Like any industry the cryptocurrency sector is led by a small group of visionaries and pioneers. They're the people who work on the blockchain every day and they're the people with the greatest insight into the latest Bitcoin movement or the effect of some new regulation. Unlike other industries, however, these cryptocurrency leaders are also on social media where they explain what's happening behind the scenes. For anyone investing in cryptocurrencies, they're people to follow.

  1. Vitalik Buterin (@vitalikbuterin)

Vitalik Buterin is the creator of Ethereum, the technology that opened the blockchain to any business that wants to create their own cryptocurrency. Don't expect to find any strong investment tips here. Instead, take a look at the way that the developers behind cryptocurrencies think. You might not understand it but you can't help but be impressed by it and reassured that there are some strong minds guiding the development of digital coins.

  1. Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite)

Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, one of the first alternatives to Bitcoin. While Satoshi Nakamoto's cryptocurrency focused on large payments sent across international borders, Litecoin was always meant to be for smaller payments. In line with that approach, Lee's tweets are very down to earth. He talks about changes he wants to see in cryptocurrencies, retweets advice and compares the benefits of Litecoin with other coins.

  1. Jed McCaleb (@JedMcCaleb)

Jed McCaleb was one of the founders of Mt. Gox. More happily, he was also one of the founders of Ripple, a blockchain technology built to help banks make international transfers cheaply and quickly. He's now the Chief Technology Officer of Stellar, a cryptocurrency that's attempting to make transfers easier in the developing world. His tweets are like a friendly chat with someone who's super-bullish on cryptocurrencies.

  1. Roger Ver (@rogerkver)

Roger Ver is an acquired taste. A former convict who renounced his US citizenship and now lives in Japan, he was the first person to invest in cryptocurrencies which he sees as a libertarian solution to a government-controlled currency. His tweets focus largely on Bitcoin's block size limits, a useful reminder that Bitcoin might not be the best currency available on the digital market.

  1. Rhett Creighton (@HeyRhett)

Whalecoin doesn't sound like the light alternative to fiat currencies that cryptocurrencies claim to be... and it isn't quite. It's a combination of social network and cryptocurrency that enables active member to reward their followers. One of the founders is Rhett Creighton, a high school dropout and MIT graduate who also worked on Bitcoin and ZClassic. His tweets don't limit themselves to cryptocurrency issues. He also talks about privacy and traditional economics, giving an insight into the point of view of many of cryptocurrency's leaders. You don't have to agree with him, but you should know what he, and other crypto pioneers, are thinking.

Published on: Mar 26, 2018
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