I just want to get some history perspective of Bitcoin. Say in the early days when Bitcoin was $1 or $10, if I decided, "ok, I may invest in US$3000 at the software startup I work for, but that US$3000 is likely to go to $0, so I will just invest $1000 in Bitcoin anyway, assuming it could be lost but not a big deal".
So what places was available for me to buy Bitcoin at that time? If I bought it from BitInstant, Mtgox (I am not familiar and will need somebody who knows the history to answer this), then would that mean that $1000 could become $3 million, except it was all lost or stolen along the way during the BitInstant and Mtgox time?
But if I bought it and immediately transfer to my own wallet, and didn't forget the password, then it would have been ok?