To an unsuspecting user on the internet, Roger Ver is the average crypto investor in a shirt and a jacket but to those in the know, he is one of the early adopters of Bitcoin. Even though the promotion he gave to Bitcoin was what effectively earned him the name Bitcoin Jesus, he’s gone on to say he considers Dogecoin, the first meme coin, to be significantly better than Bitcoin.
He made this known during an interview with Bloomberg after his return to Twitter following a one-year hiatus to show support for Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media platform for $44B. Essentially adding free speech to the list of things both technocrats love. Elon Musk has also acted the role of Dogecoin’s poster boy in recent times, promoting the meme coin. His support to make Doge coin a major means of exchange has peaked at accepting Dogecoin for some of Tesla’s merchandise which is owned by the billionaire.
Giving reasons for his views, Ver says Dogecoin is cheaper and more reliable to use when compared to Bitcoin. “If I had to pick three contenders [for the world’s dominant cryptocurrency], they would be Doge, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash”, he added.
This sentiment can be traced to an event in 2017 when Bitcoin’s software underwent an upgrade, a decision which the 44-year old opposed. Subsequently, he had held the belief that current proponents of Bitcoin have veered off the original mission of Bitcoin, which the pioneer, Satoshi Nakamoto had championed. As an alternative, he has decided to channel his influence towards the promotion of Bitcoin Cash which is a spin-off from Bitcoin. With Twitter followers numbering up to 740,000 and Bitcoin.com, a website with millions of registered crypto wallets, according to Roger Ver, the odds seem to be in his favour.
A startup known as Blockchain.com which he co-founded, with a current valuation of $14 billion according to him, can be considered an indication of his influence. In addition to this, “He was also an early investor in BitPay, a payment processor as well as Ripple”, he said.
The American has also not spared his words of criticism towards personalities such as the CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor, who Ver felt had gone off course in what should have been ways to make Bitcoin remain an alternative currency.
Considering his future plans, Roger Ver mentioned plans to launch an exchange platform on Bitcoin.com where users can make transactions.