What is Cryptocurrency : Everything you need to know!

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What is cryptocurrency:  


21st-century unicorn – or the money of the future?


This introduction explains the most important thing about cryptocurrencies. After you‘ve read it, you‘ll know more about it than most other humans.




Today cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon known to most people. While still somehow geeky and not understood by most people, banks, governments and many companies are aware of its importance.




In 2016, you‘ll have a hard time finding a major bank, a big accounting firm, a prominent software company or a government that did not research cryptocurrencies, publish a paper about it or start a so-called blockchain-project.




But beyond the noise and the press releases the overwhelming majority of people – even bankers, consultants, scientists, and developers – have a very limited knowledge about cryptocurrencies. They often fail to even understand the basic concepts.




So let‘s walk through the whole story. What are cryptocurrencies?


  • Where did cryptocurrency originate? 

  • Why should you learn about cryptocurrency?

  • And what do you need to know about cryptocurrency?



What is cryptocurrency and how cryptocurrencies emerged as a side product of digital cash




Few people know, but cryptocurrencies emerged as a side product of another invention. Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown inventor of Bitcoin, the first and still most important cryptocurrency, never intended to invent a currency.


In his announcement of Bitcoin in late 2008, Satoshi said he developed “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.“  


His goal was to invent something; many people failed to create before digital cash.




What are cryptocurrencies really?


If you take away all the noise around cryptocurrencies and reduce it to a simple definition, you find it to be just limited entries in a database no one can change without fulfilling specific conditions.


This may seem ordinary, but, believe it or not: this is exactly how you can define a currency.




Take the money on your bank account: What is it more than entries in a database that can only be changed under specific conditions? You can even take physical coins and notes: What are they else than limited entries in a public physical database that can only be changed if you match the condition than you physically own the coins and notes?




Money is all about a verified entry in some kind of database of accounts, balances, and transactions.