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?
Voorhees co-founded the bitcoin company Coinapult, worked as Director of Marketing at Bitlnstant. Then went on to partially own the bitcoin gambling website Satoshi Dice (sold in July of 2013 to an undisclosed buyer). Currently, Voorhees is the CEO of ShapeShift, a digital asset exchange.
While Voorhees has an extensive history and experience with the blockchain and cryptocurrency, his voice may not be as loud as one might expect. ShapeShift isn’t a top exchange and therefore doesn’t affect the market in ways like Coinbase, Gemini, and Binance can.
Having started several crypto businesses, Voorhees’s knowledge and speaking points on cryptocurrencies are moderately diverse. When listening to his opinions, one should remember that his bias is that the Federal Reserve System is “fraudulent” and he advocates “the separation of money and state.” Speaks openly about his ideas of cryptocurrency regulation.
Very active on twitter but limited activity in interviews and at conferences. Most of his philosophies about cryptocurrency and regulations come from his business ideals and actions.
Erik Voorhees is the CEO of ShapeShift. Voorhees currently writes at MoneyAndState.com about the struggle for the separation of money and state, and about Bitcoin as the instrument by which it will happen. He is the co-founder of bitcoin startup Coinapult and previously sold his startup Satoshi Dice for $11.5M in bitcoin in 2013. We do like the incorporations of his sly fox.