Women in crypto are few and far between. In fact, if you want to talk numbers, at last count, they made up a whopping 1.76 percent of the entire Bitcoin community. Whether it stems from a deep-rooted gender-role belief or a distaste for the prevailing “boys’ club” attitude, this number needs to change. Why? Because if we want to bring crypto to the masses, we can’t miss out half of the population.
That said, the women who are blazing the trail as pioneers in the crypto industry are an inspiration for us all. From the founder of Stellar Lumens to one of the most influential crypto journalists around, check out our pick of the top 5 women in crypto right now. (We also added an extra space for Digitex Futures’ very own Head of Marketing, Lidia Yadlos!).
1. Joyce Kim
We’ve all heard of Stellar Lumens, one of the fastest and cheapest ways of sending money across borders. In fact, Digitex advisor Joel Comm of Bad Crypto called out Stellar Lumens as one of his favorite picks. But did you know that the executive director and co-founder of Stellar.org is–you guessed it–a woman?
Kim has a long list of techie accolades to her name prior to founding Stellar. She also co-founded a mobile commerce startup, simplehoney, and worked as a VC at Freestyle Capital. She also graduated from Cornell University at the age of 19–and then Harvard and Columbia Law School. Possibly one of the biggest brains in the industry, she’s also a big philanthropist at heart working to put the unbanked on the grid.
2. Laura Shin
There’s room for all types of talent in the blockchain industry and the media is no exception. Former Forbes Senior Editor Laura Shin has a shining career behind her. She also hosts one of the most entertaining and informative cryptocurrency podcasts in the industry. She’s also got nearly 100K followers on Twitter!
Beyond investing and speculating on market cryptocurrency prices, Shin deeps way deeper in her “Unchained” podcast. Carrying out lengthy discussions and highlighting stories of some of blockchain’s pioneers. Since Digitex Futures is coming Q4 2018 to shake up the futures industry, we hope to see our CEO Adam Todd as one of her next guests!
3. Meltem Demirors
You don’t get much more heavyweight (or intimidating) than Meltem Demirors. Not only is she the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, but Demirors was also VP at Digital Currency Group, an active advisor to various startup projects, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council to boot!
WIth a passion for emerging industries, she’s forged a career out of pushing the envelope. She also gets off on working with new tech. Helping to incubate startups and raise VC funding to get them off the ground.
4. Amber Baldet
You may not imagine a female blockchain lead at JPMorgan but Amber Baldet likes to smash stereotypes. In fact, apart from straddling the world’s of disruptive tech and traditional institutions with dexterity, Baldet was also named one of the most influential women in blockchain by CoinDesk last year. And if that wasn’t enough, she also made Fortune’s number 31 on the 40 Under 40 list for 2017.
Beyond generally kicking ass in a male-dominated industry, Baldet is also highly active on social media, with a large Twitter following and personal blog https://www.amberbaldet.com/. And yes, she’s pretty stunning, too.
5. Blythe Masters
CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, Blythe Masters is another force to be recognized with in the blockchain world. Running her own blockchain startup may conjure images of a skeleton team figuring out to hold an ICO. But this isn’t your typical startup. The company raised over $110 million in VC funding through major investors, including the likes of JPMorgan, Citi, and ABN Amro.
If that wasn’t enough, Masters is also the Chair of the Governing Board of the Hyperledger Project. She also has nearly 20 years of financial experience at JPMorgan and Santander Bank.
The Bitcoin community may be made of less than 2 percent women, but that number can only go up. The women in crypto now are paving the way for more to follow and proving that there’s a place for all different types of skills and abilities.
This article wouldn’t be complete without adding a special mention to our very own Head of Marketing Lidia Yadlos. Not only does she bring eight years of marketing experience to the table with a B.S. in Business Marketing from Kean University but she’s also worked with a range of startups in the tech industry, helping them expand and grow into successful businesses.
Lidia holds the Digitex Futures team together and thanks to her valuable insights our Early Access Waitlist has now expanded to nearly 150K and our Telegram group has over 30,000 members! If you haven’t signed up to either yet, there’s still time. The Digitex Futures ship is about to set sail–make sure you’re on it!