Shakepay, a Montreal-based platform that allows Canadians to buy, sell, and send bitcoin, announced today that it has partnered with Marqeta, a card issuing platform, to power the launch of a new Visa prepaid card for Shakepay customers, issued by Marqeta’s sponsoring financial institution People’s Bank.
The Shakepay card features bitcoin cashback on everything users buy. All bitcoin cashback will be settled to their Shakepay bitcoin balance and will be separate from their Shakepay card balance.
Founded in 2015, Shakepay is a leading platform for buying and selling digital currencies in Canada. Shakepay reports facilitating more than CAD $2 billion in purchases and sales on its platform to date and serving more than 420,000 Canadians.
According to Shakepay, it is one of the top 10 Canadian financial apps on Apple’s App Store and has seen 10x year-over-year growth. Shakepay’s multi-currency digital wallet allows its users to transact in Canadian dollars as well as Bitcoin and Ethereum and easily transfer balances and cash out. Its new prepaid card is a separate complementary product that will allow customers to spend Canadian dollars at physical and virtual merchants.
“As we looked at the best way to develop a prepaid card to complement the Shakepay wallet, and build out an excellent user experience, it became clear that Marqeta was the only card issuer capable of meeting our needs,” said Shakepay CEO Jean Amiouny. “The openness and flexibility of Marqeta’s card issuing platform enabled us to bring a completely new card product to the Canadian market while innovating at speed and scale.”
Founded in 2010, Marqeta is a global modern card issuing platform and supports some of the world’s leading innovators at scale, including Square, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Uber, Affirm, Instacart, and DoorDash, by providing advanced infrastructure and tools for building highly configurable payment solutions. It is enabled in 35 countries worldwide and at the end of 2020, more than 270 million cards have been issued through the Marqeta platform.
“Shakepay has a great DNA match with Marqeta. They bring a strong builder mindset that will be critical to delivering important innovations to the market,” said Salman Syed, SVP/GM North America at Marqeta. “This is a groundbreaking card product in the Canadian market, bridging the gap between digital currencies and the traditional point of sale, allowing cardholders to more easily monetize the value of their digital currency holdings.”