Moving the Chain Spotlight #49: Naval Ravikant

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Naval Ravikant and his family moved from India to New York when he was just nine years of age. As a child, he spent countless hours in the library; often hanging around until closing time. Despite growing up in a rough part town, Ravikant’s thirst for knowledge eventually led him to Dartmouth College where he would receive a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics.

Since that time, he has gone on to become one of the world’s premier tech entrepreneurs – having founded companies like Epinions and AngelList.  Ravikant is also something of philosophers. His words of wisdom have prompted folks like Medium author Noah Madden to compare him to everyone’s favorite Jedi Master, Yoda.

He has also been an outspoken supporter of both blockchain tech and cryptocurrency.  In fact, Coindesk even named him one of 2017 ’s most influential people in blockchain.

Among his most significant contributions to the crypto world, is his 2014 blog post entitled “The Bitcoin Model for Crowdfunding” – an essay that has been credited with laying the groundwork for token launches and ICO’s.

Ravikant has backed or been involved with several crypto-related businesses such as MetaStable  Capital – a crypto asset hedge fund. The blockchain enthusiast also launched Coinlist. Coinlist allows organizations to sell their tokens without having to register with the SEC.

To add to his crypto cred, Ravikant was previously a member of the Zcash Foundation’s Board of Directors and was even one of the investors behind the altcoin.

With some impressive crypto credentials, Naval Ravikant has definitely been “Moving the Chain.”


“The ledger, the distributed database – it’s called a Blockchain – is held in the cloud by all the parties involved. It can’t be broken by any of them. It’s cryptographically too strong. You would have to compromise the entire network to take over Bitcoin.”

Fun Fact

Ravikant is a self-made millionaire who has invested in over 100 companies. Twitter, Uber, and FourSquare are just a few businesses the 44-year-old has financially backed.

Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency