Cointelegraph’s Top 10 on blockchain is here, but why should anyone care?

Have you ever made a ranked list? Maybe the best movies about finance, your favorite wineries in France, the best bars in your city, or just the people you want to have coffee with while in New York for just two days? If so, I think you’ll agree with me: It can be extremely fun, but it’s also extremely difficult. And the more contenders you have planned, the more difficult it will be to establish an order that satisfies you.

Now, imagine that you are compiling this list not alone, but in discussion with dozens of your colleagues, each of whom has an opinion that you greatly appreciate. Then comes the moment when you regret asking for someone’s opinion, since it is technically impossible to include everyone’s opinion. Also, you have to update the list at least 20 times – or even more – because we work in an industry where the speed at which successes happen would make Usain Bolt envious.


The test was even more challenging for me because it was my third time working on it with the Cointelegraph team. At some point, you realize that 100 nominations aren’t enough to include everyone you want to praise or mention, and you start having nightmares about last year’s honorees coming to ask for their spot this year. (In my dreams, they resembled the statue of the Commander of don giovanniI guess as a tribute to the visual theme of the top 100 2021 of cosmic marble busts).

The list of the most influential figures in the blockchain presented this year by the editorial team of Cointelegraph was, as usual, very subjective and in many ways spontaneous, but also the result of a long series of chess moves, with the combinations of figures inspired by external events, as well as the subtle shifts in conversational mood brought about by the industry’s well-known volatile climate.

This year we wanted to experiment with the idea of whatand not only whose, was the most influential. We realized that some of the most significant events are, for us, associated with an entire community, a company or a group of people working on a new trend, rather than with a particular person. So we ask ourselves the following question: What has most influenced our perception of the sector? What names, teams, creations or concepts made the biggest difference? Along with Vitalik Buterin, Snoop Dogg, and Kristin Smith, you’ll find a dog, an ape, a museum, climate change organizations, various concepts we’re excited to continue exploring this year, and a reflection of all of us.

This year’s list theme is also part of a tribute we wanted to pay to a visual phenomenon in the cryptocurrency industry: CryptoPunks, who found new life in 2021 and who we hope will continue to be a significant influence in 2022.

I hope that some of our choices have made you smile, while others have certainly filled you with indignation. It’s great that we all have different opinions, and I’d like you to share with us who, or what, are your top crypto figures in 2022 – on social media using the hashtag #CTTop100 or via email at editor@cointelegraph .com. And if you change your mind after submitting them, feel free to share an updated version as well.

We know that the cryptocurrency community thinks big and adapts to changes, both inside and outside, better than anyone. This year’s list represents that resistance. And I believe that our community has enormous potential to bring peaceful and sustainable solutions to future challenges, so let’s use it! WAGMI!

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