Jack Dorsey with Code Like a Girl co-founder Ally Watson, in Melbourne this week.
Photo: Simon Schiff
Jack Dorsey’s Square wants to lead digital payments in Australia
In the not-too-distant future Australians will have their choice of payment methods — from traditional cards to new-generation cryptocurrency to seamless cloud-based banking — at their disposal everywhere from coffee shops to market stalls, according to Jack Dorsey.
Founder and chief executive of both Twitter and payment technology company Square, Dorsey is in Melbourne to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Square in Australia, and to announce the expansion of the firm’s local headquarters, including its first engineering hub outside of North America.
Australia is a world-leader in its uptake of new payment methods, including tapping cards and smart devices to pay, Dorsey says, adding that Square — which primarily offers small, connected payment devices to stores and businesses to replace bulky point-of-sale systems — is guided by the core philosophy of helping its sellers easily accept any payment method under the sun.
“As a buyer, if I want to use Apple Pay versus Google Pay versus Bitcoin, I shouldn’t have to choose or change my approach”, he tells Fairfax Media at Square HQ in the Melbourne CBD.
“That’s on us. How do we make it seamless for our sellers to just accept everything”.
By Tim Biggs
The Sydney Morning Herald
23 May 2018 — 10:38am
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