Research: Blockchain-Not-Bitcoin Investments Seeing 60% Drop in 2019
Data from CB Insights suggests this year’s total for the space will be $1.6 billion, compared to $4.1 billion in 2018.
Smart Money Turns Off Blockchain
According to a report from fintech research bureau, CB Insights, reported by Bloomberg on July 18, companies in the blockchain space are drawing in a lot less support in 2019.
To date, 227 investment deals have netted the space $784 million in funding. By December, should that momentum continue, the figure will total $1.6 billion.
By contrast, in 2018, companies received $4.1 billion, meaning this year’s number may represent a 61% reduction.
“It took a little bit for the enthusiasm to wear off,” CB Insights’ CEO, Nicholas Pappageorge, commented to Bloomberg about the state of the blockchain investment market.
Banks have less than optimal success rates
Another aspect, this time highlighted by Reuters, showed that even project which had gained funding, for example those spearheaded by banks, had less than optimal success rates.
Out of 33 such projects, only 12 had made significant progress since their inception. Overall, these are “bad signs for the blockchains not Bitcoin crowd,” according to NY Times reporter Nathaniel Popper.
For Bloomberg, the results constitute a definitive shift in investor interest away from blockchain and towards Bitcoin itself as a source of returns for smart money.
Having reached as high as $13,800 last month, BTC/USD then fell to almost $9,000, subsequently recovering to challenge $10,000 at press time Thursday.