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Decred is a hybrid PoW/PoS cryptocurrency with a focus on on-chain governance. Decred holders have the ability to stake tokens, allowing them to vote on network upgrades.

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Reviews for Decred

πŸ”‘ 13 positive | πŸ’© 7 negative


I’m supportive of Decred’s efforts to add privacy, because there are actual development chops there, and Decred doesn’t appear overly scammy.

2018-03-31 | Full Review


One of the few coins I'm excited about, with an innovative solution to decentralized governance. Decred is basically Dash done right. πŸ˜‚ Consensus is more decentralized than Dash and is enforced.

2017-03-15 | Full Review


Decred is not worth spending time and resources pursuing because it does not present anything unique or worthwhile.

2015-12-29 | Full Review


Decred provides unique features that are not currently available to Bitcoin and has a strong focus on development.

Linda Xie, Co-founder and Managing Director at Scalar Capital

2017-10-16 | Full Review


But many other protocols have been born of true differentiation. Consider Decred β€” created by former Bitcoin developers who wanted to fix things they didn't like about BTC. They added governance, PoW/PoS hybrid β€” which may be more secure than PoW β€” and now, privacy.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-07-17 | Full Review


Decred is actually a cool example of some stuff that Bitcoin will never implement. I don’t own any at the moment but like the project a lot.

2018-07-10 | Full Review


The chances of Decred outcompeting Bitcoin are close to zero.

Mob rule/the rule of the rich is not ideal for neo-gold.

2018-08-11 | Full Review


I’m skeptical of [hybrid POW/POS systems like Decred]. I’m open to it potentially working, but, to me, Bitcoin is really a mechanism to convert electricity into financial reliability. If you start to inject protocols with some energy and some voting . . . I struggle to see how that’s more efficient or better somehow or creates better reliability than what Bitcoin does.

2018-09-11 | Full Review


Decred is a functioning test bed for how to do proof of stake with governance. I’m a big fan.

Garry Tan, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Initiaized

2018-05-12 | Full Review


Decred’s killer feature is good governance, and with good governance, you can have any feature you want.

2018-10-16 | Full Review


One of the things I like about Decred is how well the developers understand the nuance and subtleties of decentralization. Absolutism is tunnel vision.

2018-04-04 | Full Review


Zcash and Decred are both interesting alt-coins, but what's to stop Ethereum from just copying their innovations?

[It's] similar to how big companies incorporate the best ideas from startups into their products all the time in other verticals. Bitcoin can't copy/steal good ideas bc of technical limitations and governance issues, but what's to stop Ethereum from doing it exactly?

2017-03-13 | Full Review


Decred’s consensus algorithm is a hybrid proof of work, proof of stake system that’s different from Bitcoin’s, in that Bitcoin is only proof of work.

In proof of work, the machines that run the network and verify transactions are the ones that ultimately have all the governance power. That alienates the actual users because if you hold bitcoin but don’t have a machine plugged into the network, then you don’t have that much of a say.

A hybrid proof of work-proof of stake system is a system of checks and balances between the users and the machines, in that the machines in Decred are producing blocks much in the same way that Bitcoin’s machines are producing blocks, but each block has to be vetted and validated by the proof-of-stake layer and the proof-of-stake layer, which is driven by the asset holders, the holders of the Decred coin.

2018-06-12 | Full Review


Decred ticket price: ~80 DCR or about $2200. Anyone with a balance lower than that cannot stake and their funds are diluted away.

No one seems concerned about the distribution of wealth in Decred but I'd wager that ticket price excludes 50%+ of tokenholders. This is what I mean when I say staking introduces a regressive tax.

Nic Carter, Partner at Castle Island Ventures and Co-creator of Coinmetrics

2017-12-07 | Full Review


On-chain governance [as in Decred] is an interesting experiment that'll likely be seen as an over-engineered solution looking for a problem.

2018-05-24 | Full Review


The main difference between Bitcoin & Decred is with Decred, governance is built in via voting on proposals. Decred community likes to say that it is fork-proof because of this.....While this is a novel idea and a pretty cool feature, the DCR cryptocurrency is directly competing with Bitcoin. Therefore it’s likely to fail.....

DCR has been getting delisted from exchanges due to fears over it being a security and fears about the FATF travel rule.

Why use DCR when you can use Bitcoin?

Brad Mills, Analyst at Alphabit Digital Currency Fund

2019-01-16 | Full Review