Promising American entrepreneur Autumn Radtke was found dead nearby her Singapore residence on February 26. According to a neighbor, Radtke jumped from the 25th floor of a nearby apartment building.
Radtke, 28, was the CEO of First Meta, a company that billed itself as a “experts in virtual currency”. Indeed long before Bitcoin, First Meta was dabbling in virtual money. In 2008, they created the first ever credit card based in the virtual world Second Life, which runs on it’s own currency called the Linden Dollar.
Since then, with the emergence of Bitcoin, virtual currency has become a household name. First Meta moved on to create its own virtual currency exchange where users buy and trade various virtual currencies.
Radtke’s death coincides with the announcement that another virtual currency exchange, Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy after hackers made off with approximately half a billion US dollars worth of Bitcoin.
Radtke may have been suffering from depression according to links and posts on her Facebook page. She was also scheduled to speak at a Bitcoin Meetup in Singapore at the end of the month, and many are wildly speculating whether her death may be related at all to the Mt. Gox bankruptcy.
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