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State of Bitcoin 2015
7th January 2015
1. 2014 in Review
1. Q4 Summary
• Price and Valuation
• Media
• VC Investment
• Commerce
• Technology
• Regulatio...
About CoinDesk
• World leader in digital currency news, prices and information
• The Bitcoin Price Index serves as an indu...
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2014 in Review
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Sustained price pressure may lead to
a shakeout in the mining sector and
likely consolidati...
Key Bitcoin Adoption Metrics
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Sources and notes: CoinDesk,, BitcoinPulse, Github, Co...
Jan-14 Feb-14 Mar-14 Apr-14 May-14 Jun-14 Jul-14 Aug-14 Sep-14 Oct-14 Nov-1...
Total Exchange Trading Volume
Increased by Over 50%
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Sources: CoinDesk,, Bitcoinity
CoinDesk's Top 10 News Stories of 2014
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Rank Title Date
1 Bitcoin Exchanges Under 'Massive and Conce...
2014 Bitcoin Venture Capital Investment
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Total VC investment in
cryptocurrency startups ...
Two Biggest VC Deals in 2014
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$30m $30.5m
(Series A) October 2014(Series A) May 2014
Source: CoinDe...
2014 Bitcoin VC Investment Surpassed
Early-Stage Internet Investment
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*Includes first sequence vent...
Number of Countries With Bitcoin VC
Investment Grew From 8 to 18 in 2014
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New countries receiving i...
2013 vs 2014 Investment Shift Towards
Wallets, Mining and Financial Services
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2013 vs 2014 VC Inves...
Companies Moving into New Product
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Jul 2013
Wallet + Exchange
Mergers and Acquisitions Announced in
2014, More Expected in 2015
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Oct 2014
Aug 2014
Aug 2014
Jul 2...
Number of Universal Bitcoin Companies
Doubled in 2014
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• Universals operate across more than
one as...
Total Altcoins Grew from 64 to 590 in 2014, Bitcoin’s
Market Cap is 6X Larger Than the Next Biggest
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Q4 2014
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Price and Valuation
CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index –
Q4 & YTD by the Numbers
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Source: CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, daily...
30-Sep 07-Oct 14-Oct 21-Oct 28-Oct 04-Nov 11-Nov 18-Nov 25-Nov 02-Dec 09-Dec 16-Dec 23-...
Monthly Exchange Trading Volume
Increased in Q4 …
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Sources: CoinDesk, Bitcoinity
…and Recently Surpassed Previous Highs
From End of 2013
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Sources: CoinDesk, Bitcoinity
State of Altcoins: Growth Rate of New Altcoins Slowed in Q4
by More Than 15%, Market Cap Share Steady at 9%*
25State of Bi...
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Selection of Q4’s Biggest Bitcoin Stories
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White-hat hacker exploits security flaw in
Blockchain wa...
Most Popular CoinDesk Q4 Stories
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Rank Title Date
1 Bitcoin Price Finds Hard Floor Following 26,000...
News Coverage of Bitcoin Declined on Most
Mainstream News Sites in Q4
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News Published Mentioning Bi...
‘Bitcoin Price’ is Top Q4 Search Term,
‘Bitcoin Bowl’ Achieved High Share
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Past 90
Related Sea...
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VC Investment
Two Biggest Bitcoin VC Deals in Q4
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$30.5m $21m
(Series A) November 2014(Series A) October 2014
Q4 Bitcoin Venture Capital Investment Nearly
Doubled Q3 Total
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Total VC investment in
Europe Continues to Heat Up as Overall Investment Share
Increased in Q4, Largest Regional Q/Q% Increase
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While the US Continues to Dominate Bitcoin VC
Investment, Total Share Declined by 11% in Q4
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Silicon Valley’s Share of All-Time Bitcoin VC Investment
Declined Slightly From 29% in Q3 to 27% in Q4
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The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem:
Six Different Bitcoin Company Categories
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Wallets Raised the Most Funding in Q4,
Followed by Mining and Financial Services
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Q4 VC Investment ...
Financial Services Took Over Universal, Receiving
the Most VC Investment
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• Wallets, Financial Serv...
Q4 Investment Rounds in Bitcoin Startups
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Source: CoinDesk (
Q4 Investment Rounds in Bitcoin Startups
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Source: CoinDesk (
Q4 Investment Rounds in Bitcoin Startups
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Source: CoinDesk (
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>82,000 Merchants Now Accept Bitcoin,
Up From 75,000 in Q3 (+9%)
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44K 38K
Sources: Coinbase and Bit...
Total merchants Forecasted merchants
140,000 Bitcoin-Accepting Merchants
Forecast by End of 2015
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Growth in Bitcoin-Accepting Businesses
Slowed Throughout 2014
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Sources: CoinDesk, Bitcoinity
Companies Representing >$180 Billion in
Annual Revenue Now Accept Bitcoin
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Top 10 Largest Bitcoin-A...
What Do People Buy with Bitcoins?
Home Goods & Consumer Electronics
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Source: most popular items pur...
Total Wallets Forecasted Wallets
Approximately 12 Million Bitcoin Wallets
Forecast by End of 2015
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Daily Bitcoin Transactions Passed
100,000 for the First Time in Q4
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• Quest...
Now Over 320 Bitcoin ATMs
Around the World
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Source: CoinDesk (
Oct-13 Jan-14 Apr-14 Jul-14 Oct-14 Jan-15 Apr-15 Jul-15 Oct-15 Jan-16
Total ATMs Forecas...
Lamassu Led ATM Deployments in 2014,
Skyhook Became Second Largest
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for over a
Most Bitcoin ATMs Located in Stores,
Restaurants and Coffee Shops
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Source: CoinDesk, www.coindesk.c...
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Discus Fish
BTCChina Pool
BTC Guild
Unknown with
1AcAj9p Address
Bitcoin Af...
CoinBase’s API Gaining Traction With
44 Bitcoin Apps Built on it
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Source: CoinBase
Bitcoin Developer Ecosystem Continues to Grow
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Number of created repositories in GitHub with bitcoi...
Number of Bitcoin Nodes Has Leveled Off in
Last Two Quarters
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Source: BitcoinPulse
Crypto 2.0 Projects to Keep an Eye on
in 2015
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BitAssets – allowing traders to hedge
against bitcoi...
Bitcoin Companies are Collaborating on
Security Across Industry Sectors
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Source: CoinDesk
Adoption of Multi-signature (Multisig) Wallet
Security Increased in 2014
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• Multisig: advertised as...
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Regulation and Macro
Over 250 Academic Articles on Bitcoin to Date
Cover a Wide Range of Research Topics
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Source: Peer-t...
A Number of Countries Expressing Interest
in Regulating Bitcoin as a Commodity
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• US Commodities Fu...
Some Positive Developments with
New York’s BitLicense Regulatory Framework
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• New York’s BitLicense...
Some Bitcoin Firms are Making Progress
with Banking Relationships
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Source: CoinDesk
Safello first t...
Russia is Illustrative of the Topsy-Turvy
Nature of Bitcoin Regulation
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3 Oct
Russia proposes
Highlights for bitcoin in 2014
• 25% mention more merchants’ acceptance, VC investment and
technology improvement
Biggest ...
Views on the Highs and Lows for
Bitcoin in 2014
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Source: CoinDesk Bitcoin Thought Leader Annual Sur...
Views On What Lies Ahead for Bitcoin
Regulation and Price Volatility in 2015
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Source: CoinDesk Bitc...
Views On What Lies Ahead for Bitcoin
Regulation and Price Volatility in 2015
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Source: CoinDesk Bitc...
Views on Bitcoin
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Jon Matonis
Founding Director
Bitcoin Foundation
Source: CoinDesk Bitcoin Thought...
Factoring in Remittance Fees Makes Sub-
Saharan Africa Most Fertile Market for Bitcoin …
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Source: H...
… Yet Bitcoin Regulation in Africa
Lags Behind the Rest of the World
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Source: Wikipedia https://tea...
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Q4 Investment Rounds in Bitcoin Startups
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Source: CoinDesk (
Close Date Company Size ($m) Round Select Investors Headquartered
Nov-14 Dogetipbot 0.45 Seed
Blackbird Ventures, Scott and Cyan
Banister, Individual Investors
Nov-14 CoinOutlet 0.05 Seed BitcoinShop New York
5 Second
Agile Wings, BRM Group, Genesis
Partners, Olivier Janssens
Kiryat Gat
Oct-14 BitLendingClub 0.25 Seed LAUNCHub San Francisco
Oct-14 Bitnet 14.5 First
Highland Capital Partners,
Rakuten, James Pallotta, Stuart
San Francisco
Oct-14 AlphaPoint 1.35 Seed
Ben Franklin Technology Partners,
Robin Hood Ventures
New York
Oct-14 Coinsetter 1.3 First Unknown New York
Oct-14 BitFlyer 0.24 Seed Bitcoin Opportunity Corp. Tokyo

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