Jeremy Gardner is an American cryptocurrency entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is a two time college dropout. He is a self-made millionaire and he joined the ranks of cryptocurrency investors when he was just 25.
Today, he is a bitcoin evangelist and world traveler. So to get to know him better let’s talk about 15 things you probably did not know about this self-made man.
Jeremy was born in a Jewish family. He grew up in Northampton in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
He went to Proctor Academy Boarding School where he was an AP student. On graduating from high school in 2010, he went to Bard College to study political strategy and was a part of several student-activity committees as and was an avid Ultimate Frisbee player. He later transferred to the University of Michigan in 2014.
3.Pre-Blockchain Technology Career
While Jeremy was still in college he took a number of internship roles within as well as outside the university. He worked as a Digital Marketing Intern at Simon & Schuster for 3 months in 2012. He also held a number of student positions at Bard College before transferring out in the fall of 2013.
He worked as a special investigator at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for 3 months in 2013. It was during this time that he realized a career in politics would not enable him to improve the world. Thus, he sought a new way to have a broad social impact.
4.Interest in bitcoin
Jeremy first got to know about bitcoin through Rolling Stone’s article on the operations of the Silk Road. In 2013 a friend of his offered him Bitcoin in exchange for some cash. And he realized that Bitcoin could have huge potentials in the real world. He bought Bitcoins when they were at $200 and sold them at $1000.
5.Entry in a new world
Jeremy decided to further delve into the world of cryptocurrency when he was transferred to the University of Michigan in 2014.
There he moved in with Kinnard Hockenhull who was a Bitcoin enthusiast and encouraged him to learn about this nascent technology and join the “UM Bitcoin Club.” At the first Bitcoin Club meet-up, a reporter came and asked questions, and mentioned that there were Bitcoin clubs at MIT and Stanford. That very night he got on a call with the heads of all the clubs, and at the end of the call, he suggested that they create a nonprofit organization to coordinate their activities.
6.Blockchain Education Network (BEN)
In 2014, he cofounded the Blockchain Education Network, a network of cryptocurrency clubs at universities around the world when he was in University. It is a non-profit organization which aims is to educate students about cryptocurrency. BEN is a global web of over 3,000 students with 300+ chapters in 60 countries. Their mission is to help create a world that is more open and free, by promoting technological literacy with decentralized technologies as they believe in autonomy, financial sovereignty, and access to truth.
Jeremy serves as Chairman of the Board.
Jeremy co-founded Augur with an 18-year old computer scientist, Joey Krug. It was one of the first decentralized applications built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. It is a market forecasting tool based on blockchain technology. The company raised $5.3 million in a crowdfunding campaign in 2015.
8. Crypto castle
In 2015, Jeremy was working on one of the first dapps on the Ethereum network and he needed a cheap place for him and his team to crash. The team got a house which was used as “hoffice’ for Augur (house and office). As the team moved out, Jeremy got interesting entrepreneurs, technologists, and hackers to stay in the house and thus it got its name Crypto castle.
Many of the most renowned names in crypto have visited or stayed, and countless articles and pieces have been written and shot here. It’s a special house, full of extraordinary people.
He is the Co-Founder and Board Member of Unsung, a non-profit which aims to end hunger while creating a sharing economy through its app.
He joined a local San Francisco venture fund, Blockchain Capital, as an entrepreneur-in-residence and investor. He helps the firm source new investments in cryptocurrency-related companies and advises those companies as well. He does not receive any salary for his role, but he receives a share of the profits that the firm makes on investments.
In 2016, Jeremy founded a blockchain startup Saavha which focused on data securitization and auditing. He also founded the Cryptocurrency publication The Distributed Ledger. He serves as an advisory board member of the publically traded company Bitcoin Shop Inc. as well as an advisory for the Mahindra Group. In late 2017 alongside Bá Minuzzi, they founded crypto venture fund Ausum.
12.Everyone is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not
In 2017 Jermey article “Everyone is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not” was published in 2017 New York Times which made him famous. The article portrayed him boasting about his success with ICOs, his net worth and a date with supermodel Bella Hadid. It had a picture of the then-25-year-old Jeremy lounging in front of a cabinet well stocked with booze. He is notorious for living the fast-paced, sex and drug fueled, “block and roll” lifestyle.
13.Blockchain in his words
A blockchain, quite simply, is a distributed database that has no central servers. Instead, it has a global network of validators that are incentivized to maintain the network through block rewards. Those rewards are cryptotokens such as bitcoin and ether. Censorship resistance, immutability, and global usability typically characterize Blockchains.
14.Crypto Castle Chronicles.
It is a self-funded YouTube series on Crypto castle by Jeremy. He offers real insight into entrepreneurship, startups, and fundraising, from a perspective that isn’t like Shark Tank.
He interviews early bitcoin investors like Morgan Creek Digital’s Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano and token guru Ian Balina. He said his goal for the show was to educate the masses about cryptocurrency through following his personal journey.
Its three weeks of his life on camera, in which he discusses everything from business to relationships to even philosophy.
15. Net worth and new venture
Jeremy is launching a new lifestyle brand MadeMan which has skincare products for men.
At age 25, he has a net worth of more than $300 million