How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum doing today?

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

On June 7, 2014, the idea of ​​Ethereum was born in a rental house called a “spaceship” in the Swiss woods, witnessed by its eight co-founders. Today, the highest market capitalization can exceed $150 billion. In fact, since the birth of Ethereum, the encryption industry has caused a storm, and even set off wave after wave of crazes in the web3 world, such as concepts from ICO, NFT, to Defi, IDO and so on. Even the concept of Web3 came from a co-founder of Ethereum.

As the center of this storm, Ethereum, a consensus on decentralization established by a group of idealists, also has many internal storms. The list of founders of Ethereum was long, according to one of its founders, Anthony Di Iorio. In December 2013, there were five founders of Ethereum: Vitalik Buterin, Anthony Di Iorio, Charles Hoskinson, Mihai Alisie and Amir Chetrit, and in 2014, three others joined as co-founders: Joseph Lubin, Gavin Wood, and Jeffrey Wilcke.

Later, the eight people fell apart, and only Vitalik is still working on Ethereum. The main reason for the rift among the eight was a bitter spat over whether Ethereum should be a for-profit company or remain a non-profit. Therefore, although there were 8 co-founders in Ethereum at the beginning, in the process of the growth of the Ethereum community, the non-consensus parts that are difficult to reconcile, let Ethereum and Buterin each step forward, with the split of community thought. and the departure of team members as sacrifices.

Today, apart from being familiar with Buterin, the names of several others may not be known, and this is what the vernacular blockchain wants to share today.

those who became competitors

1) Community Contender Charles Hoskinson

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

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Charles Hoskinson, one of the original five founders of Ethereum, was born in Hawaii. He originally hoped to be a mathematician, but found that the charm of Bitcoin is more interesting than mathematics, so he began to devote himself to the blockchain industry.

Hoskinson was appointed CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in December 2013, responsible for the Swiss Foundation and its legal framework. In the early days of Ethereum’s development, as CEO, he laid a solid foundation for the development of Ethereum, especially in the establishment and development of foundations and the establishment of legal frameworks and other basic work.

However, his time on the project came to an end within a few months, in part due to his alleged feud with the other founders. And Hoskinson wants Ethereum to be a for-profit company, but Buterin wants it to be a non-profit platform. There is also a gossip about the departure incident: he said he left voluntarily, but others said that V God fired him. Either way, the two are known to not particularly like each other, and occasionally dig at each other’s ways of doing things.

The DAO incident in 2016 led to the fork of Ethereum, just as Charles switched to supporting Ethereum Classic (ETC) through the incident, and then he left to found Cardano. (ADA is the Token of the project, and Cardano is a new-generation blockchain smart contract platform under development, dedicated to becoming a more convenient, faster, and smarter new-generation underlying public chain , known as the The first “philosophy of science and research-driven” blockchain project.

The difference between Cardano’s development method and Ethereum is that Cardano’s research precedes practice, and its development is relatively conservative, but it may be more easily accepted by traditional industries. Its ada cryptocurrency is surging in 2021. Cardano also allows users to build their own projects. Currently, there are more community participants and it is now a strong competitor to Ethereum.

2) Public chain competitor Gavin Wood

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

One of Gavin Wood’s most acclaimed abilities is his strong engineering ability, that is, the ability to turn ideas into code through reasonable architectural design and programming. In the hearts of many blockchain developers, he is a god-level programmer and technical leader.

In 2013, Gavin, who had some interest in blockchain, met Buterin through an old friend. After listening to Buterin’s thoughts on Ethereum, Gavin thought the idea of ​​making the blockchain programmable was very interesting, and decided to help Buterin write Ethereum into code. In 2014 he went to Miami and founded Ethereum with Buterin and several other founders. Here, Gavin developed the first working version of Ethereum, commonly known as Ethereum PoC 1 or Alpha. After that, Gavin served as the first CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Ethereum. In 2014, he wrote the “Ethereum Yellow Book”, which defined the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), the first official technology of the blockchain state machine. specification.

In the next two years, Gavin devoted himself to the development of Ethereum, including building a common platform architecture, completing most of the development work of the Ethereum C++ client, and designing the object-oriented programming for writing Ethereum smart contracts. Programming language Solidity.

The concept of Web3 was proposed by Gavin Wood in 2014, that is, to establish a disintermediation and free network environment to break the monopoly of today’s Internet and return data, privacy, etc. to users, and he hopes to use blockchain technology. , eliminate the exploitation of users by major platforms, and use more truth to ensure that everything goes as expected, so that the entire society no longer has to rely on artificial trust to operate. His summary of the core concepts of Web3 is: “Less trust, more truth”.

At the end of 2015, Gavin left Ethereum and subsequently founded EthCore. Gavin is an ambitious person who likes to challenge. After gradually gathering more than 60 developers from 15 countries, he proposed to write the Ethereum Parity client in Rust language, and EthCore developed into Parity technology, whose performance far exceeds Geth and C++ client. He said that’s exactly what we want to learn and focus on.

This is the blockchain protocol Polkadot, a chain thought to have the ability to grow into an entirely new replacement for Ethereum. Today, Polkadot is indeed a serious competitor to Ethereum.

The reason for Gavin’s departure from Ethereum is unknown, and some speculations suggest that Gavin and Vitalik may have diverged on the development path of Ethereum. In some later interviews, Gavin did mention that he did not agree with Ethereum’s way of governance through hard forks, and he believed that only using ETH to pay fees made Ethereum deviate from becoming a “free competition DEX” the original intention. It seems that in Gavin’s mind, Ethereum cannot realize his vision of Web 3.0.

those who became partners

1) The rich and powerful Jo seph Lubin

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Joseph Lubin is the most experienced of the founders of Ethereum 8. Lubin from the United Kingdom graduated from Princeton University in 1987 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. After graduation, Lubin has pursued a diverse career in software engineering, music production, business and finance. Later, Lubin became interested in cryptocurrencies and got in touch with fellow Canadian Di Iorio through the Canadian Bitcoin Alliance.

In 2014, he got to know Buterin, and after reading the white paper of Buterin, he was quite recognized, so when he was invited to join the co-founder group, he was happy to go. At that time, he was in charge and proposed to write the architecture of Ethereum in the C++ programming language. , so it is mainly responsible for the technical part. Coupled with the wealth of his family, together with Di Iorio, they provided a lot of financial support for the initial development of Ethereum.

Later, when Ethereum chose to become a non-profit organization, Joseph left the Ethereum community because of a different development vision, and Lubin founded the for-profit Ethereum development company ConsenSys, which launched many different projects on the network. An example is the well-known little fox wallet MetaMask. Because Joseph wants to be successful in business, Consensys is no longer just focused on Ethereum open source development, but more focused on building applications and incubating blockchain startups in large numbers. It is mainly based on the Ethereum platform, but it does not exclude those based on other platforms, such as Filecoin or Polkadot.

At present, Consensys has become an incubator for other blockchain startups, and many traditional companies maintain partnerships, such as JPMorgan Chase, UBS, BP, Intel, and Microsoft.

2) Mihai Alisie who believes in Bitcoin

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Alisie is from Romania and graduated from Lucian Braga University in Sibiu in 2010, where he majored in cybernetics, economic informatics and statistics.

At the beginning, Buterin wrote articles on some forums and blogs in order to study Bitcoin. Bitcoin enthusiast Mihai Alisie happened to see it, so the two began to actively contact, and finally co-founded Bitcoin Magazine at the end of 2011. Buterin was the lead writer at the time, and Alisie was the editor-in-chief.

Later, when Buterin created Ethereum, Alisie responded positively. He helped establish the Ethereum base in Switzerland, merged the initial startups, and led Switzerland to create the business infrastructure and legal framework that are critical to Ethereum crowdfunding activities, such as Opening a bank account for the fledgling crypto company Ethereum (which was said to be a difficult thing to do at the time), dealing with lawyers and Swiss officials on the legal framework crucial to pre-sale activities, etc.

“In the early days, it was a bunch of people with big ideas and big ambitions, and it wasn’t clear that it was going to be successful,” Alisie said.

In the early days of Ethereum, he also assisted in formulating the strategic plan of Ethereum, the work of the vice chairman of the Ethereum Foundation. Until the end of 2015, after discussing whether Ethereum needed to be profitable, he began to retreat and devote himself to Akasha, the social framework of Ethereum, due to the unsatisfactory development. Akasha uses Ethereum and IPFS to build applications, and Alisie’s social framework also hopes to develop further with Ethereum 2.0 and Filecoin.

Those who left the Bi circle

1) The retired Anthony Di Iorio

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Anthony Di Iorio, like Buterin, is also from Toronto. He has a wide range of businesses, having dabbled in marketing and venture capital. He is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Bitcoin Alliance and organized the first Bitcoin Summit in Toronto. In November 2012, he met Buterin at a Bitcoin party.

He and the founder Joseph Lubin mentioned above have a common feature, that is, he is also a rich second-generation family with a strong family , mainly having a rich dad. At the end of 2013, participated in funding and co-founded Ethereum. There is no detailed information on the specific project in charge. However, the reason for participating in Ethereum is very simple, in order to make more money.

The reason for his retreat is similar to Joseph’s. He does not support the non-profit operation of Ethereum. After Ethereum established a non-profit operation model, Di Iorio gradually retired and left soon after. After leaving, Di Iorio briefly served as chief digital officer for the Toronto Stock Exchange. But the advantage of having money is freedom, and you can freely choose what you want to do. He thinks that it is better to organize major events if he has assets in his hands. So he left in 2016 and founded Decentral to develop the Jaxx digital wallet. The wallet was first launched in May 2018. That same year, Di Iorio was included in Forbes magazine’s list of the top 20 richest people in cryptocurrencies, with an estimated net worth of $750 million to $1 billion at the time.

But in the summer of 2021, Anthony Di Iorio announced that, based on personal security considerations, he would withdraw from the Bi circle and intend to sell his blockchain company Decentral Inc for “hundreds of millions of dollars”. As for the amount of cryptocurrencies held, Anthony Di Iorio did not disclose, and said that he would cut ties with other participating startups, and would no longer fund any blockchain projects. He plans to devote himself to charity and other fields in the future.

2) Investor Amir Chetrit

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

This is a professional from Israel majoring in computer science, but the first pot of gold in his career came from real estate development. He dropped out of school in 2008 and then got involved in real estate, when the financial crisis also began to affect the traditional financial system. Suspect. He later started dabbling in Bitcoin, feeling it was a good opportunity to make more money.

Amir Chetrit met Buterin at a Bitcoin event in Amsterdam in September 2013.

At the time of meeting Buterin, he was working with Israeli startup Colored Coins, which aims to manage real-world assets that are the top token of the Bitcoin network. Buterin also participated in the project before proposing Ethereum. In December 2013, Chetrit was invited by Buterin to join the creation of Ethereum.

After all, he is engaged in real estate and investment, and he may not be enthusiastic enough about technology and the vision of Ethereum, and he has not introduced much about the specific affairs he is responsible for. At a co-founders meeting in June 2014, Chetrit came under fire from ethereum developers and other co-founders for his lack of commitment to ethereum, and chose to resign. later joined other industries.

2) Investor Amir Chetrit

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Another computer programmer, Jeffrey Wilcke, came into contact with Ethereum when he was working on the first ICO Mastercoin in the Netherlands, and was very interested since then, so he decided to quietly write an implementation page in Google’s Go language. In early 2014, he joined the founders list with Gavin Wood.

The Wilcke software page building tour is also called Go Ethereum, or “Geth” for short. He can be regarded as an important programmer in the early development of Ethereum. When Gavin Wood implemented Ethereum in C++, Jeffrey also implemented Ethereum in golang. This pioneered the development of blockchain.

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

But after the ethereum hard fork, a series of hacks, and the birth of his son, Wilke handed over the oversight of Geth to his right-hand man Peter Szilagyi. He currently runs a game development studio, Grid Games , with his brother Joey, and it was previously revealed that he sold some ETH to help Grid Games recruit developers.

Vitalik Buterin, who never forgets his original intention

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, is called “V God” by Chinese fans. Basically, those who can be called “gods” have legends about them.

The first is the image of the prodigy of God V. He is considered a genius boy. He was very good at mathematics and programming when he was a child. When he was a freshman, he won the bronze medal in the 2012 International Informatics Olympiad.

However, there are some contrasts in its brilliant image and personality. V God is thin and small, like a “elf”, walking a little stiff, but not slow. Once at an event in the Ethereum community, he ran away after leaving the venue, and the fans didn’t chase him away. Moreover, he is introverted and has no interest in dressing himself up. He wears simple and comfortable clothes. When he speaks, the corners of his mouth twitch occasionally. Most of the time, he likes to immerse himself in his own world. This is how many legends come from: V God is an autistic prodigy, V God once wore two Hello Kitty socks with different patterns on the train, V God packed all his belongings in a suitcase, V God eats lemons without peeling them. However, according to relevant reports, V God’s father has denied it. However, people in the Ethereum community are very keen to “add bricks and mortar” to the mysterious image of God V. Is this the so-called don’t be obsessed with brother, brother is just a legend?

What inspired him to explore Bitcoin and the nascent crypto industry was the game he played. He has been involved with World of Warcraft since he was 13 years old (2007) and has since become a diehard fan. In 2010, due to Blizzard’s system upgrade, the character attributes in Buterin’s games were forced to make some adjustments. He couldn’t accept it, and he gave up playing the game World of Warcraft. Immediately, he also realized the horror of centralized services.

At that time, Buterin began to regard government regulation and centralized corporate control as an original sin. It is logical that Bitcoin’s decentralization and not being controlled by any individual or institution aroused his strong interest. So when he heard about Bitcoin, his eyes lit up. Later, he searched various forums for a job where he could pay his salary in Bitcoin. By coincidence, there was an opportunity for him to write articles and earn Bitcoin.

The birth of the idea of ​​Ethereum originally came from Buterin’s desire to improve Bitcoin. As a columnist at the time, after doing a lot of research, he discovered some of the limitations of Bitcoin and began to try to make suggestions in the community, but at that time, he was still very humble, and the bigwigs in the Bitcoin community did not pay much attention to his ideas.

It just so happens that Buterin is good at explaining things, he simply wrote a white paper based on the concept behind BTC, proposing to build a new platform where any decentralized, censorship-resistant application can exist. So a blockchain platform with wider uses and compatible with more applications – “World Computer” was born.

How are the 8 co-founders of Ethereum now?

Vitalik started working with computers at a very young age | Source: BAZAAR

When the total market value of Ethereum exceeded 500 billion US dollars, Buterin said frankly that he did not expect Ethereum to become a behemoth, and did not expect things to become so complicated. “When I created Ethereum, I just thought about it in a few months. Finish it within the time frame and go back to college.”

However, whether in terms of personal brand image or professional technology, Buterin has made great contributions to the development of Ethereum. In recent years, he has gradually stepped back to the second line, focusing on Ethereum 2.0, and is the only one Co-founder who is still working on Ethereum.


Indeed, of the eight co-founders of Ethereum, whether Charles Hoskinson and Gavin Wood have become competitors, or Anthony Di Iorio, Amir Chetrit, and Jeffrey Wilcke, who have left the industry to look elsewhere, or have founded companies Mihai Alisie and Joseph Lubin to help build Ethereum’s application and community layers, only Buterin is still around.

Buterin once said that the biggest regret (non-technical) in the journey of Ethereum is the hasty choice of “8 co-founders” and let everyone get separated. It is simple to bring the gods together, but to unite their ideas, V God said is the most difficult lesson in the development of Ethereum.

“People in small groups are more difficult to coordinate than I thought. You can’t get people to sit in a circle and look at each other’s innate kindness and get along that way, let alone face a huge motivating conflict. at the same time.” –
V God

Ethereum is now known as the “Whampoa Military Academy” of Web3. Although the early founders have started new careers, the ecology of Ethereum has been formed, the developer community has continued to grow, and the current public chains and projects with the highest market value are the founders of People, many from the ex-Ethereum community, are actively promoting and growing Web3. This is probably the difference from traditional industries, or the charm of blockchain, which shows us what decentralization can flourish and show its own vitality.

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