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Women in the crypto world
Although the tech industry has predominantly had more men than women, the trend is changing in women’s favor. The number of women working in major roles in startups is increasing day by day. In the cryptocurrency industry, women have taken high profile roles all over the world. This article looks at some of the most iconic women in the cryptocurrency industry.
How Women are Encouraged to Join the Industry
A number of organizations focused on mentoring women to join the blockchain industry are cropping up around the world. One such organization is the ‘Women in Bitcoin Foundation, which has branches in different cities. The organization’s aim is to create a network for women playing different roles in the industry and to increase the number of women in the industry.
The cryptocurrency industry is still on the rise and there is no need to mirror the broader tech industry’s sexism and underrepresentation of women. However, many meet-ups focused on encouraging women to join the industry have had so much success, New York with 1,400 members as an example. The organizations are also working to address other challenges women face in the industry.
One other challenge women face in the industry is low income. Men in the industry possess nearly three quarters of all wealth in the crypto space. As much as 71% of all cryptocurrency wealth is distributed amongst men. However, the following women have overcome some of these challenges and are leaders in major cryptocurrency related companies.
Successful women in the crypto space
- Elizabeth Stark
Elizabeth is the co-founder of Lightning; a company trying to develop super speedy and fast transactions. She serves as the CEO and the leader of the company. Her company focuses on Bitcoin primarily, but also looks at other blockchains and tries to improve them as well.
Besides her being CEO of Lightning, she is an active blockchain and cryptocurrency space supporter as well. Bitcoin community is proud to have her contributing by being a part of the Coin Center.
- Galia Benartzi
Galia is the co-founder of Bancor blockchain network and works as the company’s head of business development. She is one of the few women in the industry to co-develop a blockchain network. Not only that, her company had one of the highest grossing ICOs ever. The Bancor project raised $153,000,000 and used to money to improve and develop the network more and more.
Bancor tries to simplify crypto trading by focusing on the exchange part of the crypto sphere. Bancor gives people the option to make their own tokens and cryptocurrencies, which they can monetize and trade on the network for the biggest crypto coins (BTC, ETH, LTC among others)
- Elizabeth McCauley
Elizabeth works in the Bitcoin foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to promote the adoption of bitcoins. She works as an advisor for the company. Elizabeth also works as an advisor for congress and BitGive, another blockchain startup. She previously worked in BitPay Incorporated, where she took the role of an account manager. She has come to be known as the “Bitcoin Evangelist.”
- Rhian Lewis
She is a proud proponent of women being involved in crypto and blockchain related projects. She is the Women in Bitcoin organization “starter”, which she started with help of a group of her friends. The group now counts more than 100 members, and many of them are in the management part of the tech companies, some even being CEOs and COOs.
- Preethi Kasireedy
Preethi is an engineer in the blockchain sphere of CoinBase. She also works at Goldman Sachs and venture capitalist firm, Andreessen Horowitz. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California. When she is not working in her business ventures, Preethi is a blockchain-based business leader, working with startups from different parts of the country. Preethi has proven to be a leader not only for women in crypto but also for everyone in the tech business.
- Laura Shin
When looking at the women in blockchain media, Laura Shin stands out. She is a host at the Unchained Podcast, as well as a Senior Editor at Forbes, on the subjects on BTC, ETH and crypto in general. She interviews many influential people in the blockchain and crypto industry.
- Linda Xie
Linda is a renowned businesswoman who worked as the Project Manager at Coinbase. She has since then co-founded Scalar Capital, an investment management company mainly focused on startups. She excels at breaking down the specifics with altcoins and making them easily digestible for those new to the cryptocurrency space.
- Arianna Simpson
She is a true self-made investor. Arianna has made about 45 investments up to date, and has earned quite a fortune. She appeared and was featured in many articles. She was even covered by the New York Times, CoinDesk, Women 2.0 and such. She is seen as one of the top 40 women in Bitcoin and blockchain.
- Kathryn Haun
Kathryn is a Stanford University lecturer who has mentored lots of people in the cryptocurrency industry. She mainly focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Educating people on crypto and blockchain opportunities and issues is her goal. She wants to show how to overcome issues such as funding, scaling and operating companies. Besides her job in education, she also is on the Board of Directors at CoinBase. Her role in CoinBase is auditing and handling the risk committee
- Aya Miaguchi
Kraken Digital Asset Exchange can be proud to have one of the most successful and influential women in crypto, Aya Miaguchi. She is an influencer and, as she says, “Crypto OG”. Her main fields of research are cryptocurrency, fintech and more specifically blockchain technology. Before she was promoted to be an advisor for the digital exchange, Kraken, she was the company’s director of operations and managing director. Her ideas regarding crypto are shared on social networks, especially during “twitter meet-ups.
Women being leaders in the crypto space is a call for celebration for everyone. Their contribution in major tech projects is immense. However, the women already exposed in the crypto space needs to mentor other women who could make more contributions in the industry. That’s the only way we can hope to achieve a better and a more equal future in this field of work.
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