As an engineer-driven organization, Blockstream has not communicated much externally up to this point. I recently sat down with co-founder and CEO Adam Back to better understand the company, its mission and vision, and the distinction between Blockstream and Bitcoin Core, the group that leads Bitcoin protocol development. There has been some disagreement in the ecosystem over the past few years; stronger alignment across users, exchanges, wallets and miners will go a long way in bringing Bitcoin to more people in the world.
Here's what I learned:
The Importance of Blockstream
Bitcoin is an open-source software project where anyone can view the code and submit changes, but only a small group of maintainers can approve the changes and push the changes live into production.