50 Most Influential People In Cryptocurrency — 2018
The blockchain sphere is expanding by leaps and bound, accommodating new ICOs on a daily basis across all industries, all over the world. The way the potential of blockchain technology to disrupt the industries, is being exploited, is backed by the entrepreneurial spirit and visionary philosophy of the people leading and influencing the cryptocurrency world.
The blockchain space is fortunate to have the most amazing people, who are ever-ready to advance the technology to the new height. These people have indeed left their mark in the industry and are still influencing it positively. Since a bigger part of the world’s population is turning to cryptocurrency adoption and an increasing number of investors are showing interest in cryptocurrency investment, this list of top 50 influential people in cryptocurrency is worth sharing for. These people are invaluable to the cryptocurrency space and blockchain community. The list we represent here might not be complete, as it is not possible to cover all those remarkable people; however, we have tried our best to include as many as we can. If you think we missed someone, let us know!
- Satoshi Nakamoto
Though this list is not organized in order of importance or specific format, we believe it would not make any sense if we don’t start with Satoshi Nakamoto, the pioneer of bitcoin and its identity. The author of the first ever, revolutionary whitepaper about the cryptocurrency in 2008, is believed to be the person behind bitcoin. This bitcoin inventor has always been a mystery as the digital currency continues to witness wild fluctuations in value.
On a P2P Foundation profile, Nakam oto has ben identified as a man living in Japan, born on 5 April 1975. Speculation about the true identity of Nakamoto has mostly focused on a number of cryptography and computer science experts of non-Japanese descent, living in the United States and Europe. Satoshi Nakamoto also created the bitcointalk forum, posted the first message in 2009 under the pseudonym satoshi.
If Nakamoto, which many experts believe is a pseudonym, does exist, he could be the world’s richest person in view of the skyrocketed value of Bitcoin. Indeed, £75-worth of the currency back in 2010 is now worth around £9.5million. It is all dependent on how much Bitcoin Nakamoto has in his possession.
2. Marc Andreesen
Marc Andreesen is the Software Engineer and Entrepreneur by profession. He is the co-founder of Mosaic, the very first web browser, and is one of the early bitcoins proponents. Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, invested just under $50 million in Bitcoin-related start-ups. The firm is keen to find and support more Bitcoin-based investment opportunities. His famous article “Why Bitcoin Matters” was featured in New York Times as well as on other secondary mediums.
Medium Profile Link: Marc Andreessen
3. Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott is a renowned author, scholar, researcher and speaker. Ha has been a co-author of more than 15 books, with Paradigm Shift, The Digital Economy, Growing Up Digital, Digital Capital, The Naked Corporation, Grown Up Digital and his latest one Blockchain Revolution, are the most prominent ones. He is heading the Tapscott Group as the CEO. He was the founder and chairman of the New Paradigm, international think tank and is also the leader of Global Solution Networks, conducting research study of the global web-based networks and their applications for problem solving, cooperation and governance.
Medium Profile Link: Don Tapscott
4. Alex Tapscott
Alex Tapscott, the son of Don Tapscott, is a top tier business executive and author by profession. Alex Tapscott is currently heading Northwest Passage Ventures as the CEO, an advisory company developing industry-leading blockchain businesses. He and his father Don Tapscott, have co-authored the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail best-seller, Blockchain Revolution.
He also wrote various articles featured in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, TIME, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. In 2017, the Blockchain Research Institute was founded by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott to study blockchain’s impact on the global economy.
Medium Profile Link: Blockchain Research Institute
5. Nick Szabo
He is a well-known Computer Scientist, Legal Scholar and Cryptographer. He is well-recognized for his research in digital currency and digital contracts and designed bitgold in 1998, an ecosystem for a decentralized digital currency. Although bitgold was never implemented but it was important for the development of bitcoin ten years later. He also coined the term “smart contracts.” Some experts claim that Nick Szabo is probably Satoshi Nakamoto himself, but he has always denied it.
6. Hal Finney
Hal Finney was a Programmer and Cryptographer Activist by profession. He is one of the pioneers in bitcoin. He invented the first reusable proof-of-work system before bitcoin existed and took part in the first ever Bitcoin transaction, getting bitcoins from Satoshi Nakamoto. He programmed until he died in 2014 and asked to be cryopreserved.
His last project, bcflick, an experimental software aimed to enhance bitcoin wallet security through trusted computing.
7. Gavin Andresen
Gavin Andresen is the programmer by profession. He co-programed bitcoin code with Satoshi Nakamoto and is one of the most influential and recognized members of the bitcoin community. He also has access to the alert key, enabling him to broadcast messages regarding the critical network problems to all Bitcoin clients. Control of the source code repository and the alert key was granted to Andresen from Satoshi before disappearing.
Medium Profile Link: Gavin Andresen
8. Adam Back
Adam is a programmer by profession. Being a bitcoin enthusiast, he has been working on e-cash protocols since 1995. He implemented the first hashcash proof-of-work and decentralized mining, functions used in Bitcoin.
He implemented credlib, a library executing credential systems of Stefan Brands and David Chaum. He also formalized the Non-Interactive Forward-Secrecy security property for email and to study Identity Based Encryption scheme to provide Non-Interactive Forward Secrecy.
Adam is known as a very active and outspoken member of the Bitcoin community, frequently commenting and talking on issues like scalability, privacy, and mining technology.
Currently, Adam Back is the president of Blockstream, a blockchain technology company.
9. Andreas Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos is a Technologist, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author by profession. He authored the “Mastering Bitcoin”, a popular guide for learning bitcoin, and is highly recognized as a public speaker. He has often been labelled as the ambassador of bitcoin. Speaking proactively regarding cryptocurrencies and bitcoin to a range of audiences, he has appeared a couple of times on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, as a guest. He also advises startups and has advised the Canadian Senate on one occasion. The term “The Internet of Money” that he used when describing bitcoin, was well-admired.
Medium Profile Link: Andreas M. Antonopoulos
10. Patrick Byrne
Patrick Byrne is a top tier business executive by profession. He is the heading a big and leading e-retailer, Overstock.com. This is the first key retailer to adopt bitcoin as payment, followed by Dell and Microsoft. He has led two smaller companies, including one owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. He is often called the “scourge of wall street”, as he believes it’s just a matter of time until wall street adopts bitcoin technology. Byrne was on leaves from Overstock.com in April 2016 due to his Hepatitis C complications, and returned in July 2016 as CEO after Hepatitis C recovery. Byrne has also been advocating for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin since last many years.
11. Roger Ver
Roger Ver is a well-known Entrepreneur. Roger, also called the “bitcoin jesus”, was the first person to invest in Bitcoin startups, helping fund the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses. He is extremely active in Voluntarism, a philosophy saying that all forms of human association ought to be voluntary, and pretends to make bitcoin cost-free by making blocks bigger. He now promotes and supports Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork of the cryptocurrency developed with the aim to fix issues like high fees and long transaction times.
Medium Profile Link: Roger Ver
12. Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik Buterin is a Programmer and Entrepreneur by profession. He is one of the founders of the Ethereum project, which has seen many ups and downs since it’s inception in 2015. After the launch of Homestead, the second Ethereum release, and the hack of The DAO, Ethereum is the 2nd biggest cryptocurrency in terms of volume of trans actions. Vitalik is credited to bring a lot of innovation to the crypto world. With the strong community support, Ethereum has a bright future. He is also the co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.
Medium Profile Link: Vitalik Buterin
13. The DAO hacker
The attack on The DAO put the blockchain world in buzz and anyone/people behind it deserve(s) a spot on our list. The DAO hacker/hackers took benefit of what observers once termed as a “come-in-and-take-free-money” sign developed into the code. This situation shaped the Ethereum classic, a rival currency to Ethereum made by unsatisfied stakeholders. But not at all is bad. This critical bug in the smart contract was to be discovered finally and this may act as a learning lesson for the future. The DAO hacker made the community realize that the smart contracts can be highly dangerous is even with a single flaw in the code.
14. Adam Ludwin
Adam Ludwin is the top tier business executive by profession. He is the co-founder and CEO of Chain, a blockchain technology firm offering financial institutions to other companies. The firm got a lots of hype in 2016 followed by its deal with financial and payments industry leaders such as Visa, Nasdaq and others. Before joining Chain, Adam was an investor at RRE Ventures in New York. He started his career as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and IDEO.
Medium Profile Link: Adam Ludwin
15. Pieter Wuille
Pieter Wuille is a programmer by profession. He is the co-founder of bitcoin startup Blockstream and one of the most well-recognized developers on the open-source Bitcoin Core team’s bench. Pieter is also the second-most creative bitcoin contributor to date, according to Bitcoin.org. He is behind a lot of Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIP), and is the primary author of libsecp256k1, a library for efficient elliptic curve cryptography for use in Bitcoin.
16. Bobby Lee
Bobby Lee is a top tier business Executive and Entrepreneur by profession. He is the CEO of BTCChina, that has been the world’s second largest bitcoin exchange. Bobby Lee joined the company in 2013, after making personal investing and attracting more investors, and thus contributed to the company’s growth in terms of market share and workforce. With early career in Silicon Valley and being a software engineer at Yahoo, he led the development of the first online communities. Lee is currently included in the board of Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the worldwide adoption of bitcoin.
Medium Profile Link: Bobby Lee
17. Charles Lee
Charles Lee, the brother of Bobby Lee, is a Programmer, Cryptocurrency Enthusiast and Entrepreneur by profession. He is the Litecoin founder and a former google employee. Being inspired by Bitcoin, Charles created his own cryptocurrency in 2011. Litecoin shares various technical similarities with bitcoin and it’s the one of the most popular and biggest cryptocurrencies in terms of market capitalization, after bitcoin, ethereum, and ripple. He is often called “coblee”, and is also currently as the Director o f Engineering at Coinbase.
Medium Profile Link: Charles Lee
18. Barry Silbert
Barry Silbert is a top tier business Executive and Entrepreneur by profession. He is currently the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, a firm building the digital currency and blockchain technology industry, being an active seed investor with more than 50 investments in 15 countries including BitGo, BitPay, BitPagos, BitPesa, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Gyft, Kraken, Ripple Labs, TradeBlock, Unocoin, and Xapo.
Barry created the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) and is behind the Ethereum classic. He also founded SecondMarket, a platform for private companies and investment funds to raise capital and offer liquidity to their stakeholders.
SecondMarket was named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and has received honors from Forbes, Fast Company, Deloitte and other organizations. Barry has been awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by by Ernst & Young and Crain’s, and was also selected to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list.
Medium Profile Link: Barry Silbert
19. Emin Gun Sirer
Emin Gun Sier is a Software Engineer and Scholar by profession. He is the co-director of IC3. Being one of the most well known a system builder, he has helped build a number of functional systems for bitcoin (Bitcoin-NG, Covenants, Falcon Relay System) and also smart contracts. He has worked to expose various flaws on the DAO, before the hack, and on NoSQL and data stores (formed HyperDex and Weaver). He is also credited to create Karma, the first peer-to-peer currency with a distributed mint, and helped create Nexus, an operating system for trustworthy computing.
Medium Profile Link: Emin Gün Sirer
20. Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn
Zooko is a Programmer and Computer Security Specialist by profession. He possesses over 20 years of experience in free and open source software, secure distributed systems and startups. His well-known works include DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko’s Triangle”, and more. He is the co-founders of the Tahoe-LAFS project and also the founder and CEO of Least Authority Enterprises, an, ethical, affordable, lasting and usable data storage solution. He just joined the founding team of Zcash, a recent cryptocurrency.
21. Vinny Lingham
Vinny Lingham is the top tier business Executive and Entrepreneur by profession. He is the co-founder and CEO of Civic.com, a blockchain startup. He is also the part of the south African version of Shark Tank, and has made the first bitcoin deal in the program. He was the founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card app, and the founder of Yola.com, a web development and hosting company that lets users to develop websites without prior programming knowledge.
Vinny, being a celebrity entrepreneur in Africa, has been selected an Endeavor “High Impact Entrepreneur” in 2006, winning Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006), and was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) and ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). One of his previous companies, Clicks2Customers, also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006.
Medium Profile Link: Vinny Lingham
22. Brett King
Brett King is a Speaker, Author and Radio host by profession. He is the best-selling author, a renowned industry commentator, as well as a speaker, being the host of the BREAKING BANK$ radio show on Voice America, an Internet talk-radio network having more than nine million monthly listeners. He is also the founder of Move, a revolutionary mobile-based banking service. He was voted as American Banker’s Innovator of the Year in 2012, while his brand Moven was nominated as one of the Top 10 coolest brands in banking, by Bank Innovation.
Medium Profile Link: Brett King
23. Michael Kitces
Michael Kitces is a Speaker, Scholar and Financial Advisor by profession. He is well-known being a life insurance agent, and now as a great public speak and financial technology advisor. He has been a practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, the co-founder of the XY Planning Network, and a partner of Pinnacle Advisory Group. He is most famous for his Financial Planning Blog, having over 150,000 unique visitors on a monthly basis.
Kitces’ research on safe withdrawal rates, asset allocation glide paths in retirement, and determining sustainable retirement income based on market valuation has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Money. He has also won the “Thought Leadership award” from the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) in 2013. He also appeared in Investopedia’s top 10 “most influential” advisors list.
Medium Profile Link: Michael Kitces
24. Dan Morehead
He is an Executive and Entrepreneur by profession. He is the founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, a San Francisco-based investment firm, primarily focused on global macro hedge-fund investments, bitcoin and other digital currencies. He was also the CFO at Tiger Management and also served Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, and Goldman Sachs. He has been the CEO of Atriax, an electronic foreign exchange platform. Morehead, being one of the board of directors of Bitstamp, led the funding. This is the fourth largest bitcoin exchange in the world, till date.
Medium Profile Link: Dan Morehead
25. Erik Voorhees
Erik Voorhees is a top tier Executive and Entrepreneur by profession. He ran Satoshi Dice and Paysius. He also served BitInstant and is currently the CEO and founder of ShapeShift, an instant exchange for cryptocurrency. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Coinapult, a company transferring bitcoin through SMS and email. He has also been one of the founders and owners of the bitcoin gambling website Satoshi Dice till 2013.
Medium Profile Link: Erik Voorhees
26. Perianne Boring
Perianne Boring is the top tier business executive and speaker by profession. She is the president and founder of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, an American trade association that represents the interests of the digital asset community. She has also made great contribution for pressing the blockchain technology into the US House of Representatives and the need for legislation. She has been named the top woman in Bitcoin by Coinfilter, for her efforts in public policy and for promoting a pro-growth legal framework for digital assets. Her “Boring Bitcoin Report,” a leading industry news blog is one of the most read blogs, while she has also hosted television show “Prime Interest,” an international finance program aired over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. She has also been featured in Forbes for her “Boring Economics” column.
Medium Profile Link: Perianne Boring
27. Richard Gendal Brown
Richard Brown is the top tier business Executive and Technology Advisor by profession. He is the chief technology officer for R3CEV, a startup firm that develops and empowers the next generation of global financial services technology. In 2016, R3 announced the formation of Corda platform open source, which is a permissioned distributed ledger facilitating the management of legal agreements among financial institutions, with limitation on which parties can see what kinds of information. Richard has been advising carious firms, including Chromaway and Elliptic Enterprises, regarding cryptocurrencies and decentralization.
28. Brian Forde
Brian Forde is an Entrepreneur and Researcher by profession. He has been at the forefront of entrepreneurship, technology and public policy. He is currently the Director of Digital Currency at the MIT Media Lab, for heading it to use digital currencies like bitcoin widespread through high-impact technology and applications. He has previously worked at the White House as a Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation. To highlight the impact of bitcoin, he recently launched the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and is admired by global professionals from multiple areas including cryptography, distributed systems and economics.
Medium Profile Link: Brian Forde
29. Oliver Bussman
Oliver is a top tier business Executive and Financial Technology Advisor. He is recognized globally and has a proven track record for large-scale digital transformation and innovation in high-tech and financial services. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at UBS, leading all the IT transformation efforts and establishing UBS as a leader in the development of blockchain for financial services. He is the former CIO at SAP, where he spearheaded technological transformation. He also served Mexico and North America Allianz for nine years as the CIO. In addition, he has been at executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.
Being the most awarded executives in the world, he has won the 2016 Nasscom’s Golbal CIO Award, 2015 CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, the Elite 8 Award by Wall Street & Technology Magazine in 2013 and 2012 CIO of the year by business school INSEAD and CIONET.
Medium Profile Link: Oliver Bussmann
30. Christine Lu
Christine is the Execution and Public Relations Expert by profession. She has been into cross border Chinese business and investment trends since last 20 years. She was termed as a Digital Leader by the United Nations Foundation and named to Foreign Policy’s inaugural “Pacific Power Index” which recognizes 50 people shaping the future of U.S. and China ties. She had been the head of Marketing for TV Shopping Network and was also the active member of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai’s Marketing Committee. In the U.S., she produced a podcast show for Entrepreneur Magazine called “The China Business Show”. Then she shifted her focus to the tech sectors and startups. She led the first GeeksOnAPlane Silicon Valley tech influencer tours in China and founded the Affinity China, a Chinese private social network. Her recent interests include investments for innovation and social impact.
Medium Profile Link: Christine Lu
31. Gilles Babinet
Gilles is an Entrepreneur by profession. He is recognized as the Digital Champion of France. His first company was Escalade Industries, formed in 1989. Since then, he has led 9 companies across various industries. He founded Absolut, a consultancy firm for product designing and marketing, and establishing Entertainment mobile market. After selling off Absolut, he founded Musiwave, which is now a leading European business for mobile music and entertainment services to telecommunication operators and media. In addition, he is currently an Executive Director in Mobile Entertainment Forum.
Medium Profile Link: Gilles Babinet
32. Jim Marous
Jim is a Speaker, Author and Financial Advisor by profession. He is a well-known author and into the retail banking and financial technology since more than 30 years. He has been featured in CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The American Banker, Accenture and Forbes and has spoken to audiences worldwide. He also advised the White House on banking policy and is a regular contributor and guest host for the Breaking Banks radio show. He is the top 5 global financial technology influencers, and authored “Digital Banking Report”, co-authored “The Financial Brand” and spent 15 years as a financial marketing consultant to top 25 North American banking organizations.
Medium Profile Link: Jim Marous
33. Bruce Porter Jr.
Bruce is an Entrepreneur and Social Media Marketing Expert by profession. He owns DC Translation LLC and EmmeGirls LLC, and is also the Chairman and CEO of GlobalBoost, a technology company in Washington, DC. He is well-recognized globally as an expert in social media, IT, mobile, applications, event production, and staffing. He is expert in translating user requirements into web development services and optimizing websites for search engine results. Moreover, he has developed many training programs for government agencies and commercial companies, as well as has built social networks for private and public entities. He has trained multiple user groups through flexible virtual environments.
Medium Profile Link: Bruce Porter Jr.
34. Dinis Guarda
Dinis is an Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Digital Commerce Advisor by profession. He is the founder and CEO of Ztudium group, which include intelligentHQ.com and socialmediacouncil.eu He has co-managed Saxo Bank’s web/online marketing strategy and created tradingfloor.com. He has participated in many web projects including the projects with the UN and governments, as well as financial, technology and consumer companies including Reuters, MasterCard, P&G, Philips, Vodafone, and Nike. He also worked with David Bowie, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Michel Gondry, Steen Jakobsen, and Brian Solis. He is currently a speaker, guest lecturing recently at Copenhagen Business School, and has created a lot of articles on various topics.
Medium Profile Link: Dinis Guarda
35. Brian Armstrong
Brian is the top tier executive and tech entrepreneur by profession. is the CEO and co-founder of Coinbase, an open financial system and Bitcoin exchange for the world. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rice University. He was also featured in the 2014 movie, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin”. He is an active blockchain enthusiast and a great advocate of bitcoin. He has addressed diverse range of audiences.
Medium Profile Link: Brian Armstrong
36. Jihan Wu
Jihan is the top tier business executive and blockchain expert by profession. Jihan is the co-founder of BITMAIN, which sells ASIC chip technology to bitcoin miners around the world. BITMAIN is presently the world’s largest manufacturer of bitcoin mining parts, having built 70% of the world’s bitcoin mining machines. He studied Economics and Psychology at Peking University in Beijing.
Medium Profile Link: Jihan Wu
37. Laura Shin
Laura is a tech journalist and author by profession. Laura is Forbes’ senior editor of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology coverage, and is a co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list. She also hosts the crypto and blockchain podcast “Unchained”. Shin holds a Masters of Arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Medium Profile Link: Laura Shin
38. Thomas Power
Thomas is a top tier business executive and tech entrepreneur. He is the board member of 9Spokes, an open banking dashboard. He is a well-known cryptocurrency expert and has published 7 books and spoken at 1000 conferences and events across 56 countries. Additionally, He is also the board member or advisor to a number of Blockchain and Bitcoin-focused startups around the world.
39. Tyler Winklevoss
Winklevoss has been an active and well-known bitcoin advocate and is widely noted for being the world’s first bitcoin billionaire, on account of his initial $11M investment in the cryptocurrency in 2013.
40. Tuur Demeester
Tuur is a speaker, research analyst and bitcoin activist by profession. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Adamant Research, and working on macro investment opportunities in the Bitcoin and blockchain space. He is also an early investor in Bitcoin, and is a regular speaker at Bitcoin conferences all around the world. He also co-founded the Belgian Rothboard Institute, an academic think-tank.
Medium Profile Link: Tuur Demeester
41. Peter Todd
Peter Todd is a cryptocurrency developer and digital currency advocate by profession. He is one of Bitcoin’s most prominent and well-recognized open source developers, and is an applied cryptography consultant. Todd is an advocate for cryptocurrency, and is vocal about the need for more effective (yet flexible) governance of Bitcoin and other alt-coins in the years to come.
42. Jameson Lopp
Jamesin Lopp is a cryptocurrency engineer, entrepreneur and blogger by profession. Lopp is currently an engineer at BitGo and the creator of Statoshi.info, which displays bitcoin node stats in real time. He is also the organizer of Bitcoin SIG, a group of MENSA members who focus bitcoin matters. Lopp also posts regularly on the Coindesk blog and other notable bitcoin publications.
Medium Profile Link: Jameson Lopp
43. Tim Draper
Tim Draper is the entrepreneur and top tier executive by profession. He has been listed as #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Draper is currently the founder of DFJ Venture Capital. He is also an active advocate for blockchain technologies, and is one of the early investors in Bitcoin.
Medium Profile Link: Tim Draper
44. Jeff Garzik
Jeff is a top tier executive and a bkockchain entrepreneur by profession. He is the co-founder of Bloq, an enterprise-grade blockchain startup. Bloq has its own cryptocurrency, Metronome, which is expected to eventually run on multiple kinds of blockchains. Previously, Garzik was the founder of Dunvegan Space Systems, a startup that develops space infrastructure.
Medium Profile Link: Jeff Garzik
45. Naval Ravikant
Naval is a top tier business executive and entrepreneur by profession. He is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. Naval is also an investor in Bitwise Asset Management, one of the first cryptocurrency index funds. As a blockchain advocate, he is also providing a range of capital and advisory services to blockchain startup Blockstack, which released its first decentralized browser.
Medium Profile Link: Naval Ravikant
46. Jon Matonis
Matonis is a bitcoin researcher and economist by profession. He is currently the Founding Director and co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. He is also the chairman of Globitex, a bitcoin and derivatives exchange. Moreover, he also served as a Board Member at First Global Credit, a cryptocurrency investment and advisory firm based in Geneva.
Medium Profile Link: Jon Matonis
47. Stephan Tual
Stephan Tual is a top tier business executive and entrepreneur by profession. He is currently the co-founder of AtlasNeue and Slock.it, a blockchain infrastructure for the collaborative economy that’s developed on the Ethereum platform. Previously, he was the CCO of Ethereum, and is universally recognized as an expert in the crypto and blockchain community. He has also been the Managing Director at Ursium.
Medium Profile Link: Stephan Tual
48. Jimmy Song
Jimmy is a well-known blockchain developer and entrepreneur by profession. He is also an instructor at Programming Blockchain, which teaches talented developers about how to code for the blockchain platform. He is currently a developer at Paxos, a fintech blockchain startup focused on automating post-trade settlements.
Medium Profile Link: Jimmy Song
49. Derin Cag
Derin is top tier executive and blockchain entrepreneur by profession. He is the co-founder of BlockchainAge, the global leader in blockchain research and consultancy. He also formed an online business magazine Richtopia, and is the co-founder of Marketing Runners, a professional services firm. Moreover, he is a guest lecturer at the University of Monaco and the INSEEC Group.
Medium Profile Link: Derin Cag
50. Ryan Selkis
Ryan is a top tier business executive and entrepreneur by profession. He has been the Managing Director at CoinDesk, a site that provides latest news, analysis, and insights in the cryptocurrency and blockchain spaces. Previously, has was the Director of Growth for Digital Currency Group, an investment firm for a crypto space. He is an MBA from MIT School of Business and a great advocate of blockchain.
The 50 individuals we included in this list have impressively been leading the digital revolution that’s transforming the world’s financial markets, social institutions and technology. We believe that reading about these people and their contributions in the blockchain industry and for the community as a whole will serve as an effective guideline for the present and upcoming blockchain enthusiasts, activists, entrepreneurs, developers, and other professionals.