Happy Birthday, Bitcoin! Industry players share a few words

To
celebrate
the
Bitcoin
network’s
13th
anniversary,
Cointelegraph
gathered
birthday
messages
from
industry
players
to
mark
the
occasion.
Following
a

hash
rate
all-time
high
,
Bitcoin
(BTC)
has
officially
reached
its
adolescent
years,
and
industry
experts
weigh
in
on
its
future.

Beimnet
Abebe, vice
president
of
principal
trading
at
Galaxy Digital:

“13
years
ago,
Bitcoin
was
released.
Although
its
creation
garnered
little
fanfare,
drawing
the
eyes
and
attention
of
only
a
few
esoteric
coders,
its
release
would
prove
monumental,
enabling
anyone,
anywhere
in
the
world
to
access
digitally
scarce
money
for
the
first
time
and
opening
the
door
to
protocols
that
would
go
on
to
power
the
next
iteration
of
the
web.”

Hassan
Bassiri, vice
president
of
portfolio
management
at
Arca
Funds:

“BTC
is
the
gateway
drug
which
opened
everyoneu201s
eyes
to
how
big
digital
assets
can
truly
be.
As
the
BTC
ecosystem
grows
and
it
becomes
a
more
productive
asset
in
terms
of
lend/borrow
and
yield,
we
can
expect
more
entrants,
research
and
opportunities
with
other
currencies
and
blockchains.”

Laura
Vidiella,
business
development
strategist
and
former
vice
president
of
institutional
sales
at
Paradigm:

“The
BTC
ecosystem
will
continue
to
see
increased
growth
in
products
and
capital
in
2022.
With
the
increasing
offering
in
derivatives
and
structured
products,
traditional
entities
are
deploying
more
capital
by
investing
in
yield
generating
strategies
they
are
familiar
with.”

Ian
Kane,
co-founder
and
CEO
of
Unbanked:

“Its
creation
transcended
time
zones,
borders,
and
governments

and
financially
empowered
millions
of
people
across
the
world.
It
is
a
testament
to
human
ingenuity
and
that
one
person
(or
group
of
people)
anywhere
in
the
world
can
create
something
with
an
impact
bigger
than
themselves.
The
next
13
years
are
going
to
be
even
more
influential
than
the
last
as
everyone
moves
towards
a
Bitcoin
standard.”



Related: The
year
for
Bitcoin:
A
2021
roundup
of
the
flagship
crypto

Marc
Yaklofsky,
head
of
communications
and
public
relations
at
Genesis
Global
Trading:

“There
is
an
old
Japanese
proverb
that
goes,
‘Beginning
is
easy,
continuing
is
hard.’
The
journey
to
change
the
world
has
only
just
begun.
Continue
on,
Bitcoin!”

Rich
Rosenblum,
founder
of
GSR
Markets:

“It
is
appropriate
that
Bitcoin
is
celebrating
its
bar
mitzvah
today.
2022
will
be
its
first
full
year
with
an
ETF,
and
widespread
participation
and
adoption.
Mazel
Tov!”



Related: New
year,
same
‘extreme
fear’

5
things
to
watch
in
Bitcoin
this
week

Meanwhile,
Nayib
Bukele,
the
president
of
El
Salvador
and
a
Bitcoin
proponent,
speculated
that
BTC
will
hit
$100,000
this
year.

BTC

rang
in
the
new
year
below
$47,000
 and
was
$46,100
at
the
time
of
publication.
Whether
you
are
bullish
or
bearish,
the
asset
has
come
a
long
way
in
terms
of
adoption
and
security.

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