There is no sense hiding from history. The early days of ECC were not the same as most typical coins. ECC started out as a poorly defined coin, with little mission other than being promoted as a "green" solution back in March of 2014. This green initiative stemmed from the coin using Proof of Stake (PoS) as the main consensus mechanism, which consumes much less electricity, compared to Proof of Work (PoW). Over time, the ECC name adopted various acronyms as people tried to ascribe more meaning to the coin; "Easy Clear Coin" was one of the more well-known during this time. In 2015/2016, the name E-Currency Coin was adopted for a longer period, until the project finally resettled back to the singular ECC, which remains to this day.
In June/July of 2014, after the project had seen little progress for many months, the original developer sold off all his coins and essentially abandoned the project. Soon after, control of ECC was handed over to Greg Griffith and the modern era of ECC began.
In August of 2014, Griffith (as he is simply known in the community), adopted the defunct coin as a hobby and opportunity to learn more about blockchain technology while attending school full-time. For the next few years, Griffith set about fixing what was wrong with the original ECC codebase and steadily honing his blockchain skills. During this time, he also contributed to other coins, such as BCH, and became fully immersed in the emerging blockchain revolution.
In 2017, Griffith decided to pursue ECC development full time, fueled by the idea that he was now ready to make important and novel contributions to blockchain tech—with his multi-chain concept—and to the crypto community, To do this, he created a coin based on a "blockchain for the masses" mission statement, where ease of use and utility were core goals from the start. In the early days, Griffith was the sole developer, but ECC is a community driven coin and there is now a team of 15+ doing web development, project management, marketing, etc.
This is the ECC of today—not just a coin—but a platform designed to be intuitive and to provide useful real world services.
All 25 billion coins have already been mined. The only rewards still available to be earned through staking are the coins that are "destroyed" as fees. Since all 25 billion coins must remain in circulation—as fees are charged for ECC services (either through ANS, Messaging, File Storage, or sending coins to other users)—these fees are "destroyed," and re-distributed to coin holders that are staking through the process of staking, keeping the supply constant at 25 billion and the network updated.
Staking is required by the network to generate new blocks, otherwise the chain would not move.
When you stake, you have a chance of generating the next block, and if you do, you earn an amount of coins that were recently "destroyed" as fees in previous blocks, so long as the total supply is less than 25 billion.
Staking rewards are calculated as a function of coin maturity and the number of coins in your wallet. However, when it comes to rewards, coin maturity maxes out at 84 days.
The team member page is here. Note that some, not all, of our developers prefer to remain anonymous. ECC stands for security and privacy. This value is reflected through all facets of our community, including our team members' identities. Therefore, all active team members have the option of keeping their public-facing contact information private if they wish. If it was important to Satoshi, it is important to us as well.
Please contact Wim Sijberts if you'd like to contact any specific ECC team member on the team page.