Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a prominent Bitcoin advocate, writer, speaker and startup consultant who has become one of the most notable and respected figures in crypto. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2012 and became so fascinated with the concept that he quit his job to become a full time BTC enthusiast. His early work in Bitcoin was unpaid and he was motivated solely by a benevolent belief in the idea and its future. There is a popular video circulating on Reddit of him speaking to an empty audience back in 2013, before cryptocurrency was of more mainstream intrigue.
Undeterred by the lack of people in the audience, Antonopoulos kept promoting BTC and has since been recognized as one of the currency’s greatest cheerleaders. In 2017, Antonopoulos became an overnight millionaire because of his fans. A famous Bitcoin proponent Roger Ver shamed Antonopoulos on Twitter for not HODLing his Bitcoin and, thus, being “crypto poor.” Antonopoulos responded that he sold his BTC early on to pay for rent as he was not getting paid for his engagements. These series of tweets went viral and supporters of his work collectively sent him 100 BTC.
Antonopoulos himself has also given back to the larger BTC community. In 2014, he raised money to help Dorian Nakamoto “repair the damages caused by irresponsible journalism;” Dorian was famously (and incorrectly) named Satoshi Nakamoto. He raised 50 Bitcoin to help Nakamoto pay off any medical bills and legal troubles that had incurred as a result of this media frenzy.
He is a widely published author of articles and blog posts on Bitcoin, a permanent host on the popular Let’s Talk Bitcoin Podcast and a frequent speaker at technology and security conferences worldwide. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” which is considered one of the best technical guides to bitcoin and “The Internet of Money,” a book about why Bitcoin matters. Antonopoulos was also one of the first to use the phrase “The Internet of Money” as early as 2013, to describe Bitcoin as part of his speaking business. He is frequently quoted by various crypto media such as CoinDesk and Cointelegraph.
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