Microsoft’s ION Is an Open-Source Bet on Bitcoin

Open-source development has always enjoyed a little juice from the private sector. One of the most notable examples is Red Hat Software, a multibillion dollar corporation that has built open-source software for the international community. It was purchased by IBM in 2019 but still carries out its original function. Microsoft is another example of a…

Infographic: Who Has Funded Bitcoin Core Development?

Monetarily, free and open-source software (FOSS) has always been at a disadvantage to proprietary software. It’s easier to solicit funding for a centralized project than for a decentralized one, not least of all because companies necessitate business models. Conversely, funding (and the agendas that often come with it) seems almost anathema to FOSS projects. At…

Why FOSS Development Is Crucial for Bitcoin’s Mainstream Acceptance

Crypto likes to see itself as disruptive, just as Apple disrupted mobile phones (and the camera), Tesla disrupted automotive (and also sustainable energy), Twitter/Facebook/WhatsApp disrupted media and communications (and also digital community building). At OKCoin, we embrace this industry because we also believe that bitcoin and subsequent cryptocurrencies represent a paradigm shift in both our…