First Meta CEO Autumn Radtke Commits Suicide | Fanboys Anonymous

First Meta CEO Autumn Radtke Commits Suicide

Posted by SirenaFeniks Friday, March 7, 2014
On March 6, 2014 Channel News Asia reported details about the investigation on the sudden death of Autumn Radtke, the CEO of the virtual currency exchange firm First Meta. Radtke was only 28 years old when she died. She was found at the bottom of an apartment block in Singapore, China by police on the morning of February 26.

Autumn Ratke photo from an interview with ABC News

The first investigation into the cause of her death revealed that no foul play was involved. She was found on the second-level parapet of the apartment console, but officials still do not know which floor she lived on.

There is reason to believe that she may have committed suicide due to the unsteady situation of the virtual currency Bitcoin (Source: The Diplomat). After the flaw with Bitcoin currency, the Mt. Gox crash, a few months ago, and the inconsistent value of Bitcoin, there were many problems dealing with cryptocurrency (Source: Cryptocoins News). However, based on Business Insider's report, Bitcoin has yet again saved itself from these problems and has increased to $700.

Even though this may be the case with Bitcoin, Ratke was a very successful woman. Despite her young age, she had worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Clear Channel, and Universal. Ratke's career in the technology sector began beside billionaire Richard Branson, working as a Virgin Charter consultant.

In 2008, she became the CEO for First Meta, which was the company that brought about the first virtual credit card, used in online games such as Second Life. First Meta does not focus on Bitcoin alone like Mt. Gox does: "First Meta would accept all different types of virtual currencies both centralized and decentralized. Bitcoin was but many of the options that First Meta offered to its customers" (Source: Cryptocoins News).

In regard to Ratke's death, First Meta has said that they are "shocked and saddened by the tragic loss" (Source: CBC News)No one knows for sure what happened to Ratke. There may have been several different reasons why she may or may not have committed suicide. Tell us how you feel about this news in the comments section below.
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