Dog Eat Dog: Elon Musk Leaving Doge Behind For New Dog Coin?

Elon Musk has seemingly left behind the Dogecoin for a shiny new dog coin; Shiba Inu. Shiba Inu is a dog breed. More specifically, the dog that is used in the Dogecoin memes is a Shiba Inu. Given the popularity of Dogecoin, the coin seems to have been created to benefit from that popularity.

The coin is created by someone who is only known by the name Ryoshi. Little else is known about the founder. This is very similar to the case of bitcoin with Satoshi Nakamoto. A moniker that no one has claimed is them to this date.

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Musk posted a cryptic tweet on his Twitter earlier today apparently in reference to a dog breed he’s getting. But the message behind the tweet was received loud and clear by the market.

The tweet simply said, “My Shiba Inu will be named Floki.”

After the tweet went live, the price of Shiba Inu rose quickly. Rising 23% in a couple of hours.

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More interestingly is the creation of another dog coin named Floki. The coin seems to have been created after Musk tweeted and now the coin is up a whopping 3,000 percent.

Rise Of The Dog Coins

The billionaire has always been a die-hard fan of Doge. Always tweeting in support of the coin and the project. He calls it the coin of the future. But it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that the billionaire’s tweets started leading the coin to pumps.

With the movement of market prices after his tweets, people seem to have started to hang on to the billionaire’s every word. Putting money into a newly made coin just because he mentioned that he was going to name his dog that.

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This is not the first time that Elon Musk has mentioned Shiba Inu. He made reference to the coin earlier in March when he tweeted that he was going to get a new dog. A Shiba Inu breed. The tweet read, “I’m getting a Shiba Inu. #resistanceisfutile.”

The tweet made no mention of the coin itself. But nonetheless, people took it as such and the coin pumped. SHIB, as the Shiba Inu coin is commonly known, has pretty much followed the pattern of Dogecoin ever since. Rising and falling accordingly whenever Musk tweeted and people bought the coin.

Doge And Subsequent Dog Coins

There have been a number of meme coins made as a nod to the Dogecoin. Coins like the DogeFather, Shiba Inu, ShibaPup, and others. Shiba Inu touts itself as the Dogecoin killer.

These coins have no use cases really. If anything, they are just coins made to pump and dump and make a quick buck from. There is nothing remarkable about the projects themselves.

But the remarkable thing is how these coins seem to gain market value. Coins with seemingly nothing to offer the market somehow end up with a huge market valuation. Shiba Inu currently has a $7.32 billion market cap.

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All of these coins have one thing in common; they are all in reference to dogs.

Dogecoin itself that started all of it was created as a “tongue-in-cheek” joke towards bitcoin and the crypto market. It was not meant to do anything. Even the founders sold off all of their coins early on.

Musk has been talking about getting a Shiba Inu for months now but has still not gotten one. And people are using his tweets to manipulate the market.

Whether Musk meant the tweets to promote to coin is not known. But investors certainly think that’s what it’s meant to do.

Musk has been talking about getting a Shiba Inu for months now but there is none in sight.

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The Monetary Properties Of Bitcoin

The Wall Street Analyst’s Intro to Bitcoin:

  1. The Dimensions of Money
  2. What Bitcoin Does
  3. How Bitcoin Works
  4. The Monetary Properties of Bitcoin

The Monetary Properties Of Bitcoin

Now we understand how Bitcoin works. Before we can compare its monetary properties to prior forms of money, we need to briefly cover the ecosystem which is being built on top of Bitcoin. Once understood, we’ll have the proper framework to assess its monetary properties and thus, its monetary value.

The Bitcoin Ecosystem

Bitcoin’s software leverages a decentralized network to make peer-to-peer transactions. This functionality allows it to act as a base monetary layer for a new financial system. Bitcoin can exist on its own, but requires an ecosystem of enabling products and services if it is to replace our current financial system. This ecosystem is necessary for further mainstream adoption because it impacts the ease with which Bitcoin can be used. Bitcoin cannot yet function as an alternative financial base layer to the United States dollar. The ecosystem around bitcoin needs to replicate the variety of financial services that support our current banking system.

bitcoin ecosystem legacy bitcoin lightning

The first two partitions are simple to understand:

  1. Legacy financial system: There are four primary ways of converting your fiat money into bitcoin. If exchanges are ever banned by governments, you can still earn bitcoin through mining, or as payment.
  2. Bitcoin network (Layer 1): You can store bitcoin or spend bitcoin.

Third-party intermediaries and the Lightning Network require some explanation. Bitcoin wasn’t built to do a lot of small payments. To grasp this, we need to understand the difference between a cash and credit system.

Cash versus credit: The difference between cash and credit is that cash is the physical settlement of money while credit is a promise to do so. Cash payments do not require trust because the cash received has monetary value. Credit systems require trust, as they are promises that cash will be provided in the future (trading trust for efficiency). For example, when you send a payment on Venmo, the company updates its accounts to reduce the value in your account and add value to someone else’s. There is no cash changing hands internally at Venmo, they simply change the number in their computer. What matters to Venmo is when you send the payment to your bank account, because they must physically send cash from their accounts to your bank account (which settles in one to three days). Venmo is a credit system built on top of the banking system that provides ease of payments. Visa, PayPal, CashApp, etc., do the same thing. Venmo is quick for credit transactions but slow for cash transactions.

Bitcoin is a cash system which provides physical settlement of your bitcoin (it is all digital but economically the same as physical settlement in our current system). This means that the money is in your account, as opposed to a promise that it will be.

Comparing a cash system to a credit system is like comparing apples to oranges – like when people compare Bitcoin to Visa. The Bitcoin network can handle a maximum of approximately seven transactions per second while Visa can handle approximately 65,000. All this tells us is that a credit system is faster than a cash system. A proper comparison for Bitcoin would be our cash settlement banking system, which takes multiple days to process a transaction while the Bitcoin network takes only approximately 10 minutes to settle with finality.

Likewise, comparing a credit system built on top of Bitcoin to Visa would be fair. Systems built on top of the Bitcoin network — meaning that bitcoin is the underlying asset (collateral) — are Layer 2 systems. These systems are either intermediaries and/or applications that interact with the Bitcoin network. There are a variety of applications that exist in this partition of the ecosystem, but we will focus on the Lightning Network and third-party intermediaries.

Third-party intermediaries could operate payment networks on top of Bitcoin in a similar way that Visa does. Alternatively, there is a decentralized alternative to intermediaries called the Lightning Network. It is a Layer 2 protocol that requires a degree of trust, but will enable microtransactions. Think of it as a decentralized credit system that is fully collateralized in bitcoin. It is based on the concept of payment channels in which bitcoin from two parties are sent to an address with a timer, meaning that the bitcoin will be returned once time is up. Within this time, the transaction can be repeatedly updated and the parties have the option to agree on extending the time period if they wish. By repeatedly updating the transaction before broadcasting it on the Bitcoin network, the two parties can continually renegotiate how much of the funds one gives to the other party. This is economically equivalent to sending as many micro transactions as both parties wish, and faster than Visa transaction throughput. When both parties agree to close the channels, the final state of the payment channel balance can be broadcast to the Bitcoin network. So, if you have 10 bitcoin you can lock one into a payment channel and use Lightning to pay for all of your minor, day-to-day transactions, if the merchants also have Lightning Network payment channels.

The Lightning Network is still in development and is not perfect. Its technical challenges are beyond the scope of this series, but it is worth digging into. What is important is that this is a viable option for a secondary payments layer.

The Properties Of Bitcoin

The first essay defined the dimensions of money. Those dimensions are supported by monetary properties, without which a good will not fulfill monetary functions. With that understanding, we briefly covered the evolution of money comparing the monetary properties of each evolutionary step. Bitcoin, or some decentralized form of money, is the next step in the world’s monetary evolution.

How does bitcoin compare to other forms of money? To answer this question, we must first define what “bitcoin” means. There is the Bitcoin network (Layer 1) and there is the Bitcoin ecosystem (Layer 2) that enables it. The Layer 1 technology is most comparable to our current banking system, while the Layer 2 technologies are most comparable to payment systems. Bitcoin’s Layer 2 systems are more theoretical than practical at this point, so a comparison is best done at the Layer 1 level. From this perspective we can compare Bitcoin, property by property, to our fiat monetary system.


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Bitcoin is the scarcest monetary asset in the world. There will only ever be 21 million in existence. Bitcoin’s current inflation rate is about 1.8%, on par with gold’s, which ranges between 1.5% to 2.5%. Gold’s inflation rate has existed in this range for centuries and likely will not decrease without a significant drop in its price. Bitcoin’s inflation rate is guaranteed to halve every four years because the software rules dictate that the supply of bitcoin produced will be halved every four years (discussed in essay three). For this reason, Bitcoin’s expected inflation is materially less than gold, despite having inflation near gold’s today.

Why can’t someone else just create an even more scarce digital currency than bitcoin?

Somebody could copy the code of bitcoin right now and adjust its supply schedule to produce an even more scarce cryptocurrency. However, this cryptocurrency would be without a supporting network and that person would have to bootstrap it.

Bootstrapping a cryptocurrency network is different today than it was in 2008, when Bitcoin began. Back then, there was no competition, only Bitcoin. This gave Bitcoin time to grow in all the right ways. It allowed the community to encourage its use and to let it blossom without the need for centralized control to outpace some form of competition.

Altcoins today do not have this luxury – the environment is highly competitive. To generate a network effect requires a full team with centralized control to support constant development changes, forks, and adoption/marketing efforts. The competitive environment creates a need for centralized control just to combat the network effect of incumbents.

Bitcoin is the scarcest asset in the world. Any other form of digital scarcity requires a network size comparable to Bitcoin’s to be competitive.


bitcoin digital money properties durability

Bitcoin is purely digital and thus completely durable. Fiat money here is referencing its historical physical form (cash and coins), but much of it is obviously online now and maintains the same durability. An argument against Bitcoin’s durability would be an argument against the internet – if the internet went down then so would Bitcoin. If this ever occurred, Bitcoin would be the least of our problems. I would not bet on the internet “going down” because it is a resilient network. If it did, then all technologies supported by it would lose their value.


acceptability monetary attributes bitcoin

Currently, the acceptability of bitcoin is low. It is an emerging monetary system, and its growth will not happen overnight. Bitcoin’s growth is driven by price appreciation. Continual price appreciation draws exponential growth in adoption with each market cycle. Only time will tell what happens to this property, but the trend in adoption is exponential.


bitcoin portability monetary properties

Bitcoin is the most portable monetary asset in the world. In April 2020 $1.1 billion was moved in a transaction in a matter of minutes and at a cost of 68 cents. This transaction was done cheaply and efficiently without the transactors having to play by anybody’s rules, reveal their identities, trust anyone with their information, or give anyone control over it. Someone moved $1.1 billion dollars for a cost of 68 cents, and there was nothing anybody could do about it. No other payment system in the world can move that amount of value, for that price, in that amount of time, and completely autonomously.


divisibility bitcoin monetary properties

Bitcoin is the most divisible monetary asset in the world. It is so because it is digital. U.S. fiat money can be divided down to the cent (.01). Bitcoin can be divided down to what is known as a satoshi or sat (.00000001).


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Fungibility means a good’s individual unit is homogeneous and interchangeable, at least to some degree (i.e., any dollar bill is no different from another dollar bill). The U.S. dollar is fungible, but not perfectly fungible. For example, a two-dollar bill has some extra desirability because it is not frequently seen – people would give up two one-dollar bills before giving up a single two-dollar bill. Bitcoins are also fungible, but they are not perfectly fungible. Because you can trace ownership on the blockchain, every bitcoin has a history that anyone can view, tracing all the way back to its original coinbase transaction. Differing histories could impact the value of coins, similar to the way in which historic art is desirable.


bitcoin immutability monetary properties

In my book I append a seventh monetary property – immutability – to the current six accepted properties, the discussion of which requires significantly more explanation beyond the scope of this series. However, to consider the value of an additional monetary property, I encourage you to start with asking yourself questions like, “Just how has our money been coerced and changed over time?” “Does moral hazard ensue when the agents of money have a conflict of interest with society?” “Why is bitcoin protected from the coercion of agents who attempt to control money?” “How will decentralized money fundamentally impact our modern banking systems?”


bitcoin conclusion monetary properties superiority

Bitcoin differentiates itself from our current monetary system because:

  1. Bitcoin requires responsibility. You are responsible for your financial well-being. And bitcoin comes with benefits as well as responsibilities. In Bitcoin, if you lose your private key you have lost your bitcoin. Nobody can reverse the transaction for you; this is called finality of settlement. This is a cost of Bitcoin, as being part of a centralized system does allow you to reverse transactions.
  2. Bitcoin is trustless. It does not require trust in a third party to hold your funds or to move them. Banks, PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, etc., are controlled by centralized third parties.
  3. Bitcoin is pseudonymous. You do not have to give up all your most private information to participate in the Bitcoin network. While linkability (linking one’s identity to their bitcoin address) is a major risk to privacy on the network, taking steps to remain private can be done on your own or with the help of third-party intermediaries.
  4. Bitcoin is borderless. It can be moved across the globe in a matter of minutes. To do the same in the fiat banking system takes days, if not weeks. Further, it requires you to give up a substantial amount of your privacy, and requires permission from your bank and regulators.
  5. Bitcoin is a cash system. Transacting in bitcoin means you have moved, in digital form, a monetary asset. It is not credit such as PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp; to receive your cash from these systems requires multi-day settlement times through our banking system, which Bitcoin can do in minutes.
  6. Bitcoin is permissionless. You can transact on the Bitcoin network without any third-party constraints, because it is peer-to-peer. As a participant in the Bitcoin network, you are completely sovereign. I believe that even if you want to use third-party intermediaries to store and send bitcoin – the mere existence of a peer-to-peer system will deter intermediaries from moral hazard because people will always have the ability to hold their own funds and operate outside of a system of intermediaries (see deterrence theory).

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer cash system. Its technological characteristics were designed to create superior monetary properties for the digital world. Through time, its network has grown large enough that it is now the scarcest, most durable, most portable, most divisible, monetary asset in the world. Further, it is the most decentralized.

All Bitcoin needs now is adoption. A thriving ecosystem and further adoption would eventually create a digital alternative to our current financial system. This new decentralized system would eliminate the moral hazard that ensues from centralized agents who are assumed to be acting in good faith.

This essay touched on some major criticisms of Bitcoin, but there are more. Bitcoin Magazine is an excellent resource, but I also encourage you to search for sources outside of the Bitcoin community. On my website I have a list of resources I’ve found valuable in my research – go to them and look at their sources as well for further reading.

Lastly, my book is the resource that I wish I had been given when I first discovered Bitcoin. It covers the content of this series and much more, including how our modern banking systems work and their history, a detailed explanation of Bitcoin, and responses to all the major criticisms of Bitcoin. Feel free to reach out to me via my contact information below with any questions. I want to act as a resource to all those who are seriously trying to understand Bitcoin.

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Eric Yakes came from the private equity industry and is a CFA charterholder turned bitcoin pleb and author of The 7th Property: Bitcoin and the Monetary Revolution – a comprehensive/technical resource on money, banking, and bitcoin. He is passionate about enabling the Bitcoin ecosystem through financial services – if you have similar interests send him a DM @ericyakes.

This is a guest post by Eric Yakes. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.


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Here Are the Top 9 Crypto Assets To Own for the Next Five Years, According to Altcoin Daily

Crypto trader and the host of Altcoin Daily, Aaron Arnold, is listing nine crypto assets that he would invest in and hold over the next half a decade.

Aaron says that he would allocate half of his portfolio to Bitcoin (BTC) as it is the gold standard for permissionless blockchains.



“My first $500 out of my total $1,000 I’m immediately putting into Bitcoin. It may not be the fastest, it may not have all the bells and whistles of other altcoins but it is the most decentralized, it is the most censorship-resistant.”

Arnold says he would allocate a fifth of his portfolio to the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, citing the growing adoption of Ethereum’s (ETH) blockchain by mainstream businesses as factors.

“My next $200 is going right into Ethereum. Goldman Sachs has just begun trading on JPMorgan’s Repo Blockchain network and although this is highly private, highly permissioned it is on the Ethereum blockchain.”

Arnold says that he would also invest a tenth of his available amount in an array of crypto assets that include current and future smart contract blockchains Cardano (ADA), Polkadot (DOT) and Kusama (KSM).

“My next $100 is being invested right into the Ethereum inter-operators making progress. Like Cardano, like Polkadot and also in this case like Kusama.”

Aaron also says he would put another tenth of his investible amount in blockchain-based gaming platform Enjin (ENJ) and entertainment-focused blockchain Flow (FLOW) based on the emerging opportunities presented to them by the growing popularity of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).



“My next $100 is being invested into the top altcoins taking advantage of the NFT/virtual world craze.”

For the remaining tenth of the investible amount, Arnold says he’d split half of it on Dogecoin (DOGE) meme coin and the other half in the incentivization platform XCAD Network (XCAD).

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Altcoin Roundup: Stablecoin pools could be the next frontier for DeFi

In times like these, when the entire cryptocurrency market is down and there is nary a sector-wide runup to be found, traders have to dig into data to see how the market dynamics may have changed to pinpoint signs of new growth. 

Stablecoins are the newest trend to emerge in the decentralized finance (DeFi) arena due to the resiliency they bring to the sector, especially since protocols that are more reliant on the dollar-pegged assets continue to offer token holders low-risk yield opportunities in turbulent market conditions.

Possible evidence of stablecoins rising influence can be found in the difference between the decline in Ether’s (ETH) price and the total value locked in smart contracts. The price of Ether declined by 20% more from its peak than the decline in the total TVL of the DeFi sector.

TVL in smart contracts vs. Ether price decline. Source: Glassnode

When one takes into account that most of the crypto market saw price declines on par with what Ether experienced, the fact that the DeFi TVL fell less percentage-wise than the price of Ether points to the stability offered by stablecoins.

Stablecoin marketcap increases tenfold

The total amount of stablecoins available in the market has skyrocketed from under $15 billion to more than $113 billion over the past year, led by Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC), bringing an increased level of liquidity to DeFi protocols.

Top seven stablecoins by market capitalization. Source: CoinGecko

The top stablecoins are included in a large percentage of the liquidity pool (LP) pairs available on DeFi platforms, as well as being included as a standalone token that users can deposit on protocols, such as Aave, to earn a yield. This further makes them an integral part of the burgeoning DeFi ecosystem.

Stablecoins have, in fact, led to the creation of a specialized subset of DeFi protocols, which focus on yield farming stablecoins and provide a safer way for investors to earn a yield while minimizing risk.

Early on in the DeFi craze, protocols attracted new users and deposits by offering high yields that were typically paid out in the native token of the protocol.

With a majority of DeFi tokens now down at least 75% from their all-time highs, according to data from Messari, many of the gains that users thought they made through staking and providing liquidity have evaporated, leaving little to show for the risks taken on these experimental platforms.

The battle for stablecoin liquidity

The rise of successful stablecoin-focused protocols such as Curve Finance, which is a decentralized exchange for stablecoins that uses an automated market maker to manage liquidity, platforms such as, Convex Finance and Stake DAO battle to offer the best incentives that will attract a larger share of the Curve ecosystem.

Supplying stablecoins to Curve, or as a stablecoin LP like as a USDC/USDT pair, amounts to the blockchain version of a savings account. Many of the top protocols, including the three listed above, offer between 10% and 30% yields on average for stablecoins deposits.

Related: How stablecoins stay stable, explained

Thanks to smart contracts, users can make deposits to automated, compounding stablecoin liquidy protocols, reducing the stress of the daily market gyrations.

Total market capitalization of the top 100 DeFi tokens. Source: CoinGecko

The aftermath of the May 19 sell-off is still impacting investors, and in times like these, the yield opportunities provided by supplying stablecoins to DeFi protocols is an attractive way to diversify a crypto portfolio and hedge against market downturns.

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