DigixDAO: The Only Light in a Sea of Red

DigixDao (DGD) advanced briskly on Saturday, confounding a broad downtrend in the cryptocurrency market that dragged most of the top-30 coins lower.

DGD Price Levels

DGD rose more than 22% on Saturday, reaching $390 per token, according to data provider CoinMarektCap. The cryptocurrency was up nearly 26% against bitcoin and more than 23% versus ether.

At current price levels, DGD has a market cap of $779 million based on a circulating supply of 2 million coins. That’s enough for 30th place among active cryptocurrencies in terms of overall market cap.

Trade volumes in the last 24 hours reached $77.3 million, with the vast majority of the trades being placed on Binance against bitcoin. Between bitcoin and Ethereum, Binance processed roughly 86% of the daily trade volume.

DGD has rebounded more than 83% from its recent swing low, but is still trading 14% below its all-time settlement high of $456.44 on Feb. 2.

Beating the Market

DigixDAO’s native coin has been rising gradually even as a week-long pullback in the crypto space shaved tens of billions of dollars off the collective market cap. This isn’t the first time DGD has outpaced the market. Three weeks ago, Hacked reported impressive gains for the cryptocurrency as virtually every other digital asset in the top-100 declined double digits.

At the time of writing, the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies was $430.5 billion, down 3.4% from the previous day and 6.7% from the intraday high of $461.6 billion.

Aside from DGD, Ethereum Classic was the only cryptocurrency in the top-30 to report gains on Saturday.

DAO Platform

As a Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO), Digix was part of Ethereum’s first public crowdraise all the way back in 2016. The token raise launched in March of that year and reached its crowdfunding goal of $5.5 million in 12 hours.

DigixDAO is often referred to as a gold-backed cryptocurrency, but this only applies to its DGX token. The company operates two tokens, with DGX supposedly pegged to one gram of gold. Gold futures are up more than 15% year-to-date on a tumbling dollar and wavering risk sentiment.

Unlike most digital currency systems, the DAO protocol gives investors a voice in the company’s decision-making process. Depending on how the DAO is structured, investors can vote on how funds are deployed or which business proposals it entertains.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin is planning to make DAOs central to future crowdraises. This will be accomplished by a new protocol called “DAICO,” or Decentralized Autonomous Organization Initial Coin Offering. Gaming platform The Abyss recently announced it will be the first company to utilize the DAICO model.

Through DAICO, companies can encode specific rules into their crowdfunding campaigns, such as KYC/AML requirements and investor approval for accessing project funds. The specifications behind DAICO were first laid out in January blog post penned by Buterin.

No other project has announced plans to utilize the DAICO model, although this may soon change as demand for transparency continues to grow.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Chief Editor to Hacked.com and Contributor to CCN.com, Sam Bourgi has spent the past nine years focused on economics, markets and cryptocurrencies. His work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE and Forbes. Avid crypto watchers and those with a libertarian persuasion can follow him on twitter at @hsbourgi