Vitaly Dmitriyevich (Vitalik) Buterin was born on 31 January 1994 and is a Russian-Canadian software developer and writer who made a name for himself developing the Ethereum cryptocurrency. He was born in Russia and emigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of six. He was an exceptionally gifted student, showing an interest in mathematics and programming. Even as a child, he could add three-digit numbers in his mind twice as fast as his peers. When he won a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 2012, he was struck with the idea of developing his own cryptocurrency. This idea found an outlet in Ethereum Whitepaper, which he wrote in late 2013.
Vitalik Buterin’s career took off while studying at the University of Waterloo where he was awarded a $100,000 scholarship. Buterin decided to spend it not on his studies but on developing his own crypto project. He started work on Ethereum on a full scale. Buterin wrote articles about Bitcoin on the Web and was later hired to work as a member of Bitcoin Magazine editorial staff. He began his career as a publicist. Later he started to cooperate with Bitcoin Weekly and Ledger. In 2014, he developed Ethereum successfully. Vitalik Buterin’s team members included Charles Hoskinson, Gavin Wood, Joe Lubin, Anthony Di Lorio and Mihai Alise. Despite allegations of owning the majority of ETH, the Ethereum founder disclosed that he holds no more than 0.9% of his digital currency.
Today, Vitalik Buterin is not only the brilliant founder of the Ethereum platform but also one of the most prominent cryptocurrency experts whose views are taken into account and respected. However, Buterin is not a businessman so he is unable to communicate his thoughts clearly and lucidly, which makes him unsuitable to lead the Second Crypto Revolution.