An exploration of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology would not be complete without looking at the various players currently operating within this diverse market. Ranging from cryptocurrencies to payment and digital platforms, the possibilities are varied and increasing rapidly. Most people will have heard of Bitcoinand Ethereum, but with more than 900-1200 cryptocurrencies available as of July 2017 for trade in the global marketplace, and with new companies entering the market continuously to capture the explosive growth that is anticipated, navigating this market can be quite tricky.
In terms of size , the largest blockchain networks are (in order), Bitcoin, followed by Ethereum, the recently forked Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin. A handy graphic depicting and comparing the large players in this ecosystem can be found on Visual Capitalist. A brief description of these cryptocurrencies follows: