Crypto Rising Stars: Meet 20 Of Crypto’s Breakout Developers👨‍💻👨‍💻

The ones behind their MacBooks trying to change the future

Ankit Kumar Singh
Sep 24, 2018 · 7 min read

Few days back, we published our first list for BUIDLers titled 55 BUIDLers Driving the Decentralization Movement Forward (September 2018)which recognised the individuals who are leading #BUIDL revolution in the Cryptosphere.

Today, we sit down and look at the top 20 upcoming talents in the space because as they say,

Young people are the ones who make history. They just get recognised later.

In line with the title, here we go:-

Before that!

Avthar Sewrathan

Avthar Sewarathan is the Founder and CEO of Afari, a decentralized social network that puts people in control of their privacy and data and rewards them for creating quality content.

Arvind started Afari in early 2018, while in his senior year at Princeton. Before beginning to work on Afari full time, Avthar turned down offers from several software giants and blockchain startups.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter is the Founder of Graphite Docs, a decentralized and encrypted replacement for Google’s G-Suite. The product is built on Blockstack and is powered by the Bitcoin Blockchain.

This project stemmed from the increasing control companies place on user data. At any given moment, Google can remove access to every single one of the documents you write and store with them. That’s unacceptable. Additionally, government censorship, which has always been around, seems to be growing more prevalent. Graphite has set out to change this current structure by default.


Prabhaav is the Founder of Stealthy, a decentralized, end to end encrypted, communication protocol built with security & privacy in mind.

Stealthy dAPP integrations are something to watch out for in the coming months. With Stealthy, dApp partners get access to the social graph of Stealthy and other dApp partners immediately. This allows a larger audience for the dApps without the headaches of rebuilding the wheel each time.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Nominated by Nadav Hollander himself, Graeme and Chris Min are the two folks who are doing the most heavy lifting in building Dharma, a platform for building borderless lending products using programmable, tokenized debt.

At Dharma, Nadav Hollander and his team are seeking to build a common, secure infrastructural layer on top of which lending applications of any type can be easily built and monetized.

Pedro Gomes is the founder of Wallet Connect Organisation which is building an open source standard to connect desktop Dapps to mobile wallets.

WalletConnect connects your desktop Dapps to mobile Wallets using end-to-end encryption by scanning a QR code thus opening up a whole world of Dapps that were once only available to Metamask. The user can interact with any Dapp without comprising their private keys and will be notified to sign any transaction requests on their mobile.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Nominated by Richard Burton himself, Jin, Mike and Chris are doing groundbreaking work in the creation of

Balance Manager is an interface that connects to MetaMask, Ledger and Trezor, allowing you to view and send your ERC-20 tokens. The project is one of most talked about projects in the CryptoSphere.

Nitika Goel and Ish Goel are one of first few Blockchain Developers from India. They are the instrumental team behind GovBlocks, an open, permissionless protocol for decentralized governance powered by curation networks, enabling adaptability, self-sustainability and easy management of blockchain networks.

Along with this, they are working on building Nexus, an Ethereum Blockchain powered platform where people can share risk together without the need for an insurance company.

Anton Bukov is a Senior iOS, С++ and Blockchain Developer with over 15 years of developer experience. Currently, he is serving as the Chief Blockchain Engineer at MultiToken, a protocol enabling anyone to easily create globally distributed crypto-funds.

Along with this, he is also an active Open Source Developer and an independent iOS developers having launched several apps on the App Store.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Nominated by Riccardo Spagni himself, Lee Clagett is one of the developers involved with Monero Project and has been instrumental in helping Monero reach its current status in the Cryptocurrency Space.

He is an alumnus of Virginia Tech with Bachelors in Computer Science.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Tope Alabi is a Software Engineer at Consensys in the SF Bay area. Prior to this, he cofounded two companies namely Resoltz and SocialCapital.

Tope holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from University of North Texas.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Tricia Martinez is the Director of Dala Foundation, which is enabling a decentralized financial system for emerging markets. DALA is an open-sourced multi-chain crypto asset through which consumers can access to borderless, low cost, efficient, and unique financial services enabling them to earn, save, borrow, and transact in a new decentralized financial system.

Prior to this, she founded Basic Transfer, a digital cash transfer platform providing unconditional payments to subsistence farmers in Uganda.

She is an alumnus of Stanford and University of Chicago.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

Mariano is a Developer at MakerDAO, working on the DAI Credit System along with being the Head of Oracles and Price Feeds.

Apart from this, he is also building the Developer Tools at Dapp Tools.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Hayden is the Founder of UniSwap, a decentralized exhange platform for ERC20 Tokens. Before UniSwap, he founded Ethereum Programming Services, a firm forEthereum Smart Contract and dApps development.

Hayden is an alumnus of Stony Brook University where he learnt Mechanical Engineering.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Denis Erfurt is a Software Engineer at dAppHub, a network of logicians, researchers, designers and developers spread out across the globe working on projects like MakerDAO, dAppTools, and Circles.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Martin Lundfall is a Core Team Member of Circles, an electronic cryptocurrency with the aim to create and distribute a globally accessible Universal Basic Income.

Along with this, he is also a member of the team at MakerDAO.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Brooklyn Zelenka

Brooklyn is a founding partner at Robot Overlord Software, where she specializes in functional programming consulting and corporate training. She is the author of several Elixir libraries including Exceptional, Quark, Algae, and Witchcraft.

Along with this, she is also the one behind ERCs 902, 1066 & 1444.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

Scott Lewis is the co-founder of Concourse Open Community, an open-sourced community of Builders, Enthusiasts and Researchers building Products for a Decentralised Future. Scott is also the Principal at FlatBush Capital.

He is an alumnus of Northwestern University.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

And again, If you wish to be a part of this list

Ankit Kumar Singh is the Product & Community Evangelist at Prism Labs, makers of Xpo.Network, a Community Development Platform.

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