Home » Blockchain Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin celebrates the Merge: ‘Dream for years’ Reading 1 min Moments before the big Ethereum Merge took place, co-founder Vitalik Buterin shared his excitement and PoS vision with the community. As the clock counted down to the final moments of the big Ethereum Merge, co-founder Vitalik Buterin joined the Ethereum Mainnet Merge Viewing Party livestream hosted by the Ethereum Foundation to share his final thoughts. When asked if he was excited about the Merge, Buterin responded that he is “absolutely excited about being exited from the proof-of-work era.” The co-founder went on to say that the historic transition of the network from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) has been on the agenda for years: And we finalized! Happy merge all. This is a big moment for the Ethereum ecosystem. Everyone who helped make the merge happen should feel very proud today. — vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) September 15, 2022 These new optimizations allow developers and users to scale the network in ways not possible or that were unsustainable in the past. This is an important step in pushing the mass adoption of decentralized technologies and onboarding the next billion into the ecosystem.