The world of cryptocurrency has become quite substantial in recent times even if it might seem like just yesterday when the digital currency boom hit us. Like every field has its own players, the blockchain market also possesses a number of individuals who have proven themselves to be an integral part of the crypto family. They have steered the new generation currency system towards the mainstream and have essentialized it into what it is worth in today’s time.
Although there are many noteworthy people, we have comprised a list stating the 10 very influential individuals in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain.
1. Nick Szabo
Nick Szabo is best known for his research in the field of digital currency and more importantly for the development of the well-known concept of “smart contracts.” Many believe him to be ‘Satoshi Nakamoto,’ the creator of Bitcoin, himself, but Nick denies any such claims. Apart from being a cryptographer, he is also a computer scientist and a legal scholar.
2. Don Tapscott
Don, a Canadian business executive and consultant, is the CEO of the well-known firm ‘The Tapscott Group’ as well as the founder of ‘New Paradigm,’ a global think tank. He is also the author of over 15 books, mostly based on the digital world, digital currency and economy in general.
3. Roger Ver
Roger is one of the first people to have started investing in the Bitcoin industry and hence is also termed as the ‘Bitcoin Jesus’. He believed that Bitcoin supports economic freedom. He was also the CEO of MemoryDealers.com (1999-2012).
4. Perianne Boring
She is the founder of the ‘Chamber of Digital Commerce’ which is a trade association (not for profit) working with over 200 members which include respectable firms like Microsoft and Accenture. She is also a renowned speaker and writer on the topic of cryptocurrency and has written for various blogs, including Forbes.
5. Vitalik Buterin
He is best known as the co-founder of ‘Ethereum’ and ‘Bitcoin Magazine.’ Other than cryptocurrency, his interests lie in programming and writing. Ethereum is currently the second most used digital currency.
6. Marc Andreessen
He is an American software developer, entrepreneur, and investor. He co-authored ‘Mosaic’ which is one of the first and most widely used web browser. He has also co-founded the venture capital firm known as ‘Andreessen Horowitz,’ which makes considerable investments in cryptocurrencies.
7. Adam Ludwin
He co-founded the blockchain technology company titled ‘Chain’ and currently holds the position of CEO of the firm. The company works as a financial institution guide for other companies.
8. Bobby Lee
Bobby Lee is a computer scientist who served as a software engineer at Yahoo! He was the CEO of the first ever bitcoin exchange in China known as ‘BTCC’ (BTCChina). It is now one of the leading financial platforms globally when it comes to bitcoin.
9. Barry Silbert
Barry was previously an investment banker who later founded the ‘Digital Currency Group’ and since then has served as its CEO. It is a company working towards the foundation of cryptocurrency and blockchain through active seed investment in the digital currency industry. It has a reach in over more than 15 countries and has made investments in over 50 ventures.
10. Vinny Lingham
Vinny is a professional executive and entrepreneur who co-founded a blockchain startup by the name of ‘Civic.com.’ He is currently the CEO in his venture and the Shark in the South-African ‘Shark Tank’. He is also the founder of a previous company known as ‘Clicks2Customers’, which has garnered a few awards for itself.
Many bigshot names of the industry still remain which haven’t made an appearance in this list, but the contribution of these highly renowned individuals to the crypto and blockchain industry has earned them a place as the top 10 influencers in the world of digital currency. Do you wish to add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.