The 10 young business leaders listed this year on Forbes Under 30’s list are in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, a testament to the industry’s growing recognition by the mainstream media.
Despite the name, the list actually singled out 600 young people in various categories – there are seven people in cryptocurrency in the economy class, one in venture capital, one in energy, and one in manufacturing.
The financial category includes the founder of the $ 1.2 billion FTX cryptocurrency exchange and Quantum trading firm Alameda Research, Sam Bankman-Fried. Since its launch last year, FTX has achieved great prominence with innovative products, including election forecasting markets, bitcoin hash rates, and oil futures contracts, which have generated $ 30 million in the stock market this year.
Brain Tubergen, the co-founder of CoinList, an American token exchange and trading platform, has also had success. Since its launch in 2017, CoinList has contributed more than $ 800 million in fundraising to several major crypto projects in the sector, including A16z, Sequoia Capital, and Bain Capital Ventures.
Nearly a third of the crypto leaders mentioned are women, indicating a diminishing gender gap but still large in an industry notorious for its low female participation. Forbes celebrates Bitcoin’s first primary protocol engineer, Amity Uttarwar, along with BlockFi founder Flori Marquez and Volt Capital co-founder Sona Amhaz, which has been designated a venture capital.
Including Amhaz, the three cryptocurrencies on the list represent venture capital firms, 21-year-old Paradigm Capital investment partner, Charlie Noyes, and co-founder of Pantera Capital and Augur’s chief information officer, Joseph Krug.
Alexander Legl, co-founder of Layer1 Technologies, is the only representative of the crypto-mining sector on the list, and Ligla lays out an ambitious plan to provide 30% of the US global retail force in the long term. Liegl belongs to the category of power engineers.
Jack Mullers, CEO of Bitcoin payment Zap, is also in the financing category
Last time, Forbes included all three co-founders of the Authenticiti data platform for the blockchain-powered supply chain – Andrew Young, Yong Woo Park and Athanasios Karachotsitis in the manufacturing category.
Crypto’s strong performance in the financial category is likely due to judges’ industry relationships, including Mike Novogratz, founder of Galaxy Digital and Bitcoin Bull, as well as Katie Wood, founder of Ark Investment Management, which manages the digital asset fund.
Forbes has highlighted the accomplishments of young crypto leaders in the past, compiling a list of 30 Under 30s in Asia for 2017 with Tron Founder Justin Sun and a 2018 list that includes Melonport and Reto Trinkler of Agora Trade.
The following year, the number of crypto entrepreneurs introduced by Forbes increased, with Bitwise CEO Hunter Horsley, J.B. Rubinowitz from Bail Bloc, Olaoluwa Osuntokun from Lightning Labs, and Nader Al-Naji from the now defunct Al Qaeda protocol.