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 fascination. Rich started Bitzuma in 2014. In 2017, he 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 email@example.com and occasionally tweets as @bitzuma.