SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: 21.co CEO Balaji Srinivasan speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 20, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)Steve Jennings — Getty Images for TechCrunch
Before getting into crypto, Srinivasan, a sometime Stanford professor, cofounded Counsyl, a genomics startup, with his brother. He later launched 21.co, a well-financed Bitcoin mining startup that eventually morphed into Earn.com, a crypto-social network based on paid messages. Coinbase bought Earn.com for a rumored $100 million in April—a deal that many industry watchers described as an “acquihire.” Now Srinivasan, a top crypto prognosticator, has taken a seat next to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (see No. 1) as the company’s chief technology officer.
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