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Vitalik Says He Tried to Intern at Ripple in 2013

April 19, 2019 16:00
Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik Buterin at Unchained conference 2019
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Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum casually dropped the news, that he had tried interning with Ripple in 2013. The news came about, when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of cryptocurrency exchange of Coinbase shared an article about Zoom CEO having his US Visa rejected eight times.

Buterin said, “Fun fact: I tried to be an intern at Ripple back in the day (mid 2013), but US visa complications having to do with the fact that the company had only existed for 9 months and the minimum was 1 year stopped me.”


Instead of going ahead with that stint, Buterin created his own cryptocurrency, Ethereum which ranks currently in the second place, on Coinmarketcap.

Of course there was a multitude reactions with people speculating, what would have happened, if the visa had been accepted.

There were some who believed it worked out for the best.

Recently, Vitalik was in the news when he talked about Ethereum’s losing lead,and that losing some of it is ‘inevitable’, and therefore he was not too concerned about it.

At the time he had said, “First of all, if Bitcoin was run like a business, would it have succeeded? And I feel like we kind of intuitively know the answer. It’s definitely a structure that works for some things, but blockchains and cryptocurrencies and all those things that come with that package are fundamentally so different from a traditional company or software product, so I’m not really at all sure that that kind of model is close to the right model. There’s definitely been people from time to time who have said. We need to go in with guns blazing and fire those bastards and get 40 people into a NIMBY utopia in Silicon Valley, get them to pay $10,000 a month rent, get them to work 16 hours a day, rah rah rah, six months, and we’ve got Ethereum 3.0, man.’ And, like, no.”

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