Crypto's Hype Cycle #98

Market Meditations | February 15, 2021

? How long will the bitcoin bull run last

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In today’s free newsletter, we tackle one of the biggest questions for crypto traders and investors:

? When is the next bear market and will it be like the 2017 price action?

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The Crypto Supercycle

The crypto industry saw its fair share of good news over the last 12 months and signs of adoption are going up exponentially on multiple fronts. 

Meanwhile, traders and investors keep calling the top after every 5% drop because ‘prices have only gone up’

Is the 2017 bubble and the following bear market actually hindering many of us from staying exposed to this secular trend that will likely take years to fully realize its potential? Could this bull market potentially last longer now that crypto is maturing from a speculative industry to bitcoin being bought up by institutions and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols generating real and growing cash flow?

Nobody is saying that there won’t be speed bumps along the way. The question we’re exploring is whether 2017 price action is the right framework to look at an industry that is so much more mature, is beginning to find product-market fit and has significantly better infrastructure compared to 3 years ago.

The Gartner Hype Cycle

The Gartner hype cycle is basically a visualization of how new technologies emerge through five phases.


Crypto has gone through multiple innovation cycles, notably the 2017 ICO bubble and the DeFi summer that lasted a couple of months last year. 

During the 2018-2019 bear market, crypto as an industry experienced the ‘trough of disillusionment’ where a lot of people started questioning the potential of blockchain technology. Critics were loud and concluded that crypto’s main use case was speculation and had very little to show for a market cap valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. 

✅ We now seem steadily on the ‘slope of enlightenment’ and heading toward the ‘plateau of productivity’.

Going Mainstream

2020 will be seen as an inflection point for crypto as an industry, due to the Coronavirus pandemic accelerating a few existing trends.

Especially bitcoin seems to have matured beyond speculation with now institutions, hedge funds and billion dollar companies buying the oldest cryptocurrency as a hedge against inflation. 

? The big difference here is that most of these institutions buy bitcoin with a very long time horizon. A company like Tesla putting bitcoin on their balance sheet has no intention of selling their position for a 20% profit. That is supply that will likely never hit the market again.

One has to draw a line though. Established projects like Bitcoin and possibly Ethereum are close to or have already achieved a ‘too big to fail’ status because of the network effects they’ve accumulated over the years. 

? Altcoins are still newer and don’t profit from the lindy effect as much and thus still have a very high chance of being disrupted in the long run. They will likely outperform in a bull market, but also have a bigger chance of correcting 70-90% once sentiment shifts and crypto goes through its next ‘bearish’ episode.


As Ari Paul attentively noted, much of what we wrote above depends on how big the speculative frenzy gets over the next couple of weeks/months. Markets have a tendency to always revert back to the mean, so if prices continue to go up parabolically at this pace, altcoin will inevitably see a big correction once again. The higher prices go, the bigger the correction will eventually be. That said, the general trend is up. The market will likely get overheated once again, but the next ‘bear market’ low will be significantly higher than the ones we saw in 2018. Taking profits in never a bad decision, but by selling too early you could leave a lot of profits on the table.  

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Monday, 15th February

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Tuesday, 16th February

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Wednesday, 17th February 

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Thursday, 18th February

  • GameStop Hearing ?
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