While many may have started out of curiosity, many blockchain and crypto enthusiasts revealed many “Bitcoin OGs” aka “original gangsters” have helped towards convincing them to continue their journey towards cryptocurrency adoption.
In a tweet, global chief marketing officer (CMO-on-demand) and partnerships advisor to blockchain projects, Jonha Richman, asked the crypto Twitter (aka CT), to weigh in as to how they began their journey into cryptocurrencies, by raising the following question:
“Who convinced you to hop onto the crypto train?”
The said thread has encouraged many crypto enthusiasts from the likes of Preston Byrne, media moguls such as The Blokt CEO Mike Dudas, eToro senior analyst Mati Greenspan, and many others. As of writing, the thread has garnered almost 600 responses from various crypto influencers and hobbyists.
Who are the REAL crypto influencers?
Both experienced and newbie cryptocurrency practitioners revealed that the journey towards discovering the industry usually start with their own curiosity and research. When pressed for details as to how they usually progress from curiosity to eventually getting convinced to immerse themselves into either holding (also fondly referred to as HODLING), many respondents refer to Andreas Antonopoulos as their main influencer.
Other notable influencers who were credited for getting people on board and taking the plunge were: Roger Ver, Naval Ravikant, the notorious John McAfee and Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts), Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, among others.
Fear of missing out (aka FOMO) is real
What’s recurring among crypto practitioners is their inability to resist the “fear of missing out”. While most people usually start off with a high dose of skepticism, such feeling usually turn into curiosity and then FOMO starts kicks in. In terms of people’s motives as to why did they get into cryptocurrency investing, holding or trading, it usually various are different reasons, too with many getting into due to the lure of money, or the distrust in the existing financial systems (i.e. from the Federal Reserve and PayPal)
Who influenced by the OGs
Since most Bitcoin “OGs” are usually credited for bringing in the initial interest to the industry, many original practitioners often credit fellow industry practitioners for convincing them to take interest and hop onto the crypto train. Several influential crypto practitioners such as Preston Byrne mentioned he got influenced by Zach Caseres. Whereas media mogul Mike Dudas, CEO of The Block, shared he was influenced by Balaji Srinavasan. Renowned senior analyst Mati Greenspan was unsurprisingly influenced by eToro CEO Yoni Assia.
During the discussions, some thought learning crypto has been ‘life-changing‘ as they got to work on impactful projects whereas others wouldn’t want to take to talk their friends who talked them into it anymore. As the industry progresses and constantly changes, it’s interesting to note how the interest usually evolved from sheer curiosity to eventually developing more dedicated and almost cult-like interest in the industry especially when it involves not only real-world use cases, but also as more and more money and resources are being poured into it in the form of investments and trading activities.
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