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Why Alex Tapscott quit his high-paying job to write a book about Bitcoin

“In 2015, at the tender age 29 years old, I quit my job to write a book without knowing what it would lead to.” Seven years later, Alex Tapscott, a Canadian business author, is well-known for his national bestseller Blockchain Revolution. He is also the founder and CEO at NextBlock, a digital asset investment company, and co-founder of Blockchain Research Institute with his father Don Tapscott.

What was it that drove Tapscott to write about an untold asset class? Tapscott spoke with Cointelegraph and explained that the idea was inspired by his father’s annual ski trip.

“My dad is an academic, author and consultant at the University of Toronto. He studies how new technologies can enable new forms of global problem solving. Bitcoin is one of these technologies we are trying to better understand. He asked me if I was interested in being an author or leading one of these research programs. It was a time when I was in a financial service role at an investment bank. So it intrigued me immediately.

At the beginning, people were skeptical about this idea. “Certainly, many of our colleagues were confused. They thought we were crazy for quitting a well-paid job to write a book. Tapscott stated that his father and he were treated with hostility in business circles. “A lot of people believed that crypto was bad. However, a part me felt the need for this type of dream.

It was the result of months of deliberations, analysis, and critiques as he worked alongside his father on Blockchain Revolution. The book was a huge success, having been published in 2016 at the same time that a larger audience began to be interested in the technology. Blockchain Revolution was translated into 19 languages and sold more than 500,000 copies to date. Tapscott said, “It led me to a journey I’m still on today.” I was able to travel the globe for almost a year and give speeches on nearly every continent. It is amazing to see how people can open my eyes and give me new perspectives. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my evolving crypto story.

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