Gavin Andresen is a software developer and entrepreneur who is best known for his involvement with Bitcoin. He is based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Andresen began his career as a developer of 3D graphics and virtual reality software. In 2010, he became interested in Bitcoin and began developing products for the Bitcoin market. He was declared by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, as the lead developer of the reference implementation for Bitcoin client software after Nakamoto announced his departure in 2011.
In 2012, Andresen founded the Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that aimed to support and nurture the development of the Bitcoin currency. The foundation promoted the use of Bitcoin for charitable causes and advocated for its acceptance as a legitimate form of payment. By 2014, Andresen had left his software development role to concentrate on his work with the foundation. In addition to his work with Bitcoin, Andresen has been involved in other technology-related ventures, including a virtual reality startup.
Gavin Andresen is an American software developer best known for his involvement with Bitcoin. He was born on Gavin Bell in 1966 in Massachusetts, and later changed his name to Gavin Andresen. He graduated from Princeton University in 1988 and began his career working on 3D graphics software at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems. In 1996, he co-authored the VRML 2.0 specification and later published a reference manual for VRML 2.0. Since leaving Silicon Valley in 1996, Andresen has tackled a wide variety of software-related ventures, including CTO of an early Voice over IP startup and co-founder of a company that made multiplayer online games for blind people and their sighted friends.
Andresen discovered Bitcoin in 2010 and considered its design to be brilliant. Soon after, he created a website named The Bitcoin Faucet which gave away Bitcoin. After joining the developers contributing to Bitcoin along with Satoshi Nakamoto, he became the lead developer of the client software for the Bitcoin network. He was declared by himself as the lead developer of the reference implementation for Bitcoin client software after Satoshi Nakamoto had announced his departure.
In 2012, Andresen founded the Bitcoin Foundation to support and nurture the development of the Bitcoin currency. He conceived of the Bitcoin Foundation which became reality in 2012. Andresen also created ClearCoin, an escrow-type of service, which was closed on about June 23, 2011.
Andresen left his software development role in 2014 to concentrate on his work with the Foundation. However, he continued to be an influential figure in the Bitcoin community. In May 2016, Andresen stated that the Australian programmer and entrepreneur Craig Wright was Satoshi Nakamoto, but later expressed regret getting involved in the "'who was Satoshi' game" and stated "it was a mistake to trust Craig Wright."
Gavin Andresen's vision for Bitcoin was to create a decentralized currency of the people that could be used as "cash for the internet." He believed that Bitcoin was a brilliant design that had the potential to revolutionize the financial system and bring financial freedom to people around the world.
Andresen was also a strong proponent of increasing the network capacity of Bitcoin to enable more transactions to be processed. He believed that the failure to do so would limit Bitcoin's potential and hinder its growth.
In addition to his work with Bitcoin, Andresen has also expressed his vision for the broader adoption of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology that underpins them. He believes that this technology has the potential to transform many industries beyond just finance, such as healthcare, supply chain management, and voting systems.