Dogecoin was born from the association of two browser tabs: one was an article about the popularity of the doge meme, and the other, CoinMarketCap. The idea quickly gained traction on Twitter, and before long, a new cryptocurrency was born. Dogecoin gained adoption as a tipping currency, the community took part fundraising for charities and other causes, perhaps most notably sending the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

We’re joined by Jackson Palmer, co-creator of Dogecoin. Though he has left the project, Jackson shares the story of how he created the most popular meme cryptocurrency as a joke.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Jackson’s background and early interest in cryptocurrency
  • The Dogecoin origin story
  • The uniquely charitable nature of the community and The Dogecoin Foundation
  • How the currency became widely used for tipping
  • The NASCAR sponsorship and Moolah exchange scam
  • The technological choices which went into early versions of Dogecoin
  • Dogecoin’s unique monetary policy and economics
  • Jackson’s thoughts on Doge Ethereum and the state of the project
  • Why Jackson stepped away from the project and his thoughts on the crypto space
  • Jackson’s other projects and YouTube channel

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This episode is hosted by Sébastien Couture and Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: