Blur Founder Revealed His Identity: Dropped out of high school, Joined YC at Age 17
Pacman, the creator of the renowned NFT trading platform Blur, made his identity public via Twitter on February 22.
Pacman declared that he left high school early, became part of the acclaimed startup accelerator Y Combinator at seventeen years old, and then studied mathematics and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was once given the Thiel grant established by billionaire Peter Thiel, and went on to create a company named Namebase which he later sold to Namecheap.
Pacman said that when he created Blur in 401 days, he considered whether to use real identity or anonymity, and discussed this issue with Anish Agnihotri of Polychain Capital. In the end, Anish persuaded Pacman to remain anonymous initially and then reveal himself afterwards, rather than the other way around, and thus Pacman chose to stay anonymous.
Pacman mentioned that he likes the idea of working anonymously, yet in order to establish a positive rapport with others, he isn’t afraid to communicate using his real name during private conversations, which Franklin, an influential figure in the NFT world, can prove.
Despite releasing his CV, Pacman did not reveal the actual identity of the person.
Pacman stated that the moniker ‘Pacman’ is synonymous with his personal identity. The name is easier to say than his actual name, which serves as a hint. So he will persist in using Pacman and an avatar to join video meetings with others.
Despite Pacman not providing his real name, the details he gave were sufficient for us to uncover additional details.
Earlier, Pacman noted that he founded a business called Namebase and later sold it to Namecheap. According to Crunchbase’s database, we can easily find information about this company. We also discovered that Paradigm, Blur’s premier investment firm, was included in the company’s list of investors. By looking up the details of Namebase founder, we found out about a person called Tieshun Roquerre.
We can locate Tieshun Roquerre on Twitter by looking up the user @TieshunR. According to this person’s resume, he has been a Y Combinator participant, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won a Thiel Scholarship and founded Namebase…These data is in perfect agreement with what Pacman has revealed.
On Instagram, there is a user named ‘tieshunr’ whose photos appear to be identical to those posted by Pacman. This leads us to conclude that Pacman’s real name is Tieshun Roquerre.