It’s the end of the year, and for those of us in the newsroom who spend far too much time hunting tips, charts and RTs on Finance Twitter
that means one thing: time to update our annual list of who to follow.
Our 2016 edition was all about the names that might offer a heads-up on market tumult (remember when we were worried about that?!). For 2017, we put together a comprehensive list that, honestly, still stands for 2018. (A full roundup is available in one Twitter list right here.) This year… it’s all about crypto.
But before we dive head-first into the blockchain, we’ve been asking you, our readers, for 2018 nominees and a few of you spotted that we were under-representing accounts covering Asia. Here are a few of your nominees to correct that oversight: Comrade Balding @BaldingsWorld, managing director/chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management Patrick Chovanec @prchovanec, and the technical-analysis focused @Sunchartist.
From our newsroom, a few general tips: Author and outspoken tweeter Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) is one to follow if you’re concerned about the “death of expertise.” Check out Bama @Bamabroker if you’re looking for tweets about commodities. Investment advisor Ross Gerber @GerberKawasaki has racked up over 44,000 followers with his market following tweets. ValueWalk (@valuewalk) is a good all-arounder on hedge funds and value investing. And may we recommend WSJ Millennials @WizJourn — it’s as perfect as it sounds.
The 30 essential Crypto Twitter accounts to follow
Now let’s get down to it: 2017 was the year of the cryptocurrency. You know the story: Bitcoin
exploded onto the scene this year with a 1,300% year-to-date gain (and plenty of volatility to go along with it). The total crypto market cap now stands at over $554 billion. Social chatter about the new asset class has blown up, and the followings of notable Crypto Twitter accounts have seen, well, crypto-like, 500%+ gains.
On this topic, EVERYONE has a differing opinion ranging from “fraud” to “the future” — and social media is often the place those opinions get aired and debated. Meanwhile, price moves happen quicker than you can tweet about it. For investors, sorting through the noise (not to mention the ICO pump and dumps) to find signals worth listening to is no easy thing.
Are cryptocurrencies a huge bubble, or just getting going? Is ether the next bitcoin? What’s the ideal crypto portfolio? Whatever your position, we hope these accounts will deliver the analysis and commentary you’re looking for in the year to come. (Who did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.)
VIPs and founders
Vitalik Buterin @VitalikButerin — AKA the “boy genius” of crypto — is a co-founder of decentralized cryptocurrency platform Ethereum. He’s Canadian/Russian and in his early twenties… and if you don’t know who he is it’s probably time to read this or this or this. Named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list. In January, Buterin had about 40,000 Twitter followers. Today, his following is over 441,000.
Hard fork celebration! pic.twitter.com/mL1ZyJOYeA
— Vitalik Buterin (@VitalikButerin) October 16, 2017
Charlie Lee @satoshilite is the creator of Litecoin and the ex-director of engineering at Coinbase. He’s active on Twitter, keeping up with every turn and hard fork in the road. He, too, has seen a massive follower growth in 2017 — from under 30K earlier this year to about 472,000 at latest check.
I will let you guys in on my little secret. The reason why I post so much about Bitcoin is to get Bitcoin maximalists to follow me. Then I slowly chip away at their Highlander beliefs one tweet at a time. Before long, they will have bought some LTC and brainwashed. It works. 😜
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) November 15, 2017
I’ll do my best to use https://t.co/6EeRmpfaH7 to educate the world about how Bitcoin Core is no longer the Bitcoin that was described on the original https://t.co/ydBxXGyTxU website or in the Satoshi White paper. #BitcoinCash is that Bitcoin. pic.twitter.com/vK8LDBX3y0
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) November 22, 2017
Canadian entrepreneur Joseph Lubin @ethereumJoseph is another Ethereum co-founder, and founder of a blockchain software production studio called ConsenSys.
This week’s Sunday poll:
Who will be the first to do a 180 and publicly turn bullish on bitcoin?
— Barry Silbert (@barrysilbert) September 24, 2017
Gavin Andresen @gavinandresen was previously lead developer on Bitcoin Core, the original open source software created by Satoshi Nakamoto, and took over maintenance of the code directly from Nakamoto. He’s been called “the man who really built bitcoin,” and has drummed up a fair bit of controversy over the past few years.
His hedge fund shuttered after heavy losses, but Michael Novogratz @novogratz appears to be trying to reinvent himself as the “king of bitcoin.” If you’re looking for bold, bullish calls… you’ve found your guy.
I normally agree with Jamie Dimon but he’s dead wrong on BTC. Blockchain has gone from experiment to implementation. It’s a revolution.
— Michael Novogratz (@novogratz) September 12, 2017
Andreas Antonopoulos @aantonop has been called a “primary thought-leader and ambassador on bitcoin” by CoinDesk and made their top list of influencers several times over, including a spot at No. 1 in 2014. He literally wrote the book on it (or one of them — “Mastering Bitcoin”) and he’s a frequent crypto conference headliner. His feed often points to explainers and how-tos on his YouTube channel:
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) November 2, 2017
Alex Sunnarborg @alexsunnarborg, former research analyst at digital asset broker Coinbase is a founding partner at Tetras Capital, a hedge fund that focuses on diversified blockchain, crypto and digital assets. He’s also on CoinDesk’s list of top 10 traders and analysts. He’s good for charts, stats and more.
The crypto market has now done >$25bn in aggregate 24h trading volume
Historic day as BTC’s >$8bn has now set a daily record & still a good bit behind BCH’s >$11bn pic.twitter.com/xQpCDq1676
— Alex Sunnarborg (@alexsunnarborg) November 12, 2017
Spencer Bogart aka @CremeDeLaCrypto also makes that CoinDesk list, and was one of the first Wall Street analysts to focus on cryptocurrencies. He’s now a researcher for investment fund Blockchain Capital, and also shows up on Forbes with some stuff that’s written in layman’s terms.
Bitcoin could lose 85% of it’s value and it would still be up more than 40% for the year 🤣 pic.twitter.com/cGN4iYYN5K
— Spencer Bogart (@CremeDeLaCrypto) November 27, 2017
One more from the CoinDesk list: Willy Woo @woonomic produces “some of the highest-quality and most creative charts in the industry.”
Ronnie Moas @RonnieMoas, independent analyst and founder at Standpoint Research, is worth following just to see how high the bar is being set for bitcoin right now (He once said it’ll catch up with Apple’s
market cap within five years). He does plenty of research to back up his calls. He’s not just into bitcoin, but you’re going to have to subscribe for that research.
$1,000 $BTC moves will come quickly now as each move takes less energy in percent terms. For example, the move from $3,000 to $4,000 required a 33% move. From $9,000 to $10,000 only requires 11%. From $20,000 to $21,000 … 5% … etcetera. #bitcoin $50,000 is not that far away.
— Ronnie Moas (@RonnieMoas) November 26, 2017
Wences Casares @wences was called the “Patient Zero for bitcoin in Silicon Valley” by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. He’s more of a retweeter than a tweeter. He’s also garnered some fame over this YouTube video — circa 2014 — that explained how bitcoin would get to a billion users.
Jameson Lopp @lopp is an engineer at blockchain security company BitGo and the author of this tweet that got passed around feverishly as bitcoin was hitting new highs mid-November:
Welcome to Bitcoin, newcomers! Here’s your FAQ:
Q: Who should I trust?
Q: When should I sell?
Q: Is Bitcoin dying because ____?
Q: What have I gotten myself into?
A: Nobody knows.
Q: How do I learn more?
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) November 19, 2017
Balaji S. Srinivasan @balajis is the CEO of Earn.com, formerly 21 Inc., a well funded blockchain startup that helps its users make money by creating public profiles for receiving paid messages, or completing small tasks. Like Twitter
but “you’re not just wasting time, you’re making money,” is how Srinivasan put it anyway (and CoinDesk has a writeup of what it’s all about here). Like most of the folks on this list, he’s got some pretty strong convictions about where this crypto thing is going:
By 2040, everyone under 30 will have never known a world without Bitcoin. It may as well be gold. That’s the long-term case for replacement. https://t.co/JAmPL4uNys
— Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) November 13, 2017
Alvin Lee tweeting @onemanatatime describes himself as a veteran crypto trader and entrepreneur, blogging at Aluna Cyrpto blogspot. For example, in “Top 5 things cryptocurrency traders can learn from poker players,” he talks about how much you should really risk (the answer: a tiny percentage of your overall capital).
Sold at $900, $1200, $2000, $3000, $5000, $7000, $9000, and gonna keep selling on the way up. Regret nothing. 10k almost in sight, this is where I would like to kindly advise you to place RISK/PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT and WEALTH PRESERVATION as your #1 priorities. #Bitcoin $Crypto
— BTFD Lee 🚀🚀🚀 (@onemanatatime) November 28, 2017
BTF%$D @CryptoHustle is a full-time crypto trader. On his website, he offers up a free masterclass on bitcoin. Over on Twitter, he’s got plenty to say on bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, market sentiment and swearword-laced, crypto-style philosophy:
Blockchain tech has taught me a valuable lesson in life: that humans are f%$ked up and technology can’t save us from ourselves. $Crypto
— ฿TF%$D! (@CryptoHustle) November 4, 2017
@CharlieShrem: first bitcoin felon? Charlie Shrem, entrepreneur and early bitcoin advocate, did jail time for helping a customer get bitcoins to resell on the now-shuttered Silk Road. Shrem dusted himself off and is keeping pretty busy with a hand in all sorts of projects. He has no shortage of fans, with some 65,000 followers.
Buy when there’s blood on the streets. Be bull when everyone is bear #bitcoin
— Charlie Shrem (@CharlieShrem) September 14, 2017
Linda Xie @ljxie is a Coinbase product manager and a good one to follow for explainers and news on alternate cryptocurrencies. She’s got beginner guides up on Bitcoin Cash, Monero and more, and points her followers to them, along with tips like these:
Decentralized exchange is one of the areas I’m most excited about. Related projects worth keeping a close eye on are @dydxderivatives @DharmaProtocol @ParadexIO @RadarRelay built on @0xProject as well as @SetProtocol for making it easy to trade a basket of tokens
— Linda Xie (@ljxie) November 21, 2017
Jihan Wu @JihanWu is co-founder of BITMAIN, which has been called perhaps “the most influential company in the bitcoin economy by virtue of the sheer amount of processing power, or hash rate, that it controls.”
@starkness — Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder of @lightning, a so-called open protocol layer that leverages blockchains and smart contracts to “make cheap, fast, private transactions available to anyone around the world.”
Perianne Boring @PerianneDC is a blockchain advocate and founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Congress, which bills itself as a leading trade association representing blockchain. She’s also out to educate:
The media continues to be hyper-focused on anything negative they can find in #blockchain. There are so many inspiring technologists and entrepreneurs building the future of digital commerce. Let’s give them the coverage they deserve.
— Perianne Boring (@PerianneDC) November 17, 2017
Nick Szabo @NickSzabo4 is a highly followed cryptographer and blogger, known as one of the pioneers of blockchain. He’s one to follow on issues of scalability and security.
Adam Back @adam3us, CEO of Blockstream, a big provider of blockchain technologies, and inventor of hashcash, the proof-of-work algorithm used in bitcoin mining. He seems pretty big on educating the public, and, well, his bio may make your head spin.
Don’t let the fact that we’ve come this far in the list before getting to WhalePanda @WhalePanda deter you: this is pretty much a must-follow when it comes to crypto.
— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) November 2, 2017
Chris Burniske @cburniske the author of “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond” offers a balanced, if bullish, perspective on the crypto space with tweets that tend to be investor-focused and easy to get your head around for the newbies.
2017 is the new 2013. The question for #crypto becomes: will 2018 be the new 2014?
— Chris Burniske (@cburniske) November 28, 2017
Investor and fintech/hard-money analyst Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester is worth a follow if you’re interested in easy-to-read charts and a greater market perspective:
Chart from fall 2014, when Bitcoin was $300, predicted price of $10k for today —Nov 22nd, 2017. We’re at $8,000. Next milestone on chart: $100k in summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/zs2tNjfupB
— Tuur Demeester (@TuurDemeester) November 22, 2017
“Into crypto before it was cool,” is how Arianna Simpson — @AriannaSimpson — describes herself. She’s an early-stage investor in startups and also has held roles at BitGo and Facebook. She doles out all sorts of advice:
1/ Looking at roadmaps is a good baseline way of assessing crypto projects. I look for things that seem ambitious but plausible.
— Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson) November 3, 2017
Plus a dozen more…
We’ve tried to offer up a curated list above of must-follow accounts that are consistently active, influential, and bring something unique to the table. But there are dozens (hundreds! thousands!) more out there, each offering up something slightly different. Here are a dozen more names, if the 30 we called out above aren’t enough for you.
Blockchain experts and advocates: Neha Narula @neha is the director of digital currency at MIT Media Lab; cryptography consultant Peter Todd @petertoddbtc; Meltem Demirors — @Melt_Dem — is a director at Digital Currency Group; Elizabeth Rossiello @e_rossiello hasn’t tweeted in awhile, but is founder of a blockchain payments startup. Luke Martin @VentureCoinist is one to follow for charts, and you might also add derivatives trader and consultant Tone Vays @ToneVays.
Other crypto big wigs: Fred Ehrsam @FEhrsam, previous Coinbase co-founder; Brian Armstrong @brian_armstrong, another Coinbase co-founder and its current CEO; Tony Gallippi @TonyGallippi is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of BitPay. NEO founder Da Hongfei @dahongfei, Jackson Palmer @ummjackson, creator of @dogecoin, could also make your follow list. The Winklevii accounts are nearly all RTs these days, but should you feel the need to follow the first bitcoin billionaires, they are @winklevoss and @tylerwinklevoss.
Yes, we undoubtedly missed some good ones. So let us know in the comments section which accounts you think are a must-follow.