From understanding Burstcoin security to selecting a wallet, the Getting Started guide provides the information needed to succeed with Burstcoin.
From its creation by an unknown developer thru today, Burstcoin has had an eventful history. Here you can read about the history of Burstcoin.
With recent accomplishments, current activities, near-term and long-term goals, the Burstcoin Roadmap is the high level planning document guiding Burstcoin development.
Burstcoin is a code fork of NXT, which is a fork of Bitcoin. There are several constituent white papers . The official whitepaper of Burstcoin is the Burst Dymaxion.
Burstcoin development is community based. Leadership is provided by several organizations formed to address specific areas of development.
History of Burstcoin, from the genesis block to today
There are several important events in the short history of Burstcoin.
- 2014-08-10: Official announcement on Bitcointalk.org
- 2014-08-11: Generation of the Genesis block 
- 2014-08-20: First pool available 
- 2014-08-22: Burst/BTC market added to the C-CEX exchange 
- 2014-09-06: Burst/BTC market added to the Poloniex exchange 
- 2014-09-16: Burst added to the Bittrex exchange  
- August 2015: Original developer of Burstcoin, using the pseudonym “Burstcoin” disappears  and the community takes over development.
- 2014-08-17: Version 1.0.2 adjusted difficulty 
- 2014-08-27: Version 1.0.3 changed protocol for V2 pools 
- 2014-09-17: Version 1.1.0 back end updated to NXT 1.2.8 to enable new NXT features (encrypted messaging, DGS) 
- 2014-09-27: Version 1.1.3 added escrow transactions 
- 2014-11-04: Version 1.1.5 update to Nxt 1.3 (added subscriptions, updated escrow) 
- 2014-12-22: Version 1.2.0 added Automated Transactions (ATs) 
- 2015-02-06: Version 1.2.2 refined ATs (smart contracts) 
- 2015-04-20: Version 1.2.3 further refined ATs and the asset exchange 
Burstcoin makes history
- 2015 – Initiated the first Atomic Swap, together with Qora, pioneering the basic concept of a decentralized exchange: https://www.ccn.com/qora-burst-now-able-make-cross-chain-transactions
After the original developer of Burstcoin disappeared a community quickly formed under the name Burst Team in August of 2015. Development of the wallet software continued in a fork at Github . A website and a forum were created at burst-team.us.
Because of differences within Burst Team, several members started Burstnation  by the end of 2016 (Citation Needed). The differences continued until leading Burstnation members announced their retirement from the Burst community in the aftermath of the Dymaxion release (see below).
Spam attack and network forks
On July 22nd of 2017, an attacker spammed the Burstcoin network with messages, causing wallets to crash and splitting the network into multiple forks . The network remained unstable for several days. As a result, the Poloniex exchange froze the coin and disabled deposits and withdrawals (Citation Needed). By August 10th the network was stable again and Poloniex reactivated Burstcoin deposits and withdrawals.
Formation of the PoC Consortium
In the aftermath of the spam attack, a group formed to continue development called the Proof-of-Capacity Consortium (PoCC). The original announcement of the group was posted on August 11th of 2017, the third anniversary of the Burst blockchain. Initial activities of the group included improving the wallet software and providing a reliable block explorer. This period of time, until development reverted to community development on January 3rd, 2019, was a period of rapid development and it was during this time that Burstcoin evolved into its advanced state. Following the resignation of The Proof of Capacity Consortium from active development of Burstcoin as an official development group, many of the members have continued to be actively involved in the community and provided valuable advice and consultation as the community organized to address future development effectively.
John Mcafee tweet
December 22nd, 2017: Coin of the day: BURST — First truly Green coin and most overlooked coin. Uses 400 times less power than Bitcoin. Super secure and private. Includes smart contracts, encrypted messaging, decentralized wallet, libertine blockchain. Most undervalued coin.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) December 22, 2017
Release of the Dymaxion white paper
On December, 27th 2017, the PoC Consortium released a white paper titled “The Burst Dymaxion”. This white paper describes a proposed layer to the Burst blockchain capable of sustaining the total global load of non-cash transactions.
Pre Dymaxion hard fork
- 2018: Slot based transaction fees: Burstcoin replaced the minimum fee of 1 Burstcoin per transaction with a dynamic fee schedule starting with .007357 during periods of low network activity. The previous fee of 1 Burstcoin had been set as a disincentive for spam attacks on the network. With the new schedule, transactions can be initiated for the lowest fee during periods of high network activity, they are however delayed until a slot for the transaction becomes available.
- 2018: Poc1 to Poc2 transition: To address a theoretical vulnerability referred to as a grinding attack, Burstcoin preemptively updated the format of the plot files used while reducing the read speed by 50%.
Shortly after the January 3rd, 2019, the Burst Alliance was formed. It is an umbrella group functioning as the official developer and point for contact. The constituent groups are The Burst Applications Team and The Burst Marketing Fund, two groups that formed to focus on two separate aspects of Burstcoin. The formation of the Burst Marketing Fund marked the beginning of a new period for Burstcoin. Burstcoin has always had skilled programmers. However, marketing was always downplayed in favor of the organic growth that well-developed technology would draw. It was also felt that marketing would bring growth that could exceed the ability of the relatively small community to support. After the cryptocurrency bear market of 2018, Burstcoin emerged with the Burst Marketing Fund committed to bringing the coin to a broader public audience. The Burst Applications Team is exceeding expectations, producing cross-platform versions of the Burstcoin software, a great step forward in making Burstcoin software highly accessible and user-friendly.