Gender equality has been one of the major talking points in today’s world. Women who have always been involved in many industries are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
One industry where the power of females has not yet been appreciated is the Crypto industry. Women have taken part in various roles, ranging from founding companies to even just being a popular public speaker explaining the strengths of Blockchain.
Women are not only making a mark in the industry but also addressing the very serious gender imbalance in technology. Here we list 10 women who have widely influenced the Blockchain and Crypto space.
Benartzi is a serial technology entrepreneur known for spearheading various technological startups ranging from gaming to Blockchain. In 2016, she founded Bancor, a crypto company protocol for the creation of smart tokens.
The company had created a world record with their ICO where they raised more than $153 million in less than three hours. It allows anyone to create a cryptocurrency and operate it without the need for a third party exchange.
Adamovicz is an experienced entrepreneur and occasional angel investor. She has founded a few tech startups such as Xyo and Priori Data.
When she realized the potential of Blockchain for Venture Capitalists, she decided to start a community-owned fundraising platform, Neufund that operates on the Ethereum blockchain.
The company allows startups, small and medium-sized businesses, and established companies to legally issue a new concept of asset ownership or, in other words, ‘tokenized equity’.
Coming from humble backgrounds, Hope Liu is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of EximChain, which is a software development company that is focused on supply chain applications.
The company focuses on providing an efficient and secure means to connect, transact and share information using the Blockchain technology. It also helps in eliminating traditional supply chain barriers.
Liu is also the Lab Lead of the North America Blockchain Association.
Noff is the Founder and Co-CEO of Blonde 2.0 with offices in Tel Aviv and Boston. The award-winning PR company is responsible for the publicizing of various technology startups and even aiding major companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Viber.
In 2017, she introduced a unit called BlondeChain that is designed to serve specific needs for Blockchain-based companies.
Since the founding of Blonde 2.0, Noff has led PR activities of more than 1000 companies and has provided lectures on how to pitch the media in conferences around the world.
An alumnus of Stanford Law School, Emma Channing was the general counsel for Argon Group, the first investment bank for the crypto industry. Channing specializes in global capital markets, corporate finance, and financial regulatory issues. These niches have made her an invaluable presence in the blockchain space.
In her role as the CEO and General Counsel of the Satis Group, she helped founders launch new tokens and navigate the complicated legal waters of the burgeoning field of digital currency. Satis Group is a full-service initial coin offering (ICO) advisory firm.
A veteran at IBM who started doing mainframe systems architecture back in 1997, Marie Wieck hopes to drive open ecosystem growth as IBM Blockchain’s General Manager.
Her focus is on using the open-source Hyperledger community to build blockchain networks and, in the process, revolutionize efficiency across industries. She wants to use the Blockchain technology beyond its original purpose, i.e., more than a ledger for digital currency transactions.
Sandra Ro is the CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). The council brings together leaders from several countries together to improve the global understanding of Blockchain technology.
Before this, she worked as the Executive Director for Digitisation at CME Group, where she was responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain initiatives.
Jobanputra founded the early-stage venture capital fund, FuturePerfect Ventures in 2014. Earlier, the American businesswoman and entrepreneur served as a director at Omidyar Network and as a senior vice president at the New York City Investment Fund.
Being an investor in blockchain technology since 2013, she is actively promoting the knowledge-sharing of Blockchain to foster diversity in nascent sectors.
Stark is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, a company that uses the power of Blockchain along with smart contracts to make cheap, fast, and private transactions available to everyone around the world.
Her further contributions to the Blockchain sector include being a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization, and an advisor at Chia, a company building a new blockchain protocol based on proof of space and time.
Joshua Ashley Klayman Kuzar is recognized as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally by Chambers and Partners.
She has also co-founded and led Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group of the Morrison-Foerster Group.
Future of Women in Crypto
Innovations in Blockchain are not just being made by men. Women too are playing a vital role in the disruption of technology. There are a lot of female operators, entrepreneurs, and engineers for building these companies alongside their male counterparts.
Men in this industry, generally tend to be very loud about their investment behaviors. Many women too are involved in the Crypto space and help in advocating and popularizing the disruptive technology.
The crypto industry is definitely helping women to grow and engage in a way no other industry has given before. There is an opportunity here for women to stand out from the rest of the tech ecosystem where everyone is welcome regardless of their affiliation, background, and experience level and participate in wealth creation.
It is not just Blockchain that is causing a disruption, but women too who are making the change.
Do you know any other notable women who are making a mark in the Blockchain space? Or are you one too? Let us know in the comments section below.