When it comes to crypto, India is a growing market. And with that growth, more and more people are getting interested in learning about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. So who are the top influencers in this space? Here are three of the most respected voices in Indian crypto:
Balaji Srinivasan is the CEO of Earn.com, a Silicon Valley company that Coinbase acquired in 2018 for $100 million. As an angel investor, he has investments in over 20 companies, including Airbnb, Counsyl, Opendoor, and ETHIndia (a hackathon to support Ethereum developers in India). Balaji is one of the “fathers” of crypto-economics and has influenced how we think about decentralized systems today. Balaji is also a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he advises on cryptocurrncy investments.
Naval Ravikant is the CEO and founder of AngelList, a company that helps startups connect with angel investors. To date, he has invested in over 100 companies, including Coinbase (the largest US-based cryptocurrency exchange), Blockstack (a decentralized computing platform), and OpenBazaar (an open-source, peer-to-peer marketplace). Balaji is also an active investor/advisor to many blockchain projects like 0x Protocol, Augur, Balancer Labs, etc., cofounder at Republic Crypto & MetaStable Capital, along with Balaji Srinivasan.
Nischal Shetty is the founder of WazirX – India’s largest crypto exchange by market share. Nischal worked on a digital identity management project when he discovered the Bitcoin whitepaper and entered cryptocurrencies. So he started WazirX in 2018 to make it easy for Indians to buy, sell and trade cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), or Ripple (XRP). Nischal was recently named one of India’s top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 by Entrepreneur magazine.