State of Bitcoin and Blockchain 2016

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CoinDesk's State of Bitcoin and Blockchain 2016 report summarizes key trends, data and events from 2015, along with findings from the annual Thought Leader's Survey and predictions on what to expect in 2016.

A presentation of the latest State of Bitcoin and Blockchain data began our Consensus 2016 conference in May.

For more analysis, please see our announcement.


  • • The major story from 2015 is undoubtedly the increasing focus on bitcoin's underlying technology, commonly referred to as blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT).
  • • In 2015, bitcoin's price and exchange trading volume bounced back strongly after a gloomy first half of the year.
  • • Bitcoin's scalability debate was a hot topic in software developer circles in 2015, and it recently spilled over into mainstream discussion with the high profile departure of core developer Mike Hearn.
  • • Overall, the tempo of industry regulation slowed in 2015.


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