In diesem Artikel von der New York Times spricht Verwaltungsratsmitglied der Crypto Finance AG, Marc P. Bernegger über seine ersten Erfahrungen mit Bitcoin und darüber, wie er versucht hat, das Potential der Technologie seinen Freunden zu erklären.
We’re all crypto people now
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone from curiosity to punchline to viable investment, making them almost impossible to ignore — for better or worse.
Marc P. Bernegger bought some Bitcoin at $7 in 2012 and handed out many of the coins to friends. He had tried to explain that the technology’s potential went far beyond the currency, but “most of them didn’t really care,” he said.
Few of them can access the coins. Neither can he. Not viewing it as an investment at the time, he spent it on issues of Bitcoin magazine and a betting game called Satoshi Dice, selling the rest at $30.
Earlier this month, the price of a single Bitcoin topped $63,000.
Now Mr. Bernegger is an investor at Crypto Finance Group, a brokerage and asset manager in Switzerland, and friends seek out his advice on crypto investments. He tells them to buy and hold for the long term and to ignore volatility along the way.
“I always tell my friends, ‘If you really believe in it, buy it for your kids,’” he said.
Since last week, the price of Bitcoin has fallen by more than 20 percent as of Saturday. There’s an industry term for white-knuckling it through crypto’s wild volatility without selling: “hodl.”