How long have they been in the field? What kind of education do they have? Work experience? Have they run any successful ICOs? Do they advise on any ICOs?
How many followers do they have? Where else do they write/speak? How does what they say influence the market at large?
How active are they on social? Are they one of the first to comment on breaking events? Do they respond to followers?
Do they only cover one topic/aspect or do they cover cryptocurrency and the blockchain as a whole? Are they focused on the crypto market or do they discuss finances at large?
While he is an influential person in the cryptocurrency world – as well he should be, since he owns several large cryptocurrency investing firms. He has interesting opinions about the cryptomarket, but his Twitter feed is fairly self-promotional.
Barry Silbert has been working in investments since 2004. He started the investment platform SecondMarket in 2008 and eventually sold it to Nasdaq in 2015. He started investing in cryptocurrency in 2012 and in 2015 he started the Digital Currency Group, an investment group that has funded multiple cryptocurrency related projects including CoinDesk, BitPay, and Ripple. Silbert also runs Grayscale Investments, which owns the Bitcoin Investment Trust – a company which offers shares and securities whose value is derived solely from cryptocurrency.
Silbert and his companies have helped start many key projects in the crypto space. He is frequently interviewed for more mainstream media sources; in one of his most famous interviews, he states that most cryptocoins will be going to 0.
Silbert posts frequently on Twitter, but that is really his only source of communication with followers, outside of his interviews with mainstream media.
Many of Silbert’s tweets are about his own companies and the projects they’re working on. In many of his tweets, he discusses the cryptocurrencies he feels are valid – namely BTC, ETC, ZEC, and MANA. He promotes these coins so heavily, in fact, that he earned himself the nickname “Barry Shillbert” because he buys and then heavily promotes certain coins in an effort to increase their value.