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Ric Burton got 10k ETH from Buterin for a month of work in 2014

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Web3 designer Ric Burton shared his story of how Vitalik Buterin sent him 10,000 Ethereum (ETH) in 2016 as compensation for Buton’s one-month work in 2014 via a thread he posted on Twitter.

Source: Ric Burton
Source: Ric Burton

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Burton’s story starts in 2014, just after he got “kicked out of a profitable company” he co-founded. While listening to Bitcoin-realted podcasts, Burton says, he heard Buterin say “I want to build a blockchain that I can run programs on.”

While admitting being intrigued, Burton said he didn’t change his daily routine to pursue this “Ethereum thing.” However, after hearing about Ethereum two more times, Burton says, he finally decided to go see Gavin Wood‘s speech.

Burton wrote:

“I went along to the gathering and watched Gavin talk about how Facebook’s control of WhatsApp, Instagram & all of the social web was antithetical to the principles upon which the Internet was founded.

He talked about trying to shift the pendulum back towards decentralisation. I had absolutely not idea what he was talking about. But I liked the cut of his jib.”

After the talk, Burton went up to Wood and asked if ETH neded any designers. Upon this, Wood invited Burton into the core ETH community. “I was hooked” says Burton, and says he left the UK to fly to the Bay area to meet up with Buterin himself.

“We met up, jumped on a train, and talked a bit about his plans. I could barely keep up.”

Burton said. According to his thread, the only time Burton had with Buterin was the time they spent together on the train and the car drive to San Francisco the next day, where Buterin context-switched between “learning Mandarin on his phone, talk to engineers about protocol architecture, and engage deeply with Burton’s questions about user interfaces.”

After that, Burton said, he didn’t see Buterin for three years. However, Burton continued to stay engaged with the ETH community through Wood. According to the thread, Burton kept designing and…

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