How far has Bitcoin come in the past year? This report tells all
In a single year, the price of Bitcoin grew by a factor of 56. Imagine that happening to $100 in your checking account — you’d get $5,600.
It’s a neat stat we at VentureBeat unfortunately didn’t come up with on our own. It’s one of the many nifty bits of information tucked inside a 91-page report that Bitcoin news outlet CoinDesk issued today.
The report does a great job of stepping back from the incremental news of the digital currency and displaying the bigger trends. It also aggregates many of the winners in the Bitcoin game. Here we deliver a few of the most fascinating findings from the report, along with some notes of our own.
For starters, Bitcoin’s market cap at the end of 2013 was $9.2 billion, according to the report. That’s more than twice as large as the current market cap of newly public cloud-software company Veeva Systems, which stands at $4.38 billion.
More than $200 million has been spent on Bitcoin mining equipment, the report notes.
Venture capitalists poured more than $98 million into cryptocurrency startups, according to the report. Around 70 percent of that investing was done in the United States. Beneficiaries include BitPay, Circle, Coinbase, itBit, and OpenCoin.
Payment processors have received $36.7 million, which is more venture funding than other kinds of startups in the Bitcoin ecosystem, like exchanges and mining hardware makers.
It’s interesting to note that CoinDesk’s $98 million figure is out of sync with the latest total from Venture Scanner, $83.7 million.
The report points out that early on, people viewed Bitcoin as an asset that one invests in, like gold. It has since evolved into something businesses want in on and consumers want to pay with. All the while, there’s been a correlation between Bitcoin’s price fluctuation and the number of times that Bitcoin is mentioned in the media.
CoinDesk wagers that later this year, Bitcoin will get out in front of more consumers as merchants continue to adopt it, and more Bitcoin conferences will be held. But the company also expects that digital currencies other than Bitcoin, like Litecoin and Peercoin, will garner more interest. That’s not hard to believe, with Bitcoin’s price on a general decline since the beginning of this year.
Even so, CoinDesk sees more funding and acquisition activity in store for Bitcoin startups this year. Perhaps such deals will involve the top Bitcoin wallet companies, which are Blockchain, Coinbase, Bitcoin Wallet, and Mycelium.
If you’re interested in a detailed list of Bitcoin startups that have received investments, an overview of challenges and opportunities facing Bitcoin, and other information, check out the full report here: CoinDesk State of Bitcoin 2014 from CoinDesk
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