BitcoinBitcoin FoundationGavin Andresen

Steps down as lead developer

8 Apr, 2014

Andresen steps down as lead developer for Bitcoin Foundation today. His responsibilities of maintaining core code for the Bitcoin system were given to Wladimir van der Laan, a dutch computer scientist with a PhD in computer graphics.

Andresen will continue his role as Chief Scientist of Bitcoin Foundation and said he will enjoy being able to concentrate more on protocol-level Bitcoin issues.

I enjoy coding, and I think I’ll be most effective as Chief Scientist if I don’t lose touch with engineering reality and make the mistake of building huge, beautiful, theoretical castles that exist only as whitepapers.

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