Charlie Lee (computer scientist)
|Education||BS and MS, computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000|
|Website||Charlie Lee on Twitter|
Lee was born in Ivory Coast, moved to the United States at the age of 13, and graduated from high school in 1995. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science in 2000.
For a decade in the 2000s, Lee worked for Google. His work for the company included writing code for Chrome OS. In 2011, Lee became interested in Bitcoin. In October 2011, he released Litecoin on Bitcointalk. He had written the blockchain technology based on the Bitcoin in his spare time while employed at Google. He released Litecoin to the public after mining only 150 coins. Lee has stated that he did not intend to compete with Bitcoin but meant Litecoin to be used for smaller transactions.
In December 2017, Lee announced on Reddit that he sold almost all of his Litecoin holdings due to a perceived conflict of interest. He had been criticized for his tweets, which had a possible effect on the price of the coin. Lee sold or donated all of his coins except for a few minted in physical form which he kept as collectibles.
Lee is currently working full-time with the Litecoin Foundation on fostering Litecoin adoption.
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- Lee, Charlie [@SatoshiLite] (September 20, 2018). "I'm working on Litecoin full-time and focused on Litecoin adoption" (Tweet) – via Twitter.