I remember the first-time Bitcoin broke $20,000 USD in 2017. Heads turned, mouths dropped, and global attention flooded into the cryptocurrency conversation.
I read recently in a UBS report that during that first rise, Google searches using the word ‘bitcoin’ skyrocketed up to 30,000 searches per week.
As Bitcoin smashed through $53,500 on Friday, it is apparent that we have entered a new chapter of the cryptocurrency story.
Sourcing the Action
Following The Conversation
When investors take interest in Bitcoin, they’re often taking interest in those kinds of questions. Can a tokenized economy become a reality? Will the user count continue to increase such that there are enough buyers to absorb new units? Is this five years, ten years, or fifty years away?
Volatility and uncertainty are baked into the Bitcoin model; maybe no one can answer these questions with full certainty. But as time goes on, we can continue to debate, make our predictions, place our bets, and watch things change on a day-to-day basis—that’s what makes it so hard for investors to look away.
What This Means for Real Estate
I haven’t yet made an investment in a Blockchain focused PropTech company. I’ve taken great interest in the Blockchain infrastructure, and while all of the action is promising, it’s hard to know at this point it’s exact relation to the PropTech space. What I know to be true is that we’re all emerging from a watershed event.
We’ve shared a sort of global trauma over the course of the pandemic, and we’ve developed a bias against some of the systems we had in place that left us overly exposed or ill-prepared. New solutions are in-demand, and new habits are already setting in. On that list, I think cryptocurrencies rank highly, and I’m continuing to watch closely. A future that operates on the principles of cryptocurrency isn’t hard to imagine, and might not be too far away.