From Homeless To Success, Using Crypto For Good, Ray Youssef’s #BuiltbyBitcoin

Jillian Godsil
5 min readDec 22, 2017


There is a new class of money out there and the latest millionaires are not just buying Lamborghinis, they are building primary schools in Africa.

Ray Youssef, co-founder of Paxful, is one such dude. The hashtag ‘BuiltbyBitcoin’ is his baby. Eight years ago his IT startup had failed, his life savings were gone and he was homeless on the streets of California. He met his fellow co-founder, Estonian native Artur Schaback, in similar circumstances. Both were trying to…