Like any burgeoning industry, the crypto industry is packed with its own superstars and celebrities. However, because it’s a new industry, it can be difficult to decide who’s really on top. That’s one of the reasons why Crypto Weekly decided to recently release the 2018 edition of their 100 Most Influential People in Crypto.
Why Were They Picked?
The 100 individuals on the list were, understandably, picked because they have a major impact on the crypto industry.
As Crypto Weekly explains:
“The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies surpassed $600 billion in 2017, and these 100 individuals are leading the digital revolution that’s transforming our financial markets and social institutions.”
The list includes obvious picks – like Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin and Litecoin’s Charlie Lee – and lesser-known but still influential selections – like Ran Neu-Ner, the South African TV show host and founder of OnChain Capital, or Tai Zen, creator of the TaiFu 30 Cryptocurrency Market Index.
According to Crypto Weekly, the list was designed to represent a cross-section of the industry – not just the coders who design blockchains or the marketers who promote cryptocurrencies:
“This year’s list is an eclectic mix of hackers, academics, engineers, and journalists – all of whom are intensely focused on driving the cryptocurrency movement forward. The outlook for bitcoin and blockchain remains promising in 2018, and these individuals will be poised to spark even more innovation in the upcoming year.”
Top 10 Most Influential People in Crypto
You can view the top 100 most influential people in crypto here: https://cryptoweekly.co/100/
Alternatively, we’ll highlight the top 10 members of the list below. The list isn’t exactly numbered, so Vitalik Buterin isn’t necessarily number one. However, the more influential individuals tend to appear at the top of the list:
1. Vitalik Buterin (@VitalikButerin):
Words like “wunderkind” get tossed around for the Russian-Canadian programmer who co-founded Ethereum. The guy doesn’t even turn 24 until January 31, 2018, but has already had a lasting impact on the cryptocurrency industry.
2. Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite):
Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin and the former Director of Engineering for Coinbase. Litecoin was the first major altcoin, built off the original bitcoin blockchain for faster transaction times. In addition to Litecoin, Lee remains focused on a number of bitcoin-specific projects.
3. Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong):
Brian Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest and best known payment and trading platforms in the crypto space.
4. Roger Ver (@rogerkver):
Roger Ver is often described as the world’s first investor in bitcoin startups because he made investments in Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Z.cash, BitPay, Kraken, and Purse.io. Ver also ran a computer parts business called MemoryDealers that became one of the first online retailers to accept payment in bitcoin. Today, he speaks regularly at bitcoin events worldwide and is a huge supporter of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as the “true” version of bitcoin.
5. Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop):
Andreas wrote “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”, two books that explain the global impact of bitcoin. He’s also a public speaker at bitcoin events and has been called as an expert witness in trials relating to the security and technical details behind cryptocurrencies.
6. Nick Szabo (@NickSzabo4):
Nick Szabo is best-known for inventing the idea of smart contracts, which are now a fundamental feature of modern cryptocurrencies. Szabo also created “Bit Gold”, a decentralized currency theorized years before bitcoin. Bit Gold’s documentation is thought to have informed the initial construction of bitcoin’s architecture.
7. Don Tapscott (@dtapscott):
Don is the co-founder and Executive Director at Blockchain Research Institute, which seeks to drive clear policy-making and governance over bitcoin. He also wrote a book called “Blockchain Revolution”.
8. Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen):
Gavin was appointed Lead Developer on Bitcoin Core by Satoshi Nakamoto, making him one of the original bitcoin developers. He’s been working on the project since 2010. Andresen also founded the Bitcoin Foundation to encourage advocacy in the cryptocurrency community.
9. Jihan Wu (@jihanwu):
Jihan Wu is the co-founder of Bitmain, which sells ASIC chip technology to bitcoin miners worldwide. The company is the largest bitcoin miner manufacturer in the world, and Bitmain is estimated to have built 70% of the world’s bitcoin mining machines.
10. Laura Shin (@laurashin):
Laura is the Forbes senior editor of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology coverage. She’s also a co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list.
Other notable names on the top 100 list include:
- Erik Voorhees
- Tyler Winklevoss
- Barry Silbert
- Peter Todd
- Tim Draper
- Bobby Lee
- Dr. Craig S. Wright
- And many others
To view the entire list, visit Crypto Weekly here: https://cryptoweekly.co/100/