On 22nd July, Mark Mason, Dash International Outreach Coordinator [Dash- funded organization], gave a speech at the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom. The speech focused on what blockchain is, how blockchain is related to Dash and the features of Dash blockchain.
“Dash is an open-source, peer-to-peer, digital currency with a strong focus on the payments industry, utilising blockchain technology.”
Dash was launched in the year 2014 and has experienced tremendous growth over the years. The main feature of Dash as explained by Mason is that it allows an individual to send an amount to anyone in the world instantly for “less than a penny” without the involvement of middlemen.
He further stated:
“Dash offers a form of money that is portable, inexpensive, divisible and fast. It can be spent easily and instantly at merchants across the globe at much lower fees than credit and debit cards.”
As mentioned on the Dash website, it was originally formulated by Evan Duffield, who used Bitcoin’s source code to create his own coin. The coin was originally called ‘Xcoin’, later ‘Darkcoin’ in reference to its privacy features, and then finally settled on ‘Dash’ [short for “Digital Cash”]. It is the “only major self-funded, self-governed organization in the cryptocurrency industry”. This attribute allows for constant development and funding for the entire project. Mason said:
“This self-funded and self-governed protocol enables the network to pay individuals and businesses for work that adds value to the network.”
Dash has by far funded a few visible marketing projects which include ‘Dash: Detailed’ which has contributed for increased awareness of Dash. On the matter of where and how can one spend Dash, Mason shed light on the ATMs, apps and websites that offer for payment with Dash. Mark Mason further explained:
“PayCent, offers a debit card that allows you to spend Dash anywhere, [where] Visa or Mastercard is accepted. Dash is available at 410- Dash ATM machines around the world listed on coinatmradar.com. You can buy Dash at 400 post offices in Austria with cash. You can buy Dash at 9000 Kiosks in Ukraine. Dash is available at 10,000 Spanish retailers.”
Dash also has an “exclusive agreement” to be added as a payment option to “4000 legal cannabis dispensaries, suppliers and distributors in the United States”.
“Dash essentially will be the PayPal of legal cannabis industry.”
Mark also mentioned in his speech about a lot of merchants and partnerships that offer Dash-blockchain, some of the prominent ones are:
- Remax: Rent and purchase real-estate.
- Uphold and Bitwage [partnership]: Earn salary.
- BlockCypher and US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Laboratory [partnership]: Peer-to-peer electricity exchanges.
Mason emphasized the most crucial question of the entire speech on how can one really unbank oneself with Dash. He demonstrated an example to explain the same:
“I recently traveled to New Hampshire in America and I met a number of individuals that are unbanked and live of Dash 100%. However, I really want to highlight where Dash is helping those who need digital currency the most. Recently we have seen a big increase in adoption in Venice where central planning and central banking has failed and the country has suffered a severe currency crisis.”
“Inflation in Venezuela is now above 40,000%. In the last month, over 500 merchants in Venezuela are now accepting Dash and this number is increasing daily.”
Mason’s statistics also explained how people are starting to select Dash for cross-border payments.
Dash currently has a market cap of 2 billion and a price of $243.90. It has seen a rise of 4.30% in the past week.
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