Recent research found that nearly 91% of Bitcoin community engagement was driven by men, with only around 9% of women jumping into the mix. The good news is that this is all changing, in part thanks to these 5 amazing women who are changing the blockchain game.
Preethi Kasireddy is a Blockchain Engineer with the trifecta of blockchain experience. She’s worked for a bank (Goldman Sachs), a V.C. firm (Andreessen Horowitz), and a crypto exchange (Coinbase).
Kasireddy has launched her own blockchain startup, TruStory, which is a “platform for users to discover and validate claims that people make online.” TruStory hopes to help crack down on ICO scams and help verify the claims made in ICO whitepapers. To date the company has raised $3 million in seed funding.
Cherie Aimée is the Director of Communications at ShipChain, whose aim is to bring transparency to the logistics and transportation industries. Aimée helped ShipChain become one of the fastest growing ICOs, as it raised $30 million in private funding.
With her background in digital marketing, she brings over 15 years of experience working with startups and was ranked #6 in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Blockchain. Aimée also sits on the board of Femergy, the world’s first reward-based entrepreneurship platform designed for women.
Marieke Flament serves as the Managing Director of Europe & the Global CMO at Circle, a crypto company that has raised $246 million from investors such as Goldman Sachs. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Télécom ParisTech school, which is basically the M.I.T. of France. Flament told Just Entrepreneurs, “I've always loved mathematics, physics and all things logical. Working at a company like Circle which is at the forefront of new technologies such as the blockchain and looks at the ways in which technology can simplify our lives is what motivates me every day.” Flament is a woman to keep your eye on in the blockchain world.
Perianne Boring has numerous credentials in the blockchain space. In addition to being a Georgetown Professor, she’s also Founder of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, whose aim is to “promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies.”
Boring is also a regular Forbes contributor through her blog, “The Beauty of Blockchain.” And, if that’s not enough, she was named one of the “Top Women in Bitcoin” in 2015 and made CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” list.
After leaving her post as the Executive Director at JPMorgan’s Blockchain division, Amber Baldet founded Clovyr, which aims to “bring the flexibility and ease of use of modern application development to the blockchain domain”. At age 11, Baldet taught herself to code, which obviously worked out pretty well for her as she was named to CoinDesk’s list of “Most influential in Blockchain in 2017.” She was also ranked #31 on Fortune’s “40 Under 40” in 2017.
Having worked for both a bank and a Blockchain startup, Baldet stands out as she champions both open-source code as well as digital privacy. And she holds the unique distinction of being the only person to work in a bank with pink hair. Note: we don’t know that for certain, but most likely.