In a revelation that sent shockwaves through the crypto space, Elon Musk, Tesla billionaire and owner of X, has disclosed his crypto holdings. This disclosure comes as X, Musk’s social media platform, quietly secures additional licenses, signaling a significant step towards its goal of revolutionizing payments in 2024.
X’s Recent License Acquisition Signals Intent
X, Musk’s ambitious project aiming to transform into an “everything app,” has received a money-transmitter license from Utah, marking the 15th U.S. state approval for the company’s payment offerings. As X collects a series of state approvals, it positions itself to compete with financial giants such as PayPal, Visa, and traditional banks.
X’s Vision for 2024: A Payments Revolution
Elon Musk’s X is not just content with social media endeavors; it aims to disrupt the payment landscape. The recent blog post from X outlined plans to launch peer-to-peer payments, promising enhanced user utility, new commerce opportunities, and a paradigm shift in how people connect, communicate, and transact.
“We will launch peer-to-peer payments, unlocking more user utility and new opportunities for commerce, and showcasing the power of living more of your life in one place,” emphasized the blog post.
Musk’s Crypto Holdings and Dogecoin Confirmation
While unveiling X’s ambitions, Musk confirmed his substantial holdings of the meme-based cryptocurrency, Dogecoin. He also mentioned SpaceX’s ownership of bitcoin. Despite the dogecoin price experiencing fluctuations since its all-time high in 2021, it has retained a prominent position in the crypto market with a market capitalization of $11.5 billion.
Elon Musk’s involvement in crypto has been notable, with Tesla holding over 10,000 bitcoins, valued at almost $500 million. Musk’s previous statements about turning X into an “updated version” of PayPal further underscore his commitment to integrating and adopting cryptocurrencies.
X’s Financial Services Expansion Plans
An October leaked virtual meeting at X revealed Musk’s plans to expand the platform’s financial services arm. Musk expressed a broad vision: “If it involves money, it’ll be on our platform. Money or securities or whatever.”
This move to grow X’s financial services arm has garnered attention in the crypto community, with experts suggesting it could stimulate a “critical mass” of crypto adoption.
Elon Musk’s influence on the crypto market has been evident, and as X intensifies its efforts to challenge established players, including PayPal, the broader financial landscape could witness further disruptions, echoing the transformative potential of crypto integration.