So, earlier this week Jack Dorsey had the following to say about the crazy world of crypto.
I love this technology and community. I’ve found it to be deeply principled, purpose-driven, edgy, and…really weird. Just like the early internet! I’m excited to get to learn more directly.
— jack (@jack) March 20, 2019
Yes, Jack, it can be really weird at times, this is true.
The Twitter boss made the comment as he announced that his PayTech venture Square was recruiting crypto staff and was offering to pay them in Bitcoin.
He said that “Square is hiring 3–4 crypto engineers and one designer to work full-time on open source contributions to the Bitcoin/crypto ecosystem. Work from anywhere, report directly to me, and we can even pay you in Bitcoin! Introducing @SqCrypto.”
He added: “This will be our first open source initiative independent of our business objectives. These folks will focus entirely on what’s best for the crypto community and individual economic empowerment, not on Square’s commercial interests. All resulting work will be open and free.”
Square has taken a lot from the open source community and hasn’t given enough back, he admitted. “This is a small way to give back, and one that’s aligned with our broader interests: a more accessible global financial system for the internet.”
Square registered $166 million in annual Bitcoin revenue for 2018. It racked up over $52 million in Bitcoin sales for Q4, surpassing Q3 by $9 million and Q2 by more than $15 million. However, profit from this part of the business, which involves the consumer app Cash, was low, as purchasing costs account for the vast majority of revenue.
Last month, Dorsey said that he views Bitcoin as the internet’s native currency. “It was something that was born on the internet, that was developed on the internet, that was tested on the internet…It is of the internet.”