Elon Musk: Is X Setting Up To Bring New Financial Features?

By Consultants Review Team Friday, 27 October 2023

Elon Musk has said that X will be bringing features with respect to managing financial services and will be available by the end of 2024. Further advancing the company's goals in the financial sector, Elon Musk in a recent announcement to employees conveyed his expectation of obtaining the remaining licenses that X requires within the next few months.

Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to provide financial services, the company is presently focused on securing money transmission licenses across the United States. 

In an all-hands call with X employees, “When I say payments, I actually mean someone’s entire financial life," Musk said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by The Verge. “If it involves money. It’ll be on our platform. Money or securities or whatever. So, it’s not just like sending $20 to my friend. I’m talking about, like, you won’t need a bank account."

As he was the founder of the company now recognized as PayPal Holdings Inc., Musk has prior experience in the financial technology sector. 

“The X/PayPal product roadmap was written by myself and David Sacks actually in July of 2000," Musk said, adding “And for some reason PayPal, once it became eBay, not only did they not implement the rest of the list, but they actually rolled back a bunch of key features, which is crazy. So PayPal is actually a less complete product than what we came up with in July of 2000, so 23 years ago.".

Earlier in July, Bloomberg reported that in messages expressing support for Musk's ambitious overhaul, Twitter's CEO, Linda Yaccarino, confirmed that the X app would incorporate fintech features, including payments and banking capabilities. Twitter has successfully obtained money-transmitter licenses in four US states, namely Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and New Hampshire to pave the way for this financial integration. 

According to the report, in 2022, Elon Musk used Twitter to communicate his vision when he acquired the social media platform. He showed his aspiration for Twitter to adopt a model similar to that of Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s WeChat in his tweets.


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