- Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z have jointly launched a Bitcoin development trust worth 500 BTC.
- The “₿trust” is initially aimed at development teams in India and Africa.
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that he and rap legend Jay-Z will launch a fund worth 500 BTC ($23.7 million). According to the announcement, it will be a “blind, irrevocable endowment” that will initially focus on developer teams in India and Africa.
In addition, Dorsey stressed that neither he nor Jay-Z will give the teams any instructions on how the funds will be used. To launch the “₿trust,” Dorsey is looking for three board members and has posted a link to a form on Google Drive. The link is redirecting to the application form for the three board members who have the mission to “Make Bitcoin the currency of the Internet.”
JAY-Z/@S_C_ and I are giving 500 BTC to a new endowment named ₿trust to fund #Bitcoin development, initially focused on teams in Africa & India. It‘ll be set up as a blind irrevocable trust, taking zero direction from us. We need 3 board members to start: https://t.co/L4mRBryMJe
— jack (@jack) February 12, 2021
Dorsey’s tweet comes just hours after Bloomberg reported that a cryptocurrency ban in India could soon become a reality. According to Bloomberg’s information, citizens of the world’s second most populous country could be given a “grace period” of 3 to 6 months to liquidate their crypto holdings.
The complete ban on cryptocurrencies, which has been pushed by the Reserve Bank of India for some time now, could thus move forward decisively. As a senior finance ministry official told Bloomberg on condition of anonymity that the new law will ban all forms of use.
Dorsey’s bitcoin involvement in Africa
As CNF reported, the Twitter CEO took a trip to Africa in late 2019 and stated that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption will be critical to Africa’s future. Dorsey spoke with local Bitcoiners and developers, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana, about adoption in the region, and then stated in a tweet:
Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!).
Sad to be leaving the continent…for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/9VqgbhCXWd
— jack (@jack) November 27, 2019