When the sons of legendary investment banker Paul Stephens met Mighty Ducks star Brock Pierce, they were avid World of Warcraft gamers and he was amassing an empire of digital goods exchanges where players could buy, sell, and trade valuable in-game items and virtual currency. Together they would go on to form Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital firm to fund the blockchain ecosystem.
In a surprise announcement over the weekend, Tyler Winklevoss, co-founder & CEO of crypto exchange Gemini, tweeted, “Let’s play a game: Spot the @Gemini Crypto Bus. Reply to this tweet with your pics and #CryptoBus, best one wins 1 bitcoin (BTC). Right now they are in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Happy hunting!”
Forte Labs, the latest venture from Kabam founder Kevin Chou and former Kabam COO Kent Wakeford, had an overwhelming response at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this past week. This comes on the heels of announcing its brand new $100 million fund backed by Ripple that will enable traditional games to add key blockchain features.
Who are the most influential people in crypto today? It’s one we often contemplate at Modern Consensus and, with the start of the year, we thought we’d try to answer it as best we can—with a list, of course.