ICOs have had quite the busy year during 2018 with an estimated $14 Billion in funding being raised. Of course, this couldn’t have happened without the help of some of the top leading people in the crypto industry.
Despite the volatile market at the current moment, those who’ve remained in the crypto industry continue to work on technology for long-term prospects. Considering the number of amazing projects and new innovations popping up this year, it’s really hard to ignore this industry.
We’ve decided to search for people involved in crypto around the globe, and have typed down the top 50 influential people that have been causing waves in the community during this year alone.
Founder of a multi-chain blockchain platform, AION Network, designed to address many of the key scalability challenges posed by traditional blockchain development efforts today.
CEO and Founder of Polychain Capital, a crypto hedge fund that manages hundreds of millions in assets. Previously before, founding Polychain, Olaf spent several years as a Product Manager at Coinbase.
CEO and co-founder of Golem Factory, an organization that’s building what it describes as “the first truly decentralized supercomputer”.
Founder and Executive Director at BitGive, the world’s first government-recognized Bitcoin nonprofit. The organization goals are to leverage cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology to empower charitable organizations around the world.
Co-founder of Origin Protocol, a protocol for building decentralized sharing economy marketplaces using Dapps.
Co-founder and CEO of Bitgo, an institutional-grade crypto investment service. He was also the inventor of SPDY (now known as HTTP 2.0) and previously co-founded Lookout Software.
Co-founder of the Aragon Project, an Ethereum-based blockchain collaboration tool – and he also heads up its for-profit entity, Aragon One.
The co-founder of Circle, a P2P crypto payments platform that allows users to store both fiat currency and crypto in one place.
Co-founder of Ethereum and a co-founder of Amsterdam-based Grid Games. He’s a prolific developer who shares frequent insights and updates from the Ethereum ecosystem.
Co-founder of NEO (previously known as AntShares), one of the most widely-used cryptocurrencies in the world. He’s also the founder and CEO of China-based OnChain, a blockchain technology firm that provides consulting services to businesses looking to build their own enterprise blockchains.
Founder of Clovyr, a startup that’s designed to help individuals and businesses navigate the increasingly complex ecosystem of Dapps and blockchain applications on the market.
Founding director and executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that’s driving awareness around Bitcoin and establishing best practices around the platform for businesses to leverage. Matonis also serves on the board of directors at Globitex, an institutional-grade crypto exchange based in Lithuania.
Founder and CEO of Messari, an open data library for crypto assets. Prior to founding Messari, Ryan was the Managing Director of CoinDesk.
Well-known venture capitalists, and perhaps most famous for his prescient 2014 purchase of 30,000 Bitcoins at a US government auction. He’s well-known for his frequent Bitcoin price predictions, and reports on the crypto markets.
Founder and CEO of Austin-based Adamant Capital, a crypto fund focused on investing in Bitcoin and other digital currencies.
CIO and Managing Partner of BlockTower Capital, an investment firm that leverages professional trading and portfolio management in the crypto markets.
Founder of crypto advisory firm CryptoIQ, a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, and the Head of Business Development at Jaxx, a crypto wallet service.
CEO and co-founder of Civic, an identity management platform. He’s also the founder of SiliconCape, a nonprofit focused on attracting startups and tech investment to South Africa.
The founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, which helps organizations navigate the blockchain ecosystem, and co-wrote the bestselling book The Blockchain Revolution.
The founder and CEO of TRON (one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world in terms of market cap), and he also heads up its nonprofit arm, the Tron Foundation.
Founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, a San Francisco-based blockchain development startup. Earlier this year, she became a fellow at the Coin Center, a research center focused on developing government policy around decentralized technologies.
Co-founder and CEO of OKEx, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges. He recently announced plans to release a stablecoin pegged to the Chinese Yuan.
The co-founder and CEO of Bitfury, the largest bitcoin mining business based in Europe. Along with his mining operation, Valery also helps the Bitfury Group develop its software and hardware solutions in the blockchain space for both enterprises and governments alike.
CEO of Crypto.com, a division of Monaco that’s focused on accelerating the world’s transition to cryptocurrency.
The co-founder and CEO of BitMex, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges. With years of experience in the banking industry at Citigroup, currently, Arthur is helping the Hong Kong-based exchange execute on its ambitious growth strategy.
The legendary founder of McAfee AntiVirus is now intimately involved in the crypto community, and his ventures range from serving as CEO of enterprise crypto startup Luxcore, to doing influencer marketing for emerging cryptocurrencies.
The founder and CEO of the Kraken Bitcoin exchange, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world in terms of trading volume.
The founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, one of the best-performing crypto hedge funds in the world and one of the first hedge funds to launch blockchain-focused products for investors. Also known as the chairman of Bitstamp, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges.
The cofounder and CTO of the crypto startup Stellar. Prior to helping startup Stellar, Jed was the CTO of Ripple, and he’s perhaps best-known for creating the already shutdown Mt Gox exchange.
The founder of Upbit, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea in terms of trading volume. Also known as founder of Dunamu, a Korean news startup.
CEO of CoinMarketCap, a website which tracks crypto prices and data for more than a thousand cryptocurrencies. It’s now one of the world’s top sources for crypto data, and has significant influence on the markets themselves.
Better know as the creator of Litecoin, which is now one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world today in terms of market cap. After successfully launching the project, Lee has since moved on to philanthropic endeavors, and is now spends the majority of his time working with the Litecoin Foundation to drive adoption of the cryptocurrency.
Founder and CEO of Protocol Labs, the company behind innovations like IPFS (a hypermedia protocol) and Filecoin (a crypto-driven file storage network).
CEO and co-founder of Blockchain, the world’s most popular crypto wallet. Peter has also launched Blockchain Principal Strategies, an institutional platform that helps investors gain more exposure to cryptocurrency via an over-the-counter trading desk.
The cofounder of Tezos, a decentralized governance platform, and she also plays an active role in its nonprofit entity, the Tezos Foundation.
After become a successful founder for Ethereum, Lubin then became the founder of ConsenSys, which works on blockchain infrastructure and software projects.
Renowned cryptographer and inventor best known for inventing hashcash, a proof of work system that is used by numerous email providers to combat spam. Currently, he’s the CEO of Blockstream, a startup that’s focused on developing sidechains and other applications for the crypto ecosystem.
Co-founder of Bitmain, the world’s largest crypto mining company. With a net worth estimated at more than $2B, he’s one of the most influential members of the blockchain industry.
The founder and CEO of the Digital Currency Group, a crypto incubator and investment fund that’s already been in operation for several years. Furthermore, he’s the CEO of Grayscale Investments, a digital currency investment fund that runs the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private trust invested exclusively in Bitcoin.
The current CEO of crypto payments startup Ripple, which launched its xCurrent international payment protocol earlier this year.
Co-founder and CEO of Gemini and Principal of Winklevoss Capital. Winklevoss was the world’s first bitcoin billionaire, and this year he helped to launch the Gemini dollar, a stablecoin designed to provide liquidity to crypto traders.
Better known as the granddaddy of Ethereum, and he’s one of the key programmer’s that’s driving development of the platform forward. This year, Vitalik began to focus on making ICOs safer as well and released DAICO concept is beginning to gain traction as a more secure (and safe) way to run an ICO.
The co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world that also happens to offer a wide range of products and services for institutional investors.
The founder and CEO of Binance, presently the world’s fastest-growing crypto exchange. Previously the CTO of OKCoin and a developer for Blockchain.info, CZ has been involved in the crypto space for years and this year landed on Forbes’s list of the richest people in crypto.
Entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen has long been on the cutting edge of crypto, and this year he extended his stake in the technology by setting up a16z Crypto, a $300M VC fund that’s now focused exclusively on investing in promising crypto and blockchain projects.
The CTO of Block.one, which oversees development of the EOS protocol and platform. He’s also the inventor of DPOS, a revolutionary proof of stake-driven consensus algorithm.
The CEO and founder of Zug-based Shapeshift – an instant, decentralized exchange for digital assets. He is also the cofounder of bitcoin startups Coinapult and SatoshiDice.
The founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, an investment firm that helps provide access to blockchain technology for institutional investors.
The co-founder and Managing Director of San Francisco-based Scalar Capital, a cryptoasset hedge fund that’s already raised more than $20M in funding from institutional and private investors.
A cryptocurrency thought leader, entrepreneur, and blockchain investor. Currently involved with growing a blockchain startup known as BitcoinHEX.
The CEO of Gibraltar-based blockchain streaming platform ProximaX. He’s also the President of the NEM.io foundation, which seeks to promote the further development of NEM technology.