An early investor in Skype, Hotmail and Tesla says people around the world will choose to switch from government-controlled fiat to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
In a new interview with TheBitcoinOfCryptoStreet, billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper says it’s time for governments at large to switch from a mentality of control, to service.
“The great thing about cryptocurrency is that it is not tied to a government. Governments control you by controlling your currency. Governments have to switch from control to service. Governments have to start thinking in terms of, ‘How do I attract citizens to my government?’ as opposed to ‘You live here, you work for me.’
And I think that is going to be a change that’s slowly starting to happen around the world. I think the Japanese government has recognized this…
They said Bitcoin’s a national currency in Japan. And that attracted people to Japan, it attracted entrepreneurs, businesses, money. They all decided they’d go there because they thought, ‘Well, Japan is thinking of the future. And Japan is thinking of attracting me to their country.’ Other countries are not doing that, and I think they need to. I think they need to recognize that the world is now open and as a government, you have to serve your people instead of the other way around.”
According to Draper, government-issued fiat currency can’t compete with crypto in the long run.
“I am bullish long term because I believe that no one will want to hold onto a currency that’s tied to a government when there’s a currency that’s just as good that’s decentralized and not tied to a government. So most people will move to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
But the transition is what we’re talking about. There’s a certain amount of time that’s required for it to be really easy for us to trade in Bitcoin rather than dollars. Because the only people who will take Bitcoin from you today are people who are maybe 35 years old or younger. Because they all say, ‘Bitcoin’s going to be much more valuable.’ If you’re 35 years or older, those people are saying, ‘No. We want dollars. We want RMB. We want the old way.’ And so we’ve got a new wave coming. I kind of gave it four years, where they engineers would have time to build it up. And it would also allow for the information to proliferate the world.”
When asked about his top three altcoins picks, Draper declined to name names. Instead he explained what motivates him to invest in certain altcoins.
“I invest in altcoins that are tied to a lot of work. Someone who is really dedicated to them. Someone who has created new technology around them. Because if you’re just an altcoin for the purpose of being an altcoin, you might as well be Bitcoin.”