Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer who co-founded Ethereum, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency platform by market capitalization. Buterin was born in 1994, Kolomna, Russia. After moving to Canada with his family, he developed an interest in blockchain technology
Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer who co-founded Ethereum, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency platform by market capitalization. Buterin was born in 1994, Kolomna, Russia. After moving to Canada with his family, he developed an interest in blockchain technology.
In 2011, Buterin initially started contributing to the Bitcoin Magazine and publishing articles as part of the bitcoin community. He co-founded the now-defunct Bitcoin project Dark Wallet in 2013 with the intention of developing a more private form of digital money.
At the end of 2013, Buterin put out the concept of Ethereum, a decentralized blockchain platform that would enable programmers to build and run decentralized applications (dapps) on top of it. After going live in 2015, the Ethereum network quickly gained popularity as a platform for developers to create decentralized applications and introduce initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Since then, Buterin has gained notoriety in the bitcoin community for his support of the advancement of decentralized technology and promotion of the use of blockchain for good. Also, he has argued for more decentralized governance models and has been a strong opponent of centralized power structures.
Buterin has worked on several additional blockchain-related projects in addition to Ethereum, such as Plasma, a scaling solution for Ethereum, and the Ethereum Community Fund, which offers funding and support for Ethereum-based businesses.
Buterin has received praise for his efforts in the cryptocurrency sector, including the Thiel Fellowship, a two-year program that supports emerging entrepreneurs financially and with mentorship.
Buterin is well-known for his charity endeavors in addition to his work on the Ethereum platform. Ethereum worth $227,000 was given by Buterin to Turkey earthquake victims in 2023. Using the cryptocurrency exchange Binance, the gift was made.
For his contributions to the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries, Buterin has won various honors and awards, including being selected to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2018 and taking home the World Technology Award for IT Software in 2014. He is still quite involved in the cryptocurrency world, and his work on Ethereum helped to launch decentralized banking and other cutting-edge blockchain applications.