Billions of people across the world are unbanked, meaning they don’t have access to traditional banking infrastructure such as cards, loans, etc and primarily use at cash for everything from getting paid to buying groceries.
Much of the discussion has been around “banking the unbanked”, bringing the unbanked into traditional financial systems via mobile nance tools. We think the truly exciting opportunities digitized nance opens up are quite the opposite. It opens up the possibility of a decentralized financial system where being “banked” is not a requirement for world citizenship and financial freedom is not a privilege of the wealthy but a basic right available to anyone.
We are building infrastructure that will provide unprecedented financial access and sovereignty to people that is unmatched by banks today. The design permits user custody of funds, which decentralizes some of the functionality of banks, but not all, while simultaneously increasing usability. Banks still have roles to play, and many of them are interested in using the OMG network for their asset exchange needs. We hope to also help them increase the quality of the services they can provide to people who are their voluntary customers.