In 2014, Erik Voorhees founded ShapeShift. By the end of 2021, ShapeShift will cease to exist as a company. It will become a DAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization. The owners of their FOX token will have complete governance over it, and they will “Open source all ShapeShift code and infrastructure.” That’s according to the company’s official announcement, which also states:
It has become clear to us that decentralization is the only way to achieve borderless, immutable finance. Therefore, decentralizing ShapeShift is how we choose to maintain fidelity to the principles first established by Satoshi and the Bitcoin whitepaper.
In Voorhees own blog post about the change, the CEO promises, “Our corporate entities will be dissolved completely toward the end of the process.” Voorhees also details all of the red tape they encountered while trying to establish ShapeShift’s vision, and states that right now, “The frictionless trading of digital assets across chains, without custody, done in a manner that respects