Bitcoin is often regarded as an anonymous cryptocurrency because it is possible to transmit and accept bitcoins without giving anyone your personally identifying information. While this is true, the current version of the protocol is not exactly anonymous.
When Bitcoin was first introduced in 2009, its creator Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned it to be a private and secure protocol for transfer of value over the Internet. Before 2014, the general public didn’t really understand how the blockchain technology operates; there was very little information on the Internet and the limited info that was available was usually catered to developers/cryptographers who already knew a lot about the technology.
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The Silicon Valley legend Naval Ravikant is an Indian-born, self-made multi-millionaire, entrepreneur, investor, adviser, influencer, and a passionate cryptocurrency enthusiast. He’s widely known as the CEO and co-founder of AngelList, a U.S based platform where startups meet angel investors and job-seekers find work at startups.
During his lifetime (he’s 44 at the time of writing this article) he has invested in more than 100 companies including Uber, FourSquare, Twitter, SnapLogic, Yammer, and many others. Although he has attained massive success and reputation as an angel investor, this article won’t bore you to death with all of his financial achievements, but instead it’ll focus on Naval’s extraordinary mind, his contribution to the start-up community and, of course, his importance in the crypto industry.
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According to the official website, Neo is “a non-profit community-based blockchain project that utilizes blockchain technology and digital identity to digitize assets, to automate the management of digital assets using smart contracts, and to realize a ‘smart economy’ with a distributed network. ” The project was initially introduced as AntShares (ANS) in February 2014 and was funded by two crowd sales. Its initial coin offering (ICO) raised over $4.5 million; the first crowd sale took place in October 2015 during which 17.5 million tokens were distributed, and the remaining 22.5 million tokens allocated for sale to early investors were distributed during the second crowd sale.
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The Dash coin was created by Evan Duffield on January 18, 2014. Originally released as XCoin (XCO) and rebranded to Darkcoin in February 2014 – the promising Dash cryptocurrency finally settled on its current name on March 25, 2015.
A derivative of Bitcoin, Dash coin is essentially digital cash that works exactly like physical cash, except it’s exchanged on a highly secure, decentralized peer-to-peer network. It was designed to have a total supply of 18 million coins, 2 million of which were mined during its first day, and around 8 million of which are in circulation at the time of writing.
Because Dash’s code is based on that of Bitcoin, Dash is compatible with all existing wallets and cryptocurrency exchanges originally developed for Bitcoin. When measuring node count by market cap, Dash’s infrastructure robustness is more than an order of magnitude higher than the competitors’ like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
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Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, a company that “scales blockchains” based in San Francisco.
She is also a fellow at Coin Center, a non-profit research center for advocating and developing sound government policy regarding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other decentralized technologies; an advisor at Comma.ai, a company that develops a self-driving kit for cars.
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Since the inception of Bitcoin, there have been a multitude of carbon copy cryptocurrencies, and numerous others that focus on improving the privacy features offered by blockchain technology. Of these, many have proven to be scarcely more private than the original, but a few, offer a feature set worthy of acknowledgement. Enter Zcash.
In a world where privacy is becoming an increasingly rare commodity, due to the progressive digitization of our lives, one cryptocurrency aims to give us back something that we risk losing; the freedom to spend our own money in private. The need for privacy dates back as far as human existence, we created clothes to cover our nude bodies, houses with separate bedrooms to shield us from one another, and anonymous outlets through which we can convey our true feelings and opinions.
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What is Bitcoin mining? Mining is the process by which new bitcoins are created and simultaneously, the way the bitcoin system is secured. Through mining, bitcoin transactions are validated and cleared. Mining is a sort of decentralized clearinghouse because it secures the bitcoin system and enables a network-wide consensus to be achieved without a central authority or a trusted third party. It is the invention that makes cryptocurrencies revolutionary. Well, technically, Bitcoin is an emanation of an ingenious solution to the double-spending problem and the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. And here you will find out how to mine Bitcoin.
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As one of the first founders of a truly viable Litecoin, Charlie Lee is somewhat of an internet sensation. After discovering Bitcoin from an online article whilst working at Google, Charlie embarked on a multi-year journey to create the silver to Bitcoin’s gold. In this time, the prince of cryptocurrency forged alliances with other early-adopters, developers, and enthusiasts to create what many consider to be the second most successful cryptocurrency to date. Without any further ado, let’s delve into who is Charlie Lee, the internet sensation and creator of Litecoin.
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Coinbase is a digital currency exchange platform founded in July 2011 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam. After enrolling in the 2012 Y Combinator startup incubator program, the company launched its services in October 2012 and soon after, in May 2013, Coinbase received $5 million Series A investment from the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures which gave the company the much-needed support to become who they are today. Coinbase reached a trading volume of more than $1 million worth of Bitcoins per month in just one year after the investment from USV, and two years later, in 2015, Coinbase got approved by the U.S regulators and became the first licensed U.S. Bitcoin exchange. So let’s delve into Coinbase review without further ado.
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If you’ve never heard about Andreas Antonopoulos, you’re missing out on one of the most influential voices in the crypto space. Andreas is considered to be one of the most trusted and unbiased sources of knowledge in an industry filled with shilling, fake news and all sorts of overhyped and misleading information.
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