MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor compares the development of Bitcoin to that of basketball star LeBron James.
In an interview with German financial expert and non-fiction author Marc Friedrich, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor emphasized that the criticism of Bitcoin (BTC), which was still valid in 2015 and 2017, is no longer valid.
Like LeBron James
Since 2017, Bitcoin has made significant progress in terms of infrastructure, fundamentals and adoption. In addition, and probably for this very reason, more and more institutional investors have invested in BTC this year as a store of value and a hedge against inflation.
While 2017 was still cited as a major criticism that the crypto currency would fluctuate too much and could possibly fall to zero, Saylor sees the development over the last three years as a sufficient counter-argument that will blow this criticism away.
The MicroStrategy boss symbolizes this by referring to the successful basketball player LeBron James, who is repeatedly traded as the heir to the legendary Michael Jordan. As Saylor points out in his analogy, even James, despite his great talent, would have had to mature before success could be achieved:
„I also think it is important to address the concerns and concerns of those in the crypto community who fear that Bitcoin is too risky, too volatile or could even go to zero. These people are still living in 2012, 2015, or 2017, and I will respond to them with this example: LeBron James played basketball between the ages of 9 and 18, when he was very talented but erratic and volatile. When he grew up, he destroyed every one of his opponents between the ages of 18 and 28.
One of the most important developments Bitcoin has made since 2017 is the significant expansion of the market. While three years ago, crypto trading platforms like BitMEX, which specializes in private investors, dominated the derivatives trading market on their own, the picture has changed.
As Cointelegraph reported, the large options exchange Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), which targets institutional investors, now has a trading volume similar to that of crypto-trading platforms for retail investors. For example, CME Bitcoin futures had $1.14 billion in open interest on December 4, which is higher than Binance Futures, Bybit, Huobi and BitMEX.
The on-chain data also shows that more and more large transactions are being made on the Bitcoin block chain, which is further evidence of the increased interest of institutional investors.
According to IntoTheBlock, the number of transactions worth more than $100,000 has doubled in the last two years. From this, the crypto-market researchers conclude, increasing activity by institutions.
Not only has the number of high volume transactions increased considerably, but also their volume has risen noticeably, the analysts write:
„The number of transactions of over 100,000 US dollars per day on the Bitcoin block chain has more than doubled compared to the previous year. In addition, the total volume moved in these transactions has increased more than six times over the same period“.
The increased interest of the institutions is an important driving force, which on the one hand provides for high capital inflows and on the other hand strengthens the perception of the crypto currency as a legitimate investment product in the mainstream. As Saylor stated in the interview, Bitcoin has thus taken a decisive step, which now provides it with the basis for writing a similar success story to LeBron.