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Revision as of 16:03, 7 July 2018


Roger Ver
RogerVer.jpg
Occupation CEO
Employer The Bitcoin Foundation
Location Tokyo, Japan
Personal Twitter @rogerkver
LinkedIn Profile
Website www.bitcoin.com
Blog https://rogerver.com/

Roger Ver is an American entrepreneur and the current CEO of Bitcoin.com.[1] He is colloquially known as "Bitcoin Jesus."[2]

Background

Roger Ver is a self-described libertarian and "bitcoin evangelist."[3] He was the CEO of an online company called MemoryDealers.com, which mainly sold used hardware and networking equipment to international customers, until 2012.[4]

In August 2001, Ver was charged with both storing and selling explosives illegally. He sold explosive devices called “Pest Control Report 2000,” which were marketed as tools for farmers to place in fields to scare off mice and other pests. He served 10 months in federal prison.[5] He later ran for the California State Assembly on behalf of the Libertarian party, but was not elected.[6]

In 2011, Ver became acquainted with bitcoin. Infatuated by the technology, Ver excitedly explained the concept to a group of high schoolers at a barbecue. The high schoolers were so enthralled by Ver's explanation that Peter Vessnes, who was also at the barbecue, compared him to Jesus speaking to his apostles.[7] With time, the title of "Bitcoin Jesus" stuck, especially given his later activity as an "angel investor" for bitcoin.com, as well as numerous startups related to cryptocurrency, including Kraken and Ripple,[8] as well as the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). The latter of which was at the time the largest donation of bitcoin ever; he donated 1,000 BTC in 2013, which at the time was worth over $1 million.[9][10]

Roger Ver has been a founding member and board advisor of the Bitcoin Foundation since July 2012. He has also been involved with the development of bitcoin's blockchain, and is the current CEO of Bitcoin.com.[11]

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