Brock Pierce on Bitcoin and Financial Inclusion in India




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Bitcoin doesn’t get featured much in the Indian mainstream media. Is because of low adoption, or lack of understanding or just the don’t care attitude one can’t be sure. However, whenever there is a chance to have to report anything in an Indian context or get some interviews with those from the industry who are visiting the country, we can the newspapers to fall in line. We have seen that example in the past couple of days.

The Chairman of Bitcoin Foundation, Brock Pierce who also happens to be the managing partner of Blockchain Capital was quoted by multiple publications while he was visiting Mumbai. Brock Pierce was one of the key speakers at the recently concluded SingularityU Summit. The Asia’s first Singularity University Summit was held in Mumbai, along with Brock Pierce other key speakers included Peter Diamandis – the cofounder and executive chair of Singularity University and also the CEO of XPRIZE Foundation, Rob Nail – CEO and Founder of Singularity University, Brad Templeton, Neil Jacobstein and Sanjay Sarma -VP of Open Learning at MIT.

Brock Pierce definitely gained the attention of bitcoin and blockchain enthusiasts in the country. Even the press was interested to know what he thought about bitcoin and blockchain technology in the Indian context. In one of the interviews on a leading Indian daily, Brock Peirce talks about the outlook for bitcoin industry, scalability issues, use of bitcoin in India and investments in the Indian market.

According to Brock Pierce people are wrongly associating bitcoin’s growth with the price, whereas the real metric should be its transaction volumes. With bitcoin transaction volumes growing every month, the digital currency is enjoying a healthy run. He believes that Bitcoin technology can change the greatly help India to achieve financial inclusion by offering blockchain powered financial services to the underbanked and unbanked population.

Remittance is one industry which definitely gained attention, so were the mentions of Abra and Ratan Tata’s investment in the startup. Brock himself is open to investing in Indian crypto-startups, but as a co-investor along with venture capital funds. Which bitcoin startup/company will be the first one to cash this cheque, we have to wait and watch.

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