PayPal coming to crypto is big news for adoption, says the investor.
“I think that’s, in some ways, the shot heard around the world on Wall Street,” Novogratz said in an Oct. 23 interview about PayPal’s recent news. “PayPal has 346 million accounts,” he said, adding: “They’re the 30th biggest bank in the U.S. in deposits and all of a sudden every financial institution says, ‘Wait a minute, what am I doing?'”
PayPal plans to add Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash to its network sometime in 2021. Following the announcement of these plans, Bitcoin surged in price, ultimately overtaking the market cap of PayPal itself.
“If you’re in the board room at Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs or Bank of America, you’re thinking, ‘How do I get engaged?'” Novogratz said of crypto. Prior to his interview, the CEO said he took a peak at stock performances for companies involved in crypto, as well as Ethereum’s price. He pointed out that such assets have posted standout price gains in 2020.
“We are going to see, over the next 10 years, a rebuilding of the financial infrastructure of this country,” Novogratz said. “It was interesting that PayPal hired Paxos to do their integration with crypto because there’s a domain expertise in this cryptocurrency space, in this blockchain space, that’s needed.” Paxos serves as the entity behind PAX, one of the many U.S. dollar-pegged stable coins in the crypto industry. The institution also touts other functions, such as custody.
“It was the COVID virus that really accelerated — as horrible as that sounds — accelerated adoption of crypto on two ways: the macro story with Bitcoin and the more maybe important story of digitalization of all cash, digitalization of the financial services system, that’s going to mostly be built on Ethereum.”