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Vijay Boyapati

Vijay Boyapati

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Vijay Boyapati discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and went down the rabbit hole in a quest to understand how a new form of Internet money, backed by no commodity and guaranteed by no government, could have any economic value. Armed with a background in Austrian economics, Boyapati penned The Bullish Case for Bitcoin as a long-form article in 2017 to provide the layperson with an economic framework with which they could understand Bitcoin.

EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

  • Boyapati was born and raised in Australia.
  • He moved to the United States in 2000 to do a Ph.D. in Computer Science. 
  • Instead of enrolling in a doctoral program, he took a job offer at a small startup called Google where he spent several years using his background in machine learning to improve the ranking algorithms used in Google News.
  • He left Google in 2007 to work on a grassroots campaign in the 2008 Presidential election, helping to raise millions of dollars and bring hundreds of volunteers to New Hampshire to canvass for Ron Paul.
  • After becoming disillusioned by the political process, he decided to continue to seek change through technology.


BITCOIN

  • With a background in Austrian economics, Boyapati spent years thinking about the economic framework within which Bitcoin's value proposition could be understood. 
  • His thinking on the economics of Bitcoin culminated in an article called the Bullish Case for Bitcoin which is one of the most read articles on Bitcoin after Satoshi Nakamoto's Whitepaper and it has been translated into 20 different languages. The article is often cited as the most useful resource to give to newcomers who are attempting to understand Bitcoin.
  • The Bullish Case for Bitcoin got widespread attention and was translated into more than 20 languages.