Days ago, Tesla, the world's most valuable electric vehicle manufacturer, reported that it invested $ 1.5 billion in Bitcoin this year and that it plans to accept this digital currency as a form of payment for its vehicles. The move, driven by its CEO, Elon Musk, the charismatic billionaire, has caused a rise of up to 15% on the day of the price of the cryptocurrency, which thus reached a new record of USD 44,000.
At the same time, Dogecoin , a marginal cryptocurrency that Musk also boosts on his Twitter account, raised its price on Monday to 40%, to reach $ 0.085 per unit. With the image of Doge, the Shiba Inu dog known on the internet as one of the most famous memes, it is an invention of Billy Markus , a software engineer who created the cryptocurrency in 2013.
Markus's idea, along with the Australian Jackson Palmer, had started as a joke. They released a parody coin called Dogecoin to poke fun at the cryptocurrency rush. But the "magic of the internet" did its thing and some time later that currency began to become known in forums. In December 2017, its value reached USD1,928.
Inspired by Litecoin – based on a cryptographic protocol not managed by any central authority, but by consensus among peers-, the development of Dogecoin is part of a decentralized network in the that transactions between individuals and companies can be carried out in a loosely regulated manner. Therefore, there is no difference between this cryptocurrency and many similar ones that can be found easily.
“Dogecoin, the people's currency”, Elon Musk tweets from his
account “ Dogecoin is basically a meme; is the power to measure the economic effect that a meme has, and when Elon Musk makes use of the Dogecoin concept in his tweets, or whatever, eventually, he can measure the impact of its viral influence, because he can see the price increase of the meme in the market. Dogecoin is a bit like the first ' memecoin ', the first coin backed by the allure of a meme, which is circumstantial, short-term, and highly speculative, reflecting a person's ability to influence. Perhaps Elon Musk plays with the idea of Dogecoin to precisely measure its influence, which later is also reflected in the influence that his word has on the price of Bitcoin ”, reflects Santiago Siri, Argentine entrepreneur at the head of Democracy Earth Foundation , who works on issues of digital democracy focused on blockchain .
At the beginning of the month, in his appearance on the Clubhouse audio social network , Musk recognized himself as a consumer of memes and said: " Whoever controls memes will control the universe ." He said he loves memes and has friends who are in charge of selecting the best ones to send to him
The growth of Dogecoin
The record price of Dogecoin was not only driven by Musk , but by musician Snoop Dogg (or even Gene Simmons from KISS ). It achieved a record capitalization of $ 10.5 billion, and the value of each token soared (at times) to 8.2 cents on the dollar after several tweets from the Tesla CEO and the rapper, according to Bloomberg .
But the creator of Dogecoin clarified on the Reddit platform that it is no longer part of the project. “I left around 2015 when the community started to change strongly … I currently don't own any Dogecoin except what has recently been given to me, I gave away and / or sold all the cryptocurrencies I had in 2015 after being fired and scared by my little savings at the time, about the total for a used Honda Civic, "he noted.
According to Bloomberg, Markus, 38, works as a software engineer for an education company in San Francisco. “I see this random garbage on the internet that says I have all this money. That's cool, but where is it? "said Markus. He also expressed that he feels indifferent to the current furor. " But it's strange that something I did in a few hours is now part of the internet culture, "he said.