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?
Zamfir is a researcher and developer best known for his work on cryptoeconomics, proof-of-stake, and blockchain sharding.
Since 2014, Zamfir has been a researcher with the Ethereum Foundation. He is the lead developer of the Casper protocol upgrade, the initial version of which was published in November 2017. If successful, Casper would shift ether from being a proof-of-work coin to a proof-of-stake coin and help achieve large-scale network scalability.
Once Ethereum got up and running it could not sustain all of the projects that people were trying to build on it. Buterin, the main investor handed the development challenge to Zamfir. Speaking of Ethereum, Zamfir said at the time, “There’s still technical problems. It doesn’t scale. It’s not efficient. It’s not secure. It sucks, basically. It’s shitty technology.” Zamfir was the mind behind building Ethereum out so that it could support the dApps that are hosted on the Ethereum platform.
With that being said, Zamfir’s followership on social media is comparatively lower than most of the other crypto influencers. He is also not as active at crypto conferences of speaking venues. This has led to a lower influence rating.
While an integral part of the Ethereum team, it is apparent that Zamfir does not receive as much attention as the other individuals on the project. Zamfir is not as active on his Twitter profile and the content he posts isn’t novel (most of his tweets are opinion based).
Zamfir is the voice of blockchain/decentralized application (dApp) developers. However, if you don’t understand the coding jargon on an intermediate level, most of the information he is presenting will go right over your head. He generally sticks to coding topics and doesn’t talk much about investing or the crypto economy.
Vlad is part of the Ethereum Development Team and is an analytics consultant at Burson-Marsteller. Zamfir is known for his active involvement in the Ethereum community, as well as his consistent research in the blockchain technology space.