It’s simple to position your bets as all three corporations are publicly traded. Sq. is a part of the Fintech 50 Index. Fb and Twitter are huge media companies.
Bias disclosure. Whereas I’ve no business 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/forex.
2. Cenralised Banks and the Governments who license/regulate the Banks.
Fb is attempting one thing arduous – to compete with Banks whereas pleasing the Governments who license/regulate them.
The Twitter/Sq. technique is less complicated and extra radical, betting on a decentralized, permissionless community that Banks and Governments would like to cease if they might.
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 have now nada, however it’s going to work in the long run. Governments/regulators know how you can work with a centralized enterprise the place you may negotiate with a CEO; a decentralized, permissionless community with no CEO is a scary various.
Inserting your bets is known as 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. techniques. are. hacked. All of them, together with Twitter in July 2020, and even the perfect managed banks. This can be a large danger.
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 big centralised companies making the massive cash right this moment.
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