Billionaire Venture Capitalist: Bitcoin Price to Skyrocket to $250,000 After May 2020

Venture capitalist and bitcoin investor Tim Draper on bitcoin price: "So, um, yeah, it might be an interesting buying opportunity."

Posted in: Cryptocurrency News
Published:
December 20, 2019 6:27 PM UTC
  • Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper says the bitcoin price will skyrocket to $250,000 soon after the May 2020 ‘halving’ event.
  • As astounding as that sounds, Draper’s projections are in line with bitcoin’s historical trend.
  • Draper correctly predicted the ‘crypto winter’ bear market of 2018-2019 in September 2018. He’s made over $200M from BTC so far.

When Tim Draper talks about good tech investments with enormous profit potential, markets listen. Some of the Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s winning picks include Baidu, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitch.

In 2014, Draper made a massive bet on bitcoin. He spent just shy of $19 million for 30,000 BTC sold by U.S. authorities at auction.

Outbidding everyone else, it looked like Draper paid a premium for the coin then. But today that 30,000 BTC is worth over $200 million with the bitcoin price above $7,000.

He thinks it’ll be worth $7.5 billion in two years at the $250,000 price point.

Tim Draper: Bitcoin Is About to Boom

In an interview with BlockTV this week, Draper said:

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If you run a technical analysis, it looks like it’ll be something like six months to a year after the halving that we will cross $250,000 per bitcoin.

He followed up the prediction with some classic understatement:

So, um, yeah, it might be an interesting buying opportunity.

Draper sees the value in bitcoin’s features and benefits as a financial product:

I’m so frustrated with the banks just taking two and a half to four percent every time I swipe my credit card. I’m ready for this new currency.

Critics have called bitcoin a ponzi scheme and likened its ground shaking price boom over the last decade to the Tulip mania of the 17th century.

But it’s not as if Tim Draper is viewing the bitcoin price through rose-tinted lenses. He even predicted its price would fall back in September 2018, right before it did:

The Internet started in the same way. It came in big waves and then it kind of came crashing down. And then the next wave comes concentrated but much bigger. I suspect the same thing will go on here.

2Y Bitcoin Price Graph | Source: Yahoo Finance

Fundstrat’s Tom Lee Discusses on CNBC Fast Money

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Fundstrat’s Tom Lee went on CNBC to discuss the $250,000 bitcoin price prediction.

Lee said:

When you look at this on a log basis, the idea that bitcoin would get there would be consistent with the idea it’s a generational trade. I don’t know if 24 months is how long it will take…

The Fast Money anchor opened the segment by balking at the prediction, but noting the source is credible:

I don’t know if we should talk about it, because I felt like it was so bold, it’s almost irresponsible. But Draper – he’s a well known guy. He’s not going to say anything he doesn’t believe.

A Fast Money analyst said bitcoin could get there if it rivals gold for market share:

If bitcoin were at $250,000, that would be about a four and a half trillion dollar market cap, which would be about half the market cap of all the gold in the world. And so I think Tim Draper thinks… bitcoin is going to take market share from gold.

Bitcoin’s current market cap is $130 billion. If Draper’s prediction holds true, that would mean the exodus of trillions of dollars from other markets to bitcoin.

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To predict most of that will come from gold is an even bolder claim than Draper’s price prediction. The bitcoin price correlates positively with gold, and negatively with stocks.

That could suggest bitcoin competes with gold for market share as a gold substitute. But it could indicate that when money leaves Wall Street, a lot of it ends up in bitcoin.

Other Silicon Valley heavyweights who would generally agree with Tim Draper’s assessment of bitcoin’s prospects include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Apple founder Steve Wozniak, and PayPal founder Peter Thiel.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:40 PM UTC

W. E. Messamore @thehuli

Markets Contributor for CCN living in Nashville, Tennessee. Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in 2009 (majored in Entrepreneurship). Organized Senator Rand Paul's first and second online fundraisers in 2009. Correctly predicted the bitcoin bull market of 2019. Roving editor for the Independent Voter Network since 2013. Email me | Follow Me on Twitter (followed by: fmr Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), fmr NM Gov. Gary Johnson, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY))

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