Bitcoin Stocks a look back comparing the beginning of 2018 to now.
So what’s the deal between bitcoins and penny stocks? Well, originally the two were not connected in any way whatsoever. However, penny stocks soon became the obvious place for investors to gravitate. As it turns out, they did more or less stampede the world of penny stocks in much the same way prospectors flooded the Gold Rush in the late 1800’s in the Western States and Western Canada.
The penny stocks that are connected to bitcoin-related companies saw massive growth back in 2017 and the beginning of 2018 and it provided many new players in the cryptocurrency ecosystem a chance to jump on board and expand their digital assets as a result. You can thank bitcoin penny stock activity in attracting investors that have added such digital assets as Bitcoin vending machines, cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitcoin mining services, digital wallets and all kinds of Blockchain technologies to the English language.
The increase in exposure to Bitcoin technology that has resulted from the cryptocurrency stock connection has proven to become an educational tool as well. For example, there is a huge difference between a Bitcoin business and a business that accepts Bitcoin transactions. The entire cryptocurrency concept has expanded the imaginations of millions of entrepreneurs as a result. Not only has it revolutionized online business, it has crept into making brick-and-mortar businesses reexamine their payment options. With more players in the field, consumers have a greater opportunity to purchase and pay with tools that are no longer dependent on paper money.
If you are only just beginning to grasp the scope of the Bitcoin concept, you may need to sit down and fasten your seatbelt. Nothing has been close to the cutting edge and unique aspects of the Bitcoin concept until investors started reaching out to the bitcoin penny stock forum. You could say that the mania created by investors wanting to become part of the action has pushed the Bitcoin concept to the next level.
That next level is the development of more secure blockchain technologies and additional digital assets that go far beyond the ‘digital coin’ of the very beginning of the Bitcoin craze. Whether or not this will be just another fad is hard to predict. With more and more blockchain technologies being developed that are further reducing the dependence on any other monetary system, the wave of the future could very well be underway as we speak.
Bitcoin mining and digital wallets are two things your parents had never experienced and with the rapid growth of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, chances are that both of those items will be ‘old school’ to your grandchildren. Remember when fax machines were cutting edge? Now they are considered old technology. There will be a point when Bitcoins will be viewed in much the same light but that probably won’t be until something newer in the form of a digital asset bursts on the scene to take its place. Regardless, you can bet that it’ll show up first in penny stocks so that the developers can finance the developmental process.
That was all the excitement back in 2018. We wanted to take a look at what the stocks have done since. Sometimes hype leads to over buying. As you can see with the prices below most of these stocks have not done well since.
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We have put together a list of some of the most popular stocks related to cryptocurrency below.
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) – Market Value: $41,201,566 (a/o January 4, 2018) market value now as of August 13th 2019 is $12,931,566
This intellectual property (IP) company provides services to various patent owners. So, if you were a backyard inventor with the newest gadget on the planet, you may be the type of person this company would be interested in connecting with. They also represent Fortune 500 companies. The company has an IP service team that develops multiple strategies which give their clients the opportunity to better utilize the value of their IP assets. The Marathon Patent Group works with patent owners and inventors to use IP licensing campaigns as a means to monetize their specific patent portfolios. This is one of the many ways in which this company generates revenue. They also create cash flow through IP consulting opportunities with new and existing clients. Marathon Patent Group is based in Los Angeles, California.
Riot Blockchain, Inc. (RIOT) – Market Value: 201,953,995 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is
Founded in July of 2000, this company was designed to provide investment services to the blockchain ecosystem. The company website actually references their activity as “a first mover on the NASDAQ focused on blockchain technology.” The goal of this group is to revolutionize transactions with a system that has not been seen before. To add to the unique ecosystem created by Riot, they have also launched their own Bitcoin mining operation. The company only says that the Bitcoin mining operation will be the focal point of the expansion plans in place to move the company forward in the cryptocurrency world. The main focus of Riot Blockchain Inc. is the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains which put this group in strong positioning in the cryptocurrency world. This company is based in Boulder, Colorado.
MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (MGTI) – Market Value: $259,996,263 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is
MGT Capital Investments, Inc. has three main parts in their operation. They include cryptocurrency mining, proactive anti-hacking development, and the private phone. They are without a doubt one of the largest US-based Bitcoin miners and continue to expand with the Sentinel product line of cybersecurity technologies. The company has also formed a solid partnership with industry pioneer John McAfee which has led to multiple mobiles and personal tech device security systems. The Privacy Phone, through a partnership with Nordic IT, is a mobile phone that carries maximum privacy and extensive anti-hacking features. MGT Capital Investments, Inc. is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina but has facilities based in Washington State.
DPW Holdings, Inc. (DPW) – Market Value: $48,559,397 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 87,545,467
DPW Holdings, Inc. is a company that focuses on the development, design, manufacture, and sales of power system solutions that are customized and flexible. Their holdings include Coolisys Technologies, Inc., Digital Power Lending, MTIX International and Super Crypto Mining, Inc. The design elements that have been developed by DPW Holdings, Inc. include capacitor chargers, adaptors, front end and open frame infrastructure as well as compact peripheral component interfacing. The company has interests in both North America and Europe. The Digital Power Corporation handles North American sales which Digital Power Limited deals with the European business. Founded in 1969 DPW Holdings, Inc. is based in Fremont, California.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) – Market Value: $11,693,359,068 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 35,204,268,422
Founded in 1969, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a multinational semiconductor company. They develop business and consumer brand computer processors and the technologies related to both. The company originally manufactured its own processors but outsourced that part of the operation in 2009. The primary products that fall under the AMD umbrella include microprocessors, embedded processors, graphics processors and motherboard chipsets. These are in turn manufactured for use in workstations, personal computers, servers and additional applications including embedded systems. The company operates the following segments: Computing and Graphics, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is based in Santa Clara, California.
BTCS, Inc. (BTCS) – Market Value: $59,641,369 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 3,396,575
BTCS, Inc. calls themselves “an early mover” in the ecosystems that include both blockchains and digital currencies. They are also known as the first US public “Pure Play” company that emphasizes their attention on blockchain technologies. As an early entrant in the cryptocurrency marketplace, BTCS, Inc. plans to build on their blockchain assets with the creation of a portfolio of various digital offerings. The company says this will include but will not be limited to Bitcoin and what they refer to as “other protocol tokens.” The goal is to have these available for investors seeking a diversified pure-play exposure to the ecosystems containing bitcoins and blockchains. Cryptocurrency mining is also part of the expansion plans of this company as it maps a growth pattern into the future. BTCS, Inc. is based in Silver Spring. Maryland.
Bitcoin Services, Inc. (BTSC) – Market Value: $140,738,802 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 24,398,254
Bitcoin Services, Inc. does digital business in a slightly different way. They focus on the mining of other cryptocurrencies. They also offer bitcoin escrow services. It is a neutral third party that works between buyers and sellers as a means of conducting online business. The Bitcoin mining services utilize a double round hash verification series of processes that ultimately validate and provide security for the bitcoin transactions. Bitcoin Services, Inc. in also a participant in the development and sale of blockchain software programming. At one point, the company was known as Tulip BioMed, Inc. but eventually changed its name to the currently recognized bitcoin handle. Bitcoin Services, Inc. (www.bitcoinservices.biz) is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was established in 1997.
Digatrade Financial Corp. (DIGAF) – Market Value: $20,210,018 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is $1,309,587
Digitrade Financial Corp. is a service that provides Digital Asset Exchange and blockchain development. The format devised by Digitrade offers a secure, simple and affordable buying and selling platform for Bitcoin and Ethereum. Other digital assets are also available. The system is up and operational 24-hours per day, 7 days a week and as such can provide instant, automated order matching for registered members in the system. The goal of the company is to offer a “healthy ecosystem by providing value-added digital exchange services to the public.” Digitrade has also allowed increased access for consumers to purchase digital assets by dropping existing barriers. Digitrade Financial Corp. (www.digitrade.com) is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
First Bitcoin Capital Corp. (BITCF) – Market Value: $291,277,811 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 75,780,183
First Bitcoin Capital Corp. is deeply involved in the development of digital currencies, proprietary Blockchain technologies as well as the digital currency exchange known as CoinQX. The company jumped into that ring citing it was a step taken as an opportunity to increase the value-added offerings to shareholders in the format of new types of digital assets including Blockchain and currencies. First Bitcoin Capital Corp. has another claim to fame – they were the first publicly-traded cryptocurrency and blockchain development company. Because of the worldwide currency exchange exposure, the company sees this as an attractant to foreign investors. First Bitcoin Capital Corp. is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Global Arena Holding, Inc. (GAHC) – Market Value: $17,959,249 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 3,938,214
Global Arena Holding, Inc. is a company that has holdings and also develops digital assets. The main subsidiary is Global Election Services which is a service that provides technology-enabled election programming. The company has also invested in blockchain development as well. The holdings also include GAHI Acquisition Corp., the blockchain part of the company’s portfolio. Global Arena Holding. Inc. focuses on acquiring patents from inventors, technologies and other companies that give it the required leverage to enter and participate in the blockchain cryptocurrency ecosystem. The company has participated in at least one merger (with China Stationery and Office Supply). Global Arena Holding, Inc. was first established in 2011 and is based in New York City.
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) – Market Value: $4,221,100,800 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 3,576,291,900
Bitcoin Investment Trust is an open-ended grantor trust company. It is invested entirely and only in bitcoin and has a value that is based only on the price of bitcoin. What this company does is it provides investors with a means to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without having to buy, store or keep bitcoins safe. Bitcoin Investment Trust is sponsored by Grayscale Investments which is a wholly-owned Digital Currency Group subsidiary. The concept is interesting in that each share represents ownership of 0.1 bitcoins and the value drops gradually over time as the company expenses are covered. Bitcoin Investment Trust is based in New York City.
Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC) – Market Value: $10,253,260 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 1,664,901,577
Cablevision Systems Corporation is considered one of the nations’ leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Although the company’s Cablevision division mainly services households in the metropolitan New York area, the company has a much further reach. The advanced telecommunications branch offers the Lightpath integrated business communication service along with Optimum-branded high-speed internet service. The multimedia delivery service encompasses everything from subscription cable television programming service to a championship professional sports programming and national program networks. It is clearly not a bitcoin business but it is a technology mover that can have connections to the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Cablevision Systems Corp. is based in Bethpage, New York.
Glance Technologies (GLNNF) – Market Value: $210,682,151 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is
Glance Technologies is an active player in the cryptocurrency ecosystem as they already own and operate the Glance Pay streamlined payment system. Glance Pay revolutionized the way in which smartphone users interact with merchants, order products, make payments, choose places to dine, access digital records such as payment receipts and earn rewards while doing so. Glance has already built a strong network of merchants and consumers and uses the smartphone technology to offer incentives and other bonuses. The Glance Pay system is downloadable in various formats and provides tools for both merchants and consumers for maximum benefit. Glance Technologies continues to expand and offer more value-added products to its users. Glance Technologies (www.glance.tech) is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Square, Inc. (SQ) – Market Value: $10,243,221,271 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 21,342,610,006
Square, Inc. is already becoming very well known in the point of sale world as offering a simple, handy and clean credit card processing option. The small tool is easily inserted into either a smartphone or there are also solutions for bigger businesses to use to collect payment services from customers. The company not only provides cutting edge point of sale services, it also has financial services and marketing services available for any size business. The plus with Square, Inc. is that it has provided countless small businesses and entrepreneurs with a simple to use and easy to access payment processing service. Square, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco, California.
INFRAX Systems, Inc. (IFXY) – Market Value: $2,181,661 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 1,659,268
INFRAX Systems, Inc. offers a system of interrelated operational management, communications, and energy grid related services and products. The company says the series of products they provide allow for a comprehensive and unified communications solution as well as applications management for the municipal and telecommunications networks known as Smart Grid. They utilize state-of-the-art software for their wireless and fiber optics networks. INFRAX has software scalability that provides the ability to target large telecom and utility companies that service millions of customers. The company’s software solutions have a high level of reliability and also encompass the OptiCon Network Manager System. INFRAX Systems, Inc. is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
CarSmartt, Inc. (CRSM) – Market Value: $22,681,793 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 24,195,096
CarSmartt, Inc. was once known as Sports Supplement Group, Inc. The company is an innovative spin on carpooling in that it has a network of participants who work together in carsharing. In other words, you can catch a ride or offer a ride to other members of the program. Plus, members can also use the service to ship parcels with or without added insurance. The company says the aim is to “make long distance traveling safer and more affordable while connecting with people along the way.” Before you can become an official CarSmartt driver, you have to submit to a background check. The service is active in the United States and Italy. CarSmartt, Inc. (www.carsmartt.com) is based in Palo Alto, California.
KSIX Media Holdings, Inc. (KSIX) Which is now Surge Holdings, Inc (SURG)– Market Value: $64,321,093 (a/o January 4, 2018)
market value now as of August 13th 2019 is 56,401,262
Surge Holdings, Inc. is a holding company that has a diverse collection of assets. The company focuses primarily on aggressive growth in media and telecom but also has holdings in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency markets. Surge also wholly owns Ksix Media, Inc. which also contains the holdings of Ksix LLC and the SURGE Payment System, LLC. The company says it plans to create an investor environment where investors and developers can share in the growth of the company. That growth is expected to come from further development in the blockchain technology holdings of the company as well as through telecom, social media marketing and digital coin markets including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. Surge Holdings, Inc. is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.