Many have dubbed 2021 as the year of cryptocurrencies. Over the past twelve months, the widespread adoption ofBitcoin the biggest and most popular cryptocurrency in the world. It is a decentralized digital currency that enables users to make trustless peer-to-peer transactions. has increased, seeing particular interest among banks and institutionalized investors. NFTs, ortokens non-fungible currencies also went mainstream, many countries pushed for new regulations for the industry, and central banks explored digital digital technologies are these electronic tools that have the ability to generate, store or even process data. currencies; and we saw one nation recognize aBitcoin as its legal tender.
This exciting development could not have happened without the participation of an active community that continues to grow over the years, much less without the effort and work of some of the leaders who make life in this space. The news outlet specializing in cryptocurrencies andBlockchain, CoinDesk, has published a list of the most influential figures within the crypto space during 2021.
As part of the initiative,CoinDesk partnered with digital artists to launch an NFT non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptocurrencies that do not possess the property of fungibility. series comprised of portraits of influencers. The digital art collection is being auctioned on the NFT marketplaces.SuperRare yFoundation. El 20% de las ventas de la colección se destinarán a organizaciones benéficas.
Top 10 Most Influential People of 2021
The list, which was determined by reader voting and editorial selection, is divided into two parts. The first brings together the ten most notable figures for their contributions in development, startups, regulation, gaming, art, and investment this 2021. A second part, which we won’t address, aggregates the 40 most recognized for their ongoing work in the crypto space.
1. Sam Bankman-Fried, director general de FTX
At 29 years old, Sam Bankman-Fried is the founder and CEO of two companies in the crypto industry:Alameda Research yFTX. This year, the young entrepreneur spearheaded the list of crypto’s richest people according toForbes. The young man, who describes himself as an effective altruist, also became one of the world’s richest 20-something billionaires in 2021.
Under his leadership, his company has signed several notable sponsorship deals with players in the sports arena.FTX in March became the first crypto exchange businesses that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies. to sponsor an official sports team after signing an agreement with theMiami Heat of the NBA. The name of the exchange hit international headlines after rename the stadiumAmerican Airlines Arena a ‘FTX Arena‘. The company then struck a similar deal after purchasing the rights to Cal Memorial Stadium, which renamed a ‘FTX Field’.
2. Roham Gharegozlou, director general de Dapper Labs
The mind behind the famous, and now forgotten,CryptoKitties moved the idea of digital collectibles into theBlockchain a distributed ledger system. A sequence of blocks, or units of digital information, stored consecutively in a public database. The basis for cryptocurrencies. to the sporting sphere causing a great revolution. Under the leadership of Gharegozlou,Dapper Labs founded the first NFT collection of a professional sports team.NBA Top Shotthe official NFT project of the NBA, has raised more than USD $700 millones in sales this 2021.
Dapper Labs has also signed partnerships with big-name teams this year, including the National Football League (NFL), Women’s National Basketball Association and Ultimate Fighting Championship, to help them develop their own NFT products.
3. Bitcoin Taproot Developers
Although their names remain in the shadows, the team of developers atTaproot taproot is an instantiation of a soft fork for Bitcoin, intended to both improve privacy and improve other aspects tied to more complex transactions., deBitcointakes a special place on this list because of his contribution to launching the major upgrade ofBitcoin in years.
Jonas Nick, AJTowns, Tim Ruffing and Pieter Wuille are the authors credited with writing the three proposed improvements toBitcoin (BIP-340) that made upTaprootthe update ofBitcoin most significant in four years. Initially proposed in 2017,Taproot went live on November 14, 2021 bringing privacy, scalability and security the term securities refers to a fungible and tradable financial instrument that carries a type of monetary value. enhancements to the world’s oldest cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. network.
4. Jack Mallers, founder and CEO of Strike
The CEO of the payments application Bitcoin , Strike was part of one of the biggest crypto adoption movements in history this 2021. After several weeks of personally advising the Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele In September, El Salvador became the first nation in the world to recognise the Bitcoin as legal tender. His contribution was crucial in this historic step.
“ It’s the most important thing I’ve ever been a part of, and probably always will be. “Mallers commented on the matter to CoinDesk . It also highlights his invaluable contribution to the development of the second layer scalability solution fromBitcoin,Lightning Network a network refers to all nodes in the operation of a blockchain at any given moment in time..
5. Elon Musk, entrepreneur
The CEO ofTesla ySpaceX made a lot of noise in the digital currency currency is a medium of exchange that defines value. ecosystem this 2021. Its electric car company invested USD $1.5 billion intoBitcoinbecoming one of the first major companies in the world to add crypto to its balance sheet. The firm also began accepting payments in the cryptocurrency, though it later backed off.
The businessman said that the decision was based on the use of non-renewable energy sources for mining a process where blocks are added to a blockchain, verifying transactions. It is also the process through which new bitcoin or some altcoins are created. ofBitcoin and fueled the environmental discussion about the cryptocurrency.
Musk also strongly defended the puppy meme cryptocurrencyDogecoin through their social networks, which basically caused a roller coaster ride in prices. It also led to the emergence of a cryptocurrency wave memes inspired by the Shiba Inu puppy breed, projects that set a big trend during 2021. In conclusion, their foray into crypto this year has taught us – and warned us – about the power that some can have.influencers in the markets.
6. Trung Nguyen, CEO de Axie Infinity
The CEO of Sky Mavis the company behind Axie Infinity transformed Pokémon nostalgia into a sensation that revolutionized the gaming sphere. Blockchain is 2021.
The video game for raising, battling and collecting cute tokenized monsters became one of the most popular exciting developments of the crypto space this year by combining NFTs non-fungible token, a unique non-interchangeable piece of digital content that is stored on a distributed ledger (blockchain). with a mode that allows players to earn money while they play (“Play-To-Earn”). Nguyen, whoCoinDesk described as a lone genius, he basically did what no other project in the space had done before: make cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology fun to further boost their widespread adoption.
7. Cynthia Lummis, U.S. Senator
The U.S. senator from the state of Wyoming is Wyoming’s leading advocate forBitcoin the U.S. Congress has. Lummis has spoken out publicly in favor of cryptocurrencies throughout this year and has also been the first lawmaker in the country to disclose her investments inBitcoin of at least six figures in U.S. dollars.
The sexagenarian, who admits to being a ‘ hodler ‘ de Bitcoinhas advocated for regulation that is friendly to the digital currency industry and has been comprometido to work to promote regulation that can bring cryptocurrencies into the financial system while not stifling innovation. This year, Lummis worked with other legislators to amend a controversial tax reporting provision on the infrastructure bill. She doesn’t plan to stop in the next few years, and she toldCoinDesk that it plans to continue defending the sector.
8. Gary Gensler, Chairman of the SEC
While he might not exactly be the most beloved to many enthusiasts in the community, there remains no doubt that the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been one of the most resonant figures in crypto space this year.
Gensler, who is an expert in technologyBlockchainThe former chairman of the U.S.’s top financial regulator, who was appointed this year, has had a hard time pushing for clear regulation of the new digital asset class. The former chairman of the Commodity Futures a futures contract is a standardized legal agreement to buy or sell a particular commodity or asset at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future. Trading Commission (CFTC) has on several occasions called for a tighter regulation for cryptocurrency platforms citing the need to provide greater protection for investors.
While also under his leadership, the SEC has for the first time approved a number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on futures ofBitcoin. Gensler still opposes has an ETF an Exchange-traded Fund, an investment fund that users trade on exchanges and trading platforms. ofBitcoin spot, an investment product that many in the crypto space continue to hope for.
9. Do Kwon, CEO of Terraform Labs
The director ofTerraform Labs has done something truly revolutionary within the digital currencies space by creatingTerraUSD (UST), astablecoin a cryptocurrency with extremely low volatility, sometimes used as a means of portfolio diversification. Examples include gold-backed cryptocurrency or fiat-pegged cryptocurrency. dollar-linked algorithmic with a decentralized decentralization refers to the property of a system in which nodes or actors work in concert in a distributed fashion to achieve a common goal. approach which, unlike otherstablecoinsis not backed by cash cash is the most liquid form of money: physical coins and banknotes in the most narrow sense of the term. reserves in a bank account. Instead, it is backed by token a digital unit designed with utility in mind, providing access and use of a larger crypto economic system. reserves. LUNA and its own use.
The organization also launched Mirror Protocol the set of rules that define interactions on a network, usually involving consensus, transaction validation, and network participation on a blockchain. and has collaborated with platforms such as Cosmos y Solana by doing their bit a bit is a basic unit of information in computing. in the construction of the Web 3 . It’s 2021, Terraform has gained a lot of ground in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space, providing products of real utility to its users. Meanwhile, many consider Kwon to be a sort of Steve Jobs of the crypto industry, and are eagerly waiting to see what his next steps will be.
10. Katie Haun, socia general de Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)
As a former U.S. Attorney, Haun has a broad view that looks at both points of view: that of regulators and that of the digital currency industry. During her ten years as a federal prosecutor, she was able to get a close refers to the closing price; similar to the same term used in stock trading. look at some of the darkest cases in the history of cryptocurrencies, including the illicit market.Silk Road and the fall ofMt. Gox.
That knowledge now allows her to make a strong case for the industry. This year, in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware ransomware is a type of malware used by hackers to steal or encrypt their victims’ files to extort them for a ransom in exchange for file decryption or restoration. attack, she brought up in the news media how sheBitcoin had allowed the case to be closed quickly. He has also led other relevant policy debates and notable investments. Haun, who helps run a16z’s $2.2 billion cryptocurrency venture fund, will likely continue to further prove his place in the industry as more crypto regulations approach.
Otros personajes notables del criptoespacio
Beyond these top ten influencers, there is a long a situation where you buy a cryptocurrency with the expectation of selling it at a higher price for profit later. list of leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and enthusiasts in the crypto community who stand out for their efforts within the industry.
Among them, Charles Hoskinson the founder ofCardanowho this year worked with his team to launch smart contract in traditional finance, a contract is a binding agreement between two parties. In cryptocurrencies, smart contracts execute functions on the blockchain. functionality on that platform a place to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency and is now looking to bring the technologyBlockchain al African continent . Tim Beiko who is working to make the blockchainEthereum a decentralized open-source blockchain with smart contracts functionality. change change — a concept relevant to cryptocurrencies that use the UTXO model — is the number of coins sent back to a user after they use their unspent outputs to initiate a transaction. your current proof-of-work poW is a type of consensus algorithm that rewards validators according to the amount of computational power they have expended. (PoW) mechanism to a proof-of-stake poS is a type of consensus algorithm that rewards validators according to the amount of crypto they have staked. (PoS) mechanism. Also Gavin Wood who builtPolkadotthe PoS blockchain, which this year has grown to position itself as one of the main “rivals” toEthereum.
The investor Mark Cuban has also become an energetic crypto advocate. He has calledBitcoin as a better hedge against inflation a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. than gold and has spoken even better about Ethereumwhich it considers superior both technologically and as an investment alternative.
The CEO ofMicroStrategy, Michael Saylor has also positioned itself as one of the leadinginfluencers of the cryptosphere. Saylor has expressed his complete conviction forBitcoin as a hedging asset after leading one of the largest institutional crypto investments in history. Under his leadership, the firm has been buying up BTC non-stop and now has a fortune of more than 120,000 bitcoins.
A group of politicians from around the world also joined crypto. Among them, they include Francis Suárez Miami’s mayor, who has expressed his support the opposite of Resistance, it is a threshold that crypto’s price doesn’t fall below. and enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies and is the first U.S. politician to receive his salary fully in Bitcoin. We cannot fail to mention also Nayib Bukele the president of El Salvador, who this year enacted theLey Bitcoin in that nation.
CoinDesk mentions some others in his list of “40 honourable people”, in which he could not fail to mention Vitalik Buterin the founder ofEthereum. Also included are Arianna Simpson Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), the general partner of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) for managing one of the largest crypto funds; All Seeing Seneca the creative leader behind NFT’s hit collection, ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club’; Willy Woo the popular cryptanalyst on social media; Camila Russo the founder ofThe Defiant and author of the book ‘The Infinite Machine‘; and even the Poly Network anonymous anonymity is when something is not known or named. hacker se ganó un puesto en la lista por darnos a todos una lección de ética este 2021.
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Article by Hannah Estefania Perez /DiarioBitcoin
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