Earlier this week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reiterated his bullish sentiments towards the flagship cryptocurrency Bitcoin, touting it to have had “massive value creation” against the odds in the face of the current bear market.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak explained how he owned some Bitcoins as an experiment to determine its barter value around the world and not as an investor, but had to sell most of his holdings during the all-time high of December 2017, in order to reduce his worries about the market’s volatility. He said:
“I don’t want to be one of those people watching the price of Bitcoin, so I sold out.”
However, he still dabbles in Bitcoin-related devices, probably because of the fact that the coins he sold earlier are now worth more than the value he sold for. His overall take on the market dynamics of crypto as he compared it to the stocks market was that of a psychology factor relative to fear as seen in the fear of missing out (FOMO) when prices go up and that of the fear, uncertainty, and doubts (FUD) which triggers massive selling when prices begin a downtrend.
Recently, billionaire Elon Musk praised Bitcoin as having a brilliant structure, and was completely bullish on the cryptocurrency industry, suggesting that it provides a far better method to transfer value than “pieces of paper”, only that he worried that Bitcoin’s computational requirement was energy intensive.
Billionaire Bill Gates had opined back in 2017 that “Bitcoin is better than [fiat] currency” in that it’s more convenient when it comes to large transactions and considerably cheaper. However, in 2018 he told the media that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “kind of a pure ‘greater fool theory’ type of investment” and that he would short Bitcoin if he could.
Billionaire and business tycoon Warren Buffett has always had a hostile opinion towards bitcoin and recently called it a delusion even though he thought the blockchain is ingenious. Still, it’s an upgrade from his usual accusations of it being “rat poison”.
Tech mogul John McAfee has always been one with probably the most extreme bullish expectations for the crypto industry and recently took to Twitter, setting a hard date on his USD 1 million per Bitcoin prediction.
People are waking up to the fact that Bitcoin will be $1,000 000. But when? “Someday”. “Maybe 5 years”. “WIthin a decade”. I’m the only one giving you a hard date: Dec 31st, 2020.https://t.co/rst3BcypFz“will-be-1-million-someday-says-jesse-lund-vp-of-blokchain-at-ibm.html
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) February 22, 2019
Mainstream investors and top of the global rich list have taken sides on the future of the cryptocurrency industry, and perhaps, the rationale behind their stance stems from the level of understanding of what the blockchain, and cryptocurrency are all about.
As the industry continues to mature, one possible outcome may include a partial win-over of some of the nay-sayers as has been the case with CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon, who was also one of those who called Bitcoin a fraud. Not exactly a ‘win-over’, as he seems to still maintain his stance, however, the irony of the recent launch of its JPM Coin, possibly inspired by the technology underlying Bitcoin still is puzzling. If Bitcoin is a fraud, the technology behind it should be considered one too.
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