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Oil billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke, Norway’s second-richest person with an estimated $5.4 billion net worth, has come out strongly in favor of Bitcoin, stating that “Bitcoin may still go to zero. But it can also become the core of a new monetary architecture.”
In a letter to the shareholders of his company Rokke’s Aker ASA, which controls oil and oil service companies and has more recently branched out into green tech and renewable energy companies, the CEO announced that the company participate in the Bitcoin ecosystem in the following ways:
Today we announced that Aker has established Seetee, a new company that will invest in exciting projects and companies throughout the Bitcoin ecosystem while keeping all of its liquid investable assets in bitcoin. The new company has a capitalisation of NOK 500 million, an amount we aim to increase significantly over time as we gain experience and identify exciting opportunities.
(1) Seetee will use Bitcoin as a Treasury Asset (like Tesla, Microstrategy, Square, etc.)
First, we will use bitcoin as our treasury asset and join the community. In Bitcoin speak, we will be hodlers. We will be different, but additive. Perhaps not as rebellious as the cypherpunks who invented Bitcoin. But much more progressive than most established corporates. The team at Seetee is already running open source bitcoin payment servers and will remain active contributors in the community.
(2) Seetee will apply the renewable energy approach to Bitcoin Mining
Second, Seetee will establish mining operations that transfer stranded or intermittent electricity without stable demand locally—wind, solar, hydro power— to economic assets that can be used anywhere. Bitcoin is, in our eyes, a load-balancing economic battery, and batteries are essential to the energy transition required to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement. Our ambition is to be a valuable partner in new renewable projects.
(3) Seetee will invest in thee Bitcoin ecosystem
Third, we will build and invest in projects and companies in Bitcoin’s ecosystem. This is where our true passion is! Our home game is industrial applications. But we also believe nicely designed modern user interfaces will enable new applications wherever transactions happen. I am particularly interested in micropayments and how these may enable us to avoid usernames, passwords, and our personal data being monetised with, and often without, our knowledge or consent.”
Why is this development important?
Bitcoin is now through the doors of speculation. Each week a set of new investment firms, industries and capital allocators are giving Bitcoin the credibility it deserves as a new store of wealth and a possible world reserve currency.
My inbox is full of folks asking me if it’s too late to buy. This is a scary question to answer. After an asset multiplies by almost 20 times its price in 12 months, we must be defensive. Applying all investment logic, we should be due for a correction. But Bitcoin has created a fundamentally new paradigm. Bitcoin is not a stock or a commodity that shot up in price unexpectedly and should therefore go through a correction. Bitcoin was not created as part of the traditional financial system. Bitcoin is here to replace the system, not participate in it. And if Bitcoin is successful, how do you value each of the 21 million units in a new global monetary standard?
The total money supply in circulation in the world is $37 trillion USD. If this entire supply was replaced by Bitcoin, each Bitcoin would be worth approximately $1.8 million per coin. This statement may seem like an exaggeration, but let’s put Bitcoin’s price appreciation into perspective.
10 years ago: BTC was $1.
1 year ago: BTC was $4,100.
Today: BTC is $60,000 (15x the previous year, 60,000x the previous decade)
Unknown Future Date: BTC is $1 million, only a 16.7x from today.
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