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.

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What is Ethereum?

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What is ETH used for?

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How to buy ETH

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How was ETH initially distributed?

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

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What's a smart contract?

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

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What are ERC-20 tokens?

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

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What's a DApp?

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

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What's decentralized finance?

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is a catch-all term for financial products that live on decentralized blockchain-supported protocols like Ethereum.

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What is Ethereum's monetary policy?

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

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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.

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What is EIP 1559?

Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559 overhauls the fee market in Ethereum. While it may not affect the fees paid by end users, it is expected to create downward pressure on the total supply of ETH, potentially turning ETH into a deflationary asset.

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How does governance work in Ethereum?

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

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What is Ethereum 2.0?

ETH 2.0 is an updrade to Ethereum that aims to increase the speed, efficiency, and scalability of the Ethereum network while not compromising its security or decentralization.

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How to create an Ethereum wallet

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

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