Skip to main content

Short History of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is the premier cryptocurrency of the world. It is a peer-to-peer currency and transaction system based on a decentralized consensus-based public ledger called blockchain that records all transactions.

Now the bitcoin was envisaged in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto but it was a product of many decades of research into cryptography and blockchain and not just one guy's work. It was the utopian dream of cryptographers and free trade advocates to have a borderless, decentralized currency based on the blockchain. Their dream is now a reality with the growing popularity of bitcoin and other altcoins around the world.

Now the cryptocurrency was first deployed over the consensus-based blockchain in 2009 and the same year it was traded for the very first time. In July 2010, the price of bitcoin was just 8 cents and the number of miners and nodes was quite less compared to tens of thousands in number right now.

Within the space of one year, the new alternative currency had risen to $1 and it was becoming an interesting prospect for the future. Mining was relatively easy and people were making good money making trades and even paying with it in some cases.

Within six months, the currency had doubled again to $2. While the price of bitcoin is not stable at a particular price point, it has been showing this pattern of insane growth for some time. In July 2011 at one point, the coin went bonkers and the record-high $31 price point was achieved but the market soon realized that it was overvalued compared to the gains made on the ground and it recorrected it back to $2.

December 2012 saw a healthy increase to $13 but soon enough, the price was going to explode. Within four months till April 2013, the price had increased to a whopping $266. It corrected itself later on back to $100 but this astronomical increase in price rose it stardom for the very first time and people started debating about an actual real-world scenario with Bitcoin.

It was around that time that I got acquainted with the new currency. I had my doubts but as I read more about it, the more it became clear that the currency was the future as it had no one to manipulate it or impose itself on it. Everything had to be done with complete consensus and that was what made it so strong and free.

So 2013 was the breakthrough year for the currency. Big companies began to publicly favor the acceptance of bitcoin and blockchain became a popular subject for Computer Science programs. Many people then thought that bitcoin had served its purpose and now it would settle down.

But, the currency became even more popular, with bitcoin ATMs being set up around the world and other competitors started flexing their muscles on different angles of the market. Ethereum developed the first programmable blockchain and Litecoin and Ripple started themselves as cheaper and faster alternatives to bitcoin.

The magical figure of $1000 was first breached in January 2017 and since then it has increased four times already till September. It is truly a remarkable achievement for a coin that was only worth 8 cents just seven years back.

Bitcoin even survived a hard fork on August 1, 2017, and has risen nearly 70% since then while even the fork bitcoin cash has managed to post some success. All of it is due to the appeal of the coin and stellar blockchain technology behind it.

While coventional economists argue that it is a bubble and the whole crypto world would collapse, it is just not so. There is no such bubble since it is an observable fact that it has, in fact, eaten away the shares of the fiat currencies and money transaction corporations.

The future is extremely bright for bitcoin and it is never too late to invest in it, both for short-term and long-term.




Source by Talha Arshad Dar

Popular posts from this blog

The Basics of Cryptocurrency and the Way It Works

In the times that we're living in, technology has made unbelievable advancement as compared to any time in the past. This evolution has redefined the life of man on almost every aspect. In fact, this evolution is an ongoing process and thus, human life on earth is improving constantly day in and day out. One of the latest inclusions in this aspect is cryptocurrencies.Cryptocurrency is nothing but digital currency, which has been designed to impose security and anonymity in online monetary transactions. It uses cryptographic encryption to both generate currency and verify transactions. The new coins are created by a process called mining, whereas the transactions are recorded in a public ledger, which is called the Transaction Block Chain.Little backtrackEvolution of cryptocurrency is mainly attributed to the virtual world of the web and involves the procedure of transforming legible information into a code, which is almost uncrackable. Thus, it becomes easier to track purchases an…

Forex MegaDroid - The Trading Robot That Applies Two Trading Strategies

It is important for novice traders to gain the basic knowledge of Forex trading at the very beginning of their attempts. After you get the rough ideas of what those charts, tables and axis mean, then you should study in details about which trading style suits you the most. Currency trading involves completely different styles. People should opt for their own strategies, but basically there are two primary types of analysis: the technical and the fundamental. A few traders would choose one of the two, some will combine them, others just follow what the robot tells them. Forex Megadroid belongs one of the few automated programs that applies both trading strategies. Forex traders who choose to use technical analysis always base their analyzes on the currency market trend. They read charts and recognize the common patterns for the price movement. Different traders may employ various reporting system to make the analysis easy to read or update. For the users of technical analys…

Virtual Currency Games

Every little boy's (and many grown men's) dream of making a living by playing video games is edging closer to reality. The recent release of HunterCoin and the in-development VoidSpace, games which reward players in digital currency rather than virtual princesses or gold stars point towards a future where one's ranking on a scoreboard could be rewarded in dollars, and sterling, euros and yen.The story of the millionaire (virtual) real estate agent... Digital currencies have been slowly gaining in maturity both in terms of their functionality and the financial infrastructure that enables them to be used as a credible alternative to non-virtual fiat currency. Though Bitcoin, the 1st and most well known of the crypto-currencies was created in 2009 there have been forms of virtual currencies used in video games for more than 15 years. 1997's Ultima Online was the first notable attempt to incorporate a large scale virtual economy in a game. Players could collect gold coins …