5 Female Industry Leaders in Blockchain

5 Female Industry Leaders in Blockchain

Despite there being a higher percentage of women in the blockchain space compared to the tech industry as a whole, it is still largely a space dominated by men. The list we’ve put together is not indicative of rank or standing; we simply want to highlight women that have made key contributions to this field. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, here’s five women who we believe to be among the top minds in the world of blockchain today.

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Elizabeth Stark

Possibly one of the most influential women in the world of blockchain, Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. The company is one of the developers of the Lightning Network, which enables instantaneous transactions between nodes.

In short, payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be processed immediately, which is why the network has been touted as the potential solution to Bitcoin’s scalability.

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Image from letsintern.com

Preethi Kasireddy

One of the top minds in the industry, blockchain engineer Preethi Kasireddy is currently the founder and CEO of a blockchain startup called TruStory. Although further details about her latest venture are hard to come by, her impressive resume includes analytical and engineering stints at Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, and Coinbase to name a few.

The blockchain evangelist often writes about topical issues on Medium and is a strong voice for women in the industry.

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Laura Shin

With almost 79,000 followers on Twitter, Laura Shin is a senior editor for Forbes focusing on cryptocurrencies, ICOs and blockchain. In addition to her writing exploits, she also hosts a podcast called Unchained, where industry leaders are interviewed about the blockchain effect in their respective field.

Recently, Shin also launched a new podcast called Unconfirmed, which features insights from industry experts in the world of cryptocurrency.

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Meltem Demirors

As a top director and part of the founding team of the Digital Currency Group (DCG), Meltem Demirors plays a key role in the blockchain industry. With the company focusing on the creation and implementation of blockchain, she acts as the liaison between investors, corporate partners, subsidiaries and portfolio companies.

In addition to her current work, Demirors also teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University, as well as acting as an advisor for the World Economic Forum.

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Galia Benartzi

The founder for Bancor, a platform that is being developed to facilitate the exchange of cryptocurrencies with ease, is a well-known figure in the world of blockchain. Galia Benartzi also acts as the Head of Business Development for the firm, which raised US$153 million in one of the largest-grossing ICOs to date.

Apart from simplifying the exchange process, Bancor will also allow users to create their own tokens which can be traded for others. She has likened Bancor to a vending machine, where putting in one type of cryptocurrency or token will yield another one of your choice

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