The Bisq DAO
Decentralizing revenue distribution and decision-making to make Bisq self-sustaining and censorship-resistant.DAO stands for Decentralized Autonomous OrganisationSee more ↓

Bisq trading is currently decentralized, but its revenue distribution and decision-making are not.

It is critical that Bisq be resistant to censorship, and the trade protocol and P2P network achieve this—for traders.

What about Bisq's developers? With a traditional legal structure, project decision-making and revenue distribution would be centralized, and this would create vulnerabilities.

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What Is The Bisq DAO?

The Bisq DAO enables value transfer from traders to contributors. The BSQ token makes this possible in a decentralized way.

Trading fees are distributed to contributors without the confines of a corporation or other legal entity, keeping Bisq stateless & sovereign.

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How Does It Work?
Revenue distribution

To distribute revenue from trading fees to contributors, Bisq uses BSQ - a Bitcoin-based colored coin. Contributors are issued new BSQ when stakeholders approve their compensation requests through voting, and BSQ gets “uncolored” when traders use it to pay trading fees.

There is no central entity collecting or creating BSQ—Bisq stakeholders are collectively in charge of the issuance process.

This is not an ICO. No BSQ is sold to raise capital.


With no CEO or central leadership team, Bisq stakeholders—traders and contributors—are the owners of Bisq.

Through social consensus (via voting) they determine Bisq's project strategy.

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Traders: Make Bisq sustainable
  • Help Bisq deliver consistent professional development and support by buying BSQ from contributors
  • Help make Bisq the go-to censorship-resistant bitcoin-to-fiat and bitcoin-to-crypto marketplace
  • Enjoy a discount if you use BSQ to pay trading fees
  • You can still pay trading fees with plain BTC if you like
Contributors: Earn BSQ
  • Do valuable work, request compensation, earn BSQ
  • Sell BSQ on Bisq for BTC
  • Vote on compensation requests of other contributors
  • Work on cutting-edge technology with a cutting-edge culture—Bisq collaboration is permissionless, non-hierarchical, and fluid
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Want to learn more?

You can learn more about the Bisq DAO from the resources below, from high-level ELI5-style docs and videos to the technical specification for developers.
Conceptual Overview - Doc

Plain-language description of the DAO.

Bisq DAO in Brief - Videos

Quick, short video series on the Bisq DAO.

Technical Overview - Doc

Specification of the workings of the Bisq DAO and BSQ token.

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See more resources on our All About the Bisq DAO doc.