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Erik Finman
The way the education system is structured now, I wouldn't recommend it. It doesn't work for anyone.feedback
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NEW Jun 24 2017
Bitcoin has been commented on by 144 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Bitcoin are: Charles Hayter, Brian Kelly, Bobby Lee and Spencer Bogart. For instance, the most recent quote from Charles Hayter is: “Ethereum's market message at the moment is that of the underdog to bitcoin with more potential. The complexity of the developing ethereum ecosystem is galvanizing adherents as well as displaying the functionality that it has to offer.”.
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All quotes about Bitcoin

Joseph Lubin - Bitcoin

The Status.im token launch was constructed in a way that caused a huge number of transactions to be formed to chase purchases of the token, so the pools of unprocessed transactions grew large and are being worked though. We can expect many future experiments as we all figure out the most effective and fairest approaches to building these kinds of systems.feedback

Jeremy Liew - Lightspeed Ventures

Bitcoin and the other digital currencies, they all really see a lot of benefit in times of political and economic instability. Fundamentally when a citizen doesn't have faith in their currency of their country, then they are looking for alternatives, and a digital alternative like bitcoin becomes much more compelling in those circumstances.feedback

Jeremy Liew - Lightspeed Ventures

If you're going to be an investor in anything, you want to be where the most trading volume is happening, and right now that's happening in bitcoin.feedback

Erik Finman

(High school) was pretty low quality. I had these teachers that were all kind of negative. One teacher told me to drop out and work at McDonald's because that was all I would amount to for the rest of my life. I guess I did the drop out part.feedback

Erik Finman

I can proudly say I made it, and I'm not going to college. Personally I think bitcoin is going to be worth a couple hundred thousand to a million dollars a coin.feedback

Erik Finman

I never got my GED, and I don't see the value in it. The purpose of that would be to get another education level and get a job. I had to learn through running a business. Instead of writing essays for English class, I had to write emails to important people.feedback

Erik Finman

I really liked Colombia. It was fun, but a little sketchy. Some interesting stuff happened. I was held up at gunpoint there, which is pretty scary, but I have this emergency button I programmed in Android that puts you on speaker but turns off audio automatically and dials [a local emergency number].feedback

Erik Finman

The way the education system is structured now, I wouldn't recommend it. It doesn't work for anyone. I would recommend the internet, which is all free. You can learn a million times more off YouTube and Wikipedia.feedback

Eric Piscini

It was good to see that there is governance on Ethereum and that they can fix issues in a timely manner if they have to.feedback

William Mougayar

The momentum has shifted to Ethereum – there is no doubt about that. There is almost nothing you can do with Bitcoin that you can't do with Ethereum.feedback

William Mougayar

I hope this is the year where we start to close the gap between the speculative value and the actual value. There is a lot at stake right now.feedback

Bill Miller - Legg Mason

The market thinks that is a good deal. It's going to be value-accretive. It indicates that Amazon is serious about the grocery business. This means they're in it for the long haul.feedback

David Sonstebo

We feel that the market reaction to IOTA's listing is quite in line with our expectations in the current zeitgeist.feedback

Chris Burniske

There's a big difference between a denial of service attack, and a hack that causes clients to lose funds. As of yet, we're fortunately not seeing any of the latter.feedback

Adam White

A speculative frenzy is never a good thing. I don't think we're there right yet.feedback

Adam White

We recognize the frustrations of our customers and we want to do better.feedback

Dmitry Lazarichev

There is no guarantee that the exchange rate for virtual currencies will be the same or higher the next day – or the next minute.feedback

Toshiya Hari

AMD shares appreciated 13% last week on numerous media reports (CNBC, Bloomberg) highlighting a surge in GPU demand from cryptocurrency (i.e., Ethereum, Bitcoin) miners. According to our checks, the RX 570 and RX 580 graphics cards are sold out at numerous retail websites including NewEgg and Microcenter. While this dynamic may provide near-term upside to fundamentals, we believe it is unlikely to become a sustainable driver of EPS.feedback

Charles Hayter

Ethereum's market message at the moment is that of the underdog to bitcoin with more potential. The complexity of the developing ethereum ecosystem is galvanizing adherents as well as displaying the functionality that it has to offer.feedback

Pavel Matveev

There is some correlation between cryptocurrencies in this sense but there is also fundamental demand for Ethereum in its own right. Ethereum and bitcoin aren't directly competing as they serve different needs.feedback

Sumit Roy - ETF.com

The SEC can either help investors by allowing a regulated ETF that trades close to NAV come to market, or stand in the way and see those same investors hurt when they buy bitcoin directly from untested exchanges or through the flawed GBTC.feedback

Spencer Bogart

A lot of investment managers have a mandate that they must be invested in registered securities. Spot bitcoin is not a registered security. Really, it's the best that we have available. This put a traditional wrapper around an otherwise esoteric asset. It was something people could touch. They really wanted exposure and this was the only way to do it.feedback

Spencer Bogart

Why would anyone pay a premium for this? Clearly the product does not function incredibly well. There's clearly a risk. Somebody could be right about the underlying move of bitcoin but still lose money. To what extent do you value the features (of the trust)? It's really an individual question to answer.feedback

Sumit Roy - ETF.com

For investors buying into the fund, such large premiums are a disaster waiting to happen.feedback

Angela Lee

For fintech, some people mean bitcoin and cryptocurrencies; some people mean the technology JPMorgan uses for trading. Everyone thinks it's sexy, and a lot of people use it colloquially without knowing what it is.feedback

Kenneth J. Heinz

As a result, the thematic drivers of performance for H2 17 have shifted to include not only the Trump and Yellen trades, but also the Volatility reversal trade and the increased risk associated with Terrorism and Cybersecurity. Managers positioned tactically long and short which are able to navigate both rising and falling volatility market cycles are likely to lead industry performance in H2 17.feedback

Jim Cramer

The hand-wringers will be out in full force. I bet the same people who told you to sell the last time [Donald] Trump was in trouble – the ones who think this rally is predicated on total Trump policies – will tell you to sell again. I'm sure the same people who bolted when Brexit occurred already have one foot out the door. I can promise you there are people who will genuinely flip out if the ECB indeed does remove [its] stimulus.feedback

Jim Cramer

I think the expectations simply got ahead of themselves. Personally, I'd view this weakness as a chance to do some buying as Incyte has a very deep pipeline with excellent prospects. Historically, the earnings estimates for ISRG have been proven too low, sometimes way too low. Intuitive Surgical has a habit of blowing away the numbers, and I bet this time will be no different. And yes, it deserves to trade at a premium to its peers. It's better. I defy you to find me another profitable medical device company with double-digit revenue growth and nearly 20 percent earnings growth.feedback

Jim Cramer

The precious metal has had many sustained rallies right along with stocks. There are plenty of structural factors that make it that way as gold is, by the way, a worldwide market more heavily influenced by fund flows from China and India than the United States.feedback

Jim Cramer

But we've never had such an incredible fluidity in fixed income globally, nothing like this. You want to own an Italian 10-year bond at the same rate as a U.S. one? That's insane if you do. So that money's coming here, not staying over there. How about a German 10-year where you literally make nothing? That money's coming here, too.feedback

Jim Cramer

It's invisible to the taxman so those countries in Europe that raised taxes? They provide a ready market for Bitcoin. It's the answer for the Chinese because gold's too easily confiscated. You don't think it could happen in those countries? Confiscation? Hey, how about a history lesson? It happened here – FDR confiscated our gold in 1933. You can't confiscate Bitcoin.feedback

Jim Cramer

I think it could because the European banks are frantically trying to buy them so they can pay off ransomware. It's a short-term way to be able to deal with cybersecurity. It is the way to pay off the bad guys. When you get hit and you're not sure how to do bitcoin, these cyberattackers have customer service desks.feedback

Pietro Ventani

This is an extremely volatile and innovative asset class.feedback

Mutsuko Higo

After I first heard about the bitcoin scheme, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. It's like buying a dream.feedback

Park Hyo-jin

Right now, it's a form of speculation, like stocks. I don't think anybody in South Korea buys bitcoin to use it.feedback

Leonhard Weese

Trading carries huge risk: there is no investor protection and plenty of market manipulation and insider trading. Some of the exchanges cannot be trusted in my opinion.feedback

Garrick Hileman

A successful resolution of the bitcoin scaling debate would likely propel the currency to new highs. However, if the bitcoin ecosystem divides then the price could plummet.feedback

Daniel Masters

Bitcoin is emerging as the transactional layer of the internet, as programmable money and as digital gold. That's the big picture. What we've seen at XBT Provider is an increase in coverage and an increase in penetration into both the retail and institutional market. We're now being covered on Nasdaq OMX by 27 different broker dealers, and that is a stark increase from what we saw a year or two ago.feedback

Garrick Hileman

The frothiness we are observing in the initial coin offering market right now may trigger a regulatory backlash, which could negatively impact bitcoin's price.feedback

Garrick Hileman

Macroeconomic and positive regulatory developments are fueling significant demand in many markets, particularly South Korea and Japan, as well as India, Venezuela, Nigeria, and elsewhere.feedback

Elvira Nabiullina

We don't consider that bitcoin can be considered as a virtual currency. It's more digital assets with the regulation of assets. We have some doubts, we don't see some huge benefits from introducing digital assets in our economy.feedback

Elvira Nabiullina

I think it's more important to understand (the) benefits of new technologies … like blockchain which is on the basis of bitcoin.feedback

Alexey Moiseev

The state needs to know who at every moment of time stands on both sides of the financial chain. If there's a transaction, the people who facilitate it should understand from whom they bought and to whom they were selling, just like with bank operations.feedback

Kay Van-Petersen - Saxo Capital Markets

This is not a fad, cryptocurrencies are here to say. There will emerge two to three main ones. Bitcoin will be one of those. And the reason is the first-mover advantage, the scale and the pioneering. Volumes are going up, volatility is going down. A lot of people talk about the volatility, but if you are in Zimbabwe or Venezuela, this volatility is nothing. This is the interesting thing to me. I think in the West, a lot of people view it is as speculative, but emerging markets will get it, their needs will be different.feedback

Charles Hayter

It's one way of slicing the pie to try and predict future prices which always relies on a lot of assumptions. Equating volumes to price value is one method of attempting a valuation, but it doesn't take into account the fundamentals of the ecosystem.feedback

Adam Greenfield

This is what happens, when very bright people outsmart themselves.feedback

Rainer Michael Preiss

Bitcoin's market capitalization overtook Deutsche Bank just as of last week, so that shows you how to some extent the world and things are changing. The question that always comes is: Is it a currency? Well that's maybe too limiting – it's much more than that, it's actually a token. It's distributed trust and distributed consensus.feedback

Louis Gargour - LNG Capital

Bitcoin's extreme volatility doesn't sit well with managers working on a risk-adjusted return basis. Furthermore, there are valid concerns that digital currency assets can be hacked or stolen. Finally, there's a perception that bitcoin remains a niche, retail investment that does not yet demonstrate sufficient quality to be seriously considered for many reputable institutions.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

I think the pullback was just a profit taking, a correction from the skyrocketing prices of last week.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

When the existing money system has problems, people turn to Bitcoin, sort of like people used to go to gold in the old days.feedback

Kim Jin-hyeong

There were some people that made a big profit in a short time and it got more media attention. Then even people that had not known about virtual currencies began coming in, thinking it can be a way to make big money in a short time.feedback

William Mougayar

If anything, it makes it stronger. The higher the market cap, the stronger the ecosystem itself.feedback

Muneeb Ali

Right now, we are in the honeymoon phase where everyone's just excited.feedback

Muneeb Ali

Out of the ashes of that the next Google and Amazon [will] emerge.feedback

Joseph Lubin - Bitcoin

Lots of software developers and business developers are using that newfound wealth to build on our new ecosystem. It's impossible when you have a new technology to avoid irrational exuberance.feedback

Alex Sunnarborg - CoinDesk

I feel like right now the price is going up so much more, and more people are getting exposed to it. More traditional places are starting to see it. I think more money will probably come into this space. We also saw a record number of transactions – about 300,000 every day on the bitcoin network.feedback

Adam White

I think that's a stretch. You see billions of dollars of digital currency trade every day. It's unlikely we'd see businesses out there moving the market to acquire a couple thousand dollars of bitcoin.feedback

Adam White

I think we're seeing continued growth in the fundamentals of the network. Every minute we see about a half million dollars moving the bitcoin network.feedback

Brad Garlinghouse - Ripple

Some of those banks are all in and some are still in the early stage running a pilot. We have real customers touching real production systems. We're the only company you can say that about in our space.feedback

Brad Garlinghouse - Ripple

We decided to take the issue off the table. We wanted to make sure we were combatting any uncertainty about supply.feedback

Leonhard Weese

Retail investors who might otherwise have traded stocks or an exchange traded fund are now trading bitcoins. Suddenly everyone is realising that there will only ever be 21 million bitcoins and that this might be there last chance to get into the market - and that is what is leading to these huge price spikes.feedback

Fred Wilson

It will probably be a long time before people understand what a blockchain currency is. I think there's a ways more we could go before the whole thing could come undone in a massive way.feedback

Fred Wilson

By the end of this decade, we should start to see native blockchain applications receiving massive adoption.feedback

David Vorick

It just felt like everybody was there doing business. Even myself. I was wearing a suit, and that's not my natural state of being.feedback

Joseph Poon - Bitcoin

At this conference, one thing I immediately noticed, I have a hard time finding the nerd table. For the past five years, it's always been easy to find the nerd table because it's everywhere. The conference was the nerd table. Now it seems like it's all ambassadors, and it's basically like I can only find like 10 people I can recognize here. I was surprised.feedback

Spencer Bogart

The big driver of the rally seems to be what's going on in Japan and Korea. In Japan, recently there's been a change to acknowledge bitcoin as a legal payment method. That in and of itself wasn't significant as, generally, people don't like to spend bitcoin; they like to hold it.feedback

Spencer Bogart

That's been the story of bitcoin. A lot of times it's just sitting there doing nothing, and then either something falls apart in a particular corner of the world or in some corner of the world, some regulatory agency decides to be favorable to bitcoin, and then you see these random rallies. Then as you begin to rally, speculators pile in and it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle.feedback

Spencer Bogart

Their reason for disapproval was the underlying markets for bitcoin, which haven't changed in the weeks since they made their decision. One of the issues was that Bats hadn't set up surveillance-sharing agreements with the major exchanges on which bitcoin is traded, with the purpose of identifying and stomping out market manipulation. Even if they did, a lot of those exchanges reside in jurisdictions that don't have much of a regulatory body that can go and take action against people that are doing something bad to the market.feedback

Spencer Bogart

But Japan's move provides some regulatory clarity, and now there are major tech companies that want to open up bitcoin exchanges in Japan. So what you saw was volume in existing bitcoin exchanges in Japan went through the roof and pushed the prices up. Koreans look closely at Japan and tend to imitate a lot of activity there, so there's been a lot of demand from that area of the world also.feedback

Spencer Bogart

It is possible that, in the short time period from when the SEC disapproved to when the petition was granted, there was a significant regime change at the SEC. You could have a different group of people who want to review the matter because they aren't sure the decision to disapprove was a good choice. I've heard whisperings that there are many people within this administration who are friendly or at least amicable to digital currencies like bitcoin.feedback

Nicola Duke

We will see the bottom in the start of January, that is when stock markets typically tend to have a correction as well.feedback

Aurélien Menant

There is a lot of fresh liquidity flowing into bitcoin, thanks to a surge in interest among investors in Asia, notably Japan and Korea, coupled with a resolution to the scaling debate. I would not be surprised to see the bitcoin price doubling again to around $6000 by the end of the year.feedback

Brian Armstrong - Coinbase

I do think some digital currency will end up being the reserve currency of the world. I see a path where that's going to happen.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

I'm going to be watching that very carefully to see how it trades over the next day or two. As a matter of fact, it's one of those retailers that is actually expanding its store base, and I'm going to be watching not only their earnings to see how well they've done this quarter, but to see if they're really going to increase their store base over the next coming quarters.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

It's going to be very interesting to see if they're going to be able to issue a statement that will curtail production and make sure that oil remains above that $50 a barrel level as we go forward.feedback

Charles Hayter

Yes the direct fiat flow options are a fleshing out of the ethereum ecosystem and show its broad appeal.feedback

Jason Hamilton - Bitcoin

People are buying a specific blockchain, but the big interests are in the technology. They'll probably make their own clones and the ether tokens everyone is buying won't be used for much except trading. Who knows, though. I don't usually trade ether. I'm afraid of that bubble bursting, but it could go on bubbling up for a long time still.feedback

Brian Kelly

That's what people are starting to realize. It was digital gold.feedback

Brian Kelly

This upgrade is needed because more applications can be built on top of bitcoin and more value can be added to bitcoin.feedback

Brian Kelly

I think it is part of the equation but not the entire reason for the move in bitcoin.feedback

Chris Burniske

While bitcoin's volatility has been decreasing over time, it should still be recognized and treated as a volatile asset.feedback

Brian Kelly

There is a lot of excitement and announcements of new projects which is contributing to the euphoria.feedback

Julio Faura

The enthusiasm around EEA is remarkable. Our new members come from varying industries such as pharma, mobile, banking, automotive, management consulting, and hardware as well as the startup community driving innovation. It's great to see everyone come together and build the next generation of our economy on Ethereum blockchain solutions.feedback

Jonathan Levin

This used to happen in bitcoin before it became big – there were loads of botnets that went into computers that used to mine bitcoin, but you now can't basically mine bitcoin on normal computers because you need specialist hardware.feedback

Michael Madden

This is not part of the previously observed behaviour of DPRK cyber-war units and hacking groups. It would represent an entirely new type of cyber-attack by the DPRK. This type of ransomware/jailbreak attack is not at all part of the MO of the DPRK's cyber-war units. It requires a certain level of social interaction and file storage, outside of those with other hacking groups that DPRK hackers and cyber-war units would not engage. Basically they'd have to wait on Bitcoin transactions, store the hacked files and maintain contact with the targets of the attack.feedback

Charles Hayter

Arbitrage between the fiat pairs drags markets up or down in line with leading markets. At present, volumes on the KRW and JPY pairs dominate trading with a combined 48 percent market share.feedback

Jonathan Levin

If Monero does become adopted and is as big and liquid [as bitcoin], that means the crime [will] move from using computers to mine to getting to extortion.feedback

Emin Gün Sirer

In the initial days of bitcoin, people...didn't realize they were recording for posterity on the blockchain every financial transaction that ever took place.feedback

Luke Wilson

If it was me, I would want people to use bitcoin all day, because you can trace it.feedback

Jerry Brito

It's a cat-and-mouse game – as police and companies like Elliptic catch up to criminals' techniques, they invent new techniques.feedback

Simon Moores

I've often heard expressed that intelligence agencies and law enforcement act on a reactive basis. It's all well and good to catch up to the actors and prosecute them, but that doesn't help you if you happen to be a financial institution or a business and data is mission critical.feedback

Florin Lazurca - Citrix Systems

It's one of the tools in their pockets. It's one of the things where you might be trying to cover all your bases, and so it lets you still recover your data and network.feedback

Jonathan Levin

They really aren't set up well to handle their Bitcoin payments.feedback

Brian Kelly

It's a big hit to sentiment. This is some negative publicity for bitcoin.feedback

James Smith

We have seen the number of payments start to go up today. We think over the course of today as we approach the first deadline where fines double we will see a bigger increase (in bitcoin payments). The attackers haven't moved it. In previous cases we have been able to work with law enforcement to see where the funds move because ultimately the attacker wants to turn it back into a currency they want to spend.feedback

James Smith

If a business is told it needs to pay this amount of bitcoin, most companies will be asking what bitcoin is … it's not straightforward.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

There's a lot of work going on to build identification systems to run in parallel and when they come together with bitcoin it could make it more efficient but also more trusted and transparent than it is now.feedback

Andres Baravalle

Most of the use is actually in the clean economy – or clean enough.feedback

David Prince

There's also nothing stopping them from adding a backdoor.feedback

Simon Moores

Bad guys were using this currency to buy virtual Picassos for $500,000 as a way of laundering the money.feedback

Moty Cristal

For some companies, sometimes ransomware demands aren't even worth the time it takes to call IT to try to find out if there's a backup. In extortion scenarios, they threaten to leak data to competitors or steal identities. Then the owner of that data is willing to pay a lot of money. That was one of my best results. Basically, people are people are people.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

You and I are probably unrepresentative of so many people in the world who may not have access to bank accounts and credit cards. There will always be millions of people who need ways to transact outside the immediate control of large institutions.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

Every financial-services firm and beyond are recognising the potential of the underlying tech and are spending a lot of money to use it. I also think attitudes are changing. Two or three years ago, with an attack like this, the finger would be pointed at bitcoin, but I sense that's not happening after this attack. For her generation, bitcoin is something attractive.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

Users don't touch the bitcoin directly. Think of it as a raw tech with layers on top. People won't know they're using it, but they'll know that the cost and speed of transactions will make what we use today look very out of date.feedback

Jonathan Levin

If you look at the infection rates, a lot of it is in Russia, so [the data] is complementing that. Given that we know the infections are also in Russia, I would say, it's Russian users.feedback

Chris Camacho

In the past three months, health care providers have been preparing themselves for these attacks, either with Bitcoin at the ready or with professional incident responders.feedback

Tom Robinson

Everyone's efforts at the moment are being focused on getting relevant malware and getting systems up and running again. In terms of identifying the attacker, what we can see at the moment is that around $20,000 worth of ransoms have been paid to these addresses. There are actually two versions of this malware, there was one that appeared in April and we've identified one bitcoin address associated with that, and there's a second version which appeared on Friday and we've identified three bitcoin addresses associated with that.feedback

Tom Robinson

These three addresses have received 8.2 bitcoins to date, which is about $14,000 dollars, and all of those bitcoins are still within those addresses. The ransomer hasn't withdrawn any of the funds yet so there's no opportunity to trace them. What we do as a company is we add identities to those addresses, so for example we can say that address belongs to a bitcoin exchange, that address belongs to a bitcoin ransomer, and you can then actually build up a very clear picture of who is transacting with whom.feedback

Tom Robinson

So if you want to obtain bitcoin you need to go to a bitcoin exchange, that exchange will usually take your identity, so if law enforcement comes to us to find out who controls this address, we look for a transaction from that address to the exchange and then they can go to the exchange and ask for that person's identity. Bitcoin exchanges are unregulated in Europe at the moment. The EU is putting efforts behind regulating bitcoin exchanges but we're not quite there yet.feedback

Luke Wilson

Law enforcement have different powers, in the US they can issue a subpoena to bitcoin exchangers, and also the ones in the US are very compliant, they will see something like this and they would probably reach out to law enforcement and say we have over 20, 30, 40 victims that are paying into this ransomware scheme.feedback

Tom Robinson

It's not technically correct to say that bitcoin users are anonymous, they're pseudonymous, by which I mean every bitcoin transaction ever made is recorded in this public database known as the blockchain. What we don't have recorded are any identities, so we can see that bitcoins are going from address one to address two, but we don't know who controls those addresses by default.feedback

Luke Wilson

For investigators, the first step is gathering the different bitcoin addresses and start watching the payments, to understand how this operation is working. Secondly you'd have to go out and get a sample of the ransomware malware, so there's a whole other team that works on that aspect of it, and then they'll eventually have some leads and clues, but these kinds of investigations take a long time.feedback

Pavel Matveev

The world is full of cheap or free credit. There are asset bubbles everywhere from property to retail to bonds.feedback

Pavel Matveev

Savers have nowhere to put their money. Bitcoin on the other hand has outperformed every traditional currency by a near astronomical margin. Now that Japan's biggest financial institutions are embracing bitcoin, we are in blue sky territory in terms of valuation. Lots of cheap credit is looking for new safe havens to move into and digital assets are an attractive new asset class. The volatility (of digital currencies) really doesn't matter as demand greatly outstrips supply.feedback

Fran Strajnar

We expect some corrections but have adjusted our outlook and are now feeling that the $1200 to $1800 per bitcoin price band is a temporary consolidation period before undoubtedly climbing up to $3,800 to $8,000 over the next six months.feedback

Brian Kelly

There's a tremendous amount of bitcoin influx in Japan. It's one of the most popular currencies in Japan. These developments have made Japan the dominate player in the bitcoin trading market. According to data compiled by CryptoCompare, the Japanese Yen is the most popular fiat currency used to buy bitcoin.feedback

Neel Kashkari - Federal Reserve

I think sentiment has shifted in the markets, in the Fed. I would say I think conventional wisdom now is that blockchain and the underlying technology is probably more interesting and has more potential than maybe bitcoin does by itself.feedback

Daniel Masters

That example of a successful soft fork in litecoin has made people start to think that we could get a successful SegWit implementation in bitcoin and that could increase capacity and move us to the next level.feedback

Brian Kelly

Bitcoin can be thought of as digital gold. The upside for bitcoin is so much higher than upside for gold, in my view. Right now it's speculation over the ETF. That's been the biggest thing.feedback

Charles Hayter

The Japanese have recently warmed their approach towards bitcoin by treating it legally as a form of payment - a ratification and bringing into the regulatory fold. China's clampdown on exchanges can also be seen as a positive move for the industry too.feedback

Brian Kelly

The biggest driver right now is you're starting to see institutional investors take a keen interest in the entire sector. I don't think this is hot money. This is real money that's going to sit around and build the new internet.feedback

Brian Kelly

The SEC is concerned about how most of the markets [for Bitcoin] has traded outside of the U.S. with no regulatory oversight. As of this point, I don't think the SEC would approve the ETF. What would change my mind is if the ETF or SEC only traded Bitcoin on regulated exchanges.feedback

Pavel Matveev

Bitcoin does face certain challenges such as negative perceptions stemming from past instances of hacking and other illegality. The Japanese financial system will also face a steep learning curve regarding how to report bitcoins in accounts, for example.feedback

Pavel Matveev

Bitcoin has doubled in value in the past six months. The trend for financial regulation, which recognises bitcoin, is spreading across Asia-pacific, and we expect more and more countries to regulate virtual currencies. I believe the price will continue growing and reach as much as $2,000 to $3,000 by the end of the year. At the same time bitcoin is rapidly integrating such challenges and is increasingly becoming more robust, as Japan's official recognition of the cryptocurrency suggests. Integration into the financial system means companies can now more easily develop products and services.feedback

Thomas Glucksmann

The news of the review has definitely excited speculators, although it's unclear if this will alter the SEC's decision. So the gains in the last 24 hours may be temporary.feedback

Jimmy Wales

If you take a look at Wikipedia, it's noisy and not a perfect place, but for true fake news, there's been almost no impact on the Wikipedia community. The volunteers are experienced enough to know it's nonsense, and have an ethos saying: 'No, we're here for neutral facts': that community knows it from the ground up. If you take as an example the bitcoin community, they're a very active and obsessed community. There's a lot of news that comes out in the field, and I think they'd love to be able to raise money to hire a journalist and put them on the bitcoin/blockchain beat.feedback

Kenneth Rogoff - International Monetary Fund

Cash plays a big role in crime. I think there's a reason cash is king. Even though we have bitcoin, gold coins, uncut diamonds … you still find cash playing a major role [in crime], because it's basically government-licensed, anonymous currency. It has very high liquidity, low transaction costs. You can spend cash anywhere. All these other things, like you take gold coins to someone and they're actually a lot of trouble to verify.feedback

Cathy Mulligan

We have the situation in the UK where many startups are chasing the regulator to say, How are we going to be regulated?' rather than the other way round. Bitcoin in the UK is really treated as private money. If you tried to exchange Bitcoin for sterling you don't get charged VAT on the value of the Bitcoin but it is charged on, for example, the commission instead.feedback

Eitan Jankelewitz - Sheridans

The brutal truth is that as a currency in the UK, and perhaps globally, it hasn't taken off. People generally buy it because they think it's going to increase in value in the long term or they just like the volatility and they decide they are going to trade it the same way you trade gold. It's another currency, but there's no burning need for it.feedback

Bob Swarup

You have a lot of people at the Bank of England and other policymakers talking about whether currency should become all-digital anyway, so a digital pound would immediately have competition online from Bitcoin or other digital currencies as well.feedback

Eitan Jankelewitz - Sheridans

At Europol [the EU's law enforcement agency] they don't like the anonymity of Bitcoin, which I think perhaps is a bit of a misunderstanding, because it is not truly anonymous. You can trace every transaction and follow it all the way through. You can see the life of a penny and see exactly where it's been. The problem is that you don't know exactly who controls those wallets.feedback

Cathy Mulligan

Some countries are taking it as a commodity like we are, other places are treating it like money and others are treating it as unknown, which changes the way you tax things.feedback

Cathy Mulligan

From the UK perspective, we haven't seen huge amounts of regulation. They aren't being forced to have AML [anti-money laundering regulations] or 'know your customer' regulation just yet. I think what will happen in Japan is, there will be an influx in startups, because the business environment is stable and you'll know how you're going to regulate it.feedback

Craig Wright - RBC

We will scale and grow bitcoin to become what it was envisioned to be. All I do is to help grow the use of bitcoin, and I want to see it in daily use by at least a billion people on-chain. We have the funds, the people and the technology to do this. I will sell when I do this for goods on a daily basis, or I will go down with it. Past the basics of my family's well-being, all I have is dedicated to building the systems and institutions needed to make bitcoin successful globally.feedback

Brendan Gibson

I can meet some fun people who really love bitcoin … I think most of the people who like bitcoin are people who like freedom. Yes, bitcoin is a risk. Why should I have to discuss these things with [people concerned about the security]? I earn my money, that's enough. I don't waste my time explaining bitcoin … [if] you're not my client.feedback

Christian Nagel

ShapeShift's team built a compelling crypto exchange engine which can be easily integrated into third-party products given its unique trustless design. It is uncommon to find the powerful combination of a noted serial Bitcoin entrepreneur, a senior team with deep industry knowledge, and a strong vision as the one present at ShapeShift.feedback

Erik Voorhees - Shapeshift

When we started ShapeShift, a future world of natively digital assets was very theoretical. Yet this world is quickly arriving; one in which millions of forms of digital value, from access keys to tokenized derivative contracts to video game items, will trade between people and machines all over the world, every second of every day. Just as information has gone natively digital, so too now goes value. Bitcoin taught a skeptical world how to do it, and the gold rush is on.feedback

Chris Burniske

At the same time, bitcoin's market cap has gone from $19 billion to $16 billion. Hence, bitcoin's market cap has lost $3 billion in value while the combined market cap of all other blockchain assets has added more than $3 billion. Given these market indicators, it would appear investors are diversifying their blockchain asset holdings, positioning themselves for a generally rising tide in this emerging asset class.feedback

Jani Valjavec

The sum result of all the network fork (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is we are seeing investors hedge by buying into ether. We expect a price drop if there is a fork but a similar outcome to ethereum, where the long term market capitalization increases for both assets.feedback

Jani Valjavec

It has wide acceptance now, real world use cases, it can be a great store of value, and it is currently trusted by the community. Our understanding is that a hard fork, instigated by two parties with very competing interests, will primarily weaken the brand. The next biggest brand in the distributed economy is ethereum, and that's why we believe it will benefit the most.feedback

Jani Valjavec

The proposed contentious fork is unlikely but better to happen now than in the distant future. We would end up with the original bitcoin and remaining miners activating segwit (a well-designed package of system upgrades) and a new, much smaller, privatized alternative version of bitcoin.feedback

Charles Hayter

The bitcoin scaling debate is a risk for the network and highlights core issues in terms of governance and this is where more nimble crypto competitors see advantages in fleshing out their capabilities sooner. Traders in the space are looking for better returns in the more risky and nascent cryptos such as Dash, Monero and Ethereum (and are) looking to replicate the extraordinary returns that bitcoin saw in its early days.feedback

Aurélien Menant

With the recent bull run on bitcoin due to the anticipation of the SEC decision on the bitcoin ETF, traders had more bitcoin purchasing power that they could use to exchange for other blockchain assets such as ether. With the ETF rejection, ether benefitted from this liquidity spillover, as traders saw more value in exchanging bitcoin for another cryptocurrency, with long-term promise, rather than fiat.feedback

Aurélien Menant

This provides more reason to value ether at a higher price than its recent levels.feedback

Fran Strajnar

We're seeing not just bitcoin retaining its recent highs, but also a huge increase of liquidity into the rest of the asset class. Everything from Ethereum to Dash, Gambit, Factom and many others are breaking new grounds in the markets. Ethereum volumes alone have done half of all bitcoin trading in the last 48 hours. It's never got close to this volume before.feedback

Tyler Winklevoss

We remain optimistic and committed to bringing COIN to market, and look forward to continuing to work with the SEC staff. We began this journey almost four years ago, and are determined to see it through. We agree with the SEC that regulation and oversight are important to the health of any marketplace and the safety of all investors.feedback

Tyler Winklevoss

We remain optimistic and committed to bringing (a bitcoin exchange-traded fund) to market, and look forward to continuing to work with the SEC staff.feedback

Mark Williams - Capital Economics

Bitcoin still has a long way to go before it should be relied upon as a mainstream means of transaction or even for investment speculation. There are several fundamental flaws that make bitcoin a dangerous asset class to force into an ETF structure.feedback

Richard Beck Pedersen

This is in no way an official Norwegian recognition of the digital currency.feedback

Daniel Arraez

To my surprise, I never returned home. We were only the scapegoats of the disastrous situation in the country's electricity sector.feedback

Michael Venuto

This could pop the market and I don't want to be anywhere near it. If you're going to buy this, it's a long-term thing and speculating is a bad idea.feedback

Nick Blomgren

We are already supporters and expect to be investors as well. Good opportunities to expand the market for digital currency are rare but they are possible.feedback

Daniel Masters

We have spoken to a number of our investors, particularly from the U.S., who have indicated to us that they have been buying bitcoin. They think the Winklevoss ETF and other bitcoin ETF listings will succeed.feedback

Adam Davies - Altus

In terms of price this year, I think it will go up to $3,000. As it becomes more pervasive and more generally accepted, I think you'll see rapid growth in adoption. People are unsure about what is going on in the world, and digital currencies unlike the U.K. pound sterling have been hit badly because of Brexit, so people are looking to divest into bitcoin. There is a definitely upward trend. So the drivers will be hedging against currency fluctuations and insecurity in the markets.feedback

Charles Hayter

Bitcoin has been linked to gold as a store of value and a flight to safety - the truth is that bitcoin is its own asset class in its own right and does fairly well in times of uncertainty - however it is also subject to its own internal forces too, such as its governance or lack of to be more accurate. This is for a few reasons but mainly because no ETF in the US has the issuer also act as custodian and index provider all in one. We assume this application is still viewed as a qualitative risk to investors by the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission).feedback

Charles Hayter

If the ETF is not approved we expect a correction and consolidation period but growing adoption and the deflationary supply of bitcoin suggests a continued uptrend in the medium term.feedback

Adrian Ash - BullionVault

Price is just a number, and overtaking one ounce of gold doesn't in itself mean much. More important is that bitcoin is making new highs. That signals both a growing appetite for alternative assets and also that crypto currency is finding new, perhaps unwary, buyers.feedback

Daniel Masters

There's one catalyst at the moment and that is the expectation that the Winklevoss Trust will be approved on the 11th of March. That's the only game in town.feedback

Peter Schiff

[It] is a potential medium of exchange, but it's not a store of value.feedback

Brian Kelly

Gold has been going up but it hasn't been rising as rapidly as Bitcoin.feedback

Adam White

You can't walk into a Starbucks today and carve off a little bit of gold to buy your cup of coffee, but you can pay for it with Bitcoin. Bitcoin has inherit benefits over gold that gold can't compete with. Bitcoin is not going away. This new asset class, which Bitcoin represents the first of, is sticking around. The units of measurement are very arbitrary. For us, we're focused less on the price, and more on how the fundamentals of the Bitcoin network are doing.feedback

Dilip Rao - Ripple

They have had a lot of interest in bitcoin, blockchain and is more aware of cryptocurrencies.feedback

Paul Lambert

Bitcoin is just not liquid enough for us to even think about. We manage billions and billions of dollars – we'd need to be able to go into that market and trade in hundreds of millions of dollars at a time, and my sense is it's not like that.feedback

Charles Hayter

Perhaps key would be the institutional money which would flow into bitcoin. This would bring a certain amount of stability eventually but could see short-term exuberance by retail traders.feedback

Bram de Haas

Many of the larger alt coins have the same use cases as Bitcoin. At the same time they benefit from the second mover advantage. They had the opportunity to copy Bitcoin but better. Many people believe and I agree there are also significant advantages to being the first mover given the strong network effect.feedback

Charles Hayter

There is certainly a move by traders looking for better returns in more risky crypto projects as risk on risk off mentality takes hold. The other anonymous crypto currencies are also seeing more attention through upgrading their GUI's, amongst other upgrades, as well as making a case for libertarians with their more advanced privacy centric focus.feedback

Charles Hayter

Ethereum has recently been plagued with troubles such as spamming the network although these look to have been put to bed. A positive newsflow has switched sentiment, with its founder announcing clear development plans as well as larger banks, such as JP Morgan endorsing the technology through joining enterprise ethereum.feedback

Bram de Haas

It's not just a cake being divided among altcoins though. Niche coins with specialized features can have stronger use cases that may accelerate the technology benefiting the entire space.feedback

Linus Lindgren - BTCXIndia

I think all governments are trying to figure out how they can adjust laws and regulations to this new field, allowing them to get the benefit of the technology while at the same time curbing any usage for illicit purposes. My recommendation to any regulator wondering how to go ahead with this would be to involve the industry and work together to reach common goals.feedback

Charles Hayter

The PBoC moves to regulate Bitcoin more stringently will bring short term woes but will ultimately strengthen the ecosystem.feedback

Fran Strajnar

This has been a long time coming and many in the industry view these developments as a positive clean up. We already see liquidity resettling in other trading pairs like BTC/JPY & BTC/USD. These marketplace changes will inevitably slow nefarious activity and open channels to more and more institutional investors. In my opinion the 'PBoC cleanup' is the best thing that could have happened to bitcoin this year.feedback

Brian Kelly

The volume in the Chinese exchanges is starting to pick up again.feedback

Brian Kelly

If you are a baby boomer you buy gold, if you are a millennial you buy bitcoin. The millennials that I talk to don't trust gold, but do trust math (bitcoin).feedback

Wences Casares - Xapo

After almost two years of substantial effort and investment, Xapo has received conditional approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to operate in Switzerland.feedback

Tim Chang

There's a bunch of us in the Valley. We meet up and have these financial-hacking dinners and talk about back-up plans people are doing. It runs the gamut from a lot of people stocking up on Bitcoin and crypto-currency, to figuring out how to get second passports if they need it, to having vacation homes in other countries that could be escape havens. I kind of have this terror scenario: 'Oh, my God, if there is a civil war or a giant earthquake that cleaves off part of California, we want to be ready.feedback

Charles Hayter

Instead of 'we're watching' you it's now 'we're investigating' you. The intentions of the Chinese state are clearer and it looks like they're trying to bring the Chinese bitcoin exchanges to heel - whether they are looking to make an example is yet to be seen. But in the short term this could affect volumes which have been one of the key drivers of the recent rally.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

We're definitely vigilant. We think we are in compliance with all the current rules and regulations of running a bitcoin exchange in China. I wouldn't call it an investigation. I think they are working closely with us to learn more about our business model and the bitcoin exchange industry. We had a very fruitful meeting today.feedback

Spencer Bogart

In contrast to most of the people that we speak to in the industry, we think the probability that a bitcoin ETF will be approved in 2017 is very low. To be clear, we don't see any specific reason to disapprove the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF, but, instead, think that the confluence of fear, uncertainty and doubt coupled with basic incentives at the SEC will make it very difficult to get approval.feedback

Spencer Bogart

Overall, this is a low probability event with a very significant upside. Ultimately, while it appears there is significant pent-up demand from the investment public for such a vehicle, bitcoin itself certainly doesn't need an ETF and will continue on regardless of the SEC's decision.feedback

Spencer Bogart

Taken together, we think the positive effect that a bitcoin ETF would have on the price of bitcoin is vastly underappreciated and that the probability of approval is drastically overestimated within the industry.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

For that range, you're not going to be able to do it at a good rate. You're going to lose 10 percent of your money. Maybe the individual household might buy 20,000 more dollars worth of bitcoin than their US$50,000 (forex) quota, but that's a drop in the bucket.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

If I pack a suitcase and take a plane to the United States, do the clothes, does the computer in my suitcase, does the watch I wear count towards capital flight? Where do you draw the line?feedback

Star Xue - OKCoin

The industry can benefit from balanced, risk-based regulation and/or oversight, and we look forward to further constructive discussions with the regulators and industry participants.feedback

Marco Streng

If something goes up very rapidly ... people make a lot of money, and at some point they're going to want to sell, in order to realise their gains.feedback

Peter Smith

Once we broke through the nominal all-time high, liquidity dried up – no shorts, no sellers, which means a volatile little bubble formed quickly. We are seeing the effects of that now. It's still fairly thin trading volume though. I expect the market will find a floor and stabilize somewhere in the $850 to $1,000 range, but we'll see.feedback

Marco Streng

A lot has happened in the time between the all-time high in 2013 and now. The industry has grown a lot and become stronger, through innovation, and endurance. Additionally, the adoption and popularity of Bitcoin are much higher than they were back then. More and more people are beginning to recognize the benefits and value of the currency.feedback

Aurélien Menant

The bitcoin price surge is enabling traders in this space, who tend to be bitcoin heavy, to diversify their blockchain asset portfolios, and allocate greater weight to other cryptocurrencies such as ether, which until recently have been relatively undervalued.feedback

Aurélien Menant

Blockchain asset traders with extensive experience in more traditional financial markets are likely to be wary of the recent bitcoin price surge and instead of cashing out into fiat currencies, that may be equally volatile this year, are heading to alternative blockchain assets.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

Given that the yuan's weakness over recent months seemed to correlate with bitcoin's strength more than any other currency, it's no surprise that bitcoin traders have reacted the way they have to the yuan's sudden strength today.feedback

Peter Smith

Once we broke through the nominal all-time high, liquidity dried up - no shorts, no sellers, which means a volatile little bubble formed quickly. We are seeing the effects of that now as it breaks. It's still fairly thin trading volume though, so who really knows where it goes next.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

When the existing money system has problems, people turn to bitcoin sort of like people used to go to gold in the old days. Gold is very attractive in the old days. It's something physical, tangible. It's got this nice gold-color luster.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

Compared to all the other assets, especially things like gold, stocks, real estate, $16 billion is just a drop in the bucket.feedback

David Moskowitz

I think it's an interesting alternative asset class, especially as a hedge towards things like demonetization or other geopolitical factors. If you do have a portfolio, I see very little harm in having a little bit of crypto-currency in that portfolio to hedge some of these different geopolitical events.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

The value of Uber in any city is directly dependent on the number of drivers and number of users – it's not linear, it's exponential. The same is true of the value of bitcoin.feedback

Paul Gordon - Quantave

The growing war on cash, and capital controls, is making bitcoin look like a viable, if high risk, alternative.feedback

Nicholas Colas - ConvergeX

It's hard to say what was the breakthrough year or if we've had a breakthrough year yet. Certainly in price terms, this has been a pretty impressive year. But in terms of broad mass market adoption, it's still to come.feedback

Nicholas Colas - ConvergeX

It is one tool that many people around the world use to try to preserve wealth. Bitcoin has gone from being just a nerd's version of gold years ago to now being another thing people do to try to hold onto their wealth.feedback

Charles Hayter

If that trend continues, bitcoin is a good thematic play on the fracturing of our global norms as a flight to safety.feedback

Charles Hayter

The rally is difficult to pin down as there are a number of contributing factors that include the global economic and political shifts underway with (President-elect Donald) Trump and the Eurozone with Bitcoin becoming a digital hedge and flight to safety.feedback

Charles Hayter

A further point is the more fundamental and technical underpinning of bitcoin's evolution with positive moves on scaling - or increasing the number of transactions the network can process.feedback

Peter Smith

Alternative assets like bitcoin do well when the world is unstable. It looks like the world is getting a lot more unstable.feedback

Peter Smith

What we have and in the last four months is consistent week over week growth. This quarter, our consumer business will almost double.feedback

Jeremy Allaire - Circle

Using bitcoin for speculative trading or people buying and selling bitcoin because they think it's fun -- that's not an interesting business for us. It's a distraction to have to support these customers given that our growth has been on our social payments business.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

It's the advent of digital currency and with bitcoin there is bound to be more in circulation value in the coming years.feedback

Steen Jakobsen

This creates a domino effect in emerging markets and China in particular, leading people globally to look for alternative forms of currencies and payment systems not tied to central banks that have exhausted monetary policies or crony governments that are in full financial repression mode nor transaction systems that are long overdue for a revolution.feedback

Soo Song

The takedown of Avalanche was unprecedented in its scope, scale, reach and level of co-operation among 40 countries.feedback

Anthony Di Iorio

Jaxx really started taking off over the past months, and that's really where my passion is. I prioritize the things that are really important to me, and that's the No. 1 thing.feedback

Eli Dourado

The Ethereum community is driven a lot more by an engineering mindset. People say 'let's try it and see what we can do.feedback

Emin Gün Sirer

The Bitcoin community has become more boring. That's a good thing. We used to see a lot of scams. There are not so many scams anymore.feedback

Nathaniel Popper - The New York Times

I think investing in Bitcoin startups has probably gone pretty close to zero.feedback

Eli Dourado

A lot of the interesting development now is happening in other projects.feedback

Nathaniel Popper - The New York Times

Right now Alpha Bay is the biggest. The fact that these markets keep getting taken down and popping up again speaks to the endurance of it.feedback

Nathaniel Popper - The New York Times

The real-world uses of Bitcoin are largely things the government doesn't want you to do. It has proved to be successful and effective for drugs and for black markets.feedback

Emin Gün Sirer

We are also not seeing people use bitcoins to buy coffee.feedback

Eli Dourado

I think of the Bitcoin community as very political and ideological.feedback

Saurabh Agrawal

Queries for bitcoins have gone up by 20 percent to 30 percent in the past couple of days.feedback

Linus Lindgren - BTCXIndia

I would estimate the average traded volume in India to be around 500btc/day, which is less than 1 percent, maybe even 0.1 percent, of global volumes.feedback

Charles Hayter

Bitcoin is a sanctuary in emerging markets where knee jerk policy reactions are commonplace - India's move on high value bank notes is just the latest in a string of poorly communicated & executed judgments.feedback

Charles Hayter

Bitcoin is yet again acting as a form of digital gold and correlating strongly with the commodity - when there is uncertainty safe haven assets see a boost.feedback

Tom Robinson

Bitcoin has been accepted by regulators and government because there is some level of accountability.feedback

Tom Robinson

I think that it's certainly possible to have a high level of anonymity and Zcash seems to have achieved that.feedback

Charles Hayter

There has been growing interest by the security services from a number of countries in tracking bitcoin after rumours of terrorist activity using the digital currency. The use on the darknet for buying drugs or other illicit will no doubt be a worry and will lead to regulation and blanket bans.feedback

Patrick Murck

By putting the regulations together and having key staff members leaving almost thereafter, they really put the industry behind the eight-ball in terms of competing with traditional service providers.feedback

Colin Platt

There were several technological advancements demonstrated, some of which could be promising avenues to increase the number of transactions that the bitcoin network could process. These new advancements could once again position bitcoin to continue to innovate and sustain higher transaction rates which could foster wider adoption.feedback

Charles Hayter

The Chinese central bank's decision not to intervene in stabilising the yuan means traders are running scared. Bitcoin is a port in the storm.feedback

Carolyn Wilkins - Bank of Canada

There is currently a whole industry set up to reconcile and audit all these separate ledgers, and you can't easily connect them. This comprehensive shared data source could be a real benefit.feedback

David Andolfatto - Federal Reserve Bank

If you take a snapshot of the existing plumbing, it looks a bit ugly. There's nothing magical about a blockchain in solving this problem.feedback

Ron Berndsen - Bitcoin

There are so many things going on that it is hard to keep track of all the contacts. I hear from other central bank colleagues that it is the same everywhere.feedback

Lael Brainard - Federal Reserve System

We are paying close attention to distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, recognizing this may represent the most significant development in many years in payments, clearing and settlement.feedback

Giuseppe Ateniese

The clever work of the bitcoin creators and leaps of progress in applied cryptographic research are opening the door to bold new uses of blockchain. By modifying the traditional 'chameleon hash' function we can preserve the strength of the original blockchain while making it even more useful. Unlike a traditional database, our solution is compatible with current blockchain frameworks and works in a decentralized and accountable environment.feedback

Erik Voorhees - Shapeshift

The big exchanges that hold customer deposits are a big target for hackers, and unfortunately most bitcoin exchanges store user funds.feedback

Anatoliy Knyazev

We always advise our investors to consider the fundamentals, but regardless of the temporary shocks, such as the Bitfinex one or the MtGox [hack in 2014], the reasons to buy BTC have remained the same.feedback

Tyler Moore

I am skeptical there's going to be any technological silver bullet that's going to solve security breach problems. No technology, crypto-currency, or financial mechanism can be made safe from hacks.feedback

Charles Hayter

The convertible debt token is a way of kicking the can down the road and finding breathing space for the exchange - it opens up interesting trading possibilities with its junk status as well as a fair few legal ramifications. It's all been desperately scrambled together to give some form of closure - although a lot of their plan has not been fully fleshed out with details thin on the ground.feedback

Anatoliy Knyazev

The courts and government agencies are going to argue - but for a bitcoin user it is money and is treated as such. From the practical angle it's very simple.feedback

Ransu Salovaara

By listing the ETI on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, which is an EU-regulated market, we are able to bring a high level of transparency and liquidity to investors.feedback

Marcin Kleczynski - Malwarebytes

[Ransomware] is an easy business to get into. There are kits out there that you can buy on the deep dark web and start your own little ransomware company, and many of these end up actually being successful.feedback

David Winston

A message popped up that said my files had all been encrypted. ... The only way to get it back is to pay a ransom.feedback

Marcin Kleczynski - Malwarebytes

On the business side, the sky's the limit. We've seen requests for millions of dollars, but usually they end up settling for tens of thousands.feedback

David Winston

It was huge relief when we got the key. ... Pretty much everything came back.feedback

Will Bales - FBI

They now know that you are susceptible and want to pay them. This could encourage them to continue and target more people down the line.feedback

Will Bales - FBI

Secure backups are key. Make sure that files are backed up regularly, and you should test those backups so that the first time you try your backup is not because of a ransomware event.feedback

Will Bales - FBI

Its targets of opportunity could mean your grandma or grandpa, or a corporation down the street, such as a health-care provider.feedback

Marcin Kleczynski - Malwarebytes

It's very difficult to attribute where the ransomware came from, and every specific case is vastly different. We've seen ransomware attacks from Europe, we've seen ransomware attacks from Asia and we've seen ransomware attacks from the United States.feedback

Ankur Nandwani - Coinbase

Ethereum is still in an early and experimental phase, and as it matures will likely evolve to serve a different purpose than Bitcoin.feedback

Marco Streng

The most important thing is to be the most efficient miner.feedback

Susie Hargreaves

Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing amount of Bitcoin activity connected to purchasing child sexual abuse material online. Our new partnership with Elliptic is imperative to helping us tackle this criminal use of Bitcoin.feedback

James Smith

This is the first time anybody has started identifying these crimes in bitcoin and flagging them up in a system like ours. This is a great step ... towards our goal of getting rid of any sort of illicit activity in bitcoin.feedback

Windsor Holden

If Donald Trump becomes president of the U.S., there is the very real prospect of turmoil on world markets – the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks his presidency within the Top 10 global risks. However, bitcoin trading would thrive in such an environment, at least until the impact on major fiat currencies becomes clear.feedback

Tom Robinson

I do think it's primarily macro things such as Brexit, you saw the price run up as you saw the opinion polls show Leave was winning and as those polls reversed over the weekend, that's when we saw the price reverse.feedback

Steve Waterhouse - Pantera Capital

If nothing else looks safe, you could see people looking to something completely different as a safe haven. It doesn't follow the ups and downs of regular markets.feedback

Ashvin Bachireddy - Geodesic Capital

Bitcoin is effectively becoming digital gold. You can continue to see further validation of bitcoin as something detached from a centralized government that allows people who work to preserve wealth in a secure way.feedback

Jesse Powell - Kraken

I wouldn't tell anybody to put their life saving into bitcoin because that could just as easily be wiped out. Think about it in terms of diversifying your portfolio. If you have investments in gold or an index, maybe think about bitcoin or cryptocurrency as an asset class you want to have some money in.feedback

Chris Larsen - Ripple

Most people are buying it for investment or stored value. They're not paying their rent. It's the beginning.feedback

Bobbly Lee

The correction from a day or two ago had more to do with a technical correction that it did with Brexit.feedback

Vijay Michalik - Frost & Sullivan

Bitcoin is still such a new innovation that the economics of its value aren't fully understood, and the price looks likely to remain moderately volatile in the medium term.feedback

Adrian Ash - BullionVault

Throughout civilisation gold has been viewed as a well-established safe haven used to store value by all cultures in all ages across the word and has never gone to zero in recorded history.feedback

Maria T. Vullo - New York State Department of Financial Services

DFS is pleased to continue to foster the growth of the New York virtual currency marketplace and industry through thoughtful and appropriate regulation. DFS will continue to progress on licensing virtual currency firms while acting in the best interests of New York consumers.feedback

James Lynn

The most likely explanation appears to be linked to market confidence in the Asia region, with low confidence in local currencies providing a major boost to bitcoin demand.feedback

James Lynn

Speculators have been pointing to impending rises for some months, citing the impending halving of rewards for miners. I think, however, that's been priced into the market on an on-going basis.feedback

Vijay Michalik - Frost & Sullivan

Signs indicate Bitcoin's price has become linked to a number of macroeconomic factors in China.feedback

Andrew M. Cuomo

This action continues New York's long tradition of pioneering new innovations and emerging industries. With robust regulatory oversight, we are maintaining our status at the forefront of this technological revolution and ensuring that users have a safe and secure experience.feedback

Cameron Winklevoss

There is a place for ether on our platform. It does what bitcoin doesn't do. So that is the sort of criteria: that it is different enough from bitcoin and the proposition is great enough that this makes sense for us to include it in our platform.feedback

Csaba Horváth

We believe that we have to grab every opportunity that comes along, to take advantage of any innovation, and if one of those becomes very successful, we can say we were the first to use it.feedback

Andrea Hajagos - Euronews

In Budapest there are already several bitcoin cash dispensers. Many have criticised this sort of payment saying it's linked to the black economy, but others point out it is very innovative.feedback

András Lőwy

Our company wants those with bitcoins to be able to spend them on services, products, in shops, because it creates business and it helps those who need that service.feedback

Jesse Powell - Kraken

Coinsetter has a lot of synergies with us and it's pretty clean. There's a lot of companies that you can do a deal with. But Coinsetter has certainly a cautious approach to the United States and it doesn't have contingent liabilities hanging around its head and that's pretty appealing to us.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

At this stage the relevant financial authorities, the police, the Finance Ministry and others are gathering information on the case.feedback

Hiroshi Mikitani

They should not act hastily. As for whether we need regulations, they should first examine the situation a bit more and discuss it in depth.feedback

George Rotariu

You need a legislative framework to supply services or have a business in this field.feedback

Horea Vuscan

We are now in talks with officials because I don't know where we fit in, a bourse, bank, money transfer firm.feedback

Bobby Lee - BTC China

Payment in China is going to be very tricky in terms of bitcoin. The government has come out to say that they discourage or disallow payments. Now, whether that's enforceable is a different question, but because of that policy, that perspective, a lot of merchants are hesitant to accept bitcoin, especially large companies, and in turn, the users have nowhere to pay for things in bitcoin. So that's a chicken and egg problem.feedback

Barack Obama

I also believe that as soon as a few politicians get offed and they realise they've lost the war on privacy, the killings can stop and we can transition to a phase of peace, privacy and laissez-faire.feedback

István Varga

This is how it starts, and in the end this will grow throughout society and become a natural part of our everyday lives.feedback

Andrea Hajagos - Euronews

There is a sign here to show that there is a Bitcoin dispenser inside, and another sticker telling you that Bitcoin is accepted here for purchases. The people who've installed this machine have as their goal many more such signs appearing.feedback

Barnabás Debreczen - Bitcoin

This is just the first step, right now of course only a few people are interested in it, but this kind of first steps can help Bitcoin to be a common and friendly thing which can be used by the taxi driver, the policeman and even my mum.feedback

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