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Forbes: Abra Wallet CEO Suggests the Only Real Use Case for Bitcoin Currently

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Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:50
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Yuri Molchan
?At the MIT Bitcoin Expo ? that took place the other day, CEO Bill Barhydt explained how he sees Bitcoin usage at the moment through the Abra app he runs??
Forbes: Abra Wallet CEO Suggests the Only Real Use Case for Bitcoin Currently
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Several days ago, the 2019 MIT Bitcoin Expo event took place, where the head of the Abra wallet app Bill Barhydt explained to the audience how the crypto app works and how it can ensure a real use case for Bitcoin and other crypto at the moment.

Bill Barhydt

Bitcoin serves as collateral for traditional assets

In an article written by Forbes, Abra wallet is described as a smartphone app that enables ordinary investors to link Bitcoin’s value to a great number of traditional assets, such as the USD rate or major corporations’ shares through their smartphones.

The app’s CEO Barhydt reckons that Abra is the only market player at the moment that offers an actual way for Bitcoin to be used in the current economy – collateralizing physical and other ‘hard’ assets in order to conduct banking operations.

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“No other use for BTC at the moment”

Until society widely accepts crypto for actual payments on a daily basis, Barhydt believes, using Bitcoin as collateral seems to be the only way to use it. Still, he adds, the world does not have enough BTC to collateralize all available assets.

Barhydt is positive that soon many other crypto startups will also start proposing such services.

Abra has been offering this service since the fall of 2018. Wallet users can also buy assets in parts, using their crypto, thus investing Bitcoin into stable market instruments.

A small reminder: Abra is not a custodial wallet – users’ crypto is stored on a multisignature address.

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Abra plans to integrate Lightning Network

The wallet’s CEO announced that soon enough the app is going to implement Lightning Network for faster payments, rather than simply allowing its clients to store crypto and invest in conventional market tools.

Apart from Bitcoin, the wallet supports ETH (native integration), BCH and LTC.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.