Ethereum Whitepaper

 

Vitalik Buterin’s 2014 draft of the Ethereum whitepaper.

Partial abstract:

“Initially postulated by Vitalik Buterin, together with other developers including Gavin Wood, Charles Hoskinson, Anthony Di Iorio and Joseph Lubin, Ethereum was conceived as a decentralized, open source blockchain that would enable users to run decentralized applications on the platform. The network’s native currency, Ether, is the second most valuable after Bitcoin by market capitalization and arguably the second most familiar cryptocurrency for the general public.”

December 2014

Ethereum: A Next Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform