Andreas Antonopoulos

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos presenting at Internetdagarna 2017 in Stockholm
Born1972 (age 50–51)
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationTech entrepreneur[1]

Andreas M. Antonopoulos (born 1972 in London) is a British-Greek[2][3] Bitcoin advocate, tech entrepreneur, and author. He is a host on the Speaking of Bitcoin podcast[4] (formerly called Let's Talk Bitcoin![5]) and a teaching fellow for the M.Sc. Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Antonopoulos was born in 1972 in London, UK,[2] and moved to Athens, Greece during the Greek Junta.[citation needed] He spent his childhood there,[3][7] and at the age of 17 returned to the UK.[citation needed] Antonopoulos obtained his degrees in Computer science and Data Communications, Networks and Distributed Systems from University College London.[2][8][9]


Nemertes Research[edit]

He was Senior Vice President and a Founding Partner with Nemertes Research, from 2003 until 2011.[8] While there, Antonopoulos researched computer security, stating that the greatest threat to computer security was not experienced hackers, but overly complex systems that resulted from rapid change in business.[10]

Antonopoulos introducing Bitcoin in 2016.

Bitcoin involvement[edit]

In 2012, Antonopoulos became enamored with Bitcoin. He eventually abandoned his job as a freelance consultant and started speaking at conferences about bitcoin, consulting for startups, and writing articles free of charge.[11]

According to his podcast, Antonopoulos is a consultant on several bitcoin-related startups.[12]

In January 2014, Antonopoulos joined as chief security officer.[13] In September 2014, he left the CSO role.

In April 2014, Antonopoulos organised a fundraising campaign for Dorian Nakamoto, who was identified in a Newsweek article as the creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The reporting techniques used in the article were controversial among journalists and Bitcoin community members. The fundraiser, intended to assist Nakamoto after the attention he received as a result of the article, raised 50 bitcoins, worth US$23,000 at the time.[14][15]

On 8 October 2014, Antonopoulos spoke in front of the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee of the Senate of Canada to address the senators' questions on how to regulate bitcoin in Canada.[16]

In March 2016, the first edition of Mastering Bitcoin was released by Antonopoulos, in print and online,[17] followed by a second edition in June 2017.[18]

In December 2017, unsolicited donations of over 100 bitcoins were sent to Antonopoulos by over a thousand followers of his work, after Roger Ver made a public post to Twitter on 5 December questioning Antonopoulos's investment choices given his "eloquent" public speaking about bitcoin since 2012.[11][19]



  • Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Currencies (2014, O'Reilly) ISBN 978-1449374044
  • Mastering Bitcoin 2nd Edition: Programming the Open Blockchain (2017, O'Reilly) ISBN 978-1491954386
  • Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and dApps (2018, O'Reilly) ISBN 978-1491971949
  • The Internet of Money (Volume 1) (2016, O'Reilly) ISBN 978-1537000459
  • The Internet of Money (Volume 2) (2017, Merkle Bloom, self-published) ISBN 978-1947910065
  • The Internet of Money (Volume 3) (2019, Merkle Bloom, self-published) ISBN 978-1947910171


  1. ^ "Issue 15 - Evidence - October 8, 2014". Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Parliament of Canada. 8 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Andreas M. Antonopoulos (10 July 2015). Andreas M. Antonopoulos: "Consensus Algorithms, Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin" [UCL]. London: YouTube. Event occurs at 0:00-0:18. So this is, this is great, it's back to my roots. I was a student here in 1990, but i was actually born in London, and i am half British which you won't hear in my accent any more; Brooklyn changed that.
  3. ^ a b Andreas M. Antonopoulos (19 August 2015). THE GREEK DEBT CRISIS EXPLAINED - Andreas Antonopoulos. London: YouTube (published 29 August 2015). Event occurs at 0:11-0:20. Brian Rose: Are you Greek? Andreas Antonopoulos: Yes, i am. I lived in Greece most of my childhood. I graduated from high school there. My parents are still in Greece, at the moment.
  4. ^ "Speaking of Bitcoin (formerly Let's Talk Bitcoin!)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  5. ^ AARON MAK (29 December 2018). "Cryptocurrency's Terrible 2018". Slate. Slate. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  6. ^ Elias Hazou (11 April 2014). "UNIC launches bitcoin course". Business. CyprusMail. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  7. ^ Araya, Daniel (29 February 2016). "The Promise of Bitcoin: An Interview With Andreas M. Antonopoulos". Futurism. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2021. I've been interested in cryptocurrencies since the early 1990s. In many ways, my interest stems from my experiences growing up in Greece. I saw the way a currency crisis could wipe out the wealth of an entire generation, and it had a big impact on me.
  8. ^ a b Antonopoulos, Andreas M. "Andreas M. Antonopoulos". LinkedIn. Archived from the original on 12 June 2007.
  9. ^ Irving Gerstein (8 October 2014). Canadian Senate Testimony on Bitcoin. Ottawa: YouTube (published 16 April 2016). Event occurs at 0:38-0:42. He is a Computer Sciences graduate from University College London.
  10. ^ John Schwartz (12 September 2007). "Who Needs Hackers?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b Lucinda Shen (8 December 2017). "Why People Are Giving This Man Almost $2 Million in Free Bitcoin". Fortune. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  12. ^ David Morris (21 January 2014). "Bitcoin is not just digital currency. It's Napster for finance". Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  13. ^ Kyt Dotson (29 January 2014). "Bitcoin Weekly, January 29, 2014: TigerDirect on board, CEO of BitInstant arrested, Antonopoulos joins". siliconANGLE. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  14. ^ Kevin Collier (22 April 2014). "Dorian Nakamoto thanks Bitcoin community for $23,000 donation". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  15. ^ Oscar Williams-Grut (17 March 2014). "Bitcoins raised for 'inventor' Dorian Nakamoto". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  16. ^ Michael Carney (9 October 2014). "Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos wows Canada's Senate Committee on Banking". PandoDaily. Archived from the original on 18 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  17. ^ Github (17 March 2016). "Release Edition1Print1 - bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook". GitHub. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  18. ^ Github (8 June 2017). "Second Edition - First Print - bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook". GitHub. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  19. ^ Joon Ian Wong (8 December 2017). "A bitcoin booster got $1.5 million after being "bitshamed" for being poor". Quartz. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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