Ethereum May Be “as Broadly Adopted as the Internet,” Says Circle Co-Founder

Omar Faridi
  • Circle co-founder Jeremy Allaire stated Ethereum might be “as broadly adopted as the internet.”
  • Per Allaire Ethereum has “catalyzed” a lot of “competing infrastructure” such as Cardano, EOS.

Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of crypto finance firm Circle, recently told CNBC that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may eventually be “as broadly adopted as the internet is today.” He added that digital currencies are “a really fertile space in terms of the fundamental, technical, and infrastructure.”

Allaire noted the Ethereum platform currently “has an enormous amount of developer activity” and that it “really catalyzed the [cryptocurrency market] last year.” According to the Circle co-founder and CEO, Ethereum has been instrumental in driving the digital currency industry because “you [can] build apps on top of it.”

ICOs Raised $12.4 Billion This Year

Allaire added that the number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) has significantly increased and that the popular crowdfunding method raised $3.8 billion in 2017. Notably, crypto and blockchain startups have raised approximately $12.4 billion this year from ICOs, well over three times the amount raised last year.

The evolving cryptocurrency market “also catalyzed a lot of competing infrastructure to Ethereum”, the Circle CEO remarked. He then mentioned that Cardano, EOS, and NEO were among many other the crypto projects now competing directly with Ethereum.

Digital Currency Group founder and CEO Barry Silbert also commented on the positive trends in the market. Silbert stated that despite the US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell criticizing digital currencies, Bitcoin “[didn’t] move, I think that’s a really bullish sign.” Powell had said cryptocurrencies pose serious risks to traders and “relatively unsophisticated investors” since there is “no promise” regarding their future performance.

Ethereum Could Be As Influential As Apple

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a prominent personality addresses Ethereum’s potential to become a dominant socioeconomic factor. In May, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that Ethereum could one day be as influential as Apple and that blockchain technology would drive “the next major IT revolution.”

Meanwhile, Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver stated in May that Ethereum was a “technologically superior” cryptocurrency and that it would experience massive gains this year. In fact, Ver predicted that Ethereum would eventually surpass Bitcoin to become the most dominant digital currency.

Max Keiser: Bitcoin Dominates Altcoins in Cryptocurrency Debate

  • Keiser Report host Max Keiser claims that bitcoin continues to dominate altcoins and provide more investor security.
  • Keiser predicted bitcoin's market dominance and hash rate to reach 99 percent within the next five years. 

Max Keiser, host of the Keiser Report, claims that bitcoin has no cryptocurrency rivals and that most altcoins fail to live up to the standard set by BTC. 

Speaking in an appearance on London Real, Keiser dismissed the possibility of a new crypto-asset emerging and eating into bitcoin’s market dominance. 

He said, 

There’s no coin out there that can do what Bitcoin doesn’t do already or will be able to do shortly. What you’re buying with Bitcoin is security.

Keiser continued, arguing that hard forks of bitcoin such as bitcoin cash and SV lack security compared to the original BTC.

The avid bitcoin supporter also referred to several altcoins as being “pure exit scams,” intentionally designed to manipulate investors. 

He explained, 

They have huge ‘pre-mines’ that the founders are selling or dumping and making a lot of money. A lot of people are losing money, and they have no use case. So like a Ripple or an Ether, even, is an exit scam. It’s to be avoided. Those are the top coins.

Keiser predicted that bitcoin’s market share and hash power, sitting at 65% and 85% respectively, will continue to rise relative to the market. He claimed that within five years bitcoin will account for 99% of all cryptocurrency hashing power and market capitalization. 

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