Original medium post written on June 23, 2020
The number one question we receive from people new to blockchain technology is “Where do I start?”.
Blockchain encompasses wide-ranging disciplines including economics, computer science, law, finance, and mathematics. For a technology that has far-reaching implications for our financial systems and other aspects of society, the learning curve is often steep. Even people already working in the industry struggle to keep up with the fast-paced and ever-evolving crypto landscape. With the wealth of resources out there, it can often be overwhelming to figure out where to begin.
I come from a traditional finance background where we have seen the consequences of lack of diversity. Wealth accumulated by a privileged few, gender pay gap, systems with inherent biases, and the list goes on. The fact that we are in the early stages of blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to set the right precedent and avoid making archaic mistakes.
This technology has the potential to redefine the dynamics of our society and disrupt our financial systems. It is imperative that such an enabling technology be built and represented by the diverse population it serves to benefit. Homogeneous teams run the risk creating solutions that fail to account for the needs of global users. We must do away with the “shrinking and pinking it” approach! (Bic ‘pens’ for Her, anyone?).
Women constitute 50% of the world population but their participation in the tech revolution is nowhere close to 50%. A lot has been said about the gender gap and the need to increase women’s participation in the blockchain space; however awareness alone will not bring about change. On the contrary, we are running the risk of normalizing this deficiency and accepting it as the status quo. We need to take concrete steps to break down barriers, to mentor, educate, and foster an appealing environment for women in the workplace. Several organizations are championing these efforts, and I have compiled a list of these initiatives across US. (Let me know if I missed any — I certainly hope there are even more!)
Original medium post written on May 21, 2021
Today, she256, Women in Blockchain (WiB), Kinjal Shah, and allies are excited to announce Komorebi Collective, a fund focused on investing in exceptional female and non-binary crypto founders.
Fundamentally, we believe that blockchain will shape our future financial and governance structures, and it’s crucial that those building these systems represent the global, diverse population that the industry aims to serve.
Original medium post written on Jan 12, 2022
Four years ago, both of us first fell down the crypto rabbit hole. We had fire in our bellies and experience on our resumes but no clear roadmap for building a career in this emerging industry. Fast-forward to today, we are both thriving at two successful crypto startups.
Have you ever received a job offer and struggled to figure out if it was actually one worth taking? If so, you’re not alone.
One of the biggest challenges of working in a relatively new industry like Web3 is figuring out how much you should be getting compensated for your work. Specific salaries and benefits for crypto companies are not something we can just easily Google (at least not yet!).
We know there isn’t enough reference data out there for compensation and benefits. We want to change that. Women in Blockchain and ValuesIndex invite everyone in Web3 to share salary, comp, and other relevant information to help each other know our worth!
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Women in Blockchain just got a makeover!
We’re thrilled to launch our brand new website, one of many initiatives we are rolling out over the next few weeks.
Founded in 2017, Women in Blockchain is a grassroots non-profit organization that has been working to make web3 truly diverse and inclusive for women and non-binaries.