Andreas Antonopoulos

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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Andreas Antonopoulos presenting at Internetdagarna 2017 in Stockholm
Born1972 (age 46–47)
NationalityGreek-British[citation needed]
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationTech entrepreneur[1]

Andreas M. Antonopoulos (born 1972) is a Greek-British[citation needed] bitcoin advocate. He is a host on the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast[2] and a teaching fellow for the M.Sc. Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.[3]

Early career[edit]

Antonopoulos obtained his degree in Computer Science and Data Communications and Distributed Systems from University College London. As a partner at Nemertes Research, 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.[4]

Bitcoin involvement[edit]

Antonopoulos introducing Bitcoin in 2016.

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.[5]

According to his podcast, Antonopoulos is a consultant on several bitcoin-related startups.[6]

In January 2014, Antonopoulos joined as chief security officer.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

In March 2016, the first edition of Mastering Bitcoin was released by Antonopoulos, in print and online[11], followed by a second edition in June 2017.[12]

Receiving of bitcoin gifts[edit]

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.[5][13]

Adam Back reportedly began the outpouring of support by tweeting: "if 'sign guy' can get a meaningful start from tips,[note 1] we should try to find a way for the community to fund Antonopoulos to a hodler's position."[citation needed] Erik Voorhees went on to support Antonopoulos by saying: "If you've ever learned about, participated, used or benefited from bitcoin in any way, please donate to Andreas."[5][failed verification]



  • Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain ISBN 9781491954386
  • Antonopoulos, Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DApps ISBN 978-1491971949
  • Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money (Volume 1), 2016, Paperback ISBN 978-1537000459
  • Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money (Volume 2), 2017, Paperback ISBN 978-1947910065


  1. ^ "Sign guy" refers to an unidentified man who photobombed Janet Yellen while holding up a sign saying "Buy Bitcoin", which lead to him receiving 7 bitcoins worth of donations


  1. ^ "Issue 15 - Evidence - October 8, 2014". Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Parliament of Canada. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ AARON MAK (29 December 2018). "Cryptocurrency's Terrible 2018". Slate. Slate. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ Elias Hazou (11 April 2014). "UNIC launches bitcoin course". Business. CyprusMail. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  4. ^ John Schwartz (12 September 2007). "Who Needs Hackers?". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Lucinda Shen (8 December 2017). "Why People Are Giving This Man Almost $2 Million in Free Bitcoin". Fortune. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ David Morris (21 January 2014). "Bitcoin is not just digital currency. It's Napster for finance". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  7. ^ Kyt Dotson (29 January 2014). "Bitcoin Weekly, January 29, 2014: TigerDirect on board, CEO of BitInstant arrested, Antonopoulos joins". siliconANGLE. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ Kevin Collier (22 April 2014). "Dorian Nakamoto thanks Bitcoin community for $23,000 donation". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  9. ^ Oscar Williams-Grut (17 March 2014). "Bitcoins raised for 'inventor' Dorian Nakamoto". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  10. ^ Michael Carney (9 October 2014). "Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos wows Canada's Senate Committee on Banking". PandoDaily. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  11. ^ Github (17 March 2016). "Release Edition1Print1 - bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook". Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  12. ^ Github (8 June 2017). "Second Edition - First Print - bitcoinbook/bitcoinbook". Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  13. ^ Joon Ian Wong (8 December 2017). "A bitcoin booster got $1.5 million after being "bitshamed" for being poor". Quartz. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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