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The story of bitcoin, told by those who lived it…

CoinDesk is excited to present "The Milestones: Bitcoin’s Biggest Turning Points." Our inaugural essay series, “The Milestones” aims to provide up-close-and-personal commentary on some of the most pivotal moments in the tech’s near 10-year history.

Curated by CoinDesk Editor Pete Rizzo and author Brian Patrick Eha, the series, inspired by Eha’s new book, How Money Got Free, will run twice weekly and complete in time for a special presentation at Consensus 2017, the world’s largest blockchain conference held annually in New York.

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October 2010

Early bitcoin entrepreneur Alex Waters looks back at what was lost as the network's mining 'arms race' escalated.

January 2011

Launching our new 'Milestones' series, investor Roger Ver recalls his discovery of bitcoin and his thrill when its price first topped the US dollar.

October 2013

In CoinDesk's "Bitcoin Milestones" series, attorney Marco Santori recalls the heyday of Silk Road, its sudden downfall and its legacy for bitcoin.

November 2013

Bitcoin regulatory expert Jerry Brito recounts the tech's early days in Washington, DC, and the work that went into its successful regulatory debut.

January 2014

Overstock looks back at its groundbreaking decision to accept bitcoin in 2014 – a notable early boost for digital currency.

January 2014

'Bitcoin Milestones' continues with a look back at TNABC Miami 2014 – the conference where Bruce Fenton says the industry grew up.

July 2014

Investor Adam Draper recounts the day the US government sold 30,000 bitcoins at auction – and his father won.

September 2014

PayPal accepting bitcoin? The story behind the headlines that made the mainstream public take notice of the upstart digital currency.

October 2014

A thriving bitcoin community emerged at MIT after two students put together a $500,000 bitcoin distribution project.