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Jupiter Aims for "Decentralized Meta," Not Just Crypto Riches

Jupiter founder Meow discussed the platform's plans for fostering a decentralized meta, a future where blockchain technology is seamlessly integrated into everyday life. He said his focus is on usability and making decentralized finance (DeFi) a practical tool for everyone.

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Forget lambos and moon shots, Jupiter wants to build the financial infrastructure of the future. During a recent fireside chat at Southeast Asia Blockchain Week in Bangkok, Meow, the founder of the Solana-focused decentralized exchange aggregator, laid out an ambitious vision for a "decentralized meta" – a world where blockchain technology seamlessly integrates into daily life.

"We all tend to focus on the bull years, right? Like when the bull market's pumping, everyone's getting richer, right" said Meow, acknowledging the often-speculative nature of the crypto space. "But I think for us, the most important thing is resilience and the ability to work through hard times."

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Jupiter takes a different approach, focusing on making decentralized finance (DeFi) a practical tool for everyone. "Crypto [adoption] confuses between people owning crypto, with using crypto," Meow explained, highlighting the gap between crypto ownership and real-world use cases, and noting that the growth in Bitcoin ownership via ETFs doesn't mean the world is more decentralized.

Jupiter's strategy, Meow explained, hinges on three pillars to bridge this gap and usher in a decentralized meta:

  • Mass Access: Imagine using DeFi for everyday transactions like payments and remittances, just as easily as you use your bank app today. That's the vision for mass access.
  • Unified Asset Management: Jupiter envisions a platform where users can manage a diverse portfolio – stocks, forex, options – all within the DeFi ecosystem. No more switching between centralized platforms for different asset classes.
  • On-Chain Financing: Companies would access capital directly through DeFi protocols, bypassing traditional financial institutions. This opens doors for innovative financing solutions and potentially lowers barriers to entry for startups.

But achieving this decentralized meta future isn't without hurdles. Meow acknowledges the need for better communication. "Forget boilerplate messages," he said. "We need to be transparent and relatable, even about our mistakes."

Building a strong community is another key element. Meow emphasizes that it's not just about shilling the project. "I think of community a lot more as a foundation," he said. "At the end of the day, what matters, you know, not so much pumping your bags, but more like, okay, let's move together to make it great."

To turn their vision into reality, Meow said Jupiter is actively developing:

  • Mobile App: A user-friendly mobile app will make DeFi more accessible to a wider audience.
  • GDSM (Global Decentralized Stock Market): This on-chain marketplace will allow users to trade various assets, potentially including tokenized stocks and options.
  • Facilitating On-Chain Financing: By integrating with DeFi protocols, Jupiter aims to connect companies seeking capital with potential investors directly on the blockchain.

Meow highlighted crypto's strengths: global financing, creative capital formation, and community-building, as reasons why he believes that the industry has the ability to "break the monopoly of centralized systems of financing."

Whether they succeed remains to be seen, but their focus on usability and real-world applications is a refreshing change in the often-speculative world of digital assets.

Last week, Jupiter revealed that it has acquired crypto wallet Ultimate to extend its product offering into native mobile. Jupiter said it regularly clears over $10 billion in weekly trading volume.

"Jupiter Mobile is a key part of our strategy to accelerate the Meta by getting a critical mass of people to use crypto," the company said on X/Twitter.