: 20/11/16
USD Raised: $15,427
Tokens sold: 19,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,0008 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +524752%

Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference.

These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property.

This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middleman or counterparty risk.

The project was bootstrapped via an ether presale in August 2014 by fans all around the world. It is developed by the Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss non-profit, with contributions from great minds across the globe.

ICO Date: 22/07/14
USD Raised: $15,571,000
Tokens sold: 50,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,311 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +437563%

Neo (NEO)

NEO is a non-profit community-based blockchain project that utilizes blockchain technology and digital identity to digitize assets, to automate the management of digital assets using smart contracts, and to realize a “smart economy” with a distributed network. NEO was founded in 2014 and was real-time open source on GitHub in June 2015. Since its inception, the NEO team has experienced the upsurge and boom of the blockchain industry and the frenzy and cooling of the digital money market. We believe technology drives progress and together we can create the future. Motivated by this, NEO has been created to shift our traditional economy into the new era of the “Smart Economy”.

ICO Date: 01/10/15
USD Raised: $556,500
Tokens sold: 17,500,000
ICO Token Price: 0,032 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +432444%

Stratis (STRAT)

Stratis offer simple and affordable end-to-end solutions for development, testing and deployment of native C# blockchain applications on the .Net framework. Their enterprise-grade development platform nStratis is a simple and affordable end-to-end solution for native C# and .Net blockchain applications: solutions tailored exactly to your specific needs – at very competitive rates. Their proprietary blockchain combines the latest advances in security and stability of Bitcoin with the latest breakthroughs in network speed, scalability and customization.

$STRAT is the fuel that powers and secures the Stratis blockchain. It is used to pay fees per transaction and as an instrument for transfer of value among participants in the Stratis marketplace. $STRAT is a digital cryptographic token that is freely traded on open exchanges as one of the top cryptocurrencies by marketcap. The Stratis blockchain is based on the Bitcoin consensus algorithm making it one of the most reliable and secure cryptographic tokens today.

ICO Date: 20/06/16
USD Raised: $610,908
Tokens sold: 84,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,007 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +262074%

Ark (ARK)

ARK provides users, developers, and startups with innovative blockchain technologies. We aim to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains and a virtual spiderweb of endless use-cases that make ARK highly flexible, adaptable, and scalable. ARK is a secure platform designed for mass adoption and will deliver the services that consumers want and developers need.

The ARK Desktop Wallet is natively built for all major Operating Systems. Their full HD wallet meets the top security standards in the industry and supports the Ledger Nano S secure hardware wallet. ARK wallets connect to fully synced network peers removing the need to download the full blockchain. With the ARK wallet you are up and running as soon as it’s installed, no more syncing! And, with 8 second block times you can actually see your transactions occur in real time! No more checking in every 30 minutes to see if your transactions were confirmed.

ICO Date: 07/11/16
USD Raised: $942,593
Tokens sold: 94,695,480
ICO Token Price: 0,01 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +89513%

Lisk (LSK)

Nowadays, we have Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Both centralized solutions owned by corporations for centralized applications. The Lisk Foundation believes in a decentralised future. In order to achieve this, Lisk strives to make blockchain technology accessible for everybody by building a blockchain application platform likewise for users and developers.

On May 24th 2016 the Lisk blockchain network went live with its own cryptocurrency called LSK. From that date, the Lisk Foundation is working hard together with its contractors towards the release of their Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK is a framework written in JavaScript to deploy your own blockchain network next to the main Lisk network. Decentralised applications can be built on top of your own blockchain.

Possibilities are endless, like developing platform independent social networks, messengers, games and so on. All on your own blockchain network including corresponding token, fully decentralised, and all this without the hassle of complicated consensus algorithms or peer-to-peer networking protocols.

ICO Date: 22/02/16
USD Raised: $6,500,000
Tokens sold: 85,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,076 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +37943%

Storj (STORJ)

Distributed, encrypted, and blazing fast object storage, where only you have access to your data. They are on a mission to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That’s why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data. Pay only for what you use. No setup fees, no minimum usage.

ICO Date: 18/07/14
USD Raised: $461,802
Tokens sold: 51,173,144
ICO Token Price: 0,009 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +20797%

Qtum (QTUM)

QTUM is the Blockchain made ready for business. Build Decentralized Applications that Simply Work. Executable on mobile devices, compatible with major existing blockchain ecosystems. Combining a modified Bitcoin Core infrastructure with an intercompatible version of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), Qtum merges the reliability of Bitcoin’s unfailing blockchain with the endless possibilities provided by smart contracts.

Designed with stability, modularity and interoperability in mind, Qtum is the foremost toolkit for building trusted decentralized applications, suited for real-world, business oriented use cases. Its hybrid nature, in combination with a first-of-its-kind PoS consensus protocol, allow Qtum applications to be compatible with major blockchain ecosystems, while providing native support for mobile devices and IoT appliances.

ICO Date: 03/12/17
USD Raised: $14,887,694.564
Tokens sold: 51,000,000
ICO Token Price: 0,292 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +18127%

Populous (PPT)

Populous is a P2P (peer-to-peer) invoice finance platform that is globalising what is currently a localised and limited market sector. It is a global invoice trading platform built on Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology.

Invoice finance is a form of funding that instantly unlocks the cash tied up in outstanding sales invoices. Business owners allow invoice buyers to buy invoices at a discounted rate in order to unlock their cash quicker. Once invoices are paid by the invoice debtor, the invoice buyer receives the amount previously agreed upon.

Populous uniquely connects business owners with invoice buyers on a global scale by leveraging the security, transparency, and speed of Blockchain via XBRL data, Altman Z-score formula, smart contracts and stable fiat-pegged tokens. We will disrupt the traditional invoice financing system by eliminating the need for third parties or financial institutions by connecting businesses with global invoice buyers directly.

ICO Date: 24/06/17
USD Raised: $10,000,000
Tokens sold: 35,998,518
ICO Token Price: 0,278 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +17956%

Neblio (NEBL)

Neblio is a a secure, distributed, platform built for enterprise applications and services. They are building a global blockchain developer network centered around simple to use APIs, tools, and services. They aim to develop and deploy the next generation distributed application.

The Neblio Cryptographic Token (NEBL) is the lifeblood of the Neblio Blockchain Platform, allowing the instant & secure transmission of information worldwide while securing the Neblio Network. Their blockchain’s decentralized consensus model secures all transactions and/or information stored on the Neblio blockchain in such a way that there is no centralized point of failure in the network.

ICO Date: 06/08/17
USD Raised: $2,500,000
Tokens sold: 12,101,741
ICO Token Price: 0,207 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +15497%

OmiseGO (OMG)

OmiseGO is the answer to a fundamental coordination problem amongst payment processors, gateways and financial institutions. By enabling decentralized exchange on a public blockchain at high volume and low cost, OmiseGO provides a next-generation value transfer service operating across currencies and asset types. Through the OmiseGO network connected to the Ethereum mainnet, anyone will be able to conduct financial transactions such as payments, remittances, payroll deposit, B2B commerce, supply-chain finance, loyalty programs, asset management and trading, and other on-demand services, in a completely decentralized and inexpensive way. Further, millions of mainstream users in the largest growing economies in the world will be enabled to make the transition from using fiat money to using decentralized currencies such as ETH, BTC, and others. The OmiseGO network is intrinsically agnostic between fiat and decentralized money: as far as adoption and usage go, the system is constructed so that the best currencies will win. Unbank the Banked with Ethereum.

ICO Date: 15/07/17
USD Raised: $24,000,000
Tokens sold: 98,312,024
ICO Token Price: 0,244 USD
ROI at the end 2017: +9933%

Other very profitable projects were: Komodo (KMD), Stellar (XLM), Bancor (BNT), RaiBlocks (XRB), Ripio Credit Network (RCN), Iconomi (ICN), Substratum (SUB), ICON (ICX), Electroneum (ETN), Simple Token (OST), Dragonchain (DRGN), Power Ledger (POWR), ChainLink (LINK) and TRON.