Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin Tried To Be An Intern At Ripple But Couldn’t Make It

Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin Tried To Be An Intern At Ripple But Couldn’t Make It

Back in 2013, Vitalik Buterin tried to be an intern at Ripple but couldn’t make it due to visa complications and the company not being old enough.

What made Buterin suddenly reminiscing the old times? Actually, it all started when Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong shared the Bloomberg featured story of the CEO of Zoom Video Communications Inc., Eric Yuan.

The China-born entrepreneur had his visa application denied eight times by the US government. After two years of constant rejections, Yuan, 49, finally made it to the US and is now a major shareholder in the video conference service firm that raised $751 million in an initial public offering (IOP) Wednesday.

“This is such a great headline,” shared Armstrong about the title “Refused U.S. Visa Eight Times, Zoom CEO Is Now a Billionaire.” In response, Buterin shared his 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.”

Ripple, the company behind the third largest cryptocurrency XRP was founded in 2012 by Chris Larsen. It is a real-time gross settlement system that has introduced a number of products viz. RippleNet, xRapid, xCurrent, and xVia among others.

Well, as one Twitter user says “everything in your life happens for a reason,” two years after the failed attempt to get the Visa, Buterin co-created second largest cryptocurrency Ethereum (ETH).

Ethereum is an open source public blockchain that is based on a distributed computing platform featuring the functionality of smart contract. It is currently leading the enterprise blockchain adoption with big names like Citigroup, Amazon and the recent addition Ernst & Young that are building on top of its network.

Currently trading at $172, Ether’s peak price has been at around $1,440 while XRP is trading at $0.33 whose ATH was at $3.40.

Live Ripple (XRP) Price:

1 XRP/USD =$0.2464 change ~ 2.46%

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$10.67 Billion

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$186.84 Million

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