Top ten blockchain influencers in Q3 2019, revealed by GlobalData

From Pierre Rochard to Jameson Lopp, leading data and analytics company GlobalData has identified the top influencers in blockchain in Q3 2019, based on data research from the company’s Influencer platform.

1. Pierre Rochard

A bitcoin advisor and evangelist, Pierre Rochard heads the Bitcoin Advisory in New York. He has been writing and researching on the subject since 2013. He is also the co-founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute (SNI), a website that offers free literature on bitcoin and its evolution and crash courses in bitcoin.

On 25 September, @pierre_rochard tweeted: “The conviction to HODL: I didn’t get shaked out by Jihan and his bcash thing. I just swiped a bunch of his bitcoins. Like, lots of them. This how this game is played, we’re at war, taking territory on the Bitcoin blockchain, measured in satoshis.” A must-listen interview”, which collected 280 likes and 68 retweets.

2. Max Keiser

A blockchain consultant, Max Keiser is the host of the Keiser Report on RT News, an international news website. He discusses the details behind some of the major financial crises across the world. Max is also the founder of Heisenberg Capital, a venture capital firm focussed on crypto investments. Led by top cryptocurrency influencers, the company provides bitcoin advice and consulting to technology companies and business ventures.

On 9 September, @maxkeiser tweeted: “Bitcoin Hash Rate to Hit a Whopping 100 Quintillion for the First Time – Bitcoin & Blockchain news”, which saw 87 likes and 38 retweets.

3. Ari Paul

Fintech investor Ari Paul is the CIO and managing partner at the BlockTower Capital, a cryptocurrency investment firm based in New York. With a background in finance, Ari has led positions such as derivative trader, risk specialist, and portfolio manager. He was recently appointed as advisor to Hedera Hashgraph, a platform that deals in defining the security boundaries for distributed ledger technology (DLT).

On 29 September, @AriDavidPaul tweeted: “In every large group of people that I disagree with (whether politics, religion, or crypto), there are individuals both smarter and kinder than me. I believe in attacking ideas, not the people who hold them.  Attack people for their actions, not beliefs.”, which attracted 495 likes and 102 retweets.

4. Adam Back

Adam Back is the CEO and co-founder of Blockstream, a blockchain technology company that provides funding for the development of bitcoin and the distributed ledger technology (DLT). It also creates cutting-edge crypto-financial infrastructure.

On 4 September, @adam3us tweeted: “This apparently is what happens when you trade your Bitcoin for Bcash BTC Lambo v12 6 litre BCH SEAT 3cyl 1.0 litre”, which gained 1,231 likes and 162 retweets.

5. Ryan Selkis

Ryan Selkis is the founder and CEO of Messari, which provides weekly notes and analysis on the crypto industry. Prior to Messari, Ryan was the managing director of CoinDesk, a news site covering bitcoin and digital currencies, and the director of growth for the Digital Currency Group, a venture capital firm focussed on digital currencies.

On 4 September, @twobitidiot tweeted: “Two USV partners weighed in on crypto today. IMO, @albertwenger’s was closer to the route of the problem. Is Ethereum bootstrapping or reffing out with its insular focus?”, which saw 74 likes and ten retweets.

6. Erik Voorhees

An advocate of the distributed ledger technology, Erik Voorhees founded the ShapeShift community, which facilitates the exchange of a range of digital currencies including bitcoin, Monero, Zcash, Dash, Dogecoin, and Ethereum. He openly supports the blockchain technology and its regulation through conferences and meetings.

On 23 September, @ErikVoorhees tweeted: “If you bought Bitcoin this summer at $12,000 because it was going up, and you’re selling it now at $9,700 because it’s going down, you’re doing it wrong. “Hodl” isn’t just a cute meme… it’s wisdom from the elders who have been here before.”, which collected 5,002 likes and 898 retweets.

7. Charlie Lee

An enthusiastic cryptographer, Charlie Lee created the Litecoin, one of the popular digital currencies. Litecoin facilitates faster transactions and greater supply limits, enough to fetch a space in the crypto industry.

On 3 September, @SatoshiLite tweeted: “Amazingly, you can now buy Litecoin on! I wonder why they didn’t name it Litecoin Core though?”, which attracted 988 likes and 205 retweets.

8. Neeraj K. Agrawal

Neeraj K Agrawal is the Director of Communications at Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy centre addressing issues related to cryptocurrency. Coin Center publishes policy research contributed by eminent experts and scholars.

On 12 September, @NeerajKA tweeted: “”This is really opening new doors for us,” said Sanchez, who uses Bitcoin, the most well known cryptocurrency, to purchase parts not available new in Cuba from an online Chinese store. How bitcoin is helping people survive in Cuba”, which gained 64 likes and 17 retweets.

9. Nick Szabo

A blockchain influencer and cryptographer, Nick Szabo is currently serving as the business development manager of PenPath, a marketing intelligence agency. Nick is a firm supporter of the technology and believes that digital currencies will be the refuge for most unstable economies and sanctioned countries in the near future.

On 5 September, @NickSzabo4 tweeted: “Such confidence in Bitcoin is splendid, but a 94,500 BTC tx tempts fate. If recipient can make that much from reversing the tx, they can afford to run a 51% attack for more than 40 days. Big if & very visible, but security here depends more on trust & less on the protocol itself.”, which collected 1,015 likes and 303 retweets.

10. Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp is the Chief Technology Officer at Casa, a cryptocurrency start-up. Casa  products include the Casa Lightning Nodes, a device that helps users tap into a scaling solution called the Lightning Network, which is used for trading and storing bitcoins. Jameson is also the creator of, a site that provides real-time statistics on Bitcoin nodes.

On 11 September, @lopp tweeted: “Bitcoin isn’t a get rich quick scheme, it’s a don’t get poor slowly scheme.”, which attracted 6,277 likes and 1,373 retweets.

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