Cryptocurrency has a long history in the United States. It’s a little known fact that the American programmer and entrepreneur Jed McCaleb founded Mt. Gox in 2007 before selling it to Frenchman Mark Karpelès in 2011. The exchange imploded in 2014. Then there was Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, another born and raised American.
The turbulent early years aside, since 2016 we’ve seen a lot of healthy growth in the crypto industry that’s originated from the United States. ConsenSys, arguably the most important company supporting Ethereum, is based in Brooklyn. Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Kraken, Gemini, Poloniex, and the Cash App are all based in the USA, as are many other exciting projects that may one day bring blockchain to the masses.