While toying with SCSI scatter-gather functionality in the '90s, I decided to try applying the concept to networking. With a functional (but woefully incomplete) instant messaging program, I felt pretty good about my progress. A few years later, BitTorrent was released. Since then, my interest in decentralized and distributed systems has been a driving factor. Bitcoin was an impressive achievement that I was able to point at and say, "This is IT!" Now, eMunie is very close to that, and I'm looking forward to the opening of the source code.