BitTorrent’s Lesson For Crypto: Decentralization Is Not a Business

I worked at BitTorrent Inc. for almost 10 years, in product, data science, strategy, and general management. In that time, the company deployed decentralized technologies for content delivery networks, folder synch, file sending, peer-to-peer communications, web publishing, live streaming, and other use cases. In the fall of 2017, it started developed a cryptocurrency integrated into the heart of the protocol — work that led, somewhat unexpectedly, to the company’s acquisition by TRON.

Having spent so much time close to what was perhaps the most broadly deployed decentralized technology yet, I’d like to share some thoughts on how the world of BitTorrent played out and what the lessons may be for the world of bitcoin and the wider crypto or blockchain industry.

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