Bill Gates も支援するアフリカのビットコインスタートアップ

Bitsoko は Android 向けの仮想通貨ウォレットアプリを提供しています。


A digital currency wallet, Bitsoko funded by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation announced plans to sponsor a series of educational events in Nairobi, Kenya, on the blockchain for start-ups.

The events will focus on the blockchain technology to provide local start-ups with knowledge on opportunities and innovations in the industry. Speakers will be invited from the international and local bitcoin community. Each attendee will receive a small amount of bitcoin and educational literature on bitcoin and the blockchain. The events are scheduled to run on monthly basis for a half a year.

そんな Bitsoko が、ケニアでブロックチェーンを学ぶイベントを開催すると発表しました。その活動は、Bill Gates 率いる Bill & Melinda Gates foundation の支援を受けています。

Last month, Bitsoko won a Grand Challenges Explorations research grant worth $100,000 with an opportunity to receive an add-grant of $1,000,000 if the project is successful. The GCE scheme funded by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation helps projects that offer solutions to global health and development challenges. Bitsoko’s project is called “Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments” and will be run by Daniel Bloch, a co-founder at Bitsoko. With GCE funding, Bitsoko plans to expand its services to three more African countries: Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone.

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation が主催する Grand Challenges Explorations で賞をとり、さっそくアフリカの発展のために動き出したという背景があります。

Bitsoko は今後、ウォレット以外の製品開発も検討しているとのことです。そして、アフリカ市場の開拓を目指して対応地域を拡大していく予定と発表しています。


Bill Gates がビットコインの可能性と課題に言及

Bill Gates(ビル・ゲイツ)が、ビットコインについて公の場でこれまで以上に踏み込んだ発言をしました。

During an interview on Bloomberg TV‘s “Street Smart” today, Bill Gates responded to new questions about bitcoin and its potential to bring innovation to the payments industry.

Calling bitcoin “exciting” because of its relatively low-cost transaction network, Gates told Bloomberg:

“Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place, and of course for large transactions currency can get pretty inconvenient.”

Bloomberg TV のインタビューの中で、低コストで取引が実現できる仕組みだと評価しています。


However, while seemingly positive, Gates went on to suggest that though he believes the world needs lower-cost payments solutions, bitcoin is perhaps not the best example of how the market should look to provide this solution.

Further, Gates suggested that bitcoin may not appeal to the mass market due to its “anonymity”, as well as its associations with terrorism and money laundering.