The Founders’ List: The Bitcoin White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto

Bitcoin NFX Podcast Founders' List

This is The Founders’ List – audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

Originally written under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s original white paper titled ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’ was released over 12 years ago. Considered the most seminal piece of work in the cryptocurrency movement, the Bitcoin White Paper outlines blockchain technology and the entire decentralized revolution.

The content of this 9-page document incited what can only be described as a revolution in the world of fintech. More relevantly, Bitcoin’s white paper laid out an inspiring new definition of money at a time when faith in the traditional financial system was still being salvaged.

Satoshi launched the first Bitcoin client in early 2009 and then handed the project off to the community in 2010, where it has since thrived as the open-source of study, work, and fascination for millions across the globe. Today we bring this infamous memo to The Founders’ List so you have a chance to listen to his original outline of such a world-changing idea. Examining the white paper origins is a great exercise in understanding why Bitcoin has the influence it has in today’s world. Satoshi Nakamoto’s blueprint is the official “birth certificate” of Bitcoin.

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Nominate Your Favorite Essay

Each week, we’ll be releasing a new audio essay or memo selected by the Founder community. Nominations are rolling, and can be submitted below: