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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction 115

After some speculation yesterday about the winner of the auction for the first block of bitcoins seized from the Silk Road, the winner went ahead and made his identity public. Tim Draper has won the U.S. Marshals bitcoin auction and is partnering with Vaurum to provide bitcoin liquidity in emerging markets. ... Tim offered this in a statement: “Bitcoin frees people from trying to operate in a modern market economy with weak currencies. With the help of Vaurum and this newly purchased bitcoin, we expect to be able to create new services that can provide liquidity and confidence to markets that have been hamstrung by weak currencies. Of course, no one is totally secure in holding their own country’s currency. We want to enable people to hold and trade bitcoin to secure themselves against weakening currencies.”
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

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  • by Zeio ( 325157 ) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @12:31PM (#47369515)

    Bitcoin is deflationary in a world with increasing population. Also BTC has made land grabbers and early adopters rich - it doesnt look like the currency of the future to me.

    The other issue is that it cannot be recovered when stolen - this makes the identity theft issue utterly lethal.

    If something similar to BTC came about that was convertable to energy or bullion that would be of interest - then the whole digital-only nature of the currency would be alleviated to some degree (a computer/HDD crash can wipe you out is a valid fear).

    The other thing that needs to come about is transaction escrow. Some mutually agreed on non-governmental third party should provide escrow for large transactions.

    I think that Amazon and others love BTC simply because they dont have to pay a tithe to credit card companies, but credit card companies help us deal with fraud, bad products, identity theft, etc. If you pay your credit cards off in time you get a company that can be helpful in dealing with fraud and identity theft vs nothing.

    BTC is like walking around with krugerrands and bearer bonds without security.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @12:43PM (#47369617)

    This is nothing more than a ploy to advertise the company (which I'm not naming on purpose).
    That is also how he was able to win. He did NOT bid "X times Y" where X is the price of BC and
    Y is the number of coins. He bid "X times Y plus advertising-factor". That's how he was able
    to beat everyone else.

    WATCH. They will sell these BC within the next 30 days. I know it's a bit outside /. attention-span but that's how it is going to work.

    Fortunus dominus

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern