Women’s History Month – Top 10 Most Influential Women in Crypto
By: Alyse-Noël Hicks
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we would like to highlight the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Crypto and their success. Cryptocurrency has primarily been a male-dominated field, so being a female in the space wasn’t easy. However, many influential women have broken down barriers and made their mark on a global scale. Their positions range from Crypto journalist to CEO. Here are the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Crypto:
1. Galia Benartzi – Bancor Protocol, Co-Founder
Galia Benartzi is a tech entrepreneur who co-founded Bancor in 2017. Bancor Protocol is now standard for a new gen of Cryptocurrencies called Smart Tokens. It’s a well-known Cryptocurrency conversion company that has been extremely successful under her guidance since 2017. She has played a major role in the success of this multimillion-dollar company and has been listed in Forbes List of Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech.
2. Laura Shin – Forbes, Former Senior Editor, Current Crypto Journalist
Laura Shin was the Senior Editor at Forbes, managing their coverage of Crypto assets, Bitcoin, Blockchain technology, etc., including writing one of their cover stories on the same lines. She is now a Crypto Journalist and one of the well-known crypto influencers of 2020. In addition, Laura is the host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts, focused on all things Crypto.
3. Preethi Kasireddy – TruStory, Founder and CEO
Preethi Kasireddy is the Founder and CEO of TruStory. Before establishing the company, she was a banking analyst with Goldman Sachs, where she learned everything related to blockchain. Currently, TruStory is breaking barriers and growing as a space where people can research and validate things people claim online. This platform is used around the world, utilizing regulators to crackdown on Cryptocurrency fraud.
4. Kathleen Breitman – Tezos, CEO
Kathleen Breitman is the Co-founder and CEO of Tezos. Tezos addresses barriers faced when buying Blockchains and has global reach in countries around the world. Together with her husband, she has spurred the cause in making a name for herself in the Blockchain community.
5. Elizabeth Stark – Lightning Labs, Co-Founder and CEO
Elizabeth Stark is one of the most well-known females in the Blockchain community. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, which scales Blockchain systems and handles Bitcoin transactions. Additionally, Elizabeth is a fellow at Coin Center, a non-profit research center for advocating and developing sound government policy regarding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other decentralized technologies.
6. Meltem Demirors – CoinShares, CSO
Meltem Demirors is the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a digital asset investment firm. The company manages four billion dollars in assets on behalf of a global client base and serves as a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset environment. Meltem manages portfolios for over 120 companies and four subsidiaries. Additionally, she is a founding member and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Cryptocurrency Council and testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the importance of Bitcoin.
7. Marie Wieck – Executive Partner, Ethos Capital LLC
Marie Wieck is a hands-on senior technology executive and board member of Ethos Capital with extensive experience capitalizing on emerging technologies to create new markets. She previously worked at IBM for 30+ years and led IBM’s entry into Blockchain and the development of the market leading enterprise IBM Blockchain Platform. Additionally, Marie played a major role in the HyperLedger project that Walmart uses to control its logistics of food.
8. Tiffany Hayden – Casheer, Co-Founder
Tiffany Hayden is well-known in the Crypto community. She is the Co-Founder of Casheer, a mobile payment app for digital currencies for merchants and consumers. Tiffany is an active member of Bitcoin GNO, an online community for women involved in Bitcoin.
9. Pamela Morgan – Third Key Solutions, Founder and CEO
Pamela Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Third Key Solutions, which offers consulting and management solutions to companies using digital currencies. With her knowledge as an attorney at Empowered Law, she has an edge over many other females in Crypto.
10. Alexia Bonatsos – TechCrunch, Former Co-Editor, Current General Partner at Dream Machine
Alexia Bonatsos is a venture capitalist and General Partner at Dream Machine, a seed fund interested in investments for the future, including Blockchain. She was the former Co-Editor at TechCrunch, a news website for technology and has been listed in Forbes among the top 30 under 30 in Media.
It is a highly demanding role being a woman in Crypto, but some have successfully taken on the challenge and made a name for themselves globally. Thank you ladies for contributing to the success of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, we are excited to see what you accomplish next! With more role models in the space, we are bound to see more women taking lead roles in this field. To learn more about the influential women above, visit their social platforms underneath their photo.
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