TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BitGold Inc. announces the public launch of the BitGold platform, a software service that connects free vault storage with payment networks, enabling a ‘banking’ like platform for gold. The BitGold platform has previously been operating in private beta, with invitees opening accounts, sending and spending gold by email or text message, purchasing gold in vaults around the world, and redeeming physical gold cubes.
“We are excited to unveil the BitGold platform,” said Co-founder and CEO, Roy Sebag, “an architecture and technology that’s taken years of careful planning and execution, which now allows users to seamlessly use gold again as a store of value and medium for payments. As a global asset, gold is recognized in nearly every culture as a long term protector of value, but has been a poor medium of exchange compared to the advances in money technology. We felt that gold needed the modernization and mobilization that’s now happening in the global payments revolution. We have built a financial services platform that is as close to being counterparty-free as possible, enabling economic transactions within the existing global financial system to be settled in full reserved gold bullion.”
BitGold is not a bank and does not take risks with a customer’s deposits, not a cryptocurrency like bitcoin, and there are no IOUs and no securitized assets like gold ETFs. As a Trusted, Limited Third Party, the platform is a software service that allows for the quick settlement of independent-physical gold trades so that a users’ gold is easily acquired and accessible across various payment networks. The platform is powered by BitGold’s patent-pending locational-gold exchange and vault management system linking vault custodians and bullion banks with real-time settlement. The BitGold technology allows users to choose where in the world they want their gold physically stored and connects the securely-vaulted gold to international payment rails such as SWIFT, Visa, MasterCard, Interac, SEPA, UnionPay, Discover, American Express and others.
“At BitGold we have a mission to democratize global access to gold for stable savings, and to make gold useful in micro-transactions using the internet or mobile phones,” said co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Josh Crumb. “No matter where you live in the world, gold has held value over time relative to costs like food and energy that we require as humans, making it one the most important savings tools for most of the human population. We believe that by broadening access to a commodity-money that holds value we can help combat the rise in wealth inequality and the short-termism.”
BitGold’s mission is to make gold accessible and useful in digital payments and secure savings. The BitGold platform provides innovative solutions to the challenge of transacting with fully allocated and securely vaulted gold. BitGold accounts are free and convenient to open by anyone, anywhere* in just minutes. BitGold provides users with a secure vault account to purchase gold using a variety of electronic payment methods, or with currency through an ATM network. The platform also provides transaction capability including: instant cross-border gold payments, merchant invoicing and processing for gold, debit card spending of gold at traditional points of sale, conversions to a customer’s external digital-wallet or bank, and physical gold redemptions.
BitGold is a Canadian corporation with offices in Toronto, Canada, and Milan, Italy. BitGold has partnered with established professionals in auditing, vault security and web security, bullion dealing, and is committed to best-practice systems for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations regarding anti-money Laundering (“AML”) and Know Your Customer (“KYC”).
*The BitGold Platform will not initially be available to U.S. Residents and will be unavailable to residents of sanctioned countries