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Which digital currency will win: bitcoin or ether?

I’m a big fan of Kraken, the digital currency exchange in California, as it’s my main exchange for investing in digital assets.  If you want to know more, checkout their general overview at the end of this blog.  I’m also a fan of their blog, which regularly sends me interesting stuff and they’ve just launched a competition to see who the world thinks will be the digital currency of the future.

The competition is:

If you had $1 million to invest across bitcoin and ether today, knowing that you cannot touch your investment for the next 5 years, how much of that $1 million do you invest in each and why?

Kraken, in partnership with The Economist, asked MBA programs from around the world the question and each of the thirteen participating teams produced both a 5 minute video and a detailed, analytical paper explaining their answer and reasoning. Watch the short videos that each team presented to argue their case. Then help determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the contest by voting for your favorites below. $18,000 in total prizes go to the top 3.

Review the school presentations

Playlist of all videos:


BYU Marriott School of Management (78% bitcoin / 22% ether)

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Full solution: http://www.economist.com/sites/default/files/the_digital_asset_of_the_future__team_byu.pdf

Creighton University, Heider College of Business (70% bitcoin / 30% ether)

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FIA Business School (70% bitcoin / 30% ether)

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Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (50% bitcoin / 50% ether)

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Middlebury Institute of International Studies (70% bitcoin / 30% ether)

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Porto Business School (20% bitcoin / 80% ether)

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Rutgers Business School (20% bitcoin / 80% ether)

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Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management (69% bitcoin / 31% ether)

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (91% bitcoin / 9% ether)

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Tulane University, Freeman School of Business (67% bitcoin / 33% ether)

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University of North Texas (60% bitcoin / 40% ether)

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Robert A. Foisie School of Business (100% ether)

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Ivey Business School at Western University (No investment recommendation)

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See Kraken’s investment challenge on The Economist website:

How to vote

Vote by filling out this anonymous form:

An overview of Kraken

Kraken, based in San Francisco and founded in 2011, lets you exchange multiple currencies and buy bitcoins on its platform.  Currencies traded include bitcoin, Ripple, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ven, U.S. dollars, the euro, and the Korean won. Using the International Standards Commission’s abbreviation for bitcoin, Kraken uses XBT rather than BTC. The X designates a decentralized currency. This San Francisco Company offers a quick platform for customer exchanges, the website itself is well planned, and the designers incorporated a light-hearted look to the website itself.  This review by SteveIQ sums it all up nicely from a users’ viewpoint:

Kraken is a great exchange focusing on the experience of the investor. I love that they have 21 different types of currencies on the exchange making it easy for investors to diversify and they have ranges of fees available in plain sight.

The company uses innovation and good security to structure a safe and viable trading platform, and integration with Bloomberg terminals in 2014 provided greater visual access for this company.   Equally when Mt.Gox imploded, the mess has gradually been sorted out with users being redirected to Kraken as the preferred exchange to file a bankruptcy claim.  As a result, it is the key player in the bitcoin world, and has acquired many other similar exchanges in its path towards global supremacy, including the Dutch Exchange Clevercoin and the North American Exchange Coinsetter.

An example of the Exchange’s leadership is that, according to data from Kaiko, Kraken posted more than 6,000 BTC in EUR/BTC volume on 17th January 2016, at a time when competing exchanges BTC-e, Coinbase and itBit recorded 856 BTC, 512 BTC and 49 BTC in volume, respectively.


About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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