Who is Roger Ver?
Roger Ver is famous for being one of the first investors in the Blockchain industry, financing the growth of many of its biggest names. He runs popular news and wallet resource Bitcoin.com, and became a notable proponent of Bitcoin Cash in 2017. Roger Ver is a legend in the Bitcoin community, named as the “Bitcoin Jesus” for his tireless evangelism of the virtual currency and for his investments in numerous Bitcoin startups He called himself self-educated enthusiast who is spending his free time on studying economics and moral philosophy.
In 2002, Roger pleaded guilty to the charge of dealing in explosives without a license. Roger had been arrested due to the fact that his company had been selling an item called the “Pest Control Report 2000” which was essentially a firecracker that was popular among farmers for scaring away birds. Roger alleged that he was the only one prosecuted while the manufacturer and other sellers were merely told to stop. He was given a sentence of 10 months imprisonment in a Federal prison. While in prison, Roger taught himself Japanese.
Roger claimed that he was being unfairly prosecuted on account of some of his campaign rhetoric directed against the ATF. He alleged that he was forced to enter a plea bargain or risk being sent to prison for up to 8 years. Roger served 10 months at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary after which he was put on probation for 3 years. On the last day of his probation, Roger moved to Japan.
In 2006, Roger emigrated to Japan. By 2014, he had renounced his US citizenship and became a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Roger claims that he first came in contact with Bitcoin sometime in late February of the year 2011. He was listening to a Bitcoin podcast and became interested in the cryptocurrency. He spent the next few days and weeks locked up in his San Jose apartment learning as much as he could about Bitcoin and the Blockchain Technology.
In 2011, Roger made his first Bitcoin investment. He invested about $25,000 in Charlie Shrem’s Bitinstant. Back then the price of Bitcoin was $2 and his investment helped Charlie Shrem expand operations of Bitinstant. By the summer of that same year, the price of Bitcoin has increased to about $30 making Roger a Bitcoin millionaire.
INVESTMENT IN BLOCKCHAIN START – UPS
Roger invested upwards of a million dollars into a number of Blockchain-based start-ups as he became more involved in the cryptocurrency market. He invested in ventures like Ripple, Kraken, Bitpay, and Blockchain.info. His company’s website, MemoryDealers.com became one of the first to enable Bitcoin payments. He also created an online store that allowed Bitcoin to be used as payment for the items listed on the store. The store was called bitcoinstore.com. Roger continues to emphasize the use of Bitcoin, regularly using it to pay for hotel bills and plane tickets.
Roger bought the domain name Bitcoin.com from Blockchain.info in April of 2014. The domain name is registered under the Saint Bitts LLC in Saint Kitts and Nevis. The platform provides trading and wallet services for both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.It is also an online casino, store and web portal with a number of regularly updated blog posts and news articles pertaining to Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.
Roger Ver was one of the earliest vocal supporters of Bitcoin Cash after the fork from the Bitcoin network which led to its creation. Critical of block size limits and the associated mining difficulty algorithm adjustments that had been plaguing the core Bitcoin network, Roger was a big supporter of increasing the block size limit. When the network couldn’t come to a consensus of the implementation of BIP 91 which was supposed to introduce the SegWit protocol, Roger was among those who supported the fork that led to Bitcoin Cash.
He has gone on record several times to declare that Bitcoin Cash had the potential to be even bigger than Bitcoin. Roger has consistently expressed frustration with the congested nature of the Bitcoin network which he claims is as a result of the inability of the developers to adopt a bigger block limit size.
Roger Ver is always in the Top 10 most influential people in cryptocurrency.
I don’t think Bitcoin cares what the Chinese or American politicians do.