Forbes Magazine has recently released their annual “30 under 30” ranking for 2019, celebrating some of the best entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in over 20 categories each, and picking out the “brashest entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada” in their own words. Out of everyone on the list, only four entrepreneurs from the crypto industry manage to make the list. Each one of these individuals are either founds or co-founders of projects, such as Lightning Labs, and so on. Let’s take a look at who these individuals really are.
Olaoluwa Osuntokun, 25
Olaoluwa Osuntokun is the co-founder and CTO of Lightning labs, the company best known for its scalability solutions for Bitcoin. Lightning labs has manage to successfully raise over $2.5 million to transform bitcoin into a more viable form of payment by making smaller transaction cost effective.
Onsuntokun received his computer science degree at the University of California, Santa Barbra. During this period of his life, he mainly focused on the fields of applied cryptography, specifically encrypted search. His work history includes him as having been a researcher at the University, teaching assistant, and having worked as a Google intern, before the founding of Lightning Labs alongside CEO Elizabeth Stark.
Hunter Horsley, 28
As CEO of Bitwise Asset Management, Hunter Horsley is known for BIT10, a cryptocurrenct basket that can help newcomers into the cryptocurrency lifestyle. He successfully raised over $4 million from Khosla Ventures, Naval Ravikant, the CEO and founder of AngelList, and others such places to develop these cryptocurrency indices that rely on transparent criteria. Horsley manage to get his economics degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, he went on to work as product manager for both Facebook and Instagram, before becoming CEO of Bitwise.
Nader Al-Naji, 26
Founder and CEO of Intangible labs, Nader Al-Naji manage to raise over $133 million from well known names as Andreessen Horowitz and Bain Capital Ventures to build a cryptocurrency that can be used to make payments. His main product is known as Basis, a stable cryptocurrency developed to replace central banks. Having gained a computer science degree from Princeton, Al-Naji worked at D.E. Shaw and Google as a software developer and proceed to found Basis during July 2017.
JB Rubinovitz, 26
JB Rubinovitz is many things, entrepreneur, machine-learning engineer, artist, and the main powerhouse behind Bail block, which intends to upend the bail financing industry and has successfully raised enough money to bail out 100 criminally arrested individuals by mining cryptocurrency.
Bail Bloc is known for mining Monero and converts them into US dollars, donating it to The Bronx Freedom Fund. Once a person has installed the program to their computer, Bail Block uses a minor amount of the computer’s power to min for Monero in the background, so daily use of the computer remains unaffected. Rubinovitz got her Computer science degree from Columbia University, based in New York.
Lists like the Forbes 30 Under 30 go off to show how much of a major influence cryptocurrency and blockchain have been having in the tech industry, having gone from a niche area towards a powerhouse industry. With young entrepreneurs and technologists like these, it makes one wonder how the crypto scene will continue to shape in the coming years.
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