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By Tom Geller | Monday, August 11, 2014

Does Bitcoin Matter?

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So when I proposed my course, Up and Running with Bitcoin, they had questions. Does Bitcoin matter enough now? Will it matter a year from now?

I struggled with these questions myself when I first learned about Bitcoin, probably around mid-2011. At that time I was unimpressed, and I’d seen plenty of other “online money” projects come and go. But Bitcoin eventually changed my mind by proving itself a worthy competitor to other financial systems, and by opening up entirely new ways to pay and get paid.

If you heard about Bitcoin during its troubled first few years, or only know of it through old news reports, here’s why Bitcoin matters now:

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