Crypto community on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit responded by expressing support and sending 7 BTC “goodwill donations” to Bitcoin community’s resident scholar and lecturer, Andreas Antonopoulos after a Twitter exchange with Roger Ver.
Roger Ver tweeted about Andreas Antonopoulos’ professed lack of BTC riches.
“Andreas is one of the most eloquent speakers on the topic of Bitcoin, but if he had invested even $300 in bitcoin back in 2012, he’d be a millionaire today”.
The statement sounded to some as if he was suggesting that “Antonopoulos is smart, but not as smart as me because I got in earlier”.
Antonopoulos responded on Twitter,
“I did invest, Roger. Then I sold in 2013 to pay my rent. Thus, I didn’t have a disposable income to work for two years without pay and invest at the same time. However, I should’ve gone into more debt, but that would have been irresponsible towards my family who I supported”.
The tweet from Roger may not imply any harm, but the community responded by showing some “love” for who later thanked the community. Thus for the support and love and also went to his Patreon page. And wrote a post titled “In defense of optimism” expressing his opinions on the episode. He said the vast majority of people responded to the issue by saying they started their journey in cryptocurrencies. After reading his books and watching his videos.
“And then, something amazing happened. Over the next several hours, tens, dozens, then hundreds of people responded. I sat reading the responses with tears in my eyes. An outpouring of positivity washed over me. People I have never met jumped to my defense, reminding me that they started their journey after watching my videos or reading my books. Some people attacked the original criticism and its author (which I strongly discourage). But the vast majority focused on optimism.”
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He said he was encouraged to continue with the “journey” of educating the community about cryptocurrencies. Roger has authored two books “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media and “The Internet of Money.” The first is considered the best technical guide to Bitcoin. He hosts Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast and is a teaching fellow for the master in science Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.
“Today, I am even more focused on my goals: educate the next 10 million users. Train the next 10,000 developers. Do it all in every medium possible. Also with it in more languages. Do it with more energy, with more passion. And with unrelenting optimism. In the end, my engine runs on hope, it runs on optimism. And today, it’s turbocharged.”