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Coinbase CTO: Crypto is Entering the Tech Mainstream

Last Updated March 4, 2021 3:07 PM
Joseph Young
Last Updated March 4, 2021 3:07 PM

Balaji Srinivasan, a prominent venture capital investor and the chief technical officer at Coinbase, said  that crypto is entering the tech mainstream.

“Sundar Pichai & Sergey Brin’s sons are both mining crypto; Facebook is doing blockchain; Square open sourced some nice cold storage code; Microsoft, Amazon, Google Cloud all have blockchain efforts; crypto is entering the tech mainstream.”

Since early 2018, unreflective of the 73 percent correction in the cryptocurrency market which saw the combined valuation of cryptocurrencies drop from $800 billion to $210 billion, the cryptocurrency market and blockchain sector have shown significant progress in terms of institutionalizing an emerging asset class, improving market structure, and strengthening the underlying technologies of cryptocurrencies.

Increasing Awareness of Blockchain

As a data processing technology, the blockchain enables the segregation and storage of data in a series of blocks in a peer-to-peer process. But, to ensure that bad actors with malicious intent are penalized accordingly for engaging in fraudulent activity, an incentive system in the form of a cryptocurrency is necessary on a blockchain network.

To better understand the necessity, structure, and decentralized nature, an increasing number of institutions, technology conglomerates, and enthusiasts have started to mine cryptocurrencies that support major blockchain networks.

Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange
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Most recently, CCN.com reported that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai have publicly said their sons have been mining ETH, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain protocol.

Pichai noted that his 11-year-old son understood the concept of Ethereum and consensus currencies better than fiat currency, possibly due to the complexity of connections and centralization involved in the creation, distribution, and operation of fiat money.

“Last week I was at dinner with my son, and I was talking about something about bitcoin and my son clarified what I was talking about was ethereum, which is slightly different. He’s 11 years old, and he told me he’s mining it. I had [to] explain to him how paper money actually works. I realized he understood ethereum better than how paper money works. I had to talk to him about the banking system, the importance of it. It was a good conversation.”

Previously, Fidelity Investments, the fourth largest asset manager in the world with more than $7 trillion assets under management, also mined Bitcoin and Ethereum  to grasp the concept of mining and the necessity of cryptocurrencies.

Fast forward one year and five months, Fidelity Investments established Fidelity Digital Assets, providing custody services around the asset class to help institutional investors invest in the market.

Open-Source Revolution

Square, the $30 billion payment giant operated by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has recently open-sourced its code that processes cold storage funds.

As a decentralized and peer-to-peer network, the blockchain is developed and maintained by an open-source group of developers that proposed code changes and improvements on code repositories like GitHub.

Last month, Octoverse reported that Ethereum had become the fifth fastest growing open-source project in the world alongside Microsoft Azure and Spyder.

Source: Octoverse

The rise of cryptocurrencies as a recognized asset class and blockchain technology as one of the core pillars of the fourth industrial revolution has led institutions and individuals to rethink how the global monetary system works and the way information can be processed in a peer-to-peer manner.

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