Crypto Trailblazers: The Female Leaders Who Are Inspiring Us


March 8, 2021 | AtoZ Markets – Crypto started out as a niche concept that was predominantly the realm of techie guys, but this is slowly starting to change. The digital asset world is now a much more mainstream space and the interest that it is generating spans across demographics and geographical locations. So, while the cryptocurrency space has since its inception held the reputation of a boys’ club there is now a legion of female leaders that are turning the situation on its head.

Read on to see the women that are leaving their mark.

Elizabeth Stark

Co-Founder and CEO of Lightning Labs

Elizabeth Stark co-founded Lightning Labs in 2016. The company has been responsible for the creation of Lightning Network; a two-layer tool through which Bitcoin scalability issues can be addressed.

Stark is also an educator and lecturer in the field of Computer Science at Yale University.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “It’s Bitcoin, you can’t tell people what to do.”

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer at Coinshares

Coinshares is a digital asset investment company that has been active since 2014. In her role, Demirors has made an important contribution to the expansion of the cryptocurrency landscape and the increased adoption of this digital asset.

Demirors is also one of the founding members of the World Economic Forum Cryptocurrency Council apart from being a lecturer at MIT.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “Digital currencies present a chance for money to truly become information, and for the creation of a global financial system that is truly frictionless, open, and uncensored – the vision we once had for the Internet.”

Kathleen Breitman

Co-founder of Tezos

In 2017 Breitman launched Tezos along with her husband and they were able to raise a staggering $232 million in funding for their project. Tezos was officially launched in September 2018 and it is a platform that is exploring the key issues that may hinder the widespread adoption of blockchain technology.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “Blockchains haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of their biggest use case, which is digital money. That’s huge, and there’s a lot to chew on before you get into any of the other, exotic use cases for medical records or whatever.

Galia Benartzi

Co-founder of Bancor

With a spanning experience in the tech industry, Benartzi co-founding Bancor in 2016. Bancor is an open liquidity network that facilitates the swapping of tokens.

Benartzi is also a speaker on the subjects of blockchain and human rights.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “Many people do buy stocks, but most people that use the products that we think of as the most successful products of the internet age such as Facebook your YouTube your Reddit are buying or consuming products that they want to use rather than products that they want to invest in and wait to appreciate and then cash out.”

Joyce Kim

Managing Partner at SparkChain Capital

After a start in the legal sector, Kim went on to make an important contribution to the crypto world. Kim was one of the minds behind Stellar; an open platform that tries to increase the accessibility of financial products. Kim is currently managing SparkChain Capital, a venture capital company that seeks to invest in blockchain companies around the world.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “Bitcoin helped us envision a future where financial infrastructure could be a public good, much like the internet is today.”

Alakanani Itireleng

Founder of the Satoshi Centre

Also known as Bitcoin Lady, Itireleng is the person that is spearheading crypto in Africa. Through the setting up of the Satoshi Centre, she created a marketplace space where transactions are effected through Bitcoin.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “Bitcoin is for everyone, Bitcoin is the currency of love.”

Neha Narula

Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

The Digital Currency Initiative focuses on research related to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. In her directorial capacity, Narula is initiating important research on the hurdles that are currently hindering the mass adoption of digital assets.

Zeply Favourite Quote: “What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus?”

Between new all-time highs, bitcoin endorsements by big players, and a good sprinkling of interest-generating tweets; it’s safe to say that the crypto world is one of the most exciting areas of the financial sphere. Zeply are at the forefront of the digital asset revolution and enjoy nothing more than seeing amazing influencers shaping the crypto world of tomorrow.

The question is, will you be joining the future too?

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