The freshmen guide for the crypto class of 2025: Chapter 3

Rishi Yadav
2 min readJun 9, 2021


One question usually comes up is how to add more coins to the basket. In my case, I have currently 3 coins in my coin basket:

  1. BTC
  2. ETH
  3. XRP

I have small buckets for these coins based on the ppm methodology I have described in previous blogs. These buckets are full now and I am thinking of adding another coin to this bucket.

Qualifications for a coin to be added to the bucket

As I stated in the previous blog, coins are not added to the basket based on their price. Coins are purely added based on their merit. You can have your definition of merit, but it should revolve around:

  1. backed by a strong team
  2. long-term prospects
  3. resistance to pump and dump (by crypto standards)

The (in)famous Coinmarket Cap

People have mixed opinions about CoinMarketCap and how fair their evaluation is. Let’s assume it is reasonable and accurate for now. Let's start with the top 15 coins by market cap and see where we end up with our “selection by rejection” methodology.

  1. BTC
  2. ETH
  3. USDT
  4. BNB
  5. ADA
  6. DOGE
  7. XRP
  8. USDC
  9. DOT
  10. UNI
  11. SOL
  12. BCH
  13. LTC
  14. ICP
  15. LINK
  16. BUSD
  17. MATIC
  18. THETA
  19. XLM
  20. VET

Rejection Criteria 1: Stable coins & Exchange coins

Stable coins have a great utility but they are not investment vehicles. This eliminates USDT, USDC & BUSD.

Exchange coins can be a good investment but their dependence on one Exchange does not make it to my list. This eliminates BNB and UNI.

Rejection Criteria 2: Boring Forks

Bitcoin has been forked a few times and Ethereum at least once. I would also add coins that are not exact forks but are based on similar source code. This takes away BCH and LTC.

Rejection Criteria 3: Invisible Hand

If there is a coin that depends upon the signaling of one person and does not hold a lot of merits on its own, it would also be a disqualifying criterion and that takes DOGE away.

Let’s revisit our short list now:

  1. BTC
  2. ETH
  3. ADA
  4. XRP
  5. DOT
  6. SOL
  7. ICP
  8. LINK
  9. MATIC
  10. THETA
  11. XLM
  12. VET

Now I would like to eliminate coins in a similar category and that takes away ADA as that competes directly with ETH. I have a fully built-out position at ETH.

Reducing list to top 5.

  1. BTC
  2. ETH
  3. XRP
  4. DOT
  5. SOL

This brings two good candidates to be added to my bucket: DOT & SOL.



Rishi Yadav

This blog is mostly around my passion for generative AI & ChatGPT. I will also cover features of our chatgpt driven end-2-end testing platform