Jeff Berwick

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Jeff Berwick
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Self-portrait photograph, 2012
Born
Jeffrey David Berwick

(1970-11-24) November 24, 1970 (age 52)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
NationalityCanadian, Dominican
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, Activist
SpouseKena Moreno

Jeffrey David Berwick (born November 24, 1970) is a Canadian-Dominican entrepreneur, libertarian and anarcho-capitalist activist.

Berwick founded Stockhouse.com in 1994. In the late ‘90s, the company expanded into eight different countries and had 250 employees and a market cap of $240 million, before the “tech bubble". He later sold the company in 2002 for an 'undisclosed' amount.[1] [2]

Berwick later was an investor in bitcoin, appearing publicly on Fox News and other mainstream press outlets to discuss the digital currency.[3][4] He also appeared on Bloomberg to discuss Bitcoin.[5] In 2013, Berwick launched the world's first Bitcoin ATM machine in Cyprus. [6]

In 2016, Berwick acquired Dominican Republic citizenship.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2009, he founded The Dollar Vigilante, an anarcho-capitalist blog focusing on gold, silver, mining stocks, Bitcoin and offshore banking.[8]

Berwick was host of Anarchast, an interview-style anarcho-capitalist podcast founded in 2012.[9]

In 2013, Berwick announced his plans to co-found the world's first bitcoin ATM in Cyprus.[10][11][12] Business Insider called the plans "bogus" and "almost certainly nonsense."[10]

In 2013, Berwick promoted Galt's Gulch Chile project,[13] a libertarian enclave in the Curacaví region of Chile that did not come to fruition as envisioned.[14] He was also part of an attempt to start a free-trade zone in Honduras.[3]

In 2015, Berwick started Anarchapulco, an annual anarcho-capitalist conference held in Acapulco, Mexico.[15]

Media Coverage[edit]

In 2022 HBO released an original six-part television documentary series entitled The Anarchists. The series is based on six years of video collected by Todd Schramke, and focuses on Berwick, his beliefs, and several of his adherents, including Nathan and Lisa Freeman and a couple known as John Galton and Lily Forester.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2005, Berwick's catamaran, caught in a 50 knot squall, was driven into the rocks and sank. Berwick and his partner survived by holding onto a broken surfboard.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://cambridgehouse.com/u/2178/jeff-berwick
  2. ^ https://palisadesradio.ca/jeff-berwick-i-took-my-advice-sold-my-cryptos-to-buy-gold/
  3. ^ a b "Stockhouse About Us". Stockhouse. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "Bitcoin Crash Coming". Fox News. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  5. ^ "Jeff Berwick Appears on Bloomberg". Fox News. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  6. ^ https://www.vice.com/en/article/ypp9bm/jeff-berwick-the-founder-of-bitcoin-atm-says-his-machine-is-real
  7. ^ "Why I Left Canada and Became a Citizen of the Dominican Republic | the Dollar Vigilante". Archived from the original on 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  8. ^ "Financial Crisis Gives Rise To New Class of Market Participant". Pr News Wire. July 15, 2009. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Anarchast YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  10. ^ a b "This Story About A Bitcoin ATM Coming To Cyprus Is Almost Certainly Nonsense". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  11. ^ "The World's First Bitcoin ATM May End Up in Cash-Strapped Cyprus". Motherboard. Archived from the original on 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2015-10-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ Farrell, Maureen (4 April 2013). "Bitcoin ATMs coming soon". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  13. ^ Bodzin, Steven (March–April 2014). "Libertarians Plan to Sit Out the Coming Collapse of America…in Chile". MotherJones.
  14. ^ "Atlas Mugged: How a Libertarian Paradise in Chile Fell Apart". VICE. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  15. ^ Guthrie, Amy (2019-03-01). "Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  16. ^ "The story behind the wrenching finale of The Anarchists", Wired
  17. ^ "Catamaran That Sank In El Salvador May Not Have Been Lost At Sea". Latitude 38. July 2005.

External links[edit]

  • Anarchast – Berwick's video podcast with discussions on anarchist-related issues.