Cryptocurrencies Operate on ‘Fraudulent’ Business Model: Hotmail Founder

Proponents of cryptocurrency often argue that this technology will have an impact on the world that is comparable to that of the internet, but one of that revolution’s most successful entrepreneurs has cast shade on that bullish prediction.

Speaking with regional media outlet Arabian Business, Sabeer Bhatia — founder of now-shuttered email service Hotmail — said that cryptocurrencies operate on a business model built upon fraud.

“The underlying business model that I have looked at is fraud. Cryptocurrencies are nothing more than white papers, a hope in the way the world will be,” he said, echoing critiques from a number of other bitcoin bears including Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon.

Bhatia, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in the late 1990’s for an estimated $400 million, told the publication that he believes the dotcom bubble is too generous a comparison for the cryptocurrency boom because even infamous companies like Pets.com were early attempts at was has ultimately proven to be a viable business model.

“The likes of Pets.com and the Books.com were at least versions of e-commerce platforms that are only growing today,” he said. “There [were] missteps back then but, guess what, we’re doing everything online today. They were right… but they were too early and didn’t have the staying power like an Amazon. Those failures tried to pick a vertical and wanted to be the solution for that segment. [There’s] nothing wrong with that.” […]

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