Jack Dorsey's Square renamed as Block, includes CashApp, Tidal, Spiral & tbDEX
Jack Dorsey’s Square is renaming itself Block as it focuses on technologies such as blockchain and expands beyond its original credit card-reader business.
According to the official announcement, effective Dec. 10, “acknowledges the company’s growth” and “creates room for further growth.” Block will still trade under the ticker SQ on the New York Stock Exchange.
“We built the Square brand for our Seller business, which is where it belongs,” Dorsey, co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Block is a new name, but our purpose of economic empowerment remains the same. No matter how we grow or change, we will continue to build tools to help increase access to the economy.”
Jack Dorsey co-founded Square in 2009 with a focus on in-person payments and its namesake card reader, which let people accept credit card payments on a smartphone. San Francisco-based company has since added such services as peer-to-peer digital banking app and small business lending, received a bank charter, and begun offering crypto and stock trading.
The company has acquired buy-now-pay-later provider Afterpay and Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal. It’s also doubling down on bitcoin with a crypto-focused business called TBD.
As part of the Square rebrand, Square Crypto, a separate part of the company “dedicated to advancing Bitcoin,” will change its name to Spiral.
The name Block “has many associated meanings for the company — building blocks, neighborhood blocks and their local businesses, communities coming together at block parties full of music, a blockchain, a section of code, and obstacles to overcome,” the company said in a statement.
Recently, Dorsey stepped down from his other job as Twitter CEO after running both Twitter and Square since 2015. He said he believes Twitter is “ready to move on from its founders” and he will now have more time to dedicate to Square’s growing portfolio. He is also expected to be focusing on his fascination with Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
Square was one of the biggest winners of 2020 as consumers shifted to digital payments. Shares are down roughly 2% so far this year, as investors rotate away from higher-growth tech names.