1. Nick Szabo
Believed by some to be the inventor of bitcoin, however he denies it. He is a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer; he invented the concept of smart contracts. In 1998, he designed a mechanism for a decentralized digital currency called “bit gold”. While the “bit gold” model has never been implemented, it has been called a direct precursor of the Bitcoin architecture.
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2. Hal Finney
Former developer for the PGP Corporation, he was the first bitcoin transaction receiver from the anonymous bitcoin creator, Sathoshi Nakamoto. A noted cryptographic activist, he created the first reusable proof of work system before bitcoin.
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3. Gavin Andresen
Former lead developer for a part of the Bitcoin Digital Currency Project, after discovering it in 2010. Designated by Satoshi Nakamoto (the inventor of bitcoin) to lead the development of the client software for the bitcoin network, knowsn as Bitcoin Core. He afterwards started the Bitcoin Foundation (in 2012), to focus on the strategic development of the technology. He has not contributed to the Bitcoin Foundation since 2016, his GitHub commit access being revoked in the same year.
Personal website: http://gavinandresen.ninja/
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4. Craig Steven Wright
Craig Steven Wright (born October 1970) is an Australian computer scientist and businessman. He claims to be the real person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto—the creator of bitcoin—a claim that is strongly disputed within the bitcoin community.
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5. Jon Matonis
Self-described as an e-money researcher and crypto economist who focuses on expanding the circulation of non-political digital currencies. Influential posts at Sumitumo Bank, VISA, VeriSign and Hushmail. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Bitcoin Foundation. Forbes contributor, editor at The Monetary Future economics blog.
The monetary future: https://themonetaryfuture.blogspot.co.uk/
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6. Charlie Shrem
One of the founders of the Bitcoin Foundation, Shrem served as Vice Chairman from 2012 until 2014, when he was arrested for conspiring to launder $1 million BTC to help users of the Silk Road darknet market make illegal purchases. He is the founder and former CEO (2011-2013) of the BitInstant crypto investment company. He is currently the Director of Business and Community Development of Jaxx, a multi-platform cryptocurrency wallet who enables users to control their digital assets.
Personal website: www.charlieshrem.com
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7. Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum. He first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the technology and its potential. He cofounded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011, and after two and a half years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He now leads Ethereum’s research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
Personal website: https://about.me/vitalik_buterin
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8. Mihai Alisie
Mihai Alisie has been actively involved in the blockchain technology space, since 2011 when he created with Vitalik Buterin the world’s first Bitcoin centric publication – Bitcoin Magazine. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the magazine, until late 2013, when he joined Vitalik in founding the Ethereum project.
In the early days of Ethereum, Mihai led the Swiss efforts to establish the business infrastructure and legal framework critical for the Ethereum “pre-sale” campaign. Following the successful Swiss setup, he oversaw the Ethereum operations as Strategic Manager and Vice-President of the Ethereum Foundation, until late 2015, when he focused his attention on creating the AKASHA social media platform.
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9. Adam Back
Adam Back is a pioneer in cryptography and has worked on e-cash protocols since 1995. His inventions include hashcash proof-of-work and decentralized mining functions used in Bitcoin. Hashcash has also been used in a number of other protocols, such as combating blog spam. Back also worked as a developer at Zero-Knowledge Systems on its Freedom network, which was a precursor to Tor. He has been an active member of the Bitcoin community, frequently commenting on issues such as scalability, privacy, and mining technology. Today, Back is the CCO at Spondoolies Tech Ltd. and the president of Blockstream. In February 2016, Blockstream closed a $55 million USD series A funding round to advance its vision and technology, including its working sidechain prototype, Liquid.
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10. Andreas Antonopoulos
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist, entrepreneur and an engaging public speaker, who makes Bitcoin easier to understand for the average Joe. He has been a prolific proponent of cryptocurrencies in general, speaking in front of large crowds at numerous technology and security conference around the globe. Antonopoulos is also the author of “Mastering Bitcoin,” a technical guide to understanding Bitcoin, and has been a popular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He also advises numerous startups, and even appeared before the Canadian Senate to help them evaluate the best regulatory approach. He is largely known to use the phrase “The Internet of Money” as early as 2013, to describe Bitcoin. Antonopoulos has launched several community open-source projects and is a widely published author of Bitcoin-related articles as well as a permanent host on the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast.
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11. Patrick Byrne
Often referred to as “Bitcoin Messiah” and the “Scourge of Wall Street” in the press, Patrick Byrne is the CEO of e-retailer giant Overstock.com and has always been an unconventional figure in the corporate world. His company was the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as payment long before Microsoft and Dell, and Byrne has been an active proponent of the cryptocurrency since. He is a firm believer that Wall Street will be forced to accept Bitcoin technology faster than most people think. “If you’re working in this world of Bitcoin and Wall Street, there’s going to be a lot of haters. But there’s such incentives for somebody to defect and join us,” he told the crowd at the 2015 blockchain conference in San Diego. “And I think you’re going to see that happen in 2016 en masse. And once it starts happening, it’s going to happen quickly.” The CEO is also responsible for launching T0, a company that aims to revolutionize the financial industry with blockchain technology, “making transactions more equitable, transparent and accessible to all market participants.” Just recently, however, Byrne announced that he will be taking a leave of absence due to a medical condition, causing many experts to wonder if this will slow the adoption of blockchain technology.
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12. Roger Ver
Roger Ver was the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin startups, helping fund the seed rounds for the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses, almost solely by himself. Also known in the community as “Bitcoin Jesus,” Ver believes that Bitcoin technology is the perfect fit for voluntaryism, the idea that all human interactions should be by mutual consent, or not at all.
In 2011, his company, Memorydealers, became the first mainstream company to start accepting bitcoin as payment. He also launched Bitcoinstore.com, the first website in the world that accepted bitcoin as payment and. Later, Ver created Bitcoinbountyhunter.com, which rewards people for helping catch cyber criminals in the Bitcoin space. He has been a vocal critic of online Bitcoin community censorship on reddit, offering his own censorship-free alternative to discuss cryptocurrency related topics.
Recently, Ver issued a $100,000 USD challenge to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. If he agrees to debate Iraq veteran and anti-war activist Adam Kokesh, Ver will split $100,000 USD between Sanders and Kokesh, donating $50,000 USD each to a charity of their choice.
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13. Barry Silbert
Barry Silbert has been one of the most active angel investors in Bitcoin to date. He is the Founder of Digital Currency Group, a company that focuses on developing Bitcoin infrastructure by investing, starting, and growing companies in the Bitcoin space. He has injected funds into over 40 Bitcoin-related startups through via his Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., with investments in such companies as BitGo, BitPay, BitPagos, BitPesa, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Gyft, Kraken, Ripple, TradeBlock, Unocoin, Keza, and Bitwala. Silbert is also responsible for launching the Bitcoin Investment Trust, whose shares under the ticker GBTC are the first publicly quoted securities solely invested in and deriving value from the price of bitcoin. BIT gives investors the chance to benefit from bitcoin price movement through a traditional investment vehicle, without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins.
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14. Peter Vuille
Pieter Wuille discovered Bitcoin in November 2010 and joined the Bitcoin Core development team in May 2011. He is now only behind fellow Core developer, Wladimir van der Laan, with over 650 commits on Github to the Bitcoin code. He was responsible for Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIP) 30, 32, 42, and 62, and is the primary author of libsecp256k1, a library for efficient elliptic curve cryptography for use in Bitcoin.
Wuille worked as a Site Reliability Engineer at Google before joining Blockstream, an organization established to fast-track development in open assets and smart contracts related to Bitcoin. Growing up in Belgium, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Leuven, where he focused on programming language design.
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15. Mate Tokay
Mate is an entrepreneur at heart.In 2012, he graduated from the International Business School in Budapest.After college, he helped launch Superior14 a food supplement company. Mate first heard about Bitcoin in late 2012 and began bitcoin mining in mid-2013 using custom-built ASIC miners. Later he founded the Bitcoin news and review website called Bitcoinist. His ultimate goal and passion is to make cryptocurrencies as popular as possible. He loves traveling to conferences and meeting new people. Currently, he’s the COO of the Bitcoin foundation.
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16. Emil Oldenburg
Emil started out in the ISP business, working with networks, data centers, and server operations. He then started working as a security consultant at the non-bitcoin-related company Bitsec in Sweden. After working for two years as a security specialist at Nasdaq OMX, he decided to get involved in Bitcoin and founded the Swedish bitcoin exchange Safello in 2013. He moved to Japan in 2014 to work with the bitcoin security company WizSec that helped with the independent Mt Gox investigation. He then started working with Roger building Bitcoin.com as one of the first employees. Currently he is the CTO of the Bitcoin Foundation.
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17. Natalia Ra
Natalia has been passionate about entrepreneurship and the new digital economy since her college days when she helped organize a venture capital forum for the local innovators. She knew she wanted to work with innovative startups so her career began in strategy consulting in order to gain the best practices and apply them to any organization. Natalia later channeled her passion for entrepreneurship working for early and growth stage companies. She is now the CFO of the Bitcoin Foundation.
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18. Daniel Kelman
Daniel began his career at a New York law firm.
He later moved to Taiwan where his Internet-based practice focused on counseling e-commerce entrepreneurs.
He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and saw an opportunity for a meaningful career promoting economic freedom.
After getting Goxxed, he moved to Tokyo to represent creditor interest after Mt Gox’s bankruptcy. He currently holds the position of General Counsel in the Bitcoin Foundation.
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19. Jeffrey Vier
Jeffrey’s professional background began in broadcast marketing and quickly evolved towards product design/development in the digital startups space. Jeffrey’s roles at Bitcoin.com include new product ideation, creative direction and production management. Amidst work in a variety of industries, he has been passionately involved in Bitcoin and blockchain product development since early 2014. He has worked on some of the most widely used products and brands in the industry. He is currently the Head of Design of the Bitcoin Foundation. He also serves as Dir. of New Tech & Business Development for Ideas By Nature, a Denver, CO based creative and technology agency.
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20. Jake Smith
Jake has been deeply involved with the Bitcoin scene since 2012 when he bought his first bitcoin while living in Beijing. Since then he has been tirelessly working to promote Bitcoin and the vision of P2P electronic cash all over the world.
Deeply familiar with the Chinese Bitcoin community, Jake has worked with a number of Bitcoin companies both in Beijing and overseas with a focus on fostering East/West relations in our budding industry. His specialty is a deep knowledge of Bitcoin mining and navigating the nuanced world of Chinese business. He currently works as part of the Business Development Managerial Team of the Bitcoin Foundation.
No links/sources listed on the website, could potentially be the owner of this LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-smith-b445a95a/
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21. Mike Malley
Mike moved to China in 2005, after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Chinese. Resided in Beijing until 2015 working in IT for companies such as Perfect World and Xiaomi. He was introduced to bitcoin in 2012 and became inspired to work in the industry. He is currently the Product Manager of the Bitcoin Foundation.
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22. Ross Ulbricht
Former darknet market operator, best known for being convicted of creating and running the Silk Road website until his arrest. Many believe that the results of Ulbricht’s trial will set an important precedence in regard to crime and freedom on the Internet, and noteable members of the Bitcoin industry spearheaded high-profile campaigns in 2014 to “Free Ross”.
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As the face of the New York State Department of Financial Services’ BitLicense proposal, Lawsky has been front-and-center in one of the most high-profile regulatory decisions in the bitcoin industry this year. While there’s no clear consensus about the proposed BitLicense regulations, Lawsky has been open to hearing comments from all stakeholders and has made revisions to the proposal in response to suggestions made by members of the bitcoin industry.
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24. Tim Draper
Well-known venture capitalist Tim Draper emerged as one of the strongest supporters of bitcoin this year, and he certainly put his money where his mouth is. Draper swept the US Marshals’ first auction of Silk Road-confiscated bitcoins in July 2014, winning nearly 30,000 BTC. Draper followed his auction win with a number of investments in bitcoin startups, led Boost VC’s recent Boost Bitcoin Fund 2 and scored another 2,000 BTC in the second US Marshals bitcoin auction earlier this month.
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25. Mark Karpeles
Sometimes known by his online alias MagicTux, was the CEO of the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.
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26. Brock Pierce
Pierce is known for his work with Bitcoin and other digital currencies as an advisor, founder, and investor. Pierce has invested in over 30 companies in the blockchain ecosystem, helped raise over $200M for companies he is involved with, is a mentor for startup accelerators and runs a top AngelList syndicate. Piece was elected Director of the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014. His election led several members of the organization to resign, citing allegations that Pierce had been involved in child abuse. Pierce had not been criminally charge and has repeatedly denied the allegations which stem from a 1999 lawsuit. Pierce is a founder, board member and advisor for several Bitcoin companies including GoCoin, Tether, ZenBox, Blade Financial, Expresscoin, Noble Markets, BitGo, Airswap and ChangeTip.
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27. Meyer Malka
Founder of Ribbit Capital, a global venture capital firm who invested directly in bitcoin. IN 2014, Ribbit together with Social + Capital Partnership were reported to control 5% of all the bitcoins. Aside from direct investments in bitcoin, Ribbit has financed at least 5 bitcoin companies.
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28. Marc Andreessen
Marc has invested staggering amounts into Bitcoin startups. He is an entrepreneur, investor and software engineer. Co-author of Mosaic, co-founder of Netscape and co-founder and general partner of the Andereessen Horowitz firm.
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How To Store Your Bitcoins?
It is important for you to have a Bitcoin wallet first to receive, send and store Bitcoins. These wallets have private keys, which are secret codes that will give you the permission to buy and spend the Bitcoins. If you are looking to buy with Bitcoins, then you need to store Bitcoins in wallets, which are of different kinds. There are different wallets on offer to suit various purposes. You need to pick one that is most suited for your use. Some wallets offer great security, whereas some wallets focus mainly on privacy.
Online or hot wallets
The online wallets are web based wallets that stores your private key online on a system that is controlled by someone and the system has to be connected to the internet. There are many online wallets on offer with some also offering links to desktop and mobile wallets. The main advantage of web based Bitcoin wallet is that it can be accessed from anywhere. You should treat the hot wallets just like your purse or pocket. This is the place where you need to keep your day to day spending money and should not be considered as a place to store your savings. The online wallets have your private keys stored in the cloud and hence you can access your wallet using multiple devices. The private keys are encrypted and hence the application provider will not have any access to your Bitcoin accounts.
If you have downloaded the original Bitcoin client, then in all probability you are running a wallet on your desktop. This software will not just relay transactions on the network, but also creates a private Bitcoin address to facilitate easy buying and selling of Bitcoins. It will also be the place where your private key is stored. There are many other desktop wallets on offer for all kinds of operating systems like Mac OSX, Linux and Windows. Some of the desktop wallets are made with importance given to security and the others are made with primary focus given to privacy. Choose one that suits your needs and wants.
Before you look out for answers on how to buy with Bitcoin, you need to find out where you can store the Bitcoins. If you are not too comfortable with online and desktop wallets, then you can think of opting for a hardware wallet. It is a small device that looks more or less like a USB. This device will generate a private key and keep it safely for you in an offline environment. You can make use of this option to spend Bitcoins securely and also to store them. Upon activation, a hardware wallet will create a 24 word seed randomly and it will only be generated once. It is capable of bringing out a list of addresses depending on the seed.
Before looking for choices for what to buy with Bitcoins, you need to first secure your Bitcoins in a proper manner and store it in a place safely. Some of the ways to secure your Bitcoin wallet is by encrypting with a password, having backup and using multi-signature transactions.
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Top 30 most resourceful Bitcoin/Blockchain Websites
Top 30 most resourceful Crypto/blockchain or Bitcoin websites where users can obtain handy tools, guides and tips on Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, Altcoin are as follow:
1. Official Bitcoin Guides
2. Official Etherum Guides and Documentation
3. Coinmarketcap- Cryptocurrency Market Capitalizations
4. CryptoCompare – Latest streaming pricing data in the world of cryptocurrencies
5. Blockchain- Monitor and analyse any bitcoin address – Blockchain
6. Coin Spectator – this site aggregates cryptocurrency-related news from over 100 sources
7. Etherescan – tracks all the transactions in the Ethereum blockchain
8. Coin Dance – BitcoinBlock details
9. Bit Info Charts – stats
10. ETH Gas – latest information about the Ether gas price
11. ICO Alert- initial coin offerings
12. CoinSchedule – another website for initial coin offerings
13. Token Data – Comprehensive website containing statistics about the ICO market
14. Token Filings – Directory for all the news and articles about token projects
15. Bitcoin Talk – The most visited, engaging, interactive and source of almost all information regarding Bitcoin,Blockchain and cryptocurrency.
16. MyEtherWallet – secure and reputable site for a browser based ethereum wallet, have many different functions.
17. Parity – Ethereum Browser-bases Wallet
18. Mist – Ethereum Browser and Wallet
19. Metamask – Ethereum Browser and Wallet
20. Ledger Wallet – cold storage
22. Trezor – Cold Storage.
23. Crypto Aquarium – Crypto Aquarium is a community of blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts