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Dorsey: Square Will Launch Bitcoin Focused DeFi Platform

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Square to launch a bitcoin-focused DeFi platform.
  • The entire project will be open, with code, development work, and the roadmap all being available to the public
  • Square is also working on a hardware wallet.
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Square will launch a bitcoin-focused decentralized finance (DeFi) platform, according to CEO Jack Dorsey. The platform is still in the very early stages of its development.

Twitter CEO and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey announced via Twitter that the finance platform would be launching a new decentralized finance (DeFi) business that would focus on bitcoin. He said that the open developer platform would have “the sole goal of making it easy to create non-custodial, permissionless, and decentralized financial services.”

The company will make the entire project open, with code, development work, and the roadmap all being available to the public. Dorsey added that some ideas exist regarding the initial platform primitives, though it appears as if the idea is still in the very early stages, as it doesn’t have a name yet. The CEO even posted a meme account as a business account for the platform.

Dorsey is no stranger to the cryptocurrency market. He has, on several occasions, offered supportive remarks on the assets class, and believes that bitcoin is the money of the Internet. Of course, the most significant evidence is that Square has already invested over $200 million into BTC.

It’s far too early to tell what the platform may be and, naturally, the impact it could have on the market. But a foray into DeFi, which remains a cornerstone of the market, could expose the market to the many who find Square services intuitive.

The DeFi sector remains somewhat obtuse to those who have little experience with the market, though this is something teams are working on. Square has made it possible for many non-tech savvy individuals to begin investing in the market, and perhaps they can have a similar effect with respect to DeFi.

Dorsey and Square doubling down on bitcoin

Square has done extremely well since it started offering bitcoin services. The bitcoin sales service became the largest revenue generator for its Cash App last year, and perhaps the move into DeFi is just a natural extension of that demand and success. This is only one of the many related services that Square is working on.

The company also announced last week that it was working on a hardware wallet, with a goal to make holding bitcoin more mainstream. This wallet would have optimized recovery mechanisms, and will also be completely open. Square will also make mobile-friendliness a priority in its development.

Dorsey has also noted both the economic and environmental costs of bitcoin mining and has taken steps to support renewable energy use. He believes that the crypto will eventually be powered by clean power, and Square has invested millions into a solar-powered factory to that end.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...
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