United for Bitcoin: 20+ Crypto Organizations Join Global Bitcoin Emoji Initiative

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March 12, 2024 – 20+ leading crypto organizations including BTC Inc, Bitget, Brink, Chainalysis, Hacken, Nansen, and Unstoppable Domains have come together for the 'Bitcoin Deserves an Emoji' movement, initiated by Nexo. Uniting the global crypto community, the initiative aims to introduce a Bitcoin emoji to any digital keyboard and emphasize cryptocurrency's triple identity as money, technology, and culture in today’s society.

This community-driven initiative starts with a 50-day petition on Change.org, followed by an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium during the 2024 submission window. The new, widespread effort for a Bitcoin emoji, once turned down in 2020, shows just how important blockchain has become in our daily lives.

Celebrating Community, Culture, and Collective Values

92% of internet users worldwide use emojis in their digital communications, according to Unicode. Originating in Japan in the 1990s, emojis have transformed from niche pictographs to key elements of online conversations, transcending language and borders to reflect our values, innovations, and contemporary culture. Similarly, Bitcoin, beyond being a mere asset, displays the technological breakthrough of blockchain, embodying principles of decentralization, transparency, and security. Its inclusion as an emoji would not only symbolize its indispensable role in today's digital and financial landscapes but also ensure Bitcoin is recognized as an integral part of daily life across the globe.

Voices of the Movement

Already gaining substantial traction, the Bitcoin Emoji Initiative showcases the unity within the cryptocurrency community and the shared goal of further establishing Bitcoin's presence in our cultural landscape.

“Bitcoin's journey reflects a remarkable blend of innovation and community. It's time its significance is recognized universally, starting with a symbol we all understand - an emoji. Join us in making history,” said Kosta Kantchev, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Nexo.“Bitcoin is universal money for the world, it needs a universal emoji for every person, young and old to use,” said David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc.“Supporting Bitcoin's development has always been about changing the world through code. An official emoji is a nod to Bitcoin's technological impact on the world.” said Mike Schmidt, Executive Director of Brink."Bitget recognizes the significance of having a Bitcoin emoji as a universal symbol of digital assets in our everyday communication. This initiative aligns with our mission to promote crypto adoption and accessibility. We wholeheartedly support this endeavor and believe it will contribute further to mainstream acceptance of the whole industry. Together with our partners and the wider crypto community, we are committed to advocating for the inclusion of a Bitcoin emoji on keyboards worldwide,” said Gracy Chen, Managing Director of Bitget."We fully support Nexo's petition as this initiative to create a Bitcoin Emoji aligns perfectly with Nansen's commitment to fostering a more inclusive and expressive crypto environment”, said Alex Svanevik, CEO and co-founder of Nansen.“For a decade, Chainalysis has been dedicated to fostering trust in blockchains while aiding the advancement of the web3 ecosystem and assisting public sector entities in staying abreast of crypto developments. As a trailblazer in blockchain analysis, we've safeguarded and championed Bitcoin since its inception. We commend Nexo's advocacy for acknowledging a cultural symbol—the Bitcoin emoji—a testament to the era we inhabit”, said Ian Andrews, CMO of Chainalysis."The definition of an emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea. Bitcoin is now a well-known idea across all countries. CryptoQuant fully supports Nexo's initiative to facilitate the global mass adoption of Bitcoin," said CryptoQuant's CEO Ki Young Ju.“The Bitcoin emoji reflects the essence of decentralization, representing a collective movement towards a more open and inclusive financial future for everyone. We align with Nexo's Bitcoin Emoji petition,” said Sam Lekhak, Head of Marketing & Comms at Liquity.“We're thrilled to stand alongside industry leaders in championing a Bitcoin emoji, a move poised to give identity to the industry while also serving as a bridge between technical innovation and cultural expression,” said Sandy Carter, COO, Unstoppable Domains.

Join the Movement

Everyone is invited to be part of this historic community-driven initiative. By signing the Change.org petition and advocating for the Bitcoin emoji, everyone can contribute to celebrating Bitcoin's legacy and future. For more information and to join the campaign, visit bitcoinemoji.org.

About the Initiative

This initiative is a collaborative effort by 20+ leading organizations in the cryptocurrency space, united by a common goal to promote understanding, adoption, and technological progress of digital currencies. Participating organizations: Nexo, Brink, Bitget, Chainalysis, Polygon, Brave, BTC Inc, Hacken, CryptoQuant, Nansen, Unstoppable Domains, Liquity, Busha, Zulu, Cadenza, Bware Labs, Meta4 Capital, Sift, MarketAcross, Bitcompare, Bithomp, Milkroad, Crypto Oasis.

About Nexo

Nexo is a leading digital assets institution. Committed to enhancing the value and utility of digital assets, the company offers a comprehensive suite of services including advanced trading solutions, liquidity aggregation from top trading venues, and flexible asset-backed credit lines. In 2022, the enterprise launched its investment arm Nexo Ventures, which now boasts over 60 portfolio companies. Since its inception in 2018, Nexo has processed $130+ billion for 7,000,000+ satisfied users across more than 200 jurisdictions. For more details, visit: nexo.com.

About Brink

Brink is a nonprofit supporting the Bitcoin software and protocol through fundamental research and development. We support Bitcoin developers through our grants program and the broader Bitcoin development community through our contributions to Bitcoin Optech, mentorship, and various education efforts. All donations to Brink are 501(c)(3) tax deductible and 100% of donations go directly toward supporting the Bitcoin developers building, securing, testing, and reviewing the Bitcoin Core software underpinning the Bitcoin network.

About Bitget

Established in 2018, Bitget is the world's leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company. Serving over 25 million users in 100+ countries and regions, the Bitget exchange is committed to helping users trade smarter with its pioneering copy trading feature and other trading solutions. Formerly known as BitKeep, Bitget Wallet is a world-class multi-chain crypto wallet that offers an array of comprehensive Web3 solutions and features including wallet functionality, swap, NFT Marketplace, DApp browser, and more. Bitget inspires individuals to embrace crypto through collaborations with credible partners, including legendary Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and official eSports events organizer PGL.

About Bitcoin Magazine

Since 2012 Bitcoin Magazine has been the most trusted source of news, information, and expert commentary on Bitcoin. Providing analysis, research, education, and thought leadership at the intersection of finance, technology, and culture. Its parent company BTC Inc. is also the organizer of the bitcoin industry's largest annual event – The Bitcoin Conference.

About Unstoppable Domains
Founded in 2018, Unstoppable Domains is building a platform for user-owned digital identity. Unstoppable Domains offers Web3 domains minted on the blockchain that give people full ownership and control of their digital identity, with no renewal fees. With Unstoppable Domains, people can replace lengthy alphanumeric crypto wallet addresses with a human-readable name and log into and transact with hundreds of apps, wallets, exchanges and marketplaces. The company was named by Forbes as one of America's Best Startup Employers in 2024.

For more information, please visit: https://unstoppabledomains.com/

About CryptoQuant

CryptoQuant is a leading blockchain data analytics firm that delivers actionable insights and real-time data for traders, investors, and institutions navigating the cryptocurrency markets. Founded with the vision to increase transparency and provide in-depth analysis, CryptoQuant offers a comprehensive suite of tools and on-chain data/indicators designed to enhance decision-making and provide users with a competitive edge.

For additional information visit https://cryptoquant.com/

About Chainalysis
Chainalysis is the blockchain data platform. We provide data, software, services, and research to government agencies, exchanges, financial institutions, and insurance and cybersecurity companies in over 70 countries. Our data powers investigation, compliance, and market intelligence software that has been used to solve some of the world’s most high-profile criminal cases and grow consumer access to cryptocurrency safely. Backed by Accel, Addition, Benchmark, Coatue, GIC, Paradigm, Ribbit, and other leading firms in venture capital, Chainalysis builds trust in blockchains to promote more financial freedom with less risk.
Learn more at chainalysis.com, or connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Hacken
Hacken is a trusted blockchain security auditor on a mission to make Web3 a safer place by contributing to security standards. Established in 2017, we have audited 1,000 clients and completed over 1,500 audits.
For more information visit: https://hacken.io/

About Nansen
Nansen is a blockchain analytics platform that enriches onchain data with millions of wallet labels. Crypto investors use Nansen to discover opportunities, perform due diligence and defend their portfolios with our real-time dashboards and alerts.
For more information: https://www.nansen.ai/

About Liquity
Liquity is a decentralized borrowing protocol that offers the best lending experience on the crypto market. Backed by Polychain Capital, Tomahawk.VC and others it allows you to draw interest-free loans against Ether.
For more information, please visit: https://www.liquity.org/

About Milk Road
Milk Road is best known as a daily crypto newsletter, website, and social media presence providing tools, information, and news to help people understand what matters in crypto.

About Brave
Brave Software’s fast, privacy-oriented browser, combined with its blockchain-based digital advertising platform, is reinventing the Web for users, publishers, and advertisers.
Users can opt into privacy-respecting ads that reward them with the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a frequent flyer-like token they can redeem or use to tip or contribute to publishers and other content creators. Brave is a driving force leading the way for Web3 adoption, directly supporting Web3 into the broader Web through its privacy browser, independent search engine, and browser-native, multi-chain crypto wallet. Brave currently has over 60 million monthly active users and 1.8 million Creators. Learn more at brave.com.

About Zulu
Zulu is the global ecosystem for international payments for businesses and individuals. The platform emerged from the need to provide companies with a secure, reliable, and 100% digital tool to execute their operations at an international level: making international payments, paying suppliers around the world, invoicing clients, and receiving payments from abroad.

About MarketAcross
MarketAcross is the world’s leading blockchain PR and marketing firm, providing a complete end-to-end marketing solution for blockchain companies around the world. MarketAcross has helped many of the industry’s biggest exchanges and blockchain projects build their brand, among them Polkadot, Solana, Binance, Polygon, Crypto.com, Huobi, and eToro.

About Sift
Sift is the leader in Digital Trust & Safety, empowering digital disruptors to Fortune 500 companies to unlock new revenue without risk. Sift dynamically prevents fraud and abuse through industry-leading technology and expertise, an unrivaled global data network of one trillion (1T) events per year, and a commitment to long-term customer partnerships. Global brands such as DoorDash, Yelp, and Poshmark rely on Sift to gain a competitive advantage in their markets. Visit us at sift.com.

About Crypto Oasis
The Crypto Oasis is a Middle East-focused Blockchain ecosystem supported by initiators of the Crypto Valley Switzerland. The core elements needed for its development are Talent, Capital, and Infrastructure. The Ecosystem's stakeholders include Investors & Collectors, Start-Ups & Projects, Corporates, Education & Research Institutions, Service Providers, and Government Entities & Associations. Crypto Oasis is the leading Blockchain ecosystem in the world. Today it is the fastest growing, with more than 1,800 organisations in the UAE alone.


About Bware Labs
Bware Labs is a company specializing in Web3 infrastructure. They are building the Web3 fundamentals that enable the development, launch, and scaling of blockchain networks and their dApps. Bware Labs’ offerings include high-speed APIs, validation and indexing services, snapshots, and faucets.

About Busha
Busha is Africa’s leading cryptocurrency exchange platform. It launched in Nigeria in 2019 with over 600,000 active users and boasts trading of over 45 digital assets. Since its launch, the platform has expanded its offerings and features to allow users to save and spend their digital assets and even allow businesses to generate invoices and receive payments globally. In its most recent move, the business launched in Kenya in June 2023, targeting the 4.25 million crypto users in the country by giving them access to an easy-to-use crypto exchange platform where they can easily trade digital assets in Kenya Shillings.

About Bitcompare
Bitcompare is a marketplace for crypto staking, lending, and borrowing. Compare rates from all the leading platforms and maximise your crypto wealth.

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