Satoshi was a man who wanted to change the world.
One of the main reasons Bitcoin adopters are so pro Bitcoin, is because of it’s beginnings.
Once upon time, almost 9 years ago, there was an anonymous developer named Satoshi Nakamoto…
Hold on! I am not going to retell the Satoshi story again, it’s been done to death, but the key takeaway here is that Satoshi remained anonymous.
Dark web before the dark web
Bitcoin was born in the darkest corners of the internet where cypherpunks, hackers, and Austrian school economists dwell.
It was designed to be a peer to peer medium of exchange, that was censorship resistant, and did not rely on trusting a 3rd party, in order to transact.
Satoshi included a headline of the financial crisis of his time in the genesis block of the bitcoin blockchain, and it will forever stand as a testament to his real motivation.
The headline was The Times 03 Jan 2009
Chancellor on Brink of Second Bailout for Banks.
Bare with me now this isn’t going to become a long winded political statement, I simply said that to say this:
Satoshi invented Bitcoin to be a stand alone economic system, that was not correlated to the world economy at large.
Bitcoin, Digital Asset? Cryptocurrency? Digital Gold?
This creates an unusual set of circumstances, for all of us, now that Bitcoin is on the cusp on mass adoption, and mainstream appeal.
First, how does one classify Bitcoin? (a million dollar question, still trying to be determined by economists, fintechers, and lawmakers). Is it an asset, currency, store of value, commodity?
Second, after you have classified Bitcoin, how do you value it?
To keep this article to the point, I will let smarter men than me decide the answers to those questions.
I will add that Warren Buffet, the legendary oracle of Omaha, has said that Bitcoin cannot be valued because it’s not a cash producing asset, and traditionally currency falls under this definition.
A tale of apples and oranges
In an effort to assign value to bitcoin many have tried to compare it to gold, or another commodity, others have tried to compare it to the stock market, property, still others, to forex.
The results are hardly surprising. Bitcoin doesn’t correlate well with any other asset class. Bitcoin stands alone as it’s own micro economy.
I know you are probably wondering how we can make this information work for the savvy investor. I would like to propose that Bitcoin is a new asset class, and as such it is not correlated to any of the other financial markets.
It can be an excellent hedge in any diversified portfolio. It acts as an exciting new asset that can hedge against risk exposure in more traditional investments, while at the same time having an amazing potential for profit, that has outperformed everything.
Encryption backed renaissance
The best part, is that this isn’t even the most exciting thing about this new technology. I’m sure you’ve heard the endless buzz about blockchain.
Bitcoin is just one of thousands of new blockchain based digital assets, that are going to change every facet of our society in ways we can’t even imagine. Decentralization is set to radically disrupt a multitude of industries.
We are heading towards a nexus of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things, which are set to bring us fully into the future.
In short my friends, Bitcoin is only the beginning.