Charles Hoskinson

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Charles Hoskinson
Charles in 2018, Mongolia.
Born (1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 34)[1]
EducationUniversity of Colorado
(dropped out)[2]
Known forFounder of Cardano, co-founder of Ethereum
Scientific career
FieldsDigital contracts, digital currencies

Charles Hoskinson is an American software developer and entrepreneur who is the founder of the Cardano blockchain platform[3] and co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain platform.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Hoskinson was born in Hawaii.[2] He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory, but left before completing his PhD.[2][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.

Hoskinson joined the Ethereum founding team as one of eight original founders with Vitalik Buterin in late 2013.[4] For a brief time Hoskinson held the position of CEO 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).[4][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, citing that it runs 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]



  1. ^ Kharif, Olga (5 November 2020). "Charles Hoskinson Turns 33, Here's What He's Achieved by This Age". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 August 2021 – via Yahoo! News.
  2. ^ a b c d Hamacher, Adriana (20 October 2019). "Cardano's Charles Hoskinson: A Soul in Hell?". Decrypt. Retrieved 2 August 2021 – via Yahoo! News.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Charles Hoskinson". RSA Conference. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Angel Au-Yeung (7 February 2018). "A Fight Over Ethereum Led A Cofounder To Even Greater Crypto Wealth". Forbes Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2020. IOHK's key project: Cardano, a public blockchain and smart-contract platform which hosts the Ada cryptocurrency.
  8. ^ Gustke, Constance (3 July 2013). "Does digital currency have staying power?". BBC. Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  9. ^ 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 April 20, 2020.
  10. ^ Jain, Aman (17 August 2021). "Founders' Fork: The Ethereum Architects Now Locked in Battle". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 7 December 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 (Dec 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 (Dec 22, 2021). "VJack 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.
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  15. ^ Szalay, Eva (September 1, 2021). "Seasoned investors pile into the industry behind new currencies". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2021-11-06. 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 2021-09-27.
  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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