By Natalie Lord
The crypto industry has taken the world by storm and seen many believers skyrocket to exponential success almost overnight. But by and large, most of the key leaders and shapers of the industry are men. Think Brian Armstrong, Changpeng Zhao and Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. When it comes to women, only 5% are involved in the blockchain space, and this includes female founders, developers and investors. That compares to statistics showing that 20% of women have jobs in the tech industry, and that 17.7% of all start-ups have a female founder.
We look at 5 of the 10 most influential women in the sector.
Cherie Aimee is a near-death survivor, brand influencer, international speaker and VIP Partner/Contributor for Influencive. Aimee is the Vice President of ShipChain, a company using blockchain technology to bring transparency to the transportation and logistics industry. Cherie uses her experience in digital marketing to grow the brand and it’s becoming one of the fastest growing Telegram ICO groups in the industry.
Kathleen Breitman released the white paper for Tezos in 2016 and is now CEO of the company. Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. It has raised US$232 million to date.
Breitman is recognised as one of the leading figures in the cryptocurrency arena through her numerous achievements and accolades, although her journey hasn’t been an easy one. She’s seen lawsuits against her and her husband, against the company and the Tezos Foundation, which was set up to promote the use of the Tezos blockchain.
Toni Lane Casserly
Toni Lane Casserly is one of the most recognisable, high-profile names in the cryptocurrency space. Casserly is the Co-Founder of online publication, CoinTelegraph. She is a blockchain expert, respected public speaker and advisor on multiple successful projects including Tether and AidCoin. CoinTelegraph is an influential tool in shaping the psychological perception of the market and in providing financial news and information from the digital sphere.
Tavonia Evans worked in the tech industry for almost 20 years before launching her own cryptocurrency $Guap. Evans is a single Mother of eight and a self-confessed data geek. She’s a big proponent of women in the crypto space. “The crypto market is highly competitive at the moment with people fighting for influence,” she says. “The men I’ve observed vying for influence are not very tech-savvy at all. Women in tech, however, tend to overachieve, study more, and expand their expertise legitimately just so they can get in this space.”
It happened in the bathroom at a Bitcoin conference in California in 2013. A shot of creativity hit Gallippi and she decided that the Bitcoin community needed a philanthropic organisation and that she was going to run it.
“Nothing like that’s ever happened to me before. It was like this vision that came to me.” The vision came to be BitGive. Bitgive is currently the place to go to if you own Bitcoin and want to donate a proportion of your money to charity.
With BitGive set up and running, Gallippi had another vision. She launched a new platform on the BitGive website called GiveTrack. GiveTrack leverages Bitcoin technology to hold charities accountable for the donations they receive. Because Bitcoin records all transactions publically, GiveTrack can use that ledger to show people who make donations exactly where and how their money is being used.
Next week we look at another five leading ladies of crypto.