We have, why Bitcoin was created and some terms that are a need to know in the space. Now we will go over some people who helped build and grow Bitcoin. This should wrap up the basic knowledge part of the series so we can dive into the complete saga of this amazing project that has been unfolding in front of our eyes.
Dr. Craig Steven Wright- A computer scientist with many degrees in law, economics, computer science, cryptography and business. Craig has come out publicly claiming he is the man behind the psuedonym Satoshi Nakomoto, the creator of Bitcoin. In 2019 Craig filed for copyrights to the Bitcoin whitepaper.
Nick Szabo- Created Bit Gold, this is believed to be the foundation to the blockchain.
Hal Finney- One of the first collaborators with Satoshi on the Bitcoin Project. In 2014, Finney died ALS. He said Satoshi Nakamoto's true identity still remained a mystery to him in one of his lasts communications.
Gavin Andresen- Worked directly with Satoshi in building the source code. Gavin has the ability to send out alerts using the "Alert Key". This alert goes out to all Bitcoin clients. Satoshi gave all the code and access to the alert key right before he vanished from the public.
Dave Kleiman- Worked on the Bitcoin project until his death on April 26, 2013. Dave was a computer forensics expert and coder.
Martti Malmi- One of the first developers to work along side Satoshi Nakomoto. Bitcoin.org was originally registered and owned by Satoshi Nakamoto and Martti Malmi. When Nakamoto left the project, he gave ownership of the domain to additional people, separate from the Bitcoin developers, to spread responsibility and prevent any one person or group from easily gaining control over the Bitcoin project.
Adam Back- Major pioneer in cryptography and has been working on e-cash protocols since around 1995. Adams contributions to Bitcoin include the hashcash proof-of-work and decentralized mining functions. Adam started Blockstream which is a company developing applications for Bitcoin.
Ross Ulbricht- Created the website The Silk Road where guns, drugs, fake documents and other items could be purchased online using Bitcoin. “People should have the right to buy and sell whatever they wanted so long as they weren’t hurting anyone else.” The website was later shutdown and Ross was convicted and sent to prison for running the website.
Charles Shrem- a Bitcoin advocate who co-founded BitInstant in 2011, and is a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation. Charlie was sentenced to two years in prison in 2014 for "aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money-transmitting business related to the Silk Road marketplace". He was released from prison in 2016 and continues to be a huge Bitcoin advocate and investor.
Roger Ver- Is one of the earliest investors in Bitcoin startups. Roger has always been a very adoption and Bitcoin was a means to promote his view on economic freedoms. Later Roger would build a fork off the original Bitcoin called, Bitcoin Cash ($bch).
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss- Best know in their roles with the early development of Facebook. In 2013, the twins help fund Charlie Shrem with a $1.5 million investment into the company. The twins accumulated millions of dollars in Bitcoins through the years and have been involved in rigors promotions concerning the currency. They are also responsible for the Gemini exchange and have recently tried to establish ETF trading of Bitcoin in America.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos- Tours the world doing talks and runs a Bitcoin channel where he tries to make understanding everything Bitcoin Core much easier by your average person. Andreas is highly sought after for conferences to break down the very complicated structures of Bitcoin Core and the blockchain and the projects surrounding them.
These are just a few of the ones behind Bitcoins upbringing. While they are some of the largest contributors true adoption comes from you, the user, the investor. Even with all the hard work these people put in it would be for nothing if the people did not see the benefits and future of Bitcoin.