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Shiba Inu: Funny Money or a Compelling Crypto Contender? – The Motley Fool

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It’s time to explore the enigmatic world of Shiba Inu (SHIB 0.97%), a promising cryptocurrency that’s been barking up the digital money tree lately. Some folks see it as a joke coin, while others think it has the potential to stand shoulder to shoulder — or should I say, paw to paw — with digital heavyweights like Bitcoin (BTC 0.60%) and Ethereum (ETH 0.43%).
Shiba Inu, a cryptocurrency born in August 2020, takes its inspiration from the popular Shiba Inu dog meme. It started out as a counter-joke to match the older Dogecoin (DOGE -0.39%) crypto, which had been around for 6 dog years at the time. But Shiba Inu’s goals were always a bit more ambitious than fetching cheap laughs.
As a decentralized digital currency, Shiba Inu isn’t governed by any central authority or financial institution. Instead, a network of computers verifies its transactions. This is called a peer-to-peer transaction system, cutting middlemen like banks and payment services out of the action — and keeping their hands out of your pockets.
Shiba Inu’s developer community is equally centerless, managed by a decentralized autonomous organization and maintained by volunteers. Ethereum was originally funded by about a dozen deep-pocketed investors. Shiba Inu has no financial backing to speak of. This project walks the talk, serving as a grand experiment in truly decentralized cryptocurrency systems.
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But what sets Shiba Inu apart from fellow jokester like Dogecoin or stone-faced business drives such as Bitcoin and Ethereum? Let’s dig up some of its most interesting features:
That quality is in sharp contrast to Dogecoin, which started life as a straight-up Bitcoin clone with a few deliberate tweaks. The original design is still evident in Dogecoin’s technical platform. While faster than Bitcoin, Dogecoin still relies on older, less efficient technology and a power-hungry proof-of-work ledger system.
In essence, Shiba Inu provides a legit alternative for crypto users in search of high speed, low transaction costs, and a low-power proof-of-stake platform. That’s not too mangy.
Shiba Inu’s developers have ambitious plans to build a comprehensive ecosystem around the cryptocurrency, including projects like ShibaSwap (a decentralized crypto exchange) and an upcoming NFT marketplace. An efficiency-boosting network upgrade called Shibarium should roll out in the next couple of months.
This community-driven approach positions Shiba Inu as a more dynamic and versatile alternative to Dogecoin, which, while popular in its own right, has not seen the same level of development and innovation. Shiba Inu’s developers aren’t sitting on their paws.
So, does Shiba Inu have the potential to be a serious contender in the cryptocurrency arena, or is it just a joke coin?
This cryptocurrency may seem silly at first glance, but Shiba Inu goes far beyond its silly cute marketing material. It’s actually a sophisticated system with a flexible and truly decentralized management structure, and it benefits from every technology improvement Ethereum developers might implement. You have also seen the developer community’s impressive list of upcoming technical improvements. This adorable little token may be going places.
However, Shiba Inu is still a novelty. There’s still much we don’t know about it, and it’s hard to tell where the token’s price will go from here. In the end, Shiba Inu needs to appeal to developers of mass-market DeFi apps, making it an essential tool in the next generation of payment systems and money management. There are many hats in that ring. Shiba Inu may be a good boy but it is far from a guaranteed winner in this rapidly evolving market.
Ultimately, the decision to invest in Shiba Inu’s serious ambitions or dismiss it as a joke lies in your hands. Do your own research and determine if it’s a good fit for your investment portfolio. Nobody knows your financial needs better than you.
Just remember not to put all your dog treats in one basket. Cryptocurrencies are risky investments as the market evolves amid a ramshackle regulatory framework. The best-laid plans of puppies and men can be undone by an unfortunate legal precedent or fraud-tinged scandal.
So a modest investment could make sense but you shouldn’t bet the doghouse on Shiba Inu — even if you believe it has a fetching future.
Anders Bylund has positions in Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
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