The cryptocurrency and blockchain spheres are less than 10 years old, but in this industry, thanks to the incredible speed of change, there are already “people-legends” that nobody knew about yesterday, and tomorrow the whole world will speak.
In this article, we will continue our acquaintance with crypto geniuses, which would eventually become more and more.
So who are the great minds of the virtual world?
Brock Pierce — from gamer to millionaire
Brock Pierce met cryptocurrencies through entertainment. In the 2000s, Pierce, being an avid gamer, founded one of the largest gaming companies selling virtual assets. Involvement in virtual currencies led Pierce into the world of the blockchain at the very beginning. He was fascinated by the potential of Bitcoin, so he decided to leave the gaming industry and start looking for, founding and financing cryptocurrency companies — Mastercoin, Blockchain Capital, Coinbase, Ethereum, Tether, Bitfury and now Block.one. Brock donated $1 billion to a decentralized autonomous community, which is created on the basis of the EOS platform.
Preethi Kasireddy — An engineer with a big heart
Meet Preethi Kasireddy — blockchain engineer and former associate of CoinBase, Goldman Sachs and Andreessen Horowitz. In 2012, Preethi graduated from the University of Southern California, gaining knowledge in the field of industrial and system engineering. Today, Preethi Kasireddy, as the founder and CEO of TruStory, is creating a company that introduces and develops blockchain technologies. In her free time, Preethi does volunteer work. For example, Preethi was actively helping to raise funds in Los Angeles to educate low-income children in India. Also, she teaches a full course “WEB development for schoolchildren”. Preethi says she lives and breathes the idea of a crypto.
Roger Ver — “Bitcoin Jesus”
Roger Ver was one of the first investors in Bitcoin startups and financially helped several projects such as Blockchain.info and BitPay.
Roger first met Bitcoin while listening to the radio program. Later, when dealing with media representatives, Roger Ver said that he had not left his house for more than 7 days after that and was looking for any available information about this cryptocurrency. At that moment Roger realized that this virtual currency is the best form of financial resources that ever existed in the world. The desire to gain knowledge about Bitcoin led to a lack of sleep, because of which Roger Ver’s friend had to take the young entrepreneur to the hospital.
The entrepreneur has invested his own funds in a huge number of different projects related to Bitcoin virtual currency, including Blockchain.info, BitPay, Ripple and many others. Roger Ver’s total financial investment was approximately $1 million.
Communicating with media representatives, Roger Ver said that Bitcoin will meet many obstacles on its path, but it will be able to improve the quality of all people’s lives in the world. He also added that he does not care enough about short-term changes in the rate of this virtual currency.
Andreas Antonopoulos — Bitcoin Guru
Andreas Antonopoulos is one of the world’s most famous Bitcoin and blockchain experts. He is a very popular speaker and he is interested not only in the investment side of technology, but also in the educational, political, cultural and human components.
In 2014, Andreas was invited to the post of lecturer at the University of Nicosia, the first university in the world, where people can receive a master’s degree in digital currencies. Today Antonopoulos works in the Committee for Supervision of Bitcoin on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Today Antonopoulos works the Oversight Committee for the Bitcoin Reference Rate at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Andreas has published many famous bestsellers about cryptocurrency. In particular, in 2014, Antonopoulos wrote the book “Mastering Bitcoin”.
Andreas emphasizes that he is not very interested in the spread of Bitcoin in developed Western countries. He is more fascinated by the idea that you can use Bitcoin in Kenya, Lagos or Nigeria with an old Nokia, and people who have never had access to banking services will be able to join the global economy this way.
Winklevoss brothers — the first Bitcoin billionaires
The first in the world billionaires who earned a fortune on Bitcoins were American twin brothers Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss. The state of the brothers is estimated at 100 thousand Bitcoins, which is equivalent to 1.17 billion dollars.
Well-known entrepreneurs and Bitcoin-enthusiasts, the Winklevoss brothers build two Bitcoin companies and own 1% of all Bitcoins already mined. As said Tyler Winklevoss, “We eat, sleep, breathe Bitcoin.”
Winklevoss deliberately do not sell cryptocurrency, indicating the long-term investment. Bitcoin they call the “improved version of gold”.
There are many amazing people in the Crypto World and we will keep telling you about the most vivid and interesting ones. Some have distinguished themselves by contributing to the development of the industry, others have managed to make good money and promote blockchain technology. Without these people, we would never know about such great innovations as blockchain and cryptocurrency, which is the future of our world.