Stephen Pair, co-founder and CEO, saw a need for bitcoin payment processing and founded BitPay in 2011. Stephen is involved in all of the day-to-day operations including research and engineering, product development and information technology. He has 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries.
Bitcoin is a new financial technology, invented in 2009 as the first peer-to-peer digital currency. Using bitcoin, it is possible to send money like an email – to anyone, anytime, anywhere- without going through a bank or government or corporation.
Before founding BitPay, Stephen held various roles including entrepreneur, architect, manager, team lead and developer. He started programming at a young age and spent much of his early career focused on languages, compilers, operating systems and virtual machines. Later, he developed an interest in the mechanics of financial markets, economics and monetary systems as well as developments in cryptography.
Stephen has Bachelors in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and two patents in the field of streaming analytics.