The Top 10 Influencers in the Blockchain Industry
A blockchain technology was referred to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies once it was introduced in 2008. In addition, it is growing faster and faster by embracing a larger space of industry and service, such as social networks and financial services. The following list contains top 10 influencers in blockchain industry, however, the list is not ranked in order of importance. Satoshi Nakamoto is considered as the creator of bitcoin by the majority and there is a lot of mysteries surrounding his identity. Therefore, he is not listed here since he was never seen in real life and even was not heard of yet. Maybe he is a real person or not, the list starts without him.
Software Engineer, Entrepreneur
Every tech-geek knows him as he is the co-creator of the very first web browser called Mosaic and the co-founder of famous Netscape. Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and investor. In addition, he is a member of the director’s board of Facebook, eBay and HP Enterprise. He is one of the bitcoin pioneers and has made successful investments on cryptocurrencies. His famous article was published in New York Times under the title of “Why Bitcoins Matter”. You can read the article via this link.
Author, Scholar, Researcher, and Speaker
Don Tapscott is a Canadian business executive, author, a consultant who specialized in business strategy. Being the CEO of the Tapscott Group, he founded the international think tank New Paradigm. Furthermore, he authored more than 15 books written on the digital economy. His recent focus now is on how technology will bring an organizational transformation to not only business but also to society in general.
Alex Tapscott, the son of Don Tapscott, currently serves as the CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures. Alex and Don, son and father duo, co-authored a critical bestseller “Blockchain Revolution”. Therefore, his work now revolves around the applications of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.
Computer Scientist, Legal Scholar, Cryptographer
He started researches in digital contracts and digital currency, namely bitgold – designed for a decentralized digital money, earlier than his colleagues in 1998. Even if bitgold was not implemented, the research upon it was crucial for bitcoin development a decade later. Furthermore, Nick coined the term “smart contracts” for the first time in the digital economy. There are claims online about Nick Szabo telling that he might be Satoshi himself, but he always denies it.
Programmer, Cryptographer Activist
Finney is also a genius pioneer in the bitcoin world. He is the creator of the first reusable proof-of-work system before bitcoin emerged. In addition, Finney was the first ever participant in bitcoin transaction, receiving bitcoins from Satoshi Nakamoto. Bcflick was his last experimental software project to create more secure bitcoin wallets via trusted computations.
An American software developer, Gavin Andresen is well known for his involvement with bitcoin. He was originally a 3D graphics and virtual reality software programmer until 2010 when his focus was directed into the bitcoin market. Furthermore, Gavin is the lead developer of the reference implementation for bitcoin client software. In addition, to support and nurture the bitcoin development, he established the Bitcoin Foundation.
Adam Back is a British programmer, cryptographer, and crypto-hacker. He has made significant researches on e-cash protocols since 1995. His inventions of hashcash and proof-of-work system are handy manuals for several anti-spam systems. Hashcash is designed to combat blog spams and namespace pollution. Adam is the CEO of Blockstream, a company that seeks further development of bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Patrick Byrne is an American entrepreneur, e-commerce pioneer and CEO of Overstock.com, an e-retailer giant. In January 2014, Overstock was the first major retailer to welcome bitcoin payments for its products long before Microsoft and Dell came along. He has an MA degree from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Patrick is an amazing sportsman too. He has a taekwondo black belt and a professional boxer. More surprisingly, he is a cancer survivor. The blockchain people are happy that he defeated his cancer.
Roger Ver is the “Bitcoin Jesus”, an American entrepreneur running his business in Tokyo, Japan. He is the first person to make initial investments in bitcoin startups. Being a prominent bitcoin supporter, he promotes Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork of the cryptocurrency – an intent to reduce transaction time and fee. In 2012, Ver helped the Bitcoin Foundation with a large amount of donation and the Foundation of Economic Education with 1 million dollar worth of bitcoins.
Vitalik Buterin, a Canadian-Russian programmer, is the co-founder of both the Ethereum project and Bitcoin Magazine. This 24-year-old genius boy is the youngest on the list. His cryptocurrency is worldwide number 2 in terms of transaction volume. Buterin learned about bitcoins at the age of 17 from his father. He was listed in Fortune’s 40 under 40 in 2016, and Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018.