Jihan Wu has made most definitely made a name for himself in the Blockchain world. He is one of the most influential people in the blockchain ecosystem, standing alongside big names such as Roger Ver, Vitalik Buterin, John McAfee, the Winklevoss twins, Cobra and Amir Taaki. What he does and says quickly makes news in the world and for one crucial reason: his business has helped in a substantial way to make bitcoin what it is today.
The second afternoon at the DC Blockchain Summit 2018, which took place this week in Washington DC, saw Jihan Wu give a lecture on many topics related to the influence of blockchain on commerce. Towards the end of his lecture, he said a few words that surprised not only the audience but many enthusiasts around the world too. Almost immediately after finishing his lecture, the news spread like wildfire.
“We at Bitmain are very interested in private central bank startups that are going to use blockchain technology to issue private currencies and set it as a service, in a legal way. We would like to invest in 20 to 30 startups whose efforts are focused on this unique emerging economy.”
And although many people may hastily venture to say that such an idea is anti-blockchain, the truth is that it has some logic behind it. Let’s say you want to buy one candy: can you do it with your bitcoin? Imagine that you need an immediate means of liquidity to pay for a soda; cryptocurrencies do not offer a simple means of payment for small, everyday purchases like this. This is just one of a multitude of problems that still need to be solved, and Jihan Wu believes that private initiatives are more focused on improving their services than public institutions (that usually do fine simply by forcing the public to use their monopolistic services).
Bitmain, the company he founded a few years ago when Bitcoin was still nothing more than a promising initiative, today is not only one of the most lucrative businesses on the planet but it is one that has made Jihan Wu a giant with control over a large part of the ecosystem, with an expansive vision that has no limits. The digital news website “Quartz” explains it clearly:
“The company is a marvel of vertical integration. Bitmain designs the silicon that goes into its bitcoin mining rigs assembles the machines, then sells them to customers around the world. It also operates the machines for its account, runs vast bitcoin mines that it rents out on contract to others, and, finally, manages several of the world’s largest mining “pools” -agglomerations of processing power so huge that they greatly improve the odds of successfully mining a bitcoin block.”
One might wonder how far Bitmain aspires to grow? What else does Jihan Wu want? Bitmain, a company that has ventured to exploit Canada’s climate potential, creating an ASIC miner for Ethereum (a crypto that would not allow ASIC mining) and even investing in artificial intelligence development, has every reason to be considered a real economic colossus. And its new business vision points to the centralization of cryptos.
“We all know that a central bank is a very profitable business.” He said at the conference. More than enough motivation for Jihan to invest in, especially when for him, private companies “are better at creating more convenient user experiences for consumers”
He also said he doesn’t think the market will consolidate around a few currencies. He believes the growth of the market, in general, will be achieved in a distributed way:
“The fact is that Bitcoin is declining and we can see that lots of other cryptocurrencies like ethereum and dash grow very fast, and you just cannot explain if you think the theory is right that the market will consolidate (…) There’s no perfect cryptocurrencies on the market, so the market will require more cryptocurrencies,”
Encouraging words for an increasingly growing market of altcoins and ICOs that now have the moral support of one of the most visionary and successful men in the blockchain industry.