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The Ethereum myth: the vision was born in a small Airbnb apartment

Journalist Camila Russo wrote a book about the history of the blockchain EthereumPR

It is February 2014, eight men are sitting in a two-room apartment near Zurich. They don’t know each other really well. They do not yet have an overly concrete plan of what they will create together and who will do which role. But here they make a trend-setting decision.

It is the genesis of Ethereum, on the basis of which the world’s second largest cryptocurrency will run. At the time of the big crypto boom, nine out of ten of all ICOs ran on Ethereum, estimates former Bloomberg journalist Camila Russo. “Ethereum is the blockchain behind all of the crypto craze of 2017,” she says.

Russo has worked intensively on the invention of Vitalik Buterin and has now written a book on Ethereum. It is intended to retell the beginnings of the project that went live on July 30, 2015, exactly five years ago today. Finance Forward spoke to the journalist about her view of the blockchain and its potential.

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