31 Oct '14, 4am

As Regulation Tightens, Bitcoin Services Get Creative

As Regulation Tightens, Bitcoin Services Get Creative

As regulators heighten their scrutiny of Bitcoin businesses, several digital currency supporters are looking for business models that do not subject them to the cumbersome requirements they would face as money services businesses or money transmitters. Brawker, a Bitcoin company incorporated in Hong Kong, is taking lessons from the sharing economy, which has grown rapidly over the past couple years with standouts like Airbnb, Uber , Getaround and TaskRabbit . Brawker matches Bitcoin users with credit card users to make purchase at merchants that don't accept Bitcoin. The credit card user buys the product, then gives it to the Bitcoin user in exchange for the equivalent amount of digital currency. "Usually exchanges rely on banking services in order to functionwe piggyback on the e-commerce infrastructure," said Cyril Houri, co-founder and CEO of Brawker. Brawker has nearly...

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