Meet the Crypto Entrepreneurs Who Made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

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  • Forbes today released the 2021 version of its 30-under-30 list.
  • The annual list celebrates young entrepreneurs.
  • This year, 10 recipients come from the world of blockchain and crypto.

Today, Forbes published his 30 Under 30 list for 2021 the annual curation of America’s most successful entrepreneurs and hustlers born after 1990.

The nickname 30 under 30 is a kind of misnomer – it corresponds more to 30 people / teams under 30 years of age in 20 categories, which leads to over 600 award winners. Nonetheless, blockchain and crypto entrepreneurs showed strong performances in categories like finance and venture capital.

We counted 10 award winners who would be equally at home on a Who’s Who in Crypto list:

Soona Amhaz (Volt Capital); Sam Bankman-Fried (FTX); Joey Krug (Augur); Alexander Liegl (Layer1 Technologies); Jack Mallers (Zap Solutions); Flori Marquez (BlockFi); Charlie Noyes (Paradigm); Brian Tubergen (CoinList); Amiti Uttarwar (Bitcoin Core developer); and Athanasios Karachotzitis, Jeong Woo Park and Andrew Yang (Authenticiti).

While a lot of people on the list say it doesn’t matter it was a team effort, they didn’t really think about it much … we asked four of the recipients what it is Really means for you:

Flori Marquez, co-founder of BlockFi

BlockFi co-founder Flori Marquez is the daughter of Argentinian parents who fled their country in the 1980s when the economy turned into hyperinflation. She is considering using the list as evidence that it has shaped America.

“It’s recognition,” she said, “and promoting our products.”

Marquez, 29, co-founded BlockFi in 2017, but it really broke into the crypto scene last year when it started attracting crypto users interest in their Bitcoin and Ethereum holdings – all before DeFi really got started.

As soon as she heard the news, Marquez called her mother, Cecilia, a Spanish teacher in Boston. “And this is the ‘mother’ move of all time,” said Marquez. “She congratulated me, but I could tell that she was trying to hang up somehow. And then I think she thought she hung up, but she hadn’t, and I could hear her say to her entire class, ‘Guys, my daughter just won!’ “

“It felt great.”

Joey Krug, Co-Founder, Augur

Joey Krug, 25, said Decrypt Little did he know he was in the running. Unlike his rivals, he hadn’t applied –Forbes The journalist Michael Del Castillo sneaked him into the competition after him wrote a profile about Krug in July. Krug only discovered his success while scrolling on Twitter.

“It’s cool; it’s exciting, I think,” Krug shrugged. “But the real fun part is everyday life when things like this are actually done.”

This kind of stuff relates to a lot. Krug co-founded Augur, a betting market platform based on the Ethereum blockchain. The aim is to promote truly global markets for anything you want to bet on – and cut the high fees that take away the fun of it.

But he also shares the role of Chief Investment Officer at Pantera Capital and acts as an advisor, investor or developer on a handful of other projects.

“It’s not that important in the grand scheme of things,” Krug said of that Forbes forgive. “It’s great to be a part of it. But it’s not that I would try to use it for personal purposes or anything like that. “

Now that Krug is on his way to solving online gambling, his goal is to “at least contain” finance and healthcare, two other industries he believes are broken.

Brian Tubergen, Co-Founder of Coinlist

At 29, Brian Tubergen, founder of the crypto ICO platform CoinList, made the list in his senior year.

He’s watched those around him win over the years. In 2016, his co-founder Andy Bromberg made the list for the launch of a (since closed) app for analyzing political news, Sidewire. And two of Tubergen’s close friends won the award. Nader Al-Naji was honored in 2019 for having Base, a (now defunct) stable coin company, raised $ 133 million in a token sale, and Alex Pack, co-founder of the crypto VC fund Dragonfly Capital, won the last Year.

Now it’s his turn, Tubergen said he felt “a bit like a celebrity”.

“Surely my friends outside the tech community seem to think it’s one of the greatest things in the world,” he said Decrypt.

“I’m sure it will wear off tomorrow,” said Tubergen, who will return to the grind that got him today’s award. As Chief Product Officer at CoinList, a fundraising platform for crypto companies, he may help produce the next generation of 30 under 30 entrepreneurs. “We have to keep working,” he said.

The award, he emphasized, is “a distraction from what matters most, what drives this company forward and creates value for our customers.”

But has Tubergen applied before? “It is possible that I filled it in quickly in a previous year,” he said. “But this was the first year I tried.” In order to This is how to make the list.

Sam Bankman-Fried, Founder, FTX

Sam Bankman-Fried, 28, founder of the FTX crypto derivatives exchange, said the news was leaked during a marketing meeting.

The entrepreneur, informally known as SER, said he was relieved and excited. But it’s disheartening, he said. The praise adds an extra layer to his work – not much, but enough to be noticed – in building systems that people have invested “a lot of time, life and money” in.

“I think adding the incremental thing doesn’t change that feeling very much,” he said.

Nevertheless, he is pleased to have stood out for his work – both at FTX and as CEO of the full-service crypto trading company Alameda Research. “These things tend to at least reflect what you did,” he said. Does he think the Forbes Award reflects his achievements? “I think I’d feel a lot stranger if it weren’t for that.”