Bobby Ong, born 1989, currently living in Kuala Lumpur
BSc in Economics, University College London
Professional experience and achievement
Bobby graduated with an economics degree from UCL in 2012 under a full scholarship. He is a self-taught programmer and Ruby on Rails web developer. He has worked on various freelance projects since graduation and is now actively involved in promoting the use of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrencies, economics, technology, web development, programming
First experience with cryptocurrencies
Bobby first got involved in cryptocurrencies after the Cyprus financial crisis. He found it horrific that the Cyprus government would even contemplate seizing assets from small-time savers with deposits below €100,000 that are supposed to be covered under the deposit insurance scheme.
Bobby saw potential in Bitcoin as an alternative way for people to protect their wealth from being seized and also a good way to hedge against runwaway inflation in countries such as Zimbabwe and Argentina.
Role in the Bitcoin community
Bobby is the co-founder of CoinGecko, a cryptocurrency ranking website that provides a 360-degree overview of the various cryptocurrencies using metrics that look into the community, developer and liquidity aspects. He is also the curator of AltcoinWeekly, a weekly cryptocurrency newsletter.