Roger Ver

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Roger Keith Ver (born 27 January 1979) is an early investor in Bitcoin Cash, bitcoin cash-related startups and an early promoter of bitcoin cash.


Personal life[edit]

Ver was born in San Jose, California. He attended Valley Christian High School (San Jose, California). He then attended De Anza College for a year, dropping out to pursue his business interests. He identifies as a libertarian, an anarcho-capitalist, peace advocate, and an advocate for individualism. He moved to Japan in 2005 after serving a 10-month prison sentence for illegally selling explosives.

Ver renounced his United States citizenship in 2014 after he became a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis.<ref name="bjc" /><ref name="Minsky">Template:Cite web</ref> In 2015, he was denied a visa to reenter the United States by the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, which claimed that he had not sufficiently proven ties outside of the United States that would motivate him to leave at the end of his visit, causing fears he might become an illegal immigrant.<ref name="Sparkes">Template:Cite news</ref><ref name="Minsky" /><ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Later in the same year his visa was approved by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and he visited the United States in June 2016 to speak at a conference in Denver, Colorado.Template:Citation needed Ver's name was published in the 2018 Q1 Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In 2019 Ver was denied a visa to travel to Australia.<ref>Template:Citation</ref>

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<ref>Template:Citation</ref> and has achieved the rank of brown belt.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref>

In 2018 he was ranked number 36 in Fortune's The Ledger 40 under 40<ref name=Fortune>Template:Cite web</ref> for transforming business at the leading edge of finance and technology.

Career[edit]

MemoryDealers.com[edit]

He was the CEO of MemoryDealers.com from 1999 until 2012.<ref name="biwr">Template:Cite news</ref> In 2000, he attempted to enter politics by running for California State Assembly as a candidate for the Libertarian Party.<ref name=smartVoter>Template:Cite web</ref>

Explosives[edit]

In 2002, Ver pleaded guilty to selling explosives without a license, illegally storing explosives, and mailing the explosives. Ver bought 49 pounds of "Pest Control Report 2000" explosives, sold at least 14 pounds of them as large firecrackers on eBay, stored the explosives in a residential apartment building, and mailed them to customers via the U.S. Postal Service. He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.<ref name="bjc"/><ref name=Sparkes/><ref name="DOJ2002">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="meetthe">Template:Cite news</ref>

Cryptocurrency[edit]

Ver began investing in bitcoin in early 2011.<ref name="mbj">Template:Cite news</ref> The first investment he made was for Charlie Shrem’s Bitinstant.<ref name="bbbs">Template:Cite news</ref> Ver's investment allowed the company to hire a designer and another programmer.<ref name="meetarr">Template:Cite news</ref> He invested over a million dollars into new bitcoin related startups including Ripple, Blockchain.com, Bitpay<ref>Template:Cite news</ref> and Kraken.<ref name="bjc">Template:Cite news</ref> In 2011, Ver's company Memorydealers was the first to accept bitcoin as payment.<ref name="hbbthbom">Template:Cite news</ref> .He has been a prominent supporter of bitcoin adoption and saw bitcoin as a means to promote economic freedom.

In 2012, Ver was organizing bitcoin meetups in Sunnyvale, California. He is one of five founders of the Bitcoin Foundation. Ver wants bitcoin to rival major fiat currencies.

He is one of the main proponents of a larger block size. He supported the development of Bitcoin XT as a hard fork method towards an increase. Ver and his high school friend Jesse Powell attempted to re-establish the Mt Gox exchange during the June 2011 bitcoin price crash.<ref name="taoc"/>

Ver served as CEO of Bitcoin.com, until 1 August 2019, at which point he transitioned to Executive Chairman. Fortune Magazine in early 2020 mistakenly referred to Roger Ver as the co-creator of Bitcoin Cash.

Donations[edit]

In late 2013, Ver donated more than $1 million worth of bitcoin to the Foundation for Economic Education.

In 2021, Ver donated an additional $2 million worth of bitcoin cash to the Foundation for Economic Education.

Previously he has donated over $250K to each of FreeRoss.org, Antiwar.com, and Liberland.org.

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