Leading bitcoin marketplace celebrates 5 years since inception, discloses growth metrics in key markets

December 19, 2019 — Paxful, a global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, announced today its official 2019 growth metrics. On the heels of a November high, in which the company saw nearly USD $30 million in P2P Bitcoin trades—a steady uphill trend since the platform’s inception in 2015—they are sharing a deep look into key markets and overall growth since launch.

As a decentralized service, Paxful reportedly sees bitcoin (BTC) trades denominated in most national fiat currencies across methods such as gift cards, bank transfers, and online wallets. The payment methods expanded since launch and now lists more than 350 ways to buy and sell BTC.

As a result of cryptocurrency adoption, Paxful has seen significant growth since its inception. In 2015, the platform reported $5.9M in USD trade volume which has steadily increased by 25% or more year over year. At the close of 2017, they reported more than $500M in USD trade volume, with 2019 tripling that number closing at more than $1.6B. In addition, they have seen 1 million wallets added in the past year, which is a vast difference from the 97K opened in 2015. Recently, Paxful reported having more than 3 million wallets registered on the platform.

“We started initially as a payment processor for brick & mortar merchants. The product was great and it worked with the few merchants we had but there was still the unsolved problem of an easy way of buying bitcoin,” said Artur Schaback, COO and co-founder of Paxful. “That’s how Paxful was born, we realized peer-to-peer was still in its infancy and had a lot of room for improvement. Who would’ve thought that as we celebrate our 5th year in 2020, we would have over 200 employees across four global offices united in building this peer-to-peer marketplace for people around the world.

2019 has also marked a year of great growth in emerging markets. According to their data team, Ghana and India, and Nigeria lead in emerging market usage. Ghana alone has seen 33K new users join the platform. Trade volume in new markets has also seen significant growth with Hong Kong reporting a 132% increase year over year, Vietnam coming in at 200%, and Indonesia with a striking 400% increase since 2018. 

Utility is the future of cryptocurrency and as people begin to understand the use cases of bitcoin and incorporate them into their everyday lives, its mainstream adoption becomes vast and apparent. With remittance providing users in Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond a chance at financial freedom, they are obtaining more value for their money while P2P finance works to solve liquidity problems for entire countries.

“Now, we’re changing the face of personal finance using the power of peer-to-peer transactions. I remember being homeless in New York helping a single mother buy her first bitcoin. It was a struggle for her to copy and paste a bitcoin address,” said Ray Youssef CEO and co-founder of Paxful. “Our mission is to help the ‘little guys’ and that means building a product with them in mind. We’re working hard and doing everything we can for a future where every person on this earth has a chance at financial freedom.” 

Satoshi Nakamoto talked about P2P electronic cash and decentralization as a means to the future of finance. As the industry continues to implement digital currencies into everyday life, and people continue to pay attention to bitcoin and use peer-to-peer finance as a means of transaction to overcome boundaries set by governments/capital controls, the inevitable growth of BTC will remain a constant.