• Bitcoin,  Europe,  Innovators

    Happy birthday, bitcoin!

    The cryptocurrency that started it all turns 9

    Today marks the ninth anniversary of the day bitcoin was unleashed upon the world, thus ushering cryptocurrency revolution. Well, sorta. It took a while for it to pick up but look at it now! Commemorate it by reading Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper (pdf). The very first block in the bitcoin blockchain (the “genesis block”) contained a simple proof of its creation: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”. That was the headline from a front page article in the Times of London as the global banking and monetary system was on the verge of collapsing. Nakamoto’s choice for that as the first block may have been…