Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has reiterated his support for Bitcoin, the world’s oldest and most valued cryptocurrency, during the Investor Day celebration of his online payments firm ‘Block’ (formerly ‘Square’). Calling Bitcoin the “open standard for global money transmission”, Dorsey also predicted that BTC will soon serve as the native currency of the Internet. Dorsey’s statements come at a time when Bitcoin, along with other popular cryptocurrencies, is struggling to recover from a slowed down-market momentum. At the time of writing, each Bitcoin was priced $29,130 (roughly Rs. 22 lakh). Its last all-time-high of $67,567 (roughly Rs. 52 lakh) was recorded in November 2021.
During its investor day meeting, the former Twitter CEO announced the roadmap for Block in the coming days. He said he envisions Block as ‘an ecosystem of ecosystems’, highlighting the current array of services this app offers.
While Block was once an online payments platform, it has expanded its services into crypto and music streaming categories as well.
“We are no longer just a payments company. A lot has changed since our last investor day (2017),” CNBC quoted Dorsey as saying.
The 45-year-old tech mogul is looking to integrate more Bitcoin-related serviced to his Block app.
In December last year, Block had allowed users of Cash App to exchange Bitcoin and stocks as gifts during the holiday season. Block is the parent company of Cash App.
“Internet requires a currency native to itself, and in looking at the entire ecosystem of technologies to fill this role, it’s clear that Bitcoin is currently the only candidate,” Dorsey reportedly said. “Bitcoin’s development may feel slow relative to other candidates, but that’s a result of the deliberateness required to preserve the attributes necessary for money storage and transmission.”
Block already offers an open-source development platform called TBD for software engineers to use BTC and other blockchain technologies in order to ‘reinvent’ the global financial system as we know it today.
Square is creating a new business (joining Seller, Cash App, & Tidal) focused on building an open developer platform with the sole goal of making it easy to create non-custodial, permissionless, and decentralized financial services. Our primary focus is #Bitcoin. Its name is TBD.
— jack:zap:️ (@jack) July 15, 2021
Dorsey, who is a strong crypto supporter, had also announced the development of a hardware wallet and service to make Bitcoin possession more mainstream
The former Twitter chief also believes that Bitcoin’s infamous, power-consuming Proof-of-Work (PoW) mining is actually important to keep BTC’s decentralised element to its best state.
This opinion has garnered Dorsey much criticism on social media.
‘proof-of-work is effective in cases of regulatory capture‘
10 years ago I first witnessed how this ^ idea started to cause polarization effects in hacker space communities all around.
— Paul Fuxjäger (@fuxjaeger) May 17, 2022
On the contrary, Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX crypto exchange recently dismissed Bitcoin as a viable payment network option.
He also said that BTC’s PoW mining takes it out of the race of becoming a widely adopted crypto payment option.