Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss — Bitcoin (BTC) bulls and founders of the Gemini crypto exchange — say they are open to partnering with archrival Mark Zuckerberg on Libra.
CNN Business reported on Aug. 19 that the twins are not allowing their notorious and drawn-out settlement with Zuckerberg stand in the way of a potential collaboration.
In talks to join the Libra Association
Whether or not a partnership will finally materialize, Cameron told CNN that Libra represents a step towards mass adoption of cryptocurrency, underscoring:
"I think there is a day in the future where we can't live without crypto, or imagine a world before crypto."
As CNN notes, the twins’ proactive promotion of crypto-regulatory matters could make the duo an attractive partner for Facebook, given the widespread alarm the latter’s Libra project has already sparked among governments and regulators globally.
The twins revealed they have been in talks about joining the Libra Association — the newly-created, independent governance consortium for Facebook’s planned token — which currently counts 28 founding members and should expand to 100 by the time of Libra’s launch.
Tyler and Cameron noted, however, that they still need to learn more about the details of the project before deciding whether or not to join the Association, as well as whether to list Libra on the Gemini exchange.
The Libra Association has reportedly declined to comment on any ongoing negotiations with partners.
All the internet titans will embrace crypto
According to Cameron, Facebook may be the first tech titan to attempt a native cryptocurrency launch — but it won’t be the last:
"I think that internet companies have to have a crypto strategy, and I think a lot of them are thinking about their own coin projects. They're probably watching Libra and Facebook to see how that fares as they develop it."
He forecast that Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google will follow suit, isolating Amazon in particular as a solid contender:
"Amazon can probably get packages to literally any place in the world, even if the last mile is on a dirt bike or something […] very ironic, that the physical stuff we can move all around the world and we can't get money to a lot of places around the world."
Earlier today, Cointelegraph reported that the design for the Chinese central bank’s planned state-backed cryptocurrency is reported to have been influenced by Libra’s unveiling.