1. Satoshi Nakamoto
Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the presumed pseudonymous person or persons who developed bitcoin, authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin's original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, Nakamoto also devised the first blockchain database. Nakamoto was active in the development of bitcoin up until December 2010. Many people have claimed, or have been claimed, to be Nakamoto.
2. Vitalik Buterin
Only 26 years old, the Russian programmer is known as the inventor of Ethereum and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. Being involved with Bitcoin since 2011, Vitalik can be seen as a true early adopter. As of today, Ethereum has become the steady number two crypto. But saying that ETH is just a number two is selling them short. With revolutionary smart contract protocol, ERC20 tokens, the launch of ETH2.0 and the Ethereum network in general, Ethereum has laid the groundwork for numerous projects. With his open mind and overall online presence, Vitalik has become more of a spokesperson of crypto itself. With the big plans of ETH2.0 in 2021, next year will be a pivotal moment for the young Russian.
3. Changpen Zhao
Changpen Zhao is the founder of Binance, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. Founded in 2017, it only took him three years to bring the company to the top of the hill while fighting extreme competition. Additionally, Changpen Zhao (also known as CZ) became something of a meme with his legendary words ‘funds are safu’ after Binance got hacked. Instead of rectifying himself he embraced the meme and became an important player with his online presence on Twitter.
4. Joseph Lubin
Co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin has become an innovative force in the world of cryptocurrency. As a chief operating officer of Ethereum, Lubin’s work with smart contracts and the ERC-20 token system have laid the groundwork for so many cryptocurrency projects. On top of that, he is also the founder of ConsenSys. ConsenSys provides Blockchain solutions, financial infrastructures, informative events and is a start-up incubator in general. A true innovator in an already innovating world.
5. Barry Silbert
Barry Silbert is the founder and chief executive officer of Digital Currency Group. The company aims to accelerate the development of the global financial system by building and supporting bitcoin and blockchain companies. Digital Currency Group has invested in more than 165 blockchain- and cryptocurrency-related companies.
Other portfolio companies include Genesis, a liquidity provider—an entity that funds a pool with cryptocurrency—for cryptocurrency buyers and sellers in the over-the-counter market. Digital Currency Group also owns Grayscale Investments, which manages the Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC), an investment vehicle that holds 654,600 bitcoin and gives investors exposure to its price movements.
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