GlobalData research has found the top influencers in payments tech based on their performance and engagement online.
Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Electronics Payments International has named ten of the most influential people in payments tech on Twitter during Q4 2020.
1. Max Keiser (@maxkeiser)
Max Keiser is the host of Keiser Report, a financial programme broadcast, on RT, an international news network. He specialises in brokerage, banking, and financial technology innovation. He is the co-founder of Bitcoin Capital, a venture capital fund, and founder of Heisenberg Capital, an online investment platform.
Keiser invented Virtual Specialist Technology, a software system used by the Hollywood Stock Exchange for which he was awarded a US patent.
Twitter followers: 293,169
GlobalData influencer score: 100
$51 Billion Global Investment Firm Jefferies Selling Gold for Bitcoin https://t.co/qWmNUAuApy
— Max Keiser (@maxkeiser) December 19, 2020
2. Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris)
Spiros Margaris is an advisor and board member of Margaris Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm he founded in 2010. He is a board member of the executive committee at stc pay, a digital payments firm and subsidiary of stc Group, a telecom and technology services provider.
Margaris also serves as a board member of Canopy, a fintech company, and is on the advisory board of wefox Group, an insurtech company.
Twitter followers: 107,646
GlobalData influencer score: 88
Unicorn status – Congratulations @stcpay_ksa #CEO @AALENAZI & team!@WesternUnion #Buys 15% Stake in #Saudi #Telecom’s #stcPay Unit https://t.co/Rh8aa38JjH #fintech #startup #finserv #unicorn @ralothman1 @business pic.twitter.com/K3o4pfGUDo
— Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris) November 21, 2020
3. Andreas M Antonopoulos (@aantonop)
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a bitcoin and open blockchain technologies educator. He has previously served as the chief technology officer for Third Key Solutions, a provider of consulting and cryptographic key management solutions, and as partner at Metrigy, an innovative research and advisory firm.
He has also served as a teaching fellow at the University of Nicosia for the free Introduction to Digital Currencies course.
Twitter followers: 567,322
GlobalData influencer score: 75
— Andreas (BEWARE of giveaway scams!) (@aantonop) October 21, 2020
4. Adam Back (@adam3us)
Adam Back is the co-founder of Blockstream, a company specialising in blockchain technologies. He specialises in cryptography protocols, bitcoin, electronic cash, privacy-enhanced technology, distributed file systems and more. He is the inventor of the hashcash proof-of-work algorithm, which is used as a bitcoin mining function.
Back is also the owner and consultant of Cypherspace Internet Security, an applied cryptography consulting company.
Twitter followers: 251,550
GlobalData influencer score: 74
Compared to the bottom of the covid news panic in March, holders mostly in BTC just saw an increase in 3days equal to their entire networth of 9months ago. They didnt blink, and/or bought more in March, they're not selling now either. Live the volatiliy. #bitcoin This is the way pic.twitter.com/wNpsr4l9gu
— Adam Back (@adam3us) December 26, 2020
5. Jameson Lopp (@lopp)
Jameson Lopp is a software engineer specialising in bitcoin technology. He is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Casa, a crypto custody start-up.
He also serves as an advisor to INX, a trading platform for cryptocurrencies, and CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS) committee of the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium, which establishes the standards for cryptocurrency. Lopp earlier worked for BitGo, a provider of digital asset financial services.
Twitter followers: 268,495
GlobalData influencer score: 72
Did you know that around half of the bitcoin still in circulation is held by custodian companies? This is an aspect of creeping centralization we must continue to fight against. https://t.co/BCAOBu4D9Q
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) October 25, 2020
6. Tiffany Hayden (@haydentiff)
Tiffany Hayden is the co-founder of Casheer, a multi-currency payment platform. She is a member of Bitcoin GNO, an online community for women involved in Bitcoin, and a member of The Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition.
Earlier, she worked as a community manager in Edge, a computer software company. She also worked as director of operations at Infotrieve (now part of Copyright Clearance Center), an information management company.
Twitter followers: 74,227
GlobalData influencer score: 71
— 𝚃𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝙷𝚊𝚢𝚍𝚎𝚗 (@haydentiff) October 19, 2020
7. Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot)
Ryan Selkis is the co-founder and CEO of Messari, an information technology and services company. He is also the founding member of Digital Currency Group, a capital market company, and CoinDesk, a digital currencies media company.
Selkis earlier worked as the entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology company. He is currently working on building the bitcoin and other digital currency ecosystems.
Twitter followers: 123,864
GlobalData influencer score: 70
PayPal joins the bitcoin space race.
+ 346 million users
+ 26 million merchants
+ 20th largest “bank” by deposits
Between them, Square, and Grayscale, it’s safe to assume that all remaining BTC will be hoovered up by public companies. https://t.co/d3oEk0LLgv
— Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) October 21, 2020
8. Barry Silbert (@barrysilbert)
Barry Silbert is the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, and also the founder of SecondMarket, a financial services company, which was acquired by Nasdaq in 2015.
Silbert previously served as the chief executive officer for Restricted Stock Partners, a financial services company. Prior to being an entrepreneur, he worked as an investment banker in New York.
Twitter followers: 305,194
GlobalData influencer score: 67
— Barry Silbert (@BarrySilbert) October 26, 2020
9. Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees)
Erik Voorhees is the founder and CEO of ShapeShift, a global trading platform for digital assets. He previously served as the head of marketing and communications at BitInstant, a cryptocurrency exchange company.
Voorhees also co-founded Coinapult, a Bitcoin service company, and served as communications lead and project manager at Podium Group, a company offering copywriting and marketing services.
Twitter followers: 424,386
GlobalData influencer score: 64
Central Bank Digital Currencies “CBDC’s”:
– won’t run on a decentralized blockchain
– won’t possess privacy features
– won’t be borderless
– won’t be permissionless
– won’t enforce a specific and limited inflation schedule
They will be… exactly what fiat is today. Exciting! https://t.co/zuHPw6YtMp
— Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees) October 11, 2020
10. Tyler Winklevoss (@tyler)
Tyler Winklevoss is the co-founder and CEO of Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange, and the principal of Winklevoss Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm. He has supported more than 75 start-ups through his venture capital firm.
Winklevoss also co-founded HarvardConnection, a social networking website that was later renamed ConnectU.
Twitter followers: 251,110
GlobalData influencer score: 62
— Tyler Winklevoss (@tyler) October 5, 2020
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.