Fintech Giant Plaid Unveils Wallet Onboarding Tool to Streamline Crypto Adoption

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Fintech banking  giant Plaid has officially entered the Web 3.0 space as the company announced the release of its first crypto-native tool, Wallet Onboard, in a blog post.

Wallet Onboard is a wallet connector that makes it easier for developers to plug in more than 300 crypto wallets in a single integration. The new tool is built on, and works similarly to, Plaid Link, the firm’s famous traditional finance tool that bridges consumer bank accounts with online payment platforms.

“We know from experience that integrating with multiple wallets and managing them on an ongoing basis is a complex technical challenge. Our goal is to help developers focus on building new web3 product experiences for consumers by abstracting the technical work required to onboard and manage wallet connections,” the blog post explained.

Upon connecting to Web 3.0 applications such as NFT marketplaces, games, and exchanges, users will be able to access a dynamic drop-down list that includes their recently used, and currently available wallets. The tool currently only supports Ethereum-based wallets including MetaMask, Ledger Coinbase Wallet, Trust Wallet, and others.

The release of Wallet Onboard marks Plaid’s first venture into the crypto world. Exchanges like Binance, Gemini, and Robinhood are already integrated with the firm’s network.

Plaid recently released a further two security-focused features: autofill and behavior analytics. Autofill allows users to verify their identities using only a phone number and a date of birth, while behavior analytics enables companies to prevent fraud through functionality such as monitoring how long it takes a user to enter their social security number.

Plaid is one of the largest fintech companies in the world. The company raised $425 million in a Series D funding round last year, bringing its total valuation to around $13 billion. The firm has formed partnerships with Samsung, Chime, Venmo, and others.

On the Flipside

  • The broader crypto market has been experiencing a slump for several few months as it tries in vain to shake off the bears.
  • Plaid is a centralized company, which some may see as a threat to crypto and its decentralized nature.

Why You Should Care

Plaid is one of the biggest players in the fintech world. By embracing crypto and developing solutions that improve the Web 3.0 workflow for developers, the company could have a substantial positive impact on crypto’s adoption.

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Arturas Skur

Arturas Skur is a blockchain content writer focused on Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. Arturas believes blockchain technology has the potential to transform how we see and interact with society, economy, and culture. Arturas spends his spare time hiking, playing with his dog, and reading. He has been active in blockchain and cryptocurrencies since 2020.