Vitalik Buterin

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Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik Buterin, 2016
Native name Виталик Бутерин
Born (1994-01-31) January 31, 1994 (age 23)
Kolomna, Russia
Residence Singapore[1]
Citizenship Russia, Canada
Nationality Russian
Fields Digital contracts, Digital currencies, Game Theory
Alma mater University of Waterloo
(Dropped Out)
Known for Ethereum, Bitcoin Magazine
Notable awards Thiel Fellowship

Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Виталий Бутерин) is a Russian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.[2][3][4]

Personal life

Buterin was born in Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, Russia and lived in the area until the age of six when his parents immigrated to Canada in search of better employment opportunities. While in grade three of elementary school in Canada, Buterin was placed into a class for gifted children and started to understand that he was drawn to math, programming, and economics. He also had the ability to add three digit numbers in his head at twice the speed of his peers.[5]

Buterin learned about Bitcoin from his father at 17.[6] In 2012, he obtained a Bronze Medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics.[7] In 2013 he visited developers in other countries who shared his enthusiasm for code. He returned to Toronto later that year and published a white paper proposing Ethereum.[6] He attended the University of Waterloo but dropped out in 2014, when he received the Thiel Fellowship in the amount of $100,000,[8] and went to work on Ethereum full-time.[8]

Buterin currently resides in Singapore.[1]


Beginnings at Bitcoin Magazine

Buterin met a person on a bitcoin chat forum trying to start a bitcoin blog. The owner offered five bitcoin (about $3.50) to anyone who would write an article for him. Buterin wrote for the site until its website shut down soon thereafter due to Bitcoin's lack of mainstream attention.[9]

In September 2011, another person reached out to Buterin about a new publication called Bitcoin Magazine, a position which Buterin would accept as the first co-founder, and contribute as a leading writer.

In addition Buterin wrote about bitcoin-related topics for other publications, including Bitcoin Weekly.[2][10] Bitcoin Magazine in 2012 later began publishing a print edition and has been referred to as the first serious publication dedicated to cryptocurrencies.[11] Bitcoin Magazine was then purchased by BTC Media, where Buterin continued to write until mid-2014.

In addition, he held a position on the editorial board of Ledger, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes full-length original research articles on the subjects of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.[12]


He is a co-creator and inventor of Ethereum, described as a “decentralised mining network and software development platform rolled into one” that facilitates the creation of new cryptocurrencies and programs that share a single blockchain (a cryptographic transaction ledger).[13][14][15]

Open source software

Vitalik has contributed as a developer to other open source software projects.[2] Some early examples are: Kryptokit, pybitcointools,, and btckeysplit.[16] He also contributed to DarkWallet[17] by Cody Wilson, Bitcoin Python libraries,[18] and the cryptocurrency marketplace site Egora.[3]

Death hoax

On June 25, 2017, Buterin was the subject of a death hoax that caused the price of Ethereum to crash.[19]

Awards and recognition

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Finley, Klint (27 January 2014). "Out in the open: Teenage hacker transforms web into one giant Bitcoin network". Wired. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Melendez, Steven (10 February 2014). "Could this 20-Year-Old kid make Bitcoin obsolete?". Fast Company. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  4. ^ del Castillo, Michael (24 September 2014). "Dark wallet: A radical way to Bitcoin". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Peck, Morgen (2016-06-13). "The Uncanny Mind That Built Ethereum". Backchannel. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  6. ^ a b Braga, Matthew (13 October 2016). "Change Agents 2016: Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum". Canadian Business. Retrieved 06 June 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Results | IOI 2012". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  8. ^ a b Elliot, Josh (July 2, 2014). "Why a 20-year-old Toronto drop-out accepted $100,000 to stay out of school". CTV. CTV. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Vitalik Buterin". Bitcorati, Inc. January 10, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ "About us – Bitcoin Magazine". Bitcoin Magazine. Coin Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Vigna, Paul; Casey, Michael J. (2015). "Community". The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging ... Macmillan Publishers. p. 88. ISBN 9781250065636. 
  12. ^ "Ledger". Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Aron, Jacob (6 February 2014). "Bitcoin: How its core technology will change the world". New Scientist (2955). Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Hajdarbegovic, Nermin (23 February 2014). "Ethereum launches ‘Cryptocurrency 2.0’ network". CoinDesk. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum and The Decentralized Future". Future Thinkers Podcast. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  16. ^ Southurst, Jon (7 January 2014). "Roger Ver and Erik Voorhees Back Bitcoin Wallet KryptoKit". CoinDesk. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Kelly, Brian (2015). "Smart Money, set it and forget it". The Bitcoin Big Bang: How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World. Wiley Publishing. p. 156. ISBN 978-1118963661. 
  18. ^ Antonopoulos, Andreas M. (December 20, 2014). "#4. Keys, Addresses, and Wallets". Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies. O'Reilly Media. p. 82. ISBN 978-1449374044. 
  19. ^ "4chan’s Vitalik Buterin Death Hoax Crashes Ethereum Price". Bitsonline. 2017-06-25. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  20. ^ Finley, Klint (5 June 2014). "$100k Peter Thiel Fellowship Awarded to Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin". CoinDesk. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  21. ^ The 2014 World Technology Award Winner
  22. ^ 40 under 40: Vitalik Buterin, 22, Fortune, September 2016.

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