The List of Women in Crypto That You Keep Asking for
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Every week I see people asking the same question: Who are your favorite women working in crypto?
And I’ve gotten to the point where a) I’m tired of copying and pasting the same tweet, and b) there aren’t enough women to properly describe in 280 characters.
So here it is: my list of women in crypto that you’re looking for.
Disclosure: I have worked in a professional capacity with many of these women, but this isn’t a sponsored post. I haven’t received any compensation for this content. I sincerely just want to stop tweeting the same fucking information.
Sterling Schuyler, Crypto Writer
Maybe this is lame, but I want to tell you my story first.
I started learning about blockchain in 2018, but I didn’t really start learning about crypto until 2019. I had a contract writing for an investment firm that helped crypto and blockchain projects open bank accounts and get started in Hong Kong’s fintech sandbox.
As I learned more about crypto, I thought less about the wealth opportunity and more about the use case. I realized that it could be an amazing way to help refugees and immigrants get adjusted to their new homes.
Now, I’m part of multiple crypto communities and I write for various funds, organizations, and publications. All I had to do was ask if I could write for them.
Tavonia Evans, founder of GUAP Coin
After slowly wading into the world of crypto in 2019, I had the opportunity to interview Tavonia Evans about GUAP Coin for Women in Tech Network. It was the first crypto that felt aligned with my values.
She envisions a currency that produces data about the Black dollar so that the world can truly appreciate the value that the Black community creates. But unlike other crypto projects with wealthy, influential men behind them, Tavonia has bootstrapped GUAP since 2017.
I’ll admit: I was really hesitant to join the community, let alone buy GUAP. I wasn’t sure I’d belong, not just because I’m not Black, but because I didn’t know anything about crypto. But that’s what I learned really quickly: most people feel that way when they join a crypto community. And unlike many crypto projects I’ve seen, Tavonia and the GUAP team do a LOT of work to educate people about cryptocurrency.
Lavinia Osborne, founder of Women in Blockchain Talks
Speaking of education, Lavinia Osborne has been another building block of my crypto education. I can’t quite remember when I started following her and her work, but the information she provides is bottomless. I mentioned in the Women in Blockchain Talks (WiBT) Telegram group that I wanted to buy crypto but didn’t know where to start, and she messaged me to set up a 20-minute call so that she could answer all my questions.
That’s a community leader. She’s the kind of person who not only cares about her community, but truly embodies her mission. She’s hosted workshops on everything from NFT creation to tax and estate planning - anything that empowers women to embrace financial wellness through blockchain.
Professor Tonya Evans, host of Tech Intersect
Tonya Evans, aka The Prof, does more than host Tech Intersect. She teaches intellectual property law, offers multiple online courses about crypto, and is a chairperson of MakerDAO. I first learned about her from Arlan Hamilton’s online academy, and from there, I subscribed to her podcast.
In the midst of this NFT craze (is it still going on?), I highly recommend every and any interview she’s done if you are a creator. She’s a professor of intellectual property law, and she can very easily answer your questions in layman’s terms.
Eléonore Blanc, founder of CryptoCanal
Based in Amsterdam, Eléonore Blanc embarked on her crypto journey a year before me in 2018. And she has a very similar path as I do: she originally wanted to change the world through policy, but eventually realized that policy is too slow to create the change we want to see, and so turned to crypto as a method of financial empowerment for individuals.
Oh, and she was nominated for the European Women in Finance Awards. No big deal.
Like most women in crypto, Eléonore can talk endlessly talk about the industry and always with passion. She started CryptoCanal to create informative content for the crypto-curious (like you). She hosts a free Crypto 101 course every month online for people all over the world to learn how crypto came to be and how to use it responsibly.
Naomi Brockwell, founder of NBTV
Eléonore introduced me to Naomi Brockwell’s Youtube channel, and I’m here to say it’s one of the best resources for people who are new to crypto. Even as someone who has “been in crypto” for almost two years, I still revisit many of her videos to remind myself about the benefits doing your own research.
She’s a staunch supporter of people taking control of their data and privacy, which is why she creates content to educate people to empower themselves. You won’t find much about FUD or going to the moon on her channel, so it’s a great place to actually learn something.
Leigh Cuen, co-founder of Des Femmes Magazine
When I first came across Leigh’s work, I knew her to be a writer with a passion for crypto and tech. As it turns out, she’s also a NFT poet and co-founder of a magazine and collective for - wait for it - women in crypto.
In addition to running a community, publishing an independent magazine, and paying her bills, she also hosts Twitter Spaces events that bring together…you guessed it, women in crypto!
Every time I log into the Des Femmes Slack channel, I see rockstar after rockstar thank Leigh for inviting them to the space, and then proceed to introduce themselves. If you are looking for someone who is bringing together women in crypto, Leigh is your leader.
Erikan Obotetukudo, founder of Audacity Fund
Erikan is the first Black woman to create an investment fund that focuses on crypto and blockchain projects launched by Black founders. Similar to Tavonia’s mission, she sees crypto as a tool to unlock financial freedom for Black communities throughout the world.
She has spent years building relationships with global founders and investors alike, learning how crypto can revolutionize the world beyond meme coins and bored apes. And, much like other women investors I know, she decided to invest in the future she wanted to see.
All It Takes Is One
The moral of my story here is that once you know one woman in crypto, you will meet five more tomorrow. Seriously - every day I meet more and more. Bettinna, the founder of Betty Media. Brenda, DeFi expert and advisor of Boss Beauties. I met Samara from Icoinic Capital at a networking event, and my new friend Frota in the CryptoCanal Telegram group.
There are so many women I still want to add to this list, but if I wait to publish until it’s complete…it won’t get published.
I’m sharing this for now so that people can start learning from and working with these amazing rockstars. And, just like the investing world, if you want to see more women in crypto, you have to make the effort to bring women into your network. They won’t just magically appear if you keep lamenting about the pipeline problem or lack of women in tech.
Please, for the sake of my sanity and for the Twitter newsfeed, share this list. Make some noise.