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?
Shrem is an American entrepreneur. He co-founded of BitInstant, a (now a defunct company). He also founded Bitcoin Foundation and served as vice chairman. At this time, Bitcoin was growing in popularity and so was Shrem’s popularity, speaking at conferences and being viewed as a visionary. Around 35% of all bitcoin transactions were going through BitInstant.
However, things fell apart In 2014. Shrem was sentenced to two years in prison for knowingly selling bitcoin to a drug trafficker.
Since being released from prison, Shrem has continued to speak about the advantages of cryptocurrencies.
For more information about Shrem’s journey watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUCJQLpy8ms&feature=youtu.be
When thinking of Shrem’s experience, a line from the movie “Avengers: Inifinity War” comes to mind. Loki is pleading his case to Thanos to become his agent to perform a mission on Earth. Loki states that he has experience on earth. Thanos quickly snaps, “Do you call failure experience?” Loki responds, “I call experience experience.” That’s how Shrem would plead his case for his experience.
Shrem’s influence has plummeted ever since he was arrested and BitInstant was shut down. Many people respect him and his work for laying the ground floor the Blockchain technology and Bitcoin. However, Shrem’s current influence is greatly diminished from what it was.
Active on Twitter and slowly appearing in more conferences.
Shrem’s coverage doesn’t touch on that many subjects other than the Blockchain ledger, Bitcoin (and it’s prowess over other altcoins), Proof-of-Stake/Proof-of-Work, and transactions per second.