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NIK BOUGALIS




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I’ve always found it really easy to compartmentalize things; to treat different parts of my life as elements, each of which fit in a box, with the boxes, neatly stacked. Even when the stacking was less than perfect, I kept focusing on the boxes. At least everything was ‘in its place’. Ironically, just the other day, someone important to me said “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

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I first learned about Bitcoin from XKCD which included an address in the footnote. I don’t remember the date, but it must have been sometime around 2009. I read a bit about it, but didn’t really get involved in the space until after I moved to the Bay Area. As part of my daily commute, I drove past a “Honey Badger” billboard, somewhere off of Lawrence and El Camino Real. By that time, my friend David Schwartz had also indepedently discovered Bitcoin and after contributing some code, had started working on Ripple; what we call XRP Ledger today.

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto released a seminal paper, titled simply and accurately: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. Laconic and well-crafted, the paper laid out a system that solved a problem previously thought unsolvable.