Top Influencers in Cryptocurrencies
The popular and thriving world of cryptocurrencies might have been brought to life by a group of gifted and enthusiastic tech innovators but the passion in digital coins is constantly spreading by a growing blockchain community. From engineers, academics, writers to social media influencers and crypto aficionados, cryptocurrencies are so loved because of their advocates who have invested their time and money in them. Here is a list of those influencers who have kept the crypto-flame alive.
Ok, it is difficult not to begin this list by mentioning one of the youngest people in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Canadian Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum. A young genius with a privileged upbringing, Vitalik would write the Ethereum White Paper in November 2013 and in 2014 at the raw age of 20 he would receive the Thiel Fellowship and dedicate himself wholeheartedly to his project. In 2018, Ether’s value would surpass $1,000, with its market cap standing at $22 billion. Buterin is currently working on upgrading Ethereum’s protocol.
He is many things, but mostly he is considered a living legend being versed in technology, law, commerce, and cryptography. Former George Washington University law professor and computer scientist Nick Szabo is famous for developing a couple of things, including the concept of “smart contracts,” where he bridged the legal idea of a contract with the world of finance and e-commerce to create protocols between anonymous online users. Szabo was among the possible suspects behind the mysterious figure of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the man who developed Bitcoin. As a pioneer in cryptocurrency circles, Szabo is mostly known for authoring the paper Bit Gold in which the idea of Bitcoin is arguably first conceived. As he writes, “It would be very nice if there were a protocol whereby unforgeable costly bits could be created online with minimal dependence on trusted third parties, and then securely stored, transferred, and assayed with similar minimal trust. Bit gold.” The seeds of Bitcoin philosophy seem to already be present in the above quote, four years before the release of Bitcoin itself. Coincidentally, Szabo new Hal Finey, the computer scientist and early bitcoin user, who had famously received the first ever bitcoin transaction from Nakamoto himself. So, for many the case is closed: Nick is Satoshi. But whether this is true or not, it does not make Nick less of an enigmatic figure.
Computer scientist and Litecoin creator, Charlie Lee launched Litecoin on Bitcointalk while working as a software engineer for Google. After leaving Google, he started working for another influential figure Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase—one of the world’s leading digital currency exchanges headquartered in San Francisco, California. In 2017, Lee would eventually sell all his Litecoin funds due to controversy surrounding his tweets affecting the price of Litecoin. He is currently working for the Litecoin Foundation. As a clone of bitcoin, which is seen as “gold” and for storing long-term, Litecoin is seen as “silver” and meant to be used for everyday cheaper transactions.
Brian Armstrong is the CEO and co-founder of online brokerage and digital currency exchange Coinbase. Coinbase was the first Bitcoin exchange to receive direct investment from high-level investors, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, Spanish bank BBVA, military financial services provider USAA, and Japanese telecom DoCoMo. Coinbase was founded in 2012 and by 2017 it became established due to the rise of bitcoin and its “easy-to-use-exchange.”
According to his own website, Andreas Antonopoulos is a best-selling public speaker, author and educator. The host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast and a teaching fellow for the MSc in Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Andreas has been a strong advocate of Bitcoin since 2013, arguing that “The reason Bitcoin is interesting is because it’s not controlled, because it can’t be censored, because it’s open, because a lot of the people involved are very, very weird.” Antonopoulos has published books on Bitcoin, Ethereum and the Internet of Money.
Roger is considered the first Investor in Bitcoin startups including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Kraken & Purse.io, among others. Between 1999 and 2012, he was the CEO of MemoryDealers, a company that offers custom and discounted transceivers and hardware and which was one of the first online retailers to accept Bitcoin payments. Ver has been a proponent of Bitcoin and is currently promoting Bitcoin Cash.
The Bad Crypto Podcast
Hosted by Joel Comm and Travis Wright, the Bad Crypto Podcast is one of the biggest Bitcoin podcasts covering a series of subjects including blockchain, cryptocurrency, Ethereum, ICOs, altcoins, fintech and digital money. The podcast is not just entertaining, but it also offers a good introduction into the world of cryptos and blockchain technology.
YouTubers: Crypto Bobby, Coin Mastery, Crypto Investor, Decentralized TV
The world of cryptocurrencies has never been more popular and accessible than through YouTubers who have introduced the complexities of cryptos into the bedrooms of millennials, changing forever our understanding of digital currency. From what’s trending, to investing advice and blockchain technology insights, these YouTubers are some of the crypto-influencers with massive followers, who continue the work of the great innovators such as Satoshi. With interest in cryptos growing day by day, the work of these crypto-influencers has yet to be completed.