- The prestigious list by Fortune features entrepreneurs from across the world who are under the age of 40.
- Amongst various domains such as finance, technology, healthcare, government and politics and media and entertainment.
- The latest edition features several founders and executives from the cryptocurrency and Blockchain space.
The highly anticipated ‘40 Under 40’ rankings published by Fortune is out, and the results have given crypto-verse one more reasons to rejoice this year. The prestigious list by Fortune features entrepreneurs from across the world who are under the age of 40, and have created a significant impact in their respective fields. Amongst various domains such as finance, technology, healthcare, government and politics and media and entertainment, the latest edition features several founders and executives from the cryptocurrency and Blockchain space.
The latest feather on the crown of Adam White is his current role as president of Bakkt, a cryptocurrency-focused subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange that also owns NYSE. Prior to joining the world of Wall Street, he was one of the key founding members of the acclaimed crypto company Coinbase in California. Prior to this, White manned Air Force fighter planes during tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, which preceded his MBA at the Harvard Business School. His aspirations and unrelenting dedication to the crypto world will bring in more valuable additions to the crypto world in days ahead.
Covid19 made the shares of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Group sink into the doldrums, and CEO Masayoshi Son’s decision to appoint Akshay Naheta as the company’s a senior vice president made him the youngest executive at the company with direct access to Son. He continued his stint as one of the key figures in the company, helping implement its multibillion plan to win back shareholder confidence. The plan also included the sale of some $14 billion in Alibaba’s shares. Naheta’s business accumen had previously drawn praise from the likes of Michael Milken while at the SoftBank Vision Fund, where he championed a bet on semiconductor-chip maker Nvidia. The brilliant investment decision had resulted profit worth $3 billion. On the side, Naheta found time to serve on the board of Bakkt, a high-profile crypto venture created by Intercontinental Exchange.
A British national with an economics degree from Oxford—where he published research on virtual currencies—Jonathan Levin cofounded Chainalysis about six years ago, tracking Bitcoin movements on the Blockchain. Since then, Chainalysis has expanded its Blockchain analysis to other cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Tether and the likes. With brilliant performances in a diverse market, it has established itself as an indispensable tool both for crypto exchanges—who want to prevent transaction related thefts on their platforms—as well as regulators, who have availed Chainalysis’s software services to nab crypto-criminals. This year, Levin’s company also topped off its $49 million Series B round, with funding from Accel and Benchmark as well as Ashton Kutcher’s VC firm. With this game-changing move, Chainalysis has emerged as a leading crypto company working to make digital assets secure enough for mainstream investors.
With TD Ameritrade early to begin offering crypto trading in Bitcoin futures, Sunayna Tuteja has helped lead the firm’s entry into new digital asset technology: She currently oversees TD Ameritrade’s cryptocurrency project which is working on building a “scalable blockchain.” Prior to this, she was at the helm of affairs in strategic partnerships and emerging tech, including a voice-activated app to check stock quotes in the car, along with partnerships with Amazon and Tencent. Sunayna has also been pursuing a law degree from Stanford, in addition to her work at the brokerage, focusing on disruptive technologies.
Israel’s Yoni Assia, is the co-founder of eToro, the firm which offers one of the world’s most popular stock-buying apps with over 13 million users across 100 plus countries. The company has also proved to be a pioneer in latest stock market innovations such as fractional shares and commission-free trading under Assia’s helmsmanship. Additionally, he has also championed causes like sustainability and universal basic income, while also making a mark in the emerging cryptocurrency space. In the near future, Assia and eToro have set their sights on moving into banking services, with plans for debit cards and other products.
Cryptocurrency entrepreneurs featuring on the Fortune ’40 under 40’ list is indicative of the industry’s success for the entire Blockchain field. What remains to be seen now, is how these crypto personalities keep up the excellent work, and inspire more talents to join the bandwagon.