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Who is Craig Sellars? Exploring the Brain Behind Tether (USDT)

Craig Sellars

The world of cryptocurrencies is fast-paced and always filled with impressive advancements, and remarkably inventive figures who have built the foundations of blockchain technology. But one particular name stands out among the leading pioneers and innovators – Craig Sellars.

Best-known for his instrumental role in the creation of the Tether (USDT) altcoin, Sellars has certainly left an indelible mark on the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape. Highly regarded as a technologist and visionary, he actively continues pushing beyond the frontiers of digital discovery and development in the crypto space.

Let’s take a look at his most prominent accomplishments, and venture into how Sellars rose to entrepreneurial fame.

Early Life & Academic Background

Sellars earned his stripes in the academic realm, studying computers and earning his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree between 1996 and 2002 at Georgia Institute of Technology. This was followed by attending the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where Sellars pursued a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

During his time at university, Sellars honed valuable problem-solving skills and laid the foundation for the groundbreaking work that was to come. While he didn’t complete the MBA degree, choosing to focus on professional opportunities, his potential was already apparent in the realms of business and technology. 

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By 2002 Sellars became the co-founder and principal of Netconx D&C Wireless, then president and chief executive officer (CTO) at O2 Secure Wireless, both located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Venturing into Cryptocurrency

Following spells in strategic technology management as the CTO at Wavelength Corporation, then rising to the same role at Pavlov Media by 2014, Sellars had already taken a keen interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

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Sellars entered the cryptocurrency scene when Bitcoin was still in its infancy. His visionary outlook led him to explore the untapped potential of blockchain technology. Fueled by a desire to revolutionize the financial industry, Sellars became an early adopter and advocate for the blockchain revolution.

The Tether Journey

In early 2014, alongside Brock Pierce and Craig DeWitt, Craig Sellars co-founded Tether. The vision was simple yet powerful, creating a stablecoin pegged to the value of traditional fiat currencies, providing a stable and secure alternative to the volatility of other cryptocurrencies. When USDT was launched as Tether’s flagship stablecoin, it quickly became a cornerstone in the crypto ecosystem.

Tether’s success wasn’t without its challenges. The project faced initial skepticism and scrutiny, although Sellars demonstrated resilience and commitment to transparency, which undoubtedly helped navigate these turbulent waters. 

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Although he departed his role as CTO of Tether in 2016, Sellars remains involved with the company as an advisor, having witnessed it become one of the top three cryptocurrencies in terms of popularity and market cap. Now that leading platforms like UniPayment and others provide crypto payment gateways for vendors, USDT payments have become as simple as paying by card, serving as a bridge between the traditional financial system and the world of cryptocurrencies.

Ventures Beyond Tether:

While it’s fair to say that Tether catapulted Craig Sellars into the spotlight, his contributions extend far beyond the realms of stablecoins and cryptocurrencies. Sellars has been an advocate for the broader adoption of blockchain technology, actively participating in various projects aimed at pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the decentralized space.

Alongside roles as CTO at Bitfinex, plus the co-founder and chief scientist at vAtomic Systems, advisory roles at numerous companies have made Sellars an important figure, particularly for his blockchain technology achievements.

Still an influential member of the Omni Foundation, the latest project for Sellars is based in Puerto Rico, serving as the co-founder and CTO of Self ID. In his own words, this enterprise aims to be the “new paradigm for how identity is owned and shared” in our digital world. 

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