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A Guide to Dash

A Guide to Dash

If you're a cryptocurrency trader, you've probably heard of Dash. Yet while this digital asset might be popular, not everyone is aware of the interesting story behind its creation and the broad impact Dash development has had on the wider crypto community.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the story of Dash and how the project is pursuing adoption in the present day.

The History of Dash

The invention of Bitcoin was a landmark in terms of digital currency. For the first time, it became possible to send peer-to-peer digital money. Yet Bitcoin -- revolutionary as it was -- didn't possess every feature that cryptocurrency enthusiasts were looking for.

One of the major limitations of Bitcoin was privacy. Contrary to popular belief, Bitcoin transactions are highly transparent. A record of every Bitcoin transaction is permanently stored on its blockchain, accessible to anyone.

The creation of Dash (short for "digital cash") provided crypto users with an alternative to Bitcoin that included privacy features enabling hidden transactions. Dash was also designed to offer faster transaction speeds and lower fees than Bitcoin (although second layer solutions like Lightning Network have been developed to make Bitcoin much faster).

Dash is one of the oldest projects in the cryptocurrency space, created in 2014 by developer Evan Duffield. Originally called "Xcoin" and "Darkcoin" before being rebranded to Dash, the project shared many of Bitcoin's features, including a proof-of-work consensus mechanism.

In a few key areas, however, Dash differed significantly from Bitcoin's approach. These core differences included the following:

Additional Dash Facts for Traders

Dash is currently one of the largest and most prominent cryptocurrency projects, with a market capitalization of $727 million. That places it 15th in terms of total market capitalization as at the publication date. Dash also has a more limited supply than Bitcoin, 18.9 million vs. 21 million. Over the last year, the Dash development team has focused on increasing Dash adoption in global markets suffering from hyperinflation. One such example is Venezuela, where Dash has partnered with Church's Chicken and other fast food operators. Rather than paying for products with an unstable local currency, these merchants allow Dash to be used instead.

The Takeaway

Dash is one of the oldest and most successful digital assets in terms of adoption and market size. Dash also helped pioneer DAO-based governance within the crypto market, making it one of the most influential early projects.

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