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?
Although many in the cryptocurrency world may have had their first introduction to Tim Draper through his involvement in the space, his prominence comes long before the age of blockchain.
In 1985, Draper started his own venture capital firm, where former colleague John H.N. Fisher became a partner in 1991 along with Steve Jurvetson. As of 2015, Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s core funds have raised more than $5 billion, which has been invested in over 300 companies. DFJ is also one of the most active investors in the space sector.
Skype, along with investments in Tesla, SpaceX, Hotmail, Baidu, and Coinbase have propelled Tim Draper into venture capital fame with multiple generations.
On June 27th, 2014, Draper purchased around 30,000 bitcoins (estimated to be worth around $19 million at the time) from US Marshals seizure of the Silk Road assets. At the peak of Bitcoin’s price in 2017, his purchase was worth nearly $600 million.
When crypto traders talk about crypto whales Draper is who should come to your mind as one of the main whales. As the crypto market grows, the crypto whales will have less of an impact on the market but still Draper’s financial experiences comes with a big voice in the world.
While Draper’s social media accounts are active they are not solely dedicated to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology. He often writes about other start-up companies and political events.
As stated before, Draper tackles topics ranging from world economics to Tesla to cryptocurrency. If you are casual investor and want to get the opinion of someone who is not working in the industry and subsequently uses crypto jargon, then Draper is a good one to follow.
Tim Draper has been listed as #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Draper is the founder of DFJ Venture Capital, an advocate for blockchain technologies, and was an early investor in Bitcoin.