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Bitcoin moves from hype to disappointment, and on to real utility

Even many sophisticated early tech adopters are scratching their heads unless they have a really compelling personal reason to start adopting Bitcoin. Still, I believe that Bitcoin is going to be one of the most dynamic areas in tech over the coming five years.

Melanie Shapiro, founder of CryptoLabs and CEO of Case

The promise of Bitcoin

In 1991, the first version of the hypertext transfer protocol was published and it did one simple thing. HTTP allowed one computer to ask another computer for a page of information and receive an HTML page as a response. It was simple but for the first time, information could travel anywhere in the world for free as long as you hook up to this open network called the Internet.

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The 2 biggest emerging opportunities in cryptocurrency

The two greatest areas for innovation and value creation in the Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies sector are in providing solutions for banks in developing countries and creating a better decentralized ledger.