Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, Meets Argentina’s Former President

The Ethereum co-founder unexpectedly made a visit to Argentina, where he met with former President Mauricio Macri.

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, recently met privately with former Argentine President Mauricio Macri at a crypto event in Buenos Aires held by web3 protocol The Graph to commemorate the project’s one anniversary of mainnet activation.

According to Macri’s tweet, the two addressed the prospects afforded by cryptocurrency and blockchain. He referred to Ethereum as one of the century’s “most inventive” decentralised technologies.

The Ethereum co-founder arrived suddenly in Buenos Aires, with specifics regarding his stay being scarce. He came at the party in a black T-shirt, seeming to fit in with the other attendees, but the crypto community immediately recognised him.

During a discussion with fintech and crypto entrepreneurs, Buterin expressed support for Proof-of-Humanity, Santiago Siri’s identity verification method for universal basic income.

Tomi Pierucci, head of JP Morgan’s technology disruptors division, and Gómez Minujin, senior country officer for Argentina for the financial behemoth, were also in attendance. According to local media accounts, JPMorgan pushed the meeting.

Lorena Fabris of The Graph dubbed the Ethereum co-founder “the Messi of cryptocurrency.” He told Forbes that Buterin boosted the protocol’s brand awareness significantly in Argentina.

Buterin, 27, travelled to Argentina on his own as part of his holiday. He has gone on a three-month tour of Latin America. The Russian-Canadian programmer is now on the lookout for a new home.

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