Technological space is constantly under revolution where changes and innovations are taking place every moment. One such ingenious innovation is ‘the Blockchain Technology.’ The first blockchain was conceptualized in 2008 by an anonymous person or group known as Satoshi Nakamoto and implemented in 2009 as a core component of bitcoin where it serves as the public ledger for all transactions.
“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016).
Women are not far behind and have been making a great progress in the Blockchain field. Here, we bring to you, 5 most powerful women in Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech:
Catheryne Nicholson, Co-Founder and CEO, BlockCypher
A software infrastructure company for blockchains, BlockCypher, was co-founded by Catheryne Nicholson. Her company helps to build reliable blockchain applications. Catheryne is an entrepreneur, mother, engineer, and former U.S. Naval Officer. She has decades of expertise in software product management, product marketing, environmental & energy, and defense.
Blythe Masters, Ex-JPMorgan and CEO of Digital Asset Holdings
Blythe Masters, a former executive at JPMorgan Chase, is currently the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a financial technology firm developing distributed ledger technology for wholesale financial services. She is widely credited as the creator of the credit default swap as a financial instrument.
Blythe is currently on the board of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and is co-Chair of the Global Fund for Women. She is also Group Senior Advisor on Blockchain for Banco Santander and Chair of Governing Board of Hyperledger at the Linux Foundation. She is one of the most powerful women in Blockchain.
Perianne Boring, President of The Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne Boring is the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry.
She completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Florida. She began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.
Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” by a leading industry publication for her public policy accomplishments.
Adena Friedman, Strategist and AI Specialist
Adena Friedman has recently been named President and CEO of the American stock exchange Nasdaq, making her the first woman to lead a global exchange company. Prior to this, she formerly worked as CFO and Exec VP of Corporate Strategy and Data Products in the Nasdaq management team, which led to her interest in the blockchain. Friedman is now trying to enhance the role of AI in Nasdaq’s market surveillance, as well as blockchain’s role in the stock market.
Elizabeth Stark, Founder and CEO, Lightning
At Lightning, Elizabeth is building a programmable financial layer for the internet through fast, scalable blockchain transactions. A Harvard law school graduate, Stark taught at Stanford and Yale, where she lectured on the Internet’s increasing influence on the economy and law. She is also an advisor at Comma.ai, a startup building autonomous driving technology, and a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization.
Stark played an important role in the movement against SOPA. She was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX and has advised numerous decentralized technology and blockchain startups.