Overstock Chooses Counterparty for Decentralized Stock Exchange; XCP Price Rises

Josiah Wilmoth @Y3llowb1ackbird
October 7, 2014

On Monday, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne announced the online retailer had hired two Counterparty developers to build a decentralized stock exchange to issue corporate stock for Overstock and other companies.

Byrne confirmed the exchange, code-named “Medici,” would operate atop the Counterparty platform. This news caused the XCP price to soar (XCP is the native currency for the Counterparty platform).

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Overstock Announces Decentralized Stock Exchange

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne’s announcement of a decentralized stock exchanged caused the XCP price to surge. The current XCP price is 790,297 satoshis. Chart from CoinGecko.

As WIRED reported, Overstock today announced that it has hired two Counterparty developers, including co-founder Robby Dermody, to build a digital decentralized stock exchange. Code-named “Medici,” Overstock hopes the exchange will serve as a decentralized alternative to traditional Wall Street brokers and exchanges.

The Medici exchange–which Byrne hopes will achieve regulatory compliance–will operate atop the Counterpary platform (which itself functions on top of the Bitcoin blockchain) and allow users to buy and sell corporate stock. Overstock will issue their corporate stock on Medici, and they anticipate other companies will follow suit.

The planned exchange should tremendously reduce the difficulty and cost associated with stock trading. This increased efficiency could help average consumers make their first forays into the stock market.

XCP Price Soars

The news that Overstock is planning to build its crypto-Wall Street on top of Counterparty caused the XCP price to soar. XCP is the native currency of Counterparty, and though it is unclear to what extent Medici will integrate XCP, investors assume it will play an important role.

After beginning the day at 553,497 satoshis, the XCP price inclined steadily for about twelve hours. At that point, the XCP price took off, rising at a nearly vertical rate. When this article published, the XCP price was 790,297 satoshis–which represents a 36% XCP price increase over the past day. Counterparty’s market cap is now $7,731,902, ranking it tenth among cryptocurrencies. XCP trading volume surged as well, increasing 64% on Monday.


In a week filled with bitcoin price tension, Patrick Byrne’s decentralized stock exchange announcement brings welcome good news to the cryptocurrency community. Byrne and Overstock have yet to release many details about the Medici. Nevertheless, it is clear the project has the potential to revolutionize to weaken Wall Street’s hold on the investment world, just like bitcoin can weaken the power central governments have over their citizens’ wealth.

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Last modified (UTC): October 7, 2014 02:29

Josiah Wilmoth @Y3llowb1ackbird

Josiah is the US Editor at CCN, where he focuses on financial markets. He has written over 2,000 articles since joining CCN in 2014. His work has also been featured on ZeroHedge, Yahoo Finance, and Investing.com. He lives in rural Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @y3llowb1ackbird or email him directly at josiah.wilmoth(at)ccn.com.