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Who Invested in Bitcoin Early?

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator, that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Bitcoin is unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

Bitcoin is often called the first cryptocurrency, although prior systems existed. Bitcoin is more correctly described as the first decentralized digital currency.

NOTE: Warning: Investing in Bitcoin early is a high-risk venture that can result in significant losses. The value of Bitcoin is highly volatile and unpredictable, and investing in it may not be suitable for everyone. Before investing in Bitcoin, carefully consider your financial situation and your ability to bear the risk of such an investment. Be aware of the risks associated with trading in cryptocurrency, including market volatility, regulations, technical issues, and fraud. If you are unsure about how to invest or how to handle any potential losses, it is best to speak with a qualified financial advisor.

One of the first supporters, adopters, contributor to bitcoin and receiver of the first bitcoin transaction was programmer Hal Finney. Finney downloaded the bitcoin software the day it was released, and received 10 bitcoins from Nakamoto in the world’s first bitcoin transaction on 12 January 2009.

Other early supporters were Wei Dai, creator of bitcoin predecessor b-money, and Nick Szabo, creator of bitcoin predecessor bit gold. Creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee was an early adopter as well.

Between January and May 2011, Nakamoto gave away around 10% of all bitcoins in existence at the time to various early adopters.

In May 2013, US government seized assets associated with Silk Road, an online black market that allowed for illegal trade in drugs and other items. That same month, Mt. Gox, then the largest bitcoin exchange, suspended withdrawals citing technical issues. By December 2013 Mt. Gox had filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan amid reports that 744,000 bitcoins had been stolen. In September 2014 the US Drug Enforcement Administration listed ₿11 million as seized assets in a U.S Department of Justice seizure notice pursuant to 21 U.

S.C. 881.[48][better source needed] This marked the first time a government agency had seized bitcoin.[49][50] The FBI seized about 26,000 bitcoins in October 2013 from an illegal marketplace website which they shut down called Silk Road 2.[51] In November 2013 another company called GAW Miners was accused of fraud as well.[52].

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