Gavin Andresen

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Gavin Andresen (born Gavin Bell[1]) is the Amherst, Massachusetts-based chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.[2][3] He has access to the alert key that allows him to broadcast messages about critical network problems to all clients.[4]

After graduating from Princeton University in 1988,[1] Andresen began his career working on 3D graphics software at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems.[5] In 1996, he co-authored the VRML 2.0 specification,[6] and later published a reference manual for VRML 2.0.[7]

Since leaving Silicon Valley in 1996, Andresen has tackled a wide variety of software-related ventures, including CTO of an early voice-over-the-Internet startup and co-founder of a company that made multiplayer online games for blind people and their sighted friends.[5]

In April 2011, Forbes quoted Andresen as saying, "Bitcoin is designed to bring us back to a decentralized currency of the people," and "this is like better gold than gold."[3]

Prior to 2014 Andresen was the lead developer for a part of the bitcoin digital currency project, working to create a secure, stable "cash for the Internet."[8]

Andresen also created ClearCoin, an escrow-type of service, which was closed c. June 23, 2011.[9]


  1. ^ a b Simonite, Tom (15 August 2014). "The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin". MIT Technology Review (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "About: Board Members". Bitcoin Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Crypto Currency". Forbes. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Alerts - Bitcoin". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  5. ^ a b "The Future of Payments - Panelists - Bitcoin 2013: The Future of PaymentsMay 17-19, 2013 - San Jose, CA". Bitcoin 2013. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "VRML 2.0". 
  7. ^ "The Annotated VRML 2.0 Reference Manual". 
  8. ^ "Gavin Andresen Steps Down". 
  9. ^ "ClearCoin - Bitcoin". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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