The crypto industry is a vibrant ecosystem which is full of larger than life characters. In this guide, you will discover the ten most influential people in crypto in 2020. These people are shaping the crypto landscape making 2020 an exciting time to be involved in the space.
Andreas Antonopoulos is a vocal and longest-standing bitcoin advocate. He travels the world as a keynote speaker at global conferences and leads the charge for bitcoin advocacy. He is also the author of the books ‘Mastering Bitcoin’, ‘The Internet of Money,’ and ‘Mastering Ethereum’.
Anthony Pompliano, commonly known as ‘Pomp’, has established himself as one of the voices of crypto on Wall Street. He is, with Jason A. Williams, co-founder and Managing Partner at Full Tilt Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund and Morgan Creek Digital Assets. He also hosts the popular podcast Off-the-Chain, where he interviews CEOs of leading blockchain companies.
Fun fact – Pompliano served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from March 2006 to August 2012. During his service, Pomp was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-2009). He was The Distinguished Leader Graduate of the Warrior Leader Course and a Commandant’s List Graduate of Infantry Leadership School.
Barry Silbert is one of the most influential investors in the blockchain sector. Through his venture capital investment firm, Digital Currency Group, Silbert owns a range of leading cryptocurrency and blockchain startups such as CoinDesk, Genesis Capital, Grayscale Investments and dozens more.
Brock Pierce is a high-profile investor and entrepreneur in the blockchain industry. In a February 2018 issue of Forbes magazine, Pierce was named in the “top 20 wealthiest people in crypto” with an estimated net worth between 700 million and 1.1 Billion Through his venture capital firm, Blockchain Capital, he holds stakes in a wide range of crypto startups including Abra, BitGo, Blockstream, Coinbase, and Kraken.
Fun fact – As a child actor, he was in Disney films The Mighty Ducks (1992), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and First Kid (1996).
Charlie Lee is the creator of the digital currency Litecoin, which has been dubbed “digital silver” in reference to Bitcoin’s digital gold status. Charlie was also Coinbase’s Director of Engineering and is Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation.
Fun fact – In December 2017, Lee announced on Reddit that he sold almost all of his Litecoin holdings due to a perceived conflict of interest. Lee sold or donated all of his coins except for a few minted in physical form which he kept as collectables.
Erik Voorhees is the founder of the startup ShapeShift.io, a Bitcoin and altcoin exchange creator and the CEO also took part in the development of KryptoKit. He is a dedicated supporter of Bitcoin and frequently is a speaker at related conferences and meetings.
John McAfee is a cybersecurity expert, an outspoken cryptocurrency advocate and a political activist. He originally pledged to eat his dick on national television if Bitcoin didn’t hit $500,000 by 2020.
Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency.
The concept and phrase of “smart contracts” were developed by Szabo with the goal of bringing what he calls the “highly evolved” practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet.
Roger Ver has established himself as the frontman for the digital currency Bitcoin Cash (BCH). He runs the blockchain news publication Bitcoin.com and is a regular speaker at blockchain conferences. Roger is also an investor in a range of bitcoin and blockchain startups and a go-to source for the latest events in the world of Bitcoin Cash.
Fun fact – In 2002, Ver was sentenced to 10 months in prison for selling explosives via eBay. It is common for Ver critics to point to this part of his personal biography as a means of portraying him in a negative light.
Vitaly Dmitriyevich “Vitalik” Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.
Fun fact – Back in the day, Vitalik wanted to acquire some Bitcoin, but he had no money to buy them and no way to mine them. So he took a job writing blog posts earning 5 Bitcoins for every post. Vitalik then went on to co-found Bitcoin Magazine towards the end of 2011.
Most Influential People in Crypto wrapped up
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