Bitcoin and crypto have not always received high levels of endorsement from the business world. In fact, some of the most influential business leaders have been vocal about their lack of faith in digital assets.
However, there are a handful of billionaire leaders who have very different opinions on crypto. These men and women have not only thrown their support behind Bitcoin and other digital currencies, but they’ve also become some of the most important voices in the space.
Here are some of the best quotes from the most influential cryptocurrency billionaires and leaders:
In 2019, Sam Bankman-Fried launched FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. The exchange offers a wide range of products, including futures contracts on major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. FTX is one of the fastest-growing exchanges in the industry, with over $1 billion in daily trading volume.
“Getting advice is really important. You should set yourself up to get great advice, and put lots of focus on it.”
Changpeng Zhao started Binance in 2017 and has since grown it into one of the most popular exchanges in the world. Changpeng is a serial entrepreneur and has previously founded various tech startups. He is also an active angel investor and advisor for several blockchain projects. Changpeng is a graduate of McGill University in Canada. Prior to Binance, Changpeng worked as a developer at Blockchain.info and OKCoin.
“If you want to waste time, use the internet. If you want to improve your finances, use crypto”
Cathie Wood is an American investor and businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management LLC, a New York-based investment firm. Wood specializes in thematic investing, an investing strategy that focuses on identifying long-term global trends. Wood is a vocal proponent of electric vehicles, blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence.
“Technologically enabled disruptive Innovation typically causes a “deflationary boom”, increasing purchasing power. Bockchaintechnology is one of five innovation platforms evolving today, and they all are converging!”
Jeremy Allaire is the co-founder and CEO of Circle, a financial technology company that enables businesses and individuals to use digital currencies. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in internet technology and product development. Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to Circle, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Macromedia, where he oversaw the development of Flash, Shockwave, and other web technologies.
“I believe that Bitcoin holds value as a form of ‘good money’ that is superior to any previously discovered or developed form of money.”
Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, the company building the Lightning Network. Elizabeth is also a fellow at Coin Center, where she focuses on cryptocurrency protocols and decentralized applications. Elizabeth has been teaching about Bitcoin since 2013 and is a graduate of Yale University.
She believes that these technologies can help to create a more equitable world by giving people more control over their own data and finances.
“We’re building the Visa network for bitcoin. But what I think is powerful, is unlike Visa, anybody can build on top of it.”
Eric Voorhees is the CEO of Shapeshift, a digital asset exchange company. Eric first became interested in Bitcoin in 2011, and soon after began working on various projects in the space. In 2012 he founded the now-defunct Bitcoin gambling site SatoshiDice, which was one of the first successful businesses built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. He then went on to co-found the popular wallet service Coinapult, before joining Shapeshift in 2014.
“Like the Internet, Bitcoin will change the way people interact and do business around the world.”
Brian Armstrong co-founded Coinbase in 2012, a digital currency exchange headquartered in San Francisco, California. As CEO of Coinbase, Armstrong has overseen the company’s growth from a small startup to one of the most well-funded and successful exchanges in the digital currency space. Under his leadership, Coinbase has launched several innovative products and services, including the first U.S.-based bitcoin exchange, a digital currency wallet service, and a suite of tools for merchants and developers.
“I do think some digital currency will end up being the reserve currency of the world. I see a path where that’s going to happen.”
Caitlin Long is the founder of Custodia, formerly Avanti, a digital asset platform that is built on the Bitcoin blockchain. She is a 22-year veteran of Wall Street and a former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Caitlin is also a member of the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force and an advisor to the Wyoming Legislature on blockchain initiatives.
” To me, Bitcoin is an insurance against instability in the mainstream financial industry”
Jack Dorsey is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, launched in 2000 and also the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. Jack Dorsey has been interested in technology since he was a child. When he was 14 years old, he created dispatch software for taxicabs and courier companies. In 2009, Jack Dorsey was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He was also named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in 2012 and 2013.
“The whole spirit of Bitcoin, for instance, is to provide a trusted system in a distrusted environment, which is the internet.”
Michael Saylor is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms.
Michael is a well-known advocate for the use of blockchain technology and has been a pioneer in the adoption of Bitcoin as an institutional investment asset. In September 2020, MicroStrategy made history by becoming the first publicly traded company to invest its entire treasury reserve in Bitcoin.
“My formula for success is rise early, work late, and buy Bitcoin.”
Raoul Pal is known for his in-depth analysis of the global economy and financial markets. He has a deep understanding of macroeconomic trends and their impact on asset prices. Raoul launched Real Vision in 2016, a subscription-based service that provides original content and analysis on the economy and financial markets. Raoul is also a co-founder of the Global Macro Investor, a research service for institutional investors.
He earned a degree in economics from the University of Manchester before going on to work for Goldman Sachs in their London office. He later founded his own hedge fund, GLG Partners.
“My conviction levels in bitcoin rise every day. I’m already irresponsibly long. I am now thinking it may not even be worth owning any other asset as a long-term asset allocation, but that’s a story for another day (I’m still thinking through this)”
Brad Garlinghouse is the current chief executive officer (CEO) of Ripple, a San Francisco-based blockchain payment network that provides real-time, end-to-end tracking of transactions. Brad is a well-known figure in the FinTech industry and is a respected thought leader on the topic of blockchain technology. Brad holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Stanford University.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Barry Silbert is the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), a venture-capital firm focused on investing in and supporting companies that are building the infrastructure for digital currencies.
Silbert is a well-known figure in the digital currency community, having been an early investor in many of the industry’s leading companies, including BitPay, Coinbase, Circle, and Xapo. He is also a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation.
“Regulators are going to have to come up with a way to treat Bitcoin that is balanced and thoughtful but also recognize that this is a global phenomenon.”
Marc Andreesen is one of the most influential figures in Silicon Valley and his opinions are highly respected by tech insiders. Marc is the co-founder of Netscape and the creator of the first web browser. Marc served as Netscape’s Chief Technology Officer until the company was acquired by AOL in 1999 for $10 billion. Marc is also a member of the board of directors of Facebook, which he joined in 2008. He has been credited with helping to shape Facebook’s strategy during its early years.
“My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.”
Blythe Masters is a leading figure in the finance and technology industries. Masters began her career as a JPMorgan analyst in the early 1990s, before moving into the role of Managing Director at the firm. In this role, she was instrumental in developing credit default swaps, which quickly became one of the most popular products on Wall Street.
Since leaving JPMorgan in 2014, Masters has been involved with a number of startups in the blockchain space. Most notably, she is currently CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a firm that is working on developing distributed ledger technology for use by financial institutions.
“You should be taking this technology as seriously as you should have been taking the development of the internet in the early 90’s.”
Don Tapscott is the founder and executive chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, a think-tank that is dedicated to advancing the understanding of blockchain technology and its potential applications.
Tapscott has been involved in the field of information technology for over four decades, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society.
“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
Natalie Brunell is a Bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiast who hosts the Talking Bitcoin podcast. Natalie has been involved in the space since 2013 and has seen firsthand the ups and downs of the industry. Natalie is a strong advocate for Bitcoin and believes that it has the potential to change the world for the better. Natalie is also a member of the Bitcoin Association, an organization that promotes adoption of Bitcoin globally. Natalie’s goal is to help spread awareness about Bitcoin and its benefits to as many people as possible.
“We need to fix the money, then we can fix the world.”
Tim Draper is a venture capitalist and founder of the firm DFJ. Draper was early to recognize the potential of digital currency and has been a strong advocate for Bitcoin. He is also a vocal supporter of blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a number of industries.
Tim has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He has been an early investor and is a member of the boards of directors of several companies, including Tesla, Hotmail, Baidu, and Skype.
“Bitcoin is one of the greatest technological advances that humanity has ever seen and it can make a bigger change in society than any of us ever imagined.”
Brian Brooks has a long history of working on issues related to banking, regulation, and technology. He is a strong supporter of crypto and blockchain technology, and he believes that it has the potential to empower consumers and increase competition in the banking sector.
Brooks worked as Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase and also served as CEO of Binance US. In 2020, Brooks left Coinbase to become the Acting Comptroller of the Currency. In this role, he was responsible for supervising national banks and federal savings associations.
“Dollars are important. The U.S. dollar is still hanging on as the global reserve currency, but the technology features and the use of a better set of transmission rails can make it faster and more attractive than it’s competitors.”
Jesse Powell is the founder and CEO of Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Jesse has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2011 and is a well-known figure in the industry. Jesse is a strong advocate for Bitcoin and blockchain technology, and has been instrumental in helping to grow the Kraken exchange into a leading platform for buying and selling cryptocurrencies. Jesse is also a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that promotes Bitcoin adoption and education.
“I think pretty soon people are going to start measuring the price of things in terms of Bitcoin.”
Sergey Nazarov is the founder and CEO of Chainlink, a decentralized oracle network that enables smart contracts to securely access off-chain data feeds, web APIs, and traditional bank payments. He is a serial entrepreneur who has also co-founded two other startups: Secure Asset Exchange (SAE), a decentralized exchange for trading digital assets, and SmartContract.com, a blockchain application platform.
“Bitcoin is a natural safe haven for those seeking shelter from rapidly increasing central bank money printing and the inflation that everyone agrees is already increasing.”
Jed McCaleb has been in the crypto space for a long time and is respected by many in the community. McCaleb is the co-founder of Stellar and also is the creator of XRP.
Jed has a lot of experience in the tech world, he was the CTO of Myspace and also founded the now defunct bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox. Jed is a very important figure in the crypto community and his work with Stellar is helping to shape the future of blockchain technology. He is also a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation.
“There is no point in yelling this is a revolution. Just let the revolution quietly happen.”
Jp Thieriot is the co-founder and CEO of Uphold, a digital money platform. He has a background in technology and banking, and he is a thought leader in the fields of finance, payments, and blockchain technology. JP is a vocal supporter of the potential of digital currencies to democratize financial services and empower people throughout the world. Under Jp’s leadership, Uphold has become one of the most trusted and user-friendly digital money platforms in the world.
“At this point, there is no way that all of finance isn’t going to be torn down and reinvented in the internet’s image. It’s already started, and it is absolutely impossible to reverse. It’s inexorable.”
Charles Hoskinson is a well-known figure in the cryptocurrency world. He is the creator of Cardano ADA and the CEO of IOHK, one of the leading companies working on blockchain technology.
Hoskinson was previously a co-founder of Ethereum, but left after disagreements with the other members of the team. He then went on to work on several other projects before settling on Cardano.
“Crypto is unstoppable. Crypto is the future.”
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