Forbes contributor and Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) introduces the Bicoin Foundation, a nonprofit corporation. Excerpts:
The Bitcoin Foundation launches this week to accelerate the global growth of bitcoin through standardization, protection, and promotion of the open source protocol. As a nonprofit corporation and neutral forum for collaboration, the Bitcoin Foundation follows the successful model of open source bodies like the Linux Foundation and the Tor Project.
In addition to individual membership, the Bitcoin Foundation provides a way for corporate enterprises from all industries to participate in the expansion of the bitcoin network and platform.
The Bitcoin Foundation mission leads to the early specific goals of financially sponsoring the efforts of the core development team, funding core infrastructure such as a test network and a DNS seed node, publishing a set of best practices for bitcoin integration, coordinating responses to business and media inquiries, and organizing an annual bitcoin conference with the first one being held in Silicon Valley.
Initial board members include Gavin Andresen (@GavinAndresen), Mark Karpeles (@MagicalTux), Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis), Patrick Murck (@VirtuallyLaw), Charlie Shrem (@CharlieShrem), and Peter Vessenes (@Vessenes).