Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken about his early interest in bitcoin and an attempt to buy the world’s most prominent cryptocurrency back when it was trading at $70 per coin. He eventually bought it at $700.
Speaking on stage at a tech conference in Miami, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak underlined bitcoin’s importance in bringing FinTech’s poster child, blockchain technology, to the mainstream. The tech mogul was asked by a member of the audience about the ‘meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies’ & blockchain technology and their collective potential for transformative change in society.
To this, Wozniak pointed blockchain technology’s core features in security and traceability, underlining them as factors behind every corner of the global banking industry looking into the decentralized innovation.
“Bitcoin is the well-known cybercurrency that really bought all of this to our attention,” Wozniak said, in his response that was just as much about educating the audience as it was him praising the technology.
Wozniak then spoke about how he tried to acquire bitcoin years ago when the now-soaring cryptocurrency was trading at $70 per coin. Not as an investor, but as an adopter who was looking to own and “play” with it.
I remember getting interested in bitcoin some time ago. It was $70 for a bitcoin. Man, I went online and you had to have a special bank account at a certain bank and I couldn’t buy any bitcoin so I gave up. Eventually I got some of them at the $700 stage and then it went down to $350. Oh my gosh. I didn’t invest, I did it so I could play with bitcoin. How do you buy things and how could you sell things?
He then spoke about looking at websites that would accept bitcoin for payments and mentioned Tiger, presumably Tigerdirect. Since those early days, bitcoin has since come a long way with the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Newegg, Overstock and Rakuten, among a handful of many, to accept the cryptocurrency.
Long retired from his day job, Wozniak is now a philanthropist and an investor. As an early bitcoiner, he also spoke about looking for establishments – hotels and restaurants – who accepted bitcoin during his travels.
“Then I found out when I travel, you could look ahead to a city and find out which hotels, which restaurants accept bitcoin,” he continued, stating that bitcoin is “getting there” as a method of payment.
"It’s becoming…it’s getting there…it’s just not there enough to everything you’re used to [buying and selling]," he opined. "It's getting there."
When reminded that bitcoin is now trading at $3,000, four times the value of when he bought the cryptocurrency, he said:
I was just playing around to find out how to buy and sell stuff and I didn’t care about the fact that I’d lost a ton of money [when it went down, but he held on] and now I’m way up . *Chuckle*
At the time of publishing, bitcoin is trading at around $2,730 on Bitstamp.
Article edited for clarity.
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Last modified (UTC): June 14, 2017 9:27 AM