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What started as a vision for peer-to-peer electronic cash has over time transformed into a new thesis for the internet itself.

Penned in 2008 by the still anonymous author Satoshi Nakamoto, the nine-page, 3,000-word bitcoin white paper lives on as the foundation for a wave of financial innovation that's become unprecedented in scope.

In CoinDesk's special series "Bitcoin At 10: The Satoshi White Paper Revisited", we'll unpack big questions about the historic document with leading technologists in the hopes of shining a light on what could well become one of human history's most important written works.

Be sure to keep us bookmarked through the white paper's official anniversary on October 31, 2018.

Bitcoin Brought Us a New World We Could Have Only Imagined

It's been 10 years since bitcoin's white paper appeared and opened up a whole new world of possibilities, says BitGo's Mike Belshe.

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Timothy C. May

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What are cypherpunk legend Timothy May's thoughts on the bitcoin white paper? Keep the text but throw out the hanger-ons that have came with it.

Charlie Shrem

Bitcoin’s White Paper Gave Us Liberty – Let’s Not Give It Back

Charlie Shrem, one of bitcoin's earliest entrepreneurs, believes Satoshi's white paper is about more than just technology.

Dan Held

Planting Bitcoin Part One: Species

Only the strong survive and bitcoin is no exception.

Dan Held

Planting Bitcoin  Part Two: Seasons

Timing is everything... even in bitcoin.

Bill Barhydt

The Double-Spend (What Bitcoin’s White Paper Solved Forever)

Bitcoin's white paper solving the double-spend problem in the digital world makes near real-time commerce possible across the entire planet.

David Schwartz

Bitcoin’s White Paper: The Blueprint for a Payments Model T

The Model T democratized the car industry – and the bitcoin white paper did the same for payments, says Ripple's top technologist, David Schwartz.

Dan Held

Planting Bitcoin  Part Three: Soil

The bitcoin white paper wasn't written for no one. It was a carefully targeted message designed to bootstrap growth.

Richard Brown

19 Words Prove Just How Audacious Bitcoin Really Was

Getting back to basics means capturing the spirit also.

Erik Voorhees

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword? Bitcoin’s White Paper Proves It

The pen is mightier than the sword, or so Satoshi Nakamoto proved with bitcoin.

Dan Held

Planting Bitcoin Part Four: Gardening

Once Satoshi's design for Bitcoin's genetic code was planted, it became time to nurture its development as a wholly new form of money.

Mike Belshe

Bitcoin Brought Us a New World We Could Have Only Imagined

It's been 10 years since bitcoin's white paper appeared and opened up a whole new world of possibilities, says BitGo's Mike Belshe.