This news proves the crypto industry isn’t dead even after Bitcoin’s 50% crash last week

Glancing at Bitcoin’s price performance over the past week, punctuated by a 50 percent decline on the days Mar. 12 and 13, it’s easy to say that “crypto is dead.”

Case in point: Peter Brandt, a long-time commodities trader that once said BTC could hit $50,000 and beyond, recently argued that if he looks at the asset’s chart “without bias,” he sees a feasible decline to sub-$1,000 prices. He even went as far as to say that once Bitcoin fell under $7,500, he placed all his “bets on zero.”

Fortunately, this seems to be anything but the case, with a single news event proving that cryptocurrencies are more alive than ever before.

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Related: Peter Brandt: Bitcoin enters its “fourth parabolic phase,” taking aim at $100,000

Crypto is anything but dead; Bakkt proved that on Monday

Bakkt is undoubtedly one of the most hyped companies in the crypto industry; the infrastructure startup, best known for its Bitcoin futures that are physically deliverable as opposed to cash-settled, was lauded in 2018/early-2019’s bear market as the most likely harbinger of another Bitcoin bull run.

While this didn’t happen — the day Bakkt launched actually saw BTC fall nearly 20 percent — the upstart continues to prove there remains institutional interest in cryptocurrencies in trying times, just as it did in the last bear market.

Announced Monday morning, Bakkt has just completed its Series B financing round, raising a jaw-dropping $300 million worth of capital, adding to the $182.5 million it raised for its Series A, which saw global coffee giant Starbucks participate. Round participants included the Intercontinental Exchange — the owner of the New York Stock Exchange — Microsoft’s venture division, and Boston Consulting Group.

Per the post outlining this news, Bakkt will be putting these funds to help roll out its next big project: a mobile application that will unlock “nearly $1 trillion of digital assets” — from cryptocurrencies like BTC to loyalty points.

The details of this project are scarce, though there were reports released in 2019 that suggest Starbucks may accept Bitcoin — yes, you may be able to buy a venti vanilla bean frappuccino with some satoshis — through the application.

The fact that some of the world’s most powerful companies — namely Microsoft and Starbucks — are throwing their weight behind a Bitcoin startup confirms that this industry is anything but a joke or a failure; rather, it’s just beginning.

Not the only reason why Bitcoin’s bull case remains intact

Indeed, while there are many reasons to be bearish on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the short term, the long-term value of this asset class is arguably more potent than ever before, supported by news like the aforementioned and the following.

Per previous reports from CryptoSlate, on Sunday the Federal Reserve made history when it revealed it would be restarting its large-scale asset purchase program by purchasing $700 billion in securities, cutting its policy interest rate by 1 percent, and abolishing reserve requirements for banks.

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Related: Bitcoin price spikes 10% in minutes as Federal Reserve cuts rates to zero

This was music to the ears of Bitcoiners the world over. As put best by Russell Okung, a player for the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and a fervent Bitcoin evangelist:

“The world has never needed Bitcoin more.”

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