Today is a rather special day for me. It’s been 8 years since I learned about Bitcoin. I first read about the project while wasting time on slashdot, and stumbling upon this article:
Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3 - Slashdot
Teppy writes "How's this for a disruptive technology? Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer, network-based digital currency with no…
Back then I was a (literally )broke student, getting ready to go to grad-school to study Nanotechnology. I couldn’t afford to buy many bitcoins, so I did what many did: tried my best to mine them. Who would have thought about the wild ride this one article would take me. Since then, I quit my job, started a Bitcoin company, and now have worked on four products built using this remarkable technology (Bitaccess BTM, Catena, faast, and BuyBitcoinCanada). I have worked with some of the smartest people I have ever met, and whom I would have never met had it not been for this technology.
The industry has changed a lot since those early days. We were originally trying to replace credit cards; now, there doesn’t seem to be any problem to which blockchain isn’t trying to make a difference.
Its been an incredible 8 years working on a new way to think about value. Not in my wildest dreams would we have ever made it this far.