The digital asset insights firm Chainalysis is analyzing how Bitcoin will retain its dominance in an increasingly crowded marketplace filled with crypto contenders.
Instead, he says BTC should focus on being a scarce, decentralized and fungible asset.
“Bitcoin can still have a very high long-term value, but it has become clear in the last six months that it competes for investor demand, and does not always win.
However, I don’t think that BTC should compete on innovative use cases. Bitcoin is highly unlikely to be upgraded to have the functionality of Ethereum and other Layer-1 assets.
It just isn’t designed for that, technologically or philosophically. And such a change would likely undermine its unique selling point: that it is a scarce fungible asset.”
Gradwell says that although the competition is fierce, Bitcoin can remain dominant if used as a form of capital in Web 3.0 and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.
He notes that wrapped Bitcoin, which are crypto assets that run on blockchains such as Ethereum and represent a 1:1 peg with the top cryptocurrency, are already bringing BTC into the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement.
He says a fully decentralized and widely adopted form of Bitcoin wrapping emerges would go a long way towards cementing BTC’s status as the dominant form of crypto capital.
“230,000 Bitcoin is currently wrapped. However, this requires Bitcoin to be deposited with a centralized third party. That is a fine model – millions of Bitcoin are currently held by centralized custodians. But this may prevent the programmatic wrapping of bitcoin that DeFi would likely require.
I believe that a decentralized way of wrapping bitcoin is needed to unlock the use of Bitcoin as high quality capital in DeFi.”
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