Disclaimer: The information in this blog represents the opinions of its author and is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as investment advice. Cryptocurrency markets are extremely risky so you should only invest money you are willing to lose.
Admit it - the first time you bought a cryptocurrency you thought your head might explode or maybe you’d spontaneously combust. Perhaps you were expecting a Special-Ops stealth helicopter to swoop in & snatch you up & take you away for your shadowy dark web activities. Like most investors you were suffering from crypto-phobia.
None of those things happened, none of your worst fears were realized. But something really significant did happen - you got a firsthand lesson in the workings of a revolutionary new asset class and you probably reached an “aha!” moment when you finally realized what all the hype was about. You probably made a few bucks, and you stimulated your appetite to start exploring some of the creative new investment opportunities in the cryptocurrency space.
Been There, Done That
Like the millions of people who opened coinbase wallets and dipped their toe into the crypto-pool, when you heard about the big boys - CBOE and Nasdaq and The Chicago Merc beginning to trade bitcoin futures you smiled and thought “been there, done that”, because you knew they were late to the party. You were already a cryptocurrency investor and you realized that you, the individual investor, the little guy, were way ahead of the big boys.
Like a Marathon - We Run This
It became immediately clear to you that institutional investors don’t run this space - they don’t get to set up and control an offering and reserve the best shares for themselves and their cronies and only later give access to small investors on a limited basis at ridiculous prices with exorbitant fees after they've gotten rich off the hype which has long faded away.
Your Own "Shark Tank"
You realized that the crypto-verse represents the true democratization of capital, with no barriers to entry and no minimum fees. It gives you access to creative new futuristic investment opportunities at the ground floor level with no minimum investment at fees you can afford. Like running your own “Shark Tank” - you, or anyone, with any size investment, can be a venture capitalist within the cryptocurrency ecosystem - seeking out, researching, and investing in creative new opportunities in almost any vertical you can imagine on the ground floor level.
Peer-to-Peer, Verified by Math
Whether it’s global borderless currency or digital gold or peer-to-peer lending or derivative swaps or data storage or micro-transactions or third world financial services for the unbanked or B2B financial services or complex securities ownership chains or real estate or credit scores or medical records or authentication and ownership of works of art or simply investing in blockchain itself - you now see the power of blockchain to decentralize any of those systems and make them efficient, peer-to-peer, and self-verifying purely with math.
If you’re like most investors this realization has gotten you soooooooo over your crypto-phobia and you are starting to embrace the fact that cryptocurrencies are the future, and they’re not going away - not ever.
Money's Coming In, Not Going Out
Dollars and Euros and Yen are pouring into the cryptocurrency space at a breathtaking pace that is only accelerating, and many of them will never come out. Instead, they will allow individual investors like you to run your own “Shark Tank” - to be a venture capitalist on a small scale and seek out the creative new investment opportunities that are right for you.