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Before heading up First Meta, Radtke had business development roles at tech start ups Xfire and Geodelic Systems, according to information on her LinkedIn profile.
Beauregard said he had several conversations with her in the 48 hours prior to her death about personal and professional issues. "Bitcoin and Mt. Gox were not part of those conversations," he said.
Plug and Play's Scott Robinson, who focuses on Silicon Valley bitcoin start ups, said Radtke's years of experience in video game virtual currencies made her an instant expert and Adidas Original For Sale
in Singapore was involved in the world of the bitcoin, but was also struggling with other issues prior to her death, friends and colleagues said.
"She had substantial exposure to the ups and downs of bitcoin, and while it's not likely to be the sole reason to this tragedy, it would be naive to think it didn't have a role," said one friend.
Others contested any role the virtual currency had in her death.
Autumn Radtke, chief executive of virtual currency exchange First Meta Pte Ltd, was found dead on Feb. 26. Police said they were investigating her "unnatural" death, and "preliminary investigations showed no foul play is suspected."
Bitcoin is under scrutiny after Tokyo based Mt. Gox, once the world's dominant exchange for the virtual currency, filed for bankruptcy in Japan last week, blaming hackers for the loss of 850,000 bitcoins worth more than $550 million US at today's rates. A smaller, Canada based exchange also shut, saying hackers had stolen all its bitcoins.
Radtke, who moved to Singapore in early 2012, previously worked at another start up in Santa Monica, California.
"She was a go getter, she always worked very hard . she stuck out as one of the only women representing bitcoin."
of First Meta, denied the company was struggling or up for sale, and said Radtke "did a great Adidas Primeknit Black White Solar Red job as CEO." But he said selling the company always remained an option and there had been plans to save money by moving out of its current office space, a townhouse which doubled as Radtke's home.
an asset to the relatively young, predominantly male, bitcoin community.
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Beauregard rented a room in Radtke's large Singapore home cum office and was among the last people to see her alive.
Beauregard and others said First Meta, which initially functioned as an online trade platform for the currency used in the Second Life online world, and then expanded to other games, was not primarily involved in bitcoin. Last year, it allowed users to sell bitcoins for dollars and last month signed a deal with GoCoin.
"She had a phenomenal network of highly successful people around her, and here she is running this little exchange and it just isn't taking off in the way anybody had hoped," Steve Beauregard, CEO and founder of GoCoin, a start up which provided bitcoin related services to First Meta, told Reuters.
Friends and colleagues said Radtke, 28, was wrestling with professional and personal pressures, not least running a start up that was struggling to gain traction.
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In one, she comments on a sharp but brief dip in the bitcoin price last December: "The 'panic' or as I call it Christmas sale was great! Real bitcoiners got 30 40% off."
Friends said Radtke, however, was a huge fan of bitcoin and had invested in it personally. One said she had persuaded friends to invest as well. Her Facebook page includes several links to bitcoin stories, mostly celebrating last year's rise in value.
"I'm not trying to distance First Meta from bitcoin, but it doesn't provide two way trading in bitcoin," Abrams told Reuters.
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