Banking Struggle Drives BATM Manufacturer Lamassu to Switzerland
While governments and banks in some countries are trying to hamper the development of cryptocurrency-related businesses, other locations are cashing in on the investments and new jobs that the industry brings. The latest example of this is the establishment of BATM manufacturer Lamassu in Switzerland.
Lamassu Industries AG
Cryptocurrency ATM manufacturer Lamassu, which assembles its machines in Portugal, announced that after years of searching for a home, it is now officially Lamassu Industries AG of Lucerne, Switzerland. The reason given for choosing the Alpine country is a more welcoming environment for crypto-related businesses, in contrast to other locations where the company struggled to maintain a bank account, leaving it bankless for the past year.
Lamassu co-founder Zach Harvey said: We must have been rejected by 15 banks just because we manufacture terminals for bitcoin. Note that as a company we only manufacture hardware and take no part in trading or storing cryptocurrencies. Just as we arrived in Switzerland we had a nice chat with a small bank in Canton Aargau and now we have a full account at a bank that is completely aware of our business model and happy to have us on board. In fact, you should expect to see one of our cryptomats in their headquarters early this year.
Welcome to Switzerland
Switzerland’s approach in offering a place where rules are well defined and regulators are pro-innovation, has been quite successful so far in attracting crypto entrepreneurs. The top 50 cryptocurrency and blockchain-related companies in the local version of Silicon Valley alone were worth $44B combined, and altogether cryptocurrency firms employ about 3,000 people in the country of just about 8.5M people. Harvey said: Crypto Valley is alive and kicking and we’re excited to be in an area so rich in crypto development and blockchain events. Although hype often exceeds reality in cryptoland, exciting stuff is happening in Switzerland at every level. The Lamassu team is starting a monthly meetup dedicated to ideas of privacy, free speech, free markets, decentralization and cryptoanarchy.