Ver is the CEO of MemoryDealers and angel investor. FEE, a non-profit organization founded in 1946, has a mission to inspire, educate, and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.
The announcement by FEE is here: http://www.fee.org/publications/detail/roger-ver-gives-fee-highest-valued-known-bitcoin-donation-worth-about-1-million#ixzz2mZ23P0eJ
FEE’s COO Carl Oberg stated, “This donation shows the power and transformative strength behind new technologies like Bitcoin. We are hacking the economy as we speak, and this is an example of how it’s done. It’s entrepreneurs like Roger Ver and others — educated through organizations like FEE — that are shaping a new landscape, helping create a freer economy for everyone.”
More news coverage is here: http://www.coindesk.com/entrepreneur-roger-ver-1m-bitcoin-donation/. TLC member Jon Southurst reports:
- In his video, Ver went on to point out the tens of millions of dollars in investment that has flowed to businesses like BitPay, Coinbase and Blockchain.info as they expand into countries around the world. There are now millions of individual bitcoin users who can now use their digital currency for over 70,000 stores on Shopify, or organize their own trades via LocalBitcoins.com. Ver is one of a fast-growing number of professionals and others whose full-time employment is now based on bitcoin, as it continues to captivate even the non-technology-minded in media, government and the general public. A Silicon Valley native, Ver is known in bitcoin circles as ‘The Bitcoin Jesus’ for his generous and evangelizing ways with digital currency. He started MemoryDealers at the age of 19 and first encountered bitcoin while listening to Free Talk Live. With a clear vision of what bitcoin would become he built it into his business immediately, even putting up a large roadside billboard in June 2011 when bitcoin was largely unknown to the mainstream world.
Don’t miss Ver’s YouTube video statement explaining why he made his donation:
Here is the Japanese translation of Ver’s statement (by Izumi Matsumoto):