Bitcoin’s meteoric go up is similar to how Skype started out, a former executive at the web phone and messaging support has said.
“We’re seeing this huge interest from the rest of the globe which is, for ordinary people, starting to get terribly interesting,” Michael Jackson, Skype’s former chief operating officer, advised CNBC throughout a phone interview Wednesday.
Jackson said increased fascination found in the virtual currency – which is now worth more than $15,000 a coin – took him “right back to the beginnings of Skype.”
“We had been messing around doing all sorts with the web and it sort of worked, and all of the tools had been nerdy and all of the nerds employed it, and it was superb,” the entrepreneur said.
“And then we managed to knock together something that normal people might use, and that really was what created the company. I don’t think we’ve got that in the bitcoin at this time. That’s before us, for sure.”
Jackson is now somebody at venture capital investment company Mangrove Capital Companions, an early on investor in Skype.
He said that bitcoin’s surge is “great” but added that it was difficult to show what the future holds for the digital currency.