The most famous and scandalous cryptocurrency developers
Since the appearance of bitcoin, interest has been aroused not only by the cryptocurrency, but also by its creators. Moreover, almost nothing is known about the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the “father” of bitcoin. Despite a lot of journalistic investigations, it was not possible to find out whether he is a real person or a pseudonym under which a group of people is hiding. At the same time, not all cryptocurrency developers hide their authorship. Let’s consider the most famous of them.
Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum
Vitaly (Vitalik) Buterin is a Canadian programmer of Russian origin. He was born on January 31, 1994 in the city of Kolomna near Moscow. When the boy was 6 years old, his parents emigrated to Canada.
Already at the age of 10, Vitalik wrote serious programs in C++. After his father told him about digital money, he became interested in cryptocurrency. In 2015, the young man created the Ethereum project, considering it not only as a cryptocurrency, but also as a platform for developing applications based on blockchain technology.
Soon Ethereum became the second most profitable cryptocurrency and brought billions to its creator.
Charles Lee: Litecoin
Charles Lee was born in West Africa, but moved to the United States with his parents at the age of 13. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science. Before he started working in cryptocurrency, he worked for Microsoft, Google and other IT companies.
In 2011, Charlie bought several bitcoins, equipment and began mining. In the same year, he developed his own project – litecoin. The main advantages of the coin: fast (compared to bitcoin) block creation time. Now Lee is engaged only in litecoin, calling it a silver coin (compared to “gold” bitcoin).
Jed McCaleb: Ripple
Jed McCaleb was born in 1975. He studied at the University of California, but did not graduate and moved to New York, where he worked as a programmer and engaged in startups.
In 2007 Jed organized the MtGox website to exchange items of the virtual Magic game. Soon after, he was fascinated by the idea of cryptocurrencies and in 2010 he launched a redesigned version of the site as a platform for crypto trading. At first, the platform was not popular, but then users began to actively use it. But McCaleb lost interest in the site.
D. McCaleb’s next hobby was the OpenCoin project, which then turned into Ripple. However, disagreements began in the team, McCaleb did not agree with the commercialization of the platform and, in contrast to it, created the Stellar coin.
Evan Duffield: Dash
Evan Duffield was born in 1985 in Arizona. At the age of 15, he started earning money by developing software. At first, Evan worked for hire, but then founded his own company.
E. Duffield’s interest in cryptocurrency arose after reading an article by Satoshi Nakamoto. He bought his first bitcoin at a price of $19 in order to observe its value.
In January 2014 Evan launched his first cryptocurrency called XCoin. Almost immediately after the launch, the coin was renamed DarkCoin, which, translated from English, means “dark cryptocurrency”. A distinctive feature of the new coin was a high level of anonymity. But it was this feature that the shadow dealers of the cryptocurrency market took advantage of.
The next step was in March 2015 the rebranding of the coin, which became known as Dash. The cost of the sazu crypt began to grow, and now it is in the top 10 cryptocurrencies by capitalization.
Evan Duffield often gives interviews and conducts webinars on cryptocurrency. He claims that his project is open to everyone.
Justin Sun: Tron
Justin Sun (his real name is Sun Yu Chen) was born on July 30, 1990 in China. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Peking University and a master’s degree in political economics from the University of Pennsylvania. In China, San is often compared to Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba platform.
In 2012, D. San became interested in the world of cryptocurrencies and began investing in bitcoin. In 2013 – 2016 . he collaborated with the Ripple platform, and in 2017 founded his own cryptocurrency called Tron. The Tron team has 34% of all tokens, for which it is often criticized: if desired, developers can collapse the course at any time, bringing the entire amount to the market.
News about the development of Tron Justin reports via his Twitter account. Various scandals are associated with his name. For example, Vitalik Buterin accused San of plagiarizing Ethereum solutions.
Ryoshi: Shiba inu
Ryoshi is the pseudonym of the developer of the Shiba Inu meme cryptocurrency with the Shib token, a competitor of Dogcoin. The Japanese dog breed became a meme of both coins. Shiba Inu is not only a cryptocurrency, but also an ecosystem. In July 2021, the developers launched a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange.
According to Rioshi, another person, whose name he does not name, was engaged in the development and financial support of the launch of the coin. There is an assumption that this person is Vitalik Buterin.
The sharp increase in the value of the coin (along with the Dogcoin) was caused by Elon Musk’s statement about the support of the “dog currency”. Musk even bought a puppy of this breed.
Published: 10 January, 2022