On August 2nd 2016 an anonymous user by the pseudonym “Tom Elvis Jedusor” (Voldemort in the French version of Harry Potter) logs into the bitcoin-wizards irc channel and drops the paper “MIMBLEWIMBLE”. In this paper “Tom Elvis Jedusor” proposes “an idea for improving the privacy in bitcoin”.
In the paper s/he explains why it’s called Mimblewimble “because it is used to prevent the blockchain from talking about all user’s information”, Mimblewimble is a tongue tying curse in Harry Potter “Mimblewimble, which prevents your opponent from accurately casting their next spell”.
A user by pseudonym “Ignotus Peverell” logs into irc and posts a link to github.com hosting a sinmple implementation of the Mimblewimble protocol it’s called Grin.
Immediately afterwards Andrew Poelstra and Andrew Bishop join and a paper by Andrew is posted in the channel with the purpose “to make precise the original idea, and add further scaling improvements developed by the author”.
Grin probably refers to the "Gringotts Wizarding Bank" from Harry Potter 🧙🏽 “the only bank of the wizarding world, and is owned and operated by goblins.”
First development funding campaign is for Michael Cordner aka “Yeastplume” raised 45.000$ within one day. Michael is one of the main contributors to the gtin project.
First ever grin/mimblewimble meetup in London.
First ever grin conference with “Ignotus Peverel” attending through text-speech 🤓
Here is the block