Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin says the world’s second largest cryptocurrency by market cap can run without him.

On Twitter, Buterin said the process of detaching himself from Ethereum has already begun, and that the project could survive if he was to spontaneously combust.

Buterin has not offered a timeline on when he might take a backseat.

Meanwhile, the testnet launch for Ethereum’s much-anticipated Constantinople upgrade has been slightly delayed.

According to Peter Szilagyi of the Ethereum Foundation, the team decided it’s best to trigger a delay to give nodes that power the network more time to address a security issue.

Among other things, the Ethereum upgrade is designed to increase the speed of the network, lower fees, and modify the way data is stored. The new launch date is now set for October 14th.


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