Gavin Andresen

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Gavin Andresen
Residence Amherst, Massachusetts
Alma mater Princeton University
Known for Bitcoin, Software

Gavin Andresen (born Gavin Bell[1]) is based in Amherst, Massachusetts. After graduating from Princeton University in 1988,[1] Andresen began his career working on 3D graphics software at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems.[2] In 1996, he co-authored the VRML 2.0 specification,[3] and later published a reference manual for VRML 2.0.[4]

Since leaving Silicon Valley in 1996, Andresen has tackled a wide variety of software-related ventures, including CTO of an early voice-over-the-Internet startup and co-founder of a company that made multiplayer online games for blind people and their sighted friends.[2]

In April 2011, Forbes quoted Andresen as saying, "Bitcoin is designed to bring us back to a decentralized currency of the people," and "this is like better gold than gold."[5]

Prior to 2014 Andresen was the lead developer for a part of the bitcoin digital currency project, working to create a secure, stable "cash for the Internet."[6]

Andresen also created ClearCoin, an escrow-type of service, which was closed c. June 23, 2011.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Simonite, Tom (15 August 2014). "The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin". MIT Technology Review. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 25 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Future of Payments - Panelists - Bitcoin 2013: The Future of PaymentsMay 17-19, 2013 - San Jose, CA". Bitcoin 2013. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "VRML 2.0".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Annotated VRML 2.0 Reference Manual".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Crypto Currency". Forbes. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Gavin Andresen Steps Down".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "ClearCoin - Bitcoin". Retrieved 2014-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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