I was recently featured on CoinReview's list, 24 Women in Blockchain/Crypto You Should Be Following! I'm honored to be featured alongside such stellar women in this ecosystem! You can read the full article here.
February 22, 2018: When it comes to cryptocurrency, women are a vast minority. While we are not assessing blame to anyone for this or pointing fingers at anyone, the stats do not lie. Based on the analytics from this site alone for 2017, 91.58% of visitors were male, while only 8.42% were females. Also, when looking at the speaker line up from the recent North American Bitcoin Conference, out of the 88 speakers, only three were females. That is less than 4%!
Although one of the bases of cryptocurrency that drives usage is anonymity, the space is still one that can benefit from a diverse audience. Science proves that men and women's brains operate differently. Offering different perspectives on issues, especially those in the cryptocurrency space, are what keeps the industry evolving and moving forward to benefit all. It is important to encourage women to become active in the cryptocurrency space and lead by example. With that being said, here are five pioneering women in the cryptocurrency space that everyone should be following.
1) Preethi Kasireedy
Preethi is a Blockchain Engineer and alum of CoinBase, Goldman Sachs, and Andreessen Horowitz. She recently decided to break away from Silicon Valley and move to LA to explore her own ventures. She chronicles her journey with her 50,000 followers through her Medium account, @preethikasireddy, as well as through her 40,000 followers on Twitter. Preethi shares her knowledge of Blockchain development, as well as, showcasing to her audience that there is more to crypto then just the investment side. She is a leader not only for women in crypto but also for women in tech.
2) Linda Xie
Linda Xie is the co-founder of Scalar Capital, an investment management firm, and also a former Project Manager at CoinBase. Linda shares her cryptocurrency investment knowledge with her 14,000 followers on Medium (@linda.xie), and her 31,000 followers on Twitter. She provides insight on investing in major coins and altcoins alike. She excels at breaking down the specifics with altcoins and making them easily digestible for those new to the cryptocurrency space.
3) Tiffany Hayden
Tiffany Hayden describes herself in her Twitter bio as “feminine and strong”. She currently serves as the Community Manager at Edge Secure, a multi-asset Blockchain wallet. Tiffany discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and saw the many social benefits of it. She is a member of several Bitcoin educational groups and is active in the Fintech community. She has consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Blockchain Influencers. She shares her knowledge on Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and Bitcoin with her 59,000 Twitter followers.
4) Tricia Martinez
Back in October of 2017, we featured Tricia Martinez in an interview. Tricia is the CEO and Founder of Wala and of the Dala Token. Wala is a mobile financial platform that works to provide a way for people to reach financial prosperity without the use of a bank. As a behavioral economist, Tricia has spent her career helping those who are underserved in the financial market around the globe. That is where her inspiration for Wala and the Dala Utility Token came from. Tricia shares her journey with Wala and the Dala Token with her followers on her Twitter account.
5) Laura Shin
Laura Shin is a Forbes Senior Editor focusing on Bitcoin, Ethereum, crypto, ICOs, and Blockchain. She is also the host of the Unchained Podcast. In her podcast, she chats with leaders in various fields on the impact of blockchain technology on their specific field. This includes healthcare, financial services, government, among many other fields. Laura shares just about everything relating to cryptocurrency from investing to technology with her 76,000 Twitter Followers.
6) Arianna Simpson
Arianna Simpson is an early stage investor with 40 investments to date. In her Twitter bio, she states that she was “into crypto before it was cool”. She shares her crypto knowledge through her website, AriannaSimpson.com. Arianna has been named as one of the “Top 40 Women of Bitcoin”, as well as, being featured in the New York Times, CoinDesk, Popular Science, and Women 2.0 among others. With 23,000 Twitter Followers, Arianna is certainly one to follow for crypto investment advice and strategies.
7) Kathryn Haun
As a Lecturer in Management at Stanford University, Kathryn “Katie” Haun, focuses on the intersection of regulation and technology especially in regards to cryptocurrency. She hopes to educate students on the importance of issues they will face in founding, scaling, and operating companies in emerging fields. In addition to her role at Stanford, Katie is also on the Board of Directors at CoinBase where she chairs its Audit and Risk Committees. Katie shares her crypto regulatory insights to her over 5,000 followers on Twitter.
8) Lily Katz
Lily Katz is a reporter for Bloomberg covering cryptocurrency, fintech, and real estate. She covers everything in regards to crypto-related news for the media powerhouse, Bloomberg. In addition to reporting for Bloomberg, Lily has also been featured in several interviews where she shares her crypto knowledge. With over 3,000 Twitter followers, those wanting the latest news in regards to cryptocurrency should follow Lily.
9) Meltem Demirors
Meltem Demirors serves as the Director of Digital Currency Group. In her position at Digital Currency Group, Meltem works as the “connective tissue” between the companies investors, corporate partners, subsidiaries, and portfolio companies. Meltem serves as an educator at MIT and is a Member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain at the World Economic Forum. She also has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and shares her insights on ICO's and crypto investing with her 44,000 Twitter followers.
10) Amber Baldet
Amber Baldet serves at the Blockchain Lead at JPMorgan and has been named one of the Most Influential in Blockchain in 2017 by CoinDesk. Additionally, she is ranked #31 on Fortune's 40 Under 40 for 2017. Amber highlights her accomplishments in the blockchain space and crypto space, as well as, shares some of her work on her website, AmberBaldet.com. With over 26,000 followers on Twitter, Amber shares a plethora of insight on blockchain and on life in general with her followers.
11) Cherie Aimée
Cherie Aimée serves as the VP of Community Management for ShipChain. We've previously shared the mission of ShipChain and how they are utilizing blockchain technology to bring transparency to the transportation and logistics industry. In her role at ShipChain, Cherie uses her background in digital marketing to grow the brand. This had led ShipChain to be one of the fastest growing Telegram ICO groups and one of the largest with over 33,000 members. With nearly 26,000 followers on Twitter, Cherie shares all news relating to ShipChain in addition to providing inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.
12) Perianne Boring
Perianne Boring is the Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, as well as, a Professor of Blockchain at Georgetown. The Chamber of Digital Commerce works to promote the acceptance and more use of digital assets and blockchain technology. Perianne has been named to CoinDesk's “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016”, as well as, “Top Women in Bitcoin 2015”. Additionally, Perianne contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of Blockchain”. With nearly 20,00 followers on Twitter, Perianne shares her insights on blockchain technology and even gives followers an inside look at her job as a Blockchain Professor at Georgetown.
13) Connie Gallippi
Connie Gallippi is the Founder and Executive Director of BitGive. Through her organization, Connie hopes to revolutionize philanthropy through Bitcoin and blockchain. Connie founded BitGive in 2013, marking the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Connie is often asked to speak on topics including diversity and equal opportunity within the digital community. With nearly 10,000 followers, Connie often Tweets about issues relating to women and philanthropic issues both in and outside of the cryptocurrency space.
14) Fahima Marissa Anwar
Fahima Marissa Anwar is the Senior Director of Global Marketing and Communications at Dubtoken. Dubtoken is a multi-faceted utility token on the blockchains designed to empower those who are part of the Interactive Video and Experience Protocol. Fahima brings her marketing mindset to blockchain and shares her blockchain and marketing knowledge to her followers on Twitter.
15) Elizabeth McCauley
As a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation and Code to Inspire, Elizabeth McCauley showcases her leadership in the crypto-space. In addition to her position with the Bitcoin Foundation, Elizabeth is also the Global Business Development Head for Coinsecure and works in Business Development for bridge21, both rising crypto-based companies. Elizabeth shares her thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency followers.
16) Catherine Coley
Catherine Coley is the Head of Investor Relations at Ripple, a blockchain based solution to global banking. She brings her Foreign Exchange Banking knowledge from positions at Silicon Valley Bank and Morgan Stanley to the crypto-space. Catherine is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hil and worked on international foreign exchange trading floors in Hong Kong and London. She often shares Ripple news with her followers.
17) Tiffany Madison
Tiffany Madison is a Partner of DecentraNet. DecentraNet is a full-scale blockchain consulting firm. She describes herself as a Strategist, Advisor, Communicator, Consultant, and Writer. Some of her clients include Nano Vision, DAOstack, and Loci among others. Her company recently hosted CryptoHQ at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Tiffany shares her cryptocurrency insights and DecentraNet news to her nearly 10,000 followers.
18) Tatiana Moroz
Tatiana Moroz is the founder of the rightfully named, “Tatiana Coin“. The “Tatiana Coin” is the first artist cryptocurrency coins and works to raise funds for artists or those with an audience looking to interact with supports. Tatiana herself is a singer-songwriter and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. She merges her music with cryptocurrency and performs often at Bitcoin and cryptocurrency related events. Tatiana shares her journey through music and crypto with her 12,000 followers.
19) Elizabeth Stark
Elizabeth Stark is the Co-Founder of Lightning Labs. Lightning Labs is an open protocol layer that utilizes blockchain technology and smart contracts to provide fast, cheap, and private transactions worldwide. Prior to her role at Lightning Labs, Elizabeth was a Professor at Stanford and Yale where she educated college students on peer-to-peer technology. Elizabeth shares her knowledge of blockchain and security to her followers.
20) Aya Miyaguchi
Aya Miyaguchi describes herself as a “Crypto OG” and as a Global Leader and Influencer in Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency, and FinTech. She currently serves as an Advisor for Kraken Digital Asset Exchange. She previously was the Managing Director and VP of Operations for the Japanese at Kraken. Aya shares her cryptocurrency knowledge and especially her meetups in the cryptocurrency community with her followers on Twitter.
21) Caitlin Long
Caitlin Long brings her 22 years of Wall Street knowledge to the blockchain sector. She is the former Chairwoman and President at Symbiont.io. Symbiont is a leader in the smart contracts platform for the financial sector utilizing blockchain technology. On her website, Caitlin-Long.com, Caitlin announced she recently left Symbiont to pursue other blockchain ventures. On her website and through her Twitter account she shares her musings on blockchain, Bitcoin, and the future of the industry.
22) Marie-Antoinette Tichler
Back in November, we featured Marie-Antoinette Tichler, the Founder and CEO of C2Legacy, in an interview. C2Legacy is a digital/cryptocurrency asset management platform utilizing blockchain technology. Marie Antoinette utilized her background in building and educating underserved youth on technology, to build the C2Legacy platform. Marie-Antoinette is a vocal leader in the crypto space and shares her crypto knowledge, as well as, C2Legacy news and updates to her followers on Twitter.
23) Carolyn Reckhow
Carolyn Reckhow is the Director of Operations at Consensus Systems (also known as ConsenSys). ConsenSys is a blockchain app production studio building decentralized applications for the emerging Ethereum ecosystem. She describes herself as the Macro Social Worker for the Internet, having earned a Master in Social Work focusing on Macro Practice from Boston University. Carolyn shares ConsenSys news and updates, as well as, her own thoughts and opinions on the crypto-space to her followers on Twitter.
24) Dr. Julie Albright
Dr. Julie Albright describes herself as a digital sociologist. She currently works as a Lecturer in the Psychology of Interactive Media at the University of Southern California. Additionally, she is an Advisor at DNXCommunity. DNXCommunity is a Digital Nomad platform that is built on the Ethereum blockchain and is designed to provide a decentralized platform for the remote worker community. Dr. Julie Albright has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, and in the Wall Street Journal among other media outlets. She often Tweets and shares content with her nearly 20,000 followers relating to technology, including cryptocurrency, and its effect on human behavior.