Today, it is not just men who are making progress in the world of blockchain, but also women who are making a big impact and getting involved in the blockchain space. Though the blockchain field is still dominated by men, an increasing number of women are making headway into the ‘Tech World’ and are leaving behind many preconceived notions and strongly held misbeliefs called upon them.
Influential Women In Blockchain
Let us now dig deeper to know about the top 10 women who have carved a niche for themselves in the blockchain sphere and are making an incredible difference. Undoubtedly, these women serve as an inspiration to many female entrepreneurs.
1. Elizabeth Stark
She is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. Lightning Labs is the company that is building the next generation of decentralized financial infrastructure. Lightning is an open protocol layer that makes blockchains scalable and flexible to support a new wave of financial applications. The lightning network is a Layer 2 scaling solution for Bitcoin which allows users to utilize payment routing and payment channels with low fees and immense speed. Stark has led the Lighting Labs and the development of the lightning network. Stark aims to help Bitcoin reach a point where it will be adopted by the masses for both small and large retail purchases. She is also a fellow researcher at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy center, which focuses on public policy issues relating to cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin.
Elizabeth Stark holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard. She has taught at Yale and Stanford. Elizabeth Stark is certainly a highly valued contributor to the blockchain space.
2. Sally Eaves
Salle Eaves is credited with many professional talents. She is an accomplished author and a keynote speaker who appears regularly at blockchain and wider tech conferences to address people about the benefits of disruptive technologies such as blockchain when applied as solutions to societal issues. She has applied her craft in a multitude of senior positions at leading technology firms and has donned the roles of Global Strategic Advisor, Chief Technological Officer, and Practicing Professor. Eaves sits on the Forbes Technology Council, which is an invitation-only organization for senior executives. She is actively involved as an advisor or mentor to different blockchain foundations and startups. Sally Eaves is an asset to the blockchain space. She has won the Decade of Women’s FrontierWomen50 Award. She is also one of the shortlisted candidates for the UK IT Woman of the Year Business Role Model Award.
3. Galia Benartzi
Galia Benartzi has graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005. She is a professional in the field of economics and business and is the co-founder and head of business development for Bancor, an innovative firm that has created a decentralized liquidity network for the creation of Smart Contracts. Bancor redesigns the way people create and share value as it ensures continuous on-chain liquidity between blockchain-based assets. The Bancor protocol allows smart contracts to connect with a liquidity network for continuous liquidity in the ecosystem. Her firm raised the highest ICOs (Initial Coin Offering) of all time by raising $153 Million in funding. Galia Benartzi has a wide range of FinTech and entrepreneurial experience.
4. Rhian Lewis
Rhian Lewis is the co-founder and co-developer of CountmyCrypto, the cryptocurrency portfolio tracker which was launched in 2014. She studied at the University College, London and graduated with Second Class Honors in Economics. She is the co-host of London Women in Bitcoin. She owns a blog called Medium, where she writes about blockchain technology. She also offers blockchain consultancy and training services. She is an instructor for the course B9Lab Ethereum Quality Assurance Engineer.
5. Manju Mohan
Manju Mohan has graduated from Western University and has experience as a strategist and implementer in blockchain technology. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of Ionixx technologies. It is a full-spectrum development firm that works with startups and fast-growth companies as a technology execution partner. It is a technology development firm focusing on mobile and cloud technologies that help digitize enterprises. One of its most recent projects is applying blockchain technology to the educational certificate verification process for recruitment managers and businesses.
6. Piper Moretti
Piper Moretti is the CEO of The Crypto Realty Group. It is a firm based in Los Angeles which specializes in conducting real estate transactions with cryptocurrency. Piper Moretti is a licensed international luxury realtor at one of the largest luxury real estate brokerages of the world called Christie’s International Luxury Real Estate. She has a profound passion for the crypto sphere. She is an advisor at Block66 and CPROP. She assists clients in finding and selling properties using cryptocurrency within and outside Los Angeles.
7. Rachel Wolfson
She is a cryptocurrency and blockchain journalist and is also a host at ‘badcrypto’ podcast. She is a contributor at Forbes, Huffington Post. She has motivated many women enthusiasts and has worldwide experience in writing about technology. She has graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and holds a degree in B.A. (English, Government). She holds a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University in Security and Diplomacy. She is a blockchain guru and a board advisor for a blockchain-based supply chain management company. She was recently named one among the top five women who are working to change the world of crypto.
8. Elizabeth McCauley
She has contributed to the mass adoption of Bitcoin in the United States. She has served as an intern and staff assistant to the United States congressmen. She has graduated in political science from Wheaton College. Till March 2018, she was a member of the Board of Directors at The Bitcoin Foundation. She is now the blockchain business development and marketing consultant at various companies. She is also an advisor at the BitGive Foundation and Coin Congress.
9. Maxine Ryan
She is the co-founder and COO at Bitspark. Bitspark is a bankless money transfer ecosystem that helps people and businesses to cash-in and cash-out cryptocurrencies across Asia and Africa. Her passion for Bitcoin developed when she was pursuing her degree in international relations in Australia. Due to her immense interest in blockchain, Maxine dropped out of school just six months before her graduation, to pursue her dream. Shortly after that, she launched her business in Hong Kong.
10. Mihriban Ersin Tekmen
She is the COO and co-founder at Colendi. Colendi is a decentralized cross-border credit-scoring platform that uses blockchain technology for providing a secure and democratic service for the FinTech world. It transforms the definition of banking. She is the co-founder of Fintechtime. It is an independent publication providing the latest insights and analysis of the constantly growing fintech world. It helps readers stay updated with the latest technology trends.
Women are making a big impact on the blockchain space and are also forging a path for other women to get involved. Being a disruptive technology, blockchain will impact many industries in the coming years. Women will certainly have a considerable role to play in the blockchain revolution. Until recently, the number of women in technology-related fields has been dramatically lower than that of men. But it doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Having the right people is the key. This holds good for any business in any industry. Only the best teams help you achieve greater goals, create the best products, and serve your customers in the best possible manner. Knowledge is what the blockchain industry now requires as the knowledge leads to maturity, and the blockchain space needs to grow. This knowledge is required for blockchain technology to be adopted and regulated properly. This is precisely why this current trend of the emergence of female thought leaders in blockchain must be encouraged.