Who is Vitalik Buterin? What is He Currently Involved in?
Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum.
Anyone who is interested in cryptos must have heard of Vitalik Buterin, the founder and mastermind of Ethereum, the second-largest coin by market capitalization.
Buterin was born in Russia in 1994, but his family immigrated to Canada when he was six. From an early age, he became interested in mathematics and computer programming. In 2013 he proposed Ethereum’s whitepaper before the Solidity programming language even existed.
In February 2020, at the largest ETH event in the world called ETHDenver, Vitalik outlined the digital framework of Ethereum 2.0 and discussed the project’s decision to incorporate new protocol designs such as proof-of-stake and sharding.
The total transaction volume across various Ethereum-based DeFi platforms has increased from 11 billion in 2019 to 256 billion in 2020, clearly demonstrating a growing need for decentralization-based finance solutions globally.
Buterin recently stated:
“It’s easy to say that any application can be made more efficiently with a centralized service, but in practice, dependence on a third party is real.”
Who is Sam Bankman-Fried? What Differentiates Him from the Crowd?
Sam Bankman-Fried, Founder and CEO of Alameda Research and FTX
Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as SBF, founded the crypto derivatives exchange FTX in 2019. Currently, FTX is the second-largest derivatives exchange by volume, boasting a $25 billion valuation. In addition, Sam was named to Forbes’ 2021 “30 under 30” list in the finance category, suggesting he is also making waves outside the crypto industry.
Bankman-Fried was born in the US in 1992, and from 2010 to 2014, attended the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he graduated with a degree in physics.
Despite his Traditional Finance background, Bankman-Fried became a prominent figure during the decentralized finance boom of 2020. He’s relatively agnostic about space but particularly interested in Solana, where he developed a decentralized exchange, Serum, which launched its token in August.
SBF says he will continue to work towards his stated aim of attracting more than 1 billion people to decentralized finance (DeFi) and crypto.
He recently launched a $30 million ad campaign to promote FTX through ambassadors such as Shark Tank’s O’Leary, NFL legend Tom Brady, and NBA superstar Steph Curry. All three have equity in FTX.
In March 2021, FTX acquired the naming rights to the Miami Heat arena for $135 million for the next 19 years. The stadium was fully renamed FTX Arena in June 2021.
Who is Caitlin Long, and Why is She so Important to Crypto?
Caitlin Long, Founder, and CEO of Avanti Financial Group
Wall Street veteran Caitlin Long first came across Bitcoin in 2012 in economics circles at the Austrian School. Long was chairwoman and president of enterprise blockchain company Symbiont until 2018. Symbiont builds financial services solutions using the blockchain platform.
Caitlin is CEO of Avanti Financial Group, a new breed of a bank — a software platform with a bank charter built to connect digital assets with the legacy financial system.
Born in the U.S. in 1969, Caitlin holds degrees from Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor), the Kennedy School of Government (Master in Public Policy), and the University of Wyoming (Bachelor of Arts).
Caitlin made several headlines last year after Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon appointed her to the state’s blockchain committee. From there, Caitlin used her influence to support pro-crypto legislation in the state.
Caitlin advocates the pairing of a crypto-friendly regulatory environment and a pro-Bitcoin lawmaker that may help further adoption. She wants to defend Bitcoin “against federal encroachment” and “believes in the philosophy” behind the digital asset.