This is my book review on "Virtual Billions" written by Eric Geissinger. Always fascinating when learning occurs in bits and pieces before it splurts as the cogs in my mind work overdrive to put two and two together. I vaguely heard of the Winklevoss twins, thanks to the Social Network. I also received my first Bitcoin referral credit on Gemini this week. Imagine my serendipitous shock when I realised how much more accomplished the Winklevoss twins are - they are the founders of the Gemini Exchange ! Anyway, my personal connection with Gemini aside, this book piqued my curiosity because the twins were said to own 1% of the entire supply of Bitcoin. So I was expecting a larger-than-life story of how they leveraged their family wealth, high net-worth connections and intelligence to achieve this feat. Instead, the first chapter explained how the twins didn’t seem to be viewed very favourably in the public eye as a result of their elite background. Not that a dissection of the American Dream wasn’t a noteworthy read. It just wasn’t the journalistic expose I was hankering after. The second chapter described the twins’ various endeavours in Bitcoin after they heard about the white paper and decided to devote their lives to Bitcoin. Apparently, there were other ventures they had embarked on before Gemini, including a company that funded Bitcoin start-ups and another film that managed a Bitcoin Trust. The narration of how the collapse of the unregulated Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange was the impetus for them founding Gemini was an engaging read, but I would love to have this segment fleshed out further through actual quotes and interviews with the Winklevoss twins. Nonetheless, an eye-opening read.
The Winklevoss Twins & Gemini
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