Following our big news that Abra users around the world will now have unprecedented access to invest in the cryptocurrency economy, we partnered with Visual Capitalist again to create an infographic and new taxonomy to help investors make sense of the emerging crypto use cases.
Bitcoin was first created by Satoshi Nakamoto so that people could use the internet to safely and privately exchange value with others without the need for a centralized third-party or intermediary.
Today, ten years later, the economy inspired by Bitcoin is still growing — and using the foundations of decentralization, peer-to-peer, and open-source as a means to solve some of the problems of interacting and transacting on the internet.
Below is a list of problems that cryptocurrencies are trying to address and a visualization of a new taxonomy that shows which projects are working to solve these use cases:
Many cryptocurrency projects are creating new forms of internet-native payment systems that will be faster and more efficient than traditional payment systems, especially for sending large sums of money, micro-payments, or cross-border payments.
Store of value
Another use case for some cryptocurrencies is as a digital store of value, which means people can more easily store, transfer, and exchange value over the internet.
Some protocol-level cryptocurrencies can be considered programmable money, which means that computer code contracts can be written and executed to perform a number of financial functions.
Some cryptocurrencies are created with privacy in mind. They are designed to protect the details and integrity of financial transactions, with the goal of increasing freedom in the digital age.
The monetization structure of the current internet makes it difficult for content producers to maintain control over their original work, or to make money from their content without selling advertisements. New cryptocurrency-based schemes are aiming to change that, and in the process make it easier for content creators and consumers to transact without advertisers getting involved.
Decentralized utilities and applications are using cryptocurrency technology to build new kinds of products and services that will allow people to interact without having to go through a centralized institution such as a bank or payment provider. Decentralized apps are being developed for all kinds of things from finance and communication to gaming and gambling.
One of the major use cases for cryptocurrencies is as alternative financial models that will open up access to credit and banking products and services around the world. Leveraging internet-scale and lower costs, alternative finance will be more customizable and easy-to-use.
Stablecoins — or cryptocurrencies that have values that are pegged to other assets such as the US dollar or other currencies — are designed to provide the features of cryptocurrencies with the steady value of traditional assets. Stablecoins are often viewed as easy on-ramps and off-ramps between the digital and physical worlds.
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Here’s the full “Visualizing the new cryptocurrency ecosystem” from the Visual Capitalist.
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Allen Hena1209 days ago
This is such a inaccurate categorization of the cryptocurrencies listed. Why is ETH and ADA not a store of value? Or any crypto for that matter? Why can’t all of them be used for payments? All of them can be effectively used as programmable money. Why do only a few have it? This sort of labeling based off personal bias is absolutely toxic to the digital asset and cryptocurrency space. I am surprised Abra actually put this out. Yea it looks nice but the content is bad and misleading. I have a fairly distributed amount of many of these(e.g. BTC, ETH, BCH, etc), my comments have nothing to do with my bags.
Daniel McGlynn1207 days ago
Thanks for your comment. Addressing your specific critiques: In terms of the store of value, we used overall supply and general market cap positioning as a metric. The thinking was that an asset with an infinite supply can not be a store of value as traditionally defined, and an asset with low liquidity is also not suitable as a store of value. Not all cryptocurrencies are designed for payments as their primary use case. And not all of them are base-level protocols (which is how are defining programmable money for the purposes of this graphic).
William James1210 days ago
Bitcoin is a best business