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Ripped From the Headlines: Key Players

A guide to understanding the wider context behind stories in the news.

Charlie Lee


Charlie Lee is a former Coinbase employee who founded Litecoin, which is one of the largest crypto currencies today.

Roger Ver

Roger Ver was one of the earliest investors in Bitcoin and is now heavily involved with Bitcoin Cash.  Bitcoin Cash is a new crypto currency which resulted from a code change, called a "hard fork," to the original Bitcoin code.

Satoshi Nakamoto


Satoshi Nakamoto is the alias used by the still unknown person who invented Bitcoin.  There has been much speculation as to Nakomoto's true indentity.

David Chaum


David Lee Chaum is a pioneer in the world of crypto currency.  He is a computer scientist who developed ecash, an anonymous electronic cash in the 1980s. 

Olaf Carlson-Wee

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the CEO and founder of Polychain Capital, a leading crypto currency hedge fund responsible for millions in assets.

Brian Armstrong

Brian Anderson is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, which is a large digital currency exchange.

Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht is the founder of the Dark Web website Silk Road, which was a major online marketplace for ilicit products.  He was convicted of multiple crimes including money laundering, computer hacking, and narcotics trafficking.  He is currently serving a double life sentence plus 40 years with no possibility of parole.