Bitcoins challenge: 100 million users

Michael Jackson is former COO of Skype, venture capitalist at Mangrove Capital Partners and board member of Bitcoin Wallet provider Blockchain.

Here he explains why it is so important that in 2016 interesting applications and services are developed to make Bitcoin appealing to users around the globe and confirm the value of the technology.

Crypto trader growth is also very impressive

As a lifelong technologist, engineer and now crypto trader partner at Mangrove Capital Partners, I often think about how transformative developments affect my environment as shown in this review. Throughout my career I have observed how the World Wide Web has provided hidden information to the whole world.

There are not many revolutionary technologies and they only occur very rarely, so it is important to be on the right moment. Currently it is almost impossible to enter a FinTech company without hearing about the blockchain.

The blockchain is omnipresent and as many readers know, unfortunately often misunderstood. Just to say that a company can use the blockchain doesn’t mean anything. Companies strive to build long-term relationships with their users and to create communities. You can have a good team with a lousy product or a brilliant idea but a bad execution. Success requires constant fresh energy, a strategy, perseverance and vision. And most importantly, you need a product that people really appreciate.

Bitcoin and Blockchain companies need to focus on solving problems first and then develop software that pleases their consumers.

Despite our slow progress, we have something precious

As the COO of Skype, I’ve been at the forefront of the biggest quantum leap in the telecommunications industry. Interestingly, most people don’t even know that almost all calls are already VoIP-enabled. The switching of the copper wires happened in the background. Phones and their interfaces have changed, but the human desire for telecommunications has remained. Peer to peer connections allow communication at the touch of a button and almost free of charge. The same applies immediately to transactions that are processed via the Bitcoin blockchain.

Just as with VoIP technology, it takes time for Bitcoin and the blockchain to be accepted. But this is already happening. It happens just like in the communications industry in the background. Just as all call centers today use the VoIP method, at some point transactions will increasingly be handled via the blockchain and take over the dominance.

I can’t remember a back-end system that ran 7 years, 365 days a year 24/7 without any problems. The Bitcoin blockchain has proven its resilience. A quick look at the statistics shows that the entire network is clearly maturing.

In recent months, the hashrate of the Bitcoin network has tripled to 650,000,000 GH/s.

According to publicly available information, there are already more than 10 million Bitcoin Wallets. The most meaningful statistic, however, is that of transaction volume: the number of transactions has risen from 80,000 to more than 200,000 per day and is growing steadily.