The creator of the most successful Bitcoin analog project, a young genius from Canada with Russian roots, Vitalik Buterin is a legend of the cryptocurrency world. In 2008, someone Satoshi Nakamoto invented a revolutionary, completely different from anything before that moment, a monetary asset – bitcoin. In 2014, inspired by this development, the 19-year-old student created an absolutely new project that seeks to radically transform the entire Internet and change the entire existing economic system beyond recognition. This student’s name is Vitalik Buterin, and his project is called Ethereum.
Short biography of Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik was born on January 31, 1994 in the city of Kolomin in Russia. His parents – father Dmitry and mother Natalia – at that time were students of the technical university and studied at the faculty of computer science. At the age of 4, dad presented the boy with the first computer, which became his favorite toy. Interestingly, at such a young age the child was not interested in video games, the most exciting thing for him was creating macros in Excel. The father was not happy about this and asked the boy to finish his studies and get a diploma. However, Buterin refused and continued to act in his own way.
Running Bitcoin Magazine
Soon, he attracted the attention of the Romanian crypto enthusiast Mihai Alisi. Familiarity Buterin and Alice led to the fact that in 2012, they became the founders of the monthly magazine dedicated to bitcoin and cryptotechnology – Bitcoin Magazine. In parallel with his work in the publication, Buterin worked as a programmer in the Dark Wallet project, which developed a secure cryptocurrency wallet, and in the startup Egora, a decentralized marketplace on Blockchain.
Birth of ideak
A couple of years later, he handed over the magazine to BTC Media, while he himself began to study the alternative use of bitcoin and blockchain. In this, he was helped by Israeli developers from the Mastercoin and CovertCoins projects, who were charged with the idea of releasing alternative bitcoin-based tokens. Then Buterin came to the conclusion that with the help of the Turing language (which allows solving problems according to an algorithm using RAM), a mass generalization of the functions of the protocols is possible. This is how the Ethereum project, created together with Mihai Alisi, Joe Lubin, Gavin Wood, Charlie Hoskinson, and Anthony Di Iorio, appeared.
Writing the Ethereum white paper
In 2013, “white paper Ethereum” was born. The project team, in addition to Buterin and Alice, included entrepreneur and founder of Jaxx startup Anthony Di Loriot, as well as mathematician Charles Hoskinson, one of the main creators of the platform technology. Soon, Gavin Wood joined the project (He wrote for Ethereum Yellow paper – a preliminary technological description of the project, explaining the details of the processing of the distributed book data and the performance of smart contracts) and Joseph Lubin (Founder of ConsenSys, a developer of decentralized applications).
In parallel, Buterin received a Tile grant for young entrepreneurs seeking to change the world. 100 thousand dollars was enough for the project in order to cover the expenses at the beginning of the Ethereum project development.
In 2014, the registration of the Ethereum headquarters in Switzerland was carried out. According to Buterin, the choice of the country was due to its world-famous banking system reliability, as well as the presence of favorable conditions for the conduct of cryptocurrency activities.
In the summer of the same year, the crowdfunding project was completed – he brought 31 thousand bitcoins to his creators. In return for spent BTC, the project investors received the first in the history of ETH. Then 60 thousand platform tokens were released. The full launch of Ethereum occurred in July 2015. Over the year, the project gained incredible popularity, but the platform was not afraid to accept quite risky ideas for implementation.