Cryptocurrency

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN CRYPTO

1

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin

The creator of Ethereum, the blockchain platform that acts as a world computer for decentralized applications. Its cryptocurrency, Ether, has seen its value skyrocket in 2017 (Ethereum’s market cap is nearly $30 billion). He cofounded Bitcoin Magazine and now leads Ethereum, working on upgrades to its protocol.

2

Charlie Lee

Charlie Lee

The creator of Litecoin, and formerly Coinbase’s Director of Engineering. Although he is the creator of Litecoin, Lee remains focused on a number of Bitcoin-specific projects as well. Prior to Lee’s forays into the world of cryptocurrency, he held various engineering positions at companies like Google and Guidewire Software.

3

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Brian is the co-founder & CEO of Coinbase, an open financial system and Bitcoin exchange for the world. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rice University. He was also featured in the 2014 movie, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin”.

4

Roger Ver

Roger Ver

Roger is considered the world’s first Investor in Bitcoin startups (including investments in Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Z.cash , BitPay, Kraken & Purse.io). Ver’s computer parts business, MemoryDealers, was one of the first online retailers to accept payment in Bitcoin, and he now speaks regularly at Bitcoin events worldwide.

5

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas is the author of “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”, seminal books about why bitcoin matters on a global scale. Antonopoulos is also a public speaker at bitcoin events, and is frequently called in as an expert witness in trials relating to the security and technical details of crypto-currencies.

6

Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo

Nick is a blockchain and cryptocurrency pioneer. Szabo is widely regarded as the inventor of the concept of smart contracts, which are now a fundamental feature of cryptocurrencies. Szabo also is the creator of “bit gold”, a decentralized precursor to bitcoin which informed the initial construction of Bitcoin’s architecture.

7

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

Don is the co-founder and Executive Director at Blockchain Research Institute, which seeks to drive clear policy-making and governance of bitcoin. He is also the best-selling author of “Blockchain Revolution”, a book on the numerous impacts that cryptocurrencies and blockchain will have on the world.

8

Gavin Andresen

Gavin Andresen

Gavin is one of the original Bitcoin developers, having been appointed the lead developer on Bitcoin Core by Satoshi Nakamoto. A Bitcoin developer since 2010, Andresen founded the Bitcoin Foundation as a vessel for cryptocurrency advocacy, and has dedicated much of his time to that organization in recent years.

9

Jihan Wu

Jihan Wu

Jihan is the co-founder of BITMAIN, which sells ASIC chip technology to bitcoin miners around the world. BITMAIN is presently the world’s largest manufacturer of bitcoin mining parts, having built ~70% of the world’s bitcoin mining machines. He studied Economics and Psychology at Peking University in Beijing.

10

Laura Shin

Laura Shin

Laura is Forbes’ senior editor of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology coverage, and is a co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list. She also hosts the crypto and blockchain podcast “Unchained”. Shin holds a Masters of Arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

11

Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Thomas is a board member of 9Spokes, an open banking dashboard. Power is a cryptocurrency expert who has published 7 books and spoken at 1000 conferences and events across 56 countries. Additionally, Power is a board member or advisor to numerous Blockchain and Bitcoin-focused startups around the world.

12

Erik Voorhees

Erik Voorhees

Erik is the CEO of ShapeShift. Voorhees currently writes at MoneyAndState.com about the struggle for the separation of money and state, and about Bitcoin as the instrument by which it will happen. He is the co-founder of bitcoin startup Coinapult, and previously sold his startup Satoshi Dice for $11.5M in bitcoin in 2013.

13

Tyler Winklevoss

Tyler Winklevoss

Tyler is the Principal of Winklevoss Capital and co-founder and CEO of Gemini, a next-generation digital asset exchange. Winklevoss has long been a bitcoin advocate and is widely noted for becoming the world’s first bitcoin billionaire, on account of his initial $11M investment in the cryptocurrency in 2013.

14

Barry Silbert

Barry Silbert

Barry is the founder and CEO of DigitalCurrencyGroup, which builds and supports Bitcoin and blockchain companies. He is also an investor in numerous bitcoin and blockchain companies worldwide. Silbert also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, which is the only public security whose value comes directly from Bitcoin.

15

Tuur Demeester

Tuur Demeester

Tuur is the Editor-in-Chief at Adamant Research, which focuses on macro investment opportunities in the Bitcoin and blockchain space. He is an early investor in Bitcoin, and is a regular speaker at Bitcoin conferences around the world. He also cofounded the Belgian Rothboard Institute, an academic think-tank.

16

Vinny Lingham

Vinny Lingham

Lingham is known as the “Bitcoin Oracle” on account of his highly accurate predictions around the pricing of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He is the founder of Civic, an identity management startup run on the blockchain. He was previously recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

17

Charlie Shrem

Charlie Shrem

Charlie is a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, and is a controversial Bitcoin Evangelist. He helped found BitInstant, one of the earliest bitcoin startups, and has been an investor in Bitcoin since 2011. Shrem is now the Director of Community and Business Development for Shrem, a blockchain wallet startup.

18

Peter Todd

Peter Todd

Peter is one of Bitcoin’s most prominent open source developers, and is an applied cryptography consultant. Todd is an advocate for cryptocurrency, and is vocal about the need for more effective (yet flexible) governance of Bitcoin and other alt-coins in the years to come.

19

Adam Back

Adam Back

Adam is a cryptographer who is the inventor of Hashcash, the underlying technology behind a number of anti-spam softwares. Back is the co-founder/ CEO of Blockstream, which develops protocols for blockchain developers. He has a Computer Science PhD in Distributed Systems from the University of Exeter.

20

Tone Vays

Tone Vays

Tone is the host of CrytpoScam Podcast. Days was previously a well-known derivatives trader on Wall Street, later was a VP at JP Morgan, and is now a blockchain consultant. He is also a regular contributor to The World Crypto Network. He was recently featured on the Bitcoin documentary, “Magic Money”.

21

Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp

Lopp is presently an engineer at BitGo and the creator of Statoshi.info, which displays bitcoin node stats in real time. He is also the organizer of Bitcoin SIG, a group of MENSA members who discuss bitcoin matters. Lopp also posts regularly on the Coindesk blog and other notable bitcoin publications.

22

Tim Draper

Tim Draper

Tim Draper has been listed as #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Draper is the founder of DFJ Venture Capital, an advocate for blockchain technologies, and was an early investor in Bitcoin.

23

Jeff Garzik

Jeff Garzik

Jeff is the co-founder of Bloq, an enterprise-grade blockchain startup. Bloq recently announced its own cryptocurrency, Metronome, which it hopes will eventually be run on multiple types of blockchains. Prior to Bloq, Garzik was the founder of Dunvegan Space Systems, a startup focused on enabling space infrastructure.

24

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee

Bobby is the CEO and co-founder of BTCC, China’s first bitcoin exchange. Lee has been involved with bitcoin since 2011, and envisioned BTCC as a full-stack solution for bitcoin in China – ranging from exchange functionality, to providing secure wallets to consumers. Prior to BTCC, Lee held a senior role at Walmart China.

25

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

He is a co-founder and managing partner at Union Square Ventures (a significant investor in Coinbase) and the founder of VC firm Flatiron Partners. As a vocal advocate for blockchain as a whole, Wilson writes regularly about cryptocurrencies, investing strategies, ICOs, and more at AVC.com.

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Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

The AngelList co-founder and CEO is also an investor in Bitwise Asset Management, one of the first cryptocurrency index funds. As a proponent of blockchain, Ravikant is also providing capital and advisory services to blockchain startup Blockstack, which recently released its first decentralized browser.

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

Michael is the founder and former co-editor of TechCrunch. As a VC with a proven track record, Arrington is now the lead partner at Arrington XRP Capital, a $100M hedge fund based entirely on cryptocurrency. The fund will be denominated in XRP, the cryptocurrency that drives much of the startup Ripple’s software.

28

Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis

Matonis is a bitcoin researcher and economist. He is presently the Founding Director and co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. He is also the chairman of Globitex, a bitcoin and derivatives exchange. He is also a Board Member at First Global Credit, a cryptocurrency investment and advisory firm based in Geneva.

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Stephan Tual

Stephan Tual

Stephan is the co-founder of AtlasNeue and Slock.it, a blockchain infrastructure for the collaborative economy that’s built on the Ethereum platform. Formerly, Tual was the CCO of Ethereum, and is universally regarded as an expert in the crypto and blockchain community. He was previously Managing Director at Ursium.

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Jimmy Song

Jimmy Song

Song is a prominent blockchain developer and entrepreneur. He is also an instructor at Programming Blockchain, which helps talented developers learn how to code for the blockchain platform. He is currently a developer at Paxos, a fintech blockchain startup focused on automating post-trade settlements.

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Chris Burniske

Chris Burniske

Chris is now a partner at Placeholder VC. Burniske previously led ARK Invest’s cryptoasset and product development efforts, where he interfaced with press to ensure accurate reporting around cryptocurrencies and cryptoassets. He is also the author of “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond”.

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Derin Cag

Derin Cag

Derin is the co-founder of BlockchainAge, the global leader in blockchain research and consultancy. He is also the founder of online business magazine Richtopia, and the co-founder of Marketing Runners, a professional services firm. Additionally, Cag is a guest lecturer at the University of Monaco and the INSEEC Group.

33

Fred Ehrsam

Fred Ehrsam

Fred is previously co-founder of Coinbase, and is now working on building decentralized blockchain applications. Prior to his forays into the crypto world, Ehrsam was a trader at Goldman Sachs. He is an investor in crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.

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Luke Martin

Luke Martin

Luke is one of the most prolific and well-known cryptocurrency traders, and is best known for hosting Coin Chat, an informative YouTube series about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Martin also founded (and now runs) VentureCoinist, a crypto analysis and education website that is run on a membership basis.

35

Dinis Guarda

Dinis Guarda

Dinis is the CEO of IntelligentHQ, a social business network. He is also the CEO of blockchain startup Humaniq, which aims to become a secure, decentralized banking solution for the 2 billion+ people in the world that don’t yet have bank accounts. Guarda is a regular speaker at bitcoin-related conferences worldwide.

36

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

Michael is the publisher of the Nerd’s Eye View blog, which focuses on financial planning and has recently begun to delve into cryptocurrencies. Kitces is the Director of Research at Pinnacle Advisory Group, and is an advisor to a number of fintech startups. He holds master’s degrees in Taxation and Financial Services.

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Josh Olszewicz

Josh Olszewicz

Josh started investing in Bitcoin in 2013, and is now an advisor to Experty.io and AltCoinExchange. He is well-known for broadcasting detailed crypto technical analysis on his YouTube channel. Olszewicz also writes regularly on bitcoin finance site BraveNewCoin.com, and is an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University.

38

Joseph Lubin

Joseph Lubin

Joseph is the co-founder of Ethereum, and the founder of ConsenSys, a blockchain app development firm. Lubin also helped to set up the non-profit Ethereum Foundation and VC fund ConsenSys Ventures, which invests in decentralized blockchain applications. Lubin holds a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University.

39

Ari Paul

Ari Paul

Ari is the CIO of cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital. Prior to his time in the crypto space, Paul was a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago’s endowment, as well as a derivatives trader. He is interviewed about his views on crypto regularly by publications like BusinessInsider and Forbes.

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Ryan Selkis

Ryan Selkis

Ryan was the Managing Director at CoinDesk, a site providing the latest news, analysis, and insights in the cryptocurrency and blockchain spaces. Prior to CoinDesk, Selkis was the Director of Growth for Digital Currency Group, an investment firm focused on the crypto space. He holds an MBA from MIT School of Business.

41

Joey Zhou

Joey Zhou

Joey wrote the first node implementation of Ethereum, and also made significant contributions to the development of the geth, go-ethereum, and cpp-ethereum protocols. He is a managing partner at consulting firm Cyborgenic, which focuses on fintech innovations. He is also an active angel investor and startup advisor.

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Brock Pierceke

Brock Pierce

Brock is the co-founder of Blockchain Capital, a venture capital company that invests in blockchain related startups (such as EOS and Tether). He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, and also runs one of the top AngelList syndicates. He also speaks at numerous blockchain events and conferences around the world.

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Spencer Bogart

Spencer Bogart

Spencer is currently the Head of Research at Blockchain Capital, one of the first funds focused solely on blockchain technologies. He formerly was the VP of Equity Research at Needham, where he led the firm’s research on blockchain technologies. He holds a BS in Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Michael Novogratz

Michael Novogratz

Michael is presently an investor and the CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners, which makes investments in emerging blockchain startups. Novogratz was formerly a principal and member of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC, and was the Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Macro Fund.

45

Da Hongfei

Da Hongfei

Da is the co-founder of blockchain group NEO, formerly known as AntShares. He is also the founder and CEO of OnChain, one of China’s most innovative blockchain technology firms. Through OnChain, Da is collaborating with the Chinese government on establishing blockchain technology standards that will apply across the country.

46

Willy Woo

Willy Woo

Willy is a data-driven cryptocurrency analyst and bitcoin investor, writing primarily for his blog, Woobull. He writes regularly about cryptocurrency as an investment for publications like Forbes, CoinDesk, and BraveNewCoin. Woo also speaks regularly about bitcoin at conferences and events around the world.

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Gav Would

Gav Wood

Gav is the founder of Parity Technologies, which develops cutting-edge blockchain applications. Most notably, Wood was one of the co-founders of Ethereum, having coded its first functional implementation. He is also the co-founder of Grid Singularity, which aims to develop a decentralized energy management platform.

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Nicolas Cary

Nicolas Cary

As the President and Co-Founder of Blockchain.com, Cary travels the world to connect with the bitcoin community and be an evangelist for the story of Blockchain. As an active philanthropist, Cary executed the world’s first University donation in Bitcoin. Cary is also an active investor in cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

49

Eric Lombrozo

Eric Lombrozo

Lombrozo is the co-CEO and CTO of Ciphrex Corp, a provider of enterprise-grade software specialized in the cryptographic transaction processing (CTP) space. Before his time at Ciphrex, Lombrozo was the founder of cryptocurrency startups CoinSurge and RingCoin. Lombrozo is also an active contributor to Bitcoin Core.

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Vlad Zamfir

Vlad Zamfir

Vlad is part of the Ethereum Development Team and is an analytics consultant at Burson-Marsteller. Zamfir is known for his active involvement in the Ethereum community, as well as his consistent research in the blockchain technology space.

51

Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse

Brad is currently the CEO at Ripple, an enterprise blockchain solution for global payments. He is also a board member for Animoto, a video creation service. Previously, Garlinghouse was the CEO of file-sharing startup Hightail and also held senior roles at both AOL and Yahoo. He also has a MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth is the founder of Lightning Labs, which develops Lightning, an open protocol layer for blockchain. She is also a fellow at Coin Center, a cryptocurrency policy institute. Stark is an advisor to numerous AI and blockchain startups, and previously taught at Stanford and Yale, and holds a law degree from Harvard.

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Preethi Kasireddy

Preethi Kasireddy

Preethi is a blockchain engineer that formerly worked at Goldman Sachs and Andreessen Horowitz. She is the founder and CEO of Schelling, a blockchain startup currently in stealth mode. Kasireddy was an engineer on a number of blockchain and smart contract projects, and previously was a software engineer at Coinbase.

54

Kyle Torpey

Kyle Torpey

Kyle is a prolific freelance writer who focuses primarily on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He regularly contributes to Forbes, Bitcoin Magazine, CoinJournal, and Crypto Insider, among others. His commentary and writing has also been featured on Motherboard, NASDAQ, and other publications.

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Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson

Charles is the co-founder of Ethereum and is presently the CEO of Input Output, a Hong Kong-based blockchain research firm. He was also a founding member of the Cryptocurrency Research Group, which was established in 2013. Hoskison is a bitcoin evangelist, and writes about cryptocurrencies for numerous publications.

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Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta

Vinay is presently the CEO of Mattereum. Gupta helped coordinate Ethereum’s 2015 release, while working as a project manager on strategy and communications. He is also the Designer of the United Arab Emirates’ National Blockchain strategy, which will enable Dubai to become the first blockchain-powered government.

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Meltem Demirors

Meltem Demirors

‎Meltem is the Managing Director at Digital Currency Group, which invests in (and advises) 100+ bitcoin and blockchain startups. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain at the Davos World Economic Forum, and is also an advisor and teacher at MIT and the University of Oxford.

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Andrew DeSantis

Andrew DeSantis

Andrew is an early investor in bitcoin who is now the co-founder of BTC Media, a leading provider of news and educational information about financial technology and cryptocurrency. DeSantis is also a software engineer at 21 Inc, which is focused on building out the full-stack infrastructure for Bitcoin.

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Marek Palatinus

Marek Palatinus

Marek is the CEO and Head IT Architect at Satoshi Labs, which is responsible for building some of the most widely used Bitcoin products (such as TREZOR, Slush Pool, and Coinmap). He is one of the co-inventors of TREZOR, and founded Slush Pool, the world’s first bitcoin mining pool. He has been involved in crypto since 2010.

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Michael Parsons

Michael Parsons

Michael was a former executive in the banking industry, and was an early evangelist for Bitcoin. Parsons is now a sought-after speaker and advisor on the subject, and currently serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Cardano Foundation, which promotes and supports the new Cardano blockchain protocol.

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Sunny Ray

Sunny Ray

Ray is the co-founder of Unocoin, an India-based startup that aims to make it easy to securely buy, sell, and store bitcoin. He has been involved with cryptocurrencies since 2013, when he directed Business Development for Buttercoin, one of the earliest cryptocurrency trading firms.

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Anondran

Anondran

Anondran is a cryptocurrency analyst and trader who is best-known for his Twitter-only commentary on the crypto world. Anondran covers Bitcoin and Ethereum on a regular basis, as well as other alt-coins (such as ZCash, XRB, and others).

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Alexander Tapscott

Alexander Tapscott

Alexander is the co-author of “Blockchain Revolution” (along with his father, Don Tapscott) and is the CEO and founder of NextBock, a blockchain investment firm. Tapscott has advised multiple government agencies on blockchain (particularly in Canada) and has spoken at numerous conferences about the potential of the platform.

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William Mougayar

William Mougayar

Author of the best-selling “The Business Blockchain”, the first detailed book on the blockchain ecosystem, and its future. He is the producer of Token Summit, which is an in-depth exploration of the Token-Based Economy. He is an advisory board member at the Ethereum Foundation, as well as Coin Center.

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Dr. Craig S. Wright

Dr. Craig S. Wright

Craig is the Chief Scientist of nChain, a startup focused on transforming how the world conducts all transactions. nCash was recently acquired by a private equity fun. Controversially, he is rumored to be behind the psuedonym Satoshi Nakamoto. He is also the founder of Australian cryptocurrency company DeMorgan Inc.

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Ryan X Charles

Ryan X Charles

Ryan has been active in the bitcoin community since 2011, and has been an active contributor to the Bitcoin open-source community. He is the creator and CEO of Yours.org, a bitcoin-centric social media startup. Previously, Charles was a cryptocurrency engineer at Reddit, and led development for Reddit’s cryptoequity project.

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Kris Marszalek

Kris Marszalek

Kris is the CEO and co-founder of Monaco, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform with a vision of Cryptocurrency in Every Wallet. Marszalek is active in the Asian crypto community contributing to industry events and engaging with media to discuss the implications of cryptocurrency and blockchain solutions.

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Jackson Palmer

Jackson Palmer

Jackson is the creator of Dogecoin, which currently has a capitalization of $1B+ and is now a widely traded cryptocurrency. Palmer is presently a Group Product Manager for cloud products at Adobe, and also runs a popular YouTube channel that’s widely followed in the crypto community for its thoughtful analysis.

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Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Chris works at Bitfinex, the world’s foremost cryptocurrency exchange, and is the founder of ProTip, a P2P tipping platform. He is also a presenter at the World Crypto Platform, an open-source media platform that covers the crypto ecosystem. He also runs Future.do, P2P recruiting and career coaching service.

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Alan Silbert

Alan Silbert

Alan is the founder and CEO of BitPremier, a Bitcoin-only marketplace that specializes in real estate and luxury goods. In addition to founding BitPremier, he’s also a Senior VP at Capital One Healthcare. Prior to starting BitPremier, Silbert held senior management roles at GE Capital and Merill Lynch Capital.

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Dan Morehead

Dan Morehead

Dan is the CEO of Pantera Capital, an investment firm focused exclusively on digital currency and blockchain technology. He also sits on the Board of Directors at Bitstamp, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin exchanges. Previously, Morehead held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Tiger Management.

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Muneeb Ali

Muneeb Ali

Muneeb is the co-founder of Blockstack, a full-stack solution for decentralized apps. He has given several talks on cryptocurrencies at forums like the TEDx conference, and has written numerous academic publications and whitepapers on the topic. He also has a PhD in Distributed Systems from Princeton University.

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Nejc Kodrič

Nejc Kodrič

Nejc is the co-founder and CEO of Bitstamp, an online cryptocurrency exchange. Bitstamp was the first fully licensed cryptocurrency exchange in the EU, and has been growing rapidly since being founded in 2011. Kodrič has been involved with Bitcoin since 2011, and speaks at cryptocurrency conferences around the world.

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Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Michel is the founder of the P2P Foundation, an organization studying the impact of peer to peer technology on society. He is a P2P researcher, and is a frequent speaker at bitcoin and crypto conferences around the world. He has also written for publications like Al Jazeera and Open Democracy, and was featured in the New York Times.

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Francis Pouliot

Francis Pouliot

Francis is the Head of Research at Catallaxy and CEO of Satoshi Portal. Catallaxy combines the technical expertise of the best blockchain talent and the consulting power of the accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Satoshi Portal works on a number of cryptocurrency projects, such as exchanges and payment solutions.

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Peter is the co-founder and CEO of Blockchain, a company whose software powers hundreds of crypto applications around the world. Smith is widely regarded as an expert in the crypto space, having been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg (among other media outlets).

Oleg Andreev

Oleg Andreev

Oleg is a protocol architect at blockchain startup Chain, and is a crypto-anarchy historian. He is the author of the Gitbox app, as well as the CoreBitcoin and BTCRuby libraries. Andreev also developed the Mycelium iOS crypto wallet. He is known for being the designer of Russian social network VK’s video sharing service.

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Elaine Ou

Elaine Ou

Elaine is presently a blockchain engineer at Global Financial Access, a financial technology firm in the Bay Area. Previously, Ou was a lecturer in the electrical and information engineering department at the University of Sydney. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Ran Neu-Ner

Ran Neu-Ner

Based in Johannesburg, Ran is the host of CNBC Africa’s popular TV show, Cryptotrader. He is the founder of OnChain Capital, a bitcoin investment firm, and is the CEO of The Creative Counsel, one of South Africa’s largest marketing agencies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Witwaterstrand.

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Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti

Susanne is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused exclusively on fintech opportunities. Through this role, she also founded the FINTECH Circle Institute, which is a P2P online learning platform. She is also the author of best-seller “The FINTECH Book”, the first globally crowdsourced book on fintech.

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Jonas Schnelli

Jonas Schnelli

Jonas is a Bitcoin Core developer and maintainer. Schnelli is the co-founder of digitalbitbox, a Bitcoin hardware wallet that’s presently in development. Author of libbtc, a key Bitcoin library. He has been interviewed about his views on cryptocurrency by a number of publications, such as Bitcoin Magazine.

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Pierre Rochard

Pierre Rochard

Rochard is a Software Engineer at Axial, an online deal network, and also is an expert in the cryptocurrency space. Rochard was formerly a Staff Accountant at BitPay, and also worked as a Senior Accountant at Hudson River Trading. He also cohosts the Noded Podcast, which covers cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

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Linda Xie

Linda Xie

Linda is the co-founder of Scalar Capital, a cryptoasset fund. Xie is also an Advisor at 0x, a decentralized exchange run on Ethereum. Previously, Xie was a Product Manager at Coinbase. Prior to that, she was a financial analyst at AIG in New York. She holds a BS in Economics from University of California, San Diego.

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Juan Benet

Juan Benet

Juan is the founder and CEO of Protocol Labs and inventor of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a new protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open. Benet is also the founder of Filecoin, a cryptocurrency-incentivized storage network. He holds a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Chris Larsen

Chris Larsen

Larsen is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Ripple, an enterprise blockchain solution for global payments. He is presently an advisor at Distilled Analytics, a data science firm. Prior to founding Ripple, Larsen was the CEO of Prosper, a P2P lending service, and was also the CEO of E-LOAN, an online lending service.

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Stephen Pair

Stephen Pair

Stephen is the co-founder and CEO of Bitpay, a Bitcoin merchant service. Prior to founding Bitpay, Pair was a senior development engineer at IBM. Widely regarded as a cryptography expert, he also holds two patents related to streaming analytics.

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Joseph Young

Joseph Young

Joseph is a financial analyst and journalist based in Hong Kong. Young is well-known in the crypto community for his regular contributions to Cointelegraph, Cryptocoinsnews, Hacked, Merkle and other publications. He’s also the Managing Director at NewsCrypto and B21M, focusing primarily on bitcoin and cryptocurrency news.

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Preston Byrne

Preston Byrne

Preston is the founder and former COO of Monax,the makers of the first open-source permissioned blockchain client (now called the Hyperledger Burrow blockchain client). Byrne specializes in advising law firms and public sector organizations on how to best handle emerging technologies like cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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Ben Davenport

Ben Davenport

Ben is the CTO at BitGo, a blockchain security company. Davenport has been an investor in bitcoin and actively involved in the crypto space since 2011. He is an investor in numerous blockchain startups (like BitPay, Coinsetter, itBit and Yoyocard), and runs SVBitcoin, a cryptocurrency and blockchain focus group.

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Arianna Simpson

Arianna Simpson

Arianna is an early stage investor, with close to 40 investments in the crypto space to date. She was previously a product manager at BitGo, a Bitcoin security provider. She is also now a venture partner at Crystal Towers Capital, an investment firm focused on emerging technologies, enterprise SaaS, and healthcare.

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Tai Zen

Tai Zen

Tai is a Senior Technical Analyst at Cryptocurrency.Market and the co-creator of the TaiFu™ 30 Cryptocurrency Market Index. Zen is a renowned authority on cryptocurrencies and frequently gives interviews on the topic to news outlets around the world. He is an active trader in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

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Alex Sunnarborg

Alex Sunnarborg

Alex is a Founding Partner at Tetras Capital, a hedge fund focused on diversified cryptoasset exposure. Sunnarborg founded Lawnmower, a blockchain investment startup, which was later acquired by CoinDesk. Prior to joining Tetras Capital, Sunnarborg worked in banking and was a Research Analyst at CoinDesk.

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Tony Gallippi

Tony Gallippi

Tony is the co-founder and chairman of the online crypto payments firm BitPay – the world’s largest bitcoin payment processor. Gallippi speaks regularly to the media about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and in 2013, also spoke before the US Senate about bitcoin as a means for preventing credit card fraud.

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Ansel Lindner

Ansel Lindner

Ansel is the host of Bitcoin & Markets, a podcast that examines markets and politics, money and economics. Lindner has been involved with Bitcoin since 2011, and founded his own firm, Blockchain I/O, to house his crypto projects. He also writes frequently for various news publications about blockchain and bitcoin.

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Diego Gutierrez

Diego Gutierrez

Diego is the CEO of RSK Labs, which is putting blockchain technology in the service of social transformation. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost Latin American thought leaders involved in cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Gutierrez is a frequent public speaker, and volunteer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Ned Scott

Ned Scott

Ned is the founder and CEO of SteemIT and the creator of Smart Media Tokens (SMT). Additionally, he founded SteemNetwork, a blockchain-based rewards platform for publishers to monetize content and grow their communities. Before his forays into the crypto space, Scott was an analyst at Gellert Global Group.

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Wong Joon Ian

Wong Joon Ian

Wong is a reporter covering tech, cryptocurrencies, urban studies and blockchains at Quartz. Before his time at Quartz, Joon was also a reporter at CoinDesk, and spent some time as a freelance journalist as well. He holds a Masters in Arts from University of London, and a BA in Journalism and Philosophy from NYU.

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Olaoluwa Osuntokun

Olaoluwa Osuntokun

Olaoluwa is the Chief Technology Officer at Lightning Labs, an open protocol that leverages blockchain to enable private transactions anywhere in the world. Prior to this, he spent time interning at Google in software engineering. He also holds a Master’s in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Oscar Williams-Grut

Oscar Williams-Grut

Oscar is a Senior Reporter at Business Insider UK, covering fintech, cryptocurrencies, and retail. Prior to joining BusinessInsider, Osuntokun worked for the London Evening Standard and Independent newspapers as their stock market reporter – and before that, covered London’s technology scene for the local newspapers.

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Chris DeRose

Chris DeRose

Chris is a bitcoin evangelist, public speaker, podcaster, and journalist. He is the lead organizer of the South Florida Bitcoin group, and a prolific YouTuber at his channel, Bitcoin Uncensored. He is also the Community Director at the Counterparty Foundation, and writes regularly for publications such as Bitcoin Magazine.