Gavin Andresen is one of Bitcoin's earliest names. Although initially Satoshi Nakamoto relied on cypherpunnks, the contribution of this developer of Australian descent is critical to improving the crypto key by working directly on the correction and reconstruction of Bitcoin's core client code.
Andresen became the first to support Bitcoin's repository, which received this responsibility directly from Nakamoto. However, despite the fact that his Bitcoin career is so relevant, his personal interests and differences with other Bitcoin Core developers end with his demotion and generating great mistrust in the bitcoiner community.
In this special work of CriptoNoticias we will give you details about Andresen's life, his first steps in the professional field, as well as his relationship, work and further distance from Bitcoin.
Biography and first works
His real name is Gavin Bells and he was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1966. Only five years later his family moved to the United States, growing in cities like Anchorage or Seattle. In 1984, he enrolled in a university and graduated in computer science in 1988, after graduating from Princeton University.
His first works are focused on software development, a part of California's Silicon Graphics Inc., where he worked until 1996. He focused on 3D graphics, especially Open Inventor and VRML. His experience with the latter allowed him to write specification 2.0 and a guide for his use.
Andresen is also working on projects dedicated to creating video games, digital loan tools, and search engines specializing in computer science literature.
The first time the developer knew about Bitcoin was in May 2010. This fact was definite for him to be actively involved in the spread of this crypto-map. In June 2010, he bought his first 10,000 BTC for about $ 50,
Andresen and Bitcoin
However, his first battles helped him to create the first faucet of the ecosystem called ClearCoin, Australia uses 10,000 BTC to award a prize to every visitor on this site who was online by 2012. Initially, the prize for each visitor was 5 BTC, which was reduced after Bitcoin gained popularity.
In addition, in December 2010, he introduced the ClearCoin Battle Exchange platform. The service uses a custody scheme that allows it to offer more security with regard to the exchange transactions of the still emerging crippoliticized market.
Andresen also began to engage more actively with Bitcoin's technical development. In fact, he began to check Satoshi's client code and send his results directly to Nakamoto, whom he had been contacting for e-mail for a while.
This was explained in an interview with Huffington Post in 2013: T
It all started when I started sending Satoshi code to improve the system. In the end, he trusted me until one day he put me in front of me. Since then, he has moved away until he disappears completely.
Gavin Andresen, developer
When in December 2010 Nakamoto announced that he would leave Bitcoin, Andresen became the leading developer of Bitcoin Core, leading maintenance GitHub and Administrator website bitcoin.org. "With Satoshi's blessing and with great reluctance, I will begin to more actively run the Bitcoin project," he said just days after the event.
As responsible for the development of Bitcoin, Andresen was the main driver of creating the Bitcoin Foundation, an idea he proposed in 2011.The goal was to create a non-profit organization that would enable the development of Bitcoin to be funded and to cooperate with its dissemination at a global level. Together with Roger Verre, Charlie Shrem, Peter Vesens, Mark Carpelesh and Patrick Merke, Andresen launched the Battlefield Foundation in 2012.
Australia remains the leading developer until 2014According to the Bitcoin GitHub repository page, the developer has added 64,000 lines of code, eliminating another 76,000. He is also the creator of the Bitcoin testnet, as well as several bitcoin improvement suggestions (BIP), many of which are accepted as part of the client's final code.
However, his deviation from the Bitcoin Core team was controversial, marking an important difference with both other developers and the project itself.
Before his departure from the Bitcoin Core team, Andresen made some controversial moves. In addition to its extremely aggressive approach to client code development, Australia has come to participate in an event organized by the Intelligence Agency (CIA),
My conversation with the CIA was good today. The corridors are really wide and full of interesting things.
– Gavin Andresen (@ gavinandresen) June 14, 2011
Only a few months into Bitcoin Core's core position, the developer participates in a CIA-led conference on emerging technologies.
For him, this invitation reflects the government's interest in Bitcoin, and considers it an opportunity to show that the main goals of Nakamoto's crypto-wave are compatible with government goals. Many battleships consider this offensive, because the proximity of the US government to the chief responsible for the development of a battlefield is a cause for concern.
Additionally, despite the fact that it was very active in the early years, Bitcoin Core developers questioned their role as a major backer of the repository because each time they did less to develop their code.
But the most serious thing was that Andresen had begun to eagerly introduce larger blocks into the Bicycle Block. In fact, Andresen began bypassing Bitcoin Core's communications channels to try to add this modification as quickly as possible to the customer's code.
The Australians wanted to take advantage of their position of responsibility and influence to impose this change, even when other Bitcoin Core developers have been reluctant to make such an important change. Andresen presented his ideas through his blog directly to the public without discussing the idea with the rest of the team.
The worst thing is that he started selling this proposal to raise the block-size limit for companies like Coinbase, BitPay, Blockchain, or Xapo who supported the offer because of the potential benefits they could have by adding more transactions to the blocks. The version did not have the appropriate revisions, and although it has formally proposed it via GIP 101, such an important change requires further auditing.
Andresen was replaced by Bitcoin Core in February 2016 by Vladimir van der Laan, who holds the position so far.
It has to be said that Andresen came to support Craig Wright in one of his first attempts to prove that he was Satoshi Nakamoto, although he later dropped that claim. In May 2016, through a post in his blog, Andresen assured that the Australian was also the true genius behind the pseudonym of the creator of Bitcoin.
Not having enough evidence and being planted by Wright on the day he had to prove his true identity, Andresen stopped publicly supporting Wright's claim.
Although Andresen is one of Bitcoin's first developers and helped the protocol reach maturity with its revisions and collaboration, its distance from the project is radical. Australia supported the creation of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), assuring it is the only project that follows the true ideal of the system created by Satoshi, marking the position that is definitely unfavorable for Bitcoin Core and the growth of the BTC.