Roger Ver

Roger Ver is a Bitcoin evangelist and angel investor, and is commonly referred to as "Bitcoin Jesus".
Summary

Roger Ver is a serial entrepreneur, an early investor in Bitcoin, and Bitcoin-related startups. He is sometimes referred to as "Bitcoin Jesus".

He studied Physics at Stanford University, and Astronomy, Economics, and Math at Deanza College, Cupertino California. 

His company, Memorydealers, became the first established business in the world to start accepting Bitcoin for payments. Roger was among the pioneers investing in Bitcoin startups. He, nearly single-handedly, funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin and Blockchain businesses including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, purse.io, and many many more. Those businesses have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of additional funding, and serve tens of millions of customers around the world. 

He has been featured in CNN, FOX, RT, Al Jazeera, Wired, Forbes, Salon, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Has been the subject of numerous books and documentaries, including The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014), The Bitcoin Gospel (2015), Bitcoin, The End of Money as We Know It (2015), Digital Gold (2016), and Magic Money (2017). 

Roger has also been recognised in Fortune 40 Under 40. He is also the Brazilian Jijitsu Brown Belt. He is also a philanthropic, donating large sums to various organisations and funds.

Biography

Roger joined Stanford University to study Physics in 1998 at Palo Alto California. He, then, joined Deanza College at Cupertino California to study Astronomy, Economics, and Math. In 1999, Roger began his career by founding MemoryDealers.com at the age of nineteen while still attending college. The company offered the largest selection of discounted and custom transceivers, memory, and hardware. It designed, manufactured, and marketed memory modules for use in Cisco, Sun, Juniper, PCs, laptops, and legacy devices. Under his leadership, the company quickly grew to become a market leader, employing dozens of people across the world and generating millions of dollars in revenue.

In 2000, he attempted to enter politics by running for California State Assembly as a candidate for the Libertarian Party.

In 2005, Roger saw an opportunity in the market for fibre optic transceivers used in networking subsystems, so he founded Agilestar.com. Agilestar went on to become a world leader in optical transceivers used by fortune 100 companies around the world.

Roger began investing in bitcoin in early 2011 when "...the price was still under one U.S. Dollar each". The first investment he made was for Charlie Shrem’s Bitinstant. Roger's investment allowed the company to hire a designer and another programmer. He invested over a million dollars into new Bitcoin-related startups, including Ripple, Blockchain.com, BitPay, and Kraken. 

In 2011, Roger's company Memorydealers was the first to accept Bitcoin as payment. He has been a prominent supporter of Bitcoin adoption and saw Bitcoin as a means to promote economic freedom.

In 2012, Roger organised Bitcoin meetups in Sunnyvale. He is one of five founders of the Bitcoin Foundation. He wanted Bitcoin to rival major fiat currencies.

He is one of the main proponents of larger block sizes. He supported the development of Bitcoin XT as a hard fork method toward an increase. Roger and his high-school friend Jesse Powell attempted to re-establish the Mt Gox exchange during the June 2011 Bitcoin price crash. 

Roger renounced his United States citizenship in 2014 after he became a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Roger served as CEO of Bitcoin.com until 1 August 2019, at which point he transitioned to Executive Chairman. 


Vision

Roger Ver's vision for the Bitcoin Foundation is centered around his belief in the freedom of people to transact on their own terms. He envisions Bitcoin as a powerful tool for entrepreneurs and citizens worldwide, providing opportunities and purchasing power. The Bitcoin Foundation's mission is to standardize, protect, and promote the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide, with Bitcoin's technology and community as its focus.

With the potential of Bitcoin in mind, the Bitcoin Foundation aims to help Bitcoin deliver on its potential by facilitating its widespread use and adoption. As a founding and advisory member, Roger Ver works to align the Bitcoin Foundation with his vision, ensuring that the organization is working towards the same goal. Through its efforts, the Bitcoin Foundation aims to create a world in which people can transact freely and easily, using Bitcoin as a reliable and secure means of exchange.


Recognition and Awards
According to an interview he gave in 2016, Ver describes Brazilian jiu-jitsu as one of his major passions in life. Ver can be seen in videos competing in BJJ world championships and has achieved the rank of brown belt. In 2018 he was ranked number 36 in Fortune's "The Ledger 40 under 40" for transforming business at the leading edge of finance and technology.

References
Roger Ver
Residence
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Occupation
Serial entrepreneur, cryptocurrency investor and influencer
Known for
Bitcoin Jesus
Accolades
Fortune 40 Under 40, Brazilian Jijitsu Brown Belt
Education
Stanford University (Physics,1998, Palo Alto California, rollout), Deanza College (Cupertino California, Astronomy, Economics, and Math, dropout)
Social Media
Sat Mar 02 2024
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