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Here’s how Vitalik Buterin came up with the idea of creating Ethereum

Here's how Vitalik Buterin came up with the idea of creating Ethereum
Ana
Nicenko
2 months ago
2 mins read

Despite the cryptocurrency industry going through difficult times, the blockchain space as a whole is continuously expanding thanks to the major advancements of its key players, including Ethereum (ETH), whose founder Vitalik Buterin recently recounted how it all started for him and his network.

Specifically, the story of Ethereum begins around 2011, when the crypto space was still known only as Bitcoin (BTC) space, and Buterin became interested and more involved with it, as he said in an interview with Business Insider published on June 28.

His involvement began with the co-founding of Bitcoin Magazine, and proceeded with “doing a lot of Bitcoin-related things for about two years.” Eventually, Buterin dropped out of university to join the space full-time, after which he started to see a lot more potential in the blockchain technology “than just a single peer-to-peer currency.”

As he explained:

“I came up with the idea behind Ethereum. This idea of a blockchain with a built-in programming language as, kind of, what I thought was the simplest and kind of most logical way to actually build a platform that can be used for many more kinds of applications.”

Pocket calculator versus smartphone

Asked what was the biggest issue with Bitcoin that he was trying to fix with Ethereum, Buterin said it was “just too limited functionality.” He further illustrated this by comparing Bitcoin to a pocket calculator and Ethereum to a smartphone:

“Think of the difference between something like a pocket calculator and a smartphone, where a pocket calculator does one thing and it does one thing well, but really people want to do all these other things. And if you have a smartphone then on the smartphone you have a pocket calculator as an app. You have playing music as an app. You have a web browser as an app and pretty much everything else.”

Finally, Buterin concluded that Ethereum was created by “basically taking that same kind of idea of increasing the power of the system by making it more general purpose and applying it to blockchains.”

Meanwhile, Ethereum co-founder has cast doubt on the possibility of cryptocurrencies taking over the global financial system, noting that he expected traditional and government-backed currencies to remain dominant despite the significant growth of the sector in recent years, as Finbold reported in mid-June.

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Ana Nicenko
Author

Ana Nicenko has a plethora of knowledge and experience as a journalist covering the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, having written for a variety of projects and organizations. Additionally, Ana has a master's degree in English Language and Literature. At Finbold, she reports news on the digital assets sector.