Litecoin is one of the most prominent alt coins available in today’s market place but was not the first. When it was founded by Charlie Lee on October 7, 2011, several other alt coins (many of which no longer exist) were around and competing with Bitcoin. So what has allowed Litecoin to stick around and become as huge as it has?
Lee took stock of the cryptocurrency environment and made design and programming decisions based on what he saw as features that were improperly implemented in other coins and that could be used to upgrade Bitcoin’s model. With that in mind, Lee developed Litecoin to “be the silver to Bitcoin’s gold.” Unlike the other altcoins at the time, Lee saw Litecoin coexisting with Bitcoin as a complement rather than as a competitor. Much in the same way that both gold and silver can concurrently retain value as precious metals with slightly different though overlapping utilities, Bitcoin and Litecoin could coexist.
Lee thought that while Bitcoin provided one service that was perfect for high end, large transactions, Litecoin could provide a similar service that was better tailored for smaller, less expensive transactions.