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  • Unlike the tradfi world (traditional finance) that is dominated by “finance bros”, the crypto world is blessed with remarkable contributions from women across the world.
  • Some of them are building the most innovative crypto projects in the modern era while others are in the frontlines fighting for the industry.
  • From asset management to clean energy, these women are paving the way for a more democratised world in the crypto community.

Cynthia “illuminate the senate” Lummis, US Senator

United States Republican Senator from Wyoming Cynthia Lummis made headlines in August 2021 when she bought $100,000 worth of Bitcoin. Lummis is a long time Bitcoin evangelist who’s won over the crypto community, even as she faces scrutiny over her personal investments. Not only is her investment in BTC a significant move towards normalising cryptocurrency purchases, but she is actively working to bring a fair legislative agenda around crypto.

Senator Lummis recognises the dangers of embarking upon irresponsible debt management, including the dollar's devaluation. "Time and again, in the U.S. house of the senate, presidents of both parties have run up the debt irresponsibly with no plan to address it," Lummis said. "So thank God for Bitcoin...that transcends the irresponsibility of governments, including our own." She would like to see cryptocurrency, like bitcoin, become part of a diversified asset allocation that is used in retirement funds and other opportunities for people to save for the future.

Meltem “Melt them with that smile” Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares

While her smile is contagious, she’s plenty adept at putting you in your place should you cross the line. Meltem Demirors is a prominent investor, cryptocurrency proponent and investment strategist based in the US. She currently serves as chief strategy officer at CoinShares, a crypto asset manager focusing on developing private funds and investment vehicles to provide institutional investors with thematic, risk-managed exposure to the emerging crypto asset ecosystem.

Demirors is an important contributor in the cryptocurrency world because she has helped build Digital Currency Group - a venture capital company that focuses on the digital currency market. While working with the Group, she has managed a portfolio of 120 companies and four subsidiaries while raising capital from the world’s largest corporations. She is also the founding member and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Cryptocurrency Council. Demirors actively invests in blockchain startups through her personal investment vehicle Athena Capital and also serves as a partner at a leading crypto fund called 3.0 Capital.

As an advocate of active female participation in the world of cryptocurrency, Demirors believes that women control money in this world. “80% of consumer spending in the U.S. is influenced by women. Not making these currencies work for women would mean “missing out on the biggest concentration of wealth,” she told Glamour.

MCaitlin “Long only Bitcoin” Long, CEO, Avanti Crypto Bank

In February 2020, Caitlin Long announced the establishment of the first crypto-native bank in the US called Avanti Financial Group, that began operating in October, that year, from the Wyoming State Banking Board. She was then invited to be a member of the Wyoming Blockchain Committee. Ever since, she has used her position and influence to create a pro-crypto legislative environment and educate investors, users and senators through public speeches. She now works closely with Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis in defending bitcoin against federal encroachment.

In March 2021, Avanti Crypto Bank raised $37m from Series A investors including Coinbase Ventures, University of Wyoming Foundation, Binance US and Morgan Creek Digital. She has helped pass 24 crypto-friendly laws, giving Wyoming a reputation as cryptocurrency’s promised land. One such law is a bank charter that enables companies to become SPDIs (special purpose depository institutions) so that they may operate throughout the nation, handling both dollars and digital currencies. “I saw inaccuracies in Wall Street’s ledger systems while running Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016) and jumped to blockchain to help fix these problems,” the 22-year Wall Street veteran claimed in Forbes.

Bette “who better than me” Chen - Co founder of Acala and Laminar

Co-founder of two prominent cross-chain platforms, Laminar & Acala, Bette Chen is another important name in the cryptocurrency world. Her platform, Acala, makes it easy to build financial applications through a cross-chain decentralised financial hub and stablecoin platform of Polkadot Network, which is an open-source protocol built for anyone intending to build applications. Laminar, on the other hand, is an open-finance platform that, in their words, “powers synthetic assets and margin trading.” Having been a business analysis graduate and product manager, Chen’s interest in crypto coins was purely out of personal interest.

“I totally related to the financial motivations and also democratizing information and giving the power back to the people…..there are very significant discrepancies in terms of what’s under your control, what information is yours, what wealth is actually yours. There is a huge discrepancy and I saw individual struggles as a result. I could see how this technology could change the way society operates. The best way to predict the future is to be part of it, to start building stuff,” she shared on her vision of building applications using blockchain technology.

Being a decentralised-finance (DeFi) network and liquidity hub of Polkadot, Chen’s Acala is a layer-1 smart contract platform which is compatible with Ethereum and scalable. Chen is an advocate of democratising finance and has been building a positive environment for DeFi-focused applications.

Tegan “blow a kiss, fire a gun” Kline, Co-Founder, Edge and Node

Edge and Node is the team behind The Graph, which is an indexing protocol that organises blockchain data just like Google organises and categorises data for the web. Co-founder of Edge and Node Tegan Kline is a traditional investment banker who turned to Web3 and is now known as the tour de force for blockchains. Kline emerged as a powerful cryptocurrency influencer, and investor, after her experience with Bank of America and Barclays. She has co-founded one and launched two unicorn startups until now. These are Edge and Node, The Graph and Orchid.

Her experience in investment banking made her aware of the flaws of financial institutions while working on IPOs, Mergers and Acquisitions and Sales and Trading. She first learnt about Ethereum in 2016 and instantly saw how the antiquated approach of the finance industry could be reformed. Known for her “do no harm, take no bull, change the world” approach to business, Kline today connects top leaders and innovators with key stakeholders across the blockchain ecosystem. She is advocating for DeFi and broader Web3 ecosystems, as the co-founder of Edge and Node. Her second startup, The Graph, ensures that open data is easily available to all. The Graph is currently being used by thousands of dApps like Uniswap, Aave and Zora, among others. “I won’t stop until the future of the internet becomes a present day reality,” she said.

Ana “Pure Energy” Trbovich, Co-Founder, Grid Singularity and Energy Web Foundation

Dr. Ana Trbovich, who has been actively engaged in Serbia’s economic reforms, as a senior advisor, co-founded Grid Singularity. The Berlin-based startup is creating an open internet-based decentralised energy data exchange platform that is built on blockchain technology. Trbovich is leading the green energy revolution that is founded on blockchain ecosystems. Her startup, with the help of a cleantech NGO, Rocky Mountain Institute, founded the Energy Web Foundation, which is an open-source and core blockchain technology provider for the energy industry.

Through the Foundation, Trbovich is focusing on accelerating blockchain technology in the energy industry by identifying and documenting use cases of blockchain technology. “Then we build the functionalities needed to implement these use cases at scale through a blockchain platform (“Energy Web Platform”) tailor-made for the energy sector’s unique needs,” she says. Trbovich is the author of “A Legal Geography of Yugoslavia’s Disintegration” (Oxford University Press, 2008) and many other books. Her vision is to remove inefficiencies, such as disconnection or misconnection in the energy sector, apart from rooting out the middlemen that plague the industry through authentic and verified data exchange.

Christine “Only feisty when needed” Mohan, VP of Business Development KILT

With 25 years of experience in product marketing and website operations for blockchain, technology, media and lobbying firms, Christine Mohan is an asset to the cryptocurrency industry. Her 12-year long stint at the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal exposed her to the rise of new technologies. She is currently the Vice President of Business Development at KILT Protocol, a blockchain identity protocol that enables the issue of anonymous, self-sovereign, verifiable credentials.

She has also served as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Web3 Foundation/Polkadot and as a co-founder of the Civil Media Company, a news platform built on cryptocurrency and blockchain. She has actively campaigned actively for diversity in the cryptocurrency space in several global conferences. Hackernoon once named her among the Top 8 People in Tech To Know. Mohan extensively uses her media company to spread awareness about fairness in the cryptocurrency world while advocating for a fair and free media platform.

Laura “give crypto a holler” Shin, Crypto Journalist

Like Christine Mohan, Laura Shin too is a powerful influencer in the crypto journalism space. A former senior editor at Forbes, Shin is a writer and podcaster known for her globally acclaimed podcast, Unchained and Unconfirmed. Her podcast has garnered 14 million downloads and views combined. She has led discussions on cryptocurrency at TEDx San Francisco, the International Monetary Fund and the Oslo Freedom Forum, among others. She began writing about cryptocurrency back in 2013 with Forbes and became the first mainstream journalist to pivot towards full-time coverage of cryptocurrency. Shin was named “Most Insightful Journalist” at the 2016 blockchain awards.

She has sparked discussions around the crypto space by inviting guests such as Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, SEC Commissioner and “Crypto Mom” Hester Pierce and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, among others. Shin released her first book on the cryptocurrency market, The Cryptopians, in 2021.

Elizabeth “not Arya, not Tony” Stark, CEO & Founder, Lightning Labs

Ever heard of the visa network in bitcoin? That’s made possible by women like Elizabeth Stark who founded Lightning Labs, a developer of the Lightning Network that addresses scalability issues within the Bitcoin network, in 2016. Her Network put together an ecosystem for faster transactions across the blockchain.

In February 2020, Stark’s company raised $10m for building a visa network for Bitcoin and multipath payments and the launch of a Lightning Pool marketplace for channel liquidity. Stark advises startups on areas related to decentralised technology and AI. She is also a fellow at Coin Center.

Conclusion
Undoubtedly, women have become strong voices for justice and fairness in the world of cryptocurrency. They are now at the forefront of crypto innovation and the change this new world promises.

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