Charles Hoskinson is best known today as a co-founder of both Ethereum and IOHK, where he leads the research, design and development of Cardano. But before these projects, there was Bitcoin. Back in 2013, he was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group.
In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine during the recent StartEngine Summit, Hoskinson began by saying that he views Bitcoin as a series of experiments to try and realize two key concepts:
“Can we achieve a decentralized form of value transfer or some sort of proto-money, and, instead of having a central entity issuing a token and securing it, can we release something decentralized with a secure ledger? And, if that happens, will it achieve real value in the marketplace?”
In the early days, said Hoskinson, it wasn’t clear if this thing was going to survive or not.
As Bitcoin approaches its 10th anniversary, its community, old and new, has begun taking stock of how a decade has come to alter or define the cryptocurrency — and what Bitcoin has done to alter or define the decade.
Ten years has invited room for undeniable change. Bitcoin has seen roughly half a dozen market cycles, spawned a secondary market of more than 2,000 altcoins and laid the foundations for a surging blockchain industry.
Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of bitcoin, released the bitcoin whitepaper 9 years ago, on October 31. Since then, based on every indicator imaginable, bitcoin has evolved into a major global currency, store of value, and safe haven asset.
The Bitcoin network was officially launched in 2009, when Nakamoto mined the first bitcoin block. But, the whitepaper of bitcoin was released in October of 2008, months after Nakamoto acquired Bitcoin.