The below group of people are generally considered experts in their field and are held in very high regard by their peers. They are the thought leaders in bitcoin and blockchain and have helped shape the community into what it is today. We recommend reading and viewing as much of their material as possible to help to get an understanding of this complex subject.
Iconic blockchain guru on a crusade to educate the world about bitcoin, encompassing the social, technical and economic implications
Experienced developer and technical expert contributing to this complex subject in a clear and concise manner
Took over from Satoshi as the lead developer of Bitcoin Core in 2011. Founded Bitcoin Foundation in 2012 and now devoted full time to this cause
Bitcoin core developer and contributor, cryptocurrency entrepreneur
British cryptographer and original cypherpunk. Inventor of hashcash. CEO of Blockstream
American computer scientist and cryptographer, coined the term "smart contract" with an aim to combine cryptography, contract law and e-commerce. Core Dev.
Lifetime coder and founder of hugely successful blockchain startup