The young geek who competes with bitcoin :

San Francisco, Moscow, Singapore, Paris, New Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, London, Tokyo, Haifa, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cancun ... Since one year, Vitalik Buterin, 23 years old, travels a lot, and seems willing to hold this pace for a long time . For those who want to know in which country he lives, this Canadian of Russian origin explains, on his personal website, live "in the Cathay Pacific aircraft". He travels the world of conferences in seminars, to praise the merits of ether, the electronic cryptomoney he invented at the age of 19, and Ethereum, the platform responsible for managing transactions in ethers and applications related to this currency.

The young man, however, has nothing of a charismatic guru. Teenage face, long and lean body, he always appears dressed in jeans and a cheap T-shirt - he whose fortune is counted in millions of dollars. Some people sometimes find it strange and lonely, even a little autistic, but those who worked with him are unanimous: he is a singular genius, with exceptional IQ. He speaks quickly, in a tone both intense and casual, perfectly at ease on all topics related to electronic currencies: technical, theory, prospective ... If he expresses most often in English, he speaks Russian , a little French, and has been learning Chinese for some time through an app on his phone.

Unlike the inventor of bitcoin, anxious to remain anonymous, Vitalik Buterin assumes his celebrity. He is even an intellectual leader of the Ethereum community, a group without borders, with tens of thousands of people, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers, libertarian activists, speculators, as well as professionals from classical finance. Wherever he goes, he is full. His interventions, broadcast on YouTube and Facebook, are analyzed, commented, because his opinions have almost force of law. Between two conferences, ...