MicroStrategy’s Saylor Integrates Bitcoin Lightning Address Into Corporate Email

The Lightning Address protocol allows users to send bitcoin over the Lightning Network to a wallet identifier resembling a conventional email address.

AccessTimeIconApr 18, 2023 at 12:33 a.m. UTC
Updated Apr 18, 2023 at 5:34 p.m. UTC

Michael Saylor, the outspoken bitcoin proponent and co-founder of business analytics software firm MicroStrategy (MSTR), has integrated Bitcoin’s Lightning Network into his corporate email address. This means anyone can use that email address – saylor@microstrategy.com – to send bitcoin (BTC) to the 58-year-old billionaire.

The integration uses The Lightning Address protocol, which allows developers to replace a standard Lightning invoice, or payment request, with an internet identifier such as an email address.

The Lightning Network is the Bitcoin blockchain’s layer 2 scaling system designed to make bitcoin payments cheaper and faster.

Saylor, who is reportedly worth around $1.2 billion and whose company has amassed approximately 140,000 BTC (about $4 billion at current prices), has been receiving small bitcoin donations from fans after tweeting about the integration.

Edited by Rosie Perper.


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