Bitcoin is a payment network and currency that is gaining traction worldwide, especially in un- and underbanked countries. Bitcoin was first released in 2009, with the first purchase made in bitcoin happening in 2010. Bitcoin is a protocol for money, much like email is a protocol for messages, and http is a protocol for communicating webpage data. Bitcoin can be sent in any amount, to anyone, anywhere in the world with no fees.* I got into using it in 2012. Since then I’ve become an expert on it and have spoken across the United States about various facets of it.
*Max fee is 0.001BTC, see post “No Fees*” for details about when the fee applies.