A person can be forgiven for assuming the blockchain tech, and crypto industry is a male-dominated field. There has always seemed to be apparent domination of the technology space in general by Asian and Caucasian males.
Women hardly ever get a look – in. This assumption covers all organizational levels within the industry, from the boardroom all the way up to the tech developers huddled behind multiple monitors and procession units. Some of the major conferences will reveal a startling scarcity of womenfolk.
However, to say that there are no women that are making tangible contributions within the blockchain space would be a false assertion. Also, some notable women are actively involved in leading projects which are dominating the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.
These women are not just restricted to any specific sub-niche of the industry because they are scattered across many of the functional segments. Women have found some of the most prominent ICOs, digital currency payment platforms, and even blockchain tech development firms.
Despite being a part of the evolution and development of the industry, a lot of them play active roles in improving the adoption of cryptocurrency. Here, we are going to present you some of the notable women starting a business in the blockchain and crypto industry.
1. Elizabeth Stark (Lightning Labs)
A graduate of Harvard Law School and the founder of the Harvard Free Culture Group. She has spent a considerable portion of her professional career as a professor at both Stanford and Yale. During her time at Yale, she established a program to help students come up with projects which would improve the existing Internet technology.
Together with Olaoluwa Osuntokun, Elizabeth is the co-founder of Lightning. It is a startup which is developing protocols to increase the speed of crypto transactions significantly. She also serves as the CEO of the company. The focus of the company is primarily on the bitcoin network, but contributors are welcome to develop protocol layers for other blockchains.
She has contributed significantly to the bitcoin community, as it is also a fellow at Coin Center.
2. Meltem Demirors (DCG)
An alum of the William Marsh Rice University where she graduated with a degree in Mathematical Economics. She went further after her first degree, to get an MBA from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Nowadays, Meltem Demirors is a top Director at the Digital Currency Group (DCG). The company specialized in creating and deploying blockchain tech protocols. The company also manages cryptocurrency investment portfolios.
A lot of her colleagues at the New York-based DCG describe Meltem in glowing words. On the team page on the website of the company, she is described as being the connection which forms the bridge between the core operating areas of the DCG.
Additionally to her role as Director of Development at DCG, Meltem has also been an active voice against the trend of centralized cryptocurrency mining pools, especially in the bitcoin network. Her investment strategies helped spread the wealth of the crypto industry, as she is a believer in the equitable distribution of wealth between the crypto space.
3. Galia Benartzi (Bancor)
Galia Benartzi graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005. After finishing college, she became heavily involved in software startups which include Mytopia, Founders and Fund, and Particle Code Inc. Also, she was a co-founder and CEO of Particle Code until it was sold to Appcelerator in 2011.
This woman has been something of a tech genius and also a consummate professional in the field of Business and Economics. Galia was also the co-founder of Bancor, acting as the Head of Business Development for the crypto firm. The campaign raised about $153 million in funding and has since gone into advanced development stages.
Bancor is also focused on the cryptocurrency exchange market. The platform will give the ability to the users to create their tokens that can then be monetized and traded for other established symbols, such as BTC, ETH, and LTC just to name a few.
4. Rhian Lewis (London women in Bitcoin)
She studied at the University College London and she graduated with Second Class Honors (Upper Division) in Economics. Rhian is a consummate professional in the Engineering and Technology fields with a working career which spans across a lot of different organizations. She also worked at firms such as DigitasLBi, AKQA, and Beamly.
Nowadays, she is the Director of Salvia Media Services where is a tech consultant for both SDET and blockchain. Rhian strives for improving women participating in blockchain and cryptocurrency. She is an advocate for women participation in the blockchain space regularly attending, as well as speaking at conferences, meetings, workshops, and seminars.
5. Elizabeth McCauley (Bitcoin Foundation)
In the year 2011, Elizabeth Ploshay McCauley graduated from Wheaton College.
In her time serving members of Congress, Elizabeth contributed to the adoption of Bitcoin in the United States. Such was also her enthusiasm by which she has come to be known as the “Bitcoin Evangelist.” She was using her considerable expertise in grassroots activism, to bolster the adoption of Bitcoin within the United States.
Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation. She is an adviser at both the BitGive Foundation and Coin Congress. Her roles from previously include a stint with BitPat Inc. where she worked as an accounts manager.
This is by no means a managerial accounting of all the leading female figures in the blockchain space. There are also some individuals, such as Kathleen Breitman (co-founder of Tezos), Maxine Ryan (co-founder and COO of Bitspark), Tavonia Evans (CEO of $Guap), and Elizabeth Rossiello (co-founder and CEO of BitPesa).
All these women are setting high standards in a lot of areas of the blockchain space and are contributing immensely to the growth, as well as the development of the industry.