It’s fair to say that 2020 has not been a good year by most metrics. A pandemic raged worldwide, the global economy tanked and social divisions grew wider. There is no way to avoid this in a year-end retrospective.
Still, crypto has been on the up-and-up. It was a year of firsts. The U.S. Congress entertained the idea of a digital dollar for the first time. Ethereum will become the largest blockchain to completely reinvent itself. Bitcoin, for the first time, ended up on the balance sheets of multiple publicly traded corporations as a hedge against inflation.
There’s work to be done and more barriers to break, but the financial and technological revolution underpinned by open-source, public blockchain technology is well on its way. We’ve seen the maturation of decentralized finance (plus plenty of food fights), the well regarded launch of Filecoin and astounding growth in the value and use of crypto-dollars.
Every year, CoinDesk recognizes the “Most Influential” people working to expand cryptocurrency and blockchain’s reach. It’s a list of the 10 outsized individuals who have gone the furthest and done the most, as determined by our readers and editorial staff.
In this most unusual year, we need your help determining who should be named as Most Influential. Take a moment to check out a long list of the top contenders, as determined by CoinDesk editors and reporters, and cast a vote to help us determine a shortlist of 15.
If your choice is not on the long list, nominate someone else in the second question.
Who had the best year in crypto? Who was at the top of his or her game, and deserves recognition for their efforts and achievements? And most important, who did we miss?