10 years ago today, Hal Finney tweeted “Running bitcoin” and stated publicly he was instrumental in Bitcoin. He was known to have worked for PGP Corporation as the second developer hired after Phil Zimmermann and more famously is validated as the first bitcoin recipient. Satoshi Nakamoto (the anonymous founder/s of Bitcoin) sent the initial transaction to Hal Finney, and the longtime cryptographer and cypherpunk decided to share it with the world! He enthusiastically worked and contributed to the project that was the Bitcoin network despite his own health troubles. ALS completely paralized Hal and he passed away August 24, 2014. Hal is a legend and we would like to remember and honor him for his work and dedication to Bitcoin and crypto in general.
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