Bitcoin startup 21 Inc has launched the 21 Micropayments Marketplace, a new offering that enables the creation of apps that allow buyers and sellers to trade digital goods for bitcoin.
Initially, the 21.co Micropayments Marketplace will focus on allowing developers to buy and sell API calls using digital currency due to what it called existing developer pain points in the process today that inhibit a global market for such creations.
At launch, the offering is available only to users of the 21 Bitcoin Computer, the company’s bitcoin mining and micro-transaction device, though it indicated that this would expand with the launch of the 21 Bitcoin Library, a forthcoming command line interface and software package.
In a post on Medium 21 Inc envisions how its marketplace could allow users to rent out their computers as servers and to buy or sell queries to a zip code database in exchange for bitcoin, though these are just a few examples of what could be built on the platform.
As part of an effort to showcase how the marketplace could be used, 21.co released six apps on the service,