Bitcoin services provider Xapo has appointed a number of notable businessmen to its recently inaugurated board of advisors, including founder of Visa, Dee Hock.
Joining Hock on the Xapo board are John Reed, the former chairman and CEO of Citibank; and Lawrence H. Summers, Secretary of Treasury under Bill Clinton’s administration.
The newly appointed board members praised digital currency’s potential, with Hock claiming “bitcoin represents not only the future of payments but also the future of governance”.
“We live in the 21st century but are still using command and control organisational structures from the 16th century. Bitcoin is one of the best examples of how a decentralised, peer-to-peer organisation can solve problems that these dated organisations cannot […] it presents incredible opportunities for new levels of efficiency and transparency in financial transactions,” he added.
A real opportunity
Reed said bitcoin represented a “real opportunity” for changing the existing financial structure, which he claims has remained largely untouched by the digital revolution.
Reed, who described bitcoin as “the best iteration of a universal ledger”, concluded:
“The mere fact that there will never be more than 21 million bitcoins and that each bitcoin can be divided into 100 million units makes it a significant improvement on