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Paxful's co-founder Ray Youssef has a new P2P plan

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  • Former Paxful CEO Ray Youssef is workin to allow anyone to create permissionless peer-to-peer marketplaces using Nostr and the Lightening Network.

Episode 44 of Season 5 of The Scoop was recorded with The Block's Frank Chaparro, and former Paxful CEO Ray Youssef.

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Ray Youssef is the co-founder and former CEO of Paxful — a once-prominent peer-to-peer ('P2P') Bitcoin marketplace that shut down in April after operating globally for nearly a decade.

Shortly after Paxful closed shop, Youssef released the Civ Kit white paper outlining a P2P electronic market system combining Nostr architecture and Bitcoin's Lightning Network to resist censorship and promote permissionless trading.

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In this episode, Youssef lays out his ambitions for how the Civ Kit will lead to thousands of plug-and-play P2P marketplaces around the world, and how decentralized identity tech developed by Jack Dorsey's company TBD plays an important part in the process.


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