Bitcoin (BTC)

Ah yes, bitcoin.

The illustrious.

The gift that apparently keeps on giving.

The meat and potatoes of the cryptocurrency world.

It is the first to popularize the blockchain technology. Its values has increased dramatically since its inception. It didn’t just popularize the cryptocurrency world, it stormed it. In 2009, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto created it. Satoshi Nakamoto is, in fact, a pseudonym–the real identity(ies) of the inventor(s) is (or are) unknown. What is known is that bitcoin is by far the most valuable cryptocurrency, coming in at approximately $15,000.000 USD per coin as of January 2, 2018. Like most of those that have come after it, it is decentralized, as it has no central governing body controlling it. It’s confirmation/verification time varies, but as of January 2, 2018, it is hovering at around 4 minutes.

If you were one of the fortunate (or perhaps smart) ones to grab 5 or so while they were worth $20.00 USD back in ’09, you’re sitting on a substantial amount of money right now if you still have them.