Who created Ethereum?

Ethereum was first described by Russian-Canadian Vitalik Buterin in a 2013 blog post entitled Ethereum: The Ultimate Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform. The goal was to create a 'Turing complete' blockchain. This can be described as a decentralized computer capable of running any type of application, rather than just a decentralized ledger capable of managing programmable money (like Bitcoin).

The official list of founders include Vitalik Buterin, Anthony Di lorio, Charles Hoskinson, Mihai Alisie, Amir Chetrit, Joseph Lubin, Gavin Wood, and Jeffrey Wilcke, but several of the founders parted ways early on in the project. Notably, Charles Hoskinson went on to found a competing smart contract platform called Cardano. Formal development of the first Ethereum software client began in early 2014 through EthSuisse, a company based in Zug, Switzerland. Ethereum mainet was launched in July, 2015, one year after the crowdsale that funded its development.

Read more: Learn how ETH was initially distributed and why token distribution is important.

Was this helpful?

Related guides

Start from here →
What is Ethereum?

Understand Ethereum's key characteristics.

Read this article →
What is ETH used for?

Understand the function and utility of ETH.

Read this article →
How to buy ETH

Learn how to buy ETH and hold it securely in a digital wallet you control.

Read this article →
How was ETH initially distributed?

Learn about the 2014 crowdsale, the initial distribution of ether (ETH), and why it's important.

Read this article →
What's a smart contract?

Get the basics on the "software" that runs on the Ethereum shared computer.

Read this article →
What are ERC-20 tokens?

Learn the basics of the Ethereum token standard, what ERC-20 tokens are used for, and how they work.

Read this article →
What's a DApp?

Understand the basics of decentralized applications on Ethereum; their features and their current limitations.

Read this article →
What is DeFi?

Learn what makes decentralized finance (DeFi) apps work and how they compare to traditional financial products.

Read this article →
What is Ethereum's monetary policy?

Learn about the issuance rate of ETH and how it's governed.

Read this article →
What is ETH gas and how do fees work in Ethereum?

Transactions in Ethereum are measured by computational effort, and that effort is delineated in 'gas.' One unit of gas is equivalent to 0.000000001 ETH.

Read this article →
What is EIP 1559?

Understand how EIP 1559 overhauls the fee market in Ethereum and what it means for ETH's circulating supply.

Read this article →
How does governance work in Ethereum?

Why governance is needed, Ethereum governance in practice, the concept of credible neutrality, and more.

Read this article →
What is Ethereum 2.0?

Learn about Ethereum's attempt to solve the blockchain trilemma with a move to Proof of Stake, sharding, and more.

Read this article →
How to create an Ethereum wallet

Creating an Ethereum wallet is as easy as installing software on your mobile device or laptop/desktop.

Read this article →
Start from here →
Start investing safely with the Bitcoin.com Wallet
Over wallets created so far

Everything you need to buy, sell, trade, and invest your Bitcoin and cryptocurrency securely

Bitcoin.com in your inbox

A weekly rundown of the news that matter, plus educational resources and updates on products & services that support economic freedom