Square Targets Bitcoin DeFi Business
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey-led US-based payments company Square doubled down on its Bitcoin (BTC) strategy with decentralized finance (DeFi)-related plans.
“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,” Dorsey tweeted, adding that they’re aiming to create a platform business and that their primary focus is Bitcoin.
The CEO confirmed that this project is also going to be developed in the open: “Open roadmap, open development, and open source.”
The new business is led by Mike Brock, Strategic Development Lead at Square, and already has another four team members.
As @jack said, we’re going to be biasing towards being open and transparent. So we’ll be sharing a lot more about our plans in the coming days and weeks. We’re also going to be thinking of ways to include the community in our planning. So stay tuned!— Mike Brock (@brockm) July 15, 2021
Meanwhile, Dorsey has also confused many by saying that the name of their new businesses “is TBD,” which usually means “to be determined.” However, both the CEO and Brock were later referring to the new effort as TBD and created a Twitter handle for the project, @TBD54566975.
#NewProfilePic https://t.co/bofZF7o0RN— TBD (@TBD54566975)
Just last week, Dorsey announced that Square aims to build a BTC first hardware wallet “to make bitcoin custody more mainstream.”