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Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are slowly but steadily getting more and more attention from the mainstream media. This new-found attention from the media, in part caused by the recent surge in the price of Bitcoin, is more than welcome as it will help bring global awareness to this new technology and accelerate Bitcoin's path to mass adoption thereby ushering in the new era of cryptocurrencies.
Just as it has been the case with most new and innovative technologies however, the workings and purpose of cryptocurrencies is often poorly or misunderstood by the mainstream media, resulting in inaccurate information on the subject being spread in the media and over the internet. At the same time, we are witnessing a surge of people on the internet that are blogging or vlogging about cryptocurrencies, portraying themselves as so-called cryptocurrency experts, while truth be told they do not have a fundamental understanding of the underlying technology but are in fact rather clueless.
Realizing it is difficult for a novice to find reliable sources of information about cryptocurrencies and more in particular about Bitcoin, we at Bitcoin Gear have set out to create the below (non-exhaustive) list of individuals who we believe to be among the top Bitcoin experts in the world. The below individuals are major players in the Bitcoin space and are in our opinion among the most knowledgeable people and most reliable sources of information regarding Bitcoin available on the internet for anyone who 's seeking to gain a better understanding of the technology. In this regard we also highly recommend taking a look at our list of books about Bitcoin and blockchain technology.
The below list is however far from being complete, so if you can think of anyone to add to the below list do not hesitate to let us know.
Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses.
He's credited with pioneering the market for digital currency in games. He is the founder of IMI Exchange, the world's leading digital currency marketplace for games, with annual sales exceeding $1 billion, which was sold in 2016 for more than $100 million.
He is the co-founder of Blockchain Capital, which is the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in blockchain technology companies. Pierce led the firm through the first ICO of a venture fund. Blockchain Capital has made more than 75 investments in the sector across its first three funds.
Pierce is an early investor in Bitcoin and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowdsale. He is also the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Trace Mayer is one of the most outspoken Bitcoin advocates and an early investor in the space.
He started recommending Bitcoin around $0.25 and funded core blockchain infrastructure including (a) Armory which provides the foundational security for Bitcoin wallets, (b) Bitpay the largest Bitcoin merchant processor and (c) Kraken the largest Bitcoin/Euro exchange and a major worldwide liquidity provider.
Trace is also known for giving lectures about Bitcoin and is the host of the popular Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast where he interviews the top people in the Bitcoin industry.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected figures in the Bitcoin community. He is the author of two books: "Mastering Bitcoin", considered the best technical guide to Bitcoin and "The Internet of Money", a book about why Bitcoin matters.
Andreas has appeared as an expert witness, testifying in hearings of the Canadian Senate's Commerce, Banking and Finance Committee, as well as the Australian Senate's Banking Committee. His Canadian Senate testimony is considered by many to be a historically important presentation that influenced public policy vis-a-vis Bitcoin in Canada and around the world.
Andreas serves as an advisor to several bitcoin and crypto-currency companies. He is a widely published author of articles and blog posts on Bitcoin and a frequent speaker at technology and security conferences worldwide.
Balaji S. Srinivasan is the founder and CEO of blockchain company Earn.com (previously known as 21inc.), which at the time was the highest funded blockchain company in the world.
Balaji sees enormous potential in Bitcoin and blockchain technology, having stated that Bitcoin "may be the most important technology of this decade."
Max Keiser is perhaps best known as the eccentric host of the The Keiser Report, a financial news and analysis show which has been running since Septemver 2009.
Max has been covering Bitcoin on his show since 2009 when Bitcoin was valued in the single digits. He is one of the most vocal Bitcoin bulls in the world, predicting the market cap of Bitcoin will reach at least one trillion USD (at the time that the market cap of Bitcoin hovered around a mere 200 billion USD).
Barry Silbert is the founder & CEO of Digital Currency Group, a company helping to build the foundation of the digital currency and blockchain technology industry by investing in groundbreaking blockchain companies that will transform the global financial services ecosystem. Digital Currency Group has been one of the most active seed investors in the digital currency industry with over 50 investments, including investments in BitGo, BitPay, BitPagos, BitPesa, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Gyft, Kraken, Ripple Labs, TradeBlock, Unocoin, and Xapo.
In addition, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), a private, open-ended trust. The BIT's shares are the first publicly quoted securities (ticker: GBTC) solely invested in Bitcoin, enabling investors to gain exposure to the price movement of Bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping Bitcoins.
Gavin Andresen is a developer and the Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation. Gavin was one of the first contributors to Bitcoin core. In 2010, he succeeded the anonymous creator(s) of Bitcoin 'Satoshi Nakamoto' as chief maintainer of Bitcoin's open access code and became the project's main developer, a position he held until 2014. In his role as Chief Scientist, Gavin plays a vital role in the continuous development and improvement of the core Bitcoin protocol.
Simon Dixon is an outspoken Bitcoin advocate and an active FinTech & Bitcoin angel investor with investments in Bitfinex, BitPay, Kraken, BitPesa and BitStamp.
Simon is also the CEO & co-founder of BnkToTheFuture.com, an online investment platform allowing individual qualified investors to participate, alongside traditional venture capital investors, in investment rounds of blockchain companies.
Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur and board member of Paypal who is well known for his bullish stance on Bitcoin. According to Wences, Bitcoin "may be the best form of money civilization has ever seen" and "Bitcoin may do for money what TCP/IP did for information".
Wences is also the founder and CEO of Xapo, a bitcoin wallet startup, said to be the largest custodian of Bitcoin in the world.
The Winklevoss twins are American entrepreneurs focusing mainly on Bitcoin and its blockchain technology. They are arguably the biggest Bitcoin bulls in the entire Bitcoin industry, being one of the first to publicly predict a future price of Bitcoin of $1,000,000 per coin.
They are the founders of Gemini, one of the biggest US based Bitcoin exchanges. In addition they were among the first investors to file an application with the SEC for the creation of a Bitcoin ETF called the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, thereby trying to push the boundaries of the traditional financial markets by making Bitcoin accessible to institutional investors and helping the Bitcoin industry to move forward.
It is safe to say the Winklevoss's bet on Bitcoin is paying off, as it is believed they are among the first ever Bitcoin billionaires.