Ripple is actually a company, but they created a cryptocurrency called XRP. XRP is pre-mined meaning all coins were created at once and then distributed or sold to various parties. XRP solves the double-spend problem differently than bitcoin, there is no proof of work. Whereas Bitcoin's origins are philosophically opposed to existing financial infrastructure and bitcoinattempts to route around it, Ripple and XRP are aimed at improving existing financial infrastructure via cryptocurrency tech.
Ethereum extends bitcoin by incorporating a more complete, easier-to-use, but less secure programming language to implement smart contracts. Ethereum trades security for ease of use because of this developers have chosen it as the platform on which to launch the first decentralized applications sometimes with associated initial coin offerings.
A token sale is like a crowdfunding campaign, except it uses the technology behind Bitcoin to verify transactions. Oh, and tokens aren’t just stand-ins for stock—they can be set up so that instead of a share of a company, holders get services, like cloud storage space, for example. Below, we run down the increasingly popular practice of launching an ICO and its potential to upset business as we know it.
“Visual Studio is one of the single largest pieces of software in the world,” he said. “It’s over 55 million lines of code. And one of the things that I found out in this study is more than 98 percent of it is completely irrelevant. All this work had been put into this thing, but it missed the fundamental problems that people faced. And the biggest one that I took away from it was that basically people are playing computer inside their head.”
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from a speculative investment perspective, arguably is a good time to double down on bitcoin now as a coinbase customer as you will get another coin of equal amount post hard fork for free. That being said, I highly doubt the value of said coin will match the original bitcoin value and I expect it to dive down (similar to bitcoin cash), but it will still hold some value imho
on or about Jan. 3, 2009, Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first 50 bitcoins and started the Bitcoin payment network. And not long after that on Jan. 12, Hal Finney was the recipient of the first Bitcoin transaction.