Dash and its community has really grown from their humble beginnings. The journey started with the ANN thread on BitcoinTalk, and the IRC channel. While some used IRC, that popular BCT thread (the most viewed thread on the website) used to be the only communication channel for the less technical-minded in the community.
Just like using Dash, talking about Dash gained in popularity. The Dash Forum was created, offering another, larger outlet for Dash ideas. Dashpay subreddit was created, adding another style of communication to the ecosystem. Growth was apparent every time a new forum was created.
Then Slack became a popular platform for communication for cryptocurrencies. A Dash community Slack channel was created, and ran for awhile. Personnel problems led to the demise of this channel, and that’s the first appearance of the entity known as Dash Nation.
Dash Nation Slack
Fleeing the problems of the original Dash Chat Slack, the community settled into the Dash Nation Slack channel. An atmosphere of inclusiveness, respect, and positivity was created and encouraged. All was going well, however cracks began to appear in the platform itself, and its ability to handle open communities. Moderation tools were weak at best, and crypto communities were not allowed to accept any further members.
Dash Nation on Discord
That was not an acceptable situation. A community that seeks to include the entire world (mass adoption) could not allow a platform to stifle accepting new members. After researching alternatives, it was determined that Slack-alternative Discord offered the best environment to nurture the community and promote results.
After leaving Slack with a membership of approximately 2.5k, we started Dash Nation on Discord. It took awhile to gain our membership back. We continued to provide a semi-professional atmosphere for ideas and productivity to thrive. A little over a year later we now have surpassed 8,000 members!
It gives us great pleasure to be the premier place for Dash online communication and collaboration. Our success is Dash’s success, and everyone is welcome. We look forward to many more members of Dash Nation working hard to make Dash the currency of choice for global finance.
A lot of recent digital currency discussion has centered around Venezuela. The potential to demonstrate the use case of cryptocurrencies is high there, due to its political and economic climate. The people there are eager and willing to try new things.
The benefits of a digital currency economy are hard for them to ignore: Refuge from a tanking fiat currency, no restrictions on where or when or how they can spend their hard-earned money, and a sense of community in using a money made by the people for the people.
Dash simply works as a payment system, simple and elegant
Dash Venezuela, starting with a year-long series of conferences and expanding from there, has done a wonderful job getting the word out in their country about Dash. Eugenia Alcala, the founder of Dash Venezuela, has started a movement there which continues to grow rapidly.
Venezuelans have the choice of many digital currencies to adopt when trying to store their value and transact. Dash in particular appeals to them because it has unique aspects that make it suitable in a retail commercial setting. It has instantly confirming transactions with the innovation InstantSend, which guarantees a merchant will receive the payment instantly. Not having to wait for 6 blockchain confirmations before you are sure the money is yours is something merchants are very happy about.
Dash also works flawlessly, silky smooth due to its large complement of incentivized full-nodes to broadcast transactions seamlessly and in a timely manner. It’s also pretty easy to use in its current form, but will be made even more so in future iterations of Dash.
Proof is in the pudding
M. Isabel B. Rodriguez has a passion for Dash, and this comes through in her series of videos that demonstrate its power and ease of use. Her easy-going demeanor embodies the Dash Nation attitude, friendly and positive. You can read posts like this, you can argue for days on Twitter and Reddit, but sometimes seeing is believing.
Please enjoy this series of short videos demonstrating Dash’s ease of use in multiple locations in Venezuela. Isabel sure has a great time spending Dash! When our infrastructure becomes more widespread globally, you will too.
We look forward to more videos from Isabel and from people from all over Dash Nation paying with Dash. Thanks, Isabel!
Editor’s note: This is the official press release from Dash Venezuela in regards to the huge news of Dash being the exclusive cryptocurrency of Church’s Chicken in Venezuela.
Dash Venezuela continues to expand the cryptocurrency ecosystem in the country and adding merchants that are currently in the nation continue to bet on a better future. On this occasion, they announced the strategic alliance with the international franchise of Church’s Chicken Venezuela, where the 13 branches of the country will accept this currency based on blockchain technology as a form of payment.
In this way, this fast food consortium becomes the first large franchise that in its entirety accepts Dash as a form of payment. We must remember that Church’s Chicken is the fourth largest chicken chain in the world and has 1,700 restaurants in 25 countries.
The announcement comes after extensive and rigorous days of training, training and accompaniment of the process by Dash Venezuela, who emphasized this stage, since it is the fundamental basis for the expansion of the usability of the cryptocurrency in the country, remembering that Dash Venezuela has privileged the approach with the business and entrepreneurial sector through its trainings, conferences and workshops.
For Dash Venezuela, the launching is a satisfaction and a significant achievement for the crypto world, ensuring that the adoption went through different pilot tests in the chain’s stores while the negotiations between the two groups were developed in a confidential manner, until it was agreed upon. official presentation of the novelty.
Representatives of the franchise, indicated that soon will develop a series of promotions to encourage the use of Dash in their establishments, which are added to the more than 2,200 establishments in Venezuela that have this fast and easy mode of transactions.
The global director of business development at Dash Core, Bradley Zastrow, said that the Dash Venezuela community achieved an “incredible job” by encouraging the growing use of crypto in the country “and it is exciting to integrate with a major national food chain by first time in the history of Dash. “
For his part, the director general of Church’s Chicken Venezuela, Orlando Navas, said that he has worked hard with the teams of Dash Core and Dash Venezuela for staff training and adaptation of the system that allows the franchise to accept this cryptocurrency as a form of payment.
“This goes to show that we trust Dash and that it will become a growth agent in this new financial world, which is a viable system regardless of the economic state and that is also diagnostic of the industry.”
About Dash Venezuela:
Dash Venezuela is the first crypto community in Venezuela, this organization has promoted the expansion of usability and the valuation of blockchain technology through conferences, workshops, training and specialized courses, which have allowed the growth of communities in the country, that today is located above the 30, present in at least 12 states of Venezuela.
About Church’s Chicken Venezuela:
We are an international fast food franchise known worldwide for offering the most crunchy and tasty chicken. Talking about Church’s Chicken, means bringing the best crunch to your palate. Our main value is family love, and that is why our slogan promotes the exchange of our products with family and their loved ones. In Church’s Chicken Venezuela and in the rest of the world “Good things are always shared”.
Editor’s note: Please watch this video of Dash being used for the first time at this location of Church’s Chicken. Welcome to Dash Nation!
2018 has been a dark time for the digital currency space. The prevalence of ego-driven politics, greed-driven scams, and technological inadequacies of the market leader have led to a punishing series of price declines that have lasted the whole year. December has been particularly rough, with the bottom looking to be in sight but not quite, as another big selloff lurked around the corner.
Whatever you think is responsible for this arduous financial experience, it is clear that the time has come for a paradigm shift in this space. Bitcoin has had ample opportunity as the leader to actually lead. What it has done with this opportunity is fight for years over block size, fork into many different Bitcoins due to the inability to come to consensus any other way, and fail to keep pace with other innovators in the space, such as Dash. Bitcoin has failed in its position as a market leader, the example other projects in the space need to look up to.
Dash is a digital currency that simply works
Ever since Dash was founded in 2014, the project has been a marvel of development, teamwork, and effort. A cursory glance at the original forum, the BTC ANN thread reveals a battle-tested group of digital currency enthusiasts working on code, fighting trolls, and engaging with newcomers who were curious about Dash.
As time went on, this ethos became more and more ingrained in Dash Nation culture. The values of respect, professionalism, and inclusiveness are pillars of our community from Zimbabwe to Vietnam to Canada. With forums such as Dash Nation on Discord encouraging healthy discourse, Dash flourished, both in development and in worldwide adoption. The result of this was a very-well functioning product and enthusiastic team willing to do what it takes to see Dash as worldwide payment system.
The silence has been deafening
For reasons that I outlined in yesterday’s article, Dash has had a rough ride surrounding its marketing. The difference between Dash’s accomplishments and innovations, and the way it is treated in the industry is a chasm. Attempts to post our good news in traditional crypto outlets is met with skepticism to outright hostility. We could just accept this as the way it will always be, but we would not be doing all of our hard work justice if we did.
Dash has what it takes to be a market leader
Today, on the Dash Nation on Discord server, we were talking about the fun days of 2017’s crypto bull run. We then discussed the deterioration in the space in 2018 and the confidence in Dash of one of the users slipped out. He said that Dash would make crypto great again. Little did he know that that comment would inspire a campaign that seems tailor-made for Dash: The #MakeCryptoGreatAgain campaign.
Why is this campaign tailor-made for Dash? Well, there are several reasons, actually, and I will list them here:
- The crypto industry’s investors have been beaten and bruised in this brutal market, and those that are left behind may be looking for a project that deserves their trust.
- Dash’s accomplishments in 2018 in the areas of technology and adoption worldwide are eclipsing most projects in the space. It has quietly led by example. But no longer, because…
- Dash could stand to have more swagger. There are very few things wrong with our project, and we have an incredible, hard working community. We need to confidently sing the praises of Dash, and instill wonder in those we discuss Dash with.
Why “Make Crypto Great Again”?
This campaign is brilliant in its simple message, but also very controversial, due to the similarities to the Donald Trump 2016 United States presidential run slogan “Make America Great Again”. The result is whether you love it or hate it, it will get your attention. Dash has never had such an “in your face” type of marketing before, and now would be the perfect time to try it.
The thing with Donald Trump’s campaign, he used the slogan, but he has been proven to not have the goods to back up his promises. Dash, in contrast, does have the goods. When we say that Dash can make crypto great again, we mean it. Dash has the tech and the community to be a leader in the space. We just need to get that word out there. Sometimes you need to try a bolder strategy.
The #MakeCryptoGreatAgain campaign would feature hashtag usage, instagram pictures, merchandise for in-person meetups (blockchain conferences would be the perfect place to distribute them) such as T-shirts and caps, stickers, fridge magnets and whatever else we can come up with. It’s not a done deal, so further discussion is welcomed.
Be bold, Dash Nation. Make Crypto Great Again. Dash.
It’s a special feeling that you get when you are heavily involved in Dash. I am going to touch on a few reasons why in this article. One of the major ones is the fact that we are a very successful, innovation-rich currency, but our successes are met in the crypto industry either with silence, or a resounding “Meh”.
Major publications such as Coindesk seem to avoid writing anything positive about Dash like the plague, and places with large memberships such as Reddit r/Cryptocurrency have legions of people who downvote any post that has the mention of Dash and its accomplishments.
Now, this is not a recent development, there are a few reasons for Dash’s seemingly pariah-like status in the crypto space.
Dash’s launch problems are partially to blame
The launch of Dash (launched X-Coin) was not without its problems, with a bug in the code that allowed it to be mined at a very fast rate, so much so that over 1 million X-Coin was mined within a short time. Critics pounced on this, and claimed that the lead developer Evan Duffield was a scammer that knowingly released X-Coin with this bug. They also claimed that Evan single-handedly mined all of the coins and shut other miners out.
This story, which has never been proven, grew into something of a cult obsession with Dash’s detractors. They did not waste any opportunity to propagate this story to any newcomers, or anyone who had anything positive to say about Dash. Over time, due to the aggressiveness of the people behind this narrative, and the relative passiveness of the Dash community to debunk it, it became a widely-held belief. Rightly or wrongly, Dash had been labeled a scam coin.
Funny thing about scams, though. In order to be a scam, you need to have victims. To this day, there have been no victims of this supposed scam by Evan Duffield. Dash community members who did not listen to the prevailing narrative and invested in Dash did very well financially. Those who dare to challenge the scam narrative that prevailed for so long are met with a friendly, respectful, inclusive community that have their hearts set on developing and deploying a decentralized payment system for the world to use.
The dichotomy between the way that the Dash community is portrayed in certain circles in comparison to how we actually are is remarkable. If those who chose to believe the scam narrative would actually spend some time around us they would see that. Then, maybe we would not get sidelined so much in the industry. But, because we know what Dash is about and what its lofty goals are, we stay positive for the future.
Dash’s ambitions don’t earn it many friends either…
Did you know that Evan Duffield once approached the Bitcoin Core developers about adding PrivateSend (then called Darksend) to BTC? They informed him that they were not interested in adding any changes to Satoshi’s protocol, so that’s how Dash was born.
It became apparent to all that Evan truly was a genius from the very early days. His vision and his drive to be successful attracted others of like mind who paid no attention to the prevailing narrative. Over time, a talented development team and community was assembled around Dash. We made it very clear in every interaction with the crypto community that Dash aims to be the dominant world currency, surpassing Bitcoin in time. That’s a bold statement, and one that doesn’t win you many friends in the industry.
It turns out that we have reasons to be so confident.
The list of Dash innovations is long
Dark Gravity Wave, PrivateSend, incentivized masternodes, InstantSend, the Dash budget system, and ChainLocks are all innovations that can be claimed by Dash. These innovations result in a network that is silky smooth, fast, and secure. All of these features make Dash a strong contender to be the everyday payment system of the future.
If you sat down right now and attempted to send a few dollars worth of BTC from one address to another, and did the same with Dash, you would see that the BTC would take you quite a while to be fully confirmed at its destination, while Dash would take seconds to do the same. Yes, seconds. This is made possible by Dash’s second tier: masternodes, a Dash innovation.
Working governance leads to stability
Unfortunately for Dash right now, Bitcoin, the market leader in the space, is an unmitigated train wreck. First was the block size debate that raged on for years, leading to a fork and two different Bitcoins created. As if that wasn’t enough, the newly created currency Bitcoin Cash encountered its own governance crisis, ultimately leading to two forks as well.
This happens because Bitcoin has no clear way of knowing what the community consensus is for direction. Other than social media, which can be gamed and is sometimes rampant with censorship, with massive egos claiming superiority, BTC has no governance mechanism to rely on.
Thanks to the invention of incentivized masternodes, Dash does not have this problem. There are some strong personalities in Dash, and there is no shortage of disagreements, just like any other large crypto community. The difference with Dash is, we never dwell on arguments long enough to create irreconcilable differences.
Differing ideas are presented, debated, and voted on by the decentralized group of large stakeholders (masternodes). The result is respected, and the currency moves forward, with nothing but a few bruised egos. The doomsday scenario of a fork does not materialize, due to a clear way to decide on future direction.
Because of this, we stay positive for the future.
Dash concerns itself with development and use, not price
It’s really incredible when you visit a Dash communication forum. There are a few die-hards who like to talk about price, but the majority remain razor-focused on development and adoption. The confidence that comes from Dash’s innovations leads to this attitude. Also the fact that Dash aims to be used as a day-to-day money leads this to be high on our priority list.
We celebrate the usage of Dash in far-off places like Nigeria, Germany, and Venezuela. We help the development team create new versions with even smoother features. We tip each other constantly in Dash, creating new transactions on the blockchain.
We recently performed a stress test where we had over 3 million Dash transactions in a 24-hour period, a record in the industry. This did not get much coverage, of course, but it happened.
For Dash’s usage, we stay positive for the future.
If Dash were the market leader, things would have been different in 2018
Leading by example is something that Dash is great at. Stable, secure, fast operations, and a unified community is the reality here. Compare that to the never-ending drama in Bitcoin, and you can see that Dash really should be given a shot to assume this role one day.
I’m not saying that Dash would have prevented the bear market, because crypto markets are heavily manipulated. I am saying, however, that if Dash’s stability and innovations were put into the spotlight the same way that Bitcoin’s failures were, the bear market may not have been so long. The added infrastructure investment that would befit a digital currency that has its act together may have reversed the bear at some point in 2018 as well.
Watch out for Dash in 2019!
Despite the fact that Dash’s accomplishments get the silent treatment and we feel sometimes like we are yelling into a sound-proof room, the momentum doesn’t stop. Dash’s community continues to grow, innovations keep coming, and adoption is happening globally.
Bitcoin had its chance to lead, and it’s doing a miserable job. It really needs to make way for a project that knows how to lead by example, and could quite possibly help lift the whole industry out of the mess it’s in.
If you are new to Dash and just reading about it for the first time, or you thought that we were a scam coin, I don’t blame you. That’s the way it’s been during Dash’s short history. Share this article, help us get the word out! You are welcome to join us in Dash Nation as we help forge the future financial freedom for many around the world.