21 Inc just announced that the 21 Bitcoin Computer is shipping to 32 countries across Europe.
After last year’s $116M round, 21 Inc was flying high. But with big money comes big expectations. They did not disappoint with the release of the 21 Bitcoin Computer late last year. In regards to the release Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc said, “With this pocket-sized device, if you are an entrepreneur or developer, you can now instantly buy or sell digital goods and services at the command line using Bitcoin.” He went on to speak regarding the ultimate goal of ubiquity with the device. “We want to use the success of the 21 Bitcoin Computer to help make Bitcoin the next fundamental system resource, available by default on every new computer.” Industry titans (like Ben Horowitz) fully put their weight behind the product and philosophy too. Horowitz was quoted as saying:
I’m very excited about it. The thing that’s completely missing that I think would make the Internet better would be machine-to-machine payments. It’s just amazingly hard to do right now.
The computers being shipped to Europe come with the same software toolchain being offer in the US and Canada. The team outlined a few uses that are covered by tutorials that ship with the machine. The team stated,
With the associated Bitcoin tutorials, you can learn how to:
- Host a bitcoin-payable web app, such as a notary public service
- Sell data and insights using machine payable APIs and micropayments
- Buy computational resources on-demand with bitcoin
- Receive SMSes privately in exchange for bitcoin
The 21 Inc Team has made it clear from the first day that their goal is to provide machinery that accelerates the usage and dev frontier of the cryptocurrency worldwide. They emphasized this goal by stating, “We aim to help make digital currencies and the Bitcoin Computer available worldwide, and shipping across the Atlantic constitutes a milestone in that journey. For those in other geographies, please sign up here to be notified when shipping is available to your country.” The groups next focus is Asia.
They also offered their Slack channel at slack.21.co for those that would like to track the progress.
21 Inc has the team, the product, the support, and the funding. Keep these guys on your radar.
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Last modified: June 10, 2020 7:28 PM UTC