PayPal Co-founder Peter Thiel Admits He Underinvested In Bitcoin

Billionaire entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel said he should have bought more Bitcoin. During an interview hosted by the Lincoln Network in Miami on Wednesday, he spoke about cryptocurrencies, central banks, and Artificial Intelligence.

Miami has become a hotspot for crypto investors. Several crypto startups recently announced new offices in the city. The PayPal co-founder’s venture capital firm, Founders Fund, was also an early promoter of Miami as a new tech hub.

Peter Thiel Praises Crypto

During the Miami event, Thiel praised cryptocurrencies and admitted that he may have underinvested in Bitcoin.

“You’re supposed to just buy Bitcoin,” he said, adding: “I feel like I’ve been underinvested in it.” Thiel further pointed out that his only hesitation about investing was that he thought “the secret was already known by everybody.” He concluded by saying “I think the answers are still to go long. Maybe it still is enough of a secret.”

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He made these statements after Bitcoin blasted to an all-time high of over $67,000 on Wednesday. Thiel deliberated whether it would rise further. “Bitcoin at $66,000. Is it going to go up? Maybe,” He also added that the surge in crypto prices, “tells us that we are at a complete bankruptcy moment for the central banks.”

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In the interview, the tech investor also criticized Artificial Intelligence as a disputant to cryptocurrency. He likened crypto to his political philosophy of being libertarian because it’s a “force for decentralization,”

Therefore, “AI, especially the sort of low-tech, surveillance form, is essentially communist,” because it’s a force for centralization. Thiel further said that he does not want to outlaw AI. Instead, he would like the people building it to “think about how they’re working on a technology that’s going to destroy the world.”

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Thiel’s Relationship With Bitcoin

The tech investor has been a Bitcoin believer for a while now. Even in 2018, when Bitcoin’s price was bottoming, Thiel maintained his stance. “I would be long on bitcoin,” he stated.

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Earlier this week, he also talked about Bitcoin at an event hosted by conservative law group Federalist Society. The PayPal co-founder suggested that Bitcoin’s current bull run points to weaknesses in the U.S. political system. “I don’t know that you should put all your money into Bitcoin at $60,000 a Bitcoin right now,” he said.

“But surely the fact that it is at $60,000 is an extremely hopeful sign,” he continued. Describing Bitcoin as “the canary in the coal mine,” Thiel said, “It’s the most honest market we have in the country, and it’s telling us that this decrepit … regime is just about to blow up.”

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In April, while suggesting that Bitcoin may be ‘Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.’, Thiel described himself as a “pro-crypto, pro-Bitcoin maximalist,”

Thiel explained that “From China’s point of view, they want to get — they don’t like the U.S. having this reserve currency, because it gives us a lot of leverage over Iranian oil supply chains and all sorts of things like that,”

He expressed concern with the Chinese government’s goal to weaken the U.S. dollar. However, weeks later, China defied his predictions by launching a wide-ranging crackdown on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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Peter Thiel Wishes He Had Bought More Bitcoin

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In a recent interview, Peter Thiel weighed in on cryptocurrencies, admitting he feels underinvested in Bitcoin and that “the answer is to go long” on the asset. 

Peter Thiel is Bullish on Bitcoin

Despite being one of the earliest investors in Facebook, Peter Thiel admits he’s behind on Bitcoin.

The tech entrepreneur spoke during a Lincoln Network interview in Miami Wednesday, covering a range of topics from traditional finance to cryptocurrency. Thiel admitted that he felt underexposed to Bitcoin and implied that buying the asset was the answer to those hesitating about investing. “I think the answers are still to go long,” he concluded. 

Thiel added that the success of Bitcoin is likely influenced by the current failure of traditional financial systems. “Bitcoin at $66,000. Is it going to go up? Maybe,” he said. “But it surely tells us that we are at a complete bankruptcy moment for the central banks.” 

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Thiel also stated that cryptocurrencies align with his libertarian values as a “force for decentralization.” He contrasted them with centralized technologies such as artificial intelligence surveillance, which he referred to as “essentially communist.”

Yesterday’s comments are not the first time the PayPal co-founder has come out to support cryptocurrencies. Earlier this year, Thiel described himself as a “pro-crypto, pro-Bitcoin maximalist.” Additionally, he has backed several crypto projects such as the open finance advocate BitDAO and the cryptocurrency exchange Bullish

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this feature, the author owned BTC, ETH, and several other cryptocurrencies. 

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