Ethereum Marks 8 Years of Blockchain Success, Binance CEO Regrets Missing Out on Investment Opportunity
On July 30th, Ethereum, one of the most significant cryptocurrencies in the world, celebrated its 8th anniversary since its official launch. The occasion was marked by a wave of congratulatory messages from enthusiasts and industry figures alike, pouring into the cryptocurrency community on social media platforms like Twitter.
One notable congratulatory message came from Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance Exchange, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. CZ shared a throwback photo taken years ago, reminiscing about a missed opportunity. In the picture, CZ can be seen alongside Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, and other crypto insiders in Tokyo in May 2, 2015, right before Ethereum’s official birth.
On this 8th birthday of #Ethereum, a little throw back to May 2, 2015, in Tokyo🇯🇵, just before #ETH was officially born. @VitalikButerin stayed in my apartment in Tokyo during this trip. He was already working on and talking about ETH non-stop. And I still missed (didn’t buy)… pic.twitter.com/84B6KN73Qf
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) July 30, 2023
In a lighthearted tone, CZ expressed his regret for not buying Ethereum at that time, jokingly stating that had he invested in ETH, he might not have needed to start Binance. The tweet reflected the sentiment shared by many in the cryptocurrency space – the longing for those missed opportunities that could have turned out to be game-changers.
While CZ playfully recounted his past, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin chose not to post anything special on his Twitter during the anniversary celebration. However, Sandeep Nilewal, the founder of Polygon, another blockchain project, took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to both Vitalik and himself, specifically highlighting the significance of Ethereum’s 8th anniversary in India.
Celebrating Ethereum’s eighth birthday with @VitalikButerin with Indian “Ghever” as cake 🤗 in Bengaluru
Happy Birthday Ethereum!
Also getting Vitalik do a bit of Bharat Darshanam 🛺 pic.twitter.com/CEBtoSzQZB
— Sandeep Nailwal | sandeep. polygon 💜 (@sandeepnailwal) July 30, 2023
Looking at Ethereum’s current stature, Bankless co-founder Ryan Sean Adams provided some intriguing data, stating that Ethereum’s holding value has reached a remarkable $400 billion, with an annual revenue of $3.6 billion and asset blocks totaling 17.8 million.
Apart from the nostalgic reflections and congratulations, the Ethereum community is eagerly awaiting the upcoming “Cancun Upgrade,” expected to take place by the end of this year. A significant aspect of this upgrade is EIP-4844, colloquially known as ‘proto-danksharding.’ If successfully implemented, it could revolutionize the network by potentially increasing Layer 2 speed by up to 100 times compared to previous rollups, while simultaneously reducing gas costs significantly. This development has sparked excitement and anticipation among investors and enthusiasts alike.
Notably, Ethereum made a groundbreaking transition on September 15 last year, shifting from the energy-intensive Proof-of-Work (POW) mechanism to the more environmentally friendly Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism. This move was applauded by environmentalists and showcased Ethereum’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.
As of July 31st, Ethereum (ETH) is currently trading at $1,869 based on CoinMarketCap data. The price reflects the cryptocurrency’s resilience and enduring popularity, even after eight years of existence.
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