This is often asked:
- How Bitcoin Makes Money?
The short answer is:
Bitcoin doesn’t make any money. No one made money making Bitcoin either.
It was made for free. It does what it does for free, and the reason of being free are several. I have touched upon those several times in my Tuesday’s Bitcoin Musings Newsletter but would like to explain differently here again.
- Bitcoin isn’t a company.
- There are no owners.
- Bitcoin transactions are not taxed.
- Nobody pays tax for using Bitcoin.
- Bitcoin doesn’t run on donations.
I am saying all this to do away with some of the misconceptions that might have gotten into your head through various sources.
I am now coming back to the main point.
Bitcoin is a software. It is a protocol. Nobody is in charge. It came to existence in 2009 via an anonymous person/group called Satoshi Nakamoto.
Just like TCP/IP is protocol. HTTPS is a protocol. Bitcoin is also a protocol for value transfer. It leverages the internet for it, but the internet is not mandatory for it.
Precisely speaking it is a code of around 9000-10000 lines written in C++ and is an open-source code for anyone to copy or contribute too.
But that’s just the technical high-level overview. There is more to it, which is beyond the scope of this article. But do remember that it is not just the technical aspect of it what makes it ‘The Bitcoin.’
Censorship resistance and decentralization are the emergent properties what comes out this code and collaboration of 1000s of others who run this software.
These two emergent properties make it valuable.
Then How Does It Keeps Doing What It Does?
Bitcoin isn't about making money, it is about making money better !!
— The Money Mongers (@themoneymongers) June 8, 2019
I know you must have this question in the back of your mind.
Bitcoin though doesn’t make money for itself because it isn’t required to, it does make money for people involved in it. In the Bitcoin ecosystem that is called incentive.
The miners are the guys who verify and confirm successful or fraudulent transactions happening on the blockchain. They get rewarded the transaction fees and mining rewards for it because they put the time and energy to do the task. This is called Bitcoin mining.
For the HODLers Bitcoin is the way to increase their wealth because they sense the opportunity to buy low and sell high this hyper-volatile asset.
For the developers working on Bitcoin, money is the last thing that matters. It more to them. It is freedom for them. They are doing this work from the initial days for free.
Of course, nowadays, they are being recognized and praised by the community. The community also provides the funding to drive such kind of development which only a handful of people on this earth can do !!
How Does Bitcoin Make a Profit?
In reality, Bitcoin doesn’t make any profit.
But for those involved with Bitcoin, it doesn’t provide unmatchable incentives to remain involved. For some actors involved, it is money, for some actors, it is censorship resistance and freedom, for some it is financial inclusion, and for some, it is a way to escape the barbarian policies of their government.
Venezuela is a good example in a case in point.
Bitcoin doesn’t make money for Venezuelans. It saves money for them. It buys medicine and food for them. However, this is not the permanent solution for sure, but it is better alternative atleast.
Imagine deciding between either dying or using Bitcoin.
Which one will you prefer?
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Hey there! I am Sudhir Khatwani, an IT bank professional turned into a cryptocurrency and blockchain proponent from Pune, India. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain will change human life in inconceivable ways and I am here to empower people to understand this new ecosystem so that they can use it for their benefit. You will find me reading about cryptonomics and eating if I am not doing anything else.