Ethereum’s Vitalik join Dogecoin Foundation as Advisors

The Ethereum co-founder and Elon Musk representative Jared Birchall joins Dogecoin’s new advisory board.

Dogecoin’s core developers have announced the members of the resurrected Dogecoin Foundation. Dogecoin is a meme cryptocurrency that aspires to be a global payment method. According to a statement published today by the organization, its new advisory board comprises Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Elon Musk spokesman Jared Birchall.

The foundation’s board of directors includes three major Dogecoin community members, Gary Lachance, Jens Wiechers, and Timothy Stebbing, as well as core developers Michi Lumin and Ross Nicoll. Prior to the foundation’s manifesto announcement on Sunday, Nicoll told Decrypt that the foundation “does not want to replace existing developers, but rather provides a structure for hiring full-time professionals, including engineers,” to work on Dogecoin.

According to the manifesto, “We are Dogecoin, the unintentional cryptocurrency movement that makes people grin.” It states that its objective is to create “a currency for the people.” Elon Musk has advised the Dogecoin core development team since he was voted Dogecoin CEO in 2019. Their goal is to transform the cryptocurrency, which began as a joke, into a real payment method—one that can be used to purchase a cup of coffee on a regular basis, as Decrypt exclusively revealed in May.

And the Dogecoin team has amassed an impressive cast of consultants to help put them into effect. Jared Birchall, a former senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and a long-standing associate of Musk’s, represents Musk. He is on the board of directors of the Musk Foundation and manages the Tesla and SpaceX founder’s family office.

Billy Markus, who co-founded Dogecoin with Jackson Palmer, is also on the advisory board, as is Max Keller, a long-time developer, and Vitalik Buterin, co-creator of Ethereum. To many, the Ethereum cofounder seemed an unlikely advisor, but he has previously shown strong support for Dogecoin and even hinted at a collaboration with Ethereum.

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