Credit where credit is due: Who REALLY gave Bitcoin value on #pizzaday?

By connecteconomy | Conscious Crypto | 21 May 2019

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A few days ago a 60 Minutes special came out in the U.S., which gave Bitcoin some mainstream media exposure.

Also, Bitcoin Pizza Day is coming up tomorrow, on May 22.

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In the 60 Minutes episode, Laszlo Hanyecz is being interviewed.

He was the one, who - in May 2010 - offered 10,000 BTC to anyone who would have him a pizza delivered.

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It took four days, but eventually he did find someone, and since then, the Bitcoin community has been celebrating Pizza Day every year on May 22 - the day Bitcoin gained some real world value.

Since then, we've also known Laszlo's name. Well, at least the most nerdy amongst us ;) and we've been tracking in amazement how much that Pizza would be worth today. Of course, the question whether he regrets spending millions of $$ on a pizza, was the most important one in the short clip above...

There's even a twitter account, that reminds us daily...

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But here's the thing...

Laszlo didn't give Bitcoin value that day.

Of course he was instrumental, by putting the offer on the table in the first place.

But the person who gave Bitcoin value, was the one who accepted the payment.

Why is no one talking about them??

Why are they not in the 60 Minutes special?

Here we are talking about Bitcoin being a peer-to-peer network, yet we're only celebrating one "peer"???

It takes two to crypto... 

A quick search revealed:

 

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"A British man" took him up on the offer.

Investopedia doesn't even mention his name.

Well, his name is Jeremy Sturdivant (user name jercos on the Bitcoin Talk forum) and he was 18 back then.

I think he's a pretty great guy, who really sees Bitcoin for what it was intended to be. Take a moment to read this interview with him.

And no [spoiler alert], he doesn't own those 10,000 BTC anymore, but circulated them "back into the economy".Screenshot 2019-05-21 at 14.11.21.png

So, to celebrate Pizza Day properly, let's remember that it takes two parties to make a successful transaction.

Thank you, Laszlo and Jeremy!

 

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Anja Schuetz  helps absolute beginners to become confident crypto investors. She also consults as a Customer Communication & Operations Manager for blockchain start-ups.  

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