Billionaire Investor Tim Draper Expects Bitcoin To Reach $250,000 By 2022

Siamak Masnavi
  • Venture capitalist billionaire Tim Draper predicts bitcoin's price will hit $250,000 by 2022.
  • Draper correctly predicted, in September 2014, that the cryptocurrency's price would go from around $400 to $10,000 in three years.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, the founder and managing director of venture capital

firm DFJannounced at the Block (Chain) Party at Draper University (in San Mateo, California) that he expects the price of bitcoin (BTC) to reach $250,000 by 2022:

I'm thinking $250,000 a bitcoin by 2022... Believe it. They're going to think you're crazy, but believe it. It's happening and it's going to be awesome!

Tim Draper

Yesterday morning he tweeted about his prediction at the party:

Unfortunately, as you can see, he mistyped $250k as $25k, which naturally caused quite a bit confusion. Later that day, he corrected himself in a follow-up tweet:

Tim Draper is a key figure in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space due to his many venture capital investments in Silicon Valley.  His most famous investment was made back in June 2014, when his winning bid at an auction held by the US Marshalls Service allowed him to acquire 29,656 bitcoins that had been seized from the now defunct online black market Silk Road. The BTC price at the time was at around $600.

Three months later, in September 2014, in a TV interview on Fox Business, the billionaire made the following prediction: "$10,000 per bitcoin in three years." Taking into account one BTC was worth around $413 at the time, his prediction seemed off. Rouhgly three years later, on 29 November 2017 to be precise, the price of bitcoin crossed $10,000 for the first time.

At the time of writing, according to CryptoCompare data, the price of one bitcoin is $8,044. Once again, his prediction seems overly bullish, but only time will tell whether he is right or not.

It is worth noting that Draper isn’t the only billionaire that’s bullish on bitcoin. Cameron Winklevoss, who together with his twin brother Tyler launched the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, said at a CNBC-hosted chat at the Milken Institute's MENA Summit on February 7, 2017 that he expected bitcoin's price to appreciate by 30-40 times within the next 10-20 years. This is how he explained his faith in bitcoin:

Taking bitcoin in isolation … we believe bitcoin disrupts gold. We think it's a better gold if you look at the properties of money. And what makes gold gold? Scarcity. Bitcoin is actually fixed in supply so it's better than scarce … it's more portable, its fungible, it's more durable. Its sort of equals a better gold across the board...

Cameron Winklevoss

 

Bitcoin Mining Pool Tries to Help Tone Vays Win $10K Bet Against Roger Ver

Cryptocurrency mining pool SlushPool has recently manually added a BTC transaction into a block to help Tone Vays, a derivatives trader and analyst, win a wager mage against BCH proponent Roger Ver.

The wager was made at the 2019 Malta AI & Blockchain Summit, during a debate between bitcoin (BTC) proponent Tone Vays and Bitcoin.com CEO and BCH advocate Roger Ver. In it, Ver argued BTC transactions are too expensive for business use due to the cryptocurrency’s small block size.

Vays, on the other hand, argued segregated witness (SegWit) and second-layer scaling solutions like the Lightning Network allow users to make small transactions without paying high fees, and that he has been using BTC on-chain without paying too much for transactions.

The debate ended up seeing Vays send Roger Ver $5 worth of BTC with a one satoshi per byte transactions fee – equal to the fees paid on the Bitcoin Cash chain – to see if it would confirm the same day. If it did, the CEO of Bitcoin.com claimed he would donate $10,000 to a charity of Vays’ choice.

During the debate, both parties noted the transaction was “priority 23,836 out of 24,355 transactions,” meaning that most transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain had to clear before miners picked that one up, at least according to fees paid for transactions.

As Vays soon noted on social media the transaction cleared after 10 hours. Some, however, found it strange. Cobra Bitcoin, the pseudonymous co-owner of Bitcoin.org and Bitcointalk, pointed out on social media that SlushPool – the mining pool that found the block the transaction was included in – manually added it to help Vays win the bet.

Cobra Bitcoin figured it wasn’t mined “naturally” as it was the second transaction included in the block – right after the coinbase transaction – despite the fee being less than 1% of that of all other transactions included in the block.

On Reddit, users pointed this out and accused SlushPool of manually adding the transaction. The mining pool, according to some users, is known for supporting BTC and being against Bitcoin Cash.

Should Roger Ver Pay?

The wager quickly became a controversial topic that seems to bring back memories of the scaling debate that was going on before Bitcoin Cash forked off of the Bitcoin network back in August of 2017.

Some argue that Roger Ver’s point stands as the transaction wasn’t “naturally” confirmed, but manually included in a block. Moreover the CEO of Bitcoin.com claimed he’d donate the money if it confirmed that day, and when the transaction did confirm it was past midnight in Malta.

On the other hand, some claim the transaction did go through anyway, and as such Roger Ver should donate the funds to a charity of Tone Vays’ choice. Moreover, Vays himself argued BCH supporters could have spammed the BTC mempool with two satoshis per byte transactions to stop his from clearing on time.

On Twitter, Vays created a poll that was retweeted by SlushPool and admitted the mining pool did prioritize the transaction. It currently shows most users believe Roger Ver should donate the funds. As one commenter pointed out, however, the results may change if Ver and other BCH supporters retweet the poll.