Founder: Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, now CEO of Zcash
Introduced: October 28, 2016
Zcash, unlike Bitcoin, guarantees completely anonymous and private transactions – meaning both the sender, receiver, and the amount of Zcash transferred are kept a complete secret (except to the two parties making the transaction). To keep the system honest, where no coins are being made just for inflation, Zcash uses Zero-Knowledge Proofs (called zk-SNARK). Zcash has grown by 7.8% in the past two weeks.