A new report by Dr. Garrick Hileman and Danqing Ying of the London School of Economics reveals some interesting and noteworthy facts and figures about the state of the fiat-facing Bitcoin economy – that Tacoma Narrows bridge of finance that exists largely in the minds of government regulators and social media "experts" – from which, some highlights:
- Investment by Bitcoin-related Venture Capitalists is down 41% quarter-over-quarter and down 63% since Q1 2015 as the strategy of farming likes and clicks reveals the full extent of its futility in this arena.1
- The number of new bitcoin-accepting businesses added in Q3 2015 is a curiously round number of "6`000" compared to the comparatively more precise 12`936 from Q2 2014 and 10`360 from Q3 2014. In fact, all of the 2015 figures are even multiples of 6`000. What are the chances ?2 But even taking these platonically smooth numbers at face value, there was a quarter-over-quarter reduction in new merchants added by a whopping 50% and a year-over-year reduction of 42%.
- Bitcoin purchases on Expedia are down 40% over an undefined period according to Connie Chung, Senior payments product manager at Expedia.
- Sub-Saharan Africa has the "greatest potential for bitcoin adoption"
- Bitcoin remittance firms are struggling for survival as they realise the true cost of delivering services to remote areas with poor infrastructure and political instability (not to mention the cost of their own internal fraud).3
- Bitcoin ATM deployments have slowed by 54% year-over-year.4
- China-based miners control over 50% of the Bitcoin network's mining power.5
- The New York Department of Financial Services "BitLicense" scheme was a flaming disaster that drove out no less than 15 bitcoin-related businesses from the state and cost leader of the charge, Ben Lawsky, his political career.
- Bitcoin price volatility in 2015 is roughly half what it was in 2014.
- The total altcoin market cap remains less than 10% of that of Bitcoin.
Furthermore, despite the widely accepted if logically dubious hyptothesis that "emerging markets have the most potential for Bitcoin because reasons," VC investment in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa saw ZERO new investments in the past 6 months. ↩