Top 25 Blockchain Influencers Disrupting the Industry in 2018

  • 8 March 2018 03:16:19 PM
  • By sammire

The digital ledger system that is blockchain has millions of backers and unshakeable believers across the globe. Whether it serves as the basis for financial transactions or other forms of contract, the chronological, public nature of blockchain-based agreements mean that its proponents believe strongly in its trustworthiness.

The most prominent form of blockchain-dependent technology to date is cryptocurrencies, which have seen steadily rising interest and investment in past months. These influencers have, to date, gathered following for their knowledge of and interest in blockchain, and naturally that has also meant a knowledge of cryptocurrency's past performance and future potential. But just because these influencers have knowledge of cryptocurrencies, don't underestimate their knowledge about the more widely applicable tool that makes cryptos possible: the blockchain.

MarQuis Trill

As the founder of cryptocurrency community platform Cryptocurrency Member, the man who goes by MarQuis Trill has amassed nearly 4.5 million followers. Cryptocurrency Member specializes in posting crypto-related news, predictions, and other insights that require a thorough understanding of blockchain technology. As a young person offering blockchain-related Vines, broadcasts, news, and user-engagement posts, MarQuis Trill is a voice worth listening to.

John McAfee

Easily qualifying as one of the most recognizable people on this list, cybersecurity veteran John McAfee has been one of the earliest proponents of blockchain technology. As somebody who has worked in the security industry and dealt with the many threats to our electronic data, McAfee knows far better than most what it takes to keep data secure in the cyber age. His endorsement of blockchain technology is one that carries significant weight, and his Twitter handle is one that has borne an also significant 800,000 followers.

Charlie Lee

Lee is the creator of one of the most well-known cryptocoins not named Bitcoin or Ethereum. Litecoin is the brainchild of this influencer, who you will find dropping all kinds of crypto and other blockchain-related advice and news if you choose to follow him, as 731,000 people already do.

Vitalik Buterin

The founder of Ethereum, Buterin has become something of a young rockstar in the crypto community.  As easily the second most recognizable and popular cryptocurrency on the market, Buterin has parlayed Ethereum's success into several other business ventures, but he has clearly not lost his passion for informing crypto-heads about the goings on in the industry. Vitalik “No I'm not giving away ETH” Buterin has 696,000 followers, and those aiming to stay on top of industry trends would be smart to add to his massive follower count.

Warren Whitlock

Warren Whitlock is a blockchain guru who publishes columns at He is also a blockchain advisor for eCoinomicnet. More importantly, he is a free Twitter follow who you don't have to employ in order to reap the benefits of his knowledge and expertise. 525,000 followers can't be wrong about his blockchain-centric posts…

Salih Sarikaya

Salih Sarikaya is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Smartereum, a site specializing in Ethereum and Blockchain news. Like most editors with a tech niche, Sarikaya has a deep, up-to-date knowledge of these respective industries, and his 521,000 followers remain loyal for good reason. He's not another big name who doesn't really post anything worth your time. In fact, quite the opposite; Salih Sarikaya knows what blockchain enthusiasts need to know, and he hits the nail on the head consistently.

Roger Ver

Labeling himself as the “World's first investor in Bitcoin startups”, Ver is somebody who prides himself on having gotten in on the ground floor of blockchain as it pertains to cryptocurrency. If you know his type, you probably know that pride is rivaled only by the tenacity to stay ahead of blockchain and cryptocurrency trends, and Ver's 490,000 followers are the beneficiaries and his constantly evolving understanding of blockchain technology.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is an ideal candidate for this list, as he describes his interests simply in his bio as ‘Bitcoin, open blockchains, security…Mastering Bitcoin & The Internet of Money'. Does that sound like somebody you might be interested in following? It sure does to us, not to mention 395,000 other Twitter dwellers.

Thomas Power

Thomas Power is a contributor to 9 Spokes, a sight that advertises itself as helping individuals ‘identify power insights to deliver your business KPI's'. Part of those insights apparently involve blockchain, cryptocurrency, and related topics. As a public speaker, Power is used to figuring out his audience and delivering what they need to hear, and his 279,000-deep Twitter audience is no exception.

Howard Lindzon

Howard Lindzon's Twitter name is actually ‘Blockchain' Lindzon. I shouldn't have to add any more to justify his place on this list, but I may as well. The ‘crypto economist' is just that, and any economist specializing in blockchain-dependent digital currencies is worth a follow in our book, and the books of his 271,000 additional followers.

Erik Voorhees

As the CEO of ShapeShift, a coin conversion and crypto exchange platform, Voorhees is an ideal candidate to follow for those seeking blockchain influencers who have something to contribute to industry-relevant conversation. 257,000 followers tune in to his timeline to gain access to valuable Retweets and original thoughts, and his motto – ‘toward peace, markets, and Bitcoin' – is an indicator of just what Voorhees is all about.

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington is the namesake behind Arrington XRP Capital, a ‘ digital asset management firm in blockchain-based capital markets.' Founders, CEOs, and other executives in the world of blockchain and crypto are almost always worth listening to, as the experience that comes with such titles is invaluable to mere mortals interested in the industry. Go ahead, push him over the 227,000 follower mark, I dare you. You won't regret it.

Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, perhaps the most recognizable crypto wallet and exchange platform on the web, Armstrong is one of the foremost authorities on the blockchain as it applies to finance. He is constantly directing his followers to the most relevant and interesting articles, and all 203,000 of them can't help but be better informed as a result of their following him.

Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo is, first and foremost, a blockchain, crypto, and smart contracts junkie. But secondarily – and importantly – he is a talented, knowledgable writer who delivers meaty, information-heavy content to his followers like few Twitter personalities can, especially those in a niche field. For this reason, 190,000 followers keep coming back to his timeline for more, and so should you.

Crypto Yoda

Nobody said that everybody on this list would be fully transparent about their legal identity. For all we know, this crypto-head resides in a swamp on the planet Naboo. But, what we do know for certain is that his advice, Retweets, and insight on blockchain and crypto is absolutely on point.

Crypto Rand

Crypto Rand is one of the more cutting-edge-minded cryptocurrency and blockchain analysts on Twitter, as the account states that they are currently developing a risk index for cryptocoins. That would be extremely helpful to his followers, many of whom are likely not as well versed in blockchain and cryptocurrency as they would like to be. With 175,000 followers, Crypto Rand's advice is very much appreciated.

Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse is the CEO of Ripple, a forward-looking cryptocurrency who, at the behest of its CEO, is attempting to work with regulators to ensure its long-term existence and prosperity. In an age when cryptocurrencies are all-too-often associated with nefarious activities and extra-regulatory practices, Garlinghouse is an individual whose advice should be heeded. With 173,000 followers, clearly many, many people understand how knowledgable this man is in his space of expertise, which includes the blockchain.

Luke Martin

Luke Martin can explain what he does far more succinctly than I; ‘I chart coins and talk about crypto investment strategy', his bio reads. What he also does is post data-driven stories that will speak to the numbers-driven crypto-nerds out there, and we mean nerd in the best sense of the word. 158,000 followers visit Luke's profile to experience more high-level analytics that illuminate the hard numbers behind blockchain and crypto technologies.

Jonha Richman

It's not just a bunch of dudes making waves on Twitter when it comes to the blockchain and cryptocurrency, and Jonha Richman is overwhelming proof that plenty ladies have tons to offer, too. As an advisor to blockchain companies, Richman knows far more than most about not only how the tech works, but where it's likely headed in its many applications. Give her a follow if you want to become more learned in the field of blockchain.

Tuur Demeester

Tuur is the second person on this list who defines themselves as an economist, and he adds that his specialty is ‘mostly Bitcoin'. That's awesome news for those who want an expert's insights into the most prominent blockchain technology – crypto – in order to benefit their own portfolio. Join the 152,000 Twitterers who already look to Demeester for valuable advice on industry trends and relevant stories.

Tyler Winklevoss

If you're thinking ‘that name sounds familiar' or ‘I know that guy!', it does, and you do. Tyler Winklevoss is known by most as one of the Winklevoss twins, antagonists in The Social Network, the cinematic portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg's rise to Facebook-driven fame. But the Winklevoss twins did not need Facebook to become fabulously wealthy. As one of the earliest investors in crypto, Tyler has sold his stake and moved on to found his own crypto platform, Check it out, and give him a follow, he knows the industry far better than most former Olympians.

Vinny Lingham

Vinny Lingham is a one of the four investors on Shark Tank: South Africa, if you didn't already know. Which makes him not only one of the few true celebrities on this list, but one of the wealthiest members as well. But, like a Daymond John or Mark Cuban, that wealth was the result of shrewd investing, and in Langham's case that means a healthy appreciation for Blockchain's financial applications.

Ian Balina

Balina is a crypto advisor and investor, and as he states in his bio, he has been featured in the likes of Forbes and CNBC. Balina knows who has something to say worth listening to when it comes to crypto and blockchain, and he lets his followers in on such secrets. When it comes to crypto knowledge he spreads the wealth, and 136,000 followers are the direct beneficiaries.

Charlie Shrem

Charlie Shrem is another cryptocurrency old head, and along with being a seasoned investor and analyst, he is the founder of, a site that provides crypto-related news, advice, and valuable information to its visitors. Shrem does the same for his 134,000 followers, and we highly recommend checking out both the individual and the site.

Tone Vays

Tone Vays is a derivatives trader and financial analyst who, like many in the industry, has adapted to the increasingly unavoidable wave of blockchain-using cryptocurrencies. When it comes to gaining a realistic picture of markets, having the advice of somebody who has administered financial counsel pre and post the crypto revolution is extremely valuable. Fortunately for his 131,000 followers, Vays has his feet firmly in both camps.




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