Former Wall Street analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker has dedicated a slide to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as part of her latest Internet Trends 2014 Code Conference report.
With this information, Meeker concludes that the uptick in bitcoin wallet ownership is proof of "extraordinary interest" in cryptocurrencies.
The slide was part of a short series on the "Re-Imagining of Money", which also alluded to Square Cash, the latest mobile wallet play by mobile point-of-sale giant Square.
Additional topics included the rising use of mobile phones, the growing intensity of cyber security threats and the increasing role of the Internet in the healthcare and education fields.
"Queen of the net"
As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, "Mary Meeker's words can sway even casual investors". As such, her positive inclusion of bitcoin could prove influential in drawing more interest and intellect toward the digital currency ecosystem.
However, her career has not been without controversy, as she was criticized for certain choices made during her tenure as a stock analyst for Morgan Stanley during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s.
Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the venture capital company at which Meeker is a partner, has also released a website showcasing all of Meekers' past Internet Trends reports, including the most recent slideshow.
For more of Meeker's research into the state of the web, see the full slideshow below:
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