Who Will Emerge Victorious? Cosmos (ATOM) vs Algorand (ALGO)

Mike Harry
Jan 2023
4 min to read
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Introduction: Cosmos and Algorand are two major blockchain ecosystems that have garnered significant attention from investors, developers and users alike. Cosmos is a permissionless network powered by the Tendermint consensus algorithm that interoperates via IBC and Algorand uses a novel consensus that will enable the network to scale to millions and 1000s of TPS. Both blockchains strive to address different challenges but how do they compare to each other? 

Table of Content:

  1. Cosmos vs Algorand: Comparison 
  2. Cosmos vs Algorand: Overview
  3. Cosmos vs Algorand: Tokenomics
  4. How to buy Cosmos (ATOM)
  5. How to buy Algorand (ALGO) 
  6. Cosmos vs Algorand: FAQ

Cosmos ATOM vs Algorand: Comparison

Jae Kwon & Ethan Buchman
Silvio Micali
Raised Capital
$18 million
$300 million
Number of dApps
$2.4 billion
Consensus Mechanism
Pure Proof-of-Stake (PPos)
Open Source
Programming Language
Go, CosmWasm, EVM, Javascript
Java, Javascript, Go & Python
Scaling Solution
Modular App Specific Blockchains
Parallel Consensus
Transaction Finality
1-2 seconds
5 seconds
Transactions Per Second
Avg Gas Fees
Nr of Validators
Nakamoto Coefficient
Staking APR

Cosmos ATOM vs Algorand: Overview

What is Cosmos (ATOM)?

Cosmos Website
Cosmos Website

Cosmos was first proposed in 2014 by Jae Kwon and Ethan Buchman. In 2016, the duo launched an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) which raised over $16 million from investors to fund the development of the platform. The ICO led to the launch of Cosmos Hub in 2019, a proof-of-stake blockchain that one day may find itself as the main hub of the Cosmos ecosystem.

The Cosmos Hub created the Cosmos SDK which is an open-source software development kit that allows developers to easily build modular application-specific blockchains. The Cosmos SDK also supports smart contracts and is powered by Tendermint, a Byzantine-Fault-Tolerant (BFT) Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus engine that allows for transaction finality within 1-2 seconds. 

The Cosmos SDK provides developers with tools and libraries to make it easier to develop applications on the Cosmos blockchain. One of these tools is the Inter Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC). IBC enables application-specific blockchains in the Cosmos ecosystem to connect to each other and perform secure and efficient cross-chain transactions between them. 

What is Algorand (ALGO)? 

Algorand Website
Algorand Website

Algorand is an open-source blockchain developed by Silvio Micali, a professor at MIT. It offers users a novel approach to consensus and scalability by leveraging cryptography and game theory in order to create a secure, decentralized network. 

Algorand has attracted more than $300 million in venture capital from a range of investors, including Borderless Capital, Union Square Ventures, Arrington Capital and many others.  

Algorand is a permissionless, Proof-of-Stake blockchain that is designed to be simple and secure. Algorand’s consensus is based on the Byzantine Agreement protocol that uses a cryptographic sorting mechanism to randomly select the validator set. Algorand uses a consensus mechanism called Pure Proof-of-Stake (PPoS) which requires a minimum of 1000 validators to process and validate all transactions.

Algorand also makes use of a “cryptographic clock” to ensure that transactions are processed in a fair and consistent manner. By combining these features, Algorand provides strong security and strong performance with the ability to process up to 1200 transactions per second. This makes Algorand well-suited for applications that require high throughputs, such as decentralized exchanges, payments, and trading. 

Cosmos vs Algorand: Tokenomics 

Cosmos (ATOM) Token

ATOM is the native cryptocurrency of the Cosmos Hub and is used to pay transaction fees on the network and to incentivize network participants who contribute to the network. The ATOM token is also used as a staking currency for validators who are tasked with maintaining the network and verifying transactions. 

  • Outstanding Supply: 286M
  • Max Supply: Inflationary
  • Current Price: $10.22
  • Current Fully Diluted Marketcap: $2.9 billion

Algorand (ALGO) Token

The Algorand network is secured by the native cryptocurrency called the Algo (ALGO) token. The token was launched through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in 2019 and is used to pay network fees and reward consensus participation.

The supply of ALGO tokens is capped at 10 billion coins which will gradually be released into circulation over a 30-year period. 

  • Outstanding Supply: 7.1B ALGO Tokens
  • Max Supply: 10B ALGO Tokens
  • Current Price: $0.24
  • Current Marketcap: $2.4 billion

How To Buy Cosmos (ATOM) and Algorand (ALGO)

How to buy ATOM?

The Cosmos ATOM token can be bought through a wide range of centralized and decentralised exchanges. We recommend buying through Bybit (0.1% spot trading fees) and then withdrawing your ATOMs to a hardware wallet for security. 

Buy ATOM through ByBit
Secure your ATOM with a Ledger Wallet

How to buy ALGO?

The ALGO token can also be bought via the Bybit exchange with very low transaction fees (0.1%) . 

Buy ALGO with ByBit
Secure your ALGO with a Ledger Wallet

For security reasons, we recommend not leaving your coins on any exchange after purchase. The safest option is to use a hardware wallet like Ledger to securely store your assets offline. This removes risks such as exchange hacks or exchange bankruptcies. 

Mike Harry
Mike is a passionate crypto enthusiast who bought his first Bitcoin in 2016. With a natural curiosity and a love for learning and tinkering, Mike is always trying out new DeFi applications. Mike excels at breaking down difficult concepts into easy-to-read guides for beginners.