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 for three years between 2007 and 2010, but one day my happiness was interrupted when Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock's Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and I will remember that day forever as the day I truly realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon came to realize just how boring the game is, and decided to quit.

In 2011, searching for a new purpose in life now that I no longer cared about upgrading my warlock's virtual armor, I discovered Bitcoin. At first, I was skeptical, and did not understand how it could possibly have value without physical backing. But slowly, over time, I got more and more interested. I started writing for an online blog called Bitcoin Weekly initially at a meek wage of $1.5 per hour, and soon joined Mihai Alisie to cofound Bitcoin Magazine.

In late 2011, I participated in a high school programming competition where players would program the code for a team of simulated robots that would fight each other. I won third place. Someone asked me: what was my strategy? Others gave command-and-control strategies such as "I went for the center". I simply replied "I gave each agent a utility function and let them independently act to maximize their own objectives". That moment would inform my political beliefs for years to come.

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

My interests include math, algorithms, cryptography, mechanism design, economics, social science, politics (I *love* making comparisons between the governance challenges of supposedly anarchic crypto projects and the eternal stupidity that is mainstream geopolitics), rationalist philosophy, and the intersection of it all.

Age: 22 (for now)

Residence: Cathay Pacific Airlines

Political affiliation: Cuckservative

Drinks/smokes/drugs: green tea

Religion: crypto

Occupation: It's complicated

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