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Most Influential Women in Crypto: Part One

Crypto is far from a man’s world; thanks to these women, the digital currency is making waves today. A look at some of the most influential women in crypto, part one.

Cathie Wood: Cathie Wood founded ARK Investment Management LLC in 2014 to invest in disruptive technologies, from DNA sequencing and artificial intelligence to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies with high potential. The investment management firm handles exchange-traded funds with over $52 billion in combined assets. The Ark Invest CEO recently told CNBC that the “cryptocurrency revolution will not be stopped” and that digital property rights related to NFTs and DeFi “will become incredibly important.”

“DeFi has taken off, and we’re impressed at how robust the ecosystem has been,” Wood said, adding that the “token revolution” of NFTs and the Metaverse is the next generation of the internet and is “still in its infancy.”

Elizabeth Stark: The blockchain​ entrepreneur, educator, and lecturer is today the CEO and co-founder of Lightning Labs, responsible for developing the Lightning Network, a solution for scalability issues within the Bitcoin network. Otherwise, an ecosystem for fast transactions across the blockchain. 

“We’re building the Visa network for bitcoin. But what I think is powerful is unlike Visa, anybody can build on top of it,” said Stark (Coin Telegraph).

Caitlin Long: Caitlin Long is the founder and CEO of startup Avanti Financial Group. This crypto bank has helped pass 24 crypto-friendly laws in Wyoming, making it a haven for digital currency. The 22-year Wall Street veteran is an expert in bitcoin and blockchain technology and has been in the space since 2012. She is also the co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition!
Laura Shin: Laura Shin switched gears from the senior editor at Forbes to the first renowned journalist to cover crypto full-time. She even authored “The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze.” Based in San Francisco, Shin covers the world of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and financial technology, and her work has been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, to name a few. She also hosts crypto and blockchain podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed.
Meltem Demirors: The Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, Meltem Demirors runs a digital asset investment firm that manages $4B in assets for clients worldwide. She is also partners with investors and entrepreneurs in the digital asset ecosystem. But her work in the crypto world started well before CoinShares. Demirors built and grew the Digital Currency Group to manage a portfolio of 120 companies and four subsidiaries from the world’s largest corporations. She is also 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. 
Touché, ladies!
Daniela Rogulj

Daniela Rogulj

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