Unveiling the Biggest Influencers in iPayments Technology

GlobalData research has found the top influencers in payments tech based on their performance and engagement online.

Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Electronic Payments International has named ten of the most influential people and companies in payments tech on Twitter during Q2 2021.

Biggest influencers in payments tech: The top ten in Q2 2021

1. Max Keiser (@maxkeiser)

Max Keiser is the founder of Heisenberg Capital, an investment company focused on bitcoin and cryptocurrency related companies, and co-founder of Bitcoin Capital, a venture capital investment fund. He specialises in areas such as banking, brokerage, and financial technology.

Keiser also hosts a financial programme on Russia Today, an international news network. He previously served as anchor for a news and analysis programme called On the Edge hosted by Iran’s Press TV.

Twitter followers: 321,790

GlobalData influencer score: 100

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2. Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris)

Spiros Margaris is a payment tech consultant and venture capitalist. He is the founder, advisor and board member of Margaris Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. He is a board member and member of the executive committee of stc pay, a digital wallet developed by Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company stc Group.

Magaris is also an advisory board member of GENTWO, which offers securitisation as a service to its B2B clients, and wefox Group, a digital insurance company.

Twitter followers: 109,947

GlobalData influencer score: 90

3. Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis)

Balaji S. Srinivasan is a payment tech consultant and angel investor of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Shrug Capital, Ethereum, Zcash, Cameo, and Soylent. He is also the co-founder and board member of Coin Center, a non-profit working towards developing policies for digital currencies.

Srinivasan previously served as the CTO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency platform, and the CEO and founder of Earn.com, an online platform which allows users can earn money by replying to emails and completing tasks.

Twitter followers: 386,989

GlobalData influencer score: 76

4. Ari Paul (@AriDavidPaul)

Ari Paul is a blockchain consultant who currently serves as the CIO and managing partner of BlockTower Capital, a blockchain investment and trading firm managing a portfolio of cryptocurrencies. He regularly contributes to The Cryptocurrency Investor, a blog covering everything related to cryptocurrencies such as crypto governance, compliance to crypto lending, and crypto investments.

Paul also worked as a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago, where he handled a $140m hedge portfolio and assessed the risks of an endowment worth $7bn.

Twitter followers: 180,453

GlobalData influencer score: 67

5. Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees)

Erik Voorhees is the CEO and founder of ShapeShift, a crypto exchange platform that allows users to trade in more than 50 digital assets, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. He co-created Coinapult, a Bitcoin service company offering digital wallet services to both businesses and individuals.

Voorhees also co-founded SatoshiDICE, a Bitcoin gambling website that he sold to an undisclosed buyer in 2013 in first such acquisition in the blockchain industry. He also served as head of marketing at BitInstant, a Bitcoin exchange platform that allowed users to buy Bitcoin with cash.

Twitter followers: 489,301

GlobalData influencer score: 65

6. Kyle Torpey (@kyletorpey)

Kyle Torpey is a blockchain consultant and journalist who has been covering news related to Bitcoin for more than five years. He has worked with numerous media outlets such as the Business Insider, Motherboard, and Nasdaq.

He also served as the editor-in-chief of Inside Bitcoins, a crypto and finance education website and has contributed to many publications such as the Bitcoin Magazine, Coin Journal, and CoinGecko.

Twitter followers: 49,231

GlobalData influencer score: 63

7. Francis Pouliot (@francispouliot_)

Francis Pouliot is the CEO and founder of Bull Bitcoin, a Canadian Bitcoin trading company. An industry spokesperson, entrepreneur, and researcher of Bitcoin, Pouliot is also the CEO and creator of Satoshi Portal, a blockchain and Bitcoin exchange platform that offers services and applications related to Bitcoin.

He previously served as the CEO of Bylls, a Bitcoin payment processing company that was acquired by Satoshi Portal in 2015.

Twitter followers: 67,229

GlobalData influencer score: 63

8. Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne)

Alistair Milne is the co-creator and CIO of the Atlanta Digital Currency Fund, a hedge fund promoting investments in cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Milne is also an investor in OXIS Energy, a company dealing in lithium sulphur battery technology, and co-founder of Evosite, an agency that creates web, e-commerce, paid search, and mobile solutions.

Twitter followers: 95,826

GlobalData influencer score: 62

9. Chris Burniske (@cburniske)

Christopher Burniske is the co-founder of Placeholder, a venture capital company that promotes investments in blockchain networks and decentralised apps that run on a blockchain.

Burniske previously served as a blockchain products lead at ARK Investment Management, a financial services firm focusing on investments in technological innovation and research. He spearheaded the company’s investment in bitcoin and is now on ARK’s board of advisors.

Twitter followers: 173,687

GlobalData influencer score: 61

10. Chris Gledhill (@cgledhill)

Chris Gledhill is a freelance fintech expert and consultant with extensive experience across banking, future of financial services, and fintech. He has technical knowhow and business expertise across key technology areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, deep learning, big data, biometrics, virtual reality, wearables, and mobile.

He previously served as the CEO of Secco Aura, a banking company dealing in fintech solutions and innovation, and as a digital banking innovation analyst for the Lloyds Banking Group.

Twitter followers: 76,617

GlobalData influencer score: 60


GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.