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Circle收购美国加密货币交易所Poloniex

本周,Circle公司宣布正在收购美国的加密货币交易所Poloniex。据《财富》报道,Circle公司为此次收购支付了4亿美元。 Poloniex已经存在多年,曾经是该领域最大的交易所之一。

Circle的发展足迹非常耐人寻味。起初,该公司将自己定位为一家比特币公司,并致力于比特币这种新型虚拟货币的推广普及。换句话说, Circle想成为比特币领域的PayPal,希望帮助用户轻松便捷地购买和销售比特币。

然而在比特币经历了2013年第一轮繁荣后不久,Circle就宣布自己要成为一家社交支付公司,就像Venmo一样,与此同时,比特币和区块链等关键词也从Circle的官网上消失了。

兜兜转转,最近的报道却显示,Circle似乎又重新回到了加密货币这个圈子里。

目前,Circle正运营着一个名叫Circle Pay的P2P支付工具,同时还有一个面向大型加密货币投资者和交易所的场外交易平台Circle Trade。

换句话说,Circle Trade促进了少数法定货币和加密货币之间的流动性。 Circle Trade也支持幕后的Circle Pay。据《财富》报道,Circle Trade每月管理20亿美元的交易,并在短短三个月内创造了6000万美元的收入。

该公司现在希望通过Circle Invest这个易于使用的投资应用程序开始购买加密货币以及Poloniex这一全面的交易所,拓展这两种产品。

此外,Circle还在致力于开发一个中心协议,使得支付宝、PayPal、Circle和其他数字平台能够同时协作互通。

Circle just announced that it is acquiring U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex. According to Fortune, Circle is paying $400 million for the acquisition. Poloniex has been around for years and used to be one of the biggest exchanges out there — there are now many exchanges competing with Poloniex.

Circle is an interesting startup because it’s hard to keep track of what it does. The company first pitched itself as a bitcoin company that wants to make bitcoin more accessible. Circle wanted to become the PayPal of bitcoin. You could buy and sell bitcoins quickly and easily without any technical knowledge.

But that was in 2013 during the first bitcoin boom. Shortly after that, Circle called itself a social payment company, a Venmo competitor. The words bitcoin and blockchain were gone from the company’s website.

More recently, Circle got back into the cryptocurrency game and came full circle.

The peer-to-peer payment service that was called “Circle” is now called Circle Pay. It also runs Circle Trade, an over-the-counter trading desk for large cryptocurrency investors and exchanges.

In other words, Circle Trade fosters liquidity between a handful of fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. Circle Trade also powers Circle Pay behind the scene. According to Fortune, Circle Trade manages $2 billion a month in transactions and generated $60 million in revenue in just three months.

The company now wants to expand beyond those two products with Circle Invest, an easy-to-use investment app to start buying cryptocurrencies, and Poloniex, a full-fledged exchange.

Fortune also says that Circle is also working on Centre, a protocol that is going to make Alipay, PayPal, Circle and other digital wallets interoperable.

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