Roger Keith Ver (born 27 January 1979) is an early investor in bitcoin, bitcoin-related startups and an early promoter of bitcoin. He calls himself the "Bitcoin Jesus" for his promotion of bitcoin. He now promotes Bitcoin Cash.
According to an interview he gave in 2016, Ver describes Brazilian jiu-jitsu as one of his major passions in life. Ver can be seen in videos competing in BJJ world championships and has achieved the rank of brown belt.
In 2018 he was ranked number 36 in Fortune's The Ledger 40 under 40 for transforming business at the leading edge of finance and technology.
In 2002, Ver pleaded guilty to selling explosives without a license, illegally storing explosives, and mailing the explosives. Ver bought 49 pounds of "Pest Control Report 2000" explosives, sold at least 14 pounds of them as large firecrackers on eBay, stored the explosives in a residential apartment building, and mailed them to customers via the U.S. Postal Service. He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.
Ver began investing in bitcoin in early 2011. The first investment he made was for Charlie Shrem’s Bitinstant. Ver's investment allowed the company to hire a designer and another programmer. He invested over a million dollars into new bitcoin related startups including Ripple, Blockchain.com, Bitpay and Kraken. In 2011, Ver's company Memorydealers was the first to accept bitcoin as payment. .He has been a prominent supporter of bitcoin adoption and saw bitcoin as a means to promote economic freedom.
He is one of the main proponents of a larger block size. He supported the development of Bitcoin XT as a hard fork method towards an increase. Ver and his high school friend Jesse Powell attempted to re-establish the Mt Gox exchange during the June 2011 bitcoin price crash.
Ver served as CEO of Bitcoin.com until 1 August 2019, at which point he transitioned to Executive Chairman. Fortune Magazine in early 2020 mistakenly referred to Roger Ver as the co-creator of Bitcoin Cash.