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Cryptocurrency: Industry Observer Whitepapers


Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study - April 2017

This is the first study to systematically investigate key
cryptocurrency industry sectors by collecting empirical, non-public
data. The study gathered survey data from nearly 150 cryptocurrency
companies and individuals, and it covers 38 countries from five world
regions. The study details the key industry sectors that have emerged
and the different entities that inhabit them.

Some of the key findings include the following:

The current number of unique active users of cryptocurrency wallets is
estimated to be between 2.9 million and 5.8 million.
The lines between the different cryptocurrency industry sectors are
increasingly blurred: 31 per cent of cryptocurrency companies surveyed
are operating across two cryptocurrency industry sectors or more,
giving rise to an increasing number of universal cryptocurrency
At least 1,876 people are working full- time in the cryptocurrency
industry, and the actual total figure is likely well above two
thousand when large mining organisations and other organisations that
did not provide headcount figures are added.
Average security headcount and costs for payment companies and
exchanges as a percentage of total headcount/operating expenses are
similar, but significantly higher for wallets.