Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt on 5th May as part of the conference's opening fireside chat, Union Square Ventures founder and bitcoin enthusiast Fred Wilson opened up about the kinds of digital currency investments that he and his firm are currently considering.
While he did note that his interest remains strong in bitcoin and related companies and services, he said that the bitcoin protocol has perhaps far bigger ramifications in key fields like Internet identity:
While he did not release any new information about prospective projects, Wilson was confident that a worthy player would emerge from the digital currency community to disrupt the online identity space.
Notably, one company that received a namecheck was OneName, an open-source platform provider that uses both the bitcoin and namecoin block chains with the end goal of providing a new kind of identity service to developers.
That project launched in late March and gained more publicity for its primary use case, simplifying bitcoin addresses with usernames.
Though Wilson has been one of the more outspoken VCs about the potential of bitcoin and the wider industry, at the conference, Wilson moved to downplay expectations that he would perhaps be seeking to encourage growth through upcoming investments.
Rather, Wilson indicated that Union Square Ventures would continue its current approach to the wider tech space with the bitcoin industry by refraining from early seed-round investments:
For more on Wilson's views regarding bitcoin and its potential to transform the global Internet, read his most recent article on CoinDesk.
For more on TechCrunch Disrupt NY, see the full schedule of events here.
Image via TechCrunch
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.
Learn more about Consensus 2023, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.