As the cryptocurrency market matures, bitcoin could be pushed out by competitors the same way the video cassette tape format Betamax lost out to rival VHS as home entertainment technology evolved during the 1980s, according to one tech investor.
Sony introduced Betamax in 1975. The product battled JVC's VHS format over which would become the dominant device consumers used to record and watch movies and other videos across the world. VHS would emerge the victor. Sony officially ended shipments of Betamax in 2015.
Hutchins, who is also a director of AT&T, said it's likely that at least one digital currency ultimately prevails. In this case, the VHS, or winner, could be a bitcoin alternative like XRP, ether or litecoin.
"The token of exchange at the heart of the math solution that leads the technology will be there," said Hutchins, who is also part-owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team. "Different tokens will be used for different applications."