The Blockchain space is filled with amazing individuals. People that are willing to advance the technology to new heights and people that have left their mark in the space. We have composed a list of 10 people that we believe are invaluable to the blockchain space and community. The list itself is not organized in any specific manner. We are, of course, missing many people but we did our best! If you believe there is someone that should be on this list and isn’t, let us know!
He is known for co-creating the very first web browser, Mosaic and was one of the early proponents of bitcoins. His highly successful firm has and continues to make big investments on bitcoins. He also wrote a famous article for New York Times (“Why Bitcoins Matters”) where he praised the value of bitcoins.
Don Tapscott has authored coauthored more than 15 books (Paradigm Shift, The Digital Economy, Growing Up Digital, Digital Capital, The Naked Corporation, Grown Up Digital and his latest one Blockchain Revolution). He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm and is also the leader of Global Solution Networks, doing research study of the potential of global web-based networks for problem solving, governance and cooperation. His focus is on how technology will bring an organizational transformation to not only business but society in general.
Ako Stark is an Author, Entrepreneur, Digital Marketing Strategist & the creator of one оf thе lаrgеѕt cryptocurrency forum community, previously carried over 950+ different cryptocurrency communities. The community on this forum is super active and only focuses on the major cryptocurrencies. Some of the greatest best features the website offers is, connectivity with other industry professionals, daily cryptocurrency news, guides & tutorials with many different crypto-related discussions.
The son of Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott, currently serve as the CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building industry-leading blockchain businesses. It’s as if both father and son act as duo, they both co-authored the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail best-seller, Blockchain Revolution. Alex also wrote many articles featured in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Fortune, TIME, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post.
He is known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency and designed bitgold in 1998, a mechanism for a decentralized digital currency. Although bitgold was never implement it was crucial for the development of bitcoin ten years later. He is also credited with coining the term “smart contracts.” Some claim that Nick Szabo might be Satoshi himself, but he, however, denies it.
Finney, like most on this list, was a pioneer in bitcoin. He created the first reusable proof-of-work system before bitcoin existed and he also took part in the first ever Bitcoin transaction, receiving bitcoins from Satoshi Nakamoto. He programmed until he died in 2014 and asked to be cryopreserved. His last project, an experimental software called bcflick, which aimed to improve bitcoin wallet security through trusted computing.
Patrick Byrne is the CEO of e-retailer giant Overstock.com, the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as payment long before Microsoft and Dell came along. Often referred to as the “scourge of wall street”, he believes it’s just a matter of time until wall street adopts bitcoin technology.
Vitalik Buterin is one of the founders of the ethereum project. Ethereum has gone through a lot of ups and downs since it’s conception in 2015. 2016 was no different, with the launch of Homestead, the second ethereum release, and the hack of The DAO. Ethereum is the current number 2 cryptocurrency in terms of volume of transactions and was responsible for bringing a lot of innovation to the crypto world. With the strong community support it has the future looks bright for Ethereum, let’s seem how it fares in 2017.
A co-founder of bitcoin startup Blockstream and one of the more prominent developers on the open-source Bitcoin Core team’s bench, Pieter Wuille is also the second-most prolific bitcoin contributor to date, according to Bitcoin.org. He was responsible for many Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIP), and is the primary author of libsecp256k1, a library for efficient elliptic curve cryptography for use in Bitcoin.
Vinny Lingham is a famous entrepreneur and the current co-founder and CEO of Civic.com, a blockchain startup. He is also one of the shark on the south african version of Shark Tank, and has made the first bitcoin deal on the history of the program. He was the founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card app, and also the founder of Yola.com, a web development and hosting company that enables users without prior programming knowledge to develop websites. Vinny is a celebrity entrepreneur in Africa, having been selected has as an Endeavor “High Impact Entrepreneur” in 2006, winning Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006), and was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) and ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). A previous company he had founded, Clicks2Customers, also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006. He has previously served as a marketing advisor for Valueclick and Yahoo.blockchain startup.
Perianne Boring is the president and founder of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, an american trade association representing the interests of the digital asset community. The Digital Chamber’s mission is to educate policymakers in shaping regulation and advocate for the acceptance and use of digital assets. She has been an important contributor for pressing the blockchain technology matter into the US House of Representatives and helping drive the conversation towards the need for legislation. Ms. Boring is a frequent speaker at financial technology conferences, and has also testified before governments around the world. She was named the top woman in Bitcoin by Coinfilter, for her efforts in public policy, promoting a pro-growth legal framework for digital assets. Ms. Boring is also the author of the “Boring Bitcoin Report,” a leading industry news blog and prior to forming the Digital Chamber, Ms. Boring was a television host and anchor of “Prime Interest,” an international finance program that aired in over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring also wrote for Forbes, being the author of the “Boring Economics.” column.