Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong recently stated that within five years he expects the number of people within the cryptocurrency ecosystem to increase from 40 million to one billion. That would be a tremendous leap in adoption, meaning about 1 in 7 people around the world would be active in the cryptocurrency sphere, either as a user, investor, or working in the industry in some capacity. And that in turn would mean tremendous growth potential for cryptocurrencies.
Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin made headlines earlier this month when he stated his belief that the exponential price growth seen by Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other top cryptocurrencies was behind them. That may be true if you’re hoping to buy for pennies and sell for thousands of dollars. But if the user base for those cryptocurrencies were to increase by a factor of 25, that would still mean an incredible increase in demand.
The big wild card, of course, is regulation. Right now most cryptocurrency companies operate with relatively lax oversight, as regulators are still trying to grapple with the concept of cryptocurrencies and blockchain and what they mean for markets. As long as regulators maintain that light touch, however, cryptocurrencies shouldn’t face any obstacles to further adoption, which should please both cryptocurrency users and investors.