Moving the Chain Spotlight #14 Roger Ver

Moving the Chain Spotlight #14 Roger Ver

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  

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Roger Ver has been investing in bitcoin-related startups since 2011. The voluntaryist (a person who works to achieve a free society through non-violent means) became a millionaire at the age of 25, after starting his own computer parts business.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #6: Nas

Moving the Chain Spotlight #6: Nas

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  

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Hip-hop recording artist Nas has sold over 25 million records worldwide over the course of his career thus far.  Songs like “If I Ruled the World” and “N.Y. State of Mind” have helped him become a legend in the music industry.

Nas, whose given name is Nasir Jones, was first introduced to Bitcoin by his associates, venture capitalists Ben Horowitz and Chris Dixon. Since that time, Jones has opted to invest in the website Coinbase, a popular site where folks can purchase cryptocurrency. Moreover, the chart-topping musician also began purchasing bitcoin back in 2013.

While Jones is best known for his musical talents, he is also the founder of Queensbridge Venture Partners, a company which “invests in technology that transforms the way we live.” Queensbridge has invested in popular projects like the ride-share company Lyft.

Receiving an endorsement from a celebrity and businessman the caliber of Nasir Jones certainly helps boost cryptocurrency’s profile.

Quotable:

“I was really inspired by the boundaries people were pushing. [Bitcoin] seemed like something people bet against because the government doesn’t welcome with open arms what they don’t control. But it is such a big idea that it could never be controlled.”

Fun Fact:

The Source, a popular hip-hop magazine, ranked Nas at number 2 on their list of “Top 50 Lyricists of All Time” in 2012.

For more people helping progress adoption and application of blockchain technologies, check out other installments of our series Moving the Chain!

Building a Utopia: 3 People That Believe Blockchain Tech Can Help Create a Better World

Building a Utopia: 3 People That Believe Blockchain Tech Can Help Create a Better World

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a utopia is defined as, “a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social condition.” Leaders throughout history have strived to create their own version of an ideal world, long before the word “utopia” even existed.

What a perfect world might look like, varies greatly depending on the individual. However, the advent of new technology offers unique opportunities to alter the world around us, in ways that weren’t previously possible.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #3: Vinay Gupta

Moving the Chain Spotlight #3: Vinay Gupta

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

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There are many who see blockchains and cryptocurrency as simply a way to make a quick buck. However, futurist, shelter builder, and blockchain enthusiast, Vinay Gupta, sees these new technologies as a way to make our world a better place for the entire human race. Gupta is best known for creating the hexayurt, which is relatively inexpensive, easy to build, housing structure. If mass produced, the hexayurt could potentially end homelessness on Earth.

Gupta is also a captivating speaker who shares his Utopian vision of how blockchain technology can help create a global democracy on the Internet, with those who attend his lectures. Moreover, he also believes that cryptocurrency, along with the hexayurt, could serve as catalysts to empower those in refugee camps and perhaps even, one day, end global poverty.

Vinay Gupta’s humanitarian vision serves as a powerful reminder of how blockchain technology was the potential to reshape the world we live.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #1: Sandra Ro

Moving the Chain Spotlight #1: Sandra Ro

Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

Profile: Sandra Ro is a derivatives industry executive, crypto investor, and entrepreneur who focuses on using blockchain tech to help enable financial access for all. In 2004, she received a MBA in Finance from London Business School. Ro has worked for banking giants, such as Deutsche Bank, and she was previously a vice president at Morgan Stanley. The native of New York is also known for her work with CME Group, which happens to be the world’s largest derivatives exchange.