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By C. Edward Kelso – |
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin to be World’s Currency
Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and payment platform, Square, told the Times of London there will be a single world currency in the next ten years, and he believes that will be bitcoin. His comments came at a downturn in the broader crypto markets and amidst declarations of bitcoin’s imminent demise.
Twitter and Square CEO Bullish on Bitcoin
“It’s slow and it’s costly,” Mr. Dorsey spoke of bitcoin as a currency, “but as more and more people have it, those things go away. There are newer technologies that build off of blockchain and make it more approachable,” the Times of London reports (paywall). He is in London this week to promote one of his companies, Square.
Mr. Dorsey, 41, is a billionaire at least four times over, and is considered something of a sage in the technology space. He was instrumental in establishing the micro-blogging platform Twitter. The San Francisco-based social networking staple has proven itself over its decade of existence to be a galvanizing space, especially for the cryptosphere, with over 300 million users.
Though the world’s most popular cryptocurrency “does not have the capabilities right now to become an effective currency,” Mr. Dorsey explained the “world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin,” expecting this to take place “probably over ten years, but it could go faster.”
He’s also CEO of Square, Inc., San Francisco-based as well, a point of sale payments platform allowing for person-to-person commerce serving the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The popular smartphone client announced last month it would launch an in-app bitcoin buy and sell option. “We support bitcoin because we see it as a long-term path towards greater financial access for all — This is a small step,” Mr. Dorsey detailed. The move has proved compelling to merchants, as even amidst price volatility 60% said they’d accept Square. Square is also reportedly launching an instant deposit service. After about 20 minutes, merchants can access funds in their accounts, making cashflow much easier for smaller businesses.
Mr. Dorsey isn’t a passive bitcoin investor. He participated in a seed financing round of 2.5 million USD for Lightning Labs, hoping to help power bitcoin core beyond its recent headaches of congestion and fees. In the hodl versus currency bitcoin debate, Mr. Dorsey seems to reside right in the middle.