184 - Why Facebook’s Stablecoin Failed, with David Marcus
Inside the episode
David Marcus started a company that was acquired by PayPal, he then became President of PayPal (running the company), then he joined Facebook as VP of the Messenger app, and that’s when he started Facebook’s Libra project. Currently, he’s the CEO and Co-founder of Lightspark, a company that builds out Bitcoin Lightning tech.
This episode is a post-mortem of Facebook’s highly ambitious crypto project from 2019. They tried to build a stablecoin but the U.S. government stopped it.
Topics covered in today’s episode:
1) Facebook’s Libra project…why did it fail? Who tanked it? The U.S. gov? The banking lobby? Why can’t the West seem to innovate its banking systems?
2) Why SuperApps won’t work?
3) Why our David Marcus thinks the money layer of the internet will be built on crypto…but more specifically…on Bitcoin!
7:20 The Libra Project
9:10 Facebook’s Involvement
9:59 Super App Thesis
12:05 Getting Government Approval
14:39 Messaging & Payments Intersection
16:45 Releasing the White Paper
18:05 Libra’s Government Reaction
19:50 Summoned to Congress Experience
21:25 U.S. Crypto Competition
25:40 Government Money Power Structure
42:40 Will Twitter/X Become a Super App?
48:18 Bear Case for Super App
54:35 Bitcoin vs. Stablecoins
58:15 Why Lightning Uses Bitcoin
1:06:25 Bitcoin vs. Ethereum
1:11:37 The Future in 5-10 Years
1:14:40 Closing & Disclaimers