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TOP-10 Blockchain Influencers in 2018

The Blockchain industry is a rapidly evolving space with the development of new technologies, techniques, and platforms almost every other day. So, keeping pace with this industry can be challenging indeed. I have, therefore, created a list of top 10 Blockchain influencers/tech influencers who are not just a source of inspiration to Blockchain professionals,  and aspirants alike but also ensure that you keep abreast of all the new developments.

Now, let’s cut to the chase and look at the list.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a widely praised author, speaker, instructor, and one of the world’s premier bitcoin and open blockchain specialists. He makes complex subjects simple and straightforward. He is known for conveying electric talks that join financial aspects, brain science, innovation, and diversion hypothesis with current occasions, individual account, and chronicled point of reference—easily transliterating the perplexing issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a widely praised author, speaker, instructor, and one of the world’s premier bitcoin and open blockchain specialists. He makes complex subjects simple and straightforward. He is known for conveying electric talks that join financial aspects, brain science, innovation, and diversion hypothesis with current occasions, individual account, and chronicled point of reference—easily transliterating the perplexing issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world.

His Contribution

He is the author of three books: “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media and called as the best technical guide to bitcoin and “The Internet of Money”, volumes 1 & 2 and collection of talks about why Bitcoin matters, Videos  about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other Open Blockchain topics. Aantonop has 22 repositories available on GitHub. Some of his remarkable repositories are:

Chainpoint In this repository, he has worked on Proof of Existence by finding the hash of cryptographic data and after that embedding that hash into the Bitcoin blockchain. Since the Bitcoin blockchain is a permanent and secure open record, the information existed at the time of inclusion, similar to a numerical legal record

Wifiportal21  It is a trial Wifi hostage entryway that acknowledges bitcoin installments for Wifi minutes. It utilizes the 21 Bitcoin Computer as the verification server for any OpenWRT switch running the Wifidog hostage entryway daemon.

His Vision

  • To give bitcoin to new users, helping them experience the currency.
  • To contribute to open source bitcoin projects that support the community.

If you are into Cryptocurrency and Blockchain world and want to follow fintech influencers, you are probably following Aantonop already (or should be).

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian software engineer and author principally known as a founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine. The digital money of the Ethereum blockchain is called an Ether; it is recorded under the code ETH and exchanged on different cryptographic money platforms. It is represented by the Greek capitalized Xi character, (Ξ) is utilized as its money image. Much like its motivation, Bitcoin, Ethereum is a dispersed open blockchain network.

His Contribution

As mentioned earlier, Vitalik founded Ethereum, which was the first to use “smart contracts”. A smart contract also called as crypto contract, is a computer program that straightforwardly controls the exchange of advanced monetary forms or resources between parties under specific conditions. These agreements are put away on blockchain technology, a decentralized ledger that likewise supports bitcoin and different cryptographic forms of money. The sheer weight of sources relating to Vitalik/Ethereum is overwhelming:

His Vision

His vision is to improve the scalability issues of Ethereum network and to reduce the storage cost. Since Ethereum nodes are designed to contain all activity that happens on the network, the sheer amount of virtual space required to store this information could grow out of control as the network expands. Buterin believes that the solution to this problem is a process called “sharding”, a technical solution that involves each node on the Ethereum network storing its own part of the total network. All shards will not be created equal.

If you are not following Vitalik then you will not find the narrow door into the kingdom of Blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Charlie Lee

Charlie Lee, a former Google employee is the person responsible for the creation of Litecoin, one of the most promising cryptocurrency. Coming two years after the creation of Bitcoin, Litecoin has stayed one of the tops of the line digital forms of money as far as both cost and market capitalization. In spite of apparently not having an indistinguishable level of fame as Bitcoin or Ethereum, Litecoin keeps on being a firm most loved of various individuals to the extent digital currencies are concerned.

His Contribution

The Litecoin hashing convention utilizes a Script-based algorithm. It is completely different from the SHA256 algorithm of Bitcoin. Charlie used this protocol and because of that, it reduces the transaction time by almost 75 percent. The normal block exchange time is 2.5 minutes. He likewise expanded the supply of Litecoin to 84 million LTC, 4 times the estimation of the Bitcoin supply top at 21 million BTC. Currently, he is actively blogging about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, touching on the most pressing topics of the industry today. He has 18 repositories available on GitHub. Check his remarkable contribution here GitHub

His Vision

Charlie Lee has shared his five-point vision for Litecoin’s future:

  • To boost network security
  • To Increase market capitalization
  • To drive trade liquidity
  • To include trader support
  • To watch Litecoin being utilized as a real money

The first three benchmarks have been met, and Litecoin has been getting ever closer to completing the fourth, as well.

Nick Szabo

He is known for his research in digital contracts and computerized cash and designed bitgold in 1998, an instrument for a decentralized digital money. Despite the fact that bitgold was never implemented it was pivotal for the invention of bitcoin ten years after the fact. He is likewise credited with coining the term “Smart contracts.” Some claim that Nick Szabo may be Satoshi  himself, yet he, in any case, denies it.

His contribution

As mentioned earlier, in 1998, Szabo designed a protocol for a decentralized digital currency “bit gold”. Bit gold was never implemented, but has been known “a direct precursor to the Bitcoin architecture.” He is currently writing about the variety of topics here.

His vision

He has highlighted the need and significance of a  second-layer network over the bitcoin blockchain to settle smaller exchanges in a more effective and secure way. Nick Szabo is one of the top blockchain influencers.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is an expert in blockchain technologies and author of the book “Blockchain Revolution”.He is the CEO of the Tapscott Group and the bestselling author of Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and a dozen other books on technology, business, and society.

His contribution

He has provided a thorough, balanced and enlightening guide to the next big thing called blockchain.He has also given TEDTalk on how the blockchain is changing money and business.

His Vision:

His vision is to identify the most important opportunities for blockchain in business and government and drawing the roadmap for how to get there. He is also focussing on blockchain technology to transform financial services, the deep architecture of the corporation, animate the Internet of Things, recast the role of government, recreate the content industries, and solve important problems like the security of organizations and the privacy of individuals.

Jed McCaleb

Jed McCaleb is a founder of Stellar Development Foundation. Before Stellar, he made eDonkey2000 which was one of the biggest record-sharing systems. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange. He currently monitoring the technical development of Stellar, a distributed blockchain based ledger and database that facilitates cross-asset transfers of value, including payments.

His contribution

Jed McCaleb made Stellar, mainly to tie different institutions siloed to provide cheaper services. Jed has 14 repositories on GitHub. His stellar-core repository is the backbone of the Stellar network. It is a replicated state machine that maintains a local copy of a cryptographic ledger and processes transactions against it, in consensus with a set of peers. It implements the Stellar Consensus Protocol, a federated consensus protocol. It is written in C++ and runs on Linux, OSX, and Windows.

His vision

Jed wants to give out Stellar to as many people as possible but according to him, the system is not ready yet technologically (in terms of wallets, etc). So, his main focus is to make sure that Stellar is real enough when the crash comes.

Richard Gendal Brown

Richard is the head of technology at R3CEV for a partnership of global banks to design and deliver advanced distributed/shared ledger technologies to global financial markets expert in distributed ledger technologies and their potential applications to banking. He was previously working as an executive architect for industry innovation and business development for IBM’s banking and financial markets business in the UK.

His contribution

Richard is responsible for Corda, a blockchain-inspired open source distributed ledger platform. It allows building interoperable blockchain networks that transact in strict privacy. Its smart contract technology allows businesses to transact directly, with value.

His Vision

His aim is to run businesses more efficiently and catch new opportunities enabled by knowing they are in perfect sync with their traders understanding public blockchain fully and his ambition is to record, manage and automate real-world contracts. You can check more about Corda here.

Nicolas Cary

Nicolas Cary is a prime supporter of Blockchain, a well known Bitcoin wallet. He likewise helped to establish Youth Business USA, a non-profit organization that trains youthful business visionaries.

His contribution

His organization Blockchain is the world’s driving Bitcoin programming organization. Blockchain has more than 8 million clients. They run the most broadly trusted block explorer and deal with the most generally utilized platform in the digital assets ecosystem. In 2014, Blockchain raised the largest first outside capital round in industry history announcing over $30.5 million closed from leading venture capital firms.

His vision

His vision is to continue to be able to provide financial services for millions of people around the world and to build an open, accessible and fair financial future, one piece of software at a time.

Adam Ludwin

Adam Ludwin is the fellow benefactor and CEO of Chain. It constructs the cryptographic records that support financial products. Prior to Chain, Adam was an investor at RRE Ventures in New York. He was the one who defined cryptocurrencies as “Cryptocurrencies are a new asset class that enables decentralized applications.”

According to him, Cryptocurrency is an asset class that enables a new kind of software.

His contribution

He has launched Sequence, a system of record for managing balances. It lets software teams focus on shipping and calibrating their product instead of building and keeping ledger infrastructure. It is a cloud-based ledger service for managing balances in financial and commerce applications like wallet apps, lending platforms, marketplaces, exchanges, and more.

His vision

His vision is to change money-related resources by utilizing a similar tech utilized for Bitcoin to digitize existing cash and resources. Likewise to move cash right away without the danger of extortion by executing Blockchain innovation. You can follow his activities here.

Joseph Lubin

Joseph Lubin is a fellow founder of blockchain processing platform Ethereum, a decentralized application platform joining a virtual machine that executes shared contracts paid for by means of micropayments of the cryptographic money Ether. According to him, “Cryptocurrency is part of the movement of taking all the foundational technologies and making them natively digital so that we can all make them more accessible”

His contribution

Lubin was Chief Operating Officer of Ethereum Switzerland GmbH (EthSuisse), an association endeavoring to widen the capacities of the kind of blockchain database at first progressed by Bitcoin, and grow the limits of the blockchain to store programs notwithstanding information, and moreover support, check, or maintain the course of action or completion of smart contracts. He has been actually associated with cross-industry groups endeavoring to propel answers for administration issues in the blockchain business. He has founded Consensus Systems, better known as ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology company.

His Vision

He wants to keep building projects and products for the public blockchain and private blockchains. He is currently working on what he calls as ‘world wide web version 3’ and wants to deliver applications that look like web pages or web applications or mobile applications with the blockchain database in the backend.

These are the TOP blockchain influencers who regularly share valuable insights with people. There’s no way one could possibly rank each of these individuals, so they aren’t listed in any particular order. To stay on top of Blockchain news and events, add these top technology influencers to your feed.

 

About the Author

ByteScout Author

Prasanna Peshkar

Prasanna is an independent cybersecurity consultant and technical writer, focusing on penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. He provides penetration testing services to a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, brokerage firms, professional regulators, manufacturing companies and transportation companies.

 



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