LinkedIn is a social network designed specifically for the business community. Its aim is to allow registered members to establish networks of people they know and trust professionally.
Member profile pages focus on skills, employment history, and education. It has managed to establish itself as the go-to site for business networking. It is a great place for those in the tech industry to form partnerships with experts and key influencers. There are a number of highly influential blockchain professionals active on the site and it has become a valuable source of information and news on the blockchain arena.
So, who are the most well-known blockchain personalities on LinkedIn? The ones who have gained respect and influence for their continued efforts and innovations in the world of blockchain and crypto:
Brian Armstrong is the CEO and co-founder of Coinbase, one of the largest crypto exchanges around. Brian Armstrong’s influence in the world of crypto is unquestionable. He has worked for some of the biggest names in tech including IBM, Airbnb, and Deloitte. Mr. Armstrong holds three degrees from Rice University: Bachelors of Computer Science, Bachelors of Economics, and a Master’s of Computer Science.
Brad Garlinghouse is the CEO of Ripple. He was formerly the CEO and Chairman of Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), the file-sharing site. Before Hightail, he was President of Consumer Applications at AOL, after his role as Senior Vice President at Yahoo! running its Communications business which included the Homepage, Flickr, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger. He is a very active angel investor and holds investments in over 40 start-ups including hardware company Pure Storage, AI start-up Diffbot, and Indigo Agriculture. He is a board member at Animoto and OutMatch. He previously held board positions at Ancestry.com and Tonic Health.
Garlinghouse has a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
With XRP being the 3rd largest cryptocurrency by market cap he is an important figure to keep an eye on.
Hunter Walk is an angel investor and adviser. He is a founder and partner at Homebrew. He also has extensive experience in product development and played a key role in making YouTube one of the internet’s largest websites. He is a regular writer of tech articles and posts frequent updates on his feed. He has nearly a million followers on LinkedIn.
Gavin Wood is the co-founder of the blockchain based platform Ethereum and the founder and former CTO of Ethereum client Parity Technologies. He proposed the Solidity programming language back in 2014 and has been involved in the implementation of Ethereum’s Whisper Protocol. He is the founder and President of the Web3 Foundation. The Web3 Foundation nurtures and stewards’ technologies and applications in the fields of decentralized web software protocols, particularly those that utilize modern cryptographic methods to safeguard decentralization, to the benefit and for the stability of the Web3 ecosystem.
Joanna Hubbard is the COO of Electron, a London based start-up company harnessing blockchain technologies to design more efficient, resilient and flexible systems for the energy sector. She is a regular speaker at blockchain events. She has around 24,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Salih Sarikaya is a blockchain journalist. He is the co-founder of Smartereum,a platform that connects investors and analysts with the world. Salih is a great source of news and other information about crypto for traders and investors alike. He was tech editor at Digital Review, an online digital trends and technology reviews magazine from 2013 to 2015. He has been listed as one of the top tech and blockchain influencers in the US.
Joseph Lubin is one of the co-founders of Ethereum and is also the founder of ConsenSys, a software-production studio which builds decentralized applications on the Ethereum platform. He has been personally involved in cross-industry groups attempting to advance solutions to governance issues in the blockchain industry. In the past, he has worked with Goldman Sachs and Blacksmith Technologies. He is a regular author of articles about blockchain applications and is followed by over 8000 LinkedIn users.
Meltem Demirors has a background in management consulting, corporate treasury, commodities trading, and supply chain management. She calls herself a ‘Blockchain believer’. As an experienced business leader, Demiros brings a wide range of international, multi-sector experience into building Digital Currency Group’s global network. Her strategy is to focus on building and supporting Bitcoin and Blockchain companies by leveraging its insights, network, and access to capital. She is the CSO at Coinshares and a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain in the World Economic Forum. Her profile has over 4000 followers.
Reid Hoffman is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author. Hoffman was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn itself, a business-oriented social network used primarily for professional networking. He is currently a partner at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners. On the Forbes 2017 list of billionaires, Hoffman was ranked 630th with a net worth of US$3.3 billion. He is also on the board of directors at Microsoft. He has nearly 2 million followers on LinkedIn.
Naval Ravikant is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He has previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor and has invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow, and Wanelo. His recommendations are taken very seriously by his followers and the industry at large. He has a reputation for supporting innovative projects.
As the blockchain sector is relatively new, people have not had significant time to develop reputations as influencers. In the blockchain economy, perception matters. What people think influences what they buy and sell. These LinkedIn users have successfully used their reputations and knowledge of social media to gain significant influence. The difference between an ICO being a success or a failure can come down to how these influencers view you and if you can get any of them on board to support your project. Blockchain projects that can successfully leverage the support of key industry players such as these LinkedIn blockchain behemoths will always enjoy much more interest and support than those that do not. Anyone serious about blockchain should follow these profiles.
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