I want to share my personal list of 15 most influential fellows in the Bitcoin industry. If you want to stay in the crypto course, I recommend to follow them.
Vitalik Buterin 1/15 Vitalik is a Russian-canadian programmer, writer and Bitcoin enthusiast. He is the founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine.
Ethereum is a powerful decentralized computing platform. It allows to execute scripts using an international network of public nodes. Vitalik proposed Ethereum in 2013.
Being in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Vitalik is definitely the most attractive person in crypto industry to watch and Ethereum is the most promising platform for smart contracts so far.
Project website: https://www.ethereum.org/
Personal websites: http://vitalik.ca/ & https://about.me/vitalik_buterin
Charlie Lee 2/15 Charlie is primarly known as the creator of Litecoin.
Former Google employee, Charlie also worked in Coinbase as a Director of Engineering. Charlie is very active in Twitter where he talks about different topics: recent news, market, trading, Lightning Network and many other.
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Litecoin is the Bitcoin fork which uses scrypto as a PoW hashing function and has smaller block processing time (2.5 min LTC vs. 10 min BTC.)
Project website: https://litecoin.org/
Andreas M. Antonopoulos 3/15 Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a famous public speaker and writer. He is the author of “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money” books.
Andreas is a passionate Bitcoin evangelist. He has been traveling the world and teaching people about cryptocurrencies for years.
Being an entrepreneur, Andreas has founded some Bitcoin-related business and open-source project. He also offers strategic consulting to companies.
Project website: https://antonopoulos.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJWCJC ... 5DhCieLOLQ
Erik Voorhees 4/15 Erik Voorhees is the CEO of the ShapeShift. ShapeShift is a company that offers anonymous exchanging of a variety of cryptocurrencies via web-site or API. It was founded in 2013 and seed-funded in 2015 by Roger Ver and Barry Silbert.
Erik is also known for creating SatoshiDICE - the blockchain-based betting game.
Project website: https://www.shapeshift.io
Personal blog: http://moneyandstate.com/
Charlie Shrem 5/15 Charles is a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. The Foundation participates in workshops and conferences that assists blockchain software engineers.
He joined Jaxx in 2017 as its director of business and community manager.
Charlie was sentenced to two years in a prison in 2014 for helping to send $1 million in BTC to Silk Road.
Project website: https://bitcoinfoundation.org/
Personal website: http://charlieshrem.com/
Jameson Lopp 6/15 Jameson is a software Engineer at BitGo, Inc. He is also known as creator of Statoshi.info.
Lopp likes to share his knowledge about crypto on Coindesk and other publications. Being active participant of the Bitcoin community, Jameson is very active on Twitter: he comments each significat events in crypto space.
Project website: https://statoshi.info/
Personal website: http://lopp.net/
Naval Ravikant 7/15 Naval Ravikant is the AngelList co-founder and CEO. Being Bitcoin evangelist and early adopter, Naval provides consulting services to Blockchain startup Blockstack and helped new innovative cryptocurrency companies to take off the ground.
Project website: https://angel.co
Nick Szabo 8/15 Nick is a widely known cryptographer and Bitcoin pioneer. He invented the smart contracts concept in 1997. Someone believe that he is the creator of Bitcoin - Satoshi Nakamoto.
Personal website: http://unenumerated.blogspot.ru/
Gavin Andresen 9/15 Gavin is one of the Bitcoin Core developers. He was appointed the lead developer by Satoshi Nakamoto. Being active Bitcoin evangelist, Gavin has founded the Bitcoin Foundation to help spread the ideas of decentralized money around the globe.
Personal websites: http://gavinandresen.ninja/ http://gavinthink.blogspot.ru/
Pieter Wuille 10/15 Pieter is a co-founder of Blockstream and a very active Bitcoin Core contributor. Pieter is #2 after Wladimir J. van der Laan on commiting to the Bitcoin Core repository. He is also responsible for implementing Segregated Witness.
Personal website: http://bitcoin.sipa.be/
Jimmy Song 11/15 Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin Core Contributor and popular blogger. Being the instructor at Programming Blockchain seminar, he teaches developers the blockchain technology.
Project website: http://programmingblockchain.com
Ryan Selkis 12/15 Ryan is writer, angel investor and entrepreneur. He previuosly worked at CoinDesk and was the Director of Growth for Digital Currency Group. Currently Ryan is building Messari.
Project website: http://www.messari.io/
Charles Hoskinson 13/15 Charles is the co-founder of Ethereum and the CEO of IOHK - the blockchain research company that is currently developing the Cardano platform.
Project website: https://iohk.io/
Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn 14/15 Zooko is a founder and CEO at Z.cash. He has a lot of experience in cryptography and information security. He is also the founder of Least Authority - the secure storage service.
Project website: https://z.cash/
Adam Back 15/15 Adam is the co-Founder and CEO at Blockstream - a company which creates protocols for blockchain systems. He is the one who invented Hashcash - the technology behind Bitcoin's Proof-of-Work process.
Project website: https://blockstream.com
Personal websites: http://www.cypherspace.org/adam & http://adam3.us/
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