Vitalik Buterin (Russian language Виталик Бутерин) is a programmer and writer. He is primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum, and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.
Buterin was born in Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, Russia and lived in the area until the age of six when his parents emigrated to Canada in search of better employment opportunities. While in third grade 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. In 2012, he obtained a Bronze Medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics. He attended the University of Waterloo but dropped out in 2014, when he received the Thiel Fellowship, and went to work on Bitcoin full-time.
Buterin currently resides in Zug, Switzerland.
- Pybitcointools (2013-2014)
- Bitcoin Magazine (2011-2014)
- Ethereum (2013-)
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.
In September 2011, another person reached out to Buterin about a new publication called Bitcoin Magazine, in which Buterin would accept to be the first co-founder and contribute as a leading writer.
In addition Buterin had written about bitcoin-related topics for other publications, including Bitcoin Weekly. Bitcoin Magazine in 2012 later began publishing a print edition and has been referred to as the first serious publication dedicated to cryptocurrencies. 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.
He is a co-creator and inventor of Ethereum, described as a “decentralized mining network and software development platform rolled into one” that facilitates the creation of new cryptocurrencies and programs that share a single block chain (a cryptographic transaction ledger).
Open source software
Buterin has contributed as a developer to other open source software projects. Some early examples are: Kryptokit, pybitcointools, multisig.info, and btckeysplit. He also contributed to DarkWallet by Cody Wilson, Bitcoin Python libraries, and the cryptocurrency marketplace site Egora.
Awards and recognition
- Thiel Fellowship Award, 2014
- Fortune 40 under 40 list, 2016.
- Finley, Klint (5 June 2014). "$100k Peter Thiel Fellowship Awarded to Ethereum's Vitalik Buterin". CoinDesk. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- 40 under 40: Vitalik Buterin, 22, Fortune, September 2016.