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Mt. Gox Could Have Been "Trillion-Dollar Company", According to CoinLab Co-Founder

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 18:20
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Alex Dovbnya
The value of the now-defunct Mt. Gox exchange could exceed a trillion dollars, according to Peter Vessenes
Mt. Gox Could Have Been "Trillion-Dollar Company", According to CoinLab Co-Founder
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CoinLab co-founder Peter Vessenes is convinced that the defunct Mt. Gox exchange could have been a trillion-dollar company if it had been properly managed, according to his recent interview with Bloomberg

It could’ve been a trillion-dollar company. It’s so sad. 

The exchange — which was responsible for 80 percent of all traders at its peak — was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2014 after losing an estimated 740,000 coins ($24.2 billion) to hackers.   

A $47.8 million plane ticket

After recognizing Mt. Gox as a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity early on, Vessenes was so determined to get a piece of it that he even paid 1,500 Bitcoin ($47.8 million at press time) for a single plane ticket to Costa Rica to meet with founder Jed McCaleb. Alas, he never managed to reach an agreement with the Stellar creator.  

Mt. Gox was then sold to Japan-based Frenchman Mark Karpeles, and CoinLab, a company founded by Vessenes, made attempt to buy it. The deal didn’t happen.    

Still, Mt. Gox partnered with CoinLab in late to make a foray into the North American market, but their partnership quickly fell through. Vessenes then came up with a staggering $16 billion claim against the exchange.

As reported by U.Today, CoinLab finally reached a deal with Gox's bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi to allow the exchange’s creditors to claim up to 90 percent of their lost coins.

Mt. Gox Creditors Can Finally Claim Lost Bitcoins. Is Market About to Collapse?

More future projects

Vessenes, who’s also known as the co-founder and the very first chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, remains a cryptocurrency enthusiast after all these years. 

He has revealed that his new project that aims to integrate Bitcoin into banknotes is in the works.

The industry, despite experiencing tremendous growth since the Mt. Gox collapse, is still underplayed, according to Vessenes:

The impact of crypto is still underplayed. It still isn’t given a fair shake at how transformative it is.

While believes that different blockchains can co-exist, he still gives an edge to Bitcoin because of its strong censorship resistance.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at