Few wanted to miss the photo with him and the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, was no exception. For this reason, the official received the creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who traveled to Argentina to immerse himself in the local crypto environment and talk with personalities from the private sector and politics.
The minister expressed on his Instagram account: “Enriching meeting in the economy ministry with Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum, who with his talent and dedication is helping to move the state of global technology”.
“Dialogue between governments and the world of tech entrepreneurs is important and necessary. Decentralized technologies present us ”.
Guzmán received him with the Secretary of Tax Policy, Roberto Arias, while that Buterin went with the Argentine entrepreneur Santiago Siri and it took place in the minister’s office on the fifth floor of the Palacio de Hacienda.
Hours before, Buterin in an auditorium full of enthusiasts from the world of cryptocurrencies that approached the Usina de las Artes, in the south of the City of Buenos Aires, said: “The impression I have of Argentina so far is that it is a country that has a low state capacity but a very high capacity of people”.
The founder of the Ethereum protocol that supports the second most important cryptocurrency by market capitalization and that aspires to promote the development of decentralized finance and smart contracts thus showed the reasons that led him to visit the country and generate the fury caused by international figures among the always intense local public.
Other political figures who did not miss the opportunity to see or take a portrait with this 27-year-old young man with a fortune of USD 1500 million were the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and the former president Mauricio Macri.
“Fascinating encounter with Vitálik Buterin, creator of Ethereum, one of the most innovative decentralized technologies of our century. Its Ether currency is one of the best valued in the world. We chat about the role of crypto and blockchain opportunities for states“, Said the former president in a message on his Twitter account.
Macri received Buterin at his home in Acassuso, accompanied by Leandro Sigman, Gaston parisier, Thomas Pierucci Y Santiago Siri, local entrepreneurs of the cryptocurrency industry.
For his part, Rodríguez Larreta took a picture with Buterin at the end of the Soda Stereo recital last weekend.
At the age of 13, Buterin founded the Bitcoin Magazine and in 2013 and, being a true connoisseur of bitcoin, he developed his own platform that was going to be decentralized – without any intermediation – and in which it could also be programmed. In other words, not just one currency, which currently has a valuation close to USD 3,900.
The weekend paraded between crypto events, closed, for the few, and other massive. Among others, he participated in a meeting of TheGraph – one of the Ethereum protocols – and had lunch with members of the local ecosystem. To “enter the Argentine climate”, Pablo Larguía, CEO of Red Innova, gave him a red Argentine gaucho poncho that Vitalik did not want to take off all night despite the temperature. There were also other local gifts: national team and Boca t-shirts.
“We asked Vitalik what was the project that interests him the most and he said Proof of Humanity”He wrote on Twitter Gabriel Gruber, another of the references of the local ecosystem, who was also in Area3, and is CEO of the decentralized finance startup (DeFi) Exactly. Proof of Humanity is a project that another local entrepreneur is developing from Spain: Santiago Siri.
In October, Vitálik surprised Siri by using 50 Ethers, about USD 200,000 to buy the UBI (the acronym in English for universal basic income), the token of the Argentine project and then, “burned” them, so, by reducing the available supply, caused its value to increase immediately 10 times.
Since many members of the global community of investors in cryptocurrencies joined this initiative with the same operation, the UBIs came to operate a record volume of around 36 million dollars in one day.
Siri’s initiative aims to provide universal digital income with the cryptocurrency ether, to assist poor people without any middle man, was launched earlier this year together with his foundation Democracy Earth and Kleros.