29 Dec '13, 7pm

On the future of Dogecoin, BitCoin, and other cryptocurrencies of the non-realm

Never, ever underestimate the power of “first to market”. In my field I deal a lot with patents and I find that first to market is usually stronger than even a strong patent portfolio (Google, Dell, Cisco and even arguably Microsoft started with weak patent portfolios and relied on being first to market). In the case of bitcoin, if they have cachet, why would anybody care to try another bitcoin? Further, George Selgin should have been mentioned–the father of private bank. Finally, bitcoin and cryptocoins today are like the wildcatter banks of yesteryear: as long as their fiat paper is backed by liabilities at the bank–deposits–then you can and did have 100s of competing fiat currencies, with booms and busts but no permanent crash. A limited supply of something with cachet is valuable–it’s called “ART” Modern art looks terrible but has a utility because it is scarce and peo...

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