Vitalik Buterin

Zug, Switzerland

Vitalik Buterin

Zug, Switzerland

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I was born in 1994 in Russia and moved to Canada in 2000, where I went to school. I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007-2010, but one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock's Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit.

In 2011, searching for a new purpose in life, I discovered Bitcoin. At first, I was skeptical, and did not understand how it could possibly have value without physical backing. But slowly I became more and more interested. I started writing for a blog called Bitcoin Weekly initially at a meek wage of $1.5 per hour, and soon with Mihai Alisie cofounded Bitcoin Magazine.

In 2012, I entered the University of Waterloo; in 2013 I realized that crypto projects were taking up 30h/week of my time, so I dropped out. I went around the world, explored many crypto projects, and finally realized that they were all too concerned about specific applications and not being sufficiently general - hence the birth of Ethereum, which has been taking up my life ever since.

Age: 25 (for now)

Residence: Cathay Pacific Airlines

Political affiliation: Intellectual hipster meta-contrarian

Drinks/smokes/drugs: green tea

Religion: I like DAOism, daoism/taoism, and tauism (as in 6.283185...).

Occupation: It's complicated

  • Work
    • Egora
  • Education
    • University of Waterloo
    • The Abelard School
    • Life