Denis Balitskiy

Denis Balitskiy



How to find 100x gems before anybody else? Step-by- step guide. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡

Have you noticed how many hyped-up projects recently sank to the bottom? Meanwhile, other high-quality protocols did up to 20x gains against all odds in the middle if the bear market. So how can find those winners? Here are the steps:

Step #1: understand market basics. The higher the initial Market Cap, the harder to get multiple Xs. For example: Current Etherium MC is ~160 trillion. To 5x your $$, it should quintuple to 800 trillion. (obviously, that will hardly happen from one day to another) See this?

Now, let's take another L1. Currently, Near is around 3 trillion. That's 53x less than Eth. Hence, it has more shorter-term growth potential. Will it jump 53x just like that? Probably not. Still, better than Eth:

That's why some folks filter CoinGecko or CoinMarketCap listings by TVL looking for lower caps. Pretty much brutal force. There's a smarter way though: Your goal is to pick gems with 50x potential in their NICHE. Anything below 100 million is good. Here's how:

Step #2: Focus on one vertical: - DeFi - Gaming - NFTs - Metaverses You name it. The important thing is to pick 1 and only 1. My personal focus is DeFi. This means I don't do NFTs or gaming. Actually, I know little about 'em. You can even filter your preferred categories:

Step #3: Niche down. Once you choose a category you're passionate about, learn everything about it. From there, dig deep. For example: I personally prefer stable-coin projects and financial services. I don't like projects with harder adoption like land or wine tokenization.

Let's reverse-engineer some steps to make smart picks: First, ask yourself these questions: - How much growth potential a given niche has? - From everything that's happening inside, what are the strongest use cases? - What are the negative points? For example:

When I chose DeFi, I knew it had crazy growth power. I also noticed some projects would reach lots of TVL. (Potential) Stablecoins were the fastest growing. (Strongest use cases) I also avoided projects that would take long to develop (oracles for example) Next step:

Step #4. Learn the trends Every niche has Narratives pushing growth. For example: In DeFi it's #RealYield and Institutional adoption. In Gaming it's upgradable NFTs, and Big Studios support. Look for those trends. Here's an example:

Once you've spotted interesting trends, it will be easy to identify projects. Personally, I like the RealYield narrative. How you find it? Simple: Head to Once there, type the keyword. I also like to filter results by retweets. 15 is a good number:

This way, you'll instantly find multiple projects mentioned with this tag. For example, I quickly found a tweet by my good buddy @AlphaSeeker21. In it, he mentions a killer DeFi project which is @ClearpoolFin. Btw, you should follow my friend for a lot of alpha.

Step #5. Make your "essentials list". This is pretty straightforward. Let's say you did some research and found several folks talking about a trend you're interested in. For example: I can open a new tab in the same tool and look for people mentioning $CPOOL:

If this is a project I am interested in, I'll save it for later to review everything about it. - Tokenomics - Allocation - Utility - Community - Etc. I will also follow people talking about it to measure how much traction it gets. Here's how to keep organized:

First, create a list of protocols you're interested in. You can create it with a couple of days of work and have weeks of research pre-organized in advance. I used to make this mistake of sending whtsapp messages to myself with protocol names. Don't do it! (better keep a file)

Step #6. Work with your file This is where 99% fail. You see, usually people hear about a protocol and promise themselves they'll look at it after. Winners don't do that. Winners are methodical in reviewing what they have on their list. Where do you start? Simple:

First, go to the project's Twitter and find every link you can. Typically it's the website, Telegram, Discord etc. From there, head to the website and read the whitepaper. If you do that, you already are in the 5% who actually did an initial research. Next:

You need to understand the basics. - What does the project do? - Who is the team? - How does the token accrual value? - Who are the investors? - What's the vesting schedule? - What's the current market cap? - What's the roadmap? - Wen launch? Fill in the basics and KEEP NOTE.

Also, there are multiple tools that can help. For example: My friends at @Token_Unlocks have this cool platform that tells you different vesting schedules. If your token is not there, you can request the team to add it. The platform looks like this:

Another source of alpha are the tools by my friends at @alphagrowth1. For example, you can check their tables of: - The fastest growing projects by Twitter - Recently funded projects (huge opportunity) - And even top revenue projects (Real Yield). All of this is 100% free:

Step #7. My 3-column hack I personally like keeping things organized, so I classify projects as: - NO - MAYBE - BULLISH The reason I do it is that I want to know from scratch if I should dig more into a project. Didn't like it? - No Looks interesting? - Maybe Quick note:

I don't have too many projects I am bullish on. It's less than 5. The point is: Be selective. People who really make it, never ape into 100 different coins. It doesn't work that way because you won't be able to keep up. And now that you know this, use the following system:

Step #8. The selection process Let's recap before we move. At this point you should have: - Niched down - Chosen a vertical and a trend - Listed some projects you'd like to look at - Did a superficial research of tokenomics, whitepaper, market cap, etc. Now what?

I call it "the selection process". It consists of hundreds of bullets I methodically go through every time I look at a new project. The key is to have those bullets cover every part: - Tokenomics - Team - Influencer power - Storytelling - Community - Etc. For example:

I use LunarCrush to understand metrics like social power and how many people talk about a project. Take $CPOOL for example. Recently it jumped in price in the middle of a bear market. Yet statistically speaking, there's not so many people talking about it. Look at this:

The green lines represent the price action. Almost a 3x. Now look at the orange lines. Not so many mentions. Why? Because it's a low-cap project. Only @AlphaSeeker21 called it... and not many more. Obviously, these conclusions are made in the context of previous research.

Back to the bullets: I don't have space to list them all. So here's an example of only 1 category (marketing): - Does the project clearly define the users it serves? (4 bullets) - Does it have a value prop? (4 bullets) - Does it have a strong positioning? (7 bullets) - Etc.

I'll make more threads about these bullets if this guide picks enough interest. Meanwhile, understand the following: All the alpha in the world is at your fingertips. Seriously. It's free out there:

Just join the Telegrams and Discord servers of the projects you're interested in and you'll see news pop all the time. The key is to be SELECTIVE before joining. I never read all the groups out there. But I do closely follow those that might bring me interesting news.

Comment below if you are interested to learn about this process. Retweet this thread if you enjoyed. Follow me for more step-by-step guides and Alpha.

*Erratas: Mr @fiat4losers just pointed Eth MC is not Trillion, but actually Billion. My mistake. Thanks man for pointing it out!

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