FinanceFeeds joins top crypto firms in ‘Bitcoin Deserves an Emoji’ campaign

Rick Steves

FinanceFeeds is joining more than 20 leading cryptocurrency organizations united to launch the “Bitcoin Deserves an Emoji” movement, initiated by Nexo.

Aiming to secure a dedicated Bitcoin emoji on digital keyboards worldwide, the coalition includes industry heavyweights such as BTC Inc, Bitget, Brink, Chainalysis, Hacken, Nansen, and Unstoppable Domains.

Launched by Nexo, the initiative represents a collective endeavor to acknowledge Bitcoin’s multifaceted role as a form of money, a technological breakthrough, and a cultural phenomenon. The movement seeks to kickstart this ambition with a 50-day petition, culminating in a formal proposal to the Unicode Consortium within their 2024 submission period.

This is not the first the industry has attempted to push for a Bitcoin emoji: a similar request was declined in 2020. However, the renewed effort underscores the pervasive influence of blockchain technology in everyday life.

Emojis transcend language barriers and reflect societal values

Emojis, which began as simple pictographs in Japan during the 1990s, have evolved into fundamental aspects of digital communication, transcending language barriers and reflecting societal values. The proposed Bitcoin emoji aims to symbolize the cryptocurrency’s indispensable role in modern digital and financial ecosystems, emphasizing principles of decentralization, transparency, and security.

Supporters of the initiative are vocal about the significance of incorporating Bitcoin into the universal language of emojis. Kosta Kantchev, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Nexo, highlighted the importance of recognizing Bitcoin’s impact through a universally understood symbol. David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc, and Mike Schmidt, Executive Director of Brink, echoed this sentiment, stressing Bitcoin’s global relevance and technological contributions.

The initiative has garnered widespread support from various sectors within the crypto community, underscoring a collective effort to elevate Bitcoin’s status in the cultural and digital domain. Gracy Chen, Managing Director of Bitget, and Alex Svanevik, CEO and co-founder of Nansen, have both articulated their organizations’ commitment to this cause, aligning it with their missions to foster crypto adoption and create a more inclusive digital environment.

Ian Andrews, CMO of Chainalysis, and other leaders from participating organizations have expressed their support for the initiative, emphasizing the symbolic importance of a Bitcoin emoji in representing the currency’s role in the current era. This movement not only aims to celebrate Bitcoin’s legacy and future but also to promote wider understanding, adoption, and technological progress in digital currencies.

What top crypto firms say about ‘Bitcoin Deserves an Emoji’

Kosta Kantchev, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Nexo, said: “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.”

David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc, said: “Bitcoin is universal money for the world, it needs a universal emoji for every person, young and old to use.”

Mike Schmidt, Executive Director of Brink, added: “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.”

Gracy Chen, Managing Director of Bitget, commented: “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.”

Alex Svanevik, CEO and co-founder of Nansen, stated: “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.”

Ian Andrews, CMO of Chainalysis, noted: “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.”

Ki Young Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant, said: “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.”

Sam Lekhak, Head of Marketing & Comms at Liquity, stated: “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.”

Sandy Carter, COO, Unstoppable Domains, commented: “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.”

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