Recently, we talked about the influence of media personalities and stars authority on the popularization of crypto. But from inside, cryptocommunity is also filled with thousands of prominent individuals dealing with crypto and blockchain every day, making significant contribution to the development of the sphere and forming the understanding and acceptance of blockchain and crypto by the society. They put their knowledge to detailed researches and investigations, leave their thorough comments in various forums and discussions.
All this in complex allows to raise the general level of public awareness, helps to understand the basics and find answers to complex and long-standing questions. So, welcome the list of people who help to rise the technology to amazing highs and actively promote to its advanced development:
John McAfee is a well-known British-American computer programmer and businessman. He was the founder of McAfee Associates software company in 1987 and ran it until 1994. He is known as the creator of the first commercial antivirus software, McAfee. His company got new name in 2011 and is now known to the modern user as Intel Security after being purchased by Intel.
After joining MGT Capital Investments he established the company in Bitcoin mining and began building relationships in the community. MGT is by now one of the top Bitcoin miners in the North America and continues to invest in the enterprise.
Bobby Lee is the CEO and co-founder of BTCChina. BTCC is known as one of the leading Bitcoin financial platforms worldwide. In addition, this was the first Bitcoin exchange in China. The name of Bobby Lee is also associated with Walmart’s e-commerce business in China prior to BTCC as he worked on position of Vice President of Technology in Walmart`s.
He also worked as a software engineer at Yahoo and initiated the development of the earliest online communities. Now, he is on the board of Bitcoin Foundation that promotes the global adoption of Bitcoin.
Charles Lee is a computer scientist known throughout the world as the creator of Litecoin. He is on position of a chairman and managing director of the Litecoin Foundation. He is famous for working for Google and writing code for Chrome OS. During his work in Google, he became interested in Bitcoin which resulted in the development of blockchain technology based on the Bitcoin. This was the release of Litecoin in October 2011. From July 2013, he also started his cooperation with Coinbase.
In December 2017, Charles Lee sold almost all of his Litecoin holdings due to a perceived conflict of interest. In May 2018, he informed on Twitter that he will be leaving the Litecoin project in the near future in an attempt to ensure full decentralization of the cryptocurrency.
Vitalik Buterin is one of the founders and creator of the Ethereum project, the blockchain platform that acts as a world computer for decentralized applications. Though the project had a lot of ups and downs, coming in parallel with the launch of Homestead, the second Ethereum release, and the hack of The DAO, it has seen its rushing top up in 2017. Ethereum is the current number 2 cryptocurrency in terms of volume of transactions. Ethereum is also associated with bringing a lot of innovation to the crypto world. Vitalik Buterin also cofounded Bitcoin Magazine and now leads Ethereum, working on upgrades to its protocol.
Jimmy Song is a prominent blockchain developer, entrepreneur and bitcoin core contributor. He was interested in Bitcoin yet in 2011 and started working with Bitcoin open source projects since 2013. He’s a venture partner at Blockchain Capital; an instructor at Programming Blockchain, which helps talented developers learn how to code for the blockchain platform and a developer at Paxos, a fintech blockchain startup focused on automating post-trade settlements. Jimmy is cooperating with CoinDesk also having his own Medium blog and YouTube channel. He’s been teaching blockchain to engineers for over 3 years.
Roger Ver is world famous as Bitcoin Evangelist and Angel Investor. Roger is considered to be the world’s leading Investor in various Bitcoin startups. The projects he is involved in include Bitcoin and Blockchain websites, Z.cash, BitPay, Kraken & Purse. Ver’s c computer parts business, MemoryDealers, was one of the first online retailers to accept payment in Bitcoin. Important is that he regularly speaks at Bitcoin events worldwide expressing his opinion and support for various projects and event in the crypto world.
Tone Vays is blockchain consultant and researcher previously working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst. He is expert in economic trends, trading and risk analysis. Ever since he was involved in blockchain in early 2013, he has been very active in promoting the importance of this technology as a source of economic freedom. Recently Tone took part in a Bitcoin Documentary – Magic Money. Also, he is an independent content creator at LibertyLifeTrail and on his YouTube Channel and WorldCryptoNetwork focused on sound economics & finance.
Brian Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, an open financial system and Bitcoin exchange for the world. He often promotes for the adoption of Bitcoin, and does not fail to educate people at seminars, conferences, and workshops. Together with Charlie Lee and other early members of the Coinbase platform, they were able to achieve “Unicorn” status with their company.
Brian had an experience of working as an engineer and consultant in such companies as Deloitte and Touche, Airbnb, and IBM (International Business Machines). Brian has always been interested in the technology market and actively participated in developing important solutions for the industry.
Miko Matsumura is a founder of crypto exchange Evercoin, a General Partner with Gumi Cryptos and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is a token holder in FileCoin, Brave, CIVIC, Propy, Polymath and an investor in Lyft.
As chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform he participated in the first wave of the Internet, and is now fully engaged in it. Having a 25 year experience as operating executive, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups and over $250 million in ICO capital. He currently advises cryptocurrency startups like Naga Group (Stock Trading), Bee Token (Decentralized AirBnB), Millenium ESports (ESport Gaming), Refereum (Gamer Affiliate Marketing) and various others.
Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist. He has been a pioneer and innovator in digital currency markets since 1999 and has raised more than $5B for the companies he has co-founded. Pierce is an early miner and investor in Bitcoin and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum. He is a founder of Mastercoin (inventor of the ICO) and the founder of the first venture capital companies Blockchain Capital that invests in blockchain related startups such as EOS and Tether. Pierce also founded IMI Exchange, the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games. He also speaks at numerous blockchain events and conferences around the world.
To sum up the initiatives of people mentioned above, we can conclude that cryptocurrencies will move forward and find response in peoples minds. There are a lot of people working hard, developing and investigating to ensure that blockchain technology meets its full potential. While we are just evaluating whether to invest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology or not, they are just behind it.
The list of such individuals is tremendous and these people are truly worth of your attention. Meet them, get acquainted with their work and follow them to be on the wave with the tendencies and trends in blockchain and crypto.