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Vitalik Buterin

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Name  Vitalik Buterin
Residence  Canada

Fields  Game theory
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Known for  Ethereum, Bitcoin Magazine
Notable awards  Thiel Fellowship World Technology Award 2014
Similar People  Nick Szabo, Andreas Antonopoulos, Gavin Andresen, Roger Ver, Erik Voorhees

Alma mater  University of Waterloo

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Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Виталик Бутерин) is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.


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Personal life

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Buterin was born in Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, Russia to Dmitry Buterin, a computer scientist and Maia Buterina, a business analyst. He 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.

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Buterin learned about Bitcoin from his father at 17. In 2012, he obtained a Bronze Medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics. 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. He attended the University of Waterloo but dropped out in 2014, when he received the Thiel Fellowship in the amount of $100,000, and went to work on Ethereum full-time.


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  • Pybitcointools (2013–)
  • Bitcoin Magazine (2011–2014)
  • Ethereum (2013–)
  • Beginnings at Bitcoin Magazine

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    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.

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    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.

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    In addition Buterin wrote 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.

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    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 “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).

    Ethereum was first described in a Buterin's white paper, in late 2013. Buterin argued that bitcoin needed a scripting language for application development. But when he failed to gain agreement, he proposed development of a new platform with a more general scripting language.

    Open source software

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

    Death hoax

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

    Awards and recognition

  • Thiel Fellowship Award, 2014
  • World Technology Award in the IT Software category, 2014
  • Fortune 40 under 40 list, 2016.
  • References

    Vitalik Buterin Wikipedia