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Frankfurt, Germany — Bitcoin, traditionally known for its decentralization and lack of centralized control, does not naturally lend itself to the concept of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). However, the Bisq network provides a unique example of a DAO functioning on the Bitcoin blockchain.

This is the main topic of the Bitcoin Frankfurt MeetUp to be held Thursday, 21. March 2024, from 6:15 pm at the traditional Die Zentrale Co-Working in Frankfurt, Bornheim.

Here’s how this happened and a brief explanation of why Bisq is a unique example to be looked at in the Bitcoiner’s community:

Bisq Network: A Case Study for DAOs on Bitcoin

The Bisq network is a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange that operates on the Bitcoin blockchain. It is unique as it implements a DAO structure within a Bitcoin-centric ecosystem. Here’s how it works:

  1. Decentralization and Resilience: Bisq’s founders recognized that even robust decentralized software is vulnerable if controlled by a single entity. Therefore, they sought to decentralize the governance and operational aspects of Bisq to prevent it from becoming a single point of failure.
  2. Bisq DAO and BSQ Token: To manage and fund the project, Bisq introduced its own DAO, which operates through the BSQ token. This token is a colored coin on the Bitcoin blockchain – meaning it’s a small fraction of a Bitcoin with special properties. The BSQ tokens are used for various functions within the Bisq network, including voting, paying for trading fees at a discounted rate, and compensating contributors for their work.
  3. Functioning of the DAO: In the Bisq DAO, decisions about strategy, resource allocation, and revenue distribution are made through voting by BSQ token holders. This ensures that no single entity controls the network, aligning with the decentralized ethos of Bitcoin.
  4. Achieving Consensus: The consensus in the Bisq DAO is reached through a voting mechanism where BSQ token holders vote on proposals. Each token equates to one vote, and decisions are made based on the majority rule.


The Bisq DAO represents a significant innovation in applying DAO principles to a Bitcoin-centric platform. It challenges the notion that Bitcoin ecosystems are unsuitable for DAO structures and demonstrates the feasibility of decentralized governance in a traditionally centralized space. This could lead to more Bitcoin-based DAOs in the future, offering a new model for governance in the cryptocurrency world.

By Silvia Orfeo

Silvia Orfeo is a Sr. Politics and Economics Reporter at Nobot.News

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