What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was first launched in January of 2009. It is based on ideas presented in a whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto.

The identity of the person or people behind the technology is still unknown. Bitcoin promises lower transaction costs than conventional online payment methods, and it is regulated by a decentralized authority, unlike government-issued currencies.


Cryptocurrencies, such as BTC, are a form of digital currency. There are no actual bitcoins; instead, balances are maintained on a public ledger that anyone can see. A huge amount of computational power is used to validate all bitcoin transactions. Individual bitcoins are not valuable as commodities since they are not distributed or backed by any banks or governments. Despite the fact that it is not legal tender, BTC is incredibly common and has spurred the development of hundreds of other cryptocurrencies known as altcoins. “BTC” is a common abbreviation for BTC.

Peer to Peer Technology

BTC is the world-first digital currency to allow the use of peer-to-peer technology to enable instant transactions. BTC “miners,” who own the regulating computing power and participate in the bitcoin network, are responsible for processing BTC transactions on the blockchain technology and are rewarded with fresh bitcoin and transaction fees charged in the BTC network.

History of Bitcoin

Nobody knows for sure who invented bitcoin, at least not definitively. The name Satoshi Nakamoto is synonymous with the individual or group of people who published the first Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and worked on the first BTC software in 2009. Many people have claimed to be or been suggested as the real-life people behind the pseudonym in the years since, but as of March 2021, the true identity (or identities) behind Satoshi remains unknown while the price of BTC is at a peak trading at 55K USD+ but still the Satoshi is unknown.