By now, most of us have heard of Bitcoin but do you know about Ethereum? It’s the world’s second most popular form of cryptocurrency and it’s getting a lot of attention thanks to its prodigy founder, Vitalik Buterin. Despite the rumors that Buterin died in 2017, he made sure to point out he is still here and Ethereum is stronger than ever.
So whether you’re interested in cryptocurrency, young geniuses, or just like learning altogether, then check out these following five facts on Buterin.
VITALIK BUTERIN WAS BORN IN RUSSIA
If you couldn’t already tell by his name, Buterin’s family comes from Russia. In fact, he himself was born in Russia. He only lived there until he was six though. Ater that, Vitalik’s family moved across the world to the vastly different (but equally cold) country of Canada.
The family moved to Toronto in search of a better life and better jobs. The city also helped set the stage for Buterin’s rise to fame.
VITALIK BUTERIN WASTED NO TIME AS A KID
Most children prefer playing with toys, watching TV or eating candy. Not Buterin though. When he was a young kid, his favorite toy to play with was Microsoft Excel. Yes, that’s the thing you make spreadsheets with. From there, Buterin’s interest in economics and programming really took off. It wasn’t long until he discovered Bitcoin.
BITCOIN CHANGED VITALIK BUTERIN
At the age of 17, Buterin discovered Bitcoin. From then on, a new obsession digital currency began. Just a couple years after that, Buterin won the bronze at the International Olympiads in Informatics. After that, he went to the University of Waterloo but like all great geniuses dropped out.
VITALIK BUTERIN LOVES ALL THINGS CRYPTOCURRENCY
Buterin is not just focused on Etherium. He loves all things cryptocurrency. He loves it so much that he helped start Bitcoin Magazine. As you can imagine, this magazine talks about all things Bitcoin, Ethereum and more. It’s now owned by BTC Media.
VITALIK BUTERIN LOVES TO HELP
Buterin currently serves as the head scientist of the Ethereum Foundation. This Swiss non-profit helps to maintain the core technology of cryptocurrency.