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?
A former Goldman Sachs trader, Fred Ehrsam left Wall Street to co-found Coinbase with his blockchain partner, Brian Armstrong. Armstrong had the experience in blockchain and development. Ehrsam on the other hand, had a rich background in the financial sector. The two came together to Coinbase. Coinbase is an online payment system with the stated mission of making bitcoin easy to use. Ehrsam has since parted ways with Coinbase but is still very much involved in the crypto market.
Ehrsam was named on of Time magazine’s 30 Under 30 Changing the World in December 2013, and he was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 in January 2014.
With over 13 million users, Coinbase is the largest exchange services in the world by many measurements. Even a rumor that Coinbase will be adding an altcoin onto its trading platform sends the value of that altcoin soaring. Although to be fair, when the rumors don’t prove true the price of that altcoin takes a nosedive.
Ehrsam has a large amount influence because of that background; however, he has since parted ways with Coinbase and is now building decentralized applications (dApps) on the blockchain.
Ehrsam’s activity on Twitter is spotty. He’ll tweet a couple times of day and then take a break from tweeting for a couple of days. He is often seen at crypto conferences and events speaking on blockchain related topics.
The topics that Ehrsam covers is fairly limited, focusing on the investment and increasing use of cryptocurrencies. Yet there are times that Ehrsam speaks about the financial state of global economies (reaching back to his days at Goldman Sachs).
Fred is previously co-founder of Coinbase, and is now working on building decentralized blockchain applications. Prior to his forays into the crypto world, Ehrsam was a trader at Goldman Sachs. He is an investor in crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.