# Charles Hoskinson
Charles Hoskinson (born in 1987) is an American businessman and cryptocurrency evangelist, best known in the crypto scene as the CEO of blockchain consultancy and research firm IOHK and a co-founder of the Cardano platform. Hoskinson is an alumnus of Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at which he studied mathematics and cryptography, both sowing the seeds of his future interest in all things crypto. This interest came to prominence in 2011 when Hoskinson dabbled with crypto mining, only to intensify after he got his hands on Vitalik Buterin’s published works on Ethereum. Hoskinson participated in the founding of at least three crypto-focused enterprises, Invictus Innovations, Ethereum Network and IOHK. In 2015, he started working on his pet project, the Cardano platform and cryptocurrency. Hoskinson is a prominent supporter of the cryptocurrency adoption and a firm believer in its institutional future once the market becomes mature enough.