|Place of birth||Virginia, U.S.|
|Place of residence||Blacksburg, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Virginia Tech|
|Known for||Setting up the architecture of Bitshares, Steemit and EOS, as well as inventing the delegated proof-of-stake protocol|
As an active developer in the blockchain space since the Bitcoin network launched in 2009, Daniel Larimer has led the launch of several high-profile cryptocurrency platforms: BitShares, one of the first live implementations of a decentralized exchange, decentralized autonomous organization, and issuer of custom digital assets; Steemit, the first social media platform built on blockchain; and EOSIO, a free, open-source protocol designed to bring speed, scalability, and ease of use to the secure and transparent fundamentals of distributed databases.
The EOSIO protocol was published by Block.one in 2018 and has since been maintained/implemented by a community of open-source developers. The developer community has built a multitude of blockchains on EOSIO, including the popular EOS Public Blockchain. Block.one does not own, maintain, or monitor the EOS Public Blockchain.
Daniel Larimer's 2019:
One of the highlights of EOS in 2019 was the announcement of the Voice social media platform, which is a decentralized, censorship-resistant alternative to incumbent platforms that incentives quality content and curation through a token system not unlike Larimer's former project, Steemit.
In September, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled charges against Block.one, the company behind EOS, for conducting an unregistered securities offering that raised $4.1 billion over a year-long period; Block.one promptly paid the $21 million civil penalty. This spurred a discourse on industry best practices for token sales moving forward given current precedent.
What Cointelegraph expects for 2020:
2020 will be a busy year for Block.one and EOS. During the previous year, EOS was beset by computation resource shortages due to volatile speculation on the resource exchange that practically halted the entire network. It was also discovered that the majority of the Block Producers were concentrated in China, sparking concerns around geographic centralization in shifting regulatory environments.
2020 should see a concerted effort to make critical infrastructural changes to inhibit oligarchies and to attract developer interest. In terms of product developments, this year should see the launch of the Voice social media platform, which Block.one is priming to be the network's killer app.