Richard L. Apodaca is a computer programmer, scientist, and entrepreneur who first learned of Bitcoin in 2011. What started as a casual investigation into a new online payment technology for use in his software business quickly turned into an obsession. In 2017, Rich published his first book on Bitcoin, Owning Bitcoin: Security, Privacy, and Possibility. Rich holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.