The Bitcoin Bay: Fireside Chat with Anthony Di Iorio – April 19, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT
Anthony Di Iorio is the Founder of Decentral and JAXX wallet, Co-Founder of Ethereum.
He first learned about bitcoin from a podcast called Free Talk Live in 2012. According to The Globe and Mail, he “had an anti-authoritarian streak” and questioned “the fundamentals of mainstream economics.”
Di Iorio bought his first bitcoin the same day for $9.73. He created the Toronto Bitcoin Meetup Group which held its first meeting at a pub in the same year. It was at this first meeting where he met Vitalik Buterin who went on to be the founder of Bitcoin Magazine and one of the original creators of Ethereum. As the Meetups grew from about eight attendees to hundreds, Di Iorio formed the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada.
In 2013 Di Iorio founded a Bitcoin wallet Chrome extension called KryptoKit, with Steve Dakh, that created an app for web browsers that allows users to pay for products and services using the cryptocurrency wallet. KryptoKit was later joined by Buterin, Erik Voorhees, and Roger Ver in 2014. In 2014 Di Iorio co-founded the cryptocurrency platform Ethereum. He has since also invested in several other currencies including Zcash.
In January 2016, TMX Group hired Di Iorio as the first chief digital officer of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). In February 2016, Di Iorio announced the launch of Jaxx, a unified platform that provides wallet services for both Bitcoin and Ethereum. He left his position at TSX to focus on Jaxx. Di Iorio is the founder and serves as CEO of Decentral Inc., the developer of Jaxx.
Di Iorio has been involved in the development of a ratings system for initial coin offerings and attempting to unite various cryptocurrencies into one financial ecosystem. In a series of articles published in February 2018, Forbes named Di Iorio among its list of the top-20 richest people in cryptocurrency.