Who is Roger Ver?

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If you’re interested in the world of cryptocurrencies, you’re probably familiar with the name Roger Ver, a successful entrepreneur and leading visionary in the field. Roger was one of the visionaries who bet on Bitcoin since its inception. He was also an advocate of blockchain technology and became an important investor in the sector.

After his prominent involvement in supporting both blockchain technology and Bitcoin, Roger earned the nickname “Bitcoin Jesus“. Roger in addition to being an outstanding advocate was the creator of several companies that are related to Bitcoin. In this post we will tell you all about this character and his importance in the world of cryptocurrencies.

The life of Roger Ver

Roger Ver’s story began on January 27, 1979. Specifically in San Jose, California. He attended Valley Christian High School and De Anza College. However, Roger dropped out of school in order to pursue other business and commercial interests.

By 1999 Roger Ver had started his first promising project, MemoryDealers.com. This project was a company dedicated to the sale of large quantities of computer hardware. 

 

The company demonstrated impressive growth, ranking high among the top custom transceiver, memory and hardware companies. Despite the company’s success, it ran into a snag in 2002 when Roger Ver was arrested for illegal sale of explosives and served 10 months in federal prison.

 

After serving his sentence Roger Ver continued his involvement with MemoryDealers. Subsequently, by 2005, Roger moved to Japan. In this country he obtained a residence permit. Coincidentally, in the same year, he started with the development of his second major company, Agilestar.com. Agilestar.com is a company dedicated to the design and sale of optical transceivers around the world.

 

The creation and development of these two companies accompanied by great success placed Roger Ver among one of the greatest entrepreneurs and visionaries. These achievements accompanied by his involvement in Bitcoin spread his fame around the world.

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Roger Ver and Bitcoin

Roger Ver approaches the world of Bitcoin for the year 2011. After learning about it, Ver claimed that it was one of the most important inventions in the history of all mankind. He took his acceptance of Bitcoin into the business arena by betting everything on this new system. So much so that MemoryDealers.com was the first company to accept payments directly with Bitcoin.

Currently there is evidence of this, since if we go to the company’s Twitter we can see the company’s tweets betting on Bitcoin due to its great sales. With every wealth accumulated, he started investing more and promoting this technology.

Roger Ver put his trust in companies such as Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Kraken.com, among other significant companies. All of these companies occupy an extremely important place today.

In 2012 Roger was already well underway in the development of another of his projects, Bitcoinstore.com. This would be one of the first online stores where any user could buy anything with Bitcoin. 

Through all these trading activities accepting Bitcoin Roger allowed himself to accept and collect a large amount of cryptocurrencies. So much so that he made an estimated 400,000 bitcoins. This is a large fortune that also served as fodder for the investment machine that Ver employed in the industry. 

Despite having seen several of Roger’s projects, his masterpiece took place in 2014 when he developed Bitcoin.com. This company would be created in the place where Roger Ver became a citizen after renouncing his US citizenship, St. Kitts and Nevis. Thanks to a series of investments Ver got the citizenship of the island.

All his Bitcoin investments and the creation of Bitcoin.com dubbed Roger as “Bitcoin Jesus“, a nickname that stuck in his story.

 

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Roger Ver and Bitcoin Cash

Roger Ver started in the world of cryptocurrencies through Bitcoin. However, with the emergence of early problems in Bitcoin’s scalability and increased network usage Roger planned to increase the block size to avoid these problems.

Several debates took place over the block size increase and actions that later cost the well-known Gavin Andresen the expulsion from the Bitcoin Lead Developer project. After this incident Roger understood (in his opinion) that Bitcoin was moving away from being an everyday cryptocurrency.

Following this began the battles from 2014 to 2017 seeking to achieve a Bitcoin Hard Fork with the goal of increasing the block size. Thanks to Roger’s influence the Hard Fork became a new reality.

Together with Craig Wright, the new cryptocurrency, Bitcoin Cash, was launched, namely on August 1, 2017. This project was accepted into the Bitcoin.com company without any problems.

What no one expected was that Ver and Wright’s relationship quickly went sour. This led to major changes in the cryptocurrency. By November 15, 2018, Bitcoin Cash underwent a split, with Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH) backed by Roger Ver and Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) backed by Craig Wright. Since that time, the feud between Roger Ver and Wright has escalated to the point of going to court for civil lawsuits.

Although after betting on Bitcoin Cash Roger Ver lost some of his fame as the Bitcoin Jesus, he has always maintained his idea of achieving greater adoption of cryptocurrencies in order to make them reach more people. He has become a Bitcoin promoter and with this he has gained an important place in the crypto world.