In the blockchain world, we have many heroes. It is necessary for us to distinguish those influencers and follow them closely. The individuals in the below article have had a significant effect on how regular people have interacted with crypto and helped shape the crypto space.
After co-founding Ethereum, Lubin then became the founder of ConsenSys, which works on blockchain infrastructure and software projects. In addition to setting up ConsenSys VC and the Ethereum Foundation, Lubin has become an active angel investor in the crypto space.
CZ is the founder and CEO of Binance, presently the world’s fastest-growing crypto exchange. Previously the CTO of OKCoin and a developer for Blockchain.info, CZ has been involved in the crypto space for years and this year landed on Forbes’s list of the wealthiest people in crypto.
Brian is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world that also happens to offer a wide range of products and services for institutional investors. He was featured in the 2014 movie, “The Rise of Bitcoin,” and frequently speaks at conferences on the power of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
Vitalik is known as the godfather of Ethereum, and he’s one of the core programmer’s driving the development of the platform forward. This year, Vitalik began to focus on making ICOs safer as well – and his recently-released DAICO concept is starting to gain traction as a more secure (and safe) way to run an ICO.
Tyler is the Principal of Winklevoss Capital and co-founder and CEO of Gemini, a next-generation digital asset exchange. Winklevoss was the world’s first bitcoin billionaire, and this year he helped launch the Gemini dollar, a stablecoin designed to provide liquidity to crypto traders.
Roger was one of the earlier investors in the first crop of Bitcoin startups. He’s now heavily involved with Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork of the original Bitcoin protocol that is intended to be used as cash (while fixing some of the critical performance issues that have plagued Bitcoin Core in the process).
Brad is now the CEO of crypto payments startup Ripple, which launched its xCurrent international payment protocol earlier this year. He was previously the CEO of file-sharing startup Hightail, and he also an active angel investor, with more than 40 startup investments made to date.
Jihan is one of the co-founders of Bitmain, the world’s largest crypto mining company. With a net worth estimated at more than $2B, he’s one of the most influential members of the blockchain industry. Before Bitmain, Jihan earned an economics degree for his undergraduate studies at Peking University.
Adam is a renowned cryptographer and inventor best known for inventing hashcash, proof of work system that is used by numerous email providers to combat spam. He’s now the CEO of Blockstream, a startup that’s focused on developing sidechains and other applications for the crypto ecosystem.
Former Coinbase employee Charlie Lee is perhaps best known for creating Litecoin, which is now one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the space today in terms of market cap. Lee now spends the majority of his time working with the Litecoin Foundation to drive adoption.
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