It’s simple to put your bets as all three firms are publicly traded. Sq. is a part of the Fintech 50 Index. Fb and Twitter are large media companies.
Bias disclosure. Whereas I’ve no industrial stake at time of writing I do have two biases.
1. Each day Fintech is a media enterprise writing about Fintech and constructing Fintech spin off ventures; so Jack Dorsey working each a media and a Fintech enterprise appears fairly regular to me.
2. If I used to be given a alternative of hanging out with Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerberg, I might select Dorsey (though I’ve by no means met both).
There are two main gamers in Finance:
1. Bitcoin, a decentralized, permissionless community/foreign money.
2. Cenralised Banks and the Governments who license/regulate the Banks.
Fb is attempting one thing laborious – to compete with Banks whereas pleasing the Governments who license/regulate them.
The Twitter/Sq. technique is easier and extra radical, betting on a decentralized, permissionless community that Banks and Governments would like to cease if they may.
Fb is doing a fragile dance with regulators. This delicate dance takes a looong time, thus over 2 years since Fb introduced Libra and we now have nada, however it would work ultimately. Governments/regulators know how one can work with a centralized enterprise the place you’ll be able to negotiate with a CEO; a decentralized, permissionless community with no CEO is a scary different.
Inserting your bets can be a guess on the centralised historical past/present actuality versus the decentralised future.
My guess is on the decentralised future for 3 causes:
1. All. centralised. methods. are. hacked. All of them, together with Twitter in July 2020, and even the most effective managed banks. This can be a large threat.
2. Can not do evil (programmed into decentralised networks) is healthier than “we promise to do no evil” by managers of centralised companies.
3. The Web is decentralised, even with enormous centralised companies making the large cash right this moment.
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