Dogecoin (DOGE) is an open-source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency with a Shiba Inu dog logo. After being born in 2013, Dogecoin quickly grew with its community and reached a breakeven of $60 million in January 2014.
Billy Markus, a software developer at IBM who wanted to create a digital currency but was struggling, discovered Dogecoin and contacted Palmer to build software behind Dogecoin. Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus launched the coin on December 6, 2013. Just two weeks later, on December 19, the value of Dogecoin increased by 300%.
Markus built Dogecoin on top of Luckycoin, derived from Litecoin and used initially as a random reward for block mining. Dogecoin uses Litecoin’s encryption technology and is a Proof-of-Work (PoW) coin.