It’s no secret that the cryptocurrency industry — along with the technology industry as a whole — has an issue with diversity.
It has been reported that only 5% to 7% of all cryptocurrency users are women and of that, women only make up 10% of Bitcoin users. The $85 billion wealth creation of Bitcoin investors in 2017? Only $5 billion — or 5.88% — was obtained by women. Another telling sign — Forbes’ databaseof the wealthiest people in crypto includes 19 men and zero women.
For how young, global, open, and distributed the cryptocurrency industry is, it’s unfortunate that the diversity issues we are seeing feel very familiar.
But is this the same old story, or more of a perfect storm? Angela Walch, a law professor and Research Fellow at the Centre of Blockchain Technologies at University College London, had this to say in an interview with the website Moneyish: “It’s tied to the larger issue of there being few women in tech and finance generally. Given that cryptocurrency sits at the intersection, this is exacerbated.”
Still, there is room to grow. Undoubtedly, there are amazing women in the cryptocurrency space (executives, researchers, investors, journalists, fans, and more) that are doing innovative work to move the needle for digital currency and its impact on the world.
While our list could go on and on, below are a few women in crypto that inspire us.
Director of Digital Currency for MIT Media Lab
In her role at MIT Media Lab, Neha focus on cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, distributed systems and programmable money. In 2016, she gave a TED Talk called The Future of Money and, this year, 2018, was named one of the upcoming thinkers for On the Radar by Thinkers 50.
Co-founder & CEO, Clovyr (Previously executive director and blockchain program lead, J.P. Morgan)
As seen on Fortune’s 40 under 40, Baldet led the team and development of J.P. Morgan’s Quorum, an open-source code based on Ethereum that is designed to cater to big-business needs of scalability, performance and privacy. She now works on Clovyr, a new project to bring the flexibility and the ease of use of modern app development to the blockchain domain.
Founder and President of Chamber Digital and a Blockchain Professor at Georgetown
Inspired by Perianne’s passion for crypto, Chamber Digital is now one of the world’s largest trade association for the blockchain industry, based in D.C. Perianne’s “Boring Bitcoin Report,” is also one of the most read industry blogs in the crypto space.
Forbes Cryptocurrency / blockchain journalist
In addition to being Forbes’ senior editor of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology coverage, Laura is also co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list. She hosts the crypto and blockchain podcast “Unchained” to keep listeners updated on the rollercoaster ride that is the cryptocurrency industry.
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Tell us, which women in crypto inspire you?