The Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain
Bitcoin (“BTC”) is the beginning of something great: a currency without a government, something necessary and imperative.
What is a Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system called the first decentralized digital currency. It is a form of virtual currency which was invented by an unknown programmer or a group of programmers, under a mysterious name Satoshi Nakamoto and released as opensource software in January 2009.
It is a digital currency that is not backed by any country’s central bank or government. This means that it is decentralised and has no central authority controlling it. Like currency notes, it can be sent from one person to another, but without a central bank or the government attempting to track it. Bitcoins can be traded for goods or services with vendors who accept Bitcoins as a payment.
This Bitcoin system is peer-to-peer, users can transact directly without an intermediary. The transactions are made by digitally exchanging anonymous, heavily encrypted hash codes across a peer-to-peer network. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger.