Update: Bitcoin has now topped $5800 amid unconfirmed rumors that China will restore cryptocurrency trading (perhaps in a more regulated environment) following the forthcoming National Congress.
As it seems the rest of the crypto space is being sold to fun BTC buying...
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Having smashed through the old record high this morning, Bitcoin has blasted above $5600 as the Asian session begins. The cryptocurrency is now up 30% since the Chinese returned from their Golden Week holiday...
Bitcoin is now 16% above its previous record high...
In an interview with CNBC's Fast Money, Novogratz called the emerging landscape a "revolution," stating:
"I never thought I'd come out of retirement but the space is so exciting right now I decided to build a business, hire a whole bunch of smart guys, and we're gonna to raise a fund ... and hopefully take advantage of what I see as a revolution, actually. A decentralised revolution."
As a store of value, Novogratz likened bitcoin to digital gold, and said the technology is beginning to make "more and more sense" as we move increasingly into the digital.
Novogratz continued to say that, while bitcoin is a bubble, the mania is justified, because it is a technological advancement that promises to fundamentally alter our lives.
"I can hear the herd coming" Novogratz said.
And bubble or not, Novogratz concluded eloquently on the extreme nature of cryptocurrencies' potential...
“Remember, bubbles happen around things that fundamentally change the way we live,” he said.
“The railroad bubble. Railroads really fundamentally changed the way we lived. The internet bubble changed the way we live. When I look forward five, 10 years, the possibilities really get your animal spirits going.”
Bitcoin is set to become "the biggest bubble of our time," he added, and could reach $10,000 very soon due to fast-building interest.