• Ross Ulbricht, July 2018 (via FreeRoss.org)
    Innovators,  United States

    Famed crypto convict Ross Ulbricht starting rock band in prison

    Is the band name ‘The Silk Roads’ already taken?

    Programmer Ross Ulbricht is serving a double-life sentence for starting The Silk Road, a website on the dark web that traded guns and drugs for crypto. Prosecutors also have evidence of six murder-for-hire schemes that he has not been charged with. More than any other single person including Satoshi Nakamoto, Ulbricht is responsible for the widespread adoption of cryptocurrency. And, according to his Twitter feed, he is also learning how to rock.

  • Bitcoin Birthday
    Bitcoin,  Innovators,  United States

    Happy 10th Birthday, Bitcoin.org!

    The site was officially registered a decade ago this past week

    The Great Recession took $70,000 from you. We now are coming up on the 10 year anniversary of the very bad day of September 15, 2008, when Lehman Brothers fell off a cliff and took the world’s economy down with it. But in the midst of this chaos, one intrepid tech-believer registered the domain bitcoin.org on August 18, 2008. Without the Great Recession, we still might have something called Bitcoin. However, what we did with it and how an entire half-billion dollar industry grew from that would mostly like have been entirely different.   The earliest days of Bitcoin dictated our present moment. It’s worth it to revisit some of…