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Before there was Shiba Inu coin, there was Dogecoin. And long before Dogecoin, there was Bitcoin, which kicked off the cryptocurrency craze over a decade ago.

Experts say it’s impossible to know which cryptos will explode in the way those coins have, since it’s mostly a matter of generating excitement online. But there are two factors that can give a cryptocurrency the "it" factor: Capturing public imagination with a gimmick like a cute dog (like Dogecoin) and offering a potential technological advance, crypto traders will rush to adopt (like Ethereum).

While it's never easy, trying to spot new technology, they say, at least gives you something concrete to go on.

So, which crypto will skyrocket next? No one knows for sure. But we asked crypto experts from the founder of a Bitcoin ATM company to a technology professor researching digital currencies to name some of the most exciting contenders.

Here are the cryptos they say may have the potential to take off.