Top 10 Web3 Developers That Are Creating Future Of Blockchain
Without programmers, developers, and other free-thinking constructors, what would the NFT environment be like? Nothing at all, that’s what. The NFT ecosystem, much alone NFTs and the blockchain itself, would never have materialized without the Web3 developers and innovators of blockchain technology. That much should be obvious to everyone operating in the Web3 space.
Beyond the numerous digitally-native artists and NFT collectors deserving of appreciation, the developers – those working to enhance blockchain and NFT tech or by using it — deserve acclaim in numerous ways. But it’s still true that we frequently pass over people who are on the verge of the invention. This might be because, in contrast to artists and collectors, these people frequently play the long game by producing work at a large scale over a longer period of time.
Therefore we’ve hand-picked 10 Web3 developers that have had a noticeable impact on the ecosystem over the last year to celebrate those who are, either explicitly or implicitly, driving innovation in the NFT space. We’ve hand-picked 10 developers that have had a noticeable impact on the ecosystem over the last year to honour those who are either explicitly or implicitly driving innovation in the NFT space. These influencers, who were chosen using qualitative measures and are listed in no particular order, are people you may or may not be familiar with but who are definitely worth keeping an eye on.
An unknown investor, NFT collector, and artist by the name of 4156 (formerly known as Punk4156) rose to prominence early in the NFT industry. He had owned one of the most sought-after Punks in existence, CryptoPunk #4156, and was a maximalist CryptoPunk. He has transitioned from being a powerful collector to a well-known builder on CryptoPunks throughout the years. A strong proponent of NFTs being licenced under Creative Commons (CC0), which allows collectors complete rights to reproduce, brand, market, and utilize the intellectual property included in their NFTs as they see fit, is 4156, the founder of the wildly successful Nouns NFT project and brand. Overall, 4156 is a steward of NFT-based innovation and is regarded as a key promoter of Web3, NFTs, and digital ownership.
In two days we went from idea to a team of 8 highly skilled builders, anonymous to each other, spread across two continents, all collaborating on something completely new. What a time to be alive! #nounsDAO pic.twitter.com/ih4mnptfJA
— 4156 (@punk4156) June 4, 2021
On the blockchain, Jason Bailey has a lengthy history. He originally rose to prominence as the publisher of the art and technology blog Artnome. He is recognized as an early adopter of NFTs and was one of the first buyers of artwork on SuperRare, helping to lead the then-emerging crypto art movement. Bailey has fought to ensure the security and durability of NFTs through his projects, such as ClubNFT, of which he is the CEO and co-founder. He has also promoted a more environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly NFT landscape.
I believe computing has a future
I believe art has a future
I believe computational art has a future
I believe collecting computational art has a future
I believe music has a future
I believe computational music has a future
I believe collecting computational music has a future
— Artnome (@artnome) January 7, 2023
Betty, the CEO and co-founder of Deadfellaz, has established herself as a cornerstone of the NFT community and continues to play a significant role within the PFP project ecosystem. She has remained a steadfast advocate of independent artists during a period when creative opportunities have become constrained, and creator royalties have come under attack, even while the path to NFT success has been elusive and murky for some. Betty has continued to play a significant role in advancing the discourse around establishing equity in Web3. She is a supporter of diversity and inclusion in the NFT area.
The anonymous thought leader 6529 has been important in the NFT sphere over time. Along with being one of Web3’s thought leaders, 6529 has transformed from a top-tier collector to a mission-driven builder who has been promoting the creation of an open metaverse in opposition to centralized and corporate actors like Meta. His Open Metaverse (OM) initiative, announced on OnCyber, is based on the premise that “100 million people in an open metaverse can alter the world,” even if he is still well-known for his philosophical Twitter threads. OM and the 6529 brands are currently the focal point for crypto-art exhibitions, limited edition collections, teaching, and other activities.
🔥Time To Build An Open Metaverse 🔥
All 6529 mega-threads are pinned in this thread of threads:https://t.co/yKBRMtBrE4
The team game plan is here: https://t.co/bkdYYU2dbj
Hop on board fam, we are going to save the world.
— 6529 (@punk6529) October 13, 2021
Haun Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in Web3 companies, was founded by cryptocurrency investor Katie Haun. She raised $1.5 billion for the company at the beginning of 2022, making it the highest inaugural fund ever raised by a single female founding partner. To advance Zora’s NFT tooling protocol, which offers accessible tools to establish NFT collections and autonomous marketplaces for artists and enterprises, Haun led a $50 million fundraising round in May of the same year. She joined the Coinbase board as the first independent director and still serves on it as well.
Introducing @HaunVentures, a firm built for the next generation of the internet. We’ve raised $1.5 billion across two funds to invest in web3. An exciting first step, but the real work begins now. https://t.co/tBeE4OEJkD
— Kathryn Haun (@katie_haun) March 22, 2022
Entrepreneur Farokh is most recognized for his thought leadership in the NFT industry. He is the creator of Rug Radio Web3, a media ecosystem that aspires to become the first completely decentralized media platform. He also collects NFTs. Before NFTs, Farokh was a well-known social media guru who helped brands (including his own Goodlife Media & Communications company) expand their followings into the millions. After receiving praise for being one of the most prominent speakers during the early 2021 NFT boom, he changed directions, becoming a builder and driving the movement toward shared ownership of information.
Amanda Cassatt is a builder with a lengthy and successful background in the blockchain sector. She launched Ethereum as Chief Marketing Officer for ConsenSys, and as a result, ConsenSys developed the Ethereal Summit, an event series that featured some of the first NFT exhibitions in history. Cassatt departed ConsenSys in 2019 to found Serotonin, a marketing and product studio that specializes in Web3 technologies like NFTs. She supports everything from high-profile initiatives like IPFS to significant brands’ NFT programmes like Sotheby’s. She also developed Mojito, an NFT commerce package that aids in the establishment and expansion of NFT marketplaces, membership schemes, and communities.
In post-industrial economies web3 is one of the few genuinely growing industries. Building in metaverse worlds enabled by the blockchain is an escape from the linear materials economy with radical potential for growth.
— amanda.eth💫 (@amandacassatt) November 23, 2022
Richerd Chan, also known simply as Richerd in the NFT community, is a developer, collector, and co-founder of the Manifold NFT creation platform. Richerd helped develop Manifold as a service to enable independent artists to establish their own smart contracts rather than merely utilizing those controlled by NFT marketplaces. Richerd has long been a supporter of NFTs and of creators owning the means of creation. Richerd has helped to lower the entry barrier for artists and creators attempting to enter the NFT realm through Manifold, furthering the ideas of decentralized digital ownership.
On Securing your NFTs 🔒
This week I have looked at 5 different cases of wallets being compromised and NFTs being stolen from their owners.
It breaks my heart every time this happens, but the patterns are always the same.
1/ Below are some rules to live by to stay safe
— richerd.eth (@richerd) February 2, 2022
For many years, the mysterious artist known as Trippy operated in the shadows until making a positive entrance into the NFT community as a supporter of blockchain technology. Through Trippy Labs, his multidisciplinary Web3 creative studio, he was first credited with building the largest online psychedelic community, but he has since changed his focus to making Web3 events more suited to decentralization. Trippy has quickly established himself as the people’s champion and a steward of Web3 culture and technology through partnerships with well-known figures in the entertainment industry and influential artists, leading charitable initiatives, and creating immersive experiences made by and for the NFT space.
— Trippy Labs (@TrippyLabs) November 27, 2022
Lesley Silverman, the head of Web3 at United Talent Agency and a seasoned veteran of the art law field, offers her organization’s Web3 division a distinctive viewpoint on regulation in the art world. She represents UTA’s aim to support businesses and creators as the NFT industry develops. Making use of her knowledge, Silverman has assisted companies such as Larva Labs, Coinbase, and others in launching their own Web3 initiatives. She has also worked on teams that have signed Deadfellaz and other artists. Silverman’s initiatives are actively bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3, and the NFT industry continues to respect her for striking a unique mix between optimism and caution.
— Lesley Silverman (@lesleysilverman) January 6, 2023