Stephen Pair is the CEO and co-founder of BitPay, the world’s leading provider of bitcoin payment technology. He has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries.   Before founding BitPay in 2011, Pair held various roles including entrepreneur, architect, manager, team lead, and developer. He started programming at a young age and spent much of his early career focused on languages, compilers, operating systems and virtual machines. Later, he developed an interest in the mechanics of financial markets, economics and monetary systems as well as developments in cryptography.