A market map of the entire Bitcoin startup ecosystem and a one-stop shop for daily news, analyst insights, and thoughtful discussions.
The platforms where consumers can buy or sell Bitcoins into other currencies of their choice. Some of these companies appear to only play matchmaker (tracking bid/ask prices and linking up a seller with a buyer with the spreads close) and others appear to be more like broker/dealers (which, in addition to match making, have their own inventory of Bitcoins they can trade with to make money via speculation).
Bitcoin wallets offer consumers a place to securely store their bitcoins, offering their users peace of mind that the public/private keys associated with their bitcoins are being protected. A lot of companies are offering enhanced security features, such as cold storage, multi-step authentication, and even insuring the deposits.
The products needed for merchants and consumers to pay for real-world goods/services using Bitcoin as the medium of exchange.
Includes those who either “sell the pickaxe” or “swing the pickaxe”. The former are typically hardware companies selling the latest ASICs specifically designed for Bitcoin mining. The latter are mostly the conglomerates of rig-operators that have come to dominate so much of the mining activity.
Players offering typical banking services, but with a focus on Bitcoins. Example firms in this category offer financial investment advice on how to manage your portfolio of crypto-currencies, focus on providing remittance payments, and provide loans denominated in Bitcoin.
Includes those who are “building a backbone” into the Bitcoin enterprise. This cluster includes the people responsible for maintaining the Bitcoin open-source code itself, offering white-label solutions (such as those for building your own exchange or wallet services), and the physical-world bitcoin Automated Teller Machines (ATM).
A very broad category attempting to capture all the players that use Bitcoins for a specific purpose. Some examples include online casinos that only gamble in Bitcoins, online review sites that rate Bitcoin-related services, and aggregated lists of all the places you can spend a Bitcoin for real-world goods.
While a lot of bitcoin transactions can be completed pseudonymously, some use cases are governed by regulations where the identity of a person needs to be verified (anti-fruad, anti-terror financing, etc.). If a company offers these regulated services in other currencies, but wants to also accept customers who use Bitcoins, they would turn to players in this cluster to provide 3rd party verification of an identity.
A core feature of Bitcoin is the public ledger (known as the block chain) which maintains a transparent and complete record of all Bitcoin transactions. Companies in this space parse and analyze that block chain to allow their customers to gain useful insights.
Organizations that have build dedicated funds or investment vehicles to move large amounts of money into bitcoins themselves or into the startups building the bitcoin ecosystem.
Bitcoin services include those companies which offer business operation consulting, but with a bitcoin focus. Examples include recruiting, regulatory compliance, and technical implementation.
Organizations that offer up-to-date pricing information, original content, and aggregated sources of Bitcoin-related news.
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