28-year-old Bitcoin CEO Autumn Radtke Found Dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28.
Autumn Radtke, a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta, was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28.
Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results.
Radtke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems.
Autumn began her career in enterprise cloud computing. In 2007 She worked closely with Apple to bring Aqua Connect, an OS X server based solution to organizations like Johns Hopkins, LANL National Security Lab and the Aerospace Corporation. She later passed on an opportunity to work at Apple to stay in the fast paced world of technology start ups.
In 2008, Autumn joined the founding team of Geodelic, one of the first companies to provide mobile location based services across IOS and Android. Geodelic went on to raise over $10 million from top tier venture capital funds. Autumn was responsible for global business development, and forged strategic partnerships with T-mobile, Korea Telecom, Dell, Clear Channel and Verizon Wireless. Geodelic’s partnership with Verizon Wireless also led to a strategic investment by Verizon Ventures.
Autumn became interested in gaming while working in the mobile space, noting games on mobile devices were out performing every other type of content. In Early 2011 after being spun out of Viacom Autumn assisted the newly independent Xfire in raising capital from prominent angels and Intel Ventures.
In January 2012, at the age of 26 Autumn was recruited by prominent Singapore based investor Douglas Abrams to lead First Meta Exchange an early pioneer in digital banking and virtual currency. Shortly after Autumn joined First Meta the company raised additional funding and continues to innovate in the digital currency and payments sector across south east asia.
Forbes magazine reported in 2012 that the company received $466,000 in funding from Sunnyvale, California-based business accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center and Singapore’s National Research Foundation.
On February 10, she posted a link to an essay entitled ‘The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship’ and commented obliquely that ‘Everything has it’s price’.
In comments posted on the day her death was announced, her friend Krystal Choo, who founded the online travel firm ZipTrip, said that ‘This exact post has been killing me. I should have known in a way she was reaching out. I failed her