We designed this section to give you an understanding of where all this is coming from, and how the publication of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Whitepaper for a “Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” led to us being able to put together this Academy. We go back to the emergence of strong cryptography for the general public in the first article on this topic. A group called the Cypherpunks were the pioneers in this domain. On the Cryptography mailing list that the group used to communicate many of the ideas used to construct Bitcoin were born. We continue with an article about Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin before we talk about the emergence of alternative cryptocurrencies, termed Altcoins. Lastly we cover our journey from ZenCash to Horizen.
The Cypherpunk Movement
On the Cryptography mailing list that the Cypherpunks used to communicate many of the ideas leading to Bitcoin were born.
An unknown developer using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin Whitepaper in 2008 and its code in 2009.
We discuss why such a large number of alternative coins or altcoins emerged in our third article on the history of cryptocurrency.
From ZenCash to Horizen
For the last part of this chapter, we share with you how ZenCash started and how it evolved into Horizen over time.