It’s nice to see more traditional financial outlets paying positive attention to Bitcoin and blockchain in recent months. Yahoo Finance of all places has listed a decent amount of prominent companies in both sectors. Although the future of Bitcoin remains up in the air according to most consumers and financial experts, the ecosystem is growing and maturing every day.
The Usual Suspects In Bitcoin and Blockchain
Despite all of the attention on Bitcoin and blockchain technology in recent times, the same names keep coming back to the list of prominent industry members. Yahoo Finance has made a nice list, although there are very few surprises to be found. One thing a lot of digital currency enthusiasts might be offended by is the position of R3 CEV on this list, considering this project has nothing to do with Bitcoin, nor with the blockchain as most people envision it
Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz is topping the Yahoo Finance list, and rightfully so. Given his position on the board of various tech companies – including eBay and Facebook – .it only makes sense to see his venture capital firm get a lot of attention. Over the course of the past seven years, Andreessen Horowitz has invested in Coinbase and Tradeblock, and Marc is one of the primary Twitter sources for news in Bitcoin and blockchain.
Digital Asset Holdings, the blockchain startup led by Blythe Masters, has been making a lot of headlines over the past few months. After facing some initial struggles to raise funding, the puzzle pieces clicked together and things seem to be on the right track for the time being. It is very positive to see female leaders emerge in Bitcoin, although there are more than most people give credit for.
Whenever somebody says Bitcoin and blockchain, the name Barry Silbert is not far away. Ever since he launched Digital Currency Group, they have become the world’s leading investment firm in Bitcoin and blockchain companies. DGC has been involved in just about every round of seed funding by digital currency startups as of late, and the Bitcoin Investment Trust is a force to be reckoned with as well.
Last but not least, there is the R3 CEV consortium, a collection of major banks around the world exploring the boundaries of blockchain technology. It has to be said, however, that R3 CEV development focuses on creating permissioned private blockchains, which will allow banks to remain in full control of the monetary supply and consumer’s finances. Interesting things are bound to happen in the world of bank blockchains, though.
Source: Yahoo Finance
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