Crypto Briefing Connect: Is crypto approaching its Uber moment?
January 10, 2019 | Blog

Crypto Briefing Connect: Is crypto approaching its Uber moment?

Investors and companies have poured billions into the crypto industry, from developing Blockchain technologies to building digital exchanges. So what do we have to show for it? Is crypto any closer to mass adoption?

A group of experts will offer their thoughts on these questions Thursday night at OKCoin headquarters in San Francisco. (Register here) The panel includes Cecilia Li, investment director of OK Blockchain Capital, Ronghui Gu, co-founder of CertiK, Bryan Myint, Managing Director, Republic Crypto, and SharesPost’s own Greg Wolfson, director of strategic partnerships.

Jonathan Rice, managing editor of Crypto Briefing, will moderate the discussion.

Bitcoin and Uber both debuted in 2009. But that’s where the similarities end. Uber almost immediately disrupted the established order and quickly expanded. Today, cars driving for Uber and its many competitors are a common sight on streets throughout the United States and throughout the world.

“Why isn’t crypto doing this?” Rice said in an interview.

Despite its vast potential, crypto is still seeking to gain traction. Part of the problem is the technology is hard to understand. But Rice suspects that crypto does not solve obvious problems for the average person.

For example, Uber tapped into consumers’ frustration with the taxi cab industry, especially when they can’t get a ride in a bad storm. When it comes to crypto, “nobody is really standing out in the rain,” Rice said.

In an interview, Myint of Republic Crypto agrees that crypto right now might be a solution in search of a problem.

However, companies and engineers are creating new applications every day that, at the very least, are improving existing technologies like supply chain management and money transfers, Myint said.

Myint thinks a better comparison for crypto is the Internet. When the Internet first seeped into public conscious in the 1990s, we would never have predicted that one day, we could use a small computer in our pocket to wirelessly summon a car to our exact location, he said.

“We don’t know what’s possible,” Myint said.

People use the Internet every day but the average person doesn’t understand how it works, he said.

“We’re not at the moment where the general public is ready to adopt crypto,” Myint said. “Once it does, people won’t actually know what they are using. The benefits will not be seen to the user.”

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Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee is the Senior Writer at SharesPost. He was previously a business columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Lee has written for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Seattle Times. He is author of “Rebuilding Empires” (St. Martin's Press), his book on the future of big box retail in the digital age.

DISCLAIMER: This blog does not contain a complete analysis of every material fact regarding any issuer, industry, or security. The information contained in this blog has been obtained from sources we consider to be reliable; however, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all such information.

None of the information contained in this blog represents an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, any security, and no buy or sell recommendation should be implied, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or governmental jurisdiction in which said offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Any securities offered are offered by SharesPost Financial Corporation, a member of FINRA/SIPC. SharesPost Financial Corporation and SP Investments Management are wholly owned subsidiaries of SharesPost Inc. Certain affiliates of these entities may act as principals in such transactions.

Copyright © SharesPost, Inc. 2019. All rights reserved.