While being a far cry from a blowout, “Big Blocker” and self-made millionaire Roger Ver seemed to contest the financial status of the Bitcoin community’s resident scholar and lecturer, Andreas Antonopoulos. Now, crypto’s distinguished thought leader has responded to the outpouring of support that’s ensued.
Just after midday on December 5th, Bitcoin Cash community leader Roger Ver signed into Twitter from Saint Kitts and Nevis and posted a tweet of befuddlement over 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.”
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. https://t.co/GU8mW8FpTe
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) December 5, 2017
Now, the tweet is certainly open to interpretation. On the surface, Ver seems to be suggesting something along the lines of, “Antonopoulos is smart, but not as smart as me because I got in earlier.”
If this was Ver’s intended implication, then Twitter’s certainly seen much gaudier displays of bravado. Even still, many in the crypto ecosystem, and particularly legacy Bitcoin supporters, found Ver’s comments to be extremely distasteful.
You probably should have ended that tweet right before the "but."
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) December 5, 2017
Antonopoulos promptly responded, tweeting back his explanation for his former financial woes:
“I did invest, Roger. Then I sold in 2013 to pay my rent. I didn’t have disposable income to work for two years without pay and invest at the same time. I should’ve gone into more debt, but that would have been irresponsible towards my family who I supported.”
I did invest, Roger. Then I sold in 2013 to pay my rent. I didn't have disposable income to work for two years without pay and invest at the same time. I should've gone into more debt, but that would have been irresponsible towards my family who I supported
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) December 5, 2017
And as happens with any Twitter face-off, many rallied against the “aggressor.” And that’s when the donations started pouring in for Antonopoulos.
In a matter of minutes, social media — from Twitter, to Facebook, to Reddit — was flooded with hundreds of comments expressing support for the contributions Antonopoulos has made to the space.
In an even more impressive display of goodwill, dozens of bitcoin donations began streaming into Antonopoulos’ BTC address.
Before the spree began yesterday, it appears Antonopoulos drained his wallet. So — with his wallet now having been flooded with over 7 BTC over last several hours — crypto’s pre-eminent educator now has over $91,000 USD in fresh donations.
Indeed, for now these bitcoins will be the gift that keeps on giving — at least in the current bull market — as the bitcoin price just broken over $13,500 at press time with no signs of slowing down just yet.
Sign-ups also exploded on Antonopoulos’ Patreon page, the main platform the author had been using to support his independent work in recent months.
It didn’t take long for Antonopoulos to be inundated by the outpouring of community support. Touched by the experience, the lecturer took to his Patreon page and — in a post entitled “In defense of optimism” — laid out his thoughts on the episode.
A few excerpts:
“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.”
“[…] Yesterday, you fed my soul. You reminded me why it is so important to remain optimistic, focused and determined to overcome the cynicism. It’s been a long and hard road. Sometimes I get lost. But, every time I do, you step up and help me find my way, find my focus again. You show me that I do not walk alone on this path. You are all there with me. I am part of a wonderful community and you have my back.”
“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. Do it in more languages. Do it with more energy, with more passion. Do it with unrelenting optimism. In the end, my engine runs on hope, it runs on optimism. And today, it’s turbocharged.”
Antonopoulos also took to Twitter to voice his gratitude:
Just landed in Paris, layover. Turned on data:
My inbox is flooded with support. My twitter DMs are full. My Patreon is overflowing.
It means so much, thank you
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) December 6, 2017
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