Roger Ver, sometimes known as Bitcoin Jesus or controversially Bitcoin Anti-Christ or Bitcoin Judas, is the owner of Bitcoin.com, and an investor in many of the world’s largest Bitcoin companies. He started investing in bitcoins in early 2011 and bought his first bitcoins at around $1.00.
Roger is an ex-convict. He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for a felony involving selling explosives on Ebay, storing large quantities in a multi-family apartment building and shipping explosives through the US mail.
Roger owns and operates Bitcoin.com. He has mostly used this domain to promote BCash which was a result from a hard fork of the Bitcoin network in 1 August 2017.
There have been reports of people losing funds from using the BCash wallet Roger Ver distributes.
Roger provided 10,000 bitcoins of funding for the Bitcoin Foundation. The initial board of directors included Gavin Andresen, Mark Karpeles, Charlie Shrem, John Matonis, Peter Vessenes.
Mark Karpeles was CEO of MtGox when it failed resulting in the loss of about $500 million of client funds and is currently facing felony criminal fraud charges. Shortly before the failure Roger Ver investigated MtGox and found it worthy of his confidence.
Charlie Shrem founded and ran BitInstant. In 2014 he pled guilty in federal court to criminal felony charges and served over a year in a federal penitentiary.
Peter Vessenes was involved with MtGox through CoinLab to handle all US based customers.
Gavin Andresen and John Matonis both supported Craig Wright’s claim of being Satoshi Nakamoto even though Wright was never able to provide any cryptographic proof.
Ver owns the Bitcoin.com domain name. He originally rented the domain to Chinese Bitcoin exchange OKCoin. Ver retained control after an argument over payments and terms of the agreements.
Since then, Ver has updated the Bitcoin.com site to include information about BCAsh which is the result of a hard fork of the Bitcoin network on 1 Aug 2017.
Ver founded MemoryDealers in 1999. The company sells computer hardware, memory, and routers for low prices.
In his LinkedIn profile, Ver claims to be the first person in the world to have invested in a Bitcoin startup.
A list of investments:
ShapeShift: $1.6 million - First
8-Sep-2015 | Exchange
Description: Trade any leading blockchain asset for any other. Protection by design. No account needed.
Investors: Digital Currency Group, Roger Ver, Bruce Fenton, Michael Terpin, Trevor Koverko
ShapeShift: $0.53 million - Seed
10-Mar-2015 | Exchange
Description: Trade any leading blockchain asset for any other. Protection by Design. No Account Needed.
Investors: Barry Silbert and Roger Ver
Purse.io: $0.3 million - Seed
27-Nov-2014 | Financial Services
Investors: Roger Ver, Bobby Lee, Terrence Yang, FundersClub, StrongVC
Headquartered: San Francisco
Country: United States
Coinapult: $0.78 million - Seed
30-Sep-2014 | Wallet
Investors: Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, Roger Ver, FirstMark Capital, Erik Voorhees, Ira Miller
Headquartered: Panama City
Hive: $0.19 million - Seed
26-Mar-2014 | Wallet
Investors: Roger Ver, Seedcoin
Headquartered: Hong Kong
Safello: $0.6 million - Seed
17-Feb-2014 | Exchange
Investors: Roger Ver, Nicolas Cary, Eric Voorhees, Individual Investors
BitPay: $0.51 million - Seed
7-Jan-2013 | Payment Processor
Investors: Shakil Khan, Barry Silbert, Roger Ver, Ashton Kutcher, Matt Mullenweg, Ben Davenport, Trace Mayer, Jimmy Furland
Country: United States