Blockchain is being widely explored to find uses in different industrial operations.
Blockchain is a trending topic these days. Although the technology initially resonated with cryptocurrency, it has much wider use cases and capabilities. According to the Grand View Research report, the global blockchain technology market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 82.4% from 2021 to 2028. This technology based on an immutable, decentralized ledger is gaining immense significance in the current scenario. As more people are getting interested in blockchain, there is a need to stay informed and updated. Here are the top 10 blockchain experts to follow if you are looking to better understand the technology and track its growth.
1. Paul Brody
Paul is currently the Global Innovation Leader, Blockchain Technology at Ernst & Young. He coordinates the global investments of EY in blockchain technology and has been initiating and leading EY’s innovations in blockchain across consulting, audit, and tax business lines. EY’s first strategic blockchain initiative was led by Paul and has over 20 years of experience in consulting and strategy in the field of mobile and electronics. EY quotes Paul saying “Blockchains will do for networks of enterprises and business ecosystems what enterprise resource planning did for the single company.”
2. Robert Schwertner
Robert is a crypto and blockchain blogger and the Founder and CEO of the CryptoRobby. Robert is a frequent speaker at International Blockchain and is keenly interested in studying the social impacts of blockchain technology. Robert works as a business developer for several blockchain platforms. In his blog, Robert writes, “I dream of applications beyond Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies serving the people.” On a mission to create value for society through blockchain, Robert runs an initiative called #ReturnOnSociety.
3. Changpeng Zhao
Changpeng Zhao is the Founder and CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Also known as CZ, he was formerly a member of Blockchain.com. According to Coindesk, Changpeng Zhao recently said that it is impossible for a single entity to end bitcoin and underlying blockchain technology, and hence states and regulators should embrace blockchain and cryptocurrency.
4. Tim Draper
An American venture capital investor, Tim Draper has been actively investing in several crypto and blockchain startups. He is also the Founder of Draper University, for early-stage entrepreneurs, and Draper Associates, and other initiatives. The bestseller “How to be The Startup Hero – A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs” was authored by Tim Draper.
5. Elizabeth Stark
Elizabeth Stark is the Co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. She is known as a blockchain entrepreneur, educator, and crypto startup advisor. Elizabeth’s Lightning Labs is building a second layer protocol working on blockchain to enable scalable and efficient financial transactions. She is an advisor at Chia, a blockchain startup building a protocol based on proof of time and space. Elizabeth describes herself as a big fan of the internet on Twitter and has played a pivotal role in the Internet Freedom effort.
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6. Laura Shin
A crypto/blockchain journalist, Laura was previously a Forbes Senior Editor. She was the recipient of the 2016 Blockchain Award for Most Insightful Journalist. Laura hosts two popular podcasts on blockchain and cryptocurrency. Her Crypto 101 podcast is considered a good start to gain knowledge on these technologies. Laura announced that she will be releasing a book on crypto soon.
7. Alex Tapscott
Alex Tapscott is a co-author of the famous book, “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World”. Alex is a recognized writer, speaker, investor, and advisor who keenly works on understanding the impacts of blockchain and cryptocurrency on society, government, and businesses. Alex and Don Tapscott co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), a think tank worth multi-million dollars. BRI investigates the strategies, use cases, and opportunities offered by blockchain to our society.
8. William Mougayar
William is the author of “The Business Blockchain”, a bestseller, and the Executive Chairman at Kin Foundation. He is a venture investor, advisor, and mentor to tech entrepreneurs. Since 2013, William has been working keenly on blockchain technology through research, writings, and investments. He is an author at Coindesk and in a recent article on blockchain wrote, “The blockchain world is full of big ideas. Beyond DeFi, the narrative needs to inspire a much wider segment of the population.”
9. Andreas M Antonopoulos
Andreas is a globally recognized expert on bitcoin and open blockchain technologies. He is an educator, speaker, and bestselling author. Andreas is on a mission to educate people across the globe about the historical, socio-economic, and technological impacts of blockchain and bitcoin. A consultant for several bitcoin startups, Andreas was a former Chief Security Officer at Blockchain.com.
10. Jose Arrieta
An alumnus of the American University, Jose Arrieta is an adjunct professor at the John Hopkins University. He specializes in the subjects of Blockchain and Entrepreneurial Finance. He created the first blockchain in the U.S. federal government that was used for public procurement. Formerly, Jose served as the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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