The 100 Influencers who could shape the emerging NFT ecosystem.
In our own way, each of us is unique and special.
The digital assets we create, our awards and achievements, our Drivers Licenses, Passports and Certificates — these things define who we are.
More recently that list has been growing:
- A sword in a game
- My online identities
- A token that represents a unit of my time
- A CryptoKitty feline friend
- The Virtual Wallets on my phone
- Shares in a work of art
NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens are a new way of creating unique digital assets that we control, facilitated by the Ethereum blockchain.
The Ethereum blockchain is ubiquitous and decentralized — no monopoly or government controls it.
Below are the men and women who are building the NFT ecosystem of tools, apps, platforms and information resources.
They are laying the bricks to build new cathedrals.
They are Influencers with an appetite for change.
They are entrepreneurs, designers, collaborators, engineers, scientists, communicators, lawyers and regulators.
They are shaping the next wave of virtual extensions of ourselves (on our terms).
Some will rise up, and replace the current tech leaders.
I wrote software in the 80s when micro computers replaced typewriters (my 19 yr old son told me when he was 11 that “a typewriter is what they used in the olden days to send emails”).
I was at Burning Man festival in 2009 just after the Global Financial Crisis — when large timber structures representing banks were built and burnt down.
In the last 20 years, oil, motor vehicle and Telco giants have been replaced by Information and Tech companies:
As early adopters and influencers we see things that others don’t, we create new jigsaws from pieces spread across the world.
Please enjoy the summary below of the new individuals and startups shaping the NFT ecosystem.
The NFT space is just getting started.
NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens) are blockchain assets that are designed to be unique.
Ethereum’s ERC-721 protocol has become the standard for Distributed applications (Dapps) that provide content on the blockchain.
The best-known use of NFTs has been the creation of adorable Kitty Collectibles, by Benny Giang and the CryptoKitties team. We’ve also seen NFTs used to trade NYC street art (Streetcuts.co led by Jeffrey Caldwell) and even create new worlds, like Decentraland — the brainchild of Esteban Ordanoand Ari Meilich.
Below are 100 Influencers who we believe could shape the emerging NFT ecosystem:
Our Influencers’ Kred Scores are included below.
Kred Influence Scores range from 1 to 1,000. They increase when other community members engage with the Influencer’s content.
Michael Anderson - Kred Score: 519
Former product manager at Snap and Dropbox, Michael is the Co-Founder of Hashletes where he’s bringing Officially licensed NFLPA player tokens to blockchain.
Spencer Bogart - Kred Score: 770
Company: Blockchain Capital
Spencer is a Partner at Blockchain Capital, the General Partner of Blockchain Capital’s venture funds. He Invests in people, companies, protocols and tokens building future of crypto.
Olaf Carlson Wee
Company: Polychain Capital
CEO at Polychain Capital, the company that manages the world’s premier blockchain asset hedge fund, committed to exceptional returns for investors through actively managed crypto-asset portfolios.
Michael Casey - Kred Score: 795
Michael is a thought leader, blockchain public speaker, author, and a journalist. He is inspiring ideas for crypto and NFT entrepreneurs about self regulation and value added to society.
0xcert has launched The Non-fungible Alliance that aims to gather all NFT thinkers within a common platform. It exposes new NFT projects, grants early access to NFT solutions and a provides networking opportunities.
Company: The New York Times
Elisa talks about the $140,000 worth CryptoKitty on her article for The New York Times
Jeff Hayzlett - Kred Score: 977
Company: C-Suite Network, The Hero Club.
Author, speaker and primetime TV Host, Hall of Fame speaker, Best-Selling author and global business celebrity. Jeff uses branded NFTs as “Currency for Recognition” among his community of C-Suite Executives.
Jehan Chu - Kred Score: 977
Company: Kenetic Capital
Blockchain evangelist since 2013, Jehan is the founder of NIFTY HK, the Ethereum HK meetup and through Kenetic Capital supports well-known NFT platforms like Ethereum, Stellar and 0x.
Marguerite deCourcelle - Kred Score: 782
Company: Neon District
Also known as coin_artist, Marguerite is the CEO and co-founder of Blockade Games, where she is helping design and build games that integrate NFT and alternate reality components.
Lisa Nestor - Kred Score: 646
Lisa Nestor is a Director of Partnerships, leading the development of Stellar.org’s network of financial partners. PeopleBrowsr based their Coin.Kred NFT Application on the Stellar blockchain network with Ethereum blockchain interoperability.
Meltem Demirors - Kred Score: 788
Cryptocurrency investor and advisor, and NFT advocate. On the blockchain-based finance side, she has had an intense focus on portfolio management and network development.
Benny Giang - Kred Score: 599
Company: Axiom Zen
Benny is one of the founders of CryptoKitties. The company that made Crypto-Collectibles cute and broke the internet while doing so! He’s an active and sought after speaker at any NFT related event.
Company: Ether Quest
Sergey is the Executive Director of Ether Quest, a fantasy game with RPG element that uses non-fungible, unique ERC-721 tokens.
Dieter Shirley - Kred Score: 567
Company: Axiom Zen
The Co-founder and CTO of Axiom Zen (creators of CryptoKitties). Dieter is an early participant in the world of cryptocurrency, mining his first Bitcoin on his home computer in 2010.
Chris Brogan - Kred Score: 989
Company: Chris Brogan Media
Chris Brogan Media delivers everything from speeches to workshops to onsite and online training around improving your digital marketing experience. Chris is an Advisor to Coin.Kred - Personalized NFT Coins.
Thomas Power - Kred Score: 973
Speaker & Business Coach, Thomas has a vast knowledge in Cryptoeconomics and NFTs. Author of Tokenomics, a book exploring the differences between ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and tokens.
Co-Founder of Street Cuts, Jeffrey is bringing together a growing collective of celebrated street artists from around the world and helping them “coinify” their art into unique, shareable tokens.
Elizabeth is CTO of EtherBlockchain.io, a user-focused platform for blockchain exploration and decentralized trading. Her initiatives in blockchain have worked to promote user adoption and improve accessibility to crypto
Company: War Riders
Vlad is best described as anEntrepreneur, serial founder, angel investor and inventor. With War Riders he is building the first ever, post-apocalyptic MMO strategy game on the Ethereum network.
Cyrus Lohrasbpour - Kred Score: 723
Also fondly called “your friendly neighbourhood angel investor”, Cyrus is the founder of LeanMarket and currently an Angel Investor based out of Palo Alto, SF.
Beatriz Helena Ramos
Beatriz is the founder of Dada.NYC, a social platform where thousands of people speak to each other through drawings with a decentralized marketplace in the blockchain.
Dino Mihalopoulos - Kred Score 445
Company: DMR Capital
Dino (Konstantinos) in an SF based investor with a focus on blockchain based applications and projects. See what’s on his mind on his blog, Permissionless Life.
Esteban Ordano - Kred Score: 720
Founder & CTO at Decentraland - a virtual reality platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain where users can create, experience, and monetize their content and applications.
Randy Saaf - Kred Score: 710
Company: MLB Crypto Baseball
Also CEO at Lucid Sight, Randy is one of the creators of MLB Crypto Baseball, a dApp that shares official Major League Baseball Digital Collectibles with true digital ownership via NFTs.
Company: Player Tokens
CEO of Player Tokens, a sports focused technology company building a platform that will reinvent how fans and players interact with unique aspects of blockchain like transparency, ownership and scarcity.
CPO at Unblockable, a platform that empowers fans to buy, sell, and use blockchain based digital collectibles in the world of sports.
Don Tapscott - Kred Score: 957
Company: Blockchain R.I
Don Tapscott has authored 16 books and currently is the Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of blockchain technology on business and society.
Matthias Tarasiewicz - Kred Score: 614
Matthias is a researcher for the future of Cryptoeconomics at RIAT, an independent institute working to research and design the future of decentralization.
Nick Tomaino - Kred Score: 769
Coinbase alumni, Tomaino is now the founder of 1confirmation, a blockchain investment fund with interests from some very impressive backers, including Mark Cuban.
Jake Tran is the CEO of Etheremon where gamers train their own digital monsters (called Etheremon) and raise their values by interacting with other players.
Ian Utile - Kred Score: 805
The Future of Blockchain
Ian is a Business Development Executive and Entrepreneur, interested in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. He has organized and hosted a number of forward thinking, livestreamed conferences based on “the futures” of cutting edge technologies.
Company: Hash Rush
In 2013, Kris built his first Bitcoin mining rig and is now running two mining farms. Hash Rush combines blockchain and real-time strategy gaming to let gamers compete for cryptocurrency and other rewards.
Company: Ethereum World News
Adrian is a Writer at Ethereum World News. He follows topics such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and NFTs.
Gianni D’Alerta - Kred Score: 731
Company: Block5 Capital
Co-founder at Block5 Capital, a blockchain capital investment company, Gianni has been organizing Podcasts to discuss Ethereum games development and Tokens.
Janet F. Sanchez
Janet writes about Cryptocollectibles for Coinnouce and a number of other blockchain publications.
Tiana Laurence - Kred Score: 622
Blockchain Pioneer, investor, and startup founder. Tiana helped create Factom Inc., a software company that builds innovative technology within the blockchain space. She is the author of Blockchain for Dummies:
Wong Joon Ian - Kred Score: 837
Technology Reporter exploring the NFT Ecosystem, Managing director at Coindesk (hosts of the annual Consensus summit, the largest blockchain technology gathering in the world) and co-host of Blockchain Week NYC.
Joseph Young - Kred Score: 833
Joseph is a Journalist in the Crypto Space. He currently writes about NFTs, Blockchain and more in his contributions to Bitcoin Magazine, CoinTelegraph, DeepDotWeb, Hacked.com, CryptoCoinsNews, Merkle and more.
Adel de Meyer - Kred Score: 976
Company: The Crypto Collectors
Co-Founder of DAPS Coin and The Crypto Collectors, one of the leading publications covering everything in the blockchain gaming, technology and crypto collectibles sectors.
Leigh Cuen - Kred Score: 770
Leigh is a tech reporter covering Blockchain technology and Cryptocollectibles for publications such as Newsweek Japan, International Business Times and Racked.
Join us on 20 February 2019 in NYC
In February 2019, PeopleBrowsr (the creator of Coin.Kred) is partnering with OpenSea and a number of leading businesses in the NFT space to present NFT.NYC at the PlayStation Theatre — Exploring the Non-Fungible Token Ecosystem.
Join industry leaders, influencers, developers and fans in NYC for all things Non-Fungible. Enjoy debates, thought leader talks, workshops and industry briefings from the leading names and brands in blockchain.
Get your early bird ticket, apply to speak or nominate a speaker at NFT.NYC
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