Today’s post is going to consist of a little bit of fun and mystery, much of which was from bits and pieces of my notes that has been gathering dust for the longest time.
You know, 2016 was a long time ago and a lot have happened since then, but once in a while, this question would still pop into my mind.
Read on if you have a few minutes to spare.
I was originally thinking of writing about some practical stuff I’m still doing in crypto since May/June, such as LP-ing in TriCrypto, but I suppose that can wait – particularly when the historic Merge happened this week.
Most people in the world probably didn’t even know that the Merge on Ethereum blockchain was successfully executed on September 15, 2022 which completed Ethereum’s transition to proof-of-stake consensus, officially deprecating proof-of-work and reducing energy consumption by ~99.95%.
Trivia : In its early days, Ethereum had a rocky start which included the DAO hack in 2016. Ethereum was eventually forked into two different blockchains : Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC).
From what I can recall, prototypes of Ethereum were developed around 2014 and 2015 by the Ethereum Foundation, with the official launch of Ethereum finally happening on 30 July 2015.
One of these folks who were advisors to the Ethereum Foundation in those early days was a young gentleman by the name of Thomas Greco.
So, who is Thomas Greco?
It struck me that he looked so young, so raw and so weak. He must have looked like he was in his twenties during that time. An advisor to the Ethereum foundation, really?
Trivia – Later on, we would know what Thomas Greco would also become a special advisor for OmiseGO and giving numerous presentations along the way, plus Vitalik himself would end up being ‘pretty close’ to the OmiseGO team for a number of years.
What was even more peculiar is that back then, Thomas Greco was also listed as an advisor to the Interchain Foundation (Cosmos) and the Web3 Foundation (Polkadot) – which is pretty mind-blowing.
In 2017, we can see that he still walks with a cane (see The Internet of Blockchain: Cosmos & Polkadot) but is noticeably more eloquent and poised when he speaks.
Interestingly, Thomas himself once mentioned this medical condition in a presentation called ocular myasthenia gravis (it abbreviates to OMG haha) that affects muscles. Hmm?
By 2017, the socially awkward genius / co-founder of Ethereum was already very well-known in crypto.
As Ethereum caught on in popularity and Vitalik started travelling the world attending events after events, one man was often seen by his side – Thomas Greco, who no longer walks with a cane in hand.
It almost feels as though the extreme calm and composure of Thomas helps Vitalik to navigate the world that he finds it so hard to fit in.
In this Wired Japan feature article, once again the best buddies are seen together.
A year later, Vitalik was interviewed by Financial Times and yup, you guessed it.
I chuckled when the best they could come up with was – “His collaborator, Thomas Greco, a developer who says he has worked with Buterin for years”.
There’s a lot more photos and videos along the years and they have often been seen together.
OK, so maybe they are just really good friends – what’s wrong with that?
Absolutely nothing. Or is it?
Greco .. ?
On one hand, we have Vitalik Buterin with 4.7 million follows on Twitter.
On the other hand, we have his “collaborator” who is often seen in Vitalik’s shadow and goes around the world giving presentations for OmiseGO as their advisor – which meant that Thomas Greco was constantly in the limelight for years.
This brings me back to my blog post, and the question that I will never get an answer to.
Who is the heck is Thomas Greco?
I have seen and read a lot in my short time dabbling with crypto, but this was really intriguing.
I mean, Thomas Greco isn’t even his real name if someone bothered to look. And I guess the world doesn’t even care?
You probably won’t find any useful or concrete information anywhere on who Thomas Greco is. No history, no nothing.
What you will find is that there is an author by the name of Thomas Greco, who is also a community economist. He writes and consults on monetary exchange alternatives, including private credit clearing systems, complementary currencies and local currencies.
His latest book – The End of Money and the Future of Civilization – demystifies the subjects of money, banking, and finance by tracing historical landmarks and important evolutionary shifts that have changed the essential nature of money. It was obviously a reference to the OmiseGO project (plasma) with its potential use cases that could potentially disrupt monetary systems.
Thomas Greco is truly an enigma.
If you have the patience to listen to him speak, it is hard not to be mesmerized by his thought process, and it is easy to see why Vitalik and him would become close friends.
This interview regarding the DAO hack and more with Thomas Greco was recorded in 2016. The interviewer, Vinay Gupta had joined Ethereum in 2015 as the release coordinator for Ethereum. Take the time to listen carefully and you might just love it as much as I do.
Thomas Grecо – The DAO Hack (2016)
Thomas Greco – Getting Philosophical (2016)
Thomas Greco – Just WOW (2016)
Ironically, the epic failure of OmiseGO was the catalyst that brought me to where I am today, so no grudges there. Besides, I did get interested in Cosmos because of Thomas.
It has been a long time since there has been any news related to Thomas Greco, and I suspect there will no longer be any. I will miss his presence.
Well, I suppose this was kind of a random but fun article to write, and it revealed the kind of “research” (haha) that some of us were spending obscene amount of time on during the last bear market.
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