Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor made famous by the reality television series Shark Tank, has changed his tune on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in recent months.
Cuban made headlines when he said he'd "rather have bananas than bitcoin," calling crypto "too complicated." But the Dallas Mavericks owner has since come around to cryptocurrencies, praising the emerging decentralized finance (DeFi) space—which is largely built on top of the second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, ethereum.
Now, as the bitcoin and cryptocurrency market price soars over $2 trillion, Cuban has revealed that he expects ethereum's long-awaited 2.0 upgrade will spark the development of apps that "dwarf" bitcoin.MORE FROM FORBESBitcoin Price Prediction: Tesla 'Reveals' Potential Future For BitcoinBy null Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has changed his tune on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in recent ... [+] years and thinks that ethereum will eventually eclipse bitcoin. Getty Images
"I think the applications leveraging smart contracts and extensions on ethereum will dwarf bitcoin," Cuban told journalist Laura Shin, speaking on her Unchained podcast.
"Bitcoin, right now, has evolved to be primarily a store value, and it’s very difficult to use it for anything else ... You really have to work a lot harder on bitcoin than you do on ethereum."
The bitcoin price has soared by around 700% over the last 12 months, climbing as the likes of high-profile billionaires Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey give it their backing, Wall Street giants roll out bitcoin services, and investors fret that inflation could be about to undermine the value of traditional currencies.
However, the huge bitcoin price rally has been eclipsed by ethereum (and a handful of smaller cryptocurrencies), with the ethereum price adding a blistering 1,100% since April 2020.
Cuban expects coming upgrades to ethereum, not expected...