First-Ever Bitcoin Website Bitcoin.org Makes History with $120,000 From Anonymous Donor


An important community site for the Bitcoin (BTC) community, Bitcoin.org, has received its largest donation yet this week, according to Decrypt. The donation of 14 BTC was made by an anonymous donor. According to the owners of the site, this is the largest donation that was ever received by them.

Originally, Bitcoin.org was created by the inventor of BTC, Satoshi Nakamoto, together with Martti Malmi, which was one of the first BTC core developers. At the moment, however, the site is independent and it is completely open source, being updated by the community only.

Michael Marquardt, more known as Theymos in the community, is the current owner of the site. He shares the ownership with “Cobra”, a user that, just as Satoshi Nakamoto did, uses a pseudonym. He described himself as an anarchist and was a pretty prominent member of the forums before he was the co-owner.

Cobra affirmed that this was the largest donation ever received by the site as most of them are actually under $100 USD. Occasionally, they received donations above $1,000 USD, but these are not very common. Before this donation, their highest one was valued at $40,000 USD at the time.

According to him, the money will be mostly used in translating the BTC whitepaper to other languages and also in creating more content for the community. An specific introdutory video was cited as one of the additions that will happen using this month. The rest of the money will be used in maintenance costs and in running servers.

At the moment, the information that nobody actually knows is who sent the transaction. Cobra affirmed that they have no idea who did it, but that it was very probably an early adopter because 14 BTC is quite a lot of money today.

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