Crypto Community Mourns The Loss Of Autumn Radtke, Still Remembers Mikhail Sindeyev

February 28, 2014

Singaporean police reported the death of Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta Exchange, late on February 26th.  The news traveled fast on the wings of tweets and First Meta Exchange’s blog confirmed the death the next day and offered these consoling words:

“The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed.”

Autumn Radtke in an interview, Image from ABCNews

As of now, the cause of death has not yet been completely confirmed by police, though some sources claim that the death was a suicide.

First Meta Exchange first caught the attention of the Crypto community when Jon Matonis publicized First Meta’s receiving of nearly $500,000 in venture capital from Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Tech and Singapore’ National Research Foundation.  First Meta Exchange was not a Bitcoin exchange in the way that Mt. Gox was. First Meta would accept all different types of virtual currencies both centralized and decentralized.  Bitcoin was but one of the many options that First Meta offered to its customers.

First Meta plans to continue operations.

Mikhail Sindeyev

A few weeks ago, the Crypto community at large, was also shocked with the all too sudden death of Mikhail Sindeyev aka ‘thecoder’.  Mikhail Sindeyev was just one year younger than Autumn Radtke at the tender age of 27.  He passed away due to a stroke, as relayed by his department at MSU in Russia:

“Mikhail Sindeyev, researcher of our lab, has died February 14, 2014 from stroke at 27. He was one of the most talented graduates of our laboratory and active participant of many research projects. In May 2013 he successfully defended his PhD thesis “Research and developement of video matting algorithms”. Our sincere condolenses to his parents. We will deeply miss him.”

Beyond the Sindeyev’s PhD work in Academia, his C++ work on Huntercoin and Namecoin is being utilized at the bleeding edge of technology.

Sindeyev was a Namecoin and Huntercoin developer and continually redefined what we thought was possible with a blockchain.  Namecoin and Huntercoin are two examples of altcoins that are leading true innovation in altcoins.  The then nascent Huntercoin community, led by Huntercoin developer snailbrain, gathered in the days after his untimely death to mourn the passing of a Crypto great.

Huntercoin’s in-game chatlog following the news of Mikhail’s death

Here at CCN, we’d like you to join us in a moment of silence for our fallen colleagues: Autumn Radtke and Mikhail Sindeyev.

Last modified (UTC): March 9, 2014 00:03

Caleb Chen @bitxbitxbitcoin

Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He is currently pursuing his MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.