This is a list filled with significant people (worth following) in the crypto world. However, some are controversial, yet, they have a heavy influence in the cryptocurrency domain. If you are a serious cryptocurrency advocate or even a beginner these are the people you want to keep an eye out for!
There couldn’t be a rawer crypto advocate to start our list with. Andreas is a computer scientist that continuously tutors masses about the cryptocurrency and blockchain. He teaches them to adopt and to use, teaching at universities, senates, assemblies, etc.
“Bitcoin is not “unregulated”. It is regulated by algorithm instead of being regulated by government bureaucracies. Un-corrupted.” — Andreas Antonopoulos
You probably know he is a Russian-Canadian programmer and the bright-creator of Ethereum, along with smart contracts (SC). He above all took the concept of cryptocurrencies to a whole new level decentralizing ownership of all kinds.
“I remember knowing, for a while, for a long time, that I was kind of abnormal in some sense.” — Vitalik Buterin
3. Joseph Lubin
Founder of Consensys, he is a Canadian entrepreneur, co-founded Swiss-based EthSuisse, and also a strong contributor to Ethereum the actual platform. Furthermore, he assisted in the development of smart contracts and blockchain governance. Joseph is a substantial investor whom according to Forbes has an estimated net worth of 1Billion to 5 Billion dollars.
“Cryptocurrency is in many ways a natural evolution of prior representational systems, though one that favors truth over state-sanctioned power“ — JL
CZ is the founder and CEO of Binance the biggest crypto exchange in the world by volume. According to Forbes Mr. Zhao is one of the richest men in crypto. He is spreading crypto to the world fervently. Genuinely passionate and committed to philanthropy. Zhao is above all a humble crypto-millionaire making the world a better place through cryptocurrency.
“Binance is a big dream opportunity for me. I am so lucky to have such a passionate team who share the same mission. It’s not a job, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime, to increase the freedom of money, and make a positive impact on the world.” — CZ
5. Tim Draper
Timothy Cook Draper is an American capital investor, he has been advocating for cryptos since the early days. Also famous for his bitcoin price predictions, and for purchasing 30.000 bitcoins at a US government auction back in 2014.
“Failure hurts, but failing is a part of the free market. It is a part of economic renewal. The nature of my business, and venture capital in itself requires me to accept failure. By my estimates, I have failed about 600 times to date. A willingness to fail allows me to take bigger risks with my investments, which on the whole has generated more extraordinary returns than if I had not been willing to fail. Nevertheless, I have experienced a few enormous failures that were hard to walk away from and equally hard to learn from. Here is one:” ― Tim Draper, How to be The Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs
6. Roger Ver
Is there a more controversial person in the crypto world? I doubt it. Ver, although he is primarily an advocate for Bitcoin Cash, he was also an early investor of the bitcoin startups. For example, BitInstant, where he invested 125,000. Roger is also well-known for his outrageous statements.
“Bitcoin is amazingly transformative because it’s the first time in the entire history of the world in which anybody can now send or receive any amount of money, with anyone else, anywhere on the planet, without having to ask permission from any bank or government.” -RV
American rowers who became venture capitalists and led a seed funding round for bitcoin payment processor. The project was called BitInstant. In fact, they did it alongside Roger Ver and Charlie Shrem. In 2013, the brothers claimed to hold 1% of all Bitcoins out at the time, worth over $1 Billion dollars.
“Our basic thesis for Bitcoin is that it is better than gold.” — Tyler Winklevoss
8. Charlie Lee
Mr. Lee is the creator of Litecoin one of the largest cryptocurrencies today by market cap. He has a Litecoin foundation to drive up cryptocurrency adoption.
“Every crypto bull run I’ve seen has been followed by a bear cycle. The market needs time to consolidate. That’s just my experience from 7 years of watching this space. How low and how long it will be is TBD. People need to be aware of this possibility and invest responsibly.” — CL
CEO of Coinbase the most popular and accessible fiat to crypto exchange as of today. His corporation has generated massive adoption for cryptos all over the world. It offered broker exchanges of BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, and LTC with fiat currencies in roughly 32+ countries (and growing).
“It’s important to understand how Coinbase thinks about regulation and compliance in the digital currency space. As an exchange, we view compliance as key to digital currency’s success.” — Brian Armstrong
10. Craig S. Wright
Before I said there was no one more controversial than Ver, but hey I was wrong. Mr. Wright probably wins from Roger Ver, by claiming he is Satoshi Nakamoto himself.
Has a computer scientist gone mad? Maybe, but he has convinced enough people to fork into BSV along with him. Furthermore, due to his Satoshi-claims, he managed to get delisted from the main exchanges, as well as crypto listings. Whether we like him or not, he is a true crypto advocate.
“My name is Dr. Craig Wright and under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto I completed a project I started in 1997 that was filed with the Australian government in part under an AusIndustry project registered with the Dept. of Innovation as BlackNet.” — CSW
11. John McAfee
McAfee is a British-American computer programmer and entrepreneur who founded the McAfee antivirus software.
I guess we are still in the controversial list (lol) because this dude makes outrageous claims. On his twitter he predicts extreme bitcoin prices and even promises to do obscene things if he doesn’t get it right. For bad or for worse these controversial fellas have found a way to spread the crypto knowledge to the world.
“If Bitcoin will not cost $500k within 3 years, I will eat my d8$% on national television”. — John McAfee
12. Meltem Demirors
Savvy lady. She is working hard to expanding cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption with her prolific lectures. Demirors is a crypto investor and advisor, also a Chief strategy officer at the crypto treasury startup Coinshares. This savvy lady also lectures at the University of Oxford, and MIT´s Media Lab.
“Bitcoin is dead, long live bitcoin!” — MD
13. Rachel Wolfson
She is one of the top 20 women in the crypto industry! Wolfson is an eager crypto follower, a journalist using her influence to promote the many facets of the digital economy. Many know her through Forbes as The Crypto Chick.
“I’m very selective to choose what is actually ground breaking, what´s new, what hasn’t been told yet, I think breaking news is a revolutionary way of using blockchain.” RW
14. Pamela Morgan
Morgan is an attorney in the crypto world of law. She built a business called Empowered Law, a crypto-friendly law firm to help with disputes that involve digital assets. Founder and CEO of Third Key Solutions, developed for businesses and individuals to protect their digital assets. The company also assists single investors in future planning as inheritances, estate matters, and matters alike.
“Privacy is a basic human right. Without it, we are not and cannot be free.” — PM
He is one influential crypto investor. Therefore, he is constantly advocating cryptos on his popular Twitter. POMP is the Founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, an investment firm that helps provide access to blockchain technology for institutional investors.
“They said Bitcoin was going to zero, but instead it hit $100 billion market cap last night.” — Pomp
16. Connie Gallippi
Gallippi is helping revolutionize philanthropy through bitcoin and blockchain since 2013. Moreover, he is Founder and Executive Director at Bitgive, which is the world´s first government-recognized Bitcoin nonprofit. The organization is advancing cryptocurrency and blockchain tech to empower philanthropic institutions around the world. #Powerful
“We want to leverage the power of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology to improve public health and the environment worldwide.” — CG
17. Nick Szabo
He is a computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer. Szabo is also known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency. This genious assisted in the development of the entire conception of “smart contracts”, and invented Bit Gold which was a predecessor to Bitcoin released in the ’90s. Nick Szabo is still involved in the crypto space.
“Let´s try to secure everything!” -NS
18. Gavin Andresen
A software developer who led and contributed alongside other developers and Satoshi as part of the Bitcoin Digital currency protocol. He also created “The Bitcoin Faucet” a webpage which would give away BTC. Mr. Andresen is a part of the Bitcoin history.
“I do not want to be the king of Bitcoin” — GA
19. Charlie Shrem
An American entrepreneur, a strong Bitcoin advocate, founding board member of The Bitcoin Foundation. TBF is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2012 to promote the development of Bitcoin. Furthermore, it was funded in the early days by crypto fellas like Roger Ver and The Winklevoss twins.
“Bitcoin is my baby; it´s my whole world and my whole life. It´s what I was put on earth to do.” — Charlie Shrem
20. Joseph Young
Mr. Young is a young Forbes journalist advocating for cryptos by writing about cryptos and blockchain under the Asian Area. Today he is famous all around the world for his crypto articles. His twitter is also very popular. He shares his thoughts about what is happening in the crypto market at the moment.
“Bitcoin is criticized for using electricity but how much electricity/resources do banks, ATMs, and others spend? Even as criticism, the numbers have to be relative to traditional financial systems.” — Joseph Young
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