The Disruptive Power of Bitcoin

Published on
December 11th, 2014
21 minutes

The Disruptive Power of Bitcoin

Cypherpunks beyond Bitcoin ·
Featuring Barry Silbert

Published on: December 11th, 2014 • Duration: 21 minutes

Back in the early days of the cryptocurrency era, Barry Silbert, Bitcoin guru and founder of both Bitcoin Investment Trust and the new Digital Currency Group, spoke to Real Vision on the projects in development for Bitcoin and his vision for the disruption of tomorrow’s financial markets.


  • DD
    David D.
    16 January 2021 @ 13:34
    yes, you can pay for a coffee with Bitcoin but you are therein generating a taxable capital gain for a $4 transaction.
  • TS
    Thomas S.
    16 December 2014 @ 16:20
    "Better than gold" LOL. Some of these bitcoin fanatics are delusional.
    • CT
      Crispim T.
      14 October 2019 @ 21:13
      Guess Thomas had to see it to believe it. Well, 2019 delivered: Bitcoin is indeed better than gold.
    • MJ
      Matt J.
      31 December 2020 @ 14:40
      This comment hasn't aged well. And will continue to age far worse.
  • LL
    Lincoln L.
    8 July 2019 @ 04:17
    It's really cool to see how far Barry has come. Everything he has said here has credibility and an uncanny level of accuracy. It will be interesting to see where the BTC mkt cap is in another 5 years from now with respect to his recently launched "drop gold" campaign.
  • DT
    Dan T.
    14 May 2019 @ 16:44
  • JS
    John S.
    9 August 2017 @ 01:21
    Barry is a pioneer
    • ek
      eric k.
      31 August 2017 @ 17:06
      No one is laughing at that 100x prediction now.
  • TM
    Taylor M.
    16 March 2016 @ 18:22
    Ethereum is the next bitcoin. Got in at the "ipo" .30 cents.
  • LT
    Luc T.
    20 December 2014 @ 13:25
    The major reason for owning gold/bitcoin is to evade the traditional financial channels and avoid counterparty risk. Buying the Bitcoin Investment Trust looks to me like buying gold through an ETF.
  • RO
    Robert O.
    17 December 2014 @ 03:47
    Bitcoin not worried about Russia and China, really! Security in the internet world is not safe. Malware targeting markets will not spare Bitcoin.
  • ML
    Marvin L.
    12 December 2014 @ 03:09
    Why stop at bitcoin? Can't others continually create artificial currencies, and associated investment trusts like A-coin, B-coin & C-coin? Let's set one up tomorrow...I'm shocked it has credibility.
  • CC
    Christopher C.
    12 December 2014 @ 02:52
    Bitcoin's strength is the every other currency's weakness. Ability to be devalued through inflation to zero. Confiscation, Border permeability. Anonymity (currently).
  • EP
    Edward P.
    11 December 2014 @ 22:51
    SL Then it would take away from the decentralized nature/benefits of bitcoin
  • SL
    Steven L.
    11 December 2014 @ 22:03
    I wonder about a Central Bank deciding to create a competing currency.