Spot An Altcoin Before It Explodes: Buy Just Before The Critical Mass Crossover

Updated: 2 days ago

In crypto markets, adoption is one of the key drivers of the price. To understand why, it's important to remind ourselves of Metcalfe's law stating that the number of connections is the square of the number of people using the network.

A popular assumption is that the price of a crypto asset follows the number of active connections with a little delay in time. How many active wallet addresses and what market capitalization is a turning point for the price to explode? This is what's called: the "critical mass crossover". When past that point, the price becomes truly parabolic. For what number of wallets, and for what market capitalisation should we expect the price to moon a month before it happens ?

1 - Let's choose some coins for the analysis

I've narrowed down our study to first generation (BTC), second generation (ETH) and third generation (LINK) of cryptocurrencies.

2 - Let's define the critical mass crossover

In this article, I'm after this sweet spot: the "critical mass crossover". When past that point, the price becomes truly parabolic. But... How to spot it?

3 - Let's find the critical mass crossover for 3 coins

I've plotted the market capitalisation with respect to the number of active Bitcoin wallets.

I've used the data available online (JSON/CSV/API) on Glassnode:

Here is the scatterplot for Bitcoin (BTC) when I plot it:

To find the "critical mass crossover" point, I first perform a quadratic interpolation:

And then perform a linear interpolation:

The "critical mass crossover" point is right at the intersection of both:

Let's do the same for Ethereum (ETH):

And for Chainlink (LINK):

It looks like:
- The newer the cryptocurrency, the sooner the "critical mass crossover" happens in term of number of active addresses
- The "critical mass crossover" is happening before 900k active addresses and before 200 billion dollars of capitalization, see where they happened in the box below.

5 - Conclusion

I try to buy my crypto gems just before the critical mass crossover.

As the crypto space matures, this magic point happens sooner and sooner. Typically, based on the analysis above, I try to find altcoins with a couple of thousands active addresses (Chainlink had its critical mass crossover at 7k active addresses). This comes with way more risk but you know that you're in the sweet spot before the exponential growth and after the very early days of the coins when it can die at any time. It's been quite rewarding so far and leads to good risk-reward balance.

As usual, I'm sure you will have a lot to say about the above!

Feel free to reach out on Twitter or in the comment and challenge the conclusion.