First of all, I would like to thank the community, and especially those close to the project who have in many cases abandoned their jobs to dedicate their time to it, for their extreme patience regarding the launch of the ether sale. We have been promising that the sale would arise in two weeks for six months, and many team members have endured substantial hardships because of expectations that we set regarding when we would be able to provide funding. We certainly miscalculated the sheer difficulty of navigating the relevant legal processes in the United States and Switzerland, as well as the surprisingly intricate technical issues surrounding setting up a secure sale website and cold wallet system. However, the long wait is finally over, and we are excited to announce the launch of the sale.

In the intervening six months, our time has been spent on the following:

 

Ether will be purchasable directly through our website at https://ethereum.org. There are a number of documents providing more details on the sale as well, including a development plan (ĐΞV PLAN), roadmap, Intended Use of Revenue document, Terms and Conditions of the Ethereum Genesis Sale, Ether Product Purchase Agreement, and updated White Paper and Yellow Paper. Particularly note the following:

The exodus address is 36PrZ1KHYMpqSyAQXSG8VwbUiq2EogxLo2; however, DO NOT send BTC to this address directly, since transactions that are not properly formatted will be invalid and treated as gifts to Ethereum Switzerland GmbH. Use the sale application on the website. Unlike some other projects, however, paying with BTC using our sale application from a Coinbase account or an exchange account poses no problems. The BTC address that you send from does not matter.

For advanced users and those who are uncomfortable with purchasing through a website, a Python library for making purchases is also available at https://github.com/ethereum/pyethsaletool.

The address is a 3-of-4 cold storage, multisig setup, between four centers which are themselves protected via mechanisms such as m-of-n Shamir’s Secret Sharing. Check this transaction on blockchain.info, input 4, to see proof that we are capable of spending funds from the address. We will be releasing a more detailed description of the cold storage policy soon, although strategically important variables (eg. precise locations of the sites, passwords, combinations to safes) will unfortunately be kept secret.

More information will be released throughout the sale, and we will soon have an AMA on Reddit. We look forward to continuing this exciting journey together!