Elon Musk has also made the list.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time magazine.
Tech entrepreneur and Reddit co-creator Alexis Ohanian has written a glowing article praising the 27-year-old for being a “builder’s builder.”
While he noted that Buterin couldn’t have possibly come up with all of the use cases for Ethereum — decentralized finance and NFTs among them — he added: “It did take one person’s idea to get it started.”
Ohanian went on to say:
“Thanks to Reddit’s r/Ethereum community, I’ve had the privilege of following Vitalik Buterin’s career from early on, which is why I’ve taken a certain pride in watching his legacy grow.”
‘A New World Has Opened Up’
Ohanian confirmed that he has invested in some aspects of blockchain technology and said that, without Buterin’s creations, many of 2021’s most exciting use cases wouldn’t exist — including the fantasy sports platform Sorare.
“I’ve never been more excited about the potential of the Internet, and that’s largely thanks to Vitalik Buterin.”
Elon Musk also made Time’s coveted list, but Arianna Huffington — who had just 150 words to describe the billionaire’s achievements — opted to focus more on his work with Tesla and SpaceX than his enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies. She added:
“Musk isn’t just changing how we transport ourselves, he’s augmenting human possibilities. And by doing it all with his relentlessly optimistic, space-half-full showmanship, he’s offering a model for how we can solve the big, existential challenges in front of us.”