When the great Bitcoin experiment began, the anonymous wizard wanted to test two parameters — a decentralized and reliable database, with security imposed by the austere relentlessness of encryption, and a robust transaction system capable of sending value around the world without intermediaries . Still, the past five years have painfully demonstrated a third missing feature: a sufficiently powerful Turing-complete scripting language.
Up to this point, most innovations in advanced applications such as domain and identity registration, user-issued coins, smart property, smart contracts, and decentralized exchange have been highly fragmented, and implementing any of these technologies has required the creation of a meta- complete layer protocol or even a specialized blockchain.
Theoretically, however, each of these innovations and more could potentially be made hundreds of times easier to implement and scale, if only there were a stronger fundamental layer with a powerful scripting language for all of these protocols to build on. And it is this need that we seek to satisfy.
Ethereum is a modular, stateful, blockchain-married Turing-complete contract scripting system, and developed with a philosophy of simplicity, universal accessibility, and generalization. Our goal is to provide a platform for decentralized applications — an android in the world of cryptocurrency, where all efforts can share a common set of APIs, untrusted and uncompromising interactions. We ask the community to join us as volunteers, developers, investors and evangelists as we seek to enable a fundamentally different paradigm for the internet and the relationships it offers.
Who is behind Ethereum?
Our main developers are:
Vitalik Buterin → Ethereum Inventor, Protocol Developer and Researcher
Gavin Wood → Lead C++ Developer
Jeffrey Wilcke → Lead Go Developer
Non-development primary members include:
Anthony Di Iorio → Founder and Executive Director of Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, Bitcoin Decentral, KryptoKit
Mihai Alisie → Founder of Bitcoin Magazine and Egora
Joseph Lubin → Software Engineer, Quantitative Analyst
Stephan Tual → Founder of Ursium, Communications