Galoy Newsletter #1: Adopting Bitcoin, Bitcoin Banking for Communities and Lightning Network News

We’re excited to bring you the first Galoy newsletter. Once per month we’ll be delivering you insights, articles and news about onboarding communities and institutions to Bitcoin and the Lightning Network. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe below.

 


Adopting Bitcoin: A Lightning Summit

The Adopting Bitcoin Lightning Summit is only six days away. The conference runs November 16-18 with a packed schedule you do not want to miss. If you don’t already have your ticket, visit adoptingbitcoin.org to get one today.

 


Bitcoin Banking for Communities: Lessons Learned from Bitcoin Beach

The Bitcoin Beach Wallet is the first implementation of Galoy software. It was developed in 2020 with the Bitcoin Beach team and the residents and merchants of El Zonte. The passing of “La Ley Bitcoin” (The Bitcoin Law) has surfaced a groundswell of interest in replicating the type of circular Bitcoin economy that Bitcoin Beach pioneered. Today we present “Bitcoin Banking for Communities” to share lessons learned and support adoption of Bitcoin and Lightning around the world.

 


Lightning Network News and Developments

Lightning Developers Prepare for Taproot Activation

The LN developer community is making continuous progress preparing to unleash the potential of Taproot, which is set to activate in three days. Roasbeef shared notes from a recent two-day Lightning summit in Zurich where devs discussed potential paths to upgrading the entire network to Taproot. Much attention is being given to the speed and way in which the network should be transitioned to new protocols and specs, which will inevitably be a plus for end users of all Lightning-enabled products.

Devs convening at Adopting Bitcoin next week will have another chance to share ideas and plans. Get a head start by listening to T-bast (Bastien Teinturier) of ACINQ and Stephan Livera discuss what can be done to improve Lightning Network privacy. Bastien will be joining a prolific privacy panel that will go into the weeds of on-chain and off-chain UTXO and payment privacy at #adopt21. He will join Peter Todd, Openoms and Stephan Livera, as well as Wasabi’s Adam Ficsor, who promised to announce a research grant that may be just the right incentive to bring financial privacy in Lightning to where it needs to be.

And since unveiling announcements at conferences are a nice trend of 2021, John Carvalho will add one more: He has been keeping Bitcoin Twitter in suspense for more than a year with insinuations about his stealth company. The reveal will take place in San Salvador where he’ll present a new set of products and open-source technology to allow for a post-hyperbitcoinization social economy that does not require banks, governments, or Big Tech.

Adoption is Reaching Every Corner of the World

Growth of channels, nodes and capacity on the Lightning Network is accelerating at a mind-blowing rate. In case you missed it, “The State of The Lightning” report from Arcane Research provides a dive into the growth and potential of the network. To sum up with the report’s own words, “What we’ve seen so far is only the beginning.” The report predicts that close to 90% of the grown population in El Salvador will have access to Lightning payments by 2026. That would mark a transition from 70% unbanked to 90% Lightning-enabled in five years. Big if true.

The rapid emergence of Plebnet into the ecosystem shows how fast the Lightning community is growing. Just months ago the Plebnet was a small Telegram group and a wiki, built to assist in Lightning node setup and channel opening. The group now has more than 5,000 members and was recently featured in Business Insider.

Bitcoin community-building efforts are also spreading around the world. From Lord Fusitu’a’s four-part plan for Tonga, to Bitcoin Beach Brasil, to Bitcoin Lake in Guatemala, organizers are stepping up to follow in the footsteps of Bitcoin Beach and El Salvador. Read “Bitcoin Lake — Phase One” to learn about building a Bitcoin circular economy in Guatemala. Send them sats for support!

Adoption is happening at every level from individuals to communities. Even the Mayors of four American cities are asking to be paid in Bitcoin!

Investors and Large Corporations are Taking Notice

October was a huge month for Bitcoin and Lightning investment. Umbrel announced a $3m seed round to accelerate development of its plug-and-play software and hardware products. We also saw the launch of Ten31, a new Bitcoin VC firm providing “Low Time Preference Funds” to fuel hyperbitcoinization. The biggest announcement came when NYDIG announced its $300m acquisition of BottlePay. We might be in for a supply squeeze on LN developers and companies if more global corporations start looking for ways to build on Lightning (Tim Cook, hello). As Max Webster recently wrote in “Why Lightning, Why Now,” Lightning capacity, node, and channel growth charts “sure look like the early stages of a hockey stick! And there’s nothing that venture investors love more than hockey sticks 🙂”

Additional Notes

  • Taproot activation is just days away! Check taproot.watch by @hampus_s for an up to date count of the blocks left until activation
  • Galoy founders Nicolas Burtey and Chris Hunter appeared on Bitrefill’s “To the Moon” podcast to share their vision and discuss the upcoming Adopting Bitcoin Lightning Summit
  • Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele is building 20 schools and the first public veterinary hospital with BTC profits (Yes, Steve Hanke is still sending him salty tweets)
  • Stay tuned in December: New Story has plans to bring affordable housing and novel Bitcoin mortgage solutions to Salvadorans. You can catch Chief of Staff Josh Young on the “Bitcoin for Nonprofits” panel on Day 1 of Adopting Bitcoin

 


Join the Galoy Team

The Galoy team is growing fast and looking for the right Bitcoiners to join us in helping to bring Bitcoin to a billion users by connecting more communities and institutions to the network. Below are open positions.

 


Hyperbitcoinize with Galoy

If you want to work with us at the forefront of Lightning Network adoption for communities and institutions, join us on GitHub, Twitter or our public Slack Channel.

See you at Bitcoin Beach!
The Galoy Team

 

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