At BitBox, we’re driven to realize the promise of technology to empower people. We often talk about inventions like the automobile and the cell phone— by simply making moving things and people’s voices easier, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They empowered people. They enabled progress. They changed the way society was organized. They made us more prosperous.
Today our society has reached another tipping point.
The systems we live under today are meant, allegedly, to empower us, and to facilitate the common good. But they impede progress and prevent the realization of human potential.
Blockchain technology is a tool for breaking free from these systems and building new ones, starting first with the linchpin of them all: money. People behave as if money actually does make the world go ‘round — as if it is a part of nature, not a human invention. Life and death decisions are made on this basis. But the prisons we live in are the work of our own hands: they are human inventions. They cannot exist without us. We can only liberate ourselves by realizing we are our own jailers. We create and sustain these systems by participating in them and believing in them. Remembering this is the key to freeing ourselves: what restricts us, ultimately, is not lack of a tool, a language, or a medium of exchange, but a way of thinking. These prisons are prisons of the mind. In order to free ourselves we need to free our minds.
Blockchain is a lever for shifting the world into a new way of thinking. By demonstrating that money can be reinvented, Bitcoin and its movement rewaken people to their essential capacity to create and transmit value. This shift in thinking is a shortening of the way to the world we want. Our work is about achieving this shift in thinking.
There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to bring this new tool to people. But the tool alone is not enough. As the Internet’s recent history has shown, tools without understanding can quickly turn from boon to bane. In order to truly bring power to the people, we have to bring knowledge—the know-how to use the tools. We believe this is the most important problem we can focus on: bringing together the people who share our mission to build the tools that will empower people and shipping them along with the insights necessary for them to renovate the world.
Today tremendous value is hidden and trapped. We believe that if we can unleash and unveil this value, make the world more equitable, more of a reflection of the values of all, and improve the lives of every person on the planet.
We're excited to set out on this adventure, we trust you are too. It’s going to be a wild ride.