Balaji Srinivasan on Bitcoin

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Balaji Srinivasan is the former CTO of Coinbase. He also serves on the board of directors of Coin Center, and he was previously the co-founder and CEO of, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder and CTO of Counsyl.

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Created by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system.

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Bitcoin reviews by Balaji Srinivasan

๐Ÿ”‘ 4 positive | ๐Ÿ’ฉ 0 negative


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    As the decade ends, the biggest unicorn of the 2010s wasnโ€™t Uber, Airbnb, or Snap. It was Bitcoin.

    2019-12-03 | Full Review

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    Bitcoin represents the explicit encoding of previously implicit values of the tech community. It's not just software โ€” it is a Schelling point and a symbol. As such, it will become widely recognized as the flag of technology over the course of the 2020s.....

    I believe that over the 2020s, the technology industry will end up aligning behind Bitcoin and crypto as part of a broader international realignment. Cryptocurrency simultaneously reflects many fundamental American values (like freedom of speech, freedom of contract, freedom of association, protection against unreasonable search & seizure, the right to privacy, and so on) while also demonstrating broad international appeal to millions of people around world.

    2019-01-03 | Full Review


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    1) Bitcoin alone now routinely moves hundreds of millions of dollars per day
    2) Yet some say there are โ€œno use casesโ€ for crypto

    Key point: not all of that volume is trading. At least some is for paying remote workers, international remittances, etc.

    2018-12-03 | Full Review


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    By 2040, everyone under 30 will have never known a world without Bitcoin. It may as well be gold. Thatโ€™s the long-term case for replacement.

    2017-11-12 | Full Review

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Ethereum makes it so simple to issue these tokens that they are the first example in the Ethereum tutorial! Nevertheless, the ease with which Ethereum-based tokens can be created does not mean they are inherently useless. Often these tokens are a sort of public IOU intended for redemption in a future new chain, or some other digital good.

2017-05-27 | Full Review

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I don't have a view on what the ultimate value of a Bitcoin will be nor do I care. I am interested in Bitcoin plain and simply because I believe it can be and possibly will be the financial and transactional protocol for the global Internet.

2013-11-24 | Full Review


If something is to displace Bitcoin now, it will have to have sizable improvements and it will have to happen quickly. Otherwise, this network effect will carry Bitcoin to dominance.

2014-01-21 | Full Review


Bitcoin takes powers from the central actors and returns it to merchants and consumers, savers and borrowers. Bitcoin brings back some pseudonymity in the transactions, and can be irrevocably traded like cash. And finally, it points a way towards a single currency โ€“ it is a bug, not a feature, that we have multiple global currencies with exchangers and transaction fees in between.

2013-11-07 | Full Review

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