Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has said that cryptocurrencies could solve some of the internet’s biggest challenges.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 1, Andreessen was speaking at a private conference organized by Andreessen Horowitz that hosted officials from the United States Treasury Department and financial regulators.
Crypto is like the internet
Per the report, Andreessen reiterated the popular comparison between cryptocurrencies and the internet. He said that the internet started as an information-sharing network for computer scientists and became the world’s information and commerce hub.
Mirroring the internet's evolution, he believes cryptocurrencies could adapt to bring solutions to pressing problems such as privacy, but only if U.S. regulators adopt a less stringent form of regulation.
Christopher Giancarlo, who was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission until he stepped down in July, warned cryptocurrency regulation should not be taken lightly, saying: “Some of the things you learned from your older VCs, this won’t transfer.”
If regulators classified cryptocurrencies as securities, investors like Andreessen Horowitz could face compliance issues or even lose money, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Andreessen Horowitz has also reportedly invested in firms that could grow if crypto regulation were to become more relaxed. Kevin Werbach, a technology scholar at the University of Pennsylvania who attended the conference, said:
“It wasn’t something they did purely out of altruism. [...] Everyone understands they are investors in the space and have viewpoints about what the regulatory environment should look like.”