If you have been keeping up with the blockchain space, It is likely that you have come across key players in the blockchain industry communicating their message of what the future entails. To some, blockchain prompts Bitcoin as a cautionary tale of the late 2017 boom, while to others, it is a clear indicator that enterprise adoption is inevitable with the development of frameworks like IBM’s Hyperledger or Corda R3. Whether you are into cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology itself, there are many blockchain influencers worth following to help you engage in the industry’s most important discussions.
Below, I have included the top 5 influencers that stand out as spokesmen in the blockchain landscape.
1. Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott is a business executive from Canada. He is the CEO of Tapscott Group and Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute. He is well known as a public speaker talking about blockchain technology. Don has been an advocate of groundbreaking concepts for over 3 decades. He has authored over 15 books and these have been in the best seller list: Paradigm Shift, The Digital Economy, Growing up Digital and Wikinomics.
From his previous work to latest “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing the World”, Don Tapscott is one step ahead in this influential league. In 2017, Don and his son Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute. With over 70+ projects underway, they definitively investigate blockchain strategies, use-cases, implementation challenges, and organizational transformations.
2. Alex Tapscott
Like father, like son. Alex Tapscott is a globally well-known writer, public speaker, investor, and adviser. His work is focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies on business and societies. Alex is the co-author of the best seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World. His book has been translated into 15 languages. Alex also spoke at TEDx. His talk, ‘Blockchain is Eating Wall Street’ has been viewed over 600,000 times. In 2017, Alex and his father Don were awarded Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50 as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards.
3. Nicolas Cary
Nicolas Cary, a philanthropist, and an American businessman are well known for his domain Blockchain.com. “Mr. Cary is the founding member” of the Board of Commissioners of Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development. Nicolas is a serial entrepreneur and all-time technologist. With the deep passion towards digital disruption, he founded Blockchain.com in 2013, which has raised over $75 million from leading investors. He is a winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader Award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world. Nicolas Cary is a global traveler and speaker focusing on FinTech and Entrepreneurial advocacy. His media appearances include the NYT, Tedx, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, Techcrunch, World Economic Forum and many more. At his company, Nicolas is focused on supporting and driving success across social media, product marketing, and customer service operations.
4. Joseph Lubin
Joseph Lubin is a Canadian entrepreneur. He has founded multiple companies including Swiss-based EthSuisse that contributes heavily to Ethereum, the decentralized cryptocurrency platform. He is the founder of ConsenSys, a software-production studio. Mr. Lubin’s company serves as a venture production studio for the Ethereum ecosystem. After going through Satoshi Nakamoto bitcoin whitepaper, he got interested in blockchain technology. A Toronto native, like his Ethereum co-founders Anthony Di Lorio and Vitalik Buterin, Lubin heard of Buterin’s in November 2013’s Ethereum whitepaper and started supporting the project.
5. Nick Szabo
Nick Szabo is a renowned computer scientist and legal scholar. In 1996, combining his two passions of legal and science, he introduced the concept of smart contracts globally. Moreover, in 1998, he presented another concept called, ‘Bit Gold’ — which allowed developers to take the best aspect of the gold market and translate them into a digital currency. Mr. Szabo writes about the blockchain revolution in his blog ‘Unenumerated’. As one of the pioneers of cryptocurrencies, Mr. Szabo opinions on finance and technology have inspired many of the brightest minds in the industry.
It is said; blockchain influencers offer blockchain enthusiasts the opportunity to learn and follow the successful path of these business pros. These influencers authenticity and engagement cannot be underestimated in a time when an emerging technology like blockchain is important and extremely vital to dig in and adapt.