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Financial services companies like Visa and PayPal have made clear bets in the sector, and even Facebook has plans for its own digital wallet and currency—now called Diem.

While crypto—like many sectors currently awash in venture capital money—may eventually see a slowdown, the investment and general economic interest in the space shows it is now an accepted financial tool, added Tusk.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Crypto-Corns? Unicorn Numbers Explode As Venture Investment Surges In Crypto

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“There definitely is rising interest in ‘pick-and-shovel’ companies in the space,” said Austin Woodward , co-founder and CEO of Utah-based TaxBit , which provides tax and accounting software to help with tax calculations and reporting on cryptocurrency transactions.

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There is no hot trend, rather, it is the maturation of the industry and everything that goes along with that evolution that is making companies like Bitpanda , Ledger and BlockFi hit the magical unicorn mark.

One of the main aspects of that maturation is the buildup of the ecosystem around crypto, which is now starting to create its own $1 billion-plus companies. While exchanges like Coinbase and San Francisco-based Kraken may come to mind first when thinking about buying and selling crypto, multiple layers are being built out in the industry to help people manage, report and secure assets.

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From a venture capitalist’s point of view, the ideal entrepreneur:

  • delivers sales or technical advances such as FDA approval with reasonable probability,
  • tells a compelling story and is presentable to outside investors,
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  • works diligently toward a goal but maintains flexibility,
  • gets along with the investor group.

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Media started using discussing technology in corelation with "culture, economics, politics, labor, and media" around a decade ago. It was the turning point that Andressen foresaw in his article, "Why software is eating the world", that technology will revolutionize sectors and industries. Tech coverage by journalists became grandiose, pushing a narrative of not just technology, but the people behind it, as visionaries who create the future.

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