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The Decade in Blockchain — 2010 to 2020 in Review

ConenSys | Dec 3, 2019

10 years of bitcoin blockchain - The Decade in Blockchain — 2010 to 2020 in ReviewOn January 3rd, 2009, in the wake of a global financial crisis that accelerated the growing chasm of inequality throughout world economies, a mysterious figure named Satoshi Nakamoto launched a virtual currency named Bitcoin that functioned atop what s/he called a ‘Proof of Work chain.’

In its ‘genesis block,’ Nakamoto permanently embedded a brief line of text into the data that signaled the inspiration behind the newfangled tech: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.”

It was a rallying cry for a better way. What proceeded over the next decade has been a stratospheric rollercoaster ride for cryptocurrencies and digital assets, alongside the early phases of a total reworking of economic and human systems atop a philosophy of decentralization and democratization of access to value.

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There have been inconceivable highs and corresponding lows in the ten plus years since Bitcoin’s genesis block, as development of blockchain technology and awareness of its potential marches ever forward. As this decade draws to a close, it’s an opportune moment to view ten years of blockchain development in retrospective. The technology has grown from a digital currency worth only pennies to an emerging pillar of global economic systems—and it’s still just getting started.

Some context before we begin: As 2009 saw its end, blockchain development was limited. In fact, the first transactions ever to take place on the Bitcoin network were undertaken in December of 2009. The BitcoinTalk Forum, an early hotbed for blockchain developers, went live in November. The blockchain ecosystem was limited to a handful of technologists and developers with only an inkling of the phenomenon that they had already set in motion…


February — The first ever cryptocurrency exchange, Bitcoin Market, is established. The first trade takes place a month later.

April — The first public bitcoin trade takes place: 1000BTC traded for $30 at an exchange rate of  0.03USD/1BTC

May — The first real-world bitcoin transaction is undertaken by Laszlo Hanyecz, who paid 10000BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas (Approximately $25 USD)

June —  Bitcoin developer Gavin Andreson creates a faucet offering 5 free BTC to the public

July — First notable usage of the word “blockchain” appears on BitcoinTalk forum. Prior to this, it was referred to as ‘Proof-of-Work chain’

July — Bitcoin exchange named Magic The Gathering Online eXchange—also known as Mt. Gox—established

August —Bitcoin protocol bug leads to emergency hard fork

December — Satoshi Nakamoto ceases communication with the world

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January — Coinstar machines begin selling cryptocurrency at grocery stores across the US

February — Ethereum’s Constantinople hard fork is released, part two of Metropolis

April — Bitcoin surpasses 400 million total transactions

June — Daily Ethereum transactions surpass one million

June — Facebook announces Libra

July — United States senate holds hearings titled ‘Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain”

August — Ethereum developer dominance reaches 4x that of any other blockchain

October — Block.One fined $24 million by the SEC for its unregulated $4 billion EOS ICO

October — Over 80 million distinct Ethereum addresses have been created

September — Santander bank settles both sides of a $20 million bond on Ethereum

November — Over 3000 Dapps created. Of them, 2700 are built on Ethereum

November — Amount of Ether locked in Decentralized Finance apps reaches all time high of 2.7 million ETH.


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