My Bitcoin Story:
I found out about Bitcoin the day after it launched in 2009. I downloaded and installed the wallet 2 weeks later, which I thought was the dumbest thing in the world as it took more than 3 hours to sync to the blockchain. I was used to instant gratification from torrents.
I almost bought the famous pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins. I was sitting on the forums when it went live, but I needed money for beer since I was in college at the time.
I was a CPU then GPU miner in 2010 and learned a lot of tough lessons during that time. I bought risers from China and used Ubuntu to manually configure each GPU in order to maximize the hashrate as you had to manually configure and test each GPU due to manufacturing tolerances. I also bought and experimented with early FPGA miners, blockeruptors, ASICs – like BFL Jalapenos (which I never received), Avalons, KNC and Cointerra. After learning and playing with mining for nearly a decade, I have come to conclusion that I will never mine again.
I lived through the Pirateat40 and Bitcoinica scams and never lost fascination after getting Cryptsy’d, Mt. Gox’d, Bitfinex’d, BTC-E’d and Poloniex’d. It’s debatable if it was poor timing or poor decisions. I became more active in the community after these events, attending meetups and conferences, like Dogecon back in the day.
I saw the first ICO, their subsequent rise, participated in the first DAO, the bubble of 2017 and can’t wait to see what’s next.
– Richard Li