Whit Jackson otherwise known as ‘Whit Jack’ is a 15 year old developer who has a passion for cryptocurrency. The sophomore at Brentwood School has been excited about digital currency since he first discovered Dogecoin on reddit. Since finding this funny dog-meme currency online Whit Jack started to “get it” after doing some research on the virtual money. At school Jackson is called the “Bitcoin Kid” and can be found wearing cryptocurrency themed t-shirts in his classroom.
“Coding is like playing a really hard video game, or solving a complicated math problem. It can be super annoying and stressful at times, but words can’t describe how cool it is to build something once it’s finished.”
Jackson’s nickname has stuck with him when peers and teachers learned about Jackson’s after school crypto-projects. When the school day ends and on the weekends the sophomore can be found working on his own project Etherparty, which is software that makes Ethereum friendly to mainstream developers. Whit Jack is also serving a summer internship with the trading platform Tether, after being invited by founder Craig Sellars to help with the project.
Since Jackson’s discovery of cryptocurrency, the 15 year old has been fully immersed in the crypto-environment. From working with the Opalcoin project to moderating a subreddit called r/tacocoin Jackson has made quite a name for himself. He’s appeared on a Follow The Coin video news broadcast, with Tina Hui, and told the world that he was involved with “ some small and big Projects”. Jackson can be found attending and speaking at various Bitcoin conferences and will be appearing at the Inside Bitcoins event in San Diego this December.
Bitcoin.com had the pleasure to chat with Whit Jack the “Bitcoin Kid” as he gives us an inside look at his life with cryptocurrency. Giving our readers a glimpse into the projects he’s involved with and how he got into the magical internet money.
Bitcoin.com: What got you into Bitcoin?
Whit Jack: I got into cryptocurrency from seeing the dogetipbot on reddit, and I didn’t realize that it was a real thing. Then a few weeks later, I believe from reading an article on business insider, I realized that this is a real thing. I didn’t understand it much, but I started to “get” it
BC: What do your friends at school think about Bitcoin? Has any of them used it?
WJ: I’m the only one, other than one guy, who even understands what bitcoin is or how it works beyond a super basic understanding. A few of them have a few cents of doge because they think it’s silly (I agree). They think bitcoin is cool, but don’t really have much interest in it.
BC: Who understands cryptocurrency more friends in school that are your age, or adults and teachers?
WJ: Neither to be honest, there’s a big knowledge gap in bitcoin, and I don’t think friends or adults/teachers really understand it. I think this needs to be fixed if BTC is to go mainstream.
“I would be interested in pursuing crypto careers, and computer science based ones in general.”
BC: What got you into working with Ethereum and making it more friendly?
WJ: My friend and CEO of Etherparty, Lisa Cheng, invited me to take a look at her idea (Ether party) a while ago, and I did some reading on ethereum, and realized the potential it has. However, it’s not particularly easy to use at this point if you’re not a dev, so we’re trying to make it easier.
BC: Would you consider cryptocurrencies a Hobby or something you’d like to pursue for a career?
WJ: I haven’t planned that far yet 🙂
I would be interested in pursuing crypto careers, and computer science based ones in general.
BC: Do you think coding is fun?
WJ: I don’t consider it super “fun”, in the way a roller coaster is. It’s more of a way to channel my attention at something productive that I actually enjoy. Coding is like playing a really hard video game, or solving a complicated math problem. it can be super annoying and stressful at times, but words can’t describe how cool it is to build something once it’s finished.
BC: Can you tell me about your internship with Tether this summer?
WJ: Basically, I criticized an article about Tether on twitter, and Craig Sellars reached out to me and we chatted for a bit about tether, and he asked me if I would be interested in working at tether as an intern.
Over the summer I’ve been helping out with some really cool projects with the Tether team. It’s been a blast and the opportunity has been great
“There’s a big knowledge gap in bitcoin, and I don’t think friends or adults/teachers really understand it. I think this needs to be fixed if BTC is to go mainstream”.
BC: What do you think about members of the crypto community, have they been welcoming?
WJ: Mostly, almost everyone is great, minus a few people.
BC: What excites you most about cryptocurrency?
The fact that we don’t even know 90% of the potential applications. I feel like this analogy is way overused, but compare the internet in 1994 to the internet today. You could never predict what it would be like today, and I think the same kind of potential is there with cryptocurrency
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