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Ethereum Rival Polkadot Marks Parachain Milestone With 25% Price Surge

Earlier this fall, Cardano and Solana were lapping up the attention, as the two "Ethereum killers" battled for spots on the cryptocurrency leaderboard. Now, Polkadot's DOT coin is throwing elbows to get to the front.

The price of DOT rose 25% over 24 hours—part of a 36% gain over the last week—to zoom past $42 today. That's the most expensive the asset has been since May, when it reached an all-time high of $49.35, according to CoinGecko. As of publication, the price sits at $41.50.

It's probably not a coincidence that, after five years of development from Parity Technologies  (the engineering team behind Polkadot), the project announced yesterday it was ready to launch what it calls "parachains." The Polkadot leadership group subsequently voted to begin auctions for parachain slots starting November 11. 

Parachains are their own blockchains that run alongside the main network, using it for security and to validate transactions. Polkadot, then, is all about blockchain interoperability, with an eye toward increasing the number of transactions a network can process. 

5 years after the vision of a heterogeneous multichain framework was first outlined in the Polkadot Whitepaper, parachains are now ready to launch on Polkadot. Motion 118, to schedule the first auctions, has passed council & now gone to public referendum. — Polkadot (@Polkadot) October 13, 2021

DOT is a governance token that gives its holders voting rights, and users can also "stake" DOT to the network to make it more secure. Crucially, holders need DOT to create new parachains. That, of course, increases demand for DOT from those looking to launch on the network.

“Today’s council motion to begin the rollout of parachains on Polkadot is a huge step forward for the industry," Peter Mauric, head of public affairs for Parity Technologies, told Decrypt. "As the only layer-zero protocol in blockchain, Polkadot is designed to disrupt the en...

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