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Coinbase Former CTO Bets $2M on Bitcoin to Reach $1M in 90 Days

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Updated by Ali Martinez
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In Brief

  • Coinbase former CTO Balaji Srinivasan said he moved $2 million to bet on the collapse of U.S. banking system.
  • The former crypto executive also predicted that BTC could reach $1 million in 90 days.
  • Several crypto community members have expressed skepticism about this $1 million prediction.
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Coinbase’s former Chief technical officer Balaji Srinivasan has wagered $2 million that Bitcoin would be worth $1 million in 90 days, attracting counter opinions from the crypto community.

Srinivasan placed the bet against social democrat James Medlock, who said the U.S. would not enter hyperinflation. In response, the crypto executive said he was moving $2 million USDC for the bet, basing his prediction on the opinion that the U.S. banking system would soon collapse.

Balaji Wagers on $1M BTC

Meanwhile, Srinivasan conditioned Medlock to buy 1 BTC. According to the Coinbase former executive, if the digital asset does not reach $1 million within 90 days, Medlock gets to keep the $1 million USDC and 1 BTC. But if BTC reaches $1 million, he takes the coin and $1 million.

Srinivasan added that the bet should be sent to any custodian, suggesting crypto influencer Cobie. He further hinted that the bet could be sent to a smart contract.

However, Medlock claimed he does not have a liquid $26,000 and suggested crowdfunding in which he would donate 70% to GiveDirectly. But U.S. poker player Isaac Haxton offered to cover the 1 BTC without taking any of the upsides if Medlock wins.

Community Doubts Balaji’s Prediction

Adam Cochran, Partner at Cinneamhain Ventures, has expressed skepticism that BTC could reach $1 million in the next 90 days. According to him, this would mean the flagship digital asset would rally 3600% during the period.

Cochran said the belief that hyperinflation and debasement would send BTC to $1 million within 90 days is faulty because alternatives like BTC are only good when there is a potential economic risk, not system risk.

“When economics are bad or cash strained, alternatives are good. When the system doesn’t exist – it doesn’t matter anyway.”

The crypto venture capitalist pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Bitcoin and Gold, both safe-haven assets, fell during the period because of the fear of system collapse

Meanwhile, Cochran expects that the next 90 days could be bad for the banking system. But he does not expect a total collapse and believes any downside to the system will also affect cryptocurrencies. In his view, it will take more than 90 days for Bitcoin to reach $1 million.

BeInCrypto’s Global Head of News, Ali Martinez, said that BTC must see around $18.7 trillion in investment to reach $1 million. He added:

“This simplified calculation doesn’t account for factors such as market liquidity, order book depth, depreciation in the US dollar value, and other market dynamics.”

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.
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