It was around that time that I got RaceOption acquainted with the new currency. I had my doubts but as I read more about it, the more it became clear that the currency was the future as it had no one to manipulate it or impose itself on it. Everything had to be done with complete consensus and that was what made it so strong and free.
So 2013 was the breakthrough year for the currency. Big companies began to publicly favor the acceptance of bitcoin and blockchain became a popular subject for Computer Science programs. Many people then thought that bitcoin had served its purpose and now it would settle down.
But, the currency became even more popular, with bitcoin ATMs being set up around the world and other competitors started flexing their muscles on different angles of the market. Ethereum developed the first programmable blockchain and Litecoin and Ripple started themselves as cheaper and faster alternatives to bitcoin.
The magical figure of $1000 was first breached in January 2017 and since then it has increased four times already till September. It is truly a remarkable achievement for a coin that was only worth 8 cents just seven years back.