MEET THE FOUNDERS OF ETHEREUM
Vitalik Buterin, a programmer from Toronto, first became interested in Bitcoin in 2011 when co-founded the news website Bitcoin Magazine, writing hundreds of articles on the crypto world.
In 2013, Buterin came up with the idea of a platform that would go beyond the use cases of Bitcoin. He released the white paper describing an alternative platform designed for any type of decentralized application developers would want to build. The system was called Ethereum.
Dr. Gavin Wood accrued his master degrees and doctorate in computer science. He invented the Solidity language that is used to write smart contracts.
In 2014, Wood wrote the yellow paper, which was the first formal specification of the Ethereum platform and how it distinguishes itself from other blockchain-based systems. Gavin has a clear vision for Ethereum, blockchain based technologies and their interplay in the evolution of the Internet.
Jeff Wilcke is one of the founders of Ethereum and one of the three directors, alongside Vitalik Buterin and Gavin Wood. He started the first implementation of Ethereum using the Go programming language in 2013 and has been the Go team lead and head developer ever since.
The Go client launched successfully on July 30, 2015, marking the release of the genesis block and Ethereum platform.
Co-founder Joseph Lubin was involved in the creation of the Ethereum Foundation, a non-profit organization to be a “nonpartisan industry body, made up of industry players. It make sure the Ethereum infrastructure works fairly and independently”
Lubin went on to found the Brooklyn-based ConsenSys, a startup that focuses on building decentralized apps on the Ethereum blockchain.