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Five blockchain experts you need to follow online

Cryptocurrency and blockchain can be confusing enough without people telling you nonsense. In this list, we explore five people you can trust for expert insight into the blossoming field of innovative technology.

In the last few years, cryptocurrency has become a booming industry before our very eyes with every Tom, Dick, and Harry knowing something about blockchain.

While everyone has a say, there are very few people who are actually worth listening to. In this list, we take a look at those who are worth following in their opinion, views, and prediction on the new innovative technology.

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos

This Greek-British guru is a well-known Bitcoin advocate. As the host of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast, he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on everything crypto, and he gives it away in one of the most objective ways possible.

Starting out, Antonopolous met Bitcoin in 2012 and the sparks flew. He was so taken by cryptocurrency that he left his freelance consultancy job (as much as one can leave a freelance job) and moved into digital currency – speaking about Bitcoin at conferences, acting as a consultant for startup companies and writing crypto-related articles.

In December of last year, the consultant received unrequested donations which made up over 100 BTC (which was worth $1.3 million USD at the time) and he responded: “Words are my craft, but tonight I am speechless“.

Bless his cotton socks.

Why he’s worth following:

Antonolopolus makes this list because of his level of expertise, influence, and down-to-earth approach in the innovative world of digital currency.

Tim Draper

American venture capital investor and founder of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson firm, Tim Draper seriously showed up at the cryptocurrency party almost four years ago.

Towards the end of June 2014, the venture capitalist purchased nearly 30,000 bitcoins. If we ignore the ludicrous amount, it might not be significant, except that these tokens had been seized by the US Marshals service and were to be auctioned to the public. Draper bought them and the accumulated estimated was around a cool $19 million USD at the time.

Fast-forward to 2015, Draper then put a bet of $400,000 USD worth of bitcoin that the cryptocurrency would rebound from the plunge it had recently taken. Did he lose the bet? Not a chance.

Why he’s worth following:

He literally raps about Bitcoin.

He also is incredibly insightful into what the cryptocurrency market is doing.

Joseph Lubin

The Ethereum co-founder is by far one of the most prominent names in cryptocurrency and has become somewhat of a rockstar in financial technology.

Candian born and entrepreneur by trade, Joseph Lubin also founded ConsenSys which is a software company used to work hand-in-hand with Ethereum to develop the cryptocurrency further. He also comes from a background in finance and was the president of the technology division of mega-banking institution Goldman Sachs.

Why he’s worth following:

Like Antonopolous and Draper, Lubin has an exceptional knowledge of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and business and you can trust that anything he says on the matter is going to come from a place of mastery. He’s optimistic about a bright future of cryptocurrency and is set on achieving it.

Vitalik Buterin

One can’t have Joe Lubin if one doesn’t have Vitalik Buterin.

The Russian-Candian programmer had a surprising first step into cryptocurrency. He met a person on a chat form who was looking to write a bitcoin article and Buterin offered his services at five Bitcoin which was valued at a measly $3.50 USD at the time. The article was written and the website later shut down because, back then, no-one was paying attention to Bitcoin. Times then changes and in 2011, Buterin wrote an article for Bitcoin Magazine and then quickly became the company’s co-editor.

While he was writing, he was developing. The programmer wrote the white paper for Ethereum in 2013 which has since become the second largest cryptocurrency in the world. Buterin said about the Ethereum project:

I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to work in such an interesting and interdisciplinary area of industry, where I have the chance to interact with cryptographers, mathematicians and economists prominent in their fields, to help build software and tools that already affect tens of thousands of people around the world, and to work on advanced problems in computer science, economics and philosophy every week.”

Why he’s worth following:

A genuine philanthropist in blockchain can be hard to come by, but Buterin is the epitome of it. He has been known to donate millions of funds towards research project for various companies and organizations and is constantly on the look for innovative methods of blockchain development.

Charlie Lee

The founder of the bitcoin fork, Litecoin, is the classic example of light-hearted banter on the blockchain.

Lee, a former Google employee, created Litecoin as an alternative to Bitcoin in order to try and sort of some of the issues that have arisen from the original cryptocurrency, such as scalability and block-time. He developed the cryptocurrency in his spare time. Casually.

In order to create a truly decentralized system, Lee has sold all of his Litecoin tokens and has made it public knowledge that he intends to step back from leading the cryptocurrency so that the network is totally user-driven.

Why he’s worth following:

If not for the amusement alone, Lee is worth keeping tabs on for the ludicrous amount of insight he has into blockchain.