Billionaire Tim Draper: Bitcoin Is 'the Currency of the Future'

  • Tim Draper, a billionaire venture capital investor, has recommend taking a long-term approach to investing in Bitcoin (BTC).
  • The Harvard business school graduate believes Bitcoin is the "currency of the future" and that the value of the USD (and other fiat currencies) will gradually depreciate - as people lose interest and confidence in them.

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper recently made a rare appearance on a Facebook live Q&A session during which he shared his views and insights regarding current traditional financial markets and also offered some suggestions on how to sensibly invest in cryptocurrencies.

Draper, an electrical engineering graduate from Stanford University, is well-known for purchasing 29,656 bitcoins (BTC) in 2014, for $18 million. from the US Marshall Service auctions. Notably, 144,336 bitcoins (in total) had been seized at that time after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took down online black market Silk Road.

Bitcoin Will Create "Much More Fluid Markets"

In his recently conducted Facebook live session, the legendary investor and business tycoon seemed to express more confidence in Bitcoin’s long-term performance than on the world’s most dominant currency, the USD. He remarked:

What it is (Bitcoin) is the future of currency and the currency is going to [remain] decentralized and open and you’re going to end up with a much more fluid, dynamic currency if you own Bitcoin, than if you own [US] dollars.

In mid-September 2018, Draper compared the growth and adoption of the internet to that of the current development of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The Harvard business school graduate argued at the time that the combined market capitalization of the digital asset market would surge to around $80 trillion within the next 15 years.

Bitcoin Will Surge To $250,000 By 2022

This, as fiat currencies would gradually begin to lose their value and become practically worthless, Draper forecasted. Moreover, Draper believes bitcoin's price will skyrocket to $250,000 by 2022. In his most recent comments regarding Bitcoin’s potential, Draper noted that: “I never make bitcoin predictions in the short term because short term anything can happen.”

He added:

It (Bitcoin) will move up and down and if you’re investing in the short term you’re making a mistake. People can manipulate the price, it moves up, moves down depending on big customers coming in to buy or big owners coming in to sell.

Psychology of Investing

Going on to describe the psychology of the investing process, Draper remarked:

Sometimes Bitcoin is going to feel very valuable … and sometimes you’re going to feel like dollars are what you really want to hold on to. When you feel like dollars are what you really want to hold on to, you probably want to buy Bitcoin.

Draper, who’s notably the founder of Draper Associates, a Menlo Park, California-based, seed-stage VC firm founded in 1985, further explained that having a long-term investment strategy and approach towards Bitcoin could potentially yield a significant return-on-investment (ROI).

Coinbase Commerce Now Lets Merchants Accept USD Coin (USDC)

On Monday (May 20), Coinbase announced that "Coinbase Commerce", which provides non-custodial cryptocurrency payment solutions, now allows businesses to accept fully dollar-collateralized stablecoin USDC.

History of USDC

As CryptoGlobe reported on 26 September 2018, "USDC Coin" (USDC for short) was launched on that day by Goldman-funded FinTech startup Circle Internet Financial (better known as "Circle"). This is a regulated fully-collateralized dollar-backed stablecoin that was originally announced on 16 May 2018. USDC is based on an open source fiat stablecoin framework developed and governed by the CENTRE project.

Circle said at the time that the problems with existing fiat-backed solutions (such as Tether's USDT) were that they "have lacked financial and operational transparency, have operated in unregulated jurisdictions with unknown banking and audit partners, and have been built as closed-loop ecosystems and closed proprietary technologies."

In contrast, Circle's USDC stablecoin deals with these issues by "providing detailed financial and operational transparency" and "operating within the regulated framework of US money transmission laws, reinforced by established banking partners and auditors." USDC tokens are ERC-20 compatible (meaning that they run on the Ethereum blockchain); they are minted, issued, and burnt/redeemed based on network rules defined by CENTRE. 

Coinbase's Previous Involvement With USDC

On 23 October 2018, Circle announced that Coinbase (another member of the CENTRE consortium) was making USDC available to its customers on Coinbase Consumer and Coinbase Pro, and that customers could "tokenize dollars into USDC and redeem USDC into dollars through both Circle and Coinbase."

Then, on May 14, Coinbase said via a blog post titled "Expanding USDC crypto trading globally" that:

  • It was making USDC trading available on Coinbase Consumer and Coinbase Pro in 85 countries.

  • It was doing this to help "accelerate the global adoption of crypto trading" and to provide wider access to "a stable store of value."

  • There are more than 300 million USDC tokens currently in circulation today, and that USDC is supported by 100+ ecosystem partners.

  • Stablecoins "have the potential to materially improve the lives of people in countries where inflation is eroding wealth." 

  • Coinbase serves customers in 103 jurisdictions.

Coinbase Commerce and USDC

Coinbase Commerce was launched on 14 February 2018. Coinbase described Coinbase Commerce as a new service that "enables merchants to accept multiple cryptocurrencies directly into a user-controlled wallet," and that in contrast to its previous merchant products, it was "not a hosted service, so merchants have full control of their own digital currency." Four cryptocurrencies were supported back then: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC).

Coinbase Commerce can be "directly integrated into a merchant’s checkout flow or added as a payment option on an e-commerce platform." Initially, the only e-commerce platform supported was Shopify, but on 6 August 2018, support for WooCommerce was added.

Yesterday's blog post said that now Coinbase Commerce has added support for stablecoin USDC, thereby allowing "businesses to accept payments online in the same way they’re able to accept cash in-store." 

Here are a few things to note about Coinbase Commerce:

  • "Coinbase Commerce doesn’t charge any fees to process payments."
  • "Coinbase Commerce accounts are completely separate from Coinbase accounts."
  • "You can use the withdraw functionality to send cryptocurrency to an address associated with your Coinbase account."

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