Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson is an American entrepreneur who is a founder of the Cardano blockchain platform[2] and was a co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain platform.[3][4]

Charles Hoskinson
Hoskinson in 2018, Mongolia.
Born (1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 34)[1]
Known forFounder of Cardano, co-founder of Ethereum
Scientific career
FieldsDigital contracts, digital currencies

Early life and educationEdit

Hoskinson attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder "to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure".[5]

Hoskinson has claimed that he had entered a PhD program but had dropped out. However, Denver did not have a graduate program in mathematics. Colorado Boulder verified that he had attended as a half-time undergraduate math major, but did not earn a degree.[6]


In 2013, Hoskinson quit a consulting job to begin a project called the Bitcoin Education Project. According to Hoskinson, the limited supply makes Bitcoin like a digital form of gold.[7][8]

Cardano logo, a cryptocurrency developed by Hoskinson's company, IOHK.

He joined the Ethereum founding team as one of five original founders with Vitalik Buterin in late 2013.[3][9] For a brief time Hoskinson held the position of chief executive at Ethereum. Buterin removed Hoskinson from Ethereum in 2014 after a dispute over whether the project should be commercial (Hoskinson's view) or a nonprofit (Buterin's view).[3][9][10]

In late 2014, Hoskinson and former Ethereum colleague Jeremy Wood formed IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), an engineering and research company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains.[7] IOHK's key project is Cardano, a public blockchain and smart contract platform that hosts the ADA cryptocurrency.[7][11] Hoskinson did not pursue venture capital for Cardano, saying that it ran counter to the blockchain's principles.[12] Hoskinson has also said that venture capital involvement might lead to an outsized control of a project.[13]

Forbes has estimated Hoskinson's wealth as $500m-$600m.[14]

In 2020, Hoskinson spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he said that blockchain may eventually cause social change.[15]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kharif, Olga (November 5, 2020). "Charles Hoskinson Turns 33, Here's What He's Achieved by This Age". Bloomberg. Retrieved August 2, 2021 – via Yahoo! News.
  2. ^ Duffy, Jim (June 3, 2020). "Will Cardano shake finance to its foundations? Jim Duffy comment". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Russo, Camila (July 18, 2017). "Ethereum Co-Founder Says Crypto Coin Market Is a Time-Bomb". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Hackett, Robert (April 8, 2019). "Ethereum Cofounder Says Blockchain Presents 'Governance Crisis'". Fortune. Archived from the original on April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Input Output". Archived from the original on March 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Shin, Laura (February 22, 2022). "Epilogue". The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze. New York: Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1-5417-6300-5. That fall, on Twitter, when asked about his degree, he claimed, as he had for years, that he'd dropped out of a PhD program. Metropolitan State University of Denver, which doesn't have a graduate math program, said he'd been enrolled part-time as a math major between 2006 and 2008 and again from 2012 to 2014, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, said he was a half-time undergraduate math major for four semesters from spring 2009 to fall 2011. He never earned a degree from either. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency confirmed he had never worked directly for the agency.
  7. ^ a b c Angel Au-Yeung (February 7, 2018). "A Fight Over Ethereum Led A Cofounder To Even Greater Crypto Wealth". Forbes Magazine. Archived from the original on February 7, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2020. IOHK's key project: Cardano, a public blockchain and smart-contract platform which hosts the Ada cryptocurrency.
  8. ^ Gustke, Constance (July 3, 2013). "Does digital currency have staying power?". BBC. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Paumgarten, Nick (October 15, 2018). "The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  10. ^ Jain, Aman (August 17, 2021). "Founders' Fork: The Ethereum Architects Now Locked in Battle". Entrepreneur. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Sugiura, Eri (July 2, 2018). "Startups push blockchain beyond cryptocurrency". Nikkei Asian Review. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Livni, Ephrat (December 1, 2021). "Venture Capital Funding for Crypto Companies Is Surging". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2021. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Livni, Ephrat (December 22, 2021). "Jack Dorsey and venture capitalists clash over the future of cryptocurrency". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "A Fight over Ethereum Led a Cofounder to Even Greater Crypto Wealth". Forbes.
  15. ^ Szalay, Eva (September 1, 2021). "Seasoned investors pile into the industry behind new currencies". Financial Times. Archived from the original on November 6, 2021. Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  16. ^ Williams-Grut, Oscar (February 24, 2017). "The University of Edinburgh is launching a blockchain research lab with one of the cofounders of Ethereum". Business Insider Australia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  17. ^ Hamilton, Eve (February 14, 2020). "University of Wyoming Receives $500,000 Cryptocurrency Donation". KGAB AM650. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  18. ^ "Carnegie Mellon Receives $20 Million to Establish Hoskinson Center for Formal Mathematics in Dietrich College". Carnegie Mellon University (Press release). September 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Hronec, Jordyn (September 22, 2021). "Blockchain entrepreneur gifts $20 million to Carnegie Mellon University to establish mathematics center". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved September 27, 2021.

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