Yo. Today I am unbelievably excited and proud to announce Strike Global. Today, the world changes; the fundamentals of value exchange between our species enters a new epoch.

Today we are announcing that Strike:

  • Has partnered with Bittrex Global and will be launching in over 200 countries.
  • Has added support for USDT, USDC, EUR, GBP, CHF, and more.
  • Will be onboarding all 1M+ Bittrex users onto Strike and Lightning.
  • Will have the Strike Card available in the US Q1 2021.
  • Will have the Strike Card available in the EU and UK Q2 2021.

Strike’s US rollout has been an immense…


Yo. Today I am thrilled to release Cashback by Strike! On January 20th, 2020 I published “Announcing Strike by Zap” alongside our private BETA. Since then, we have announced our partnership with VISA, released strike.me, launched our BETA publicly in the US, launched on the App Store/Play Store/Chrome Store, and onboarded thousands of users. However, as I’ve stated before, we are just getting started and have much more to come.

Today, we are releasing Cashback by Strike, our first Strike Rewards program. Cashback is about as conceptually simple as it gets. …


Yo. Today I am thrilled to finally publicly reveal Zap has closed a $3.5M seed round with some amazing strategic partners in both Bitcoin and payments.

This company has been through it all and has an incredible story. What started as an open-source project in the basement of Bitcoin Mom’s house has turned into something much bigger. We started with building one of the most popular open-source non-custodial Lightning wallets, and recently we released our flagship product Strike, a first of its kind Lightning native neo-bank.

The Story

Back in 2017, I wrote a Medium article announcing Zap, a Lightning Network wallet…


Yo. Today is the day. And even though much of my post will be about today, it’s important to quickly address how we got here. Strike is the direct result of years of Bitcoin + Lightning development, countless hours of user research, intense product iteration, and months of BETA testing. The numerous sessions with regulators, unnumbered conference calls with lawyers, infinite meetings with banking partners, and many sleepless nights have all led us to today.

Today, Strike is available to download on iOS, Android, and Chrome. Strike allows anyone in the world to interact with the Bitcoin and Lightning Network…


Yo. Today I am extremely excited to release Strike’s latest feature, strike.me. A few months ago I announced Strike, an application that allows you to make Bitcoin and Lightning payments with your bank account or debit card. However, as I mentioned in my post, Strike is only the beginning.

Today, we are announcing strike.me, a social tipping platform that allows anyone in the world to accept tips. These tips are Lightning Network invoices, payable by any compatible wallet anywhere in the world. Payments are then on-the-fly auto-converted to cash in your account as the receiver.

Every Strike user has a…


Yo. Today I am thrilled, excited, and incredibly proud to release Zap’s most ambitious product to date. The direct result of years of Bitcoin + Lightning development, countless hours of user research, and intense product iteration all led to this.

Today, we are announcing Strike, an application that allows you to make Lightning payments with your bank account or debit card. Using Strike requires the following: a debit card or bank account. That’s it; no wallet, no node, no channels, no swaps, no liquidity management, no anything. …


Yo. Today we are blessed, a new major release of Zap Desktop has been released 🎊🎉. You can download the new release for Mac, Windows, and Linux here. You can find a getting started tutorial here, and more in-depth release notes here.

Zap Desktop has continued increasing its growth rate and has cemented its place as the most popular Zap client. It took Zap Desktop about two years to reach 1,000,000 asset downloads, and since then, it has taken a few months for it to add another 250,000 asset downloads.

Interesting Insights

Zap Desktop has seen a shocking amount of growth in…


Yo. Today I am extremely excited to finally announce the biggest effort Zap has ever been a part of. This blog post might be a little longer than my typical post, but I have a lot of amazing things to say.

Today, we are announcing that Zap will offer a Lightning-enabled fiat on and off-ramp service I like to call Olympus. Olympus allows users to go from fiat to making and receiving Lightning payments in seconds.

We finally had the time to build a real website, which is now hosted at zaphq.io. …


Yo. Starting today, you can download Zap iOS and use it on mainnet without any remote node setup. From nothing to lightning payments in minutes, all on your iPhone. You can download the new mainnet Zap iOS here.

When describing Zap’s design and product decisions, I frequently tell people that Zap is available in response. Available in response to what you might ask? This is a quote by the late Robert Irwin, a well-respected installation artist. He would get invited to a gallery, a park, a garden, etc. where he would show up empty-handed; he would never prepare art. Instead…


Yo. Let us rejoice, Zap Desktop 0.5.0-beta has been released 🎊 🎉. You can download the new release for Mac, Windows, and Linux here. You can find an updated Getting Started tutorial here.

Zap Desktop has been growing at a shocking rate. According to Github, Zap Desktop recently passed 1,000,000 asset downloads (1,037,627 at the time of writing 😯), with over 25,000 individual downloads of our prior release!

This is not just an incredible achievement for Zap, but also for the Bitcoin community as a whole. Bitcoin is working, Lightning is working, and we are just getting started. I get…

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