Bitcoin Demand Continues to Grow In Spite of Bitcoin Raids
Throughout 2013 there have been frequent raids on businesses that are aligned with Bitcoin. In spite of the onslaught of bad publicity, Bitcoin continues to gain favor – and demand – from the public at large.
The Washington Post featured a story recently that reports on the counter intuitive results these raids have had:
“In the first four months of 2013, Bitcoin saw a massive rally, rising from $13 at the start of the year to $266 on April 10. The price then crashed to $50 later in April, rose to $170, and fell below $65 in July.
But in the last three months, the price of Bitcoins has risen steadily. It hit $140 earlier today.
The currency’s value has risen despite a spate of negative headlines. Earlier this month the feds arrested the alleged mastermind of the Bitcoin-based narcotics marketplace Silk Road. In July, federal regulators shuttered an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme. And the leading Bitcoin-based exchange, the Japan-based Mt. Gox, has had a series of problems, including a U.S. government crackdown and an acrimonious legal dispute with a former business partner.
But at the same time, entrepreneurs have been quietly building new businesses on top of the virtual currency. Few if any of those businesses have produced big profits yet. But the fact that so many entrepreneurs and investors are pouring resources into the system — despite its highly publicized problems — suggests a high degree of confidence that those problems will be worked out in the long run, and Bitcoin will become an important part of the world economy.”