Marc Andreesen - Created first web browser, Netscape. Early investor in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Github.
“There have been 3 paradigm big changes in technology.
Personal computers in 1975, the Internet in 1993, and – I believe – Bitcoin in 2014.”
Peter Thiel - Founded Paypal. Owned 10% of facebook at IPO which he bought for $500,000 in 2005. Early investor in LinkedIn Yelp and Stripe.
“I do think bitcoin is the first...encrypted money…. that has the potential to ...change the world
Paul Graham - Founded Y Combinator, first investor in Airbnb and Dropbox.
“ I am very intrigued by Bitcoin. It has all the signs of a Paradigm shift, hackers love it, yet it's derided as a toy. Just like microcomputers.”
John Collison Stripe.com
“Genuinely a technological breakthrough, the fully decentralised nature of it is a phenomenal accomplishment.” Patrick Collison “ I really like bitcoin” http://bit.ly/1jqFUKp
Naval Ravikant - Early investor in Twitter. Founded Angellist.
“Bitcoin will eventually be recognized as a platform for building new financial services…..Silicon Valley knows a platform when it sees it, and is aflame with Bitcoin. Teams of brilliant young programmers, entranced by the opportunity, are working on [ideas]”
Chris Dixon - Early investor in Skype and Kickstarter
“Bitcoin is a serious proposal for dramatically improving the payments industry. There are plenty of open questions but I think it’s an experiment worth running.”
Richard Branson "Virgin Galactic is a company looking into the future, so is Bitcoin,"
Milton Friedman on Ecash in 1999 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnQJFEVY7s
“Bitcoin has the potential to be a massively disruptive technology,” “It is the leading digital currency and it’s growing fast.”
Wences Casares - Sold first fintech startup for $750m
“I think it will take time, just like the internet took time. But it may have more impact than the internet.” http://uk.businessinsider.com/how-bitcoin-may-have-more-impact-than-the-internet-2015-2?r=US&IR=T
Ketih Rabois - Dec 2013
I don’t have a strong perspective , I don’t know how bitcoin will play out. The underlying primitives are fascinating. …. There is no chance that bitcoin will suceed in the US. If someone in DC wants to make them illegal, it will be easy. Do I think bitcoin can suceed outside the US? Absolutely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia1bqXuOg04
"I think it's a technical tour de force but that it is an area where governments are going to maintain a dominant role."
Paul Buchheit “Bitcoin may be the TCP/IP of money"
In the interest of balance I will include some well known detractors below. Except for Buffett none are succesful tech entrpreneurs or have made big, successful, public bets on future technology.
"Bitcoin is a mirage" - Slightly dissapointly compares it to cheques and calls it anonymous. The interviewers also were unable to challenge his view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewMYbX47-IE
Paul Krugman - Nobel Laureate
when I try to get them to explain to me why BitCoin is a reliable store of value, they always seem to come back with explanations about how it’s a terrific medium of exchange
Robert Shiller - Nobel Laureate
Bitcoin is a bubble
Glenn Fleishmann - Writer/ Entrepreneur
Andreessen attempts to draw a parallel between the birth of the personal-computing era and the explosion of the publicly accessible Internet and Bitcoin. These are fundamentally flawed analogies
Matthew O’Brien of the Atlantic calls it, “the ultimate dotcom stock,” a bubble that will burst
Mathhew Ingrham - GigaOM writer
“Bitcoin can’t track the thief or reverse transactions”http://gigaom.com/author/mathewingram/inevitably burst?