Blockchain is a digital ledger that accepts input from many users. Posts to the ledger can’t be revised or tampered with, and the ledger is decentralized. This technology has the potential to disrupt many industries, like banking.
For CIOs, staying on top of the latest developments in this area is essential. Without a strong knowledge of developments in this new technology, it’s harder for CIOs to hire IT professionals and compete with other companies. To stay up to date on the latest developments, follow these ten industry thought leaders.
1. Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott is one of the leading analysts of the impacts of technology, and he’s written more than 15 books on related subjects. He recently wrote a book, The BlockChain Revolution, about how this technology will change the internet. Tapscott has also spoken at TEDGlobal about this technology.
2. Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen is well-known for founding Netscape, an early web browser. Now, Andreessen is an investor and Bitcoin enthusiast. His venture capitalist firm invests in Bitcoin and related startups. The firm recently raised $1.5 billion to invest in more breakthroughs.
3. Vitalik Buterin
This 23-year-old entrepreneur is famous for being the co-founder of Ethereum, a blockchain-based software platform. This platform is designed to handle financial transactions that can’t be handled by Bitcoin. The platform has the potential to create a decentralized version of the internet, called Internet 3.0.
4. Laura Shin
Laura Shin is a senior editor at Forbes. She manages Forbes’ coverage of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and related technologies, and explains these technologies in clear language. Shin speaks at conferences about these technologies and won the 2016 Blockchain Award for Most Insightful Journalist.
5. Nick Ayton
Nick Ayton is a global blockchain expert. He’s written many whitepapers and articles on the subject and also writes for CoinTelegraph, a publication that covers cryptocurrencies. Ayton is also a speaker and lecturer, and he has been a keynote speaker at various events. His latest project, 21 Million, is a crypto-funded television series about cryptocurrencies.
6. Naval Ravikant
Ravikant is the CEO of AngelList, a website that lets startups raise money from investors. He tweets about blockchain technology and how it can transform the world. Recently, he predicted this technology would replace networks with markets. For interesting predictions about the future of this technology, be sure to follow Ravikant.
7. Roger Ver
Roger Ver is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He’s famous for being an early investor in Bitcoin. Ver believes Bitcoin could rival major fiat currencies and thinks the cryptocurrency could promote economic freedom. He’s one of the five founders of the Bitcoin Foundation and has funded the seed rounds of many Bitcoin startups.
8. Vinny Lingham
Lingham is a major technology entrepreneur from South Africa. He’s been nicknamed the “Bitcoin Oracle” for his predictions of Bitcoin’s value. His latest venture is a business called Civic.com, which is a decentralized identity system that uses blockchain technology to create a digital ID. The end goals are protecting people’s identities and getting rid of usernames and passwords.
9. Jim Marous
Marous is a publisher, FinTech strategist, and keynote speaker. He’s the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, a digital publication for banks and credit unions. Marous also owns the Digital Banking Report, which covers current topics in banking. As a thought leader on disruption in the banking industry, he provides insights in new technologies.
10. Erik Voorhees
Voorhees is the founder and CEO of Shapeshift, a Bitcoin and altcoin exchange. He’s predicted Bitcoin could be replaced as the dominant cryptocurrency if it can’t continue to scale. Voorhees also talks about governance methods for cryptocurrencies.
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