Ten of the young business leaders featured on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list work in blockchain and cryptocurrenciesThis underlines the growing acceptance of the industry in the main media.
Despite its name, The list actually highlights 600 teens in various categories, with cryptocurrency alumni including seven people in the finance category, one in venture capital, one in energy, and one in manufacturing..
The finance category includes the founder of the $ 1.2 billion FTX cryptocurrency derivatives exchange and Alameda Research’s Sam Bankman-Fried quantitative trading company. Since its launch last year, FTX has made waves with innovative productsThese include forecast markets for elections, Bitcoin’s hash rate, and oil futures contracts, which are generating $ 30 million in profit for the exchange this year.
Also worth mentioning is Brain Tubergen, co-founder of the first token offering and exchange platform CoinList based in the USA. Since its introduction in 2017 CoinList has raised more than $ 800 million to raise funds for many cryptocurrency projects backed by the industry heavyweights, including a16z, Sequoia Capital, and Bain Capital Ventures..
Almost a third of the featured cryptocurrency leaders are women, indicating a narrowing of the gender gap, although still significant, in an industry notorious for its low participation by women. Forbes is celebrating Bitcoin’s first central protocol engineer, Amiti Uttarwar, along with BlockFi cryptocurrency lending platform founder Flori Márquez and Volt Capital’s founding partner Soona Amhaz, who is listed in the equity category of Risk.
Including Amhaz, Three of the alumni on the list represent venture capital companiesCharlie Noyes, 21-year-old investment partner of Paradigm Capital, and Joseph Krug, co-founder of Pantera Capital, CIO / Augur.
Co-founder of Layer1 Technologies, Alexander Liegl is the only representative on the list in the field of cryptocurrency miningand Liegl’s company has outlined an ambitious plan to bring 30% of the world’s hash power to the US in the long term. Liegl is in the energy category.
The CEO of Bitcoin payment company Zap, Jack Mallers, also listed in the Finance category.
For your last entry, Forbes lists the three co-founders of the blockchain-based supply chain data platform Authenticiti, Andrew Yang, Yeong Woo Park and Athanasios Karachotzitis in the manufacturing category..
The strong performance of cryptocurrencies in the financial category is likely due to the judges having ties to the industryThese include Mike Novogratz, the founder of Galaxy Digital and a bitcoin bull, and Cathie Wood, founder of Ark Investment Management, which runs a digital assets fund.
Forbes has highlighted the accomplishments of young crypto leaders in the pastwith his 2017 list of 30 under 30-year-olds in Asia with Tron founder Justin Sun and his 2018 list with Melonport and Reto Trinkler from Agora Trade.
The following year, Forbes’ acclaimed crypto entrepreneurs rose;; Hunter Horsley, CEO of Bitwise, JB Rubinovitz from Bail Bloc and Olaoluwa Osuntokun from Lightning Labs and Nader Al-Naji from the now defunct Basic Protocol were on the list.