Blockchain technology has literally blown the whole world. People make billions in cryptocurrency, all gone in blockchain development, and the best engineers actively learn blockchain programing. Regardless of what kind of crypto activity you choose, there are personalities you should definitely know. Let’s get acquainted with the most influential blockchain people in 2018.
Smith is among the top personalities in blockchain technology.
In 2011, Smith and Nicholas Carey have launched a service called Blockchain.info. At the end of 2014, companies Lightspeed Venture Partners and Mosaic Ventures funded this project with $30.5 million. Thus, Blockchain.info managed to attract the largest investment in the cryptocurrency infrastructure at that time.
To date, Peter Smith is a CEO of the Blockchain, a financial technology company aimed at simplifying digital transactions with more than 3 million users worldwide. Smith is a real pioneer of blockchain development and an honorable speaker of the most prominent technology events like Web Summit, Techcrunch Disrupt, and Wired Money just to name a few.
The founder of MGT Capital Investments and the creator of the anti-virus McAfee Security John McAfee is a well-known cyber security businessman. In recent years, he began to demonstrate increased interest in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
Today, McAfee often gets into the headlines of the media because of his activities related to digital money. In 2017, he announced the launch of a pilot program for the extraction of Ethereum and Ethereum Classic, and MGT Capital raised $ 2.4 million to expand its mining activities. In addition, the businessman claimed that the dollar in its essence is even more deceptive than Bitcoin, joined the Russian blockchain project Universa, and called BTC the best long-term investment.
Billionaires Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have long been active in the field of cryptocurrency. This year they set a new record — the twin brothers became the first businessmen in the world, whose capital in bitcoins exceeded $1 billion. Another owner of more than $1 billion in bitcoins is the founder of cryptocurrency, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto.
Of course, such an unprecedented capital requires appropriate security measures, but even here the brothers were ahead of the whole planet. After several hacker attacks, Winklevoss printed the cryptographic keys that provided access to bitcoins, cut them into several parts, placed each of the fragments in a separate envelope, and sent them to the banking cells across all the states of America.
Their only big failure in 2017 is the unsuccessful launch of bitcoin-ETF, but Winklevoss seem to be reluctant to surrender.
Charlie Lee, the creator of the digital currency LiteCoin is a landmark figure in the cryptocurrency community.
Lee became one of the first crypto enthusiasts, who not only did not hide his identity, but also started an active public activity. In addition to the fact that Charlie Lee is the creator of the third biggest cryptocurrency — LiteCoin, he actively promotes the popularization of digital currencies. Lee is an expert in blockchain, and willingly shares valuable insights and personal opinion on the development of blockchain technology in media and social networks.
Currently, Lee intends to actively develop the ecosystem of LiteCoin. He considers it is a great step forward to adapt cryptocurrency for the offline use in payment terminals. In his opinion, LiteCoin is the most suitable cryptocurrency for such use.
Zhao is a crypto phenomenon. In the recent rating of published in February 2018, Forbes gave him an honorable third place. Considering the fact that the product created by Zhao exists for less than a year, it is more than incredible.
8 month ago, he managed to create and develop the Binance crypto exchange service. Since then, its uncomparable speed of performing transactions (1.4 million transactions per second) attracted 6 million users. This makes Binance to be the largest crypto exchange platform in the world, and giving the Napoleonic development plans of its founder, this is just a beginning.
"Today, no decentralized exchanger can cope with our volume, and no one is as safe as we are" Changpeng Zhao
24 year old Buterin is the creator of the Ethereum cryptocurrency, second only to BitCoin. Its value currently varies from $300 to $600, and total capitalization is $38.007.2 million.
To date, when the worth of the cryptocurrency market is measured by tens of billions of dollars, Buterin is one of the richest representatives of blockchain community. However, not money but technology is his primary driver. In a few years, his idea to create new digital currency has grown into a platform, which is now actively implemented by the world's largest companies and even governments. All this is about the "world computer" invented by Buterin, the distributed system called Ethereum.
The creator of cryptocurrency is known under the mysterious pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Whoever he is, this person earned an incredible amount of money in just ten years — of course, in case if the digital tokens retain their high cost. For unknown reasons, a man who managed to attract more than $370 billion to his work, succeeds to remain anonymous.
Nakamoto's personality has been the subject of lively discussion since 2008, when he published an "official description" of the revolutionary bitcoin technology.
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