Vitalik Buterin, the boy genius behind Ethereum, was born in Kolomna, Russia, on January 31, 1994. His precociousness has made him one of the most influential people in the crypto world.
Vitalik Buterin’s childhood
His parents are: Dmitry Buterin, a telecommunications professional and Natalia Amaline, a financial professional. Also, he has two sisters.
By the way, when Buterin was only 6 years old, they emigrated to Toronto (Canada). Looking for better job opportunities.
His studies in primary school in Canada were noted for their ability to learn and understand. As a consequence, he was transferred to a class for gifted children. From here, he began to develop his skills in math, programming, and economics.
Then he spent four years at the Aberald School, a private high school in Toronto. In this regard, Vitalik describes his stay there as one of the most interesting and productive years of his life.
However, their high IQ was offset by difficulties in interacting socially. Therefore, he took refuge in online real-time strategy games.
Your hook on games
Basically, between 2007 and 2010 Vitalik Buterin, admits having been hooked on the World of Warcraft game.
In fact, Vitalik said that at one point the company Blizzard (owner of the game), made changes to the parameters that affected his character. Specifically, the in-game update removed the Siphon Life spell, which he used on his warlock character.
“I couldn’t understand why Blizzard could take something from me that I had such a hard time getting.”
His beginnings in Blockchain technology
In 2011, a year before graduating from Abelard, Vitalik first heard about Bitcoin, thanks to his father, who himself ran an enterprise software startup. And he was especially interested in cryptocurrency technology.
In the same year, he decided to team up with Mihai alisie, to co-found Bitcoin Magazine. So, Vitalik Buterin became a star writer, writing hundreds of articles. While doing another part-time job as a research assistant for cryptographer Ian Goldberg.
Soon after, in 2012, Vitalik began his studies at Waterloo University. But, he decided to quit his degree and focus on developing his various activities in the crypto world.
Collaboration on various projects
Subsequently, Buterin maintained a close collaboration with Amir Taaki, a renowned Bitcoin developer. Taaki and his development team used a series of self-managed social centers in Barcelona as their workplace. It is in Cabrera de Igualada in the Calafou space, where Buterin was strongly involved in the development of Dark Wallet.
During this stage Vitalik was developing pybitcointools, a library of python tools for Bitcoin.
In October 2013, he visited Israel, where he met the people behind the “CovertCoins” and “MasterCoin” projects.
With the aim of solving the flaws that in his opinion he detected in projects such as Bitcoin, Buterin began to develop Ethereum and published his White Paper in 2013.
The Ethereum project
The project was publicly announced in January 2014, with the core team consisting of Vitalik Buterin, Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Iorio, Charles Hoskinson, Joe Lubin and Gavin Wood. Buterin also presented Ethereum on stage at a Bitcoin conference in Miami.
On July 30, 2015, the first publicly available version of Ethereum called “Frontier” was released. Of course, it was still a test release, as it came in a “basic” format with just a command line.
Ultimately, once the platform was deemed stable enough by both developers and auditors, it was migrated to a “Homestead” version.
In fact, the migration occurred on March 14, 2016, when the Ethereum network saw its first official production launch. Its arrival began to demonstrate the next generation of Blockchain technology.
In March 2017, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance was established, which at the time had 30 founding members.
In addition, Vitalik is also a general partner of Fenbushi Venture Capital, the first and largest equity firm based in China. That it invests exclusively in companies that use Blockchain.
As a fun fact, on June 25, 2017, a fake news report claiming that Vitalik Buterin was killed in a traffic accident caused Ethereum to lose 4 billion in market value.
One of the scams in which he was mentioned
Certainly, a fake Twitter account promised those who sent ETH to a certain address future rewards in the same currency. As a consequence, Vitalik Buterin chose to change the name of his Twitter account.
- Thiel Fellowship Scholarship, 2014.
- World Technology Award in the IT Software category, 2014
- Fortune list “40 Most Influential Young People Under 40”.
- Forbes List “Brightest People Under 30”.
- Vedomosti newspaper «Professional of the year».
Vitalik Buterin was immortalized in a digital painting
Indeed, a painting by Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin recently sold for more than $ 133,000.
The buyer was a Twitter user, nicknamed @MaxStealth5. Who is now the owner of «ETH Boy».
Lastly, Vitalik Buterin still spends a lot of his time developing Ethereum. However, he hopes that in the future he can step away a bit, to focus on other things related to Ethereum.
I retire with this phrase from Vitalik Buterin: «To have a decentralized database, you must have security. To have security, you need incentives».