Shiba Inu coin (SHIB) price rise by over 50% in the following two days, after listing on Brazilian NovaDax cryptocurrency exchange.
Shiba Inu coin was created in August 2020 from Vitaly Buterin under the pseudonym “Ryoshi.” The meme coin quickly gained speed and value as a community of investors was drawn in by the cute charm of the coin paired with headlines and Tweets from personalities like Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin.
Shiba Inu aimed to be the Ethereum-based counterpart to Dogecoin’s Srypt-based mining algorithm. Shiba Inu and the SHIB token are part of a swarm of dog-themed cryptocurrencies, including Baby Dogecoin (BabyDoge), Dogecoin (DOGE), JINDO INU (JIND), Alaska Inu (LAS), and Alaskan Malamute Token (LASM). These lesser-valued tokens have attracted investors who missed the Dogecoin pump from 0.0002 to nearly 0.75 USD.
On Sept. 17, 2021, Coinbase, the largest US-based crypto exchange, listed Shiba Inu on their platform. This news caused Shiba Inu price to rise by over 40% in the following two days, bringing the meme dog token into the spotlight again.
The SHIBA INU WoofPaper has three reasons why their team created SHIB:
“We started from zero, with zero.”
“The brilliant minds behind Shib had never collaborated before.”
“We love Shiba Inu Dogs.”
The anonymous creator of the Shiba Inu coin is known as “Ryoshi.” However, very little is known of the mystery founder of the dog-themed cryptocurrency, much like the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
The SHIBA INU website notes that they locked 50% of the total token supply on Uniswap, and “threw away the keys!” The remaining 50% was “burned to Vitalik Buterin.”
In response to the “gift” from the Shiba Inu team, Vitalik Buterin sent 50 trillion SHIB tokens, worth $1 billion in Shiba Inu price at that time, to India’s Covid Crypto Relief Fund. Buterin then burned 40% of the total supply to a dead wallet.
There are several other tokens described on the SHIBA INU website — LEASH, which has “been unleashed and will not rebase,” and BONE, the “Dogecoin Killer.”
LEASH has a fixed supply of only 107,646 tokens, and offers enticing rewards to liquidity providers, while BONE has 250,000,000 tokens, and is a governance token that allows holders to vote on the Shiba Inu’s Doggy decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).
The WoofPaper notes that you will use SHIB to DIG for BONES or ShibaSwap, or even BURY your tokens. “Trainers” can teach their Shibas to SWAP tokens as well — all of these actions create “Returns” that are put into the Puppy Pools, where the #SHIBARMY has the option of BURYING or DIGGING for BONES.
In the beginning of May 2021, dog-themed meme tokens like Shiba Inu saw transaction volumes in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Shiba Inu price hit an all-time high (ATH) of 0.00005 on May 10, 2021, before going on a downtrend since.
On May 13, Vitalik Buterin (who was given half of the token supply by the developers) announced that he was donating a large amount of these tokens to a fund helping India with COVID relief. The SHIBA developers had not anticipated Buterin selling his tokens, so the relief fund (as of May 18) will have to navigate how to sell the tokens to use the money on aid without preventing market shocks in the SHIB market. At the news of Buterin’s announcement, Shiba Inu price dropped 44%.