Vitalik Buterin is a programmer, writer, founder of Ethereum, the decentralized web 3.0 publishing platform and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, a website and print magazine that covers Bitcoin-related topics. In 2014, Buterin won the World Technology Award for the co-creation and invention of Ethereum. Buterin was born in Russia, grew up in Canada, and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Buterin became interested in Bitcoin in 2011, and co-founded the periodical Bitcoin Magazine that year. He serves as head writer for the magazine, and has written about Bitcoin-related topics for other publications, including Bitcoin Weekly.
He is a co-creator and inventor of Ethereum, described as a “decentralized mining network and software development platform rolled into one” that facilitates the creation of new cryptocurrencies and programs that share a single block chain (a cryptographic transaction ledger). Buterin has contributed to a number of other open source software projects. He also works as a developer on the cryptocurrency marketplace site Egora.