Over the entire history of ICO, they have raised more than $ 5 billion. Many tokens on the digital currency exchanges have risen in price. Although not all ICOs have performed well, some of them exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. We compiled a list of the ten most profitable ICOs, based on the value of ROI (the return on investment).
NXT — 765 000%
NXT is one of the very first blockchain projects which has the most impressive ROI indicator. The project was launched in November 2013. It is presented by anonymous developers (just as Bitcoin) and operates as a blockchain platform for developing applications and financial services. Proof-of-Stake is used to confirm transactions. In total, 1 billion NXT tokens were released, and their number will not increase.
Initially, the NXT coin was worth $ 0.0000168. Given that its price reached more than 0.128 dollars, the ROI is 765 346%. This is a record.
Ethereum — 173 000%
The Ethereum platform is designed to create decentralized applications. It uses the technology of smart contracts, which are performed automatically under the right conditions.
Four years after Bitcoin's boom in 2011, Vitalik Buterin's currency entered the market and showed remarkable growth. Initially, the ether token was sold at 0.31 dollars, but it grew up to 713 dollars in a short period. Now the ether is worth 533 dollars, and ROI is 172 885%.
NEO (Antshares) — 141 000%
NEO, known as the Chinese Ethereum, also uses smart contract technology, but with the addition of decentralized trading functions, digital assets and identification. NEO seems to have learned the mistakes of a pioneer: the innovative vision of the founder of NEO, Da Hongfei, and his team worried the Asian crypto community greatly.
The success of ICO likely owes to the high-sounding names that stand behind it. Such giants as Microsoft and Alibaba support them, and the Chinese government actively requests consultations on crypto questions — the growing confidence of investors in this project is natural. The support of the government gives them the opportunity to become monopolists in this area in the multi-billion dollar market of China, and that is very encouraging.
The cost of a token skyrocketed from 0.03 to 45 dollars, which is 140 989% of ROI.
IOTA — 71 000%
The IOTA project has the open source code and combines elements of the blockchain and the Internet of things. To conduct transactions, IOTA does not use the blockchain technology system in its full sense, but the Tangle system, which solves many problems, for example, fees for payments and the speed of transaction from one device to another.
At an initial cost of $ 0.63, the price of the token on exchanges is $ 1.45 today. Even though IOTA is often criticized for lack of security, the ROI of this project is 71 418%.
Stratis — 51 000%
The idea of a platform for making applications based on blockchain is not new. What is the advantage of Stratis against the background of other projects? Its strength is that it is compatible with .NET and C #, which have long become commonplace. It appeals to numerous users of Microsoft products around the world. Stratis is like “blockchain for dummies” because the application doesn’t need infrastructure for creation, testing and using. Stratis is already integrated into Azure Microsoft.
Apparently, their ICO was doomed to success. In five weeks, they collected 915 BTC, and those who bought tokens at 0.007 dollars per unit, were able to increase profits by 51 256%. The current level of the STRAT token is $ 3.59.
CargoX — 47 000%
The goal of CargoX is to completely transform global logistics by replacing traditional cargo documents with smart contracts with a similar function. These contracts operate on the basis of the blockchain and allow you to track and transfer the rights to the goods without any paperwork.
CargoX benefits in speeding up the process, increasing security and reducing costs by a factor of 10. CargoX has a viable business model, there are no competitors yet, and it can boast of the logistics industry support.
The initial value of a token of this project was $ 0.00009. At the current price of 0.0423536 dollars, ROI is 46 959%.
Covesting — 35 000%
Covesting is a copy-trading platform for crypto trading. The service allows investors who enter the market of cryptocurrencies to use the services of experienced traders in this area. All parties are beneficiaries: traders can find clients and earn extra money, and investors get a vast choice of trading strategies, the ability to analyze the indicators of the currency and invest their money.
At the very beginning, the Covesting token cost 0.001923 dollars, and at the current price of more than 0.668 dollars, the ROI of the project amounts to 34 640%.
Spectrecoin — 26 000%
This is the so-called main private cryptocurrency. With its help, users can anonymously send and receive currency around the world. This is a type of currencies that governments fear most. SpectreCoin uses the Tor network and enhanced encryption, so you can not track transactions. Anonymity is exactly what is highly valued in the crypto community. Nobody knows the development team of the coin, except its leader under the nickname Mandica.
If you bought the SpecterCoin project token in November 2016, you would have got 25 979% of the return on investment, because its value increased from $ 0.001 to $ 0.26.
Ark — 19 000%
Interaction — this is the word that most accurately characterizes the Ark project. This project introduced to the world the SmartBridge ecosystem, which integrates all cryptocurrencies into one blockchain. Ark is completely decentralized, 15 significant developers of the project are scattered on 11 different countries.
As cryptocurrencies increase in number, any tool that helps to unite them will bring money. Ark aims to create bridge-links between cryptocurrencies. The idea appeals to investors, and it explains the ROI indicator of 19 417% of this ICO. With an initial cost of only 1 cent, the price of the token rose to 1.95 dollars.
Binance Coin — 14 000%
Binance is an international multilingual platform for exchanging cryptocurrency. The sale of BNB tokens during the ICO in July 2017 brought $ 15 million. Changpeng Zhao manages the project. Previously he worked both with financial institutions and cryptocurrencies.
The main peculiarity of the platform is as follows: paying for transactions with BNB tokens, the user receives a 50% discount on the use of the service. In April 2018, Binance became the most massive cryptocurrency marketplace in the world regarding the volume of transactions. If one project token at the start of the ICO cost about 0.11 dollars, then now it costs 15.38. The ROI of the Binance Coin project is 13 872%.