Vitalik Buterin talks about the emergence of Ethereum in an unpublished interview from 2014

Cointelegraph’s latest Crypto Stories episode includes never-before-heard audio of an exclusive interview with Vitalik Buterin, recorded at a Hong Kong conference in 2014. In this animated short film, viewers can learn the origin story of Ethereum (ETH), the second largest cryptocurrency in the world by market cap, straight from the founder himself.

In 2011, while Buterin was a student at the University of Waterloo, he first heard about Bitcoin from his father, a tech entrepreneur. However, he didn’t take decentralized currency seriously until he started participating in the Bitcoin forums created by Satoshi Nakamoto.

Vitalik Buterin talks about the emergence of Ethereum in an unpublished interview from 2014
Vitalik Buterin talks about the emergence of Ethereum in an unpublished interview from 2014

In his quest to learn more about Bitcoin, Buterin became a staff writer for the now-defunct Bitcoin Weekly website, where he was paid 5 BTC per article, or $4 at the time, Buterin said.

He then used his newfound journalism skills to co-found Bitcoin Magazine with Mihai Alisie. The first issue was published in May 2012, according to the publication’s website, and the magazine is now owned by BTC Media.

Buterin decided to drop out of college in 2013 at the age of 19 to work full-time on blockchain-related projects while traveling the world. During this time he realized that cryptocurrency could be used for “more than money” and that it should enable more “freedom”.

Buterin’s dream was to develop a blockchain with an integrated programming language and thus Ethereum was born with the help of Mihai Alisie and others. The project was officially announced in January 2014.

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