John Biggs is a New York-based writer. After spending years as a programmer, Biggs decided to become a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Gizmodo and Men’s Health. Biggs is currently an editor for TechCrunch. In this piece he details why he thinks bitcoin will eventually succeed.
A week ago I was in Belgrade watching a panel on “blockchain.”
The makeup of the panel was typical: a young, plugged-in VC, an older banker guy and a crypto-anarchistic dude in a T-shirt. It was like watching a movie called “Bitcoin is Good And Bad” for the 50th time. I knew what was happening but I couldn’t look away.
The panel started normally – VC guy said he liked the blockchain specifically but was iffy about those bitcoins, the older gentleman said bitcoin was bad, but then the anarchist dude was quiet. He let the banker talk. The banker said that bitcoin was untraceable. It was a fad. The crypto guy let him talk. bitcoin was a tulip bulb, said the old dude. It would never work, he clamored.
And the anarchist stayed quiet. Then