Andreas Antonopoulos: Master Bitcoin Educator And Blockchain Expert
One of the most influential voices in the crypto space is none other than Andreas Antonopoulos. He is considered to be one of the most unbiased sources of knowledge in the industry, as well as the most trusted.
Who is Andreas Antonopoulos? Well when it comes to spreading awareness and exceptional educational content, Andreas has done more than anyone else out there. He has written more than 200 articles on everything from security, cloud computing, distributed networks, Bitcoin, and cryptography to ethics and politics of distributed systems.
He has hours of recorded lectures that anyone can find on YouTube along with insightful interviews. He is the go-to guy to provide you with technical and theoretical education on the subject of Bitcoin that you won't find anywhere else.
Andreas was born in 1972 in Athens, Greece. During this time the country wasn't trenched in proverty with high inflation rates and all sorts of financial woes. Growing up in this environment scarred Andreas for life.
Although he developed a passion for technology at a very young age, it wasn't until he was 10 that he was introduced to his first computer. That single piece of machinery allowed him to escape the troubles that surrounded him and he became utterly obsessed with it. It wasn't until the age of 14 when he met the Internet.
Living in a corrupt society left him very little space to grow. So at an early turning point in his life, he made up his mind; he was going to do something with his life. By the time he was 17, he had already started a couple of businesses and faced the hardest reality check of his life at that time. He could see how business was being conducted in Greece so he packed his bags and left.
On the horizon was England. There he attended the University College London where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science. He also obtained a Master’s degree in data communication networking and distribution systems. With his formal education under his belt at one of the world's top 10 universities, he moved to the United States. It was there that he began his career as a manager and co-founder of a technology research company.
In the 1990s Andreas became involved with the Cypherpunk movement. Cypherpunks were an Internet community that waged a cyber ‘war' with the United States government to protect the right of privacy on the Internet. It words these steppingstones and experiences throughout his life that allowed him to discover digital currencies.
Two Times The Charm
Andreas first stumbled upon Bitcoin in the middle of 2011. Like everyone else, he saw Bitcoin as nothing more than nerd money. It took him six months to fully grasp its importance. It wasn't until Andreas read the white paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto and studied the authoritative source did he come to appreciate that Bitcoin was not merely digital currency, but a network of trust.
From that moment Andreas went on a four-month journey and devoured every bit of information about the digital currency that he could find.
Andreas soon became an expert in digital currency. However, nobody wanted to pay him for the work he was providing. It was only six years later that his impeccable eloquence and his gift for turning complicated technical jargon into a language anyone can understand played a massive role and Bitcoin success.
Due to his childhood experiences living in a post-fascist Greece, along with his educational degrees in computer science, cryptography, and distributed systems made him one of the first persons to completely understand and respect the importance and need for Bitcoin and DLT.
The Long Haul
Today, Andreas is one of the most influential and respected the public educators in the cryptocurrency world. In 2014, he began teaching at the University of Nicosia, which happens to be the first university in the world that offers a Masters degree in Digital Currency. In October 2014 he appeared as an expert witness in hearings of the Canadian Senate Commerce as well as the Banking and Finance Committee along with the Australian Senate's Banking Committee.
The testimonies that he gave during these hearings help to shape cryptocurrency legislation not only in Canada but around the world.
Despite his knowledge and know-how or the fact that he got into crypto in 2012, he is not the multimillionaire one would expect. Although he was one of the first people to recognize Bitcoins potential, he was unable to hold onto any of his crypto investments. It wasn't until November 30, 2017, when all of Andreas is hard work finally paid off.
In a single tweet, Andreas explained his financial woes. He went on to say how one of his main incomes to support his family was the $5 Patreon donations. It didn't take long for the community to chip in. Within just a few days he had received more than 100 BTC which is valued at $1.7 million.
In a heartfelt blog post, Andreas thanked the community for giving back and stated why it is so important to remain optimistic and to remain determined and focused on overcoming the cynicism.
So just how did Andreas become the go-to guy? It wasn't his childhood, it wasn't his degrees, it was his massive body of work which he turned into a book. “Mastering Bitcoin” was published in 2014 and is considered to be the best technical guide ever written about the technology. While the book is mostly intended for coders, Andreas' gift for making complicated matter simple shined and helped it become an all-encompassing monster of a book.
“Mastering Bitcoin” is the Holy Grail and takes the reader on a journey from a simple introduction to Bitcoin into the world of the technical foundations of decentralized networks, mining, consensus algorithms, P2P architectures, and pretty much everything one needs to understand about Bitcoin.
Andreas didn't stop with Mastering Bitcoin. In September 2016 he published “The Internet of Money.” While “Mastering Bitcoin” explains the broad concept of Bitcoin, “The Internet of Money” goes into the why.
In his first book, “Mastering Bitcoin” he was dissecting every component of Bitcoin. In his second book, “The Internet of Money,” Andreas offers a birds-eye view of cryptocurrencies. This point of view gives the reader a new understanding of the socio-economical implications of digital currencies as well as the need for the decentralization of money.
If you or someone interested in learning about cryptocurrencies then look no further than Andreas Antonopoulos. He offers countless hours of material you can find on the Internet. It doesn't matter if your reader or if you learn through video, he provides a wide range of information for anyone eager to learn.
Although there are several different cryptocurrencies on the market today, none of them have the manpower or the community support that Bitcoin has. And no one knows Bitcoin like Andreas Antonopoulos. You can catch him on Twitter, or check him out as a guest host on the Joe Rogan podcast. You can also look for his new book “Mastering Ethereum” that is scheduled to be released in 2018.