27 Apr '15, 4pm

Overstock Files to Offer Stock That Works Like Bitcoin

Patrick Byrne, CEO and chairman of Overstock.com. Joe Pugliese/WIRED Overstock.com is one step closer to offering a new kind of stock intended to remake the stock market in much the same way the bitcoin digital currency remade our money system. On Friday, the Salt Lake City-based online retailer filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission that indicates it may issue up to $500 million in stock or other securities using technology akin to the online software system that underpins bitcoin . “We may decide to offer securities as digital securities…the ownership and transfer of which are recorded on a cryptographically-secured distributed ledger system using technology similar to (or the same as) the distributed ledger technology used for trading digital currencies,” the filing reads. This past summer, Overstock’s free-thinking CEO, Patrick Byrne , said that...

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